Contact(s): Bill Cosh, DNR spokesperson - 608-267-2773
STEVENS POINT -- The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board has approved the 2012 wolf hunt quota, zones and rules for Wisconsin's fall 2012 wolf hunting and trapping season. The emergency rule was approved on a unanimous vote.
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved three amendments to the proposal at today's meeting after listening to testimony from over 40 people:
DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp praised DNR staff for their hard work on the proposal at today's meeting. "I want to thank the DNR staff for the tremendous work they did in pulling together this proposal. We were operating with some pretty tight timelines. They rose to the challenges before them. This is just another example of the great work that our state's wildlife professionals do on a daily basis on behalf of the citizens of Wisconsin," said Stepp. "In addition, I want to thank the public for their input and help, which allowed us to find a good balance for Wisconsin's first wolf hunting season."
The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved a quota of up to 201wolves that could be harvested during the first season. The available quota and permits available to nontribal hunters and trappers will be determined after tribes make their declarations of the harvest quota for the Ceded Territory. The season will run October 15, 2012 through February 28, 2013.
All hunters will be eligible to receive a wolf harvest permit in a drawing during the first year. Unsuccessful hunters will be awarded a preference point. Permit applications may be purchased at any ALIS license vendor, online and by telephone. The permit application fee is $10. The license fee is $100 for residents; $500 for nonresidents.
"It is very important if someone has any interest in hunting wolves, that they apply for a preference point this year," said Kurt Thiede, Division Administrator of Lands.
The 2012 wolf hunting season proposal is a temporary framework, known as an emergency rule. Beginning next year the department will begin work on a permanent rule.