Friends, we are asking if you would provide a public comment on Wisconsin’s fall 2021 wolf hunt. This action is urgent.
This week, the Department of Natural Resources published a recommendation for a quota of 130 wolves during the November 2021 wolf hunt. However, given past experience, it is likely that the Natural Resources Board will reject that recommendation, and establish a much larger quota. Given the experience from February 2021, it is also very likely that hunters will substantially exceed any quota before the hunt is shut down.
We are hoping that you will bring your best in everything we have learned over these Fireside Chats and send comments on the proposed quota and the 2021 fall hunt by August 3. You should send your comments to Laurie Ross at Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov and copy Randy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also submit your comments through this link, but we are asking that you also email them to Laurie Ross just to make sure that they have been received.
It is also vitally important that you register to testify remotely at the August 11th Wisconsin Natural Resources Board meeting to hold Dr. Prehn accountable and let the public and media hear your story about why wolves should be protected. To register to speak, contact Laurie Ross at Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov, 608-267-7420. Be sure to provide your name, city, phone number, and email or mailing address.
We encourage you to voice your opinion on the potential effects the fall 2021 wolf hunt, particularly in light of the impact of the February 2021 hunt. Please detail any qualifications for the record and use that expertise, but you certainly do not have to be an expert to comment on any aspect off the 2021 wolf hunt, including, but not limited to:
- Effects on wolves and/or the health of the WI wolf population
- Impacts on any other species, including domestic animals and people
- Consequences for the ecosystem as a whole
- Science used to evaluate the wolf population and set the quota
- The data on presumed hunter success rates, reporting of kills, and analysis of wolves killed (how many were pregnant, etc.), and fully quantifying the damage done to the wolf population
- The methods used for the hunt (e.g. hunting with hounds, trapping, baiting and night hunting)
- Any other ethical, scientific, or legal aspect of the hunt or the quota.
Please reference our fact sheet (linked below) about the Wisconsin wolf population numbers and the science that DNR has used to calculate population models, along with a preliminary breakdown of the DNR’s July 29 analysis.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions at email@example.com. Let me know if you plan to submit a comment, and please forward your comment to me when you do.
Thanks for all that you do for our wolves~
Melissa Smith, Executive Director