MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The public will get a chance this week to sound off on a Republican bill that would establish a wolf hunt in Wisconsin.

Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin wolves came off the federal endangered species list last year. The change means the states are free to manage their wolves as they see fit.

The bill would establish a wolf hunting and trapping season that would run from mid-October through the end of February. The Department of Natural Resources would be allowed to limit licenses and award them to applicants who build up preference points.

Hunters would be allowed to use bait and dogs and could hunt at night.

The state Senate’s environmental committee has scheduled a public hearing on the measure for Tuesday morning at the state Capitol.

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Comments (7)
  1. about time says:

    cool…they gotta get thinned down to aound 300 animals then they will have plenty of room to roam wild in their various packs

  2. Debbie says:

    As much as I love wolves this is necessary as the wolf population was never expected to reach higher than sustainable numbers.

  3. Brett says:

    Why are WE so worried about a “wolf hunt” in WISCONSIN?? And who cares what happens at the oscars??

  4. Murph says:

    Wisconsin wolves do one thing hunters can’t do by themselves.Take down the weakest deer in CWD [wasting disease] areas that is endemic in some counties. If allowed to hunt wolves in those areas.It would be a much longer time to get of all diseased animals and the disease would spread faster! That is the ONE factor they really have to take into account in Wisconsin!

  5. mimi says:

    Does anyone know what happened at the public hearing? Using domestic animals as bait for a wolf hunt is barbaric and disgusting! The wolves numbers have grown and I hear them on our property in northern MN at night. I love hearing them and feel very excited by the occasional sighting. There is a lot of information out there about how helpful they are in wildlife management and even reforesting. Even though their numbers are up they are still struggling because the DNA pool is not deep enough to sustain healthy populations. I don’t understand the irrational fear and hatred these magnificent animals invoke in the wolf haters.Life is not a Grimm fairytale you know…only on TV!

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