Forum News Service, Published June 26 2013
Wisconsin increases wolf quota from previous yearMADISON, Wis. - Wisconsin wolf hunters and trappers will have a quota of 275 wolves this fall, up from a quota of 201 last year, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday.
The state’s Natural Resources Board approved the 2013 Wisconsin wolf season quota Wednesday. The quota was set with the intention of continuing to reduce the state’s wolf population, DNR officials said in a news release.
Hunters and trappers took 117 wolves during the 2012 season. Wisconsin American Indian bands were entitled to take 83 wolves last year but took none. Of this fall’s quota of 275, tribes may take 115, said Fred Strand, DNR wildlife manager at Brule.
The DNR Wolf Advisory Committee, composed of DNR staff along with stakeholders and partners, proposed the 2013 quota.
The state’s current late-winter minimum wolf count is 809 to 834 wolves, DNR officials said. That’s down from a count of 815 to 880 wolves in the 2012 count. After pups are born in spring, the wolf population approximately doubles then declines through the year.