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Should Wisconsin locate a second elk herd in Jackson County?

YES 75% | NO 10% | MAYBE 15% | UNDECIDED 0% | COMMENTS [6]

Do you approve of the proposed framework for a wolf hunting and trapping season?

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DNR announces proposed wolf hunting and trapping rule, quotas and permit levels

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MADISON — Earlier this year the federal government delisted the gray wolf from the endangered species list for the Western Great Lakes Region. This spring, Act 169 was passed by the Wisconsin Legislature and signed by the governor, directing the Department of Natural Resources to develop a wolf hunting and trapping season rule, harvest management zones, harvest quotas, and hunter and trapper permit levels.

“The department is committed to conservation of wolves in Wisconsin. Long-term conservation includes managing this important wildlife population within our borders,” said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp.

DNR has had an approved wolf management plan [PDF] since 1999. That plan allows for a wolf harvest when the population exceeds 350. The wolf population first attained that level in 2004. The 2012 winter wolf count estimated a minimum of 815-880 wolves currently in Wisconsin. This exceeds the population for delisting at both the state and the federal level.

DNR biologists have developed a proposal for wolf harvest zones, wolf harvest quotas by zones, wolf hunting and trapping license levels, and other associated rules.

“We are being conservative in establishing quotas,” said DNR Wildlife Ecologist Bill Vander Zouwen.

The goals of the first wolf hunting and trapping season will be to:

  • provide wolf hunting and trapping opportunities
  • begin to move the wolf population toward the established goal of 350
  • monitor, learn and adapt for future seasons

“Harvest quotas are expected to move the wolf population downward, but are cautious as we seek to evaluate the impacts of the first season,” said Vander Zouwen.

Harvest proposal

The department is looking for feedback on a preliminary proposed range of harvest quotas totaling between 142 and 233 wolves.

Chippewa tribes may make a declaration of up to 50 percent of the final quota within the Ceded Territory. The department has begun and will continue consulting with the tribes in developing these rules.

The proposed number of state hunting and trapping licenses assumes a 20 percent success rate which equals five times the final quota. Harvest zones would be closed to hunting and trapping when the quota is approached in each zone. License holders could hunt in any zone.

The proposed wolf zones are intended to manage for a sustainable wolf population and will take into account areas of the state that may be more or less suitable for wolves.


For more information Contact

  • Bill Vander Zouwen – 608-266-8840
  • Tom Hauge – 608-266-2193

NEXT WEEK: Results for POLL s724

Do you approve of the proposed framework for a wolf hunting and trapping season?

YES 69.6% | NO 21.7% | MAYBE 8.7% | UNDECIDED 0% | COMMENTS [6]

6 thoughts on “DSORe POLL S724

  1. COMMENT #6 (YES) | Survey Monkey
    This should have been done a long time ago! The area where I gun/bow hunt for whitetail has been devastated by the wolves (Wood Co.). Its bad enough that the state let us shoot so many does with the excessive doe permits aloud these days, but now the wolves have killed a majority of what was left of a herd in our area. Where is the value of keeping so many wolves around? There is no value! Where does the state make money from the wolf population…it doesn’t…but it sure does from what is left of our beat-up whitetail heard. People are sick and tired of not seeing deer when they go hunting these days, and that is all because of our poor DNR decisions made in the last 15-20 years. I’m tired of telling the younger generation of hunters what our whitetail heard numbers used to be like when I first started hunting…and I’m sure they are tired of me talking about them days too. FIX IT NOW…fix it before our future hunters give up hunting totally, because they are sick and tired of seeing less deer each year they hunt. Kids these days have so many more choices of entertainment for themselves, and they don’t have the patients to sit all day in the woods to see 1-3 deer if they are lucky. There is a reason why the average age of us sportsmen is getting older and older every year…we are loosing the intrest levels of our next generation of sportsmen…that’s why. Please fix it before its too late. Thin out the wolves…or thin out our future sportsmen…you choose. The power is in your hands…yet once again. Un-happy Hunter (Sportsman)
    6/18/2012 11:17 AM

  2. COMMENT #5 (YES) | Survey Monkey
    Would like to see harvest of 300 wolfs, not including tribal share or animals taken during depredication harvest.
    6/16/2012 8:28 PM

  3. COMMENT #3 (MAYBE) | Survey Monkey
    I do not like the way DNR wants to contol it, but it needs to be done.
    6/16/2012 7:18 PM

  4. COMMENT #2 (YES) | Survey Monkey
    I think Wisconsin is too populated to have wolves in it. Plus we are the dairy state with animals through out our state, also horses, sheep etc. domestic pets galore. Wolves are an unwanted addition to the countryside in my opinion. I fear for myself and my family hiking and enjoying the out of doors now
    6/16/2012 12:44 AM

  5. COMMENT #1 (NO) | Survey Monkey
    What ever happened to Darwin’s theory of Nature on earth, “Survival of the Fittest:?
    6/15/2012 11:47 PM

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