Wisconsin DNR seeks public suggestions for next decade of wolf management

(Wisconsin DNR photo)

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants the public to weigh in on the next 10 years of wolf management in the Badger State, as well as the fall 2021 season.
The public comment period for the decade plan opens Thursday and lasts until May 15, according to a DNR news release.
As part of the process to revise the management protocols, the DNR will convene a Wolf Management Plan Committee that will meet during the summer.
The committee will include stakeholder groups such as hunting/trapping organizations, wolf advocacy/education organizations and agricultural/ranching organizations. The DNR also reserves additional seats on the committee for invited tribal and governmental agencies, the Wisconsin Conservation Congress and DNR technical staff support.
The DNR will write an initial draft of the wolf plan, guided by science and input from the committee and the public. The draft plan will be made available for public review and comment.
The DNR will submit a final draft to the Natural Resources Board for approval in mid-2022.
Simultaneously, the DNR is preparing for the fall 2021 wolf harvest season, with a Wolf Harvest Advisory Committee making suggestions on the fall season’s management objectives and harvest quota.
The committee will consider the current management plan, state statutes and the February 2021 season report.
More information on the wolf management plan is on the DNR website, as is information on the wolf harvest season for next fall.