By Mary Papenfuss / Huffpost

Nearly 20% of all the wolves in Wisconsin are marked for death this week after a hunting group based in Kansas won a court appeal to rush the hunting season.

“We expect this to be detrimental to our wolf population,” Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife executive director Melissa Smith told the Wisconsin Public News Service. “You remove one [wolf], you’re essentially destabilizing and killing the entire pack.”

Because of the timing of the hunt, during breeding season, pregnant wolves will likely be killed.

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