Madison, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- The Wisconsin DNR has approved the 2013 wolf hunt quota at 275 with the intention of continuing to reduce the state's wolf population toward management goals.
The upcoming season’s quota of 275 is an increase over 2012’s quota of 201. State hunters and trappers harvested 117 wolves during the 2012 season.
“Wolves and wolf hunting seasons evoke a spectrum of emotions and opinions from people. This quota was set with diverse input to try to balance many of the social interests in wolves with the need, and the department’s responsibility, to manage the state’s wolf population,” said Dave MacFarland, DNR carnivore specialist.
Though the quota has been decided, the amount of wolves harvestable by state trappers and hunters may be adjusted depending on tribal harvest declarations.
The state’s current late-winter 2013 wolf count is 809 to 834 wolves. This count is similar to the late winter population count prior to the 2012 wolf hunt.
“We want people to understand that meeting a quota of 275 wolves does not equal removal of over a third of the current minimum population,” said MacFarland. “The committee has been working closely with University of Wisconsin researchers and based on our best population modeling knowledge, we estimate the approved quota could reduce the population by approximately 13 percent taking all mortality factors into account.”
The DNR Wolf Advisory Committee, comprised of DNR staff along with stakeholders and partners representing the agriculture industry, the Chippewa tribes, Wisconsin Conservation Congress, sportsman groups, and statewide organizations with a vested interest in wolf management, proposed the 2013 quota.
The 2013 wolf season is set to begin on October 15th.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns