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Dec 03, 2012
Eau Claire (WQOW) - The state's first wolf hunt could
wrap up earlier than expected.
We've been following the hunt, which
was supposed to run through February.
But hunters are very close to the
state's quota so it may not be long before the first hunt is in the books.
"The harvest has
proceeded much more quickly I think than anyone anticipated," said Ed
Culhane, DNR Spokesperson.
Wisconsin's inaugural wolf hunt is wrapping
up early. As of Monday, hunters have killed 104 wolves, just twelve short of
the quota set by the state.
"This year we've
obviously learned that hunters and trappers are very effective at harvesting
wolves. Now, will that same success rate go into future seasons? Or will the
wolves eventually become a little bit more knowledgeable about what the hunters
are up to? Who's to say," Culhane said.
While some aspects of the hunt are
hard to predict, there's no denying the first hunt will be successful in terms
of helping the DNR understand more about the animals.
"Every wolf that
gets harvested, biologists have the time to go over that carcass and collect a
great deal of biological information, beyond just aging it. They'll be making
all sorts of studies into the wolf's general health, and in terms of the female
wolves, and lots of reproductive information," said Culhane.
Zone 5 and 6 are within two wolves
of reaching quota, meaning zone 3 will likely be the last place open for the
"Zone 3, which is
parts of Taylor, Rusk, and Washburn counties, there are 8 more wolves that can
be harvested there, and we'll just have to see how the pace continues. The way
things have been going, you wouldn't think it would last past the end of the
year," Culhane said.
Even if you have a permit, the DNR
is still urging you to call or check online before going out.
responsibility every day to check in, to see where things are at, to make sure
that the zone in which they are operating is still open," said Culhane.
When you factor in the tribes'
portion, the overall state quota was set at 201.
Before the hunt, the DNR had
estimated the state's population to be around 880.
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