Wolf advocacy groups rip bill to end management

Wolf advocacy groups are blasting a Republican bill that would end Wisconsin’s efforts to manage wolves until the federal government removes the animals from the endangered species list.

The Endangered Species Coalition, the National Wolfwatcher Coalition and Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf and Wildlife issued a joint statement Thursday saying the bill is an “affront to the majority of Wisconsin citizens who support this species.”

They say the bill would make wolf poaching legal, leading to complete eradication of wolves in the state.

Under the bill, Wisconsin police and wardens would be prohibited from enforcing any federal or state law relating to wolf management or prohibiting killing a Wisconsin wolf.

The Department of Natural Resources would be blocked from spending any money on wolf management other than to reimburse people for livestock losses.

The bill would no longer apply if wolves are removed from the endangered species list.