Very controversial topic about the management and protection of this iconic predator. Considering the initial delisting goal for Wisconsin and Michigan was a population of 100 or more wolves for a period of 5 or more years.
The current Timber Wolf population is estimated at 700+ animals that inhabit the Northern and Central forested regions of the state. Although some models and other outside organizations estimate the current population at 1000+. Wolves have been seen in South-western and South-central Wisconsin the past few years, in fact "probable" or "possible" wolf sightings have been recorded in 50 of Wisconsin's 72 counties. Young males have been recorded in Indiana and Illinois 500+ miles from the nearest wild populations.
In 2010, wolf depredation to livestock occurred on 47 farms. Total livestock depredation in 2010 included: 63 cattle killed (47 calves), 5 cattle injured, 6 sheep killed (4 lambs), 1 goat injured, and 6 farm deer killed. This is going to happen in states where large predators inhabit (Wolves, Lynx, Coyotes, Black Bears, Bobcats and Cougars) all call Wisconsin home. The delisting of the Wolf doesn't mean it will be open season on the Timber wolf and no rules apply. It simply gives the Wisconsin DNR the control to manage it's wolf population as they see fit.
A hunting season won't be in place for 5+ years.
I love the Wolf but I am also glad the local government will have more say in how to handle the Wolves future.