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Lawmakers propose bill to end wolf management in Wisconsin


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A new bill proposed by Wisconsin lawmakers is angering wolf supporters. The bill, which was proposed by Republican lawmakers, essentially, stops the state’s wolf management protocol and would “force police to ignore wolf killings” as long as they retain federal protections, according to the Chicago Tribune.  Reps. Adam Jarchow, Mary Felzkowski and Romaine Quinn and Sen. Tom Tiffany are co-sponsors of the bill.

The memo outlining the proposed legislation states that the wolves “have taken over northern Wisconsin” and that “they are depredating our deer population, killing livestock and attacking family pets,” the Chicago Tribune reports. In fact, wolf numbers are up. In 2016, goHUNT reported that wolf populations increased by 30% in just two years and experts suggest that numbers will only continue to increase.

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Pro-wolf groups like the Endangered Species Coalition, the National Wolfwatcher Coalition and Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife are against the bill. They say that it “would legalize wolf poaching” to such an extreme level that the animals could completely disappear from the state. As goHUNT previously reported, in August, after months of deliberation, a federal appeals court ruled that gray wolves that live within Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota will retain full protections under the Endangered Species Act. It was a unanimous ruling, which determined that “the government acted prematurely when it dropped the animal from the endangered species list,” according to NBC News.

The proposed bill stipulates that if President Trump removes the Great Lakes wolves from the federal endangered species list, then it would no longer apply.

“Congress has proven to be unable to pass this simple bill to save Wisconsinites from wolves running rampant throughout our state,” Jarchow, Felzkowski, Quinn and Tiffany wrote in their memo, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Something must be done. If Congress won't act — we will!”

Whether the proposed bill will move forward remains undetermined. Stay tuned to goHUNT for further updates.


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John S. - posted 9 months ago on 12-28-2017 08:28:23 am

Wisconsin DNR and the University of Wisconsin have done research projects that provides evidence that from 2012-2014 out of 457 monitored deer in the northern part of the state the mortality rate was 27% or 124 of the monitored deer were killed. Only 14 of the monitored deer were killed by wolves during this time frame. Scott Walker in his infinite wisdom decided to cut jobs and funding to the DNR back in January of 2017 and there has been a drastic reduction in the number of publications since. I have provided the link to the research as well.

Andrew J. - posted 10 months ago on 11-25-2017 11:45:50 am
Saint Michael, MN

I think it's time to let the states manage the Great Lakes Wolf populaton. Can Trump take them off the endangered species list or does congress have to act?

Mark A. - posted 10 months ago on 11-24-2017 02:38:05 pm
Lake Villa IL

The worse part is the people this effects have no clue this is happening. Any polls being done. Where do these groups fighting wolve management get $$$ from.

Mark A. - posted 10 months ago on 11-24-2017 09:59:00 am
Lake Villa IL

I hope Michigan and Minnesota get on board.