John E. MarriottOn Monday, February 15th, the Wisconsin board of natural resources committed to killing 200 wolves over the next two weeks to comply with a court order that was issued last week. The order comes from judge Bennett Brantmeier, a Jefferson County Circuit Court judge, who ruled that the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) must hold … Continue reading Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wants to Kill 200 wolves in the Next Two Weeks
Photo by John E. Marriott Last week, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported a 13% increase in the number of wolves in the state over the last year, bringing the estimated total to just over 1000. The annual count, from April 2019 to April 2020, is primarily conducted over the winter when tracking … Continue reading The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Reports Increased Gray Wolf Numbers but Threats to Recovery Loom Ahead
Image by Steve Felberg from Pixabay The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is hosting three live virtual open houses this fall to solicit feedback on the future of the state's wolf management plan. Starting on September 29th, each meeting will target a different area of the state, beginning with the northwest. While location-based participation … Continue reading The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Seeks Public Input on New Wolf Plan
Photo by Yannick Menard on Unsplash If sheltering in place means you’ve exhausted all of your go-to streaming services maybe it’s time to switch things up a bit. Wolf movies offer a nice break from the usual fray of content while you’re honoring local stay at home orders. With interest in nature programming at an all-time high, wolf-based … Continue reading 11 of the Best Wolf Movies to Watch During Quarantine
U.S. Capitol. Photo by Louis Velazquez As the reality of Covid-19 sets in, things have begun to feel a bit surreal. Cities closed for business, entire States locked down, and grocery store shelves emptied – this is life during a pandemic. Suddenly self-isolating and social distancing are defacto bylaws and every company that has my … Continue reading Coping with the coronavirus in a shuttered DC
The days of industrial scale hunting might seem like something from a bygone era. Surely, we’ve evolved as a nation? Think again. Odds are there’s an event planned this weekend in a town near you where wildlife will be slaughtered en masse. Across the country, barbaric contests aptly called “killing contest” are pegged as family … Continue reading Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs Minnesota Premiere!
There are over 4 million miles of highways, roads, and other transportation arteries throughout the US and many of them cut through the heart of vital habitat for endangered and threatened species. While key to our mobility, they are often designed without consideration for wildlife movement. The impacts of these paved paths can be devastating … Continue reading Sen. Udall and Rep. Beyer Revive Wildlife Corridors Bill to Make Movement Easier and Safer for Wildlife
Long maligned in folklore, wolves have an image problem that has hindered conservation efforts since their recovery. Just last week, the Trump administration announced that it will move forward with delisting the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act, the 1973 law that affords legal safeguards for at risk species and their habitats. Until 2011, … Continue reading What I learned attending a weekend workshop about gray wolves.