Wis. Wolf Hunt Gets Underway, Sparks Some Protests
Posted at: 10/15/2013 11:33 AM
| Updated at: 10/15/2013 11:05 PM
Wisconsin's second organized wolf hunt is underway, sparking at least two protests in the state on Tuesday.
The Department of Natural Resources has set a 251-wolf kill limit across six zones. The hunt is scheduled to end Feb. 28 or whenever the kill limit is reached.
According to the DNR's website, no one had reported taking a wolf by the end of the day.
The wolf hunt has been one of the most contentious outdoor issues Wisconsin has grappled with in years. Supporters say the hunt is a way to manage wolves that are ravaging farmers' livestock.
Animal welfare advocates counter the state's wolf population is too fragile to support a hunt.
A small group of protestors gathered in Superior to protest. Philip Anderson, says he's a hunter, but thinks the wolf hunt is poor environmental policy.
"I've hunted deer for many years in Northern Wisconsin. I'm not against hunting, but I think the hunt on the wolf population with the population of them being so small is just really ridiculous," said Anderson, who lives in Maple. "There's no reason to hunt wolves."
The group Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf hosted a protest in Madison as well.
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