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Wisconsin DNR rejects starting wolf hunt immediately

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources policy board has refused Republican legislators’ request to implement a wolf hunt immediately.

The DNR held three wolf seasons from 2012 to 2014 before a federal judge placed Great Lakes wolves back on the endangered species list.

Former President Donald Trump’s administration removed them from the list earlier this month.

The DNR is planning a hunt in November, but a group of GOP legislators has demanded the agency launch the season immediately.

Board member Greg Kazmierski offered a motion during a meeting Friday that would have started the hunt by Feb. 10 and set quotas at 2014 levels.

The board voted it down 4-3 amid concerns that Wisconsin’s Native American tribes haven’t been consulted as per treaty rights. 


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is pushing back against Republican legislators seeking to implement a wolf hunting season immediately.

The DNR held three wolf seasons from 2012 to 2014 before a federal judge placed Great Lakes wolves back on the endangered species list.

Former President Donald Trump’s administration removed them from the list earlier this month.

The DNR is planning to hold a hunt in November, but a group of GOP legislators has demanded the agency launch the season immediately.

DNR Deputy Secretary Todd Ambs told the department’s policy board on Friday that the agency needs time to gather input and set quotas. He said no emergency exists and the board shouldn’t take any action.

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