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“You remove one, you’re essentially destabilizing and killing the entire pack,” Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife Executive Director Melissa Smith told Public News Service. “So, we expect this to be pretty detrimental to our wolf population.”

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This is truly ‘let’s get in and slaughter and kill as many of these animals as we can because we know that delisting was illegal and we know that Biden administration is going to re-list the wolf.’ – Melissa Smith

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“We expect this to be detrimental to our wolf population,” Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife executive director Melissa Smith told the Wisconsin Public News Service. “You remove one [wolf], you’re essentially destabilizing and killing the entire pack.”

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Even though the DNR is appealing the ruling, it’s complying with the decision. Melissa Smith, executive director for Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife, said doing this during breeding season will be harmful. “You remove one, you’re essentially destabilizing and killing the entire pack,” Smith contended. “So, we expect this to be pretty detrimental to our wolf population.”

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Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife condemned the lawsuit as the work of an “out-of-state-based group of well-known far-right extremists.”

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The timing concerns advocacy groups like advocacy groups like Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf & Wildlife. Most of the harvest happens early on in hunts and the killed wolves are primarily a year or less old. “This is different,” said Melissa Smith, founder and director of the group. “Wolf pup survival is really low, so you’re talking about all adults, important members of the pack and right through breeding season, so not only are you maybe killing a female wolf, but you’re killing a future generation too because they may be pregnant at this time.”Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife along with other groups have criticized this process for not taking time to allow science to dictate how to manage the state’s wolf populations.“There’s not time to develop a plan and a new management plan, there’s not time to let citizens weigh in,” Smith said. “No matter who you are a farmer or an environmentalist, it was supposed to be an open transparent process and they have taken that away.”


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“This hunt proposal would essentially throw the wolf back into the hands of the very same attitudes and practices that may have caused their extinction in Wisconsin,” said Melissa Smith, with the Great Lakes Wildlife Alliance.

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“You do not hunt wolves during their mating season, nor during the time that pups are with the mother. To do so is an affront to all “true” sportsmen and all who are concerned with our wildlife.”

“Wolves have been nearly wiped out of existence by hunters and ranchers. Hunter Nation Inc. wants to protect the “rights” of hunters to kill these animals while it makes its money from hunters. This is not about the rights of hunters to kill a non-food animal. It’s about money and killing.”