Jeff Rumbaugh for Governor

The Gray Wolf

Once completely wiped out in Wisconsin, the Gray Wolf (Canis Lupus) made its way back after being put on the Endangered Species List (ESL). With the recolonization of Gray Wolves, there was a concomitant rise in livestock predations, paving the way for its return to an unprotected species. Wolves generally avoid humans, and the chance of even encountering a wolf when camping in wolf country is rare. Nonetheless, when other sources of prey are not abound, the Grey Wolf may opt for an easier catch at a farm with cattle or livestock. The increase in the Gray Wolf population has brought on a newer, more defined set of stressors for Wisconsin’s livestock, cattle, and farmers alike, primarily in the Northwest where farms are located closer to the fringe of the forest. Utilizing these valid but one-sided concerns about the Gray Wolf enable a hidebound financial power play to gain revenue by exploiting it, without the foresight to see the consequences ahead. The main reason the wolf has been protected is because humans killed off most of their natural prey, including Caribou, Bison, and Elk. Tribes cite the cultural significance and their sense of brotherhood with the Gray Wolf. How many more species do we decimate before our rationale expires? This campaign keeps the native Gray Wolf on the ESL.