That's interesting. Here in Wisconsin, we have a black bear population that's dangerously high, a delisted wolf population that's at maximum goal level, a deer population that's BELOW DNR's already low deer goals where the wolves and bears are, and our DNR is still trying to lower the deer populations around the rest of the state. We have 150 elk that stand a snowballs chance in ...the oven, our DNR is thousands of elk behind on the elk reintroduction plan started in 1995 thanks to the Dept of Ag. , and the DNR has yet to prove there up to the task of bringing 530 wolves, 143 wolf packs in control as they threaten to double or triple in numbers this year. 350 was the goal, 500 max. Keep in mind this is the same DNR that said we had 13,000 black bears last year, and this years says "OOOPS, we were wrong, we now have 42,000 bears." The same DNR that said, " Our deer count may have been off by 40% last year." The same kind of accounting Gov Doyle uses to run our state budget. In the red.
Some one please tell Wisconsinites what happens when you have 40,000 bears, 500-1400 wolves and only 10-20 deer per square mile of habitat to feed them with. People of Wisconsin, if you want to keep the bears and wolves up north, and ever hunt deer in northern Wisconsin again, you need to lay off the deer hunting up north, get the elk reintroduction plan caught up from the red tape, lower the deer population in the CWD zone, and very carefully manage the wolves and bears until the new food chain stabilizes.
Our jobs as hunters and conservationists is to convert our current natural food chain from depending solely on deer to a more balanced and huntable food chain by adding elk and possably bison too. To do that we must lift the Dept. of Ags Transportation ban so the DNR can continue the elk reintroduction plan. If this plan was on schedule, we'd have thousands of elk and 1500 wolves with 40,000 bears wouldn't be a big deal. The plan being this far behind maybe fatal to the deer herd in northern Wisconsin.
We need to help the DNR keep the wolves down to around 500. We get below, we loose control back to the Feds. We loose our deer, we'll go back below for wolves, loose control to Feds. If we stay way above 500, we risk our deer population. Fine line. We also have to lower the bear population. Until the elk get caught up, the more bears we take, the better. The longer it takes the elk, the more wolves, the fewer bears we can afford, the more we need to take. Put the elk needed in, keep wacking wolves and bears until the deer and elk recover. Throw in a test herd of bison and Wisconsin's big game hunting future looks much brighter.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has spent over $5 million on elk restoration in Wisconsin. The DNR has spent millions to get our test herd data to this date, have a plan to get elk, just can not get past the Dept of Ag. It would be a shame to come this far and throw it all away now. RMEF has been in the front lines fighting for elk, fighting the wolf battle here and out west and has worked with the state of Wisconsin and other states to set asside land. Wisconsin askes RMEF to purchase land that the DNR isn't fast enough to purchase on it's own in todays realty market. DNR says we want this property, RMEF goes out and buys it. DNR red tape takes several years, RMEF restores the habitat and when DNR red tape goes through, sells the restored property back to the state and uses those funds to purchase the next available property. What a great way to invest in our state and our hunting future.