“The swelling wolf population has created a hardship for many farmers and homeowners,” Walker said in a statement. “The DNR is ready to put the rules in place that will allow them to reduce the herd to a healthy, sustainable level.”
The bill passed through the state senate and assembly last month, a couple of months after after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed wolves from the federal list of endangered species on Jan. 27.
The wolf hunt rules, which were modeled after the state’s bear hunting season, allow for hunting with firearms, bows, crossbows and foothold traps. Bait, dogs and electronic calls will also be legal to use. It will cost $10 to apply for a wolf hunting license. The licenses themselves will cost $100 for residents and $500 for nonresidents. Licenses will be awarded through a drawing system.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, which estimates there are currently about 800 wolves in the state, will set a cap on the number of wolves that can be killed during the season.
For more information, read today’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel story on the bill signing or the story on the bill passing the state senate last month.