Yes, wolves do belong in Wisconsin, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be managed. The WDNR is not dragging their feet, their hands are tied until the Federal delisting process is complete. And we all know how quickly that is, since so many groups feel suing the gov't is such fun.
I think that we all agree that the endangered species act is horribly outdated. It gives way to much protection to wolves and not enough rights to the people who the wolves are most likely to affect. I think those eviromental wackos should realize that they know nothing about the actuallity of what's going on in the wilderness and leave it alone. I hope wolves are taken off the endangered species list very soon. Sure they have a place in Wisconsin, just like they have a place hanging on my wall.
I don't think you understand the damage these wolves are doing. I have seen dogs killed by these wolves. They are killing cattle. The DNR needs to wake up there are way more wolves then 350. Its uncommon to go north of hwy 64 and not see some sign of wolves. If you think they are so great then you take them damn things to your backyard so I can get rid of them in mine. When your dogs are killed, and run into a wolf face to face let me know how it felt. I personally want them gone!
Better yet, have them watch you and your young nephews play catch from a distance of 30 yards, and have to be chased away. Or watch them kill a deer in your neighbor's front yard. Would you let small children play in their own yard here? While I don't hate wolves, the safety of people and especially children have to come first. The DNR would not move them because there was no 'problem'. We also had a neighbor that had his dog cornered in his own garage by two wolves. Predatory animals without fear of people become dangerous. This is how it is at my parents' house in Taylor county. These are actual events, not made up.
Well HW, I do have them in by back yard. As a matter of fact where I live (Near Ely, Mn) there are a lot more wolves than you have. One difference however is that the wolves have been here forever and the ecosystem (that includes humans) is used to them being here. I understand your being worried but just as we learn to live with them-by taking precautions with your dogs, kids, etc.- you will learn to live with them. We see wolves in or near the town of Ely and others, but they don't cause problems. This is probably because they have a fear. When you can start managing them in WI they will get their fear back and probably won't be a problem either. I still believe that the woods feels so much wilder when you have the complete food web in place. That means having the top predators. Of course there are limits and that is when common sense must take over. There needs to be a mechanism to control them, and as I said before, WDNR can't do much until the Feds give them the go ahead. Having wolves in N. WI is much different than having them in the outskirts of Madison or Milwaukee.
Out here in Colorado, and in the units that I haunt, it is a tricky game to figure out how far to pack in on a rifle hunt. You want to get away from the masses that have moved game away from the roads but might want to stay close enough that you are taking advantage of the animals forced movements. There is no universal distance but I like the 1.5 to 4 mile range for day hunts where I am not planning on bivying out. This keeps you in that productive buffer zone where the animals are really...