In recent weeks, scientists and researchers have been speaking up. Adrian Treves, a University of Wisconsin-Madison environmental studies professor, has co-authored a paper in the journal Biological Reviews that says by allowing hunters to shoot and trap wolves, Wisconsin legislators violated the Public Trust Doctrine that says governments must maintain natural resources for the use of current and future generations of the general public.
This week, Treves joined 28 other scientists in arguing that Endangered Species Act protection for the wolves should be kept. Treves contends a different group of scientists that released a pro-delisting letter last week misunderstood the finer points of law, public attitudes and scientific evidence.
A group of scientists (many of whom have worked extensively for state and federal governments and including Dave Mech, Executive Director of the International Wolf Center) recently wrote a letter to Secretary Jewell encouraging her to remove endangered species protections from the wolves of the Great Lakes going against a recent ruling of a federal judge to have protections reinstated.