Wisconsin opens early wolf hunt after hunter group sued

Updated: 11:33 a.m. on Feb. 22, 2021 

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin wildlife officials have opened an abbreviated wolf season. The hunt got underway Monday across six management zones and is slated to run through Sunday.

The kill limit is 200 animals, which means some zones could close early as hunters near the limit. The Trump administration removed wolves from the federal endangered species list in January, returning management to the states.

Wisconsin law requires wildlife officials hold a wolf hunt between November and February.

The Department of Natural Resources had planned to open the season in November, but Kansas-based hunting advocacy group Hunter Nation won a court order forcing the DNR to open the season this month.

Published: 5:34 a.m. on Feb. 22, 2021 

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) --- Monday, Feb. 22 marks the beginning of the annual weeklong wolf hunt in Wisconsin.

Up to 200 animals will be allowed to be harvested during the hunt, which lasts through Sunday.

A state appeals court last week dismissed a request from the Department of National Resources to stop the wolf hunt.

Many environmental and wildlife groups fear the wolf hunt will lead to senseless killings of the animal.

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