DNR has mismanaged wolf population
Livestock farmers frequently blame wolves for their losses even when the mortalities come from birthing problems, disease or weather events. A new study from Washington State University, using 25 years of data, found when wolves are persecuted, they change breeding strategies. Ironically, this leads to an even higher loss of livestock the next year.
Even while Wisconsin wolves face tremendous persecution, they kill few cattle data show. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the cattle inventory in Wisconsin numbered 3.5 million. Of that number, wolves killed 38 cattle, or 0.001 percent. While difficult for a handful of farmers, that tiny loss is remarkable. Wolves generally avoid livestock because wolves prefer to avoid people and subsist on their native prey.
Letter had wrong spin on moose and wolves
It’s true there are only two or three wolves left on the island and they are not healthy. But this does not equate to a healthy moose population. Without predators, the moose population is surging.
Therefore the next phase in this cycle could be that moose will decimate the vegetation on the small island and starve. Isle Royale needs a new wolf pack — not celebration that they are gone. That is common sense.
I support the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition for federal protection of moose but culling wolves as they do in British Columbia may not be appropriate predator management in the Midwest.