|Hunters kill 257 wolves|
While Wisconsin wolf hunters reached the state goal of killing more than 250 wolves during the recent Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season, wolf hunters in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan fell short of their goal by 20 animals.
In Wisconsin, the 2013 season ended with a statewide kill of 257, six more than the 251-wolf quota the DNR set with input from University of Wisconsin biologists. The 2012 hunt ended with a kill of 117, one more than the quota.The higher number in 2013 upset many animal protection groups and some scientists, who fear Wisconsin may be heading back to the days when the federal government listed the grey wolf in the state as endangered.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Tom Hauge says the quota of 251 was designed to eventually cut the winter wolf population estimate in the state by 10% or 15% from the most recent estimate of about 800 animals. Also in Wisconsin, the first-time use of dogs in the wolf hunt triggered some controversy this year.
In Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, hunters killed 23 wolves, 20 animals short of the 43-wolf goal.
The largest group of those, 14, came from Michigan Wolf Management Unit B, which included the western part of Baraga County, and parts of Houghton, Ontonagon and Gogebic counties. The quota was 19 in that zone.
|Tuesday, January 14, 2014 2:36 PM|