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Wolves lose protections in Wisconsin on Friday

WQOW-TV – Starting Friday, farmers can apply to take aim at Wisconsin wolves. For the past four decades, wolves have been on the endangered species list in the state. But wildlife officials recently decided to remove that protection because wolf numbers are up significantly. Eric Koens has been raising cattle for more than 30 years. He says removing wolves from the endangered species list in Wisconsin is a step in the right direction.

“The thing that people don’t understand is that wolves not only kill our animals, but they chase them around in the pasture, harass them, put tremendous stress on our animals and run them out through the fences,” says Koens. “There’s a whole host of damage that wolves do besides killing livestock.”

“We consider the restoration of the wolves as one of the great conservation success stories. We went from basically zero wolves not too long ago to a population of probably around 800 wolves now,” says Kris Belling with the DNR. “It’s been so successful that now the wolves are expanding out beyond what would typically be considered wolf range and they are getting into some of these agricultural areas next to the big woods.”

Read the entire article on WQOW.com: “Wolves eat our animals alive” Farmer reacts to decision that delists wolves … could the title be ANY MORE inflammatory?

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