ACTION ALERT: Wolf Harvest Committee Meeting Comments Due by June 18th!

Your written comments to the Wolf Harvest Committee must be submitted by noon on Friday, June 18th. This committee will decide a quota for the fall hunt to be presented to the Natural Resources Board in August.

Submit your written comments via email at: DNRWildlifeWebmail@wisconsin.gov. Please include “Fall Wolf Season Comments” in the subject line. Comments will be recorded verbatim with submitter’s name and provided to the committee in advance of the meeting. To allow time for the committee to review comments, the deadline to submit comments is Friday, June 18th at noon.  

Details here: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/calendar/meeting/44621

There are several points that we must make to this committee which should be put into your own words for best effect. Try to limit your testimony to a few paragraphs, with what you feel personally is most important. These are your wolves too, and any thoughts you have about a fall hunt should be included, but supported. Provide any anecdotal evidence you have that there are less wolves or how a fall hunt would personally affect you, or how a future hunt will diminish your recreation and the future of wolf recovery. That is what is most important to let the committee know.

We support Wisconsin wolf management but it needs to include public input and thorough scientific analysis and deliberative processes as required by law. We need to include sportsmen and women, conservation groups, tribal leaders, and interested citizens to establish goals and build broad public support for managing wolves and minimizing wolf-human conflicts. The public trust doctrine says that wildlife belong to all citizens of Wisconsin, and they are held in trust for the public. We believe it is imperative that the WDNR and the NRB fulfill their responsibility to wolves as a public trust natural resource by supporting the further development and implementation of scientific wolf management practices using current scientific and cultural information. 

  1. The WDNR did not follow it’s mission statement in regards to the February wolf hunt and the state violated the Public Trust Doctrine.
  2. Determining the quota for the February hunt was not an inclusive process. The quota, season dates, and reporting structure did not ensure that a sustainable population of wolves would be maintained and a fall hunt is following the same processes.
  3. The biological impacts of the February 2021 hunt, held during the wolves’ breeding season, will never be fully understood due to a lack of important biological data collection. Impacts to the overall population, and impacts to specific local wolf packs, cannot be known. Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) states in their recently released Conservation Bulletin “Although there are significant uncertainties associated in making a prediction based on limited information, we believe that based on loss of bred females and alpha males, it is reasonable to estimate that 60-100 of Wisconsin’s wolf packs may lose all pup production due to the February 2021 hunt. If this impact is realized it will represent 24-40% of the expected reproduction from 245 known wolf packs outside of Indian reservations in Wisconsin.”
  4. The WDNR receives 90% of its funding from the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, according to a January 2017 internal report. There is a steady decline in the number of recreational hunters nationally, as only 4% of people now identify themselves as hunters (National Survey of Fishing, Hunting, and Wildlife-Associated Recreation. 2016). Relying on hunter funding leads to a narrow focus on managing game animals for a small special interest base. WDNR needs to broaden opportunities for non-consumptive users, and increase funding for conservation decisions that benefit game and non-game species. As fewer people hunt now and into the future, the continued support of hunting depends on the attitudes of non-hunters. Most support hunting to obtain meat, and oppose hunting only to obtain a trophy. The majority of Wisconsin citizens are non-hunters who support wolves
  5. Wolves respond to human hunting pressure in surprising ways. Packs are more likely to break up if an alpha animal is killed, which can cause an increased risk of younger, more inexperienced wolves to attack “easy” prey such as livestock, as these wolves lack the cohesive pack unit. Aggressive human hunting of wolves can actually result in increased conflict with farmers, and more wolf depredations on livestock. Wolf depredations are occurring now in Wisconsin after the February 2021 wolf hunt at an increased rate. https://dnrx.wisconsin.gov/wdacp/public/depredation/2021
  6. A reliable wolf population estimate will be lacking when quotas are set for the proposed fall 2021 hunt. WGF’s recommendation that “WDNR wildlife biologists must make their best efforts to assess and model the impact of the 2021 February hunt, including estimating illegal or unregistered kills, removal of pregnant females, and loss of alpha males on the wolf population. Current population models and population estimation methods should also be assessed for reliability. This impact analysis should be completed and made available to the Wolf Advisory Committee prior to WDNR’s development and public release of 2021 fall harvest quota alternatives.”


FOTWW 2021 SPRING CAMPAIGN PLAN

Wolves Unmasked Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wrAnJJ7cEaw

DNR Wolf Management Plan: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/wolfmanagementplan

Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB): https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/about/NRBhttps://dnr.wisconsin.gov/about/NRB

Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) Annual Spring Public Hearings: https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/about/wcc/springhearing

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APRIL ADVOCACY ACTION ITEMS

✓ BY APRIL 5, 2021 Submit a resolution in your county as we discussed by THIS SUNDAY. Amy Mueller is working closely with Project Coyote and The Humane Society of the United States and is keeping track of resolutions and counties. You can submit anything you’d like but if you would like to use the resolutions we have generated and discussed, please email amueller@wiwolvesandwildlife.org. Click HERE to submit resolutions.

 BY APRIL 7, 2021 – 11:00 AM Register to testify at the Natural Resources Board (NRB) with “your story” about how the wolf hunt impacted you and why you do not believe there should be a fall hunt. To register to speak, please email or call Laurie Ross, Board Liaison, Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov or 608-267-7420. We will post some talking points and have a mock NRB board meeting at our fireside chat. Rewatch the link about storytelling and personalize your message. Remember your audience. If you need help with your story or if have ANY issues registering to testify, please email Melissa Smith at msmith@wiwolvesandwildlife.org.

APRIL 8, 2021 – (11:30 AM – 2:30 PM) The 2021 WOLF HARVEST COMMITTEE MEETING will take place virtually on April 8 at 11:30 AM and will discuss the February 2021 wolf season as well as providing Wolf Monitoring Program updates. Experts will also discuss updates from the Wildlife Conflict Program as the next steps to the Fall 2021 wolf season and the Wolf Management Plan. The public is encouraged to provide input during this meeting. Contact: Randy.Johnson@Wisconsin.gov or 715-499-0010.

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✓ APRIL 12-15, 2021 – Vote in the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) Annual Spring hearing here. Do not forget to look at your county’s posted resolutions and vote on those resolutions as well. Consider filling a vacant county seat if you are interested. Please contact dianemcain@yahoo.com with any questions you may have. Some questions are tricky and confusing. If you need help understanding anything, email us at info@wiwolvesandwildlife.org and we can give you our interpretation of the question. We cannot advise you how to vote, we can only provide you an explanation of the question posed.

✓ APRIL 14, 2021 – Natural Resources Board Zoom Meeting. You will have already registered to speak at this meeting. We will be on the entire NRB meeting and usually citizen testimony starts around 10:15. That can change depending on the agenda and how many of us are registered. We can alert you when citizen testimony starts or they call your name, but you need to send us your phone number so we can text you. Laurie Ross will have already emailed you instructions on how to log in, etc. If you are working, remember it’s only 3 minutes!

6.) April 15 – May 15, 2021 – This comment period is open to everyone, even out-of-state residents who have a vested interest in wild wolves. HOWEVER, PLEASE WAIT to submit your comments until we go over this survey in our next Fireside Chat Meeting on April 22nd at 6pm via ZoomQuestions on this survey have been worded to get the results the DNR wants and not necessarily what the public wants. We will go through everything with you, question-by-question, so that you all thoroughly understand and feel prepared to help family and friends participate as well. THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR WAITING TO SUBMIT YOUR COMMENTS UNTIL WE HAVE HAD A CHANCE TO DISCUSS IT TOGETHER AS AN ORGANIZATION. See you next Thursday !


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