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June 25, 2019

10/26/2017 7:28:00 AM
Reader sounds off on wolf 'fear-mongering'

To the Editor: It looks like the anti-wolf crowd was out in force at the latest meeting of our Natural Resources Board, spouting the same tired misinformation and fear-mongering they usually do about the effect wolves have on our deer population (NRB hears wolf woes from the Northwoods, Oct. 7).

It's difficult to take these concerns seriously when the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources' own documents contradict them.

The DNR's wolf fact sheet (available on the DNR website) actually states, "...studies have shown that wolves have minimal negative impact on deer populations, since they feed primarily on weak, sick, or disabled individuals."

Considering the growing number of cases of chronic wasting disease in our state, hunters should be praising the wolf population, as studies have shown that predators target animals with CWD, and help keep these herds healthy.

It was also just one year ago that the DNR reported a 30 percent increase in antlered deer and a 20 percent increase in the antlerless deer harvest in the Northern Forest Zone - which happens to be wolf country.

If you genuinely care about the health of our deer herd, maybe it's time to turn this anger and fear towards the captive deer industry, which continues to spread CWD - something that's actually a threat to our deer population - to new areas every year, rather than spouting unscientific anti-wolf propaganda and promoting the removal of federal protections for wolves.

Please let Sen. Baldwin know that her support for delisting of wolves is misguided, against most voters' wishes, and not in the best interests of Wisconsin's wildlife.

Lynn Hanusa

Oconomowoc





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