I start up on these topics and always end up writing too much. To try my darnedest to keep it short, here goes.
Bottom line is the DNR isn't in control of our natural resources in Wisconsin. The Dept. of Agriculture has more say over our natural resources than the DNR does. They control the deer population, bear population and turkeys. Dept. of Ag is more threatened by CWD than anyone else, and that's where the 700,000 deer goal comes from.
They have control over the elk population, and have stopped the current elk reintroduction. The DNR has everything in place to bring in more elk but the Dept. of Agriculture says no way.Too risky.
Wisconsin DNR has a plan for wolves but isn't worth the paper it's written on because the wolf has been put back on the Federal protection list. They know we have too many wolves and that they will double in numbers within the next year but they are hog tied by the feds. Wolves in Wisconsin are only endangered of being overpopulated. In the short time they had off the protection list, Wisconsin DNR managed to kill 37 wolves with more on the hit list. Applaud them for that. Of course though again, the 37 wolves killed were 37 wolves the Dept. of Agriculture wanted gone. I don't believe they killed any wolves that threatened our 150 elk.
Bottom line, Wisconsin hunters need the DNR, need to get behind the DNR and get the DNR the power to follow through on what they started without Dept. of Agriculture and Federal road blocks. The way it's structured now, it's not working. We're being told by the Feds that we have to be able to sustain a higher number of wolves. We're being told by the Dept. of Ag we can only have 700,000 deer, and we can't add elk or buffalo, and you've got biologists who say the food chain can not be sustained without the addition of native elk and buffalo. Our current food chain is humans, bears, wolves, and deer. That's a lot depending on deer. With the addition of wolves exploding in population, the added pressure to lower the deer numbers, Wisconsin's deer herd, and Wisconsin DNR's #1 money maker is in big trouble. All our eggs are in the deer basket and that basket will be empty soon. Add a few hundred elk, a few hundred buffalo now and be able to sustain enough wolves to gain control and we plant the seeds for big game hunting in Wisconsin's north woods for many years to come. It's either that, or we repeat history and go back to no deer, no bears, no turkey's, and then the last to go will be wolves and coyote. It's 5th grade biology. What's missing from Wisconsin's native natural food chain? What animals did wolves eat 200 years ago in Wisconsin? What do wolves have to eat in Wisconsin now? What's missing? A LOT! Elk and buffalo are at the top of that list. They are the key to saving the wolves, saving the deer, saving the bears, saving big game hunting and saving the economy of northern Wisconsin. The only way I'll buy into 700,000 deer in Wisconsin is if the goal is to also have a huntable elk herd since the research is done and protect already started, and at least a test buffalo herd. This land was never meant to be home to 2 million deer, but it was meant to be home to 2 million big game animals of a variety of species. It doesn't take a scientist to figure that out but since the DNR scientists are saying it, maybe we should listen and help them to get it done?
So who do you write to to give the DNR the power to get what they've planned done? How do we get the ban on transporting elk at least lifted for the DNR? Who can kill the Dept. of Agriculture's crop abatement program? Who can get the wolves off the endangered species list and control back into Wisconsin DNR control? Who ever you are writing to or talking to, we need answers to the right questions. Somewhere between the scientists and politics the truth gets lost and the whole reason for having a DNR is pointless. If the DNR can not protect our natural resources, who can?
American by birth, hunter by choice.