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The state Assembly has approved a bill that would push the start of Wisconsin's wolf hunt back if the federal government allows the season to resume

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MADISON, Wisconsin — The state Assembly has approved a bill that would push the start of Wisconsin's wolf hunt back if the federal government allows the season to resume.

Under current law, the wolf hunt begins on Oct. 15 and ends on the last day of February the following year. Rep. Al Ott's bill would push the start date back to the first Saturday in November.

Ott has said the current wolf season conflicts with bird hunters and begins before wolves' winter coats have grown in fully.

Wisconsin has held three wolf hunts. The federal government placed Great Lakes wolves back on the endangered species list in 2014, however, prohibiting the hunts.

The Assembly approved the bill on a voice vote Thursday. It now goes to the Senate.

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