"Study Says Hunting, Poaching Reduce Wisconsin Wolf Numbers"

"TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — As many as one-third of Wisconsin’s gray wolves likely died at the hands of humans in the months after the federal government announced it was ending legal protections, according to a study released Monday.

Poaching and a February hunt that far exceeded kill quotas were largely responsible for the drop-off, University of Wisconsin scientists said, though some other scientists say more direct evidence is needed for some of the calculations.

Adrian Treves, an environmental studies professor, said his team’s findings should raise doubts about having another hunting season this fall and serve notice to wildlife managers in other states with wolves."

John Flesher reports for the Associated Press July 5, 2021.

Source: AP, 07/06/2021