Natural Resources Board approves kill goal of 200 wolves for February hunting and trapping season

Paul A. SmithMilwaukee Journal SentinelView

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The Natural Resources Board on Monday unanimously approved a statewide harvest quota of 200 gray wolves in a hunting and trapping season planned for Feb. 22-28 in Wisconsin.

The kill goal would be spread across the state’s six wolf management zones, excluding American Indian reservations.

Permit applications ($10) will be available beginning at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday through midnight Saturday. Winners can purchase a $49 license beginning Feb. 22.

The flurry of activity comes after a Jefferson County judge ruled last Thursday  that the Department of Natural Resources must hold a wolf hunting and trapping season this month.

State law calls on the DNR to hold a hunting and trapping season running from early November to the end of February if the wolf is not on the endangered or threatened species list. 

The Natural Resources Board approved a statewide harvest quota of 200 wolves for a hunting and trapping season planned from Feb. 22 to 28.

The wolf was removed from the federal Endangered Species List on Jan. 4; the DNR planned to wait until November to begin the next wolf season. The board, which sets policy for the DNR, agreed in a 4-3 vote at its Jan. 22 meeting. 

But Thursday’s ruling by Jefferson County judge Bennett Brantmeier forced the DNR and NRB to implement a season this month.https://2ab5fb641878beb095eb3234bac4b38a.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-37/html/container.html

The ruling is being appealed in District Court I in Milwaukee County; the appeal was filed last Friday. Attorneys representing the DNR and NRB also submitted a motion seeking an expedited stay. The motion asks the appeals court to rule by 5 p.m. Monday.

Absent any new legal ruling, the DNR and NRB are proceeding with the wolf hunting and trapping season.

Monday’s board meeting was held by Zoom and lasted less than an hour. No public testimony was permitted.

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