Yes the DNR did move some problem wolves around....until 2003 when they could "take care" of them because like BB said......their hands were tied.
From 1991 to 2003 there were an average of 6 mountain lion attacks per year across the country, with approximately one being fatal every year. Contrast that with the rate of deaths from auto accidents, which is ~43,000 each year. I know which I'll be watching for when I step out the door...
Every time I see the "what happens with a kid disappears" comment, I wonder where people started thinking that wolves routinely prey on humans. Cougars, ok...I've heard about that a few times. Same situation with guys that insist they will never go into the woods bow hunting without a side-arm...give me a break. Not that I care if someone has a side-arm with them, but the dangerous part of hunting is people not using their head...not animals trying to turn you into dinner.
"The DNR parachutes beavers into (insert waterbody name here) , I wouldn't believe if I didn't see with my own eyes."
"You know that river wouldn't be there if it wasn't for that dam."
"The DNR Relased cougars to control the deer heard because of CWD."
Hope you all enjoyed the comedy relief provided by the great Bar Stool Bilogists of our state.
You are mistaken. When did this guy say it all took place?
The only reason I ask is because 4 years ago about this time the same rumor was flying around, probably started by the same drunk. So if you think this just happened, you're sorely mistaken, either that or this drunk has seen the DNR do this multiple times then. Highly unlikely.
THE DNR IS LIKE THE GOV'T. they do stuff that u never hear about until something happens and the press needs a reason for why it happened. just cause they say that they didn't do it doesn't mean that they didn't do it.
Euthanasia of depredating wolves was not allowed until April of 2003, when they were downlisted to "threatened". Federal permits were required, just as they are today.
When wolves are completely delisted and managed under the state plan, landowners can apply for shooting permits if they've had chronic issues, and wolves can be shot without a permit if they are engaged in depredation or bold/ threatening behavior on private lands.
The attempts at translocation were driven by the fact that Wildlife Services was unable to euthanize problem wolves under the strict protection of the ESA. As far as I know translocation was only tried a few times between 2000-2002.
WS is now able to get special permits to euthanize depradating animals, even when they are operating under ESA rules. The access to kill permits was driven by the fact that all suitable wolf habitat is occupied by resident packs.
Even if translocation were viable, there are at least eight counties in N. Wisconsin that have passed ordinances against having translocated wolves released within their jurisdiction.
So at the time "several years back" it was standard practice. I would say it was in the late 90's that the wolfs were released by Armstrong Creek.
What changed in 2002? Do they now exist everywhere possible? Or is the DNR legally able to kill them now?