Wolves prove popular prey in Wisconsin

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 11, 2012 - 12:06 PM

Applications were capped at 20,175 for 1,160 available licenses.

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wmleslieSep. 11, 1212:49 PM

Popular? How many applications were from those trying to protect a wolf?

balboa76Sep. 11, 12 1:35 PM

The wolf needs to re learn it's place in the food chain. They are not on the top, but ever since they were placed on the endangered list, they have no natural enemies. There was a time, when they were controlled, that you never saw one in the woods. It was a rare occurrence. They are a very intelligent animal and once they realize, once again, that they are no longer on the top of the food chain, they will stay clear of man and his property!

bigj111Sep. 11, 12 1:43 PM

"There was a time, when they were controlled, that you never saw one in the woods."-----Even when they were protected, they weren't seen "in the woods" with any frequency. Wolves are smart.....probably much more so than those out hunting. Minnesota could issue 10,000 tags and only see 50 harvested. The only time you see wolves in the woods is during deer season and that is because there are gut piles all over the place. Its like trying to keep me out of the free taco buffet at the bar. BUT- all of that said, they certainly don't need protected status any longer. And they are a definate concern to livestock producers in northern Minnesota (who I endorse just shooting them regardless, if they are in a pasture, protected or not). Good luck, hunters. Just don't get your hopes up.....

reality8070Sep. 11, 12 8:26 PM

wmleslie, let them spend the $110 for a license in order to protect the wolf.....its about time the start picking up the tab for this destructive beast! And while they are at it the legal bills (TAX DOLLARS) this animal has caused should be another items they should be paying for!

MimiSep. 11, 12 9:16 PM

reality8070 - awesome idea. I'd happily pay for a license - several in fact - for the sole purpose of protecting as many of the wolves as possible. If the wolf hunt is stopped before November 3rd, I'd also happily contribute to a fund to help compensate farmers for verified wolf depredation. I know lots of people who would do the same. Where do we sign up?

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