Grey wolf killed after being removed from the endangered species list
As many as one-third of gray wolves in Wisconsin may be Endangered species List. A study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison estimated that between April 2020 and April 2021, 313 to 323 wolves may have been killed by humans.
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In Wisconsin, locals can hunt ashes Wolf Between November and February, there was no federal ban. At the beginning of this year, after hunters killed 216 wolves within 60 hours, wildlife officials in the state were forced to end legal hunting in just three days. This number shocked environmentalists because it exceeded the limit of 119 wolves throughout the season.
Professor Adrian Treves of the University of Wisconsin-Madison said that these numbers should be a big problem, especially in the future hunt season. “although [Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources] With the goal of stabilizing the population, we estimate that the population has actually fallen sharply,” Treves said in a statement.
Since 1974, the Endangered Species Act has protected Wisconsin gray wolves from public hunting.The most recent hunting only happened in trump card The government removed the Wolves, and this decision took effect in January this year.
When the animals were delisted, David Bernhardt, the then Minister of the Interior, stated that these animals “surpassed all protection The goal of recovery. Although Bernhardt admitted that wolves were almost wiped out from 48 states due to hunting, Bernhardt said the number of wolves has reached a level that can withstand hunting. Recent events indicate that these animals are still highly endangered and need protection. .
According to this study, there are approximately 695 to 751 wolves in the state, down from 1,034 last year.Researchers suspect that the remaining wolves died due to “mysterious Poaching“In this case, the poachers hid evidence of their killing.
Although the researchers said the wolves can recover, this may require stopping hunting in the coming season.
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