Wolf hunt lottery set for next week

DNR plans to pick winners Wednesday

Wisconsin wildlife officials plan to choose who gets a wolf hunting permit next week.

Nearly 20,000 people had applied for 1,160 non-tribal permits as Friday, the last day for applications. The Department of Natural Resources plans to pick the winners through an electronic lottery on Wednesday. Winners will be notified the following week.

A judge last month temporarily blocked hunters from using dogs in the hunt after a group of humane societies accused the DNR of not doing enough to prevent wolf-dog confrontations. The judge is expected to consider a DNR motion to dismiss the case Sept. 14.

The DNR plans to send letters to winning applicants alerting them to the dog ban. Agency officials plan to ask the DNR board later this month for permission to draft dog restrictions.