It’s not that they think wolves are cute. It’s that they think — erroneously, perhaps — that the species is ecologically indispensible.
Late in the afternoon of Oct. 15, Dennis Nitz hunkered down in a hunter’s blind fashioned of tree boughs in a forest clearing near Eau Claire. It was the day Wisconsin hunters began gunning for wolves — the state’s first hunt since the animals were taken off the federal endangered-species list.
Playing a recording of suffering-rabbit sounds, Nitz called in a 72-pound wolf, which he shot as it stood broadside, 47 yards away. That evening Nitz posted photos online.
Within minutes he received death threats.