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Assemblyman proposes woodchuck-hunting season

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River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Woodchucks would no longer be a protected species in Wisconsin under a bill that's being drafted by a state Assembly Republican.

De Pere Representative Andre Jacque proposes a hunting season for woodchucks that would run from March through December. Hunters and trappers could take unlimited numbers of the creatures.

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UW Madison professor emeritus Scott Craven said woodchucks were protected for decades because they got scarce - and they were needed to keep digging burrows and provide much-needed shelter for other animals.

Now, woodchucks are fairly common. Sporting enthusiasts overwhelmingly favored a woodchuck hunting season during the spring conservation hearings in 2009.

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