Stopping Unlawful Wolf Hunts

photo credit Frédéric Vigne

Overview

Project Coyote, in coalition with several organizations, sued the state of Wisconsin over its decision to authorize a quota of 300 wolves for the November wolf hunt, on top of the 218 known killed in a February hunt. The combination of two killing seasons in a single year, at these high levels and contrary to scientific data, may result in the destruction of half of the state wolf population in 2021, and puts the survival of the Wisconsin wolf population at risk. The lawsuit alleges that the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (Board) disregarded the recommendations from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and chose to set an arbitrary and unsustainable kill level without regard for the health and well-being of the wolf population or sustainable ecosystems in which the wolves play an integral role. The lawsuit also alleges that the 2011 law that requires Wisconsin to hold an annual wolf hunt is unconstitutional. It asks the Dane County Circuit Court to overturn the law, reverse the quota set by the Board, and enjoin DNR from issuing licenses for the November hunt.

Significant Developments

August 31, 2021: In the News - ABC News

Wildlife groups sue to stop Wisconsin wolf hunt

August 31, 2021: Case Update

Complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court to stop the fall 2021 wolf hunt and overturn the law requiring an annual wolf hunt.

Project

Project Coyote

Legal Team

Animal & Earth Advocates

Greenfire Law

Laffey, Leitner & Goode

Focus Area

Wildlife Protection