Native Americans in three Great Lakes states tell the Wisconsin DNR the wolf hunt rushed to an October opening by the Wisconsin Legislature is poorly-conceived and "reckless," reports the daily Eau Claire Leader-Telegram:
The Wisconsin DNR has said it will allow the killing of 201wolves, or nearly one-quarter of the estimated 850-wolf population.
Chippewa tribes in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan have asked the state Department of Natural Resources to prohibit the killing of wolves in the ceded territory of northern Wisconsin during a planned wolf hunt this fall.
Jim Zorn, executive director of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, said the tribes believe the Wisconsin hunt is biologically reckless and would be culturally harmful to Chippewa Indians, for whom wolves are culturally important. The commission oversees the treaty hunting, fishing and gathering activities of 11 Chippewa bands, including six in Wisconsin.
And while some farmers and pet owners say they lost animals to wolves, why have 10,000 people filed hunting permit applications to shoot one?
Litigation has been filed. This hunt may not come off, or proceed as planned.