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State Bear Hunters Urge Feds to Delist Wolves
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/07/2018

One of the state's largest hunting groups is calling on federal lawmakers to support legislative efforts to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list. The Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association says it wants the state to manage its our wolf population after a judge reinstated certain protections on the animals several years ago.

"It is long past time that we allow our state Department of Natural Resources to manage the wolf population," said WBHA President Carl Schoettel. "Time is running out and we need to let them and all our Wisconsin representatives know it is urgent that they act now, before the current session is adjourned."

Nearly a decade ago, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided that wolves had recovered enough to be removed from the endangered species act protection. But after bowing to pressure from animal rights groups, a judge ordered the wolves back onto the endangered list.

State wildlife experts say Wisconsin's overwinter minimum population of wolves is now in excess of 900--well over the management plan goal of 350.

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