Saturday, April 21, 2012

DNR counting wolves to determine hunting permit numbers

 Posted: Apr 20, 2012
Wausau (WAOW) - The DNR says there are more than 800 wolves roaming Wisconsin and it's still counting.  That number will determine how many permits will be given out for the state's first-ever public wolf hunt.
Hunters, trackers, DNR wolf specialists and concerned citizens met Friday morning in Wausau to determine the number of wolves in Wisconsin.  Laurie Groskopf of Tomahawk says the wolf population is getting out of hand.  "We need to get the population down not just for the fact that the livestock producers are suffering, pet owners are suffering, there's been some human safety concerns... but also the fact that the wolves themselves are suffering because the people in wolf territory are very angry about the program," said Groskopf.
The wolf hunt is scheduled to begin in October and end in February.
The DNR says wolf permits will be issued in a lottery system.