Wisconsin’s Elusive Gray Wolf Deserves Our Protection…

In the late 1970s wolf Recovery in Wisconsin began. The Gray wolf made a comeback after being eradicated through hunting and trapping in Wisconsin. It wasn’t long before hunting special interests groups began their bid to get Wisconsin’s Gray wolf delisted. Sadly after 40 years of recovery these special interests (Fringe hunters) hunting groups got their way. In the state of Wisconsin the Gray wolf is hunted (2012-2014) for a fireplace rug & mounted as a trophy when he’s not listed on the Endangered Species Act. He was delisted in 2012 and his domestic relative, the dog, was used to track and trail him until a federal judged ordered the Gray wolf back on the ESL in December 2014. Today Wisconsin’s Gray wolf is facing multiple delisting threats in congress backed by special interests; wanting the Gray Wolf’s habitat for oil & gas, lumbering, and the Gray wolf himself for trophy hunting.

U.S. House Passes Bill To De-List Wolves From Endangered Species.

We must make it right…get it right…before we lose everything…the wolf is a social animal just like we are…they depend on family for survival…so do we as human-beings…

The idea that only man is equipped for conserving our planet’s natural resources is a dying concept; dying right along with the untold numbers of wild sentient beings killed in the name of conservation. Such problems drive home a critical flaw in the paradigm of conserving wildlife.

It’s going to take a major shift in thinking that will require opening up lines of communication between the general public; specifically with interests in conserving our natural resources for future generations to come. It’s not about numbers. It’s about sentient beings sharing our planet, and how we can coexist for the benefit of all living upon Mother Earth.

Changing the paradigm from killing to compassionate conservation is a major shift in thinking…

Through my mind’s eye memories flow through the years spent within the Gray Wolf’s range in Wisconsin’s northern forests in Douglas county starting in the year 2000. There you’ll find vast wilderness of forests and barrens where the Gray wolf resides.

Do you think there’s room for the Gray wolf? The following video was shot 2 summers ago in 2015. This landscape is found on a 15 mile long remote gravel road in northern Wisconsin. Do you think there’s room for the wolf?

Last summer, 2018, I visited this same area (in the video) with friend Elke Duerr and who’s filming in the photograph.

When I began helping to monitor Wisconsin’s Gray wolf in the year 2000 there were only 66 Gray wolf packs in the state. Today’s over winter wolf population count is around 945 individuals.

In northern Wisconsin beauty can be found where the Gray wolf resides. I’ve walked these trails for over two decades in search of Wisconsin’s wild & elusive gray wolf.

The Gray wolf in Wisconsin trots freely down the wild and remote gravel roads in Douglas county.

Rains of summer create a lush paradise in wolf range.

The Gray wolf in northern Wisconsin. Photograph screen shot from Red Cliff reservation trail cam.

In summer of July 2018 I met a Raven on a remote gravel road in Douglas county. Douglas county is home for Wisconsin’s wild Gray wolf.

The Gray wolf in Wisconsin deserves our protection…

Contact your members of Congress today.

Wolves are the real wildlife managers and it’s time we let them do the job they were designed for…

Wolves were delisted in 2011 and Wisconsin state legislature designated the wolf a game animal to be managed through a wolf hunt, making Wisconsin; Out of all the states that hunt wolves, only Wisconsin allows hound hunters to use unleashed packs of dogs to hunt wolves. Wisconsin, quite literally, throws “dogs to the wolves.” Source

I sat through dozens of Wisconsin DNR Wolf Advisory Committee meetings and witnessed the imperiled wolf become nothing more; than a commodity for hunting. At the WAC monthly meetings recreational,  trophy hunts, harvest and it (meaning wolf) were the main words being tossed about in the name of wolf management. 

Wisconsin’s wolf recovery began in the late 1970s. 

I listened to the wolf advisory committee members discuss changing wolf hunt management zone boundaries. DNR biologists on the WAC suggested making sub zones in areas where chronic wolf depredations on livestock have occurred. But the outcry from pro wolf hunting WAC members claimed wolf hunters would not go for that suggestion, because they want to hunt the whole zone; wherever they want. One biologist spoke up stating, that the wolf hunt is suppose to be about addressing problem wolf depredation areas…laughter was the response from pro wolf hunt members. 

A federal judge got it right when she pulled the plug on three years of reckless trophy hunts on wolves in Wisconsin. 

 Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin does not sanction the hunting of Wisconsin’s wild imperiled wolf as part of any wolf management plan. WODCW believes wolves are self regulating, are benificial for the health of Wisconsin’s ecosystems, and are a part of Wisconsin’s wild legacy.  Further, WODCW believes, that the best available science must be first and foremost in any Wisconsin wolf management plan. 

WODCW believes wolves are the best Stewards of Wisconsin’s White-tailed deer herds.

WODCW recommends wolves be kept on the Endangered Species List until the state of Wisconsin can prove they will manage the imperiled wolf using the best available science. 


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Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin was founded in 2012 to bring education, awareness and advocacy to Wisconsin’s imperiled wolf. WODCW has grown into a social media magnet; bringing the latest news, latest actions, latest alerts, interviews & fine arts & films to your life so you can make an informed decision. WODCW believes wolves do not not need to be hunted in order to manage them. WODCW is involved in predator deterrents as a tool to manage wolves non lethally. Get involved, join the team: wolvesdouglasco@gmail.com


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Photographs of wolves used to make WODCW graphics by John E Marriott