In Wisconsin, 215 Wolves Just Killed in Three Days
After the Trump administration stripped federal protection from gray wolves, Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin pushed to open wolf-killing season early — now, when wolves are breeding. The state narrowly rejected that push, but after a trophy-hunting group sued, a court decided Wisconsin's winter hunt must go forward. This week that decision resulted in the devastating massacre of 215 wolves in Wisconsin in just three days.
There were between 1,034 and 1,057 wolves in Wisconsin in 2020. A few days' hunt has killed about 20% of the state's wolves so far — and another hunt is planned for fall.
"The reckless slaughter of 215 wolves in just three days is appalling," said Collette Adkins, the Center's carnivore conservation director. "It will take years for Wisconsin's wolf population to recover from the damage done this week. And without federal protections, this bloody spectacle could easily play out in other states."
This is a brutal reminder of why the fight to protect wolves is more important than ever. Please support the Center's work for wolves with a donation to our Wolf Defense Fund.