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WI: Wolf webinar offered by Wisconsin’s Green Fire

Paul A. Smith Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Management of gray wolves is a hot topic for debate where ever the species is found, including Wisconsin.

On Wednesday the conservation organization Wisconsin’s Green Fire will hold a webinar titled “Opportunities for Collaboration: A Shared Vision for Wolves in Wisconsin.”

The wolf in the western Great Lakes has been protected under the federal Endangered Species Act since December 2014, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said it plans to delist the species.

Current state legislation mandates a wolf hunt when the species is not listed under ESA.

The webinar will feature a panel for a “lively discussion” envisioning a future for wolves in Wisconsin, according to Wisconsin’s Green Fire. The panelists include Adrian Wydeven, retired wolf biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and current co-chair of the Wisconsin’s Green Fire wildlife committee; Jodi Habush Sinykin of Midwest Environmental Advocates; and Peter David of the Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. 

The event will include information on the history of wolves and wolf management in Wisconsin, why an inclusive and transparent process is essential to effective wolf management, what public perceptions of wolves can tell us about coexistence and how Minnesota officials are managing that state’s wolf population.

The webinar is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. To register, visit