One can’t help but clap, hoot and holler “You tell ’em, Tom!” when reading state Sen. Tom Tiffany’s news releases about some insult or outrage he deems returning.

Currently, Hazelhurst’s favorite demagogue is mad that “the wolf population is being allowed to run rampant in Wisconsin.” That’s why the headline on his May 9 news release — issued jointly with state Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake — shouted, “Enough is Enough.”

Their announced solution is a Great Lakes Wolf Summit in September, which will “send a crystal clear, grassroots message that it’s irresponsible to ignore this issue any longer.”
Cool. What could be more “grassroots” than a meeting run by two lawmakers, and what could be more “crystal clear” than sending a message to a person or agency not identified?
I know. Details, details.

Anyway, Tiffany and Jarchow also announced June 28 that their summit will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Das Lach Haus in Cumberland. They’ll open registration July 20.

But the lawmakers seemingly lost some of their fury the past two months. Their recent news release was merely two paragraphs and ended weakly: “Our goal remains to have a policy-driven discussion about the situation at hand.”

Yawn. Who’d drive to Cumberland for that? I mean, Cumberland is three hours from Eagle River, 4½ hours from Marinette and about 100 minutes from Superior. Maybe Tiffany should dust off “Enough is Enough” from that May 9 release and add three exclamation points. He also could recycle this line: “Let us be clear: Wisconsin is not a wolf sanctuary and it’s irresponsible to allow it to be treated as such.”

And just so we’re clear, I agree with Tiffany and Jarchow that Wisconsin proved from 2012 through 2014 that it can responsibly manage its wolf population. It’s ridiculous that Great Lakes wolves are back on the Endangered Species List nine years after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first delisted them, especially with the minimum population nearing a record 900 animals and 222 packs.

The current relisting began in December 2014 under court order, marking the fourth time that lawyers, not biologists, reinstated federal protection for the region’s wolves after the original delisting in 2007.

But will yet another wolf meeting hasten the F&WS’s ongoing appeal of this current relisting? Or will calling it a “summit” inspire Capitol Hill to permanently remove federal protections and let the Department of Natural Resources resume management duties?

Granted, we’re talking wolves, which likely generate more controversy than all other wildlife species combined worldwide. Still, it’s unlikely Tiffany and Jarchow’s invited “experts in the field” or six hours of testimony from weary travelers will provide any new insights for federal courts and Washington insiders.