A Jefferson County judge says the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources violated the law by not immediately scheduling a wolf hunt when federal protections were removed. An injunction was issued last week by Jefferson County Judge Bennett Brantmeier. He ruled the state has to hold a hunt immediately any time the federal protections are lifted during the statutory hunting season that runs from November through February. Brantmeier’s ruling comes from a lawsuit filed by Kansas-based Hunter Nation. For now, wolf hunting in Wisconsin has been paused while a Dane County judge considers another suit filed by wildlife advocacy groups last summer.

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