By: Bob Meyer
Citing an increase in human-bear conflicts, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is increasing the quota in Zone D in Northwest Wisconsin. Zone D covers all of Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett, and Washburn Counties and parts Polk, Barron, Rusk and Sawyer Counties.
DNR Northern Wildlife Supervisor Mike Zeckmeister says they would like to focus on the southern portion of the Zone where the highest number of bear-related issues have been reported.
Of the 3,800 bears taken during last year’s hunt, 1,200 were taken in Zone D. The Zone quota is raised to 1,600 for this year’s hunt.
The 2014 season starts September 3rd, hunters still looking for a place to hunt are encouraged to consider properties enrolled in the Agricultural Damage Program. A list of those properties can be found on the DNR website here:
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