Fireside Chat: Advocacy Support + Action

IMPORTANT NOTICE: THIS WEEK’S FIRESIDE CHAT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL TOMORROW EVENING, MARCH 5TH. WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE.


We are working as fast as we can to return your messages and have developed a thorough, scientific and grassroots plan of action. Tomorrow evening we will be launching this campaign plan, with a new advocate tools page coming to the website to make it easier for you to help us protect wolves from another slaughter. So make sure you follow our Facebook page and subscribe to our website to keep momentum moving forward and be the change you want to see! Please plan on joining us for another fireside chat TOMORROW EVENING where you can ask questions, learn more and hear from special expert guests.

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Please come with all your questions and feedback. This week, there will be a presentation on the top 3 ways you can take immediate action, and further details for our long-term campaign plan. As always, we are open to any and all of your suggestions. Meet some of our team and discuss volunteer opportunities.

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5 thoughts on “Fireside Chat: Advocacy Support + Action

  1. Hi from England everyone! I will try to pop in tomorrow night. We are 6 hours ahead over here so the Zoom begins at midnight for me. Anyway my op/ed column about the Wisc wolf hunt was published in the Duluth News Tribune. I wasted valuable time trying to get a Wisc newspaper to publish it. Check it out and if you like it, please email it to the editor of your local Wisc newspaper!

    Here’s the link to the column.
    https://www.duluthnewstribune.com/opinion/columns/6912106-Local-View-Wisconsin-shows-itself-incapable-once-again-of-wolf-management

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      1. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is recruiting volunteers for a committee to develop a new wolf management plan after hunters killed nearly twice the quota in a court-ordered hunting season.

        The Wolf Management Plan Committee will provide recommendations for a new scientifically and socially supported management plan for the animals, which were removed earlier this year from the federal endangered species list.

        The existing plan was last updated in 2007 and aims for a population of 350 wolves, less than a third of the most recent population estimate.

        Hunting and trapping groups, wolf advocacy and education organizations and agricultural interests can each have up to six representatives on the committee, which will also include DNR staff and representatives from other government agencies, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, and the Ojibwe tribes which retain hunting rights in the northern part of the state.

        Applications to serve on the committee must be submitted by March 19.

        The wolf management plan is to be developed over the next 18 months with a draft plan to be released for public comment in February. The DNR said it will begin by soliciting broad public input.

        Meanwhile, the DNR will convene a separate advisory committee to provide quota recommendations for the next wolf hunting season, which opens Nov. 6, according to state law.

        That committee will include organizations from the committee that advised the DNR on quotas for the 2014 season, the last hunt held before the gray wolf was added to the endangered species list.

        Wisconsin Green Fire, the Sierra Club and Midwest Environmental Advocates have also asked to be part of the new quota committee. The DNR plans to present a quota recommendation to its policy board in August.

        Hunters and trappers took just three days last week to kill 216 wolves, or roughly 18% of the estimated population and nearly twice the quota for non-Native hunters of 119 wolves .

        Dylan Jennings, spokesperson for the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, said Wednesday the tribes used their allocation of 81 wolves “to preserve an ecologically and culturally important species” rather than hunting them.

        Jennings said the tribes will work with the DNR to update the management plan but criticized the agency for allowing hunters to exceed the state quota.

        “The tribes stay within their quotas … but the state can’t seem to do the same,” he said. “The tribes have welcomed that collaboration. It’s just unfortunate that it comes after the fact of such a poor demonstration of management.”

        DNR officials said they are confident the state’s wolf population is “robust and resilient” and will likely sustain the loss from that hunt.

        Wisconsin law requires a wolf hunt be held from November through February when federal protections are not in place.

        The DNR initially planned to wait until November, saying it could not establish science-based quotas and comply with Native American treaty requirements, but a Jefferson County judge ordered a hunt to be held this winter after a Kansas-based hunting group sued.

        A state court of appeals dismissed the DNR’s request to block the order.

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  2. Thank you, Maureen. Very interesting.

    Many wildlife agencies tend to represent people and organizations who believe wildlife should be managed for human benefit, i.e., hunting, trapping.

    But this is beginning to change and it looks like Wisc DNR is trialling a new approach that blends biology and social science research methods to wolf mgmt. That’s a BIG step in the right direction. We need to sit around the table with decorum and eyes and ears open or the pro- v anti- is just going to escalate and the wolves and wildlife are going to pay the price.

    Int’l Wolf Center (Ely, Minn) hosted a webinar last week presented by the researchers behind the Colo wolf reintroduction. They discussed their methods and data. Interesting and informative. I am studying the scientifically and socially supported models. Colo study regards hunters as “stakeholders”. New research from Raincoast in British Columbia classifies hunters as “operators” in the social license model.

    Big difference!

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