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Chippewa tribes join call to stop DNR plans for wolf hunt – WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM

August 15, 2012

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) – Chippewa Indian tribes are the latest to ask Wisconsin’s DNR to halt plans for a wolf hunt that’s due to begin in two months.

Jim Zorn of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission said the tribes believe the hunt would be biologically reckless, and culturally harmful to the Chippewa.

Zorn says the Indians believe the state’s original population goal of 350 wolves is too low – and it could harm the wolves.

The rules for the new wolf hunt prohibit taking the animals on Wisconsin Indian reservations. But that didn’t stop Chippewa from 11 tribes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan from expressing their concerns.

It comes after a host of environmental and animal rights groups filed suit to stop the wolf hunt. The lawsuit claims it’s too dangerous, because the wolves would eat up hunting dogs which are allowed to be used.

The wolf season was approved by the governor and Legislature earlier this year, after the animal was taken off the federal endangered species list in the Upper Midwest.

A court hearing on the lawsuit is set for later this month. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says her agency is working on a response to the Chippewa’s concerns.

Chippewa tribes join call to stop DNR plans for wolf hunt – WTAQ News Talk 97.5FM and 1360AM.

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  1. August 15, 2012 at 6:20 pm | #1

    Hoping for the best!

  2. Cheryl Elkinton
    August 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm | #2

    While I think it has made progress for the issue of dogs being eaten during hunts as the issue- I think it is very crafty-but I think the subject needs more depth. With the way they fight, relying on this topic only, could lead to the right to hunt with the stipulation of not bringing your dog. I have been having contact with a DNR wildlife biologist and I can’t get it through to him that with a current count of only 800, it is more important to cause more wildlife areas and replenish those, than to hunt out what appears to be losing it. (For all wildlife animals, not just wolves). The line of thinking I’m getting is that people like to hunt, so the right is present. Period. If this line of thinking is allowed to continue, our overpopulated, carbon-monoxide polluting civilization will continue it’s sicknesses until we’re not well enough to understand a need for a more permanent and radical solution, nor have the ability to carry it through. We all breathe the air, we all need the life enzymes to rehabilitate that we have destroyed. So this cannot continue to be only about dogs.

    Tomarrow, Friday August 31 at 1:30 on the 6th floor of the Dane County Courthouse. In case this one doesn’t take a grasp there is a US court date set for later in September (25th)? Or in case you missed this one. I’d like to see these appearances as events and I’d like to see a lot of people showing up with signs and banners, showing their support for better conservation of wildlife. Conservation Not Commercialism!

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