The new wolf hunting and trapping season will run from mid-October through the end of February. If applications exceed the number of licenses, the Department of Natural Resources would issue half of the licenses at random and the other half through a preference point system.
Wisconsin wolves came off the federal endangered species list last year, freeing state officials to manage them as they see fit. Walker said in a statement the state’s wolf population has grown to more than 800 animals and a hunt will help farmers protect their livestock.
“The DNR is ready to put the rules in place that will allow them to reduce the herd to a healthy, sustainable level,” the governor said.