Wolf Hunting News

Wisconsin Wolf Permit Applications Exceed 3,000 in First Two Days

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) didn’t really know what to expect during the opening week of permit applications for the state’s first managed wolf hunt in decades. To their satisfaction, the department has already received 3,277 applications in just the first two days of the application period as of 10 a.m. Friday, August 3.

As Deadline Passes, Constitutionality of Wolves’ Removal from Endangered Species List is Affirmed

While the fight is probably not totally over, on the morning of June 13 advocates of state-based wolf management and control awoke to a major victory.

Public Meetings Set to Gather Input for Wolf Hunting and Trapping Season Rule in Wisconsin

The public will have the opportunity at four upcoming meetings to provide input on the draft concepts to be included in a wolf hunting and trapping season rule that will be going to the state Natural Resources Board on July 17 in Stevens Point as an emergency rule.

The public meetings will include a review of the history of wolf recovery and management in Wisconsin and will focus on major rule components such as harvest management zones, as well as potential wolf harvest quotas and hunting and trapping permit levels. Public comments and questions are welcome.

Anti-Wolf Hunting Activists Plan to Disrupt Minnesota Lottery

The State of Minnesota recently announced that it will hold its first-ever wolf season. The early season would begin on November 3 and continue until the completion of deer season.

The late wolf season would coincide with bobcat season (November 24 through January 6) and is also open to trapping and snaring.

Minnesota DNR Outlines Wolf Season Details, Seeks Public Comment

Minnesota’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season will be conducted this fall and winter. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public comment on details of the proposed season.

Consistent with state law, the state’s first regulated wolf season will start with the beginning of firearms deer hunting on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Meeting on Proposed Wolf Season May 22 in Bozeman, Montana

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks will host a public meeting in Bozeman on Tuesday, May 22 to share information and answer questions on the proposed 2012-13 wolf hunting and trapping season. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn-Bozeman (5 East Baxter Lane).

The proposed 2012-13 general wolf hunting season would run from September 1 to February 28, 2013, with trapping allowed from Dec. 15 to the end of the general wolf season (trapping and hunting of wolves is provided for in Montana’s wolf conservation and management plan).

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Donates for Wolf Management in Montana

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has offered, and the Montana Dept. of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) has accepted, $51,000 in funding assistance for the state’s wolf management efforts.

Funding from RMEF will be paid directly to Wildlife Services.

Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to Set Wolf and Sage Grouse Hunting Seasons at April 25-26 Casper Meeting

Setting hunting seasons for wolves and sage grouse for the coming fall will be the focus of the April 25-26 Wyoming Game and Fish Commission meeting in Casper. Seasons and license quotas for all big game species including wild bison will be established. In addition, the commission will set seasons for upland and early migratory birds and small game as well as turkey seasons for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 hunts.

Changes in the Wisconsin Wolf Depredation Payment Program

Recently enacted legislation has changed the process and timeline and may impact the compensation schedule for livestock, hunting dogs and pets proven to have been killed or injured by gray wolves.

Reward Offered in Mexican Wolf Shooting in Arizona

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agents and Arizona Game and Fish Department law enforcement personnel recovered the carcass of a Mexican wolf pup on March 27, 2012, found next to Forest Road 249 west of Alpine, Ariz. They identified it as female pup fp1247, produced by the Hawks Nest Pack in 2011.
A preliminary exam failed to reveal an obvious cause of death. The carcass was shipped to the National Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Lab in Oregon for a complete necropsy, where they determined the wolf died of a single gunshot wound.