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ACTION ALERT: PLEASE ASK GOV. EVERS TO VETO SB 139/AB 137, RELATING TO: ESTABLISHING A STATEWIDE WOLF POPULATION GOAL

Updated 2/1/24
 

The Assembly "tabled" AB 137, but "concurred in" SB 139. In other words, it has passed in both houses and will be sent to the Governor for his signature in April. Along about mid-March, we are going to ask you to contact Gov. Evers and ask him PLEASE to VETO SB 139, relating to: establishing a statewide wolf population goal. Please see TAKE ACTION, below, for contact information for Gov. Evers.

 
 

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A Wisconsin wolf, photo courtesy of the WI DNR     In the wake of the disastrous 2021 Wisconsin Wolf Hunt, when the finally tally of wolves killed was nearly 100 over the set quota, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, in their new Wolf Management Plan, is refusing to set a numerical population goal. Instead, they are recommending the more sensible alternative of the agency working with advisory committees to determine whether local packs should be maintained, grown or reduced. Needless to say, the wolf hunters are not happy with this arrangement.

     SB 139, relating to: establishing a statewide wolf population goal was introduced on March 23, 2023 by Senators Stafsholt, Cowles, Felzkowski, Marklein, Quinn, Stroebel, Testin and Tomczyk and cosponsored by Representatives Green, Armstrong, Behnke, Bodden, Brooks, Callahan, Dallman, Edming, Gustafson, Magnafici, Mursau, Penterman, Pronschinske, Sapik, Schutt, Summerfield, Tittl, Swearingen, Schraa and Rozar.  It was assigned to the Committee on Financial Institutions and Sporting Heritage. A public hearing was held on September 21, 2023; on September 29th, the bill was moved out of Committee with a reccomendation for passage by a vote of 3 - 2, along party lines. It was also PASSED in the full Senate on October 17, with a vote of 22 - 10, also along party lines. 

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     On March 31, 2023, a companion bill, AB 137, was introduced by Representatives Green, Armstrong, Behnke, Bodden, Brooks, Callahan, Dallman, Edming, Gustafson, Magnafici, Mursau, Penterman, Pronschinske, Sapik, Schutt, Summerfield, Swearingen, Tittl, Schraa and Rozar; and cosponsored by Senators Stafsholt, Cowles, Felzkowski, Marklein, Quinn, Stroebel, Testin and Tomczyk. It was referred to the Committee on Sporting Heritage. A public hearing was held on Nov. 8. On Nov. 15, the committee voted 8 - 4 along party lines to recommend passage by the Assembly. On January 25th, the Assembly "tabled" AB 137, but "concurred in" SB 139. In other words, it has passed in both houses and will be sent to the Governor for his signature in April.

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     This bill simply states: "If the wolf is not listed on the federal endangered list and is not listed on the state endangered list, the department shall allow the hunting and trapping of wolves and, shall regulate such hunting and trapping as provided in this section, and shall implement a wolf management plan that establishes a statewide wolf population goal." [Emphasis ours]

     WE STRONGLY OPPOSE this bill that would essentially make any number of wolves over that "population goal," which the DNR has chosen NOT to set in the new Wolf Management Plan for good reason, fair game for hunters when -- not if -- the wolf is once again delisted from the federal Endangered Species list. (Please click here for an Interesting article on "Wolf killing and the consequences of disturbing pack dynamics.")

 

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Bill Summary (by the Legislative Reference Bureau):

     "Current law requires the Department of Natural Resources to implement a wolf management plan. This bill requires DNR to establish a statewide wolf population goal in its wolf management plan."

 

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WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Wolf, courtesy of WI DNR     General guidelines for contacting your representatives: Try to keep your message brief, and be sure to give your name, complete mailing address, and phone number. Let your representative know that you are a constituent. Please, ALWAYS be polite and respectful. Name-calling, and rude or abusive letters or emails will hurt, rather than help, our cause.

  • SB 139 PASSED in the full Senate on October 17, with a vote of 22 - 10, also along party lines. The Assembly "tabled" AB 137, but "concurred in" SB 139. In other words, it has passed in both houses and will be sent to the Governor for his signature in April.

Along about mid-March, we are going to ask you to contact Gov. Evers and ask him PLEASE to VETO SB 139, relating to: establishing a statewide wolf population goal. Once again, the supporters of this bill will be VERY vocal. We are hoping that those who wish to leave the management of WI wolves in the hands of experts at the DNR will be even MORE vocal. Try to keep your message brief, and be sure to give your name, complete mailing address, and phone number. Once again, we ask that you voice your concerns in a polite and respectful manner -- remember, name-calling, and rude or abusive language, will hurt, rather than help, our cause.

Contact info for Gov. Evers (NOTE: no email available; electronic contact is through a Voice An Opinion form on his website:

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Talking Points:

Wolf in the woods, photo courtesy of WI DNR


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