A summit is scheduled this week in northern Wisconsin on whether the state should resume control of the growing wolf population. State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst) is one of the organizers of the Great Lakes Wolf Summit. The event includes speakers and runs from 9:00 to 3:00 Thursday in Cumberland.
Great Lakes wolves went off the endangered species list in 2012. A federal judge put wolves in the western Great Lakes back on the list in 2014. Tiffany says that’s been detrimental to wildlife and agriculture. “Most people I talk to that are sportsmen, ranchers, are like ‘we believe wolves should be on the landscape, but they have to be controlled like any other wildlife species,” he said
The lawmaker says there is also fear in areas were wolves are common. “I talk to women now, who never would concealed carry. They are now getting concealed carry permits, because they’re fearful walking out in areas . . . where they frequently see wolf tracks,” he said.