On top of more than 200 wolves killed in a legislatively-ordered, state-sanctioned and dog-assisted hunt in February - a number which does not include poaching - the WI DNR is seeking permission from its oversight Natural Resources Board to run a fall hunt in which another 130 wolves statewide can be killed, documents show.
Let's talk about these so-called wolf 'harvest' quotas, science, data, proposed strengthened wildlife policies and practices, and some other things:
* The quotas in all four previous Wisconsin-sanctioned hunts - including those in 2012-2014 - were broken. See this link for quota histories and related material.
* The DNR's recommendation for a fresh 130-wolf kill this fall has been made despite its own acknowledgment that there are gaps in its wolf population estimates - - yet the Natural Resources Board is likely to either rubber-stamp the agency's recommendation, or substitute a higher humber to satisfy the special 'sporting' interests which Wisconsin's official wolf 'management' policies routinely favor.
* The bill establishing Wisconsin's wolf hunts was enthusiastically-signed into law by former GOP Governor Scott Walker. He even cut the inexpensive license fee in half:
Speaking at the Wisconsin NRA convention in Wausau on Friday, Gov. Scott Walker announced his intention to reduce the price of the wolf hunting license to $50.
Because why should the Legislature get all the headlines?
* Fred Prehn, a Walker appointee to the Natural Resources Board, has refused to step down as member and chair even though his term has expired. An appointee of Democratic Governor Tony Evers is waiting to take Prehn's place.
Walker was defeated in November, 2018, but the GOP-led Legislature has refused to hold confirmation hearings for some Evers' nominees.
Several organizations have asked Attorney General Josh Kaul to remove Prehn.
In my opinion, the longer Prehn remains Natural Resources Board chair, the longer the Board's credibility will slide and taint the DNR's performance.
A wolf hunt blew past its kill quota in February. Another hunt is coming this fall.
- with a collaborative, big-picture wildlife stewardship guide just released which views wolves as key contributors to a healthy forest, state and planet.
The resources shared here are a compilation of practices and policies for wolf conservation and stewardship in the United States, based on best science, democratic processes and inclusivity, and ethics. These products are the result of an intensive collaborative effort by multiple organizations, and a comprehensive vetting process with input and critiques from a broad array of scientists, ethicists, retired and current agency professionals, Tribal biologists and representatives, and academic experts.
|This Advocate Wolf Planning Guide identifies the fundamental elements of a state wolf plan and walks through the planning process so advocates have the information needed to ensure the conservation and full recovery of wolves throughout the contiguous United States.
Those kinds of methods, standards and goals are needed more than ever to create fair snd enlightened wildlife policy-making and to help systematically confront the accelerating climate emergency, but will fall on deaf ears at Wisconsin's Natural Resources Board as long as Prehn - a backer of substantial wolf kill quotas - extends Walkerite influence and its environmentally-hostile attitudes over the wide range of DNR programs, public health obligations and policies.