MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Chippewa Indian tribes are the latest to ask Wisconsin’s DNR to halt plans for a wolf hunt that’s due to begin in two months.
Jim Zorn of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission said the tribes believe the hunt would be biologically reckless, and culturally harmful to the Chippewa.
Zorn says the Indians believe the state’s original population goal of 350 wolves is too low – and it could harm the wolves.
The rules for the new wolf hunt prohibit taking the animals on Wisconsin Indian reservations. But that didn’t stop Chippewa from 11 tribes in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan from expressing their concerns.
It comes after a host of environmental and animal rights groups filed suit to stop the wolf hunt. The lawsuit claims it’s too dangerous, because the wolves would eat up hunting dogs which are allowed to be used.
The wolf season was approved by the governor and Legislature earlier this year, after the animal was taken off the federal endangered species list in the Upper Midwest.
A court hearing on the lawsuit is set for later this month. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp says her agency is working on a response to the Chippewa’s concerns.