Tag Archives: Wisconsin

Wildlife Day at Capitols in the Great Lakes

On April 11, 2018 hundreds of wildlife advocates in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota gathered in solidarity at their state capitols to meet with lawmakers and speak for wolves and wildlife in the Great Lakes region! The day was filled positive action for wolves and wildlife, where nearly one hundred supporters rallied at the State Capitol buildings in Madison and Lansing. Legislators met with their constituents who urged them to protect the wolf for future generations by supporting wildlife-friendly legislation. (We joined… Continue reading

The Economic Cost of a Great Lakes Wolves Delisting Rider

By Melissa Smith and Lia Cheek Imagine Wisconsin losing a potential 168,000 jobs and $17.9 billion in consumer spending.  If the policy “rider” that aims to de-list Great Lakes wolves is included in Congress’s budget bill,  Wisconsin could see a severe drop in these numbers. Wolves are vital to our economy in both direct and indirect ways. If wolves are delisted by this rider, there is nothing to stop the Great Lakes from returning to the aggressive state management plans and broad… Continue reading

LTE: Wisconsin Legislature Ignores Science Behind Sound Policies of Wolf Management

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018 the Committee on Natural Resources & Sporting Heritage held a Public Hearing on Assembly Bill 712. It garnered a great deal of attention because of its ill-conceived notion of “wolf management” while ignoring the science behind sound policies of management. Bill AB 712 would not allow the use of state funds to enforce laws pertaining to how wolves are managed. For the landowner/homeowner this means that wolves could be killed without consideration of location or… Continue reading

Wisconsin State Legislators New Bill on Wolves is Political Theater

Yesterday, Representatives Jarchow, Felzkowski, Quinn and Senator Tiffany circulated for co-sponsorship, LRB 3737/1 which would make it illegal for law enforcement to enforce state or federal law relating to management of wolves in Wisconsin. It also does not allow the Department of Natural Resources to expend any funds relating to wolf management other than paying claims under the endangered resources program for damage caused by wolves.

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Coalition of Great Lakes Advocates Promote Positive Benefits of Wolves with “Big, Not Bad” Campaign

Madison, WI –The Endangered Species Coalition, along with Wolfwatcher, Nature 365, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf & Wildlife, among others, have launched a year long campaign in the Western Great Lakes to help demonstrate that wolves are a public asset, beloved by the citizens who live here. The majority of citizens, including those living amongst wolves, representing all walks of life including hunters, hikers, naturalists and farmers of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan believe that wolves belong on the landscape and… Continue reading

Why the Latest War on Wolves? Three Reasons You May Not Know

My son always roots for the predator. He says they have to eat too. As someone who has a science background and as a conservationist, I know that I should agree with him. Or at a minimum, I should probably be neutral. But I can’t help it. When I’m sitting on my couch watching a nature documentary, I root for the prey. Go rabbit! When it comes to managing wildlife though, I root for the predator. Why? Because wildlife policies… Continue reading

The Fight for Women and Wolves

We will be posting three blogs in the coming days representing different perspectives of Endangered Species Coalition staff that work on wolf recovery and protections.   A couple weeks ago, I was in Phoenix talking to a friend.  She said, “Women and wolves…” And paused for a moment, gathering her thoughts.  “We’re like this,” as she raised her hand with her index and middle fingers crossed.  What she was describing didn’t have any other words attached, but I immediately understood… Continue reading

Attacks on Endangered Species Act Hiding Behind Bad Attitudes and Bad Science

Wolves in the Western Great Lakes remain under Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection following a federal court decision in December 2014. Judge Howell criticized the states for inadequate regulatory mechanisms. The court ruled the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service failed to address the impact of combined mortality such as disease and human killing. Prior to this ruling, more than 1,500 wolves have been killed through recreational hunting and trapping resulting in a substantial reduction in wolf populations. This added human-caused mortality… Continue reading

Anti-Science Wolf Delisting Bill Passes House of Representatives

The House of Representatives recently passed the Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act of 2015 (H.R. 2406), and in doing so approved an amendment to strip wolves of Endangered Species Act (the Act) protections in Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. If passed by the Senate and enacted into law, this legislation would return management of wolves to these states. Federal courts have repeatedly ruled that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and these states states did not follow the law in… Continue reading