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Why This Matters: This decision could have long-term ramifications for Wisconsin’s wolf population. While quotas have successfully prevented the over-hunting of wolves in Wisconsin, it seems that a rise in wolf population has encouraged hunters to begin culling them once again.
Conservationists and hunters have been bitterly fighting about the state’s wolf population. According to the DNR’s latest estimates from last winter, Wisconsin housed 1,000 gray wolves, much higher than the department’s goal (set in 1999) of 350. While conservationists worried about over-hunting, many conservative board members believed that because of the estimated “wolf abundance” determined by the state’s department of natural resources (DNR), they could increase the fall quota to as many as 500 animals. The board voted 5-2, nixing the 130-wolf hunting quota.
Paul Collins, state director of Animal Wellness Action, said: “What is being called wolf management in this state is a revenge-driven assault perpetrated by legal dog-fighters, trophy killers, disingenuous special interests and their anti-wolf allies in the state legislature.”
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Almost 1,000 of Florida’s manatees have died as of Oct.1 this year, setting a tragic record for the most deaths in a year, with two months left to go. Deaths were largely caused by starvation — the predator-less sea cows typically spend hours a day eating seagrass, but declining […]
Do you have a good eye? Are you surprisingly good at Where’s Waldo and like Walruses? If so, we have great opportunity for you! The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is seeking volunteers to help count Atlantic walruses…from space. Sea ice is retreating fast as global temperatures rise, forcing walruses to crowd on smaller floes […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer At a UN conference in Kunming, China, President Xi Jinping set aside $230 million to form a fund that preserves biodiversity in developing countries. This announcement was made at the UN Convention on Biological Diversity talks (COP15) which are dedicated to preserving delicate ecosystems and preventing plants and animals […]
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