WI Wolf Hunters Receive Permits

By KBJR News 1

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August 15, 2013 Updated Aug 15, 2013 at 9:38 PM CST

(NNCNOW.com)---More than 2,000 wolf hunters and trappers in the state of Wisconsin were selected for a hunting permit on Thursday.

More than 16,600 interested wolf hunters or trappers applied for a permit for the 2013 season.

The wolf harvest quota was first set at 275 but has been reduced to 251.

The reduction is in response to a recent declaration by the Wisconsin Chippewa Bands that they may take advantage of their tribal right to harvest up to 50 percent of animals in a state harvest.

By reducing the harvest by 24 wolves, DNR officials say they're prepared, should the band choose to exercise their hunting rights.

Wisconsin's wolf hunting season starts Oct. 15.