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Seven wolves reportedly killed during nine-day gun deer season

MADISON - At least seven wolves in Wisconsin were illegally shot-to-death during the nine-day deer season last month. The state DNR is investigating.

The agency was monitoring four of the wolves with radio collars. Hunters found the other three. The DNR said 31 wolves have been killed during the last six gun deer hunts, dating back to 2006.

The U.S. Fish-and-Wildlife Service is considering a removal of Upper Midwest gray wolves from the federal endangered species' list. It would let Wisconsin carry out its own management plan to keep a growing wolf population under control.

The state had a goal of having 350 wolves when the species was re-introduced. But that number has more than doubled. The DNR estimated the wolf population at 782 last winter.