According to an article posted in the Jackson County Chronicle, November 17, 2010, the author states that, “Wisconsin’s wolf population was estimated between 3,000-5,000 prior to settlement.” Consider for a moment if that statement were true. If there were 3,000 – 5,000 wolves living in Wisconsin before Europeans invaded, it would be important if the author were to complete the statement and inform readers as to what the entire landscape might have looked like with that many wolves.
With no humans living in this area, where wolves can’t sustain themselves on livestock and pets or any other food sources provided by humans, what did they eat? Wisconsin covers 54,310 square miles, which means that with wolves running in territorial packs, virtually every nook and cranny of the countryside was infiltrated with wolves.
If Wisconsin could sustain 5,000 wolves, what would be left?
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologist Adrian Wydeven said that, “they’re [wolves] a critical part of the state’s eco-system.” I seriously question whether having 5,000 wolves are a “critical part” of anyone’s ecosystem, unless the goal is an ecosystem devoid of diversity.