Wisconsin hunters killed at least 216 wolvesin less than3 days.
The world continues to react to the deathtoll+ Wisc.’s hunger tokill wolves in the most cruel ways.
Wisc.’s actions offer a tragic glimpse of a future without federalwolf protections. https://t.co/LYqK7f9oM8
- Wolf Conservation Center (@nywolforg) March 3,2021
According to the New York Times, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources noted that at least 216 wolves were killed in less than 60 hours, exceeding the state’s limit of 119 and prompting the state to end its week-long wolf hunting season four days early. Environmentalists revealed that the hunt coincided with the wolf’s breeding season, with many females being hunted while pregnant and even cubs preparing to face the risk of starvation, and that the actual number of wolf deaths could be higher, necessitating President Biden to put wolves back on the Endangered Species Act’s list of protections.
Kitty Block, chief executive officer of the Humane Society of the United States, said Tuesday that the animals were killed with piles of dogs, traps and standing leg traps; it was a race to kill the animals in the most cruel way possible. Humane Society attorney Nicholas Arrivo mentioned that if Wisconsin’s animals were not protected under the Endangered Species Act, the state would hold an annual wolf hunting season.
For its part, the local hunting organization Hunter Nation said that the ability to hunt a large number of wolves in such a short period of Time shows a significant increase in the population. The organization mentioned that hunters spent 2 months and killed about 100 wolves in 2014, but this hunting season took only 3 days and this hunt was a success!
Richard M. Esenberg, an attorney for Hunter Nation, added that it is misleading for animal advocates to claim that hunters killed twice the number of wolves allowed in the state, which has set a quota of 200 wolves, 119 of which are hunters who applied for permits from the department and another 81 reserved for the Ojibwe tribe under its treaty rights.