MADISON (WKOW) – Wisconsin is closing a third wolf harvest zone due to meeting the set quota.
The Department of Natural Resources said the zone in far northwestern Wisconsin will close on Sunday at 5 p.m. The zone's quota of 32 wolves was reached on Saturday.
Zones 3, 5 and 6 remain open but the DNR expects zones 5 and 6 to close soon because both are within two wolves of their harvest quotas.
The DNR advises wolf hunters and trappers to check daily for additional closures.
Kurt Thiede, DNR Lands Division Administrator, notes that the state's ultimate goal is to reduce the wolf population by 116 animals, distributed across the landscape. Thiede says wildlife managers are learning much about hunter and trapper success rates in this inaugural season that will help in drafting permanent rules in the future.
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