Wildlife

WGF evaluation and reports on state and federal actions and funding affecting wildlife management in Wisconsin, developed by WGF’s Wildlife Work Group.

The Wisconsin Natural Resources Board is holding a special hearing on Friday January 22, 2021 to consider action to direct the Department of Natural Resources to immediately open a wolf hunt. Thursday Jan 21 at 8 am is the deadline to register to testify and provide written testimony.  Visit Read More >

On Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at 10 AM there was an in-person joint informational hearing with the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Small Business and Rural Issues, and Assembly Committee on Sporting Heritage. This hearing was convened to discuss the process of reinstating the wolf harvesting season in 2021. Wisconsin’s Green Fire has been following this issue closely and has provided written testimony to the committees that reflect our recommendations recently published Opportunities Now paper on wolves.

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On October 29, 2020, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced the delisting of gray wolves from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Species, which will mark the beginning of the next chapter of our long relationship with wolves in the Great Lakes region. As wolves have reached healthy …

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Ariel view of the Flambeau Mine in Lady Smith when it was in operation.

Wisconsin’s Green Fire, along with 9 other environmental groups, submitted comments to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), urging the Department to modify draft rules related to sulfide metallic mining. A 2017 bill passed by the state legislature made wholesale changes to mining laws and prompted the current agency rulemaking process. While the 2017 …

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The Wisconsin Conservation Congress has cancelled their traditional Spring Hearings in 2020 due to Covid-19. As in 2019 however, all Wisconsin residents may provide on-line input to the WCC Spring Questionnaire. Voting on the questionnaire closes on April 16th.

Wisconsin’s Green Fire recommends a no-vote on Question #15, which proposes eliminating Wisconsin’s four current deer management zones. The …

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Wisconsin has a proud tradition of hunting, especially for white-tailed deer. Wisconsin DNR is responsible for managing deer populations across the state. The appearance of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) threatens both herd health and the hunting tradition as we know it.

While the area of Wisconsin where CWD is considered endemic is growing, most of our state …

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