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GLIN==> WI Wolf Management Updates



Posted on behalf of Billy Stern <billysun@chorus.net>

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To: Everyone interested in the future of the gray wolf in Wisconsin.

MANY CRITICAL ISSUES CONCERNING THE FATE OF WISCONSIN'S WOLVES WILL 
BE DECIDED BY THE STATE'S NATURAL RESOURCE BOARD AT THEIR NEXT 
MEETING. The place and time for that meeting have been set:

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 1999 - 8:30 a.m.
State Natural Resources Building (GEF 2)
101 South Webster Street - Room 027

Here is the stated management goal of the plan that they are considering:

IV. MANAGEMENT GOAL AND CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING ENDANGERED, 
THREATENED OR DELISTED STATUS: The Wisconsin DNR proposes to delist 
wolves as neither state endangered or threatened when a late winter 
count of 250 wolves are achieved outside of Native American 
reservations in the state. At the delisted level, landowner control 
on nuisance or problem wolves can occur, and control can be expanded 
for law-enforcement officers. The state population management goal 
would be a late winter count of 350 outside of Native American 
reservations. At the management goal, proactive depredation control 
can be authorized and a public harvest can occur.

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THESE GOALS, WITH AN ARBITRARY LIMIT TO 
WOLF POPULATION, WITH PUBLIC "HARVEST" (read, hunting, dog-pack 
hunting, and trapping) OF WOLVES, WITH THE REMOVAL OF CORE PROTECTION 
AREAS FROM THE MANAGEMENT PLAN OR WITH DELISTING WOLFS AT ALL, THEN 
PLEASE COME AND ATTEND ALL OR PART OF THE MEETING TO SHOW YOUR 
SUPPORT FOR THE WOLF! Oral public comment will NOT be taken there, 
but we can still get a strong message across with a high attendance 
and creative nonverbal messages.

The full text of the new draft of the plan is now on the DNR website. 
Unfortunately, they have removed the earlier version of the plan, 
making comparisons difficult.
http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/er/publications/wolfplan/toc.htm



Also, if you haven't already done so write a letter to the board and 
the Governor.

Public pressure is needed more than ever. Four important points to make are
discussed below:

1) In all four drafts of the plan, wolves are managed under differently in
four separate zones. In the second draft, Zone 1, which includes the
largest and best wolf habitat, had core areas in which, "Wolves would be
controlled only to protect human health and safety." The third and forth
drafts eliminate these core areas, allowing livetrapping, translocation and
lethal control. ASK THE BOARD TO REINSTATE THE CORE AREAS INTO THE PLAN.

2) In the second draft, hunting wolves was to be considered five years
after the plan's approval, and only if the population was over 350. In the
third draft, the plan recommends the DNR, "begin the process of obtaining
legislative authority for a controlled public harvest" two years prior to
the population reaching 350. The BNR has since moved to "have a trigger at
350 for control" of the wolves, and a review of DNR literature has shown
that they are already working on a proposal to open up a hunting season on
wolves, including allowing the use of dog pack hunting. ASK THAT THE
PROVISIONS FOR A PUBLIC HUNT BE REMOVED ENTIRELY.

3) The second draft reduced numbers needed for state delisting from 300 to
250 but set a goal of at least 350 wolves. The third draft stated that 350
wolves would not mandate a wolf hunt. Now the board is moving towards
making a population of 350 the cap on wolves in the state. ASK THAT THERE
BE NO CAP ON THE WOLF POPULATION.

4) Scientists are still debating the minimum number needed for a viable and
sustainable wolf population. Currently the BNR is leaning towards the
lowest figures available, apparently caving in to pressure from the
agricultural and ranching communities to delist the wolf. Any decision to
down-list the wolf from endangered to threatened, or delist the wolf
entirely must be made with caution, using high population estimates that
guarantee continuous viable population. The still-prevalent public
attitudes against the wolf make it clear that Wisconsin is not socially
ready to removed. ASK THE WOLF BE KEPT ON THE
ENDANGERED SPECIES ROLL.


WRITE OR CALL:

Trygve Solberg, Chair
Natural Resource Board
P.O. Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707-7921
(608) 267-7420

Gov. Tommy G. Thompson
1 State Capital Bldg.
Box 7863
Madison, WI 53707-7863
(608) 266-1212

IF WRITING FROM OUT OF STATE, ALSO SEND COMMENTS TO:
Moose Speros, Secretary
Wisconsin Department of Tourism
Box 7976
Madison, WI 53707-7976
(608) 266-2345

Remind him that the delisting or hunting of wolves will tarnish Wisconsin's
image.

The schedule for the October 26-27 Board of Natural Resources meeting has
not yet been finalized. When it is available, we will send a follow-up
alert with the specific date and time and encouraging people to attend.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Billy Stern Tom Hershalman
GREEN Superior Wilderness Action Network
Midwest States Organizer Conservation Coordinator
1121 University Ave.
Madison, WI  53715
PH (608) 294-6871 920-467-8311
bstern@defenders.org tombwca@tcbi.com



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