Wednesday, September 10, 2014

WI War On Wolves, And On Science, Called Out

Finally - - a formal demand for science and outside intervention in Wisconsin's disgracefully-bloody, and politicized and now-dog-assisted wolf hunt.
A group of scientists are warning federal wildlife officials that the state Department of Natural Resources' wolf population estimates are faulty...
The researchers, led by UW-Madison's Adrian Treves, recommended an independent review of wolf mortality in the state. They also called for relisting the wolf as endangered and USFWS to demand Wisconsin officials present their data clearly in a standardized format.
gray wolf
Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This is a developing story. Stay tuned. 


Anonymous said...

If there ever was a state agency in need of an outside evaluation it's Walker's Chamber of...oops..............Dept. of Natural Resources!

Eric Hjerstedt Sharp said...

The wolves came back to Wisconsin pretty much on their own. Once native to the entire lower 48 (only Hawaii never had wolves), the present population represents a tiny fraction of what roamed the country.

Wolves do not disrupt deer populations; wolves make the species stronger.

Wilderness without its predators is ... well, not wilderness.

Eric Hjerstedt Sharp