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Hunters and trappers blow past Wisconsin’s wolf kill target


MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Hunters and trappers have blown past Wisconsin's wolf kill target, forcing an early end to the hunting season and angering animal rights activists and conservationists.

The Department of Natural Resources opened a season Monday that was supposed to run through Sunday, with a kill target of 119 animals.

It became clear Tuesday that hunters and trappers were on pace to exceed the limit, so the agency moved up the season's end to 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The department reported hunters and trappers had killed 178 animals at the close of the season.

They also exceeded state targets during the 2012, 2013 and 2014 wolf seasons.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials plan to end the state's wolf season on Wednesday after hunters and trappers filled nearly 70% of the state's kill quota in less than 48 hours.

The Department of Natural Resources opened the hunt on Monday morning.

It had been scheduled to run through Sunday, but hunters and trappers had already killed 82 of the 119-wolf quote as of Tuesday afternoon.

Department officials say the season will end Wednesday.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's wolf quota is nearly halfway full after just one day of hunting and trapping.

The Department of Natural Resources launched a one-week wolf hunt on Monday.

The department reports that as of Tuesday morning hunter and trappers had killed 52 wolves, filling nearly 44% of the 119-animal statewide quota.

Of the DNR's six management zones, the central Wisconsin zone, which includes portions of Adams, Juneau, Monroe, Clark and Eau Claire counties, yielded the most kills at 17. The season is scheduled to continue through Sunday, although the DNR may close zones early as their quotas are reached.

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