UNDATED (WSAU) - As of Monday the state of Wisconsin will manage its wolf population as a game species for the first time.
Wisconsin is the sixth state to offer wolf hunting and trapping seasons. The DNR’s annual survey put the wolf population at somewhere between 815 and 880 wolves late last winter. Conservationists say the intervening birth of pups probably means the count is twice that by now.
The Wisconsin season will run through February 28th with a quota of 201 animals. Not everybody is going out to hunt wolves right now.An ecologist for the state last waiting until Thanksgiving would be better, since pelts will be in better conditions and tracking in the snow is more likely.