High Dollar Wolf Fodder!
Over on the LOBO WATCH Facebook page, a regular follower from Wisconsin shared the following link this morning. It is to an article on how the Wisconsin DNR and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will be jointly providing $6.2 million for reintroducing elk in that state, due to the declining population of elk that had been previously transplanted there.
What has caused the existing population to decline has been the serious impact of growing wolf numbers. Just as in the West, the hardest impact has been the loss of calf recruitment to wolves, and after ten or so years of ever increasing wolf depredation of elk calves, the herd has begun to dwindle…and grow older.
The fact that RMEF and the WI DNR plan to jointly throw away that much money to bring in more elk for the wolves to kill doesn’t set well with many sportsmen in that state. Here’s the link provided by Brian Minor, of Wausau, WI……
The Department of Natural Resources and other entities hope to expand the geographic distribution of the elk herd and reduce the vulnerability of the animals to wolf predation.
Following is an e-mail LOBO WATCH sent Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker…
They are talking about the WI DNR over on the LOBO WATCH Facebook page….
Sorry about the language…but the citizens of your state are not happy, and I will not censor their emotions. Their feelings are about all most of them have left these days.
There are approximately 700,000 firearm deer hunters in your state…and the vast majority are now extremely disgruntled, and they are just as disgusted with how USFWS and the WI DNR have failed to take control of the wolf problem. Doesn’t that make you just a little bit nervous?
That powder keg’s fuse has been lit, and it is getting short.
This e-mail was then forwarded on to David Allen, the C.E.O. of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, along with the following e-mail…
An interesting discussion has been going on this morning on the LOBO WATCH Facebook page…in regards to the decline in the Wisconsin elk herd. And we both know the reason for that decline.
Here is one paragraph from the article at the link provided in the following e-mail…
“The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation has contributed $1.8 million directly to the reintroduction and another $2.9 million for land purchases to protect wildlife habitat in Wisconsin elk range, according to club officials. The Wisconsin DNR has spent about $1.5 million, Stowell said.”
Why would RMEF squander such an amount, $4.7 million total, to throw more elk to the wolves?
Any and all reintroduction efforts in any wolf area of the country is a waste of time, effort, money and good elk. That same money should be offered as bounty on Wisconsin’s wolves…and their numbers shot back to, maybe, 100 to 150. Then and only then would the state’s big game resources have a chance of rebounding. It is time to stop throwing away good money after bad.
I’ll have a LOBO WATCH release going out in February addressing just what it is going to take to get a handle on wolf numbers in this country – in both the Northern Rockies and the Upper Midwest. And guess what, spending millions to “reintroduce” elk into known wolf country, or within an easy walking distance of wolf country, is not one of the solutions.
With wolves destroying the earlier efforts to reintroduce elk into Wisconsin, what are your thoughts on spending so many sportsman provided dollars to bring even more elk into a region where wolves are quickly colonizing, due to the total lack of wolf control?
Follow Up –
LOBO WATCH has larned that the dollar figures quoted in that Wisconsin newspaper article are misleading. While the article makes it sound as if RMEF is providing the dollar amounts given to help relocate elk in this state, RMEF c.e.o. David Allen assured me that the figures given are from the earlier efforts to reintroduce elk in Wisconsin…and that the $2.9 million for land purchase came back tothe organization when that land became state-owned public land. He further sahred that RMEF has absolutely no intent to invest in elk reintroduction or reloation in any state with a wolf population. – Toby Bridges 1-26-12