Wolf hunt so far outpaces last year
Hunters and trappers are harvesting wolves at a much faster rate than last season, according to information provided by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Figures reported through Sunday showed 85 wolves taken in the first six days of the hunt -- a third of the statewide quota for the 2013-14 season.
In last year's inaugural hunt, trappers and hunters had reported only 77 wolves harvested a full month into the season. The first zones closed on Nov. 16, and the final zone closed on Dec. 23.
Zones will close much sooner this year if the current pace continues. Zone 2 is the nearest to closing, with 17 wolves taken of its 28-wolf quota.
Zone 1, which covers the northwest portion of the state, has the most total kills with 37 wolves. The quota for Zone 1 is 76 wolves.
Bayfield County accounts for 32 percent of the wolf harvest in Zone 1. Hunters and trappers in that county have taken 12 wolves so far to lead the state.
Five wolves have been reported for Douglas County. The first was taken on the second day of the season, Oct. 16, and the other four were taken Oct. 20. All were captured in a foothold trap.
Overall, 57 of the 85 wolves killed statewide were trapped.
The statewide wolf quota for the 2013-14 season is 251 wolves. That is more than double last year's quota, which was 116.
The DNR reports license sales at 1,686 for residents and 10 for non-residents.
Wolf Harvest by County
Eau Claire 1
Wolf Harvest by Zone
Zone 1 76 37
Zone 2 28 17
Zone 3 71 2
Zone 4 12 3
Zone 5 34 18
Zone 6 30 8
Total: 251 8