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DNR reports only 26 wolves still available in first hunting season


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Only 26 wolves are still available to Wisconsin hunters and trappers.

The state DNR said Tuesday that 90 grey wolves were taken since the state’s controversial hunt began on October 15th. 55 of the animals were trapped, and the rest were shot.

The inaugural wolf season was expected to run through the end of February. But with a quota of 116, it might become history in a matter of days.

The DNR has already closed two of the six hunting zones, because their quotas were close to being reached.

Hunters have not been able to use dogs to sniff out their prey. A judge issued a temporary injunction against the practice, after animal rights’ groups claimed it would kill dogs that are no match against the more aggressive wolves.

A court hearing is set for December 20th in Madison, when the judge will be asked by the animal rights’ groups to continue the ban on hunting dogs – while the DNR asks that the entire lawsuit be dropped.