Wolf zone expansion into counties with high livestock populations raise ire of farm groups

From Wisconsin State Farmer:

Many farmers and others who live or recreate in the northern half of Wisconsin view the current wolf management plan drafted by the Department of Natural Resources as more of a wolf protection plan or wolf population expansion plan rather than a serious plan to limit the state’s expanding gray wolf population to semi-wilderness areas that have a biologically sustainable carrying capacity.

Following several meetings of the Wolf Management Plan Committee during 2021, the DNR released the plan to the public just one day after the November 2022 elections. The plan would take effect once wolves were removed from the Endangered Species list. Responding to criticism, DNR released a slightly revised version Aug. 1. Several farm organizations expressed disappointment with both plans.


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