MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A statewide wolf hunting quota of 156 animals was approved Wednesday by the state Natural Resources Board at a meeting in Milwaukee.
That's down from last year's quota of 251, as wildlife experts seek to continue a gradual reduction in the state's overall wolf population.
Wisconsin had up to 834 wolves in the spring of last year.
Last fall's hunt, plus an extremely cold winter, reduced the top estimate to 689 wolves this spring. That's still almost twice as much as state's original management goal of 350 animals.
DNR experts say they want to reduce the total gradually, so they can study the impact of hunting on wolf populations.
Wednesday's approved quota includes 65 wolves allocated to Chippewa Indians as part of their treaty rights. They normally don't hunt those animals, however, saying wolves are sacred to their tribes.
As a result, only 91 wolves are expected to be available to hunters when the third annual wolf season begins in mid-October.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)