Wisconsin's Proposed Wolf Season Draws Criticism

Send by email Printer-friendly version Share this

UW–Madison professor Adrian Treves, who directs the Carnivore Coexistence Laboratory in the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, believes that the state of Wisconsin should have control over managing the state's population of wolves. However, with the proposed bill that was introduced in January he believes they are making it more problematic, and will result in having the wolves back on the federal endangered species list in no time.

The proposed season is going to be open statewide instead of specific problematic areas. Also the season is set to run from mid-October through February, making it the longest season for a big game animal in the state.

When polling the residents of Wisconsin, the majority wanted a reduction of human-wolf problems, but in a reasonable way where the population of wolves aren't dramatically endangered. Speculation on the proposed season, is that it will be more hunting than the population can withstand.

We risk wasting the opportunity for Wisconsin to manage its own wolves without federal intervention,” writes Treves.

Treves believes that the Wisconsin DNR should have the power to set the season, and the means of the hunt with public acceptability. From University Of Wisconsin-Madison News.