Wisconsin wolf population show a 14% decline, but state officials say that was to be expected

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

The population of gray wolves in Wisconsin was estimated at 972 last winter, a year-over-year decrease of 14%, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

The number of wolf packs was down too, from 292 in 2020-21 to 288 in 2021-22 and the average pack size dropped from 3.8 to 3.2, respectively.

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