Does anybody else see a problem here other than JC and myself?
the highest amount of tags should be distributed in the central and southern areas of the state where wolf habitat is unsuitable
wolves, and all wildlife for that matter, are extremely difficult to count, plain and simple. if you are that upset about the wolf population estimates then why don't you man up and volunteer as a wolf tracker instead of whining on the internet
"One in Minnesota lists illegal poaching as one of the main reasons of adult mortality. Thus, less tags will be given. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand they factor this in when quotas are determined. "
Just today, and after a single day of hunting, Zone 2 has already been announced as CLOSED as of noon on Saturday. In a day the quota has been reached. The entire NE part of WI had a quota of 15 wolves! Either the Zone has the best hunters and trappers in the world, or there is an error on the wolf population estimate.
Do you think poaching actually changes the available quota to any degree? The only way it does is if there is a relatively accurate population estimate. If guys didn't shoot wolves on sight, would the quota then be increased from 15 to 17 wolves? It is obvious the DNR has no idea about wolf numbers in this state. To have 15 wolf tags for the entire NE portion of WI is asinine, and there is no logical reason to tell people that poaching will prevent an increase in available wolf permits to a point to help control the population. To fill the entire quota in a day speaks for itself.