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DNR Hosts Local Public Meeting On Wolf Hunt

Thursday, June 7th, 2012 at 7:15 am

There will be a wolf hunt in Wisconsin this fall but how many wolves can be hunted in each region is still up for discussion. The public voiced their opinions in Spooner for the first time Wednesday night.

The legislature and the Governor approved the wolf hunt in April setting some rules. Trapping and dogs will be allowed as will limited baiting. About a few hundred licenses will be given at random to all who apply. It will cost $10 to apply and if you are selected, it will cost $100 for a license for residents and $500 for non-residents.

But before licenses can be handed out, the DNR must set kill limits which is why they asked for public opinions in Spooner Wednesday night.

The DNR does have an initial plan. They want to divide the state into zones allowing a certain number of wolves to be taken per zone. With 850 wolves statewide the DNR is estimating they’ll take about 142 to 233 this first year. Most at the meeting were happy with this initial plan.

The largest number of wolves will most likely be killed in the northwest region.

There will be three more public hearings. The next is on Friday in Black River Falls.

The DNR will vote on the final parameters at their board meeting July 17th.

3 Comments

  1. marilyn gregory 06/10/12 at 6:33pm

    Killing one quarter of the wolves in your state in the first year alone means the wolves of Wisconsin will be wiped out within four years. What you also do not take into account is that every time you take a pack member you weaken that pack making it harder and harder for the individual packs to survive. You eliminate the necessary number of wolves it takes to maintain the pups. Pup mortality is high enough. Is this really sound wildlife management. I think NOT. I think the goal is to exterminate every single wolf in your state. This is a sad day indeed. We saved this species from extinction before, but at the rate the western states are killing wolves, they will be extinct in the USA within a very few years. The few remaining wolves will amount to a much too small a genetic pool to allow for a strong species. Inbreeding has been the undoing of purebred dogs. Stop this slaughter before its too late!!

  2. Pete Braun 06/11/12 at 12:06am

    Your neighbors to the north and east in Michigan have slightly fewer wolves than you, and yet they chose to keep them protected. Wisconsin, you can easily do the same.

  3. J crowder 06/11/12 at 12:16am

    This slaughter Needs To Stop, HUMANS are the worse force on this planet, you kill & kill till there is nothing left…. Wolves are a Huge part of the ecosystem , God Put them on this earth for a very Great reason. Man has No right destroying this wonderful Earth. Killing one quarter of the wolves in your state in the first year alone means the wolves of Wisconsin will be wiped out within four years. What you also do not take into account is that every time you take a pack member you weaken that pack making it harder and harder for the individual packs to survive. You eliminate the necessary number of wolves it takes to maintain the pups. Pup mortality is high enough. Is this really sound wildlife management. I think NOT. I think the goal is to exterminate every single wolf in your state. This is a sad day indeed. We saved this species from extinction before, but at the rate the western states are killing wolves, they will be extinct in the USA within a very few years. Stop this slaughter before its too late!!…..A white Man disease HATE & KILL our tree’s, wolves, fox, coyotes, buffalo , Native American’s, our eagles, hawks, wild horses, wild burro’s and the list is long and winding , You have no right to kill everything on this planet, If you cant eat it Don’t Kill It …………………………………….

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