The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' board has approved kill limits for the state's second wolf hunt.
The DNR proposed a quota of 275 wolves, up from 201 in last year's inaugural hunt. The state's Chippewa tribes would be entitled to up to 115 wolves within the ceded territory.
The DNR would issue 2,750 permits, but that may drop to offset the number of wolves the tribes ultimately decide they want. The Chippewa are fiercely opposed to hunting wolves, though, and chose not to kill any of the 85 they were allotted last year.
The Natural Resources Board approved the package unanimously during a meeting Wednesday in Wausau.
The hunt is scheduled to begin in mid-October and run through the end of February or until the kill limits are reached.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Department of Natural Resources' board is poised to adopt kill limits for Wisconsin's second wolf hunt later this month.
The board is scheduled to take up the limits at a meeting in Wausau on June 26. The board will take public testimony during the meeting.
The state's wolf advisory committee has recommended a statewide quota of 275 animals. That's up from 201 for the first season last year.
The state's Chippewa tribe elected not to use the 85 tags allotted to them, leaving non-tribal hunters and trappers with a 116-animal quota. They killed 117 wolves in total.
The DNR is expected to publish its final 2013-14 quota recommendations next week. The agency estimated as many as 834 wolves roamed the state over the winter of 2012-13.
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