Thursday, December 6, 2012

Wisconsin Gazette Documents Wolf Hunt History, Controversy

This year's hunt, mercifully, is about over. This piece helps explain the "harvest."

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put faith in the state wildlife agencies to responsibly manage wolf populations, but their overzealous and extreme plans to allow for trophy hunting and recreational trapping immediately after de-listing demonstrate that such confidence was unwarranted,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States. “Between Minnesota’s broken promise to wait five years before hunting wolves and Wisconsin’s reckless plan to trap and shoot hundreds of wolves in the first year, it is painfully clear that federal protection must be reasserted. The states have allowed the most extreme voices to grab hold of wolf management, and the result could be devastating for this species.”


Laurette McGovern said...

I couldn't agree more!

Anonymous said...

Zones 1, 2 & 4 are closed to further hunting this season.

Season ends on February 28, 2013.

Anonymous said...

Well, it’s a start anyway.

Gareth said...

The number of deer hunters in Wisconsin is dropping, due to the younger generation spurning the sport. This demographic trend will not reverse itself. As a result,
there has been much concern expressed recently about the size of the deer herd, the frequency of deer and auto collisions, as well as the damage done to crops and forests.

If deer population is indeed a problem then it is counterproductive for the state to engage in a wholesale slaughter of wolves when these animals already perform the task of herd control at no charge. We need more wolves, not fewer. The wolf hunt has no conservation rationale, is totally political and therefore immoral.

Max B said...

Gareth, I think you mean amoral.