By Danyel Piecek
Duluth, MN - (Northlands NewsCenter) - In the next couple weeks, some Wisconsin residents will be able to hunt wolves on their land.
Wisconsin DNR spokespeople say livestock owners, who have reported wolf problems on their property within the last two years, will be able obtain a permit that will allow them to shoot wolves attacking their personal property.
On January 27Th, gray wolves are expected to be de-listed from the Federal Endangered Species list in Wisconsin.
That will then give management authority to the state, and allow landowners or people leasing land, to shoot wolves if they are attacking domestic animals on their land.
Cases of wolf attacks on domestic animals must be reported to the DNR within 24 hours.
Wisconsin's DNR Area Wildlife Biologist, Fred Strand, says people can begin applying for the permits this week.
"This is different then a public hunting or trapping season, this is strictly to livestock owners on their own land to take control actions of wolves that either have or potentially will cause damage to their livestock," Stand says.
The permit will initially be good for 90 days.
Conditions under which shooting permits would be issued include the following:
1.) Landowners who have had verified attacks on livestock or pets on their property within the last two years can request permits.
2.) Landowners with vulnerable pets of livestock, and whose property lies within 1 mile of a property that has had a depredation during the same year can obtain permits.
3.) Farmers with livestock in DNR designated proactive control areas can request permits.
4.) Farmers who have had verified harassment of livestock can receive permits.
5.) Any landowner in an area where a perceived human safety situation occurs can be granted a permit.