Wolf Hunt Without Serious Incidents: DNR Official
One Wisconsin wolf hunt zone remains open and a top DNR official says no incidents have been reported.
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.
DNR Northern District leader John Gozdzialski .....
"....it was a mixture of both hunting and trapping. We haven't had any incidents. Hunting is a management tool that we use with any species, whether it's deer, bear, wolf. It's just one of the tools we use to adequately manage a population..."
Officials say the numbers of animals in the quota are adjusted to assume Chippewa treaty rights in the ceded territories. Officials said 24 animals were set aside for the tribes. Ojibwe tribes consider the wolf sacred and do not hunt them.
This is the second wolf hunt after the Wisconsin legislature allowed a hunt in 2012. Protection for the gray wolf had been turned over to the state after a series of back-and-forth court decisions. Those opposed to the hunt are hoping federal courts reinstate the animal as an endangered species.