MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials will start drawing permits this week for hunters and trappers wanting to partake in the wolf hunt.
The Department of Natural Resources has set this year's wolf hunt at a quota of 275 wolves. The state's Chippewa tribes have laid claim to 24 wolves, leaving 251 available for non-tribal hunters and trappers.
The DNR will issue 2,151 permits by following a 10-to-1 permit-to-wolf ratio.
A total of 12,108 hunters and trappers have applied for a wolf permit this year, which is down from 17,377 applicants the previous year.
The DNR will award the permits through a lottery system on Thursday. Applicants who do not receive a permit will earn a preference point that improves their chances in next year's drawing.
Permit winners will be notified by mid-September.
The wolf season is set to begin on October 15.
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