Wolves - Why 350 (or less) is the maximum for Wisconsin
Who supports a wolf goal of 350 or less in Wisconsin?
• 34 Wisconsin County Boards have passed resolutions supporting a wolf goal of:
• 350 (7)
• 350 or less (24)
• 100 or less (1)
• 80 or less (1)
• 50 or less (1)
Barron, Burnett, Vilas, Taylor, Florence, Forest, Iron, Jackson, Lincoln,
Marinette, Oconto, Oneida, Price, Shawano, Waushara, Waupaca, Grant all passed
Adams: 16 for, 2 against
Ashland: 16 for, 2 against
Clark: 27 for, 1 against
Langlade: 14 for, 3 against
Rusk: 10 for, 1 against
Sawyer: 10 for, 2 against
Douglas: 22 for, 2 against
Wood: 14 for, 3 against
Bayfield: 9 for, 3 against
Portage: 22 for, 2 against
Marathon: 32 for, 2 against
Marquette: 16 for, 1 against
Juneau: Motion carried, voice vote
Polk: Motion carried, voice vote
Washburn: 11 for, 9 against (Voted for 50 or less.)
Iowa: 13 for, 7 against (Voted for 100 or less. The 7 opposed wanted 50 or less.)
Lafayette: 15 for, 1 against (Voted for 80 or less.)
These 34 county boards are the elected representatives of 1,066,000 WI citizens.
• The Wisconsin Farm Bureau’s 44,000 members support a wolf goal of 350 or less.
• The Wisconsin Farmer’s Union supports a wolf goal of 350.
• The Wisconsin Cattleman’s Association supports a wolf goal of 80, the original recovery number.
• The Indianhead Polled Hereford Assoc., N. WI Beef Producers Assoc., and WI Hereford Assoc.
all support a wolf goal lower than 350.
• The WI Bow Hunter’s Association Board and membership supports a wolf goal of 350 or less.
• The WI Wildlife Federation, representing 198 organizations, supports a wolf goal of 350 or less.
• The WI Trapper’s Assoc. supports a goal of 350 wolves.
• The Wisconsin Bear Hunter’s Association supports a goal of 100 wolves.
• In an attitude study done by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW Madison, 66.5%
of respondents favored a wolf population of 350 or less - Wisconsin Wolf Policy Survey –
Changing Attitudes, 2001 – 2009, Adrian Treves, et al.
• The WCC Spring Hearing in 2011 voted overwhelming in favor of reducing the wolf
population to 350 or less (3989 for/827 against, passed in all 72 counties). 350
or less was again approved by WCC delegates at the 2013 annual convention.
Where Did the Number 350 come from?
In the WI Wolf Management Plan approved in 1999 and 2007 the goal was 350 wolves.
Wolf population modeling studies done the late 1990s by David Mladenoff, Professor of Forest Ecology, U.W. Madison, used a spatial landscape projection to estimate the potential wolf population in primary wolf habitat. Wolves have shown a willingness to live in many areas not originally seen as primary wolf habitat. Whatever biological carrying capacity wolves may have, social carrying capacity is a limiting factor for wolf numbers in WI.
In social surveys worldwide, results show less enthusiasm for wolves in areas where people encounter them, and more enthusiasm by people who are less likely to encounter wolves. Familiarity does not increase tolerance.
At this time, wolves are again on the endangered species list, but several methods of returning wolves to state control are being explored. The federal relisting number for wolves remains at 100 wolves in MI and WI, under authority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removal plan.
Wisconsin will soon release a draft revision of the Wolf Management Plan. What wolf goal will best serve the needs of Wisconsin’s residents and its wildlife?
Click the link below to read the current US Fish and Wildlife Services wolf recovery plan the sets the population goal of 100 or more wolves in Wisconsin/Michigan for a minimum of five consecutive years. Currently the Wisconsin DNR estimates a minimum count of 222 packs that have 866 to 897 wolves living in our state.
How many wolves inhabit Wisconsin? Currently the Wisconsin DNR estimates a minimum count of 232 packs that have 925 to 956 wolves living in our state. The count is up 6.8% over last year's minimum count. (Note: This is a minimum count and many believe the number is much higher.)
How many deer do wolves eat? Check out the link below to review an analysis of the 2015 deer season vs. wolf deer kill by county in the Northern Forest Land
Please click the link below to see the relationship between the White-tailed deer harvest decline and the increase in unmanaged wolf population.