On Wednesday January 13, Wisconsin Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage will Hold a Hearing on Reinstating the Wolf Hunting Season

Take action to protect Wisconsin’s grey wolf. There is a hearing on the wolf hunt this Wednesday, Jan. 13 at 10 am. Room 412 east.

Wisconsin grey wolf. Photograph credit snapshot Wisconsin.

They will be accepting public comments. On January 13, 2021, the Senate Committee on Sporting Hearing , Small Business and Rural Issues, and the Assembly Committee on Sporting Heritage will hold a joint informational hearing on reinstating the wolf harvesting season in 2021.

Joint Committee on Sporting Heritage 10:00 am

This is a informational hearing only and public comments are allowed.

Click on Senator’s name for contact information and let them know you want the Wolf Management plan updated along with a public wolf attitudes survey.


Senator Stafsholt (Chair)

Senator Petrowski (Vice-Chair)

Committee Clerk

Shelby Schmudlach

Legislative Council Staff

Anna Henning

Members

Senator Stafsholt (Chair)

Senator Petrowski (Vice-Chair)

Senator Wimberger

Senator Smith

Senator Wirch

The chair is Senator Rob Stafsholt a bear hunter with a bone to pick because he uses dogs to track and trail bears. Watch the following Wisconsin Public Television show on the committee chairmen Chairman’s Email:
Sen.Stafsholt@legis.wisconsin.gov

Rachel Tilseth, wolf tracker and founder of Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin, said she’s glad to hear the DNR is holding off on a wolf hunt. WPR

“I oppose a recreational hunt on wolves because we have to take a look at the species and manage the species for its health,” she said.

She would like to see an updated wolf management plan that includes broad public input along with an updated survey on public attitudes toward wolves.

Wisconsin’s Green Fire released a report outlining its recommendations for wolf management. Source

The following news article is from Wisconsin Public Radio

Adrian Wydeven, a former DNR biologist, now serves as co-chair of the wildlife work group for Wisconsin’s Green Fire. He said in a briefing on the report before the DNR’s announcement that the group is proposing the agency maintain the wolf population.

“Until a new wolf conservation plan is in place, we encourage (them) to maintain the population near current levels, which are estimated to be between 866 to 1,034 wolves,” said Wydeven. 

He said it’s important the wolf population not be drastically reduced until a new management plan is developed.

Fellow group member, Peter David, a wildlife biologist with the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, said during a briefing on the report that they’re also making recommendations that the state have separate wolf committees and wolf stakeholder groups in the development of a wolf management plan.

“That’s really in the best interest, I think, of the Wisconsin public,” said David. “It also, frankly, I think, serves the tribes better to separate out some of the best science recommendations and those social recommendations and keep those distinct from each other until some sausage has to be made with them in the end.”

The group is also recommending changes to state law to ensure the agency has authority over the wolf harvest and wolf management. They also want to ensure that tribal rights and interests are considered in management plans since the wolf is culturally significant to Wisconsin tribes.

Wisconsin hunters killed 528 wolves in the three seasons a hunt was held in the state before the animal was placed back on the endangered species list.

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