Expanding the wolf hunt is the most visible topic up for discussion today at Department of Natural Resource meetings hosted in Wausau.
The DNR is proposing a quota of 275 wolves, an increase from last year’s inaugural quota of 201 wolves. After the Chippewa Tribes declaration of 85, the remaining 116 wolves were harvested.
With the increased quota this year, the Chippewa could claim up to 115. Since they oppose the wolf hunt, they do not kill the animals they are allotted.
The current population estimate for wolves is in the low 800’s.
Other items up for discussion at today’s meetings include requesting hearings for migratory bird hunts, hunting on park lands and measures regarding mercury emissions.
The meetings will take place at the Jefferson Street Inn in Wausau starting at 8:35 and scheduled to run through the early afternoon.