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Do you favor removing the woodchuck from Wisconsin’s protected species list and designating it as a game animal with an annual hunting season?


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The Question:“Do you favor removing the woodchuck from Wisconsin’s protected species list and designating it as a game animal with an annual hunting season?”WHAT do YOU think of this. VOTE YOUR OPINION

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Wisconsin lawmaker wants open season on woodchucks

Wisconsin State Rep. Andre Jacque (R-DePere) is drafting a bill that would remove the woodchuck from the list of protected species and designate it as a game animal, with a 10-month season and no bag limit. Jacque’s bill is co-sponsored by State Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma), a farmer who has experienced woodchuck damage to her farm crops.

The bill was suggested by “Trapper Dan” Cichantek, of Manitowoc, who works part time as a nuisance animal trapper. Cichantek introduced a resolution for a woodchuck season at the Conservation Congress spring hearing in Manitowoc County in 2008. The county resolution passed, and the following year the question appeared on the statewide questionnaire, where it also passed. Nothing came of it until the Manitowoc County Fish and Game Protective Association mentioned it to Jacque last year.

The proposed season would run from March 1 through December 31 statewide. A small-game license would be required to take them. Woodchuck numbers have increased in Wisconsin over the past several decades. They do some damage to agricultural crops and gardens, but their burrows provide dens for rabbits, foxes and other animals. Under their current protected status, woodchucks may be shot or trapped by landowners on their own property, but they may not be taken on land owned by someone else or on public land without special permission from the DNR.

Some individuals and groups oppose the measure, as might be expected, but state biologists say a hunting season would not threaten the overall woodchuck population and that few people would likely be interested in hunting them.

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