Wisconsin Wolves Need Protection, Survey Says

A majority of people surveyed believe gray wolves should continue to be protected in Wisconsin, despite efforts to remove them from federal protection.

A Northland College professor in Ashland has surveyed more than 600 people in Wisconsin and Michigan about the wolves.

Kevin Schanning says he found that generally those surveyed aren't quite sure how to manage the wolf population, but they don't think killing them is the answer.

Last fall, the Fish and Wildlife Service held hearings on a proposal to remove the wolf from the threatened species list in Wisconsin. That would allow some hunting and trapping of wolves to control the population. A decision is expected by June.

Wisconsin's wolf population is about 400. The wolf is a native species that was wiped out in Wisconsin by the late 1950s after decades of bounty hunting.