Wolf hunt inhumane, unsustainable
By: Jan Conley, Lake Nebagamon, Superior Telegram
As Wisconsin begins its second wolf-hunting season there are some things Wisconsinites should know. I have not heard these things on the TV news nor read them in the official DNR press releases sent to local papers.
The first thing that you might want to know about is that more than 80 percent Wisconsinites oppose the wolf hunt.
A June 2013 poll by Mason Dixon found Wisconsin voters, by more than an eight-to-one margin, strongly oppose the trophy hunting and trapping of wolves, with strong majorities in every demographic group and political affiliation supporting protecting our wolves.
In Wisconsin, unlike our neighboring states, wolves may be killed with cruel and unsporting methods, including the use of painful steel-jawed leg-hold traps where they may suffer for hours or days, shooting wolves over piles of bait and using packs of dogs to chase down and kill wolves.
The survey also found that by more than 9-to-1, Wisconsin voters oppose the use of traps, bait and packs of dogs. Eighty five percent of Wisconsin voters said they supported a ban on using packs of dogs to chase down and hunt wolves. Around 100 wolves have already been killed this year and most, according to the DNR, have been trapped.
This year the Natural Resources Board decided to increase the number of wolves hunted to 275. When combined with car accidents and other forms of wolf mortality, it could result in 50 percent of Wisconsin’s wolf population being killed this year. Wildlife biologists around the state and country view this hunt as dangerous and unsustainable.
The packs are losing their young — the next generation. Last year 117 wolves were killed and more than 90 percent of them were 2 years old or younger.
The people of Wisconsin do not want this hunt. Who is the Republican-dominated legislature who passed this bill and the governor who signed it listening to in Madison?