Wisconsin is out of control. Between WY designating wolves as ‘varmits that can be killed on spot in 85% of the state; Idaho creating a ‘wolf control board’ that is loaded with ranchers and hunters; and Wisconsin’s designation of of wolves as varmits, the hounding of wolves with dogs, and all of the other issues that Patricia Randolpf has reported on in this article it is obvious that states will NOT manage wolves in good faith.
“The range of possible (wolf) mortality rates (may be) as high as 35–55 percent, or 7–27 percent higher than reported by the state.” — wolf biologists’ letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
When nature organized this country, 2 million wolves graced the United States. Now state agencies man-handle nature as a game preserve for the 6 percent who kill. Less than 5,000 (0.025 percent of 2 million) wolves survive, under assault, about half of them in Minnesota. Red wolves are near extinction.
Wolves were the first endangered key predator species to be delisted legislatively, for a political agenda, not for scientific recovery. It was a gross violation of the Endangered Species Act. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, a rancher, wanted wolves for his constituency to kill, and the Democrats wanted to keep his seat and the Senate — so the ESA was violated, as were the wolves and our…
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