Wolf hunt

Wisconsin DNR

Hunters harvested 216 wolves during Wisconsin’s 2021 wolf season.

The season was set to last 7-days but was cut short as hunters quickly filled quotas.

The 216 wolves are nearly 100 more wolves than the 119 wolf quota issued the Natural Resources Board.  

DNR employees pointed to a couple different reasons for the number going so far over.

Hunters have 24 hours to report kills which can lead to delays in reporting. By state law, the DNR has to give 24 hours-notice before closing a zone.

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  Hunters and trappers have blown past Wisconsin's wolf kill target, forcing an early end to the hunting season and angering animal rights activists and conservationists.

The Department of Natural Resources opened a season Monday that was supposed to run through Sunday, with a kill target of 119 animals.

It became clear Tuesday that hunters and trappers were on pace to exceed the limit, so the agency moved up the season's end to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The department reported around midday Wednesday that hunters and trappers had already 162 animals.

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Wisconsin wildlife officials plan to end the state's wolf season on Wednesday after hunters and trappers filled nearly 70% of the state's kill quota in less than 48 hours.

The Department of Natural Resources opened the hunt on Monday morning.

It had been scheduled to run through Sunday, but hunters and trappers had already killed 82 of the 119-wolf quota as of Tuesday afternoon.

Department officials say the season will end Wednesday.


  Wisconsin wildlife officials have opened a wolf season after hunting advocates sued to move the start date up from November amid fears that the Biden administration might restore protections for the animals.

The hunt got underway Monday across six management zones and is slated to run through Sunday.

The kill limit is 200 animals, which means some zones could close early as hunters near the limit.

The Trump administration removed wolves from the federal endangered species list in January, returning management to the states.

Wisconsin DNR

The Wisconsin Court of Appeals has dismissed a Department of Natural Resources request to stop the wolf hunt, which is scheduled to begin next week.

The DNR was appealing a court order that requires a hunt this month. But the appeals court says that the order was not a final judgment, so the appellate court has no jurisdiction over the appeal.

The weeklong wolf hunt will run from Feb. 22 through Feb. 28, and the permit application period closes at midnight Saturday. Up to 200 animals will be allowed to be harvested.


The National Resources board set a wolf harvest quota of 200 wolves for a hunt expected to happen this month.

That number is based on the recommendations of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. The agency said it considered several factors in coming up with that number.

They include the most recent population estimates, the public response to earlier harvests, the current management plan, and other research.


The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says it will propose a harvest quota of 200 wolves.

The group’s policy board meets Monday to discuss launching a wolf hunt immediately.

The agency considered several factors in coming up with the number.

Those include the most recent population estimate, the public response to earlier harvests, the current management plan and other research.

Wisconsin law mandates the DNR run a wolf season from November through the end of February.

Wisconsin DNR

A judge has ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to start a wolf hunt this month rather than wait until November.

The Trump administration removed wolves from the federal endangered species list in January, returning management to the states.

Wisconsin law mandates the DNR run a wolf season from November through February.

The department had planned to start the season this November but national hunting advocacy group Hunter Nation filed a lawsuit earlier this month to force an immediate start.

Endangered Species Coalition

When President Trump signed the Omnibus spending bill recently he kept the government running.

One little publicized development was a move by members of Congress to remove the gray wolf from federal endangered species protection. That was eliminated from the bill Trump signed. The move stops states from managing gray wolf populations and leaves it in federal control through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


One of the side effects of a legislative move to stop state enforcement of wolf management is a long-standing program to track wolves in the winter.

The volunteer citizens program began under the direction of former DNR staffer Adrian Wydeven.

The volunteers go into the woods and track wolves and other carnivores, helping the DNR to put together a data base of animal populations. The proposed legislation ends all DNR supervision except to reimburse property owners who lost animals to wolves.

New Report Lists Gray Wolf Among Top Ten Imperiled Species

Dec 27, 2016

As the Obama administration prepares to hand over power to President-elect Donald Trump, the Endangered Species Coalition has just released its top 10 list of imperiled species. The advocacy group wants the next administration to take steps to slow the rates of extinction.


Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin has called on the U.S. House leadership to delist the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List before they head home for the holidays.

The House is scheduled to head home this week. In a letter to  leaders, Baldwin says this is a key issue that needs addressing soon...

Tiffany Asking Baldwin To Join Wolf Delisting Effort

Nov 19, 2016
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A Northwoods Senate Republican is again pushing to have states regain control of their wolf populations. And this time, he hopes to convince a leading Democrat to get on board.

Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst says the federal courts and Congress need to stop what he calls "ping ponging" -- moving Upper Midwest wolves on and off the federal endangered list as was done in recent years.

Record Number Of Hunting Dog Deaths

Oct 12, 2016

State wildlife officials say a record number of hunting dogs were killed by gray wolves in the recent bear hunting season.

The D-N-R says at least 40 hunting dogs were confirmed dead during the bear hunt that ended Tuesday -- way up from the previous record of 23.

The Wisconsin State Journal says some people blame a federal court decision which ended  the state's wolf hunt almost two years ago, while some say bear hunters should have the good sense to stay away from areas where their dogs could be put in jeopardy.


The Great Lakes Wolf Summit is set for September 15 in Cumberland, Wisconsin. The summit was called by two Republican legislators, State Senator Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst and Representative Adam Jarchow.