STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAU) - As expected, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board is getting an earful today before it votes on regulations for a new wolf hunting season.
Almost 100 people looked on, as the D-N-R’s policy-setting board began its meeting in Stevens Point. Almost 45 people had asked to address the board. Those who oppose the wolf hunt are too late, since that issue was decided by the governor and Legislature earlier in the year. The politicians even set the dates for the hunt at mid-October through February.
What the D-N-R has yet to decide is the harvest limit, and the number of hunters who can have a chance at shooting a wolf. Agency staffers have recommended that 201 wolves be shot – almost a quarter of the state’s wolf herd.
The D-N-R also proposed a limit of just over two-thousand hunting permits for the initial wolf season. The quota would be spread among six management zones. Environmentalists say it’s too high – while others say the quota is too low.