Wolf hunt http://wxpr.org en Wolf Hunt Quota Approved; NRB Wants More Data on Wolf Hunting With Hounds http://wxpr.org/post/wolf-hunt-quota-approved-nrb-wants-more-data-wolf-hunting-hounds <p>Wisconsin’s wolf hunt will go forward with a quota of 156 wolves this winter. &nbsp;</p><p>The state’s Natural Resources Board has approved the Wolf Advisory Committee’s <a href="http://dnr.wi.gov/about/nrb/2014/June/06-14-3B2.pdf">recommendation</a>.&nbsp; The board met in Milwaukee but took live video testimony from Rhinelander, where about a dozen people gathered to voice their opinions.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 17:35:15 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 20233 at http://wxpr.org Wolf Hunt Quota Approved; NRB Wants More Data on Wolf Hunting With Hounds Questions Persist About State Wolf Hunt Quotas http://wxpr.org/post/questions-persist-about-state-wolf-hunt-quotas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last week the state Wolf Advisory Committee met in Wausau to work out proposed details of this fall's wolf hunt. The state would like to have about 350 wolves as a stable population, with projections over the winter of around 600. That is down almost 20 percent from one year earlier.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 15:33:41 +0000 Ken Krall 18901 at http://wxpr.org Questions Persist About State Wolf Hunt Quotas Committee Recommends Smaller Wolf Hunt for 2014 http://wxpr.org/post/committee-recommends-smaller-wolf-hunt-2014 <p>State officials still want to shrink Wisconsin’s wolf population, but at a much slower rate.</p><p>The state’s Wolf Advisory Committee has recommended a harvest of 156 wolves this fall – more than a hundred fewer than last year.</p><p>DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says that’s because the population is shrinking.&nbsp; Recent state counts put the wolf population at about 660, down from 809 the previous winter.</p><blockquote><p>“A stable quota on a smaller population would represent a much higher rate and would result in accelerating population decline.”&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 18:50:20 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 18658 at http://wxpr.org Committee Recommends Smaller Wolf Hunt for 2014 19 Percent Drop In Wisconsin Wolf Population http://wxpr.org/post/19-percent-drop-wisconsin-wolf-population <p>Two seasons of wolf hunting have resulted in Wisconsin's first major decline in the grey-wolf population.&nbsp;</p><p>The D-N-R issued a preliminary report this week, showing a drop in wolf numbers from a low number last year of 809 to a low number this year of 658. It's the first major decrease in the Wisconsin wolf numbers since the D-N-R started tracking the species' recovery about 35 years ago. The state had 25 wolves back then.</p><p>DNR wolf ecologist Dave MacFarland talked with Ken Krall about the numbers from a census done during the winter months.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Ken Krall 17678 at http://wxpr.org 19 Percent Drop In Wisconsin Wolf Population Wolf Hunt Without Serious Incidents: DNR Official http://wxpr.org/post/wolf-hunt-without-serious-incidents-dnr-official <p>One Wisconsin wolf hunt zone remains open and a top DNR official says no incidents have been reported.</p><p>As of today, 213 wolves have been taken in six zones from a maximum quota of 251. Only Zone 3, which includes portions of Price and Taylor counties, is still open. In that zone, 31 animals were taken from a quota of 71.</p><p> </p><p>DNR Northern District leader John Gozdzialski .....</p><p> </p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 22:00:50 +0000 Ken Krall 11204 at http://wxpr.org Wolf Hunt Without Serious Incidents: DNR Official DNR: Calling All Wolf Trackers http://wxpr.org/post/dnr-calling-all-wolf-trackers <p>DNR officials are asking for volunteers to help with the state’s winter wolf count. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>DNR Carnivore Biologist Jane Wiedenhoeft&nbsp;says those numbers go into determining the state’s wolf hunting quota.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>“It’s extremely important to us.&nbsp; It’s not our only source of data for the winter count, but it is a major source of data.”</p></blockquote><p>Wolves are the main counting target, but trackers will also note signs of other carnivores.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 22:44:15 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 10354 at http://wxpr.org DNR: Calling All Wolf Trackers Wolf Hunt Goes Quickly: Three Zones Closed http://wxpr.org/post/wolf-hunt-goes-quickly-three-zones-closed <p>Just over two weeks into Wisconsin’s wolf hunting season, and more than two thirds of the wolves have been taken. &nbsp;</p><p>As of October 31st, 181 wolves have been killed. &nbsp;That leaves just 70 before wolf hunting season closes statewide. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/wolf/documents/WolfZones.pdf" target="_blank">Zones 1, 2 and 5 are closed</a>, all in the northern part of the state.&nbsp; DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says two other zones are nearing quotas as well.</p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 17:27:45 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 10069 at http://wxpr.org Wolf Hunt Goes Quickly: Three Zones Closed Wolf Hunt In Portions Of Northwoods Is Over http://wxpr.org/post/wolf-hunt-portions-northwoods-over <p>The DNR has closed Wolf Harvest Zone 2 to hunting and trapping of gray wolves effective Wednesday, Oct. 23, 3 p.m. The zone is closed to any further hunting and trapping of wolves for the 2013-2014 wolf harvest season. That zone includes most of Oneida, Forest and Vilas counties, and portions of Lincoln and Langlade counties.</p><p>Wolf Harvest Zone 2 is the first zone to be closed this season. The harvest of wolves currently remains open in all other zones.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 21:03:22 +0000 Ken Krall 9654 at http://wxpr.org Wolf Hunt In Portions Of Northwoods Is Over Opening Day for Wolf Hunting http://wxpr.org/post/opening-day-wolf-hunting <p>Wolf hunting season opens Tuesday. &nbsp;</p><p>About 2500 people have been awarded permits to harvest a wolf.&nbsp; The DNR most recently reported fewer than half of those have actually purchased their licenses.&nbsp; But DNR Carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland says that&rsquo;s nothing unusual.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 22:02:20 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 9297 at http://wxpr.org Opening Day for Wolf Hunting Second Wolf Season Draws Near http://wxpr.org/post/second-wolf-season-draws-near <p>The state&rsquo;s wolf hunting season begins next week. &nbsp;People hoping to harvest a wolf have already applied for and received their permit.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">About 2500 permits were awarded in mid-August based on a lottery system. &nbsp;</span>DNR<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Carnivore Specialist&nbsp; David </span>MacFarland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says the number of applications dropped from 20,000 last year, to less than 17,000 this year.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 21:59:43 +0000 Natalie Jablonski 8996 at http://wxpr.org Second Wolf Season Draws Near