Hard to conclude otherwise, as the current march to the pack-decimating 251 gun and trapping kill
is not matching the bloody pace of the 'harvest's' first two weeks, DNR data show.
Tuesday evening update: Current kill is 168.
Wednesday evening update: 178.
Or the slowdown is deliberate, as dogs might be allowed in the hunt after 12/2 and if kill quotas are still open?
By the way, here is how the DNR describes this killing in an email today announcing the closing of one hunting zone:
“Our ultimate goal is to harvest 251 wolves, distributed across the landscape,” said [senior DNR wolf specialist David] MacFarland. “The harvest zones are a tool by which we attempt to direct the harvest to achieve desired outcomes. The quotas concentrate hunting pressure more in areas with higher potential for conflicts, allowing for higher population densities in core habitat where potential for conflict is lower. This is our second season, and we continue to learn information about harvest success that will be valuable in future management decisions.”Tools. Outcomes. Management decisions. We may as well be reading about widget production per assembly line machine.