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Wolf hunt to continue in 2014
Wed April 30, 2014
19 Percent Drop In Wisconsin Wolf Population
Two seasons of wolf hunting have resulted in Wisconsin's first major decline in the grey-wolf population.
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.
DNR wolf ecologist Dave MacFarland talked with Ken Krall about the numbers from a census done during the winter months.
Dave MacFarland says there will be wolf deaths from natural and man-made means over the next year which will reduce the numbers. The state will hold a wolf hunt this fall unless the species is listed as endangered.
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