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The Necessity of Legalizing Wolf Hunting in Wisconsin

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Over the past several years, the gray wolf, native to the Wisconsin area, has been listed federally as an endangered species due to the graphic and horrific treatment they had received during the industrialization periods of America, when they were frowned upon and hated because they are predatory creatures and did, on occasion, attack livestock and pets. Because the government was encouraging the hunting, including bounties for the animals, the wolves were hunted to near extinction. However, now Wisconsin faces a new problem. With the reintroduction of the wolves to the state, and their continued endangered status federally, the population has increased well beyond expectations, reaching what could be considered a problematic state. A regulated hunt and a population control procedure has become necessary in Wisconsin to protect state's economic endeavors of game, wildlife, and agriculture, and also the wolves themselves, to keep them from overpopulating and facing starvation and lack of land.

When the reintroduction of wolves began in the state of Wisconsin, a goal of 350 wolves was set, and this number was reached successfully in a short amount of time. Once this was reached, however, the population continued to rise dramatically and exponentially, and is now in the upper 600s (Allen). The problems now come down to a few simple questions that have complex answers. Will a regulated hunt get out of control, and a repeat of the past begins? Are the wolves posing any sort of threat in the present? Who or what would a hunt benefit? First, the issue of the past must be addressed. Back in the earlier years of the United States, wolves roamed free, and when farmers moved their livestock into what was then the wolves' territo...

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...he wolves, as well as a recreational hunting season. This would benefit both the wolves, preventing them from overpopulating, packs from interfering, and limit the starvation of the animals, and also the state's economy by bringing in tourism both to observe the wildlife and also for the sport reason of hunting. When a properly regulated system is put into play, along with how carefully monitored the wolves already are in the state of Wisconsin, both the wolves and the state will be able to benefit from the proposed humane practices as seen in the Wisconsin Wolf Management Plan.

Works Cited

Allen, John. “Wolves at the Door.” On Wisconsin. Fall 2009. Web. 22 Feb. 2010.

Lopez, Barry H. Of Wolves and Men. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1978. 137-152.

“Wisconsin Wolf Management Plan.” Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. 27 Oct. 1999. Web. 22 Feb. 2010.
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