WI wolf hunt begins

Oct 17, 2013

MADISON, WI (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 February 28 or whenever the kill limit is reached.  

According to the DNR's website, no one had reported taking a wolf as of late Wednesday 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 held protests in Superior and Madison Tuesday.