The Wisconsin DNR announced there will be a wolf season next year.
Under current Wisconsin law, the state is required to hold a wolf hunt as long as the species isn’t on the federal or state endangered species list.
The DNR will be using the next 11 months to “develop a science-based harvest quota” and get input from the public and tribal partners.
The gray wolf will be officially removed from the federal endangered species list on January 4. The wolf season is set for November 6, 2021.
The DNR says once the wolf is removed from the list will “work collaboratively and transparently to create a new wolf management plan to reflect our increased understanding of the biological and social issues relevant to wolf management.”
The DNR will also be creating a new Wolf Management Plan Committee.
The DNR said following delisting and until the official season goes into effect it remains unlawful to shoot a wolf unless there is an immediate threat to human safety. However, if on private land, you can shoot and kill wolves that are in the act of killing, wounding or biting a domestic animal.
If you suspect wolves in the depredation of livestock, pets or hunting dogs, or if wolves are exhibiting threatening or dangerous behavior, contact USDA-Wildlife Services staff immediately. If in northern Wisconsin, call 1-800-228-1368 or 715-369-5221; if in southern Wisconsin, call 1-800-433-0663 or 920-324-4514.