MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Four down, 112 to go.
Hunters reported killing four grey wolves in the first 24 hours of Wisconsin’s inaugural wolf season.
The DNR said late Tuesday morning that one animal was taken in the far northwest management zone, one in the mid-northwest zone, one in central Wisconsin, and one in the far northeast.
No wolves have been reported shot yet in the southern or mid-northeast zones. Each zone has its own quota, and the season will end in the places where the quotas are reached.
Otherwise, hunters have until February 28th to shoot a total of 116 wolves that were earmarked for the general public. 85 other wolves were designated for Chippewa Indian tribes under their long-established treaty rights – and the tribes say they’ll preserve those animals and not hunt them.
Officials say the wolf hunt will continue despite a request by two animal rights’ groups to shut it down. Those groups say they file a lawsuit to put the Upper Midwest grey wolves back on the federal endangered species’ list, if the government does not make that move in the next 60 days.