Wisconsin wildlife officials approved kill limits for the state's second wolf hunt Wednesday, allowing hunters and trappers to take nearly 300 animals.
The Department of Natural Resources proposed setting the quota at 275 wolves, up from 201 in last year's inaugural hunt. The agency also proposed issuing 2,750 permits in keeping with its 10 permits for every wolf formula. The Natural Resources Board approved the plan unanimously during a meeting in Wausau.
DNR carnivore specialist Dave MacFarland issued a statement saying the quota will put downward pressure on the state's burgeoning wolf population. The DNR's goal is 350 wolves statewide; the agency estimated between 809 and 834 wolves roamed the state late this winter and that count typically doubles when pups are born each spring, McFarland said.
"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," MacFarland said.