Wisconsin Assembly to vote on pushing back wolf hunt date

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly is getting ready to vote on a bill that would push the start of Wisconsin's wolf hunt back by several weeks if the federal government allows the season to resume.
 
Under current law, the wolf hunt begins on Oct. 15 and ends on the last day of February the following year. Republican Rep. Al Ott's bill would push the start date back to the first Saturday in November.
 
Ott has said the current wolf season conflicts with bird hunters and the hunt begins before wolves' thick winter coats have grown in fully.
 
Wisconsin has held three wolf hunts, with the inaugural hunt taking place in 2012. The federal government placed Great Lakes wolves back on the endangered species list in 2014, however, prohibiting the hunts.
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