Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Advocates explain why WI wolf hunt remains bad idea

I want to call attention to some recent publications showing why Wisconsin should not be granted permission by Congress to set its wolf hunt back in motion.

A Federal court halted wolf-hunting in Wisconsin and other states in 2014.
Wisconsin is killing its wolves  Blogger Rachel Tilseth points out that Wisconsin is the only state which had allowed the use of dogs in wolf-hunting, setting up inevitable and bloody dog-wolf confrontations:
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, charged with overseeing the wolf hunt, has no rules in place that require hound handlers to report dogs injured or killed in the pursuit of wolves during a hunt. In fact, there is no monitoring or certification program whatsoever in place for the use of dogs in the wolf hunt; thus the state has little ability to hold hound hunters accountable for training or hunting violations or to prevent deadly and inhumane wolf-dog confrontations (e.g., hunters allowing dogs to overtake and kill rifle-shot wolves). These circumstances explain why Wisconsin stands alone: using dogs to hunt wolves is no better than state-sponsored dog fighting.
And Jodi Habush Sinykin reprised in a letter to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel some of the ways Wisconsin's wolf hunt had already been mismanaged:
Wisconsin relies, still today, on a 1999 wolf management plan so out of date that it takes no account of proven data or changed realities, including the Department of Natural Resources’ public survey results revealing increasingly tolerant attitudes toward wolves on the part of a majority of Wisconsin citizens.

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