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Animal rights group to hold memorial service for wolves killed in state's first hunt


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Alliance for Animals says it will hold a memorial service on Friday for the 117 grey wolves that Wisconsin hunters killed recently.

Organizer Deanna Devaul said the candlelight event would take place in front of the DNR headquarters in Madison.

She said there will be bell-ringing, and the reciting of a poem that honors the wolves which were shot and trapped this past fall.

The DNR ran Wisconsin’s first organized wolf hunt, after wolves in the Upper Midwest were removed a year ago from the federal endangered species list.

Animal rights’ groups were outraged that Wisconsin and Minnesota held wolf hunts – and that Michigan was planning one. They said it should be enough to put the wolves back under federal protections.

The opponents filed documents in preparation for legal action late last year – but no such lawsuits have been filed yet.