While a Journal Sentinel editorial wants the proposed Wisconsin wolf hunt green-lighted with policy outcomes autopsied after the fact, environmental legal advocate Jodi Habush Sinkyin makes a good case that the hunt is being hurried to a cruel and sloppy start this fall.
Is Wisconsin going to remake its wolf license plate by putting a target over the head? Endangered resource? No kidding.
Writes Sinkyin, who notes that Wisconsin, unlike all other states, will allow dogs in the hunt:
Endangered resources license plates
Rushed through the legislative process with no notice to Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wildlife experts, no input from the state's Wolf Science Advisory Committee and no tribal consultation, the law prescribes a first hunting season for wolves. The law is drawing significant opposition from scientists, mainstream hunters and conservationists alike, owing to an excessively long, 4½-month season that allows hunting of breeding females and to the array of hunting and trapping methods viewed as out of line with traditional values of fair pursuit and public safety considerations...
Is this a Wisconsin we're proud of?The editorial board wants to give the benefit of the doubt to the state.
No one will know how successful the DNR's rules will be until they're put into practice and, even then, probably not until the season is over. It may be that adjustments will have to be made in the rules and perhaps in the law itself. Perhaps the season - now slated to run from Oct. 15 to the end of February - is too long. Perhaps hunters should be barred from using dogs, as is the practice in other states where wolf hunting is allowed. Maybe there should be further restrictions on night hunting and the use of lights.
But most of those fixes would have to be done by the Legislature, and it makes sense to see how the first season goes to see what adjustments are needed.'Seeing how it goes' means wolves caught in traps or killed after confrontations with dogs.
Count me out.