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DNR holding wolf hunt permit lottery Thursday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Over 12,000 people will soon find out if they’ll be able to hunt for wolves in Wisconsin this fall.

The DNR will hold a lottery Thursday for just over 2,150 hunting and trapping permits. The winners will be notified by mid-September.

Those who don’t get permits this time will have their chances improved in next year’s lottery.

The DNR has set the quota at 275 wolves for the season that begins October 15th. However, Chippewa Indians have claimed 24 animals as part of their centuries-old treaty rights – which means that hunters can take 251 wolves.

About 5,000 fewer people applied for wolf permits this year, than during the inaugural season in 2012.