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Preparations underway for wolf hunt

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)   Wisconsin's second wolf hunt begins a week from tomorrow.  About 2,500 permits were issued.  As of Friday, the state D-N-R said just over 1,000 hunters are bought their licenses.  

Wolf hunting continues to be controversial. State officials jumped on the opportunity almost two years ago, because of all the livestock and crop damage caused by a Wisconsin wolf population that grew larger than expected.  Animal rights activities condemned the idea of a wolf hunts in Wisconsin and elsewhere, and they've filed suit to return the animal to the federal endangered species list.  That lawsuit remains pending. 

Meanwhile wolf hunters are looking for another wildly successful season.  A year ago, one outside expert said the state's terrain and conditions would make it impossible for hunters to shoot their first quota of 117 wolves in a four-and-a-half-month season.  Hunters proved the skeptics wrong, as they reached the quota in just two-and-a-half months. 

This year hunters will have from October 15th to February 28th to kill 251 wolves -- more than twice the 2012 quota.