Wisconsin was one state in and around the Great Lakes region that has had the wolf removed from federal protection. Although this is true, no plans were put into place to open hunting or trapping seasons on the wolf. Instead the state is playing with permits, allotting them to landowners who have had wolves kill pets or livestock. The state has also reminded people that they do have a right to shoot and kill a wolf that is caught attacking pets, livestock, etc. to protect property.

But many are asking what good issuing a few permits is going to do on a wolf population that is estimated to be around 600. Wisconsin officials and USFWS personnel say that 350 would be a scientifically ideal number of wolves to manage.

Tom Remington