In an effort to
increase awareness about the upcoming Wisconsin wolf hunt, Friends of the
Wisconsin Wolf, a non-profit wolf advocacy group with members all over the
state, placed a billboard between mile marker 191 & 192, on Hwy A that goes
over I 90/94. The controversial billboard shows wolf families in the sights of
a rifle stating "SHAME ON WISCONSIN", with a hope to increase
involvement of the public with the non-profit and to engage tourists in voicing
their concerns over the recently de-listed grey wolf hunt.
year's wolf hunt will have a quota of nearly 300 wolves. With recent data
released from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources nearly 75% of those
wolves killed were juveniles. "While we are relieved that breeding adults
mostly survived last year's hunt, we are deeply concerned about the
sustainability of this hunt with a goal of bringing our population down to 350
wolves, nearly as fast as they can with little regard for what is best for
Wisconsin's ecosystem and wolves", said Melissa Smith, director of the
Friends of the WI Wolf group.
year, the quota of 117 was met in a very short time, mostly by trapping. This
year however, dogs will be used to hunt wolves, which Friends of the WI Wolf
group believes is "state-sanctioned dog fighting". In addition, the
group has been working hard to bring awareness about the practices of hounding
in general and captive wildlife penning, both legal in Wisconsin. "I know
if the public saw what I just saw on this YouTube video, (a video showing
hounds attacking a coyote) they would be outraged. And this year, this inhumane
practice will also include wolves", said Patty Maringer-Fitzpatrick, vice
president of the group.
Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf
hopes to be able to raise 1,000 dollars to keep the billboard in the Wisconsin
Dells up through gun-deer season and to even expand into other places such as
Milwaukee and Door County. The donation will be matched by a generous donor if
they are able to meet their funding goals.
see the Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf website,
http://www.friendsofthewisconsinwolf.org/, for more
information or to make a donation.
Wisconsin Wolf Hunt in Brief
Wolf Hunting in Wisconsin: Mainstream Hunters Speak
Hunt In the Media
WI Wolf Hunt Overview
* * * ACTION ALERT: CONTACT YOUR
LEGISLATOR ASAP TO SUPPORT SB-93, WHICH WOULD PROHIBIT USE OF DOGS IN
HUNTING WOLVES! * * *