An organization that documented Wisconsin’s 2014 wolf hunt, Great Lakes Wolf Patrol, is asking federal law enforcement authorities to investigate imminent threats being made by northern Wisconsin residents to kill wolves. Since 12/19/14, when a federal judge returned Great Lakes wolves to the federal list of Endangered Species, Wolf Patrol members have documented violent threats on anti-wolf Facebook sites calling for hunters to “SSS” (Shoot, Shovel & Shut-up) and “S.O.S.” (Shoot on Sight).
Killing a wolf, can now result in fines of up to $50,000, a year in prison and can result in the confiscation of guns and vehicles used in poaching activity. Earlier this month, Great Lakes Wolf Patrol began offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone involved in illegally killing wolves in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota. The announcement came after two wolves were illegally killed in Michigan this November.
The group is now calling on ethical sportsmen to speak out against inciting hunters to violate the Endangered Species Act, and asks that anyone report illegal wolf killing to US Fish & Wildlife law enforcement officers. “We believe that wolf hunters are violently forcing their agenda on the public by calling for unlimited killing of wolves, less than 40 years since their return to Wisconsin.” says Wolf Patrol founder Rod Coronado, “These aren’t baseless threats made by internet trolls, these people live in wolf territory and use social media to threaten federally protected wildlife.”
Great Lakes Wolf Patrol is also offering to assist in anti-wolf hunting patrols on northern Wisconsin public lands, and this past Fall provided Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officers with evidence of illegal wolf trapping. “We are not criticizing wildlife officials for failing to protect wolves, we are simply offering our services to help aid them in protecting endangered wildlife in the Great Lakes region.” stated Coronado.