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 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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August 26, 2019

To: Alaina Gerrits, WDNR Assistant Upland Wildlife Ecologist

Subject: Wisconsin’s Green Fire Review of Draft Ruffed Grouse Management Plan, 2020 -2030

Thank you for the opportunity to offer our comments on the draft ruffed grouse management plan. Our wildlife work group membership has extensive experience in the conservation of this species and are very interested …

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Wisconsin’s Green Fire Comments to the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service on Proposal to Remove the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, Federal Register 84 (51):9648-9687 (Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0097)

Introduction
Thank you for the opportunity to offer comments on the draft gray wolf delisting rule. Wisconsin’sGreen Fire is a nonpartisan and …

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To: Dr. Scott Walter, WDNR Large Carnivore Specialist

Subject: Wisconsin Green Fire Review of Draft Black Bear Management Plan, 2019 -2029

Thank you for the opportunity to offer our comments on the draft black bear management plan. Our wildlife work group membership has extensive experience in the conservation of this species and are very interested in helping …

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Good Morning Chair Hilgenberg, Secretary Meyer and Members of the Board. I’m here on behalf of Wisconsin’s Green Fire to:

  • thank you for your recent leadership on important Chronic Wasting Disease issues, and
  • to urge you to take further action, and
  • To offer our assistance going forward.

CWD is the greatest threat to Wisconsin’s deer herd, our deer hunting …

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To: Members – Joint Committee on Review of Administrative Rules (JCRAR)

Re: Emergency Rule Suspension

I’m writing to inform committee members that Wisconsin’s Green Fire believes the emergency rules on deer fencing and deer carcass transport are science-based and will help reduce human assisted spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD). Current science demonstrates that once CWD becomes …

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To: Scott Karel, Regulations Specialist
Bureau of Wildlife Management
101 S. Webster Street
Madison WI 53707-7921

Re: 2018-19 Ruffed Grouse Hunting Season Closure

We appreciate the concern expressed by the Natural Resources Board (NRB), Conservation Congress and citizenry regarding the status of Wisconsin’s ruffed grouse populations and whether West Nile Virus (WNV) is a significant threat that requires a modification …

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