Wolf hunt

Gray Wolf Returns to Endangered Species List
5:43 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Federal Judge Blocks Future Wolf Hunts in WI, MN, MI

Wolves were removed from the federal endangered species list in 2012, prompting three years of wolf hunting in Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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Wolves are once again considered an endangered species in the western Great Lakes region.  

A federal judge Friday ruled in favor of the Humane Society, and called the 2012 delisting of wolves “arbitrary and capricious.” 

Wisconsin State Director Melissa Tedrowe says the Humane Society is happy that wolves are back under federal control. 

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Public input on four possible options
3:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

DNR Wolf Management Plan Coming In January

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The public is expected to provide input on a  new DNR wolf management plan.

DNR carnivore specialist David MacFarland outlines what the agency will be doing...

"....the Department is in the process of developing a new wolf management plan that will serve as a guide to future management. We're at a point where we're going to be releasing a public draft. That will be done in early January...."

MacFarland says after that will be a public input period which will include written comments on the plan.

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Some Zones Going Over Limit
10:35 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Wolf Hunt Approaches Quota

Now in its third year, Wisconsin's wolf hunt continues to be controversial.
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Wisconsin’s third wolf hunt is probably nearing its end as hunters approach the season’s quota.

As of Wednesday a hundred and forty two wolves have been taken out of the total licensed quota of 150. 

But some opponents are crying foul, saying the hunt is overly aggressive toward the state’s wolf population.

Wisconsin state Director of the Humane Society Melissa Tedrowe says the population can’t sustain the harvest.

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Other bill approves hunt
3:53 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Michigan Voters Say No To A Wolf Hunt But Hunt Still Likely

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Michigan voters Tuesday clearly backed not hunting wolves in Michigan, but wolf hunt supporters say the votes mean little, as a hunt has been authorized for March.

One measure removed the wolf from the state endangered list and classified it as a game species. The other empowered the appointed Natural Resources Commission to decide whether wolves should be hunted. The outcome of Tuesday's election voids both laws. But the Legislature passed yet another wolf hunt bill this summer that  remains in effect.

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Hunt Moving Quickly
10:27 am
Mon October 20, 2014

More Zones Close to Wolf Hunting

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A total of four zones will be closed to wolf hunting by the end of the day Monday.

Zone 5 will be the latest to close at 6:30 Monday, as hunters continue to quickly hit harvest quotas in the northern and central parts of the state.

Zones 1, 2 and 4 closed over the weekend.

The wolf harvest quota in Wisconsin’s third wolf hunting season is lower than it’s been in the past.  The statewide limit is 150, and more than half that number of wolves have already been taken.

The wolf hunt began on Wednesday.

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Just Four Days Into the Hunt
6:25 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Wolf Hunting Zone 2 Set to Close

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Just a few days into the wolf hunting season and one zone is already set to close.

Zone 2 includes Oneida, Vilas and Forest Counties.  It’s expected to meet its quota in a matter of hours and will close at noon tomorrow.

As DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave Macfarland explains, the total quota for Zone 2 is just 15 wolves.    

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Wolf Population Above State's Target
1:57 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Wisconsin's Third Wolf Hunt Set to Begin

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Wisconsin’s third wolf hunt begins Wednesday.

This season’s quota is 150 wolves, about a hundred fewer than the previous season.  That means 1500 people have been authorized to purchase a permit. 

DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says hunters and trappers that hope to harvest a wolf are likely to try and do so as soon as they can.    

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Tracking With Radio Collars
11:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

DNR Asks Trappers to Report Wolves Caught By Mistake

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If you’re a trapper…the DNR wants to hear about it when you accidentally capture a wolf.

DNR Carnivore Specialist Dave MacFarland says if you trap a wolf without meaning to and without a wolf harvest permit, it can be a convenient time for the DNR to put a radio collar on that wolf. 

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Controversy Over Hunting with Hounds
4:43 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Hound Hunters Support New DNR Plan For Wolf Pelt Registration

The Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association is hoping the DNR’s plan to look into dog-wolf interactions will put the controversy to rest. 

The DNR will ask wolf hunters this winter to let an expert examine a harvested wolf as its pelt is removed.  The goal is to look for bite wounds that could be signs of fighting between dogs and wolves…a possibility which critics say makes wolf hunting with hounds unethical.   

Al Lobner, President of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association, says he doesn’t think wolf hunting with hounds poses much risk for dogs.

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Controversy Over Hunting with Hounds
6:01 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

DNR Asks Hunters to Register Wolves With Pelts On

Hunting wolves with hounds is controversial, and the DNR is hoping to get more information about whether dog-wolf fights are likely during the practice.
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The Wisconsin DNR wants to gather more information about wolves killed in the wolf hunt this winter.  The Natural Resources Board heard about a new voluntary plan for wolf registration Wednesday.

The DNR plans to ask hunters and trappers to register their wolves before they are skinned…so department experts can look for signs of bite wounds.

The state Natural Resources Board wants to see more analysis of whether wolf hunting with hounds can lead to illegal fighting between dogs and wolves. 

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