Board Votes Against Grey Wolf Hunt

The state Natural Resources Board heard testimony Friday, on whether it should approve a February grey wolf hunt in the state. Vice-Chair Greg Kazmierski questioned Adrian Wydevan, a former DNR wolf biologist who now chairs the Timber Wolf Alliance Council 

“Is there any biological, scientific reason to not hold the hunt? We’re still dealing in an area of totally unknown. We’ve never held a wolf harvest in January, February in Wisconsin. Our previous harvests were held in October, November and December, well before we have our breeding season occur with wolves.” 

Wolves were officially delisted earlier this month, and Republican legislators are demanding an immediate hunt. The board voted 4-3 against that. DNR’s most recent estimate put the number of grey wolves in the state at 1,034.