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Proposed wolf reduction worries Wisconsin scientists

DNR records depict controversy over new panel structure that reduces role of researchers in setting population goals

7:02 AM, Oct. 15, 2013
The state Department of Natural Resources estimates there are at least 800 wolves in the state. Some members of an advisory committee want to reduce the population to 350.
The state Department of Natural Resources estimates there are at least 800 wolves in the state. Some members of an advisory committee want to reduce the population to 350.
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As hunters prepare for Tuesday's wolf hunt in Wisconsin, some scientists are warning that a proposal to sharply cull the population could destabilize it - just two years after wolves were removed from the federal endangered list.

At issue is a plan, favored by some members of a reconstituted state Department of Natural Resources committee, to maintain a population goal of 350 wolves.

The proposal runs counter to a widely accepted scientific model for harvest management, which suggests 350 is too low to reliably manage the wolf population. ...

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