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Hunting in Wisconsin: 4 Animals Designated Non-game, Endangered, Threatened, and Protected Species

By    |   Thursday, 04 Jun 2015 03:33 PM

Wisconsin offers an abundance of wildlife that makes it a popular hunting destination. There are some animals that are off-limits to hunting in Wisconsin. These animals are protected either through state or federal law and are not considered game animals.

Hunting animals designated as non-game, endangered, threatened, or protected species in Wisconsin is illegal without a valid permit. First-time violators can be fined up to $2,000 and have hunting privileges revoked for one year.

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Repeat offenders can be fined up to $5,000, serve a maximum jail sentence of nine months and have their hunting privileges revoked for up to three years. Please check current regulations before hunting.

These four animal species are among those protected under Wisconsin law:

1. Gray Wolf
Wolves in the western Great Lakes area were brought back under federal protection in 2015 when a Federal Court Decision in December 2014 re-listed this species as endangered.

A minimum of 809 wolves resided in Wisconsin during the 2012 to 2013 survey period. Gray wolves once ranged across the continental United States until hunted to near extinction in the early 20th Century. They are found mostly in Wisconsin's northern forest areas.

2. Canada Lynx
This endangered species of lynx was once found in abundance in Alaska, Canada and the northern U.S. Canada Lynx have long legs and large feet that are perfect for snowy conditions.

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It has suffered a major decline in numbers in the lower 48 states because of trapping and timber harvests destroying the lynx's natural habitat.

3. Northern Long-Eared Bat
These bats range throughout Wisconsin. They are found in upland forests during the late spring and summer. Once autumn approaches, the bat retreats to wooded areas near caves and mines where they hibernate through the winter. Northern long-eared bats were listed as a threatened species in Wisconsin in 2015.

4. American Marten

Sometimes called the pine marten, this mammal lives in forests made up of conifer and hardwood trees. Martens are born in tree dens in early spring. Trapping and destruction of forest habitat have reduced this species to small numbers in Wisconsin and it is currently listed as endangered.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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