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Wisconsin hunters exceed wolf target by nearly 100 animals

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Posted at 12:32 PM, Feb 24, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-25 19:03:41-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Hunters and trappers have exceeded the state's wolf kill target by almost 100 animals.

Registration data the state Department of Natural Resources released Thursday shows hunters and trappers have killed 216 wolves, blowing past the state kill target of 119.

The hunt began Monday and was supposed to run through Sunday but the DNR shut it down Wednesday afternoon as it became clear hunters would exceed the target.

The kill totals could climb even higher. The DNR estimates about 1,000 wolves roam the state. Department officials said they don't believe the hunt jeopardizes the overall population.

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