nah, the DNR's mis-judgment of the population up there is what hurt the perch population. I used to fish that for perch. It was a blast. Lots of perch over 11 inches, some up to 14. The DNR assumed there were more than there were when they had one bad breeding season. Thus, they still gave out the permits to Commercially fish them they kept the daily bag limits extremely liberal, and since the Perch have gone down in population, the exotic species have flourished.
As far as the wolves, check out this video on youtube.
What people don't realize, is the fact that wolves aren't dogs that are running around wild. Dogs are wolves that have been bred over time to become domesticated. The quote that starts off on this video is hilarious. "Here Boy". The best quote of all of them is, "I can't believe we were that stupid."
Then on top of that, when the wolf goes away from them, after being injured by a car, they tell it to "Come on" and start making noises that would get the attention of domesticated dogs. I've heard of dogs attacking their own owner after being hit by a car. Those are domesticated dogs that have been in direct contact with humans their whole life. People don't understand what wolves can do to humans, pets other species, as well as Coyotes. Speaking of which, here is another video of what they often enough do.
This one is a bit more graphic:
Now, speaking from experience, all of you wolves without control people, take a good look at the last 5 seconds of that video shows, slow it down, and picture your pet that way...or at least the Greenie's who were all about putting them back on the endangered species list. That's mearly a glimpse of what I had to see when 5 wolves attacked my friends dog while we were ice fishing in Northern WI, yes, ICE FISHING. If we killed any of the wolves, to protect his dog, we would have been fined. The rules state, unless a wolf is making an attempt to endanger a human's life, they can not be killed.
I'm no environmentalist, I am a conservationist. Difference is pretty simple, I go out in the woods, and do something about it. I don't sit at home, see something on Nat Geo and think it would be good to see that here too! I think with my brain, and think long term for the better of the state/country. I don't speak without doing research of the topic on hand. The fact about Elk, we're too far behind on that situation. If Wisconsin really wanted Elk back, they should have put them here in good numbers prior to the wolves.
There are lots of people who make a living in Northern WI, their jobs are there, their families are there, their way of life is there. To put those people through pain and suffering, or the fear that they need to carry a side arm with them.
Here is a direct quote from the Wisconsin DNR about Wolves.
"Each wolf kills about 18 deer per year. Multiply this by the number of wolves found in Wisconsin in recent years (330), and approximately 5940 deer may be consumed by wolves annually. This appears as a fairly low when compared to over 40,000 deer hit by cars each year, and about 450,000 deer shot annually by hunters."
How many deer were hit by cars this year, and how many were shot by hunters? I bet you not as many mentioned here in their statement, and there are more wolves in WI than the DNR predicts anyway.
Human is the greatest predator, there is no doubt about that. However, when the DNR tells us what we have to shoot, and protects the animals that are going to do damage to both the Elk and Deer herds, they will move south and find greener pastures. The longer they do not fear man, the more incidents will be reported in WI. You could load up WI with 50,000 elk near Clam lake and Black river Falls. Most of those Elk are going to die, unless something is done about the Wolf population control.
I hear people saying that Wolves don't do any more damage to the deer herd than Bear's, coyotes, and bobcats. Keep in mind here, Wolves hunt as groups, large groups, and aren't scavangers like Coyotes especially. Bears are omnivores, so to the people who are biologically challenged, they eat both meat and plants. They are opportunistic. Coyotes are opportunistic. They feed on animals that are smaller than them, and also eat animals that are in their death bed or already dead.
So as I sit here in type, I hope some of you people have a good chance to look at those youtube videos, and see exactly what the wolves do to animals because they are in "their" territory. Wolves have now invaded MY taxpaying territory in WI, and without control, they are losing fear of man.
A fine for killing a wolf that is attacking your dog, can run up to $5,000. The compensation for sitting there, and not being able to do anything because they are protected is whatever you paid for your pet. Seems to me, that because wolves are "endangered" they are worth more than your pet, who wags it's tail everytime you come home from work, the grocery store, or just going out to get the mail, or simply because you haven't given it attention in the past 5 minutes because the Packers were in their 2 minute drill and getting close to score.
It is illegal to kill a wolf attacking livestock or a pet on private/public lands. Granted the people who kill wolves illegally don't help in this situation at all.
"License fees from hunting, fishing or trapping will be used for wolf management only if the species is open for public harvest."
Guess where the money is coming from? Your tax payers pockets. At least it is right now, who's to say when they were delisted for the short period of time they were, that the money used to do the control wasn't from our hunting licenses.
"Full reimbursement should be made to owners who have lost pets or livestock to wolves; normal costs are estimated at $20,000 to $40,000 per year when wolves have reached management goals."
Wolves have reached management goals according to the WDNR, how about the Federal Gov't? Full reimbursement = whatever you paid to purchase that animal, not the money you put into it, food, shots, etc. This money is also coming out of your wallets. PETA and HSUS, etc are only spending the money on protecting their species. There is no proof anywhere that I have been able to find that they support or reimburse ANY state DNR with their own money, to people who lose livestock or pets. So once again, all of the money being spent to fight us, is going directly to Washington for good lawyers, while we spend the money to fight them, and then once we lose because of the lack of common sense, we end up paying more in taxes to compensate those who are on the same boat.
So basically since I tried to break this all down, before we do anything for the rest of the big game species in WI, we need to control the situation that is getting out of control. Just because a few people who live in a big city, who are not conservationist want to see a wolf in the wild, does not mean that we can't control this situation. Like I said before, there are a lot of people who make their living in Northern WI. This has become a favoritism vote to protect the people who live in a big city, as opposed to those who don't live in the big city, and not only make their living in the Northern part of WI, but that lifestyle also provides food for them. Most of the people on here will agree with almost everything I've said so far, however, there will be a few people who think that providing more food to these endangered species is a good idea, yet it will only give these species a bigger jumpstart allowing them to flourish more, with our money/donated money. Want Elk back in WI, great, get the Wolves down to a respectible number, and I'll jump on your band wagon, even though I'll never be able to hunt them in my lifetime. Even if they go to a huntable species, it'll still take several years for me to draw a tag. I might as well go out to Colorado or Montana.