Dear Editor: "There's 'antis' (people against delisting the wolf) out there that are going to writing letters as we speak," Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, said.

Recently a group of anti-wolf Wisconsin politicians and out-of-state anti-wolf zealots convened in Cumberland, Wisconsin, for what they described as a “summit” about gray wolves in the Great Lakes. This “summit” was essentially a campaign event for two vulnerable state legislators, Tiffany and Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake. It was also a venue for the same old, tired, fear-mongering propaganda and “Little Red Riding Hood is fact” fairy tales.

The stated goal of this event was to convince Congress to usurp the federal court system and pass legislation that not only forces the removal of the gray wolf in the Great Lakes from Endangered Species Act protections but also blocks the constitutional right of American citizens to challenge the law in court. This is not only an assault on the judicial process but also an assault on the right of every American to challenge our government in a court of law.

States like Wisconsin seek to return the gray wolf to state “management,” with the goal of pushing the species down to a token number and relegating them to small and isolated pockets within the state. Part of that “management” includes allowing packs of hounds to be used against wolves in what amounts to legal dog fighting.