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Board Sets Rules for Wisconsin's First Wolf Hunt

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Wisconsin DNR

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board voted unanimously yesterday afternoon to adopt the DNR’s recommendations for Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt. The rules the Board set down include a kill quota of 201 wolves, which were recently delisted from Endangered Species Act. The hunt will run from October to February.

The hunt has been controversial enough that more than a hundred people jammed the hearing room in Stevens Point where the Board was meeting, and some 40-plus people testified during the hearing.

One of the people to testify was Tim Van Deelen, an associate professor of forest and wildlife ecology at the University of Wisconsin. He’s a wolf expert and on the scientific advisory committee that has worked with the DNR as the wolf population has steadily grown in the state.

Following the meeting, Van Deelen spoke with WUWM environmental reporter Susan Bence about the decision. He says he's not overly concerned about this first wolf hunt.

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UW wildlife biologist Tim Van Deelen (right) and PhD student Jennifer Stenglein designed a tool that gauges the impact of harvesting on the long term stability of Wisconsin's wolf population.

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Susan Bence entered broadcasting in an untraditional way. After years of avid public radio listening, Susan returned to school and earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She interned for WUWM News and worked with the Lake Effect team, before being hired full-time as a WUWM News reporter / producer.