Humane Society of the U.S.

Bills To Return Wolf Status Draws Ire of HSUS

Feb 12, 2015

Bills have been introduced in Congress that could restore Wisconsin's wolf hunt -- and let farmers once again kill wolves which hurt their crops and livestock. House Republican Reid Ribble (8th-Wisconsin, Sherwood)  and Minnesota Representative John Kline have introduced bills to nullify a pair of decisions from federal judges last year. The includes the one from Washington district judge Beryl Howell in December, which restored grey wolves to their endangered status in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.

A coalition of animal rights groups is pushing to downgrade federal protections for the gray wolf, hoping to compromise with opponents who want to remove protections altogether.

The groups are asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the gray wolf as threatened rather than endangered.   

Wolves are currently endangered in Wisconsin and Michigan, thanks to a court ruling in late December that put the wolf back under federal protection. 

But some members of Congress are pushing to change that status through legislation.    

International Wolf Center

A new survey is helping opponents of a wolf hunt in Wisconsin before a vote next week in Wausau.

A poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling and Research and the Humane Society of the United States finds by a margin of 8 to 1, state residents oppose trophy hunting and trapping of wolves. By a 9 to 1 margin they also opposed using dogs to hunt wolves.

Howard Goldman is the Minnesota Director for the Humane Society of the U.S., and is a member of the Wisconsin Wolf Stakeholders Group for three years....