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Wisconsin DNR extends public comment period on new wolf management plan

Plan would create local management goals for 6 zones in the state

NRB To Consider Request To Resume Wolf Hunt
Photo courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

The public will get extra time to weigh in on the state’s proposed management plan for wolves.

Last month, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released a draft plan that shifted away from setting statewide population goals for wolves. Instead, the plan outlined six zones that would each have local targets for management goals.

It’s only the second time a new wolf management plan has been adopted since the original was approved more than two decades ago. It’s been met with support from environmental and conservation groups, but criticized by some lawmakers and hunting organizations.

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On Tuesday, the DNR said it is extending the public comment period through the end of February. It had originally planned to close comment on Jan. 10.

The agency says the plan’s goal is to maintain a healthy population while minimizing conflicts and giving opportunities for wolf hunting and sightseeing.