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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Unlike Minnesota which is only targeting about 10% of its Wolf population for removal during the 2012 upcoming hunt, Wisconsin is going draconian and following the leads of the Rocky Mtn States with a 56% kill order put forth in its first wolf hunt this Fall.......The State wants the current 800 wolves mowed down to 356.............All peer reviewed literature on wolf populations state that perhaps up to 1/3 of a population can be killed by hunters without endangering the social pack structure, gene integrity and ecosystem services contributions of the population(note some biologists feel that 1/3 reduction will create a sink and be destructive to the population)...........Truly out of control Wiconsin is............While I am all for local involvement in all decisions impacting people, I truly wonder if it might be best to leave the Federal biologists in charge of managing carnivore populations

Chippewa Falls man: Wolf quota too high

By Steve Rundio Lee Newspapers

.BLACK RIVER FALLS — A state plan to hunt wolves is being met by resistance by some western Wisconsin residents who say killing more than half of the state’s wild wolves goes too far. John Kraemer of Chippewa Falls says the quota is too high.

He and about 60 others attended a meeting Friday in Black River Falls, where officials from the Department of Natural Resources presented their plan to cull the wolf population.

Kraemer said killing that many would have a negative impact on wolf genetics. “Are they out just to get rid of them just like in times past?” Kraemer said. “It seems kind of crazy to me.”

Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt begins Oct. 15. There are 812 documented wolves in Wisconsin, with established packs in Monroe, Juneau and Jackson counties, area considered part of the wolf’s primary range.

The state has a long-range goal to trim the population to 350.

Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill April 2 authorizing the wolf hunt. Wolves were considered extinct in Wisconsin from 1960-75 before returning on their own from Minnesota. “They naturally moved back into the state,” DNR wolf specialist Adrian Wydeven said. “They were not reintroduced into Wisconsin. They got here on their own.”

The DNR estimated the state’s wolf population at 25 in 1980, and it has continued to increase since, to the point the animal is no longer considered endangered. Now, wildlife experts are concerned the population has grown too large. Reports of wolves preying on livestock have increased, and there are concerns the animals are outgrowing their habitat.

Under the bill, livestock depredation claims are to be paid from hunter license revenue. Livestock owner Werner Haas of Hixton questioned the changes in depredation claims.If the revenue is insufficient, the payments are pro-rated. The DNR has paid $1.4 million in depredation claims for livestock and pets since 1985. “Do you know what a beef cow costs?” Haas said. “If you want to keep the timberwolf in Wisconsin, you had better treat the cattle producer decent.”

Jim Johnson of Hixton challenged the idea of the wolf as a benign animal. He said they have a negative impact on the deer population and threaten human beings. “These things are actually vicious, vicious animals,” Johnson said. “Right now they have no fear of humans.”

The hunting bill sets the license fee at $100 for a resident and $500 for a non-resident. The application fee is $10. The season runs from Oct. 15-Feb. 28, and DNR officials anticipate a harvest of 142-233 animals.

DNR biologist Bill Vander Zouwen said it’s difficult to predict the hunter success rate or how long it will take to get the population down to 350. “We really don’t know what it’s going to be,” he said. “We’ll know next year.”

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