A bill to remove the gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species List recently passed the House and will move on to the U.S. Senate in coming months where its prospects are less clear. Since being listed in the 1970s, the gray wolf population has rebounded in the lower 48 states to more than 5,000. > Wisconsin Public Radio
For almost two decades there has been a cloud over the festivities of deer season: chronic wasting disease. And for the last eight years, the government has done nothing to keep it from spreading. But as Dave Cieslewicz writes in the Isthmus, Tony Evers’ election may be reason for hope.
Conservationists and outdoors enthusiasts hope Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers will re-energize Wisconsin’s DNR after years of cuts under Republican Scott Walker, counting on him to return the agency to a science-based footing and get tougher on polluters and chronic wasting disease. > AP News
In its continuing series spotlighting all ten Democratic candidates for governor, Wisconsin Public Radio turns its lens on state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout. From PhD’d number cruncher to rural hunter, Vinehout comprises a wide-ranging profile, and not all of it is liberal enough for some Democrats.
Representatives of the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC) say they’ve been pushing for tighter controls for years to prevent the spread of chronic wasting disease. The commission represents the treaty rights of 11 Ojibwe tribes to hunt, fish and gather in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Gov. Scott Walker has signaled that he’s open to having the state help pay deer farmers for additional fencing required under the proposal he released last week to combat chronic wasting disease, after more CWD cases have appeared over the last six months, including in some newly affected counties. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Two wild deer far outside Wisconsin’s endemic zone for chronic wasting disease tested positive last week for the always-fatal disease, and yet the DNR downplayed the news in press releases, emphasizing instead that the discoveries renewed baiting and feeding bans for the areas. > Wisconsin State Journal