6 tribes sue Wisconsin to try to stop November wolf hunt

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FILE – In this Oct. 10. 2012 file photo, a timber wolf named Comet is seen at the Timber Wolf Preservation Society in Greendale, Wis. A coalition of animal rights groups planned to file a lawsuit Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, to stop Wisconsin’s fall wolf hunt. (AP Photo/Carrie Antlfinger, File)

Six Native American tribes are suing the state of Wisconsin to try to stop its planned wolf hunt in November. They assert that the hunt violates their treaty rights and endangers an animal they consider sacred.

The Chippewa tribes say treaties give them rights to half of the wolf quota in a territory they ceded to the United States in the mid-1800s.

But rather than hunt wolves, the tribes want to protect them.

Hunters blew past their limit during a hunt in February. The Department of Natural Resources set the quota at 119 but hunters killed 218 in just four days.

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