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Today from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., Route 51 regional talk radio focuses on Wisconsinís first wolf hunt. Host Glen Moberg will moderate a discussion with Kurt Thiede, Division Administrator of Lands for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, and Mike Wiggins, Chair of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

Thiede is a Medford native who administers the DNRís Parks and Recreation, Wildlife Management, Endangered Resources, and Facilities and Lands programs.

Wiggins has criticized the wolf hunt plan, and asked for additional areas to be set aside as sanctuaries for the animal. Application for wolf hunting licenses opens August 1st and closes August 31st.

More on wolves in Wisconsin: Wolf hunting news from around the state | Trail cameras capture wolf activity

The DNR has set a kill quota of 201 wolves in an effort to reduce the size of the stateís population. Thursdayís Route 51 program will feature testimony from hunters, ranchers, environmentalists and biologists recorded at the July 17th Natural Resources Board special meeting on the subject in Stevens Point.

Route 51, Wisconsin Public Radio regional talk show, can be heard from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursdays on the Ideas Network stations WLBL 91.9 FM Wausau, WLBL 930 AM Auburndale/Stevens Point, WHBM 90.3 FM Park Falls, WHAA 89.1 FM Adams/Wisconsin Rapids and for those with a high definition radio, on WHRM 90.9-3 HD.

To participate in the discussion, call in to (715) 261-6371 and 1-800-780-9742.

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