Wisconsin reserving part of wolf hunt for Chippewa bands

Wisconsin's DNR is letting hunters take 201 gray wolves this fall. 85 of those will be reserved for Chippewa bands based on 19th Century treaties in which the tribe retained hunting rights in northern Wisconsin.
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Wisconsin's DNR is letting hunters take 201 gray wolves this fall. 85 of those will be reserved for Chippewa bands based on 19th Century treaties in which the tribe retained hunting rights in northern Wisconsin.

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