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Wolf hunting and trapping

Attention: On Oct. 29, 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that they will be removing gray wolves from the federal endangered species list for the lower 48 states. The rule will be published in the Federal Register on Nov. 3 and will take effect 60 days after on Jan. 4, 2021.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources welcomes the responsibility of again managing wolves in Wisconsin. The department has successfully done so for decades and will continue to follow the science and laws that influence our management. All wolf management, including hunting, will be conducted in a transparent and deliberative process, in which public and tribal participation will be encouraged.

The DNR will continue to partner with USDA-Wildlife Services to address wolf conflicts in Wisconsin. If you suspect wolves in the depredation of livestock, pets or hunting dogs, or if wolves are exhibiting threatening or dangerous behavior, contact USDA-Wildlife Services staff immediately. If in northern Wisconsin, call 1-800-228-1368 or 715-369-5221; if in southern Wisconsin, call 1-800-433-0663 or 920-324-4514. Until delisting takes effect, it remains unlawful to shoot a wolf unless there is an immediate threat to human safety. Following the delisting effective date, the DNR may implement all abatement measures as applicable to each situation, which may include lethal control.

All wolf harvest zones are closed.

    Preference Points Status

    To find out about how many points you have accumulated, contact the Bureau of Customer and Outreach Services at 1-888-936-7463.


    Wolf/coyote comparison

    Population Information

    Wolf management

    For more information about wolf management, including the Wolf Advisory Committee notes, go to the Wolf management webpage.

    Anyone suspecting wolf depredation in northern Wisconsin should call USDA Wildlife Services immediately at 800-228-1368 (in state) or 715-369-5221. In southern Wisconsin call 800-433-0663 (in state) or 920-324-4514.