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The Challenge Of Managing Wisconsin's Wolf Population

Wisconsin has entered a new era of wildlife management that has been the concern of many.

The subject we call into question was nearly eliminated for the expansion of civilization.  Through federal and state protection since the mid 1970’s the Grey Wolf has risen above the expectations of many.

With a healthy population of around 800 grey wolves, the question to manage the growing population has become the present day issue. As federal and state wildlife managers agreed upon the removal of the species from the endangered species list the management question was answered. 

We are currently a month into the wolf management season and questions are still arising as the season progresses. (With a season cap of 201 wolves, the hunt will continue until the cap is reached or closure of the season in late February.) As the wolves have made their return to Wisconsin they have not been met with open arms by many. Low deer numbers and livestock predation are some of the criticisms that face wolves. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has implemented programs to compensate for livestock predation. Data have also shown little evidence to prove that wolves have been the underlying cause for low deer numbers.

Whether you’re for or against wolves in Wisconsin one thing can be sure, the wolves are here, and it's up to us to make a decision on whether we want them here.

I'll leave you with a quote from noted conservationist Aldo Leopold: “There are some who can live with wild things and some who cannot.”

My question to you is, can you live with wild things?


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