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Wolves Cause Some Scientists to Lose Objectivity

As Wisconsin’s second wolf season got underway October 15, we heard claims that the state’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) was ignoring science and risking a destabilized wolf population by setting a 251-wolf kill quota for the 2013 hunting and trapping season.

And those who attended The Wildlife Society’s annual national conference in Milwaukee on October 7-8 heard University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Adrian Treves claim wolf poaching is rising. During the conference, Treves also said the Wisconsin DNR’s 2013 wolf quota is “not sustainable nor responsible.”

Such claims pack punch because we like to think university researchers are detached, objective folks who disdain emotion, shun advocacy, and avoid predictions they can’t support with data.

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