Wisconsin DNR releases 3.5K public comments on wolf management plan
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released over 3,500 public comments on their proposed wolf management plan. The plan, which was released in August, has been met with controversy and criticism from both sides of the wolf debate. The proposed plan includes a quota of 200 wolves for hunting and trapping, which is a significant increase from the previous quota of 119 wolves. The plan also includes a provision for night hunting and the use of dogs to track wolves. Many conservation groups and wolf advocates have spoken out against the plan, arguing that it is not based on sound science and could lead to a decline in the wolf population. They also argue that the use of dogs and night hunting is cruel and inhumane. On the other hand, some hunting groups and farmers have expressed support for the plan, arguing that wolves are a threat to livestock and need to be managed. The release of the public comments is an important step in the process of developing a final wolf management plan. The DNR will review the comments and use them to make any necessary changes to the plan before it is finalized. It is important for all stakeholders to have their voices heard in this process. The wolf is a highly controversial and emotional issue, and it is important to find a balance between conservation and management. The DNR has stated that they are committed to using the best available science to manage the wolf population in Wisconsin. It is important for them to continue to listen to all sides of the debate and make decisions based on sound science and public input. In the end, the goal should be to ensure a healthy and sustainable wolf population in Wisconsin, while also addressing the concerns of farmers and other stakeholders. It is a delicate balance, but one that can be achieved through collaboration and open communication.