In another slap in the face to the Native American tribes of Wisconsin, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp told the Wisconsin Chippewa that they can “harvest” half of the wolf quota, but they are not allowed to protect them. This is just begging for another lawsuit to be added to the one filed last week to stop the use of dog packs against wolves in Wisconsin. From the article:
“Last week, Zorn sent a letter to Stepp saying a commission task force that deals with hunting rights passed a motion opposing killing any wolves and laying claim to all the wolves in the ceded territory.
“The Tribes’ goal is for all suitable wolf habitat to be fully occupied, thus enabling wolves to perform their appropriate ecological and cultural function on the landscape,” Zorn wrote.
“The State does not have unfettered discretion to exercise its management prerogatives to the detriment of the Tribes’ treaty reserved rights,” he wrote. “It proceeds at its own risk if it moves forward with its current harvest scheme, which will drive down the population and diminish the Tribes’ right to the presence and function of ma’iingan on the landscape.”
Stepp replied that she understands a wolf hunt presents a difficult situation for tribal members, but she contended the treaties give the tribes harvest rights, not preservation rights. She said the DNR would follow the treaty and reserve 85 wolves for tribal hunting, but anything more would infringe on the state’s responsibility to manage the animals.”
So it is perfectly okay to kill these animals in every way imaginable, but it is absolutely wrong to try to protect them? What is wrong with this state, and it’s so-called “leaders?” I have a sneaking suspicion that last week’s lawsuit is just the beginning, and Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC), George Meyer, and the bear hounders have awoken a sleeping giant. This insanity is going to hurt their cause far more than it is going to help it.