This is a subject that I've studied extensively and can only come up with one solution to what's going to be a big problem. As of Sept. 29, 2008 the wolves have been put BACK ON the endangered species list. The goal for Wisconsin was 350 wolves with habitat that could sustain approximately 500 wolves. As of Sept. 29, 2008 Wisconsin's wolf population is estimated at over 550 wolves. In the area's that wolves are present, deer density numbers are dropping quickly. Every wolf kills an average of 18 deer per year. With 07 being a hard winter, wolves moving further south, DNR and CWD reducing the deer herd in the south, Wisconsin's deer population is dwindling fast. Sharing our north woods with wolves means deer hunting will never be the same as it's been. Nor should it be. When wolves roamed norther Wisconsin 200 years ago, they didn't feed on just deer. They had Caribou, buffalo, elk, moose, deer, antelope, and a large variety of critters big and small. We reintroduce wolves, the most dominant predator in the world, into a petting zoo with deer being the top big game animal in an overpopulated condition. It just won't work.
To have wolves we must also have elk, buffalo and as many other of the missing critters as we can get back.
Without debating why the wolves are here or how they got here, the fact is they are here. Take a look for yourself here.
The only good thing we can get out of wolves is pressure to put elk back in Wisconsin. Clam Lake herd is a complete success. 25 elk are now 150 elk. 25 Elk was an experiment, we now need more elk to make the genetic pool strong and give them a chance to survive. If we don't, the wolves will kill off the deer, bears won't have deer to eat, and we'll lose everything. We strengthen the elk, add buffalo, save the deer, save the bears, we do a lot more than just save the wolves. If we got to have wolves, we got to have big game animals to feed them or we're going to loose the 2 big game animals we have left. I've waited 5 years for the chance at a bear tag, I wonder what hunting opportunities we'll have left to pass on to our grandchildren.
We are close to getting more elk but efforts of the DNR, and Rockey Mountain Elk Society were successfully blocked by the Department of Agriculture's ban on transporting elk. They had elk coming from Elk Island Canada, but couldn't transport them into Wisconsin. Can't even move any of the Clam Lake elk. Studies are all done, Clam Lake and Black River Falls were all cleared to get elk, there are very few deer left in these areas because of wolves. No deer means no CWD means perfect time to get the elk in and get started on Buffalo too. To leave the wolves, deer and bear to settle things for themselves can only lead to disaster for Wisconsin hunters. We can't get rid of the wolves so we'd better get some big game animals to feed them. It's time we make the tree huggers work for us.