Tribes Oppose Gray Wolf “Delisting”

Wisconsin Chippewa tribes oppose federal legislation to “delist” the gray wolf.

The Bad River, Lac Courte Oreilles, Lac du Flambeau, Red Cliff, Sokaogon and St. Croix Chippewa sent a letter to U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson opposing their bill to remove Endangered Species protections for wolves in the Western Great Lakes region and Wyoming.

The tribes said the senators never consulted them on how it may affect their federal tribal treaty rights. The latest Wisconsin Conservation Congress survey found a majority of respondents support a wolf population of 350 statewide.

State-licensed hunters killed 218 wolves in less than three days during a February 2021 hunt.