In just over two weeks, hunters and trappers in Wisconsin have killed off more than 181 wolves.
This unsettling discovery represents an extremely disturbing trend in anti-wolf attitudes and killings; one that we as wildlife supporters have a duty to try and stop.
News reports suggest that livestock and hunting and trapping interests have succeeded in taking over Wisconsin’s state Wolf Advisory Committee.
This is a frightening reality, seeing that the committee is responsible for making recommendations for their state’s wolf management plan. To make matters worse, the committee removed independent scientific experts, and added livestock and hunting and trapping interests in their place!
Appallingly, the state has authorized the killing of 251 wolves this year — nearly one-third of the state’s entire wolf population.
Take action and help us restore the unbiased and rightful balance to this committee that Wisconsin’s wolves need and deserve.
Dear Secretary Stepp,
Subject: Restore balance to Wisconsin's Wolf Advisory Committee!
I’m writing to express my deep concern regarding the situation for wolves in Wisconsin.
In March of 2013 a new Wolf Advisory Committee was formed including livestock, hunting and trapping interests but without independent scientists and conservation organizations.
Currently, the committee consists of 12 Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologists, four federal and county partners, and seven representing hunting, trapping and livestock interests. Yet there is only one seat for all tribal stakeholders and one more for other voices not represented by hunting or livestock interests.
When it comes to a policy as significant as the wolf management plan, which sets goals and minimum thresholds, a wide range of stakeholder groups should have input, including conservation organizations and independent scientists. Population models by University of Wisconsin biologists project that a population goal of 350 wolves would be difficult to maintain, yet voices on the committee are calling for this number to remain or even be reduced.
As the head steward of Wisconsin’s natural resources, it is up to you to fairly and objectively evaluate the best available science and the opinions of all sectors of the public, and I urge you to restore balance to this committee.
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I urge you to restore integrity to the stakeholder input process, and rebalance the Wolf Advisory Committee, by giving alternative opinions a seat at the table and putting science back in the process.
Thank you for your consideration.
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