For the many Wisconsin residents awaiting the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s response on weather or not they will move forward with delisting the wolf the answer can not come soon enough. Wolf attacks on domestic dogs have increased two fold in the first part of 2010. To date in 2010 wolves have been involved in 9 confirmed separate attacks on dogs compared to 4 attacks at the same time in 2009. There was only 1 attack at this time in both 2007 and 2008.
Another cause for concern is wolves are becoming more brazen in their attacks. On May 16th2010 in Ashland County a 6 year old lab was attacked by the Shanagolden Pack in daylight about 100 yards from it’s house while people were around. Within minutes the lab was devoured and the only thing remaining was a chunk of its spine and a piece of leg. In another attack in Northern Wisconsin which was unconfirmed, even though there was an eye witness, a dog was attacked 15 feet from it’s front door while being let out at night.
Many groups such as the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance, Dairyland Committee of Safari Club International Chapters of Wisconsin, National Wild Turkey Federation of Wisconsin, and Whitetails of Wisconsin have openly supported the removal of wolves from the endangered species list in the Western Great Lakes region. Wisconsin Congressmen Steve Kagan, Ron Kind, Tom Petri, Paul Ryan and Jim Sensenbrenner have sent a letter to U.S. Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in support of the Wisconsin DNR request to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list.
Most sportsmen agree wolves should and need to be removed from the endangered species list in the Western Great Lakes region and turned over to the states for responsible management practices to include hunting; hopefully this will soon be a reality.
Written by BP Vinje