MADISON, Wis. - A signal from a radio collar alerted a pilot with the state Department of Natural Resources to the first of six wolves found dead the day before and during Wisconsin's gun deer season.
The DNR said the male wolf was found dead the day before the hunt when the collar gave off a mortality signal. Records show the wolf established a territory in Ashland County after being captured and collared in 2005 in Upper Michigan.
Other wolves found dead were an adult female found shot in Monroe County, an adult female in Vilas County, an adult male in Rusk County, an adult female in Juneau County and an adult male in Adams County.
The DNR said several of the wolves died of gunshot wounds. They're undergoing necropsies.
Wolves are listed as an endangered species in Wisconsin.