The Environmental Journal of Southern Appalachia
Thursday, 04 March 2021 09:43

200 wolves killed in Wisconsin after ESA restrictions are lifted

NYT: Gray wolf hunters sued state to move season up; first state wolf hunt since 2014 following delisting

Hunters killed 212 gray wolves during a three-day frenzy in Wisconsin after the gray wolf was removed from the Endangered Species List by the Trump administration.

State wildlife officials had wanted to delay the hunt until November so a science-based and fair game plan could be finalized. Wolf-hunting advocates sued to move the hunt up to last week; biologists and indigenous groups said they hunt occurred during breeding season, so the full effects on gray wolf populations could be far-reaching.

The state estimated there were about 1,200 wolves in Wisconsin prior to the hunt.