16 Oct '12, 4am

Wisconsin Invites Hunters to Kill 1/4 of its Wolves

Up until January of this year, Great Lakes wolves were protected under the Endangered Species Act. But just ten months after being delisted, hunters are being given a chance to bait, trap, and shoot them for sport. In a dramatic turnaround for human-wolf relations, wildlife officials from Wisconsin there recently began issuing hunting permits allowing gamesmen to kill the formerly 'endangered' animals. Beginning today, and lasting through February, 1,160 hunters will now have a chance to kill 201 out of the estimated 800 wolves that live in the state. And likewise, similar legislation in Minnesota, home to an estimated 3,000, wolves, is set to allow for the killing of 400 of the animals later this year. Some in the region say that wolf attacks on pets and livestock have become a growing problem in recent years, but in light of such a relatively small population of wolves, ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/natural-sciences/wisconsin-hunt...

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