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3/8/2021
DICK ELLIS Are state population numbers far understated? Wisconsin hunters took just three days to harvest 216 wolves during the February hunt, reinforcing the belief of thousands of Wisconsin sportsmen that the official stated population of 1195 wolves is significantly below the actual count. The harvest of 216 wolves is 8 percent over the harvest quota of 200 wolves unanimously voted for by the Natural Resources Board on February 15. Headi...
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Wisconsin weighs wolf hunting season proposal

By Cathy Stepp, Secretary

http://dnr.wi.gov/news/BreakingNews_Lookup.asp?id=2405

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

As Wisconsin weighs the Department of Natural Resources’ proposal for a wolf hunting season, here’s some important background to keep in mind:

A wolf hunting season was directed by the Wisconsin Legislature to start this year; it is the law of the land.

DNR’s task is to develop -- before fall -- an interim hunting season framework that considers the needs and desires of diverse interest groups. Our proposal must satisfy the legislative directive; must be conservative enough to protect wolves—which only this year were removed from the federal Endangered Species List in Wisconsin and our neighboring states; must respect the reverence Native American Tribes have for wolves; must meet the expectations of hunters and the needs of farmers, who have been suffering from long unchecked wolf depredation on their livestock; and the season must be logical and balanced for the general population which often sees wolves as symbolic of the wild and healthy ecosystems they value.

It’s a narrow path to walk.

Our proposed first season harvest goal is admittedly conservative. Why? We manage natural resources based on science and data. We have no experience yet in Wisconsin with a wolf hunting season. Other states also have limited experience and therefore limited counsel. We can estimate hunter success and wolf numbers, but additional data from the first few seasons will help assure we achieve a balance of hunting with maintaining wolves as part of our ecosystems.

The 2012 wolf hunting season proposal is a temporary framework, known as an emergency rule. Over the next two years, DNR will be working with the many groups that have an interest in the season to develop a more permanent hunting framework. What we learn from early seasons – and more importantly, what we learn from you, the public, about your expectations for that season – will inform our decisions.

You can learn more about DNR’s 2012 wolf hunting season proposal by going to our website [dnr.wi.gov] and searching for “wolf.” There you will also find a survey in which you can share your views. The department will present final recommendations for Wisconsin’s first modern wolf season for Natural Resources Board approval on July 17. If the Board approves the proposal, license applications will probably be available around August 1.
There are many, often passionate, interests in setting a wolf hunting season in Wisconsin. We ask that you work with us and consider those diverse interests and expectations to help us arrive at a season we can all be comfortable with. We want to get this right. We have to.

CONTACT:  Kurt Thiede, DNR Lands Division Administrator - 608-266-5833 Laurel Steffes, DNR Office of Communications - 608-266-8109