Dear Wisconsin DEN Member:
After years of human persecution, wolves were considered eliminated from Wisconsin between 1960 and 1975. With the assistance of state and federal protections, wolf populations in Wisconsin have increased. Today, more than 400 wolves live in the state. Although currently listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed to remove protections for wolves in the Western Great Lakes region. If approved, wolf management will revert back to the state. Furthermore, the state plans to remove state protections for wolves this year and reclassify them to protected wild animal status. Currently the Wisconsin Wolf Management Plan is being reviewed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Since these new designation may increase the threats posed to wolves, it is crucial for Wisconsin residents to show their support for sound wolf management.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
On October 26, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) has invited the public to comment at a special listening session at the Lakewoods Resort in Cable, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. The open public forum will offer Wisconsin residents an opportunity to voice their concerns, opinions and ideas to NRB about conservation issues affecting the state. No advance sign-up is necessary. People wishing to speak can register at the session. All comments will be recorded and documented.
On Wednesday, October 27, the NRB will convene at 8:30 a.m. to discuss matters concerning natural resource issues, Department of Natural Resources program responsibilities or operations specified in the Wisconsin Statutes. A citizen participation session is scheduled during this meeting at 1:00 p.m. People who wish to speak to the board during this period must register by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 22. Please contact Amy Lemberger at (608) 267-7420 to schedule your appearance.
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Directions to Lakewoods Resort in Cable can be found here
Take this opportunity to encourage the Natural Resource Board to pursue wolf recovery in the state that ensures the species' long-term survival while providing an environment where humans and wolves can peacefully coexist.
Talking points to include
- We commend the state of Wisconsin for its wolf management program to date, which has enabled the state's wolf population to increase to more than 400 individuals today
- We encourage the state to continue its efforts to ensure ongoing wolf conservation by continuing intensive research and monitoring of wolf populations.
- Since wolves will be subjected to lethal control by government trappers, private citizens by permit, and landowners when wolves attack livestock or pets, we do not support a hunting season.
- We do not feel that artificial limits on maximum wolf numbers or boundaries should be established within the state. Population projections made by Mladenoff et al (1997) estimated a potential wolf population of 300-500 wolves in northern Wisconsin.
- Lethal control for livestock depredations should only be used as a last resort when other nonlethal methods have been exhausted and failed. Nonlethal control methods and best animal husbandry practices should be encouraged and used as the first means of management when conflicts occur with wolves.
- Public education and outreach must inform residents how to prevent conflicts and peacefully co-exist with wolves. Pet owners need to be encouraged and informed about ways to protect and control their pets in order to avoid situations with wildlife that may put their pets at risk.
- Future sources of dedicated funding for wolf management need to be identified by the state in order to address how the program will! be adequately funded in the future.