SB 139 & AB 137 : Setting an Arbitrary Wolf Population Goal in Statute

Bill Description

The main goal of wolf management in Wisconsin should be to move towards an outcome-based management plan where there is a healthy wolf population, while minimizing depredations. The DNR has engaged in a multi-year, diverse stakeholder process that brought together hunters, farmers, conservationists, and tribal governments to develop such a plan. SB 139 & AB 137 work against this goal by requiring the Department of Natural Resources to establish a numeric statewide wolf population goal in statute. This undermines the ability of the DNR to balance multiple goals and respond to the changing populations.

Current Status

SB 139 was introduced on March 23, 2023, and referred to the Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Sporting Heritage. A public hearing was held on September 21st, 2023. AB 137 was introduced on March 31, 2023, and referred to the Assembly Committee on Sporting Heritage. It is available to be scheduled for a public hearing.

Ask your legislators to oppose AB 139 & AB 137.

Committee History

Committee Status
Senate Committee on Financial Institutions and Sporting Heritage Public Hearing Held
Assembly Committee on Sporting Heritage Awaiting Action

Full Vote Data

Assembly: Awaiting Action

Senate: Awaiting Action