Wednesday, February 17, 2016
WI Senate Poised to Vote to Delay Wolf Hunt Season
This July 16, 2004, file photo shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center.
Photo: AP/Dawn Villella, file
The Wisconsin Senate plans to vote Tuesday on a bill that would push back the start of Wisconsin's wolf hunt if the federal government allows it to resume.
Under current law, the season starts Oct. 15 and runs through the end of February. Rep. Al Ott's bill pushes the start date back to the first Saturday in November.
He has said the current wolf season conflicts with bird hunters and begins before wolves' winter coats have grown in fully.
Wisconsin has held three wolf hunts, but they have been on hold since the federal government placed Great Lakes wolves back on the endangered species list in 2014.
The bill cleared the Assembly last week and is up for final passage in a Senate session scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.
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