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Why Wisconsin Should Never Be Allowed To Manage Wolves Again…

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Six years ago, after a federal court removed endangered species protections for gray wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan, following their recovery from near extermination in the mid 20th Century, the state of Wisconsin was given the authority to manage the returning animals. Wolves were never hunted to complete extinction in the Great Lakes, a resilient population remained in Minnesota, and from their and a few other places, animals dispersed to Wisconsin and Michigan in the 1970’s and later.

Wisconsin’s first act of wolf management in 2011 was to authorize a recreational hunt for the estimated 880 wolves in the state. An earlier agreement for a five-year moratorium on a wolf hunt was ignored, and in 2012 licensed hunters killed 117 wolves, illegal hunters 21, with another 76 killed in response to livestock depredations. In addition to trapping and hunting, the legislature also mandated that wolves could be hunted with hounds…

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