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Board member suggests no population goal in new wolf plan

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Posted at 1:28 PM, Jan 26, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-26 15:53:34-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A member of the Department of Natural Resources policy board is suggesting that the agency's new wolf management plan not include a specific population goal.

The DNR's current wolf management plan dates back to 1999 and sets out a population goal of 350 animals. The DNR's latest population estimates, compiled over the winter of 2019-20, totaled about 1,030 animals. Wolf hunt supporters have used the 350-animal goal as justification for trimming the population through hunting.

The DNR anticipates issuing a new management plan by June. Board member Greg Kazmierzski said during a meeting Wednesday that nobody believes the DNR's population estimates and suggested that rather than establishing a numeric goal the plan should signal whether the population should shrink or grow.

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