I am not privy to the parties' legal strategizing, but it seems that unless an appellate court dismissal Friday afternoon can be moved to the State Supreme Court, 200 Wisconsin wolves - a number not based in science, meaningful consultation with the state's Native American nations or through available public input - will be
'hunted'/'harvested' killed, principally through leg traps, then head shots.
Wisconsin's gray wolves are falling prey to hostile fictions, rightwing anti-conservation lobbies and calendars.
The wolves lost their federal protection during the prior President's last days in office.
The wolves natural calendar says February is during breeding season which stabilizes and perpetuates their packs.
And while state law says a legal Wisconsin hunt is a November 'season,' the rulings so far have declared February as the New November to facilitate the 'harvest.'
Attorneys may enlighten readers and me as to Friday's dismissal posted on the state's courts records page:
Judge Panel: Brash, Dugan, Donald
Opinion: Memo Opinion
Decision: Dismissed Pages: 5
Order Text: IT IS ORDERED that the notice of appeal filed in appeal No. 2021AP256-LV is dismissed for lack of a final judgment or order.
This court lacks jurisdiction over a direct appeal at this time. No costs to either party.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the petition for leave to appeal is denied. No costs to either party.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the conditional petition for leave to cross-appeal is denied ex parte. No costs to either party.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the motion for a stay pending appeal is denied as moot.
The ugly history surrounding Wisconsin's now-banned wolf hunt
[Updated, Sunday, Dec. 21, 12:02 p.m., from Saturday, Dec. 20, 3:42 p.m.]
A few more words about the merciful and unexpected end to the gray wolf hunt in the Upper Midwest, including Wisconsin, ordered by a Federal judge Friday.