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April 3, 2012
Dear Concerned Citizen,
Thank you for contacting me regarding the recently passed wolf hunting bill. I appreciate your concern about this highly sensitive matter.
Given that the wolf was just removed from the endangered species list in the Western Great Lakes area, I see this as the perfect time to show that Wisconsin is ready to properly manage our wolf population. Wisconsin, through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), provided scientific and legal evidence in support of delisting numerous times during the lengthy process, and I was pleased to see a favorable outcome. The federal threshold for consideration of delisting the wolf in our area required a population of 100 wolves in the combined Wisconsin and Michigan area. In Wisconsin alone, we have exceeded that at least eight times over.
With the authority granted to the DNR in this legislation, I have no doubt that our wolf population will be managed using the best scientific practices. The DNR is required to divide the state into management zones, each with its own harvest quota. Any of these zones can be closed to hunting within 24 hours if the DNR deems it necessary. This will allow the Department to closely and responsibly regulate the harvest. In addition, there is a federally required five year period during which the wolf population will be closely monitored. Our goal is to maintain a stable and sustainable wolf population in Wisconsin for generations to come.
Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue.
Governor Scott Walker
Yup, Wisconsin sure is showing that they are ready to properly “manage” the wolf population. I would like to know what “science” was used in this bill? I certainly think science when I hear the name of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association who wrote the bill. Don’t you? If Walker is so proud of this bill, why doesn’t he mention how these wolves will be “managed?” Wisconsin is now the only state in the country that allows wolves to be hunted by dogs and at night. Even the extreme wolf hating states like Idaho do not allow this.
As I said yesterday this is just another reason to vote to recall this guy. People like Walker use the term “science” when it comes to killing wolves, but ignore it when it comes to issues like evolution and women’s rights.
Also, can someone please start a petition to remove the word “harvest” from the English language. The word has been corrupted by hunting/trapping groups and fish and game departments as a cover for the word KILL. You harvest crops. You KILL animals.