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Wolf hunt bill passes Assembly

Posted by richardmoore on March 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

A measure authorizing an annual wolf hunt has passed the Assembly. It had already passed the Senate and so goes now to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. Here's partial analysis from the Legislative Reference Bureau. The actual legislation can be found here.

"This bill requires the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to issue wolf harvesting licenses if the wolf is removed from the U.S. and Wisconsin lists of endangered and threatened species. Under the bill, both state residents and nonresidents may be issued a license. The license authorizes both the hunting and trapping of wolves. The bill requires that there be a single annual season for wolf hunting and trapping from October 15 through the end of February. Under the bill, DNR may limit the number of licenses issued and the number of wolves to be harvested. The bill requires DNR to divide the state into up to four wolf harvesting zones. A wolf harvesting license authorizes the license holder to hunt or trap or both only in the zone that is specified on the license."

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