Wolves

Environment
12:35 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

What Do Wisconsinites Think of a Second Wolf Hunt?

A gray wolf in Wisconsin
Credit Michele Woodford

The clock is ticking ever closer to Wisconsin’s “still hotly debated” second wolf harvest.

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Wolves
2:39 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Wolves and Humans: A Deteriorating Relationship?

The state's first wolf hunt is underway.
Credit P McConnell

With the state's first wolf hunt underway, a Wisconsin researcher looks into the animals' relationship with people.

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Wolves
5:28 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Scientific Eye on Opening Day of Highly Contested Wolf Hunt

Monday marks day one of a hunting season some thought would never come: Wisconsin's first wolf hunt.

The Legislature set it into motion months ago, right after the federal government removed the wolf's endangered status.

Tim Van Deelen is one of the people who will watch the hunt scientifically.

The wildlife biologist has been studying the creature throughout its gradual return to Wisconsin, and now will monitor the impact the wolf harvest could have on the stability of its population.

The DNR doled out 1,160 permits for the wolf hunt that begins today.

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Wolves
7:15 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

DNR Denied Permission to Include Dogs in Wisconsin's First Wolf Hunt

Wolves perform ritual displays during mating season in February.
Credit P McConnell

One remaining point of contention in Wisconsin's wolf hunt is the law's allowance for dogs to be used to trail or track wolves. The Natural Resources Board on Wednesday denied the DNR permission to draft emergency rules so dogs could be used this first year.

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Wolf
12:00 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Mixing Dogs with Wolves

Humane societies hope to bring down Wisconsin's first wolf hunt.

A group of humane societies will have their day in court Wednesday as they attempt to put a stop to Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt.

It is scheduled to begin October 15. Advocates of the hunt say it’s an appropriate mechanism to control wolves that attack livestock and pets.

The new law allows hunters to use dogs to track and trail wolves.

Those seeking an injunction say confrontations between wolves and dogs could result in the inhumane death of dogs.

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Environment
2:45 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Wolf Hunt Rules Fraught With Controversy

Wisconsin approaches its first wolf hunt, the Natural Resources Board weighs in on harvesting rules.

The grey wolf is in Wisconsin’s spotlight.

Shortly after the federal government removed the animal from the endangered species list, the state created a wolf hunt to begin this October.

With little time to spare, the DNR designed rules for the first season.

The agency is proposing a harvest of 201 wolves, with some zones more heavily targeted than others.

Tuesday the seven-member Natural Resources Board will vote on the DNR’s proposed rules at a special meeting in Stevens Point.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence looks at the polarizing positions the wolf – and its upcoming hunt – are raising.

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Environment
6:22 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Scientists Dig into How Wisconsin Wolf Hunt Might Impact Population Stability

PhD student Jennifer Stenglein and wildlife biologist Tim Van Deelen present their research findings at a conference on wolf conservation in the Great Lakes region.

Wisconsin leaders recently passed a controversial bill allowing people to hunt wolves starting this fall.

The move came shortly after the federal government removed the animal from the endangered species list.

Friday, researchers from UW-Madison share what they’ve learned about the impact wolf harvesting could have on the stability of its population.

The team will present its findings in Duluth, where a range of interested people – from scientists to livestock producers, are gathering for an annual conference on wolves in the Great Lakes region.

WUWM Environmental Reporter Susan Bence met the Madison researchers before they departed.

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Environment
6:28 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Gray Wolf Status Shifts from Endangered to Game

Gov. Walker is expected to soon sign into law a bill allowing wolves to be hunted in Wisconsin.

The Legislature recently approved a hunting season, after the federal government removed the wolf from the endangered species list, in January.

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