DNR Hosts Local Public Meeting On Wolf Hunt
There will be a wolf hunt in Wisconsin this fall but how many wolves can be hunted in each region is still up for discussion. The public voiced their opinions in Spooner for the first time Wednesday night.
The legislature and the Governor approved the wolf hunt in April setting some rules. Trapping and dogs will be allowed as will limited baiting. About a few hundred licenses will be given at random to all who apply. It will cost $10 to apply and if you are selected, it will cost $100 for a license for residents and $500 for non-residents.
But before licenses can be handed out, the DNR must set kill limits which is why they asked for public opinions in Spooner Wednesday night.
The DNR does have an initial plan. They want to divide the state into zones allowing a certain number of wolves to be taken per zone. With 850 wolves statewide the DNR is estimating they’ll take about 142 to 233 this first year. Most at the meeting were happy with this initial plan.
The largest number of wolves will most likely be killed in the northwest region.
There will be three more public hearings. The next is on Friday in Black River Falls.
The DNR will vote on the final parameters at their board meeting July 17th.