By Jodi Habush Sinykin Journal Sentinel January 25, 2017
Paul Smith’s article, “Wolf plan requires the best science,” makes it clear that Wisconsin is in no position to manage the state’s wolf population in the responsible manner demanded of a steward of our state’s public trust wildlife resources.
Wisconsin relies, still today, on a 1999 wolf management plan so out of date that it takes no account of proven data or changed realities, including the Department of Natural Resources’ public survey results revealing increasingly tolerant attitudes toward wolves on the part of a majority of Wisconsin citizens.
Worse still, until citizens demand a change in state law, Wisconsin requires a public hunting and trapping season on wolves — including the despicable practice of hunting wolves with dogs — once the species is delisted.
Smith has it right. Wisconsin first has a duty to demonstrate that it will manage our state’s wolves in keeping with best available science and current ethical norms. Until then, legislative efforts to return wolves to state control will prove premature and destructive in the long run.
Jodi Habush Sinykin