UPDATE: Wis. wolf season ends with 6 extra wolves killed

UPDATED Thursday, December 26, 2013 --- 3:21 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wolf hunters and trappers went slightly over the quota this season.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources said Thursday the 2013 season ended with 257 wolves harvested. That's six animals over the 251-wolf limit.

The sixth and last zone to close was Zone 3, covering a narrow swath of northwestern Wisconsin. That zone closed at 5 p.m. Monday.

The quota for Zone 3 was 71 wolves and the closure was initiated when wolf 64 was killed Saturday. Hunters ended up taking 75 wolves in that zone, four over the quota.

Wisconsin's wolf season was to run through the end of February unless hunters reached their statewide limit.

The 2012-13 season ended two months early on Dec. 23 as well after hunters exceeded their 116-wolf limit by one animal.

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UPDATED Monday, December 23, 2013 --- 7:38 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's wolf hunting and trapping season has ended.

The Wisconsin Department of Resources closed the sixth and last zone at 5 p.m. Monday.

Zone 3 covers a narrow swath of northwestern Wisconsin.

The quota for Zone 3 was set at 71 wolves and the closure process was initiated when wolf 64 was killed Saturday. Hunters took 69 wolves in that zone.

The DNR earlier closed five zones after hunters reached their limits. This season's quota was 135 wolves higher than last season.

Wisconsin's wolf season was to run through the end of February unless hunters reached their statewide limit of 251 wolves.

The 2012-13 season ended two months early on Dec. 23 as well after hunters exceeded their 116-wolf limit by one animal.

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UPDATED Monday, December 23, 2013 --- 11:02 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- There are only hours left in Wisconsin's wolf hunting and trapping season.

The Wisconsin Department of Resources says the sixth and last zone closes at 5 p.m. Monday.

Zone 3 covers a narrow swath of northwestern Wisconsin that includes portions of Burnett, Washburn, Barron, Chippewa, Rusk, Sawyer, Price and Taylor counties.

The quota for Zone 3 was set at 71 wolves and the closure process was initiated when wolf 64 was killed Saturday.

The DNR has already closed five zones after hunters reached their limits. This season's quota was 135 wolves.

Wisconsin's wolf season was to run through the end of February unless hunters reached their statewide limit.

The 2012-13 season ended two months early on Dec. 23 as well after hunters exceeded their 116-wolf limit by one animal.

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UPDATED Wednesday, November 6, 2013 --- 3:25 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's largest wolf-hunting zone is about to close for the season.

Wildlife officials plan to close the zone that covers most of the southern two-thirds of Wisconsin, at 2 p.m. Thursday.

The kill limit for that zone is 30 wolves. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources says 29 wolves are reported harvested.

That will leave only one zone still open for wolf hunting or trapping. That zone is a band that stretches across part of northwestern Wisconsin.

The DNR divided Wisconsin into six wolf hunting zones.

The hunt began Oct. 15 and will run until hunters reach the 251-wolf statewide kill limit or through the end of February, whichever comes first.

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 29, 2013 --- 8:13 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials are poised to close two more wolf hunting zones.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has divided the state into six wolf hunting zones.

The agency plans to close the far northwestern Wisconsin zone at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The kill limit for the zone is 76 animals. Hunters had taken 72 as of late Tuesday afternoon.

The DNR plans to close the west-central Wisconsin zone at the same time. Hunters have killed 33 of the 34-wolf quota.

The agency shut down the zone that covers much of far northeastern Wisconsin last week after hunters killed one more wolf than the 28-animal limit.

The hunt began Oct. 15 and will run until hunters reach the 251-wolf statewide kill limit or through the end of February, whichever comes first.

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 29, 2013 --- 5:06 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin wildlife officials are poised to close another wolf hunting zone.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has divided the state into six wolf hunting zones.

The agency plans to close the far northwestern Wisconsin zone at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The kill limit for the zone is 76 animals. Hunters had taken 72 as of late Tuesday afternoon.

The agency shut down the zone that covers much of far northeastern Wisconsin last week after hunters killed one more wolf than the 28-animal limit.

The hunt began Oct. 15 and will run until hunters reach the 251-wolf statewide kill limit or through the end of February, whichever comes first.

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 22, 2013 --- 4:58 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is closing an area in northeastern Wisconsin to wolf hunting and trapping.

The DNR says Zone 2 will close at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The zone is close to its limit. Zone 2 has a cap of 28 wolves, and 26 wolves have been reported killed.

Zone 2 includes parts of Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida and Vilas counties. It's the first wolf zone to be closed this season.

The wolf hunt remains open in all other zones.

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UPDATED Tuesday, October 22, 2013 --- 9:58 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin hunters have killed 95 wolves this season, putting them sharply ahead of last year's pace.

The state Department of Natural Resources set a quota of 251 wolves this season. The agency says 95 were killed as of Tuesday, the seventh day of the hunt. That's about twice the pace at which wolves were killed last year, the state's inaugural wolf-hunt season.

Hunters killed 117 wolves last year, one over the quota. The DNR estimated that last winter's wolf population was as high as 834 animals, and the agency is trying to reduce the population to 350.

The wolf hunt is divided into six zones, each with its own limit. Zone 2, which spans northeast Wisconsin, is closest to its limit, as 24 of 28 wolves have been harvested there.

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Posted Tuesday, October 15, 2013 --- 11:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin's second organized wolf hunt is underway.

The season opened Tuesday morning. The Department of Natural Resources has set a 251-wolf kill limit across six zones.

The hunt is scheduled to end Feb. 28 or whenever the kill limit is reached. According to the DNR's website, no one had reported taking a wolf as of late morning.

The wolf hunt has been one of the most contentious outdoor issues Wisconsin has grappled with in years. Supporters say the hunt is a way to manage wolves that are ravaging farmers' livestock. Animal welfare advocates counter the state's wolf population is too fragile to support a hunt.

The group Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf has planned protests in Superior and Madison for late Tuesday afternoon.

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