But those numbers were quickly abandoned, after hunters who weren’t affiliated with the tribes killed 218 wolves over the course of three days — almost 100 more than allowed. The hunt was initially supposed to last a full week.
The Department of National Resources said it was currently reviewing the lawsuit and did not have further comment at this time.
“In our treaty rights, we’re supposed to share with the state 50-50 in our resources and we’re feeling that we’re not getting our due diligence because of the slaughter of wolves in February,” said John Johnson, Sr., the president of Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, in a statement. “The out of state hunters are petitioning the courts just so they can hunt, not to protect the resources.”
CNN emailed the state’s Department of Justice office for comment on the lawsuit, but did not immediately receive a response.
“To the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe), the Ma’iingan are our brothers,” said Marvin Defoe, Red Cliff Tribe’s representative on the Voigt Inter-Tribal Task Force, in a statement. “The legends and stories tell us as brothers we walk hand in hand together. What happens to the Ma’iingan happens to humanity.”
Michael Isham, an executive administrator for the intertribal agency Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission, called the February wolf hunt, along with the planned November hunt, “reckless.”
“The DNR Natural Resources Board made clear that its decision to set the wolf quota at 300 has nothing to do with science or stewardship,” he said in a statement last month.
The situation in Wisconsin mirrors one happening across the country, as other tribes push for the protection of wolves and restoring them to the Endangered Species list once more.
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