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Wisconsin is closing the wolf hunt season in two zones in the northeastern part of the state after quotes have been reached.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said Thursday it was closing the zones Friday when hunting and trapping hours end.

The quota for Zone 2, which encompasses the far northeastern corner of the state, was set at 20 wolves and the decision to close it came after 18 were killed.
The quota for Zone 4, which is just to the south of Zone 2, was just five wolves and four have been reported killed.

Most of Lincoln County is either in Zone 2 or Zone 4.

All of the four other zones remain open.

The hunt began on Oct. 15. It’s set to run until hunters kill 116 wolves or until the last day of February, whichever comes first.

“The harvest trend in Zone 2 has been steady while harvest in Zone 4, which is one wolf from quota, has been sporadic. We’ve watched trends and feel our best decision to make sure we don’t exceed quotas is to start the closure process today just prior to reaching quota, anticipating increased harvest rates with the opening of the nine-day deer hunt this weekend,” said Kurt Thiede, DNR Lands Division Administrator. “This is Wisconsin’s inaugural season. We are learning much about hunter and trapper success rates that will help us draft permanent rules that continue to move the wolf population down toward levels in line with biological and social carrying capacity .”

“We will be considering harvest trends as we approach quotas in other zones as well. Our ultimate goal is to reduce the wolf population by 116 animals, distributed across the landscape,” said Thiede.

The state wolf harvest quota for Zone 2 was set at 20 wolves and the closure process was initiated when 18 wolves were reported as harvested. The state wolf harvest quota for Zone 4 was set at 5 wolves and the closure process was initiated when 4 wolves were reported as harvested. Wolf hunters and trappers are advised that they can continue to pursue wolves in zones 1, 3, 5 and 6, but are urged to watch zones 1 and 5.
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