Wildlife

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

Wisconsin’s Green Fire Releases Statement on August 11, 2021 Wisconsin Natural Resources Board Action on Fall Wolf Hunt Quota

On August 11, 2021, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) voted 5-2 to establish a quota of 300 wolves for the fall 2021 wolf hunt.

The removal of 300 wolves again this fall, on top of the removal of at least 218 wolves during the three-day February wolf hunt, could result in a population of as …

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Holds First Wolf Management Plan Committee Meeting

On Thursday, July 22nd the Wisconsin DNR held the first of four Wolf Management Plan Committee meetings. The committee of representatives from Tribes, government agencies, and various stakeholder groups across Wisconsin, including WGF’s Adrian Wydeven, discussed recommendations for an updated state wolf management plan.

You can view the committee meeting through WisconsinEye

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Updates from Wisconsin’s Wolf Harvest Advisory Committee Meeting

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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Meeting Wisconsin’s Deer Conservation Challenges – Wisconsin’s Green Fire Opportunities Now July 2021 Report

In our new report, Wisconsin’s Green Fire (WGF) examines several threats and trends that, taken together, are affecting the future of Wisconsin’s white-tailed deer herd. The report discusses the threats Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) poses to deer and human health; explains the ecological effects of high deer densities on forest habitat quality; discusses the lack of antlerless deer harvests and reduced hunter numbers in Wisconsin; and concludes with recommendations for policy and actions on the state and local levels to ensure the health and safety of Wisconsin’s deer and their habitat.

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The February 2021 Wisconsin Wolf Hunt: A Preliminary Assessment

Following removal of gray wolves from the Endangered Species List on January 4th, 2021, the State of Wisconsin allowed public hunting and trapping of wolves during an abbreviated three-day season between February 22nd and February 24th. The last time wolves were hunted legally in Wisconsin in February was in 1956. The final reported harvest of 218 wolves over a period of three days exceeded the total quota for state-authorized hunters by 83%. Wisconsin’s Green Fire’s preliminary assessment of the February 2021 Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season includes impacts of the hunt on Wisconsin’s wolf population and recommendations to avoid future failures and ensure that future wolf management is informed by science and best practice.

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire Provides Written Testimony on Wolf Management

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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