Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: DNR offers smorgasbord of killing opportunities

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“You that never done nothin’ but build to destroy/You play with my world like it’s your little toy. … Even Jesus would never forgive what you do. ~ “Masters of War,” Bob Dylan

Sept. 14 is day 12 of the 35-day bear hunt. Thousands of bears, vulnerable from baiting since April, and having been run by dogs since July 1, have been wounded or killed with guns or crossbows or dogs. Most of them were spring cubs, yearlings or mothers. The last four months before denning, when they need to feed every day, bears are run relentlessly. As a consequence, there is the real risk of bears and spring cubs starving in winter dens.

Hunters, having bagged their bear, will turn attention to add the smorgasbord of killing opportunities that began Saturday, Sept. 13. The deer kill used to be a nine-day ordeal for those of us who love our deer. Now it is 104 days.

Turkeys of either sex can be killed statewide for all but 10 days from Sept. 13 through Dec. 1.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) added 20 days to the 70-day mourning dove kill that began Sept. 1. Fifteen birds is the daily bag limit. Each shooter can annually kill 1,350 birds. Think passenger pigeon.

Two years ago, the deadly “Conservation” Congress discussed partridge, quail and sharp-tailed grouse, concluding: “Their population is down. Bobwhite quail is all but gone. The decline is nationwide along with the habitat they need.” Thus the 2014 quail kill is stunningly reckless: Oct. 18–Dec. 10. The DNR did not stop killing sharp-tailed grouse until hunters could not find any birds to shoot.

When a species is killed out, the DNR just adds another kill. The agency stirred excitement with an extra teal hunt Sept. 1-7 in addition to those killed in the usual duck seasons. Teal are the smallest dabbling ducks, weighing an average three-quarter pound. They migrate the farthest of any ducks killed here in Wisconsin, wintering as far south as Peru.

Oct. 18–Dec. 31 is the stocked pheasant kill. Hundreds of thousands of pheasants, hand-raised through DNR funding, are thrown out, bewildered, to be killed the next day by shooters accustomed to private ranges with tossed live birds for targets.

There is never protection for coyotes, opossums, skunks, weasels and snowshoe hares.

Trapping starts as early as Oct. 18 for many “furbearers,” and continues through February, March or April depending on the species. The longest killing period is reserved for beavers, which Indians revered as the “sacred center of life” because they create habitat and clean water for half the rare and endangered species on earth.

For the first time, last year the DNR doubled trapping times, expanding to 24-hour killing. New trappers are recruited (over 1,000 a year, including many children) with $5 first-time fees for unlimited killing.

Scientist Lynn Rogers, who opened the Bear Education Center in Ely, Minn., championing peaceful black bears, wrote in his daily newsletter about hunters lining up as the bear season started to kill trusting radio-collared bears on the center’s boundary.

On Sept. 2 Rogers wrote: “A guide told us to stay away from the area that is adjacent to WRI (the bear education center) to the east and not to use the forest road there. He said hunting takes precedence over other activities in the forest during hunting season. … The community is getting fed up with not being able to walk their dogs on their familiar trails for fear of disturbing a hunter.”

Sept. 4 entry: “Bear-hunters shooting in low light by flashlight after legal shooting hours is a widespread problem.” Describing shots fired past 10 p.m., he added, “This happens nightly.” Wounding loss is one of the biggest problems in bear hunting (besides the deliberate killing of innocent natural beings).

Rogers describes a 5-year-old study bear named Ty: “Ty was a playful bear who had good rapport with many other bears. Ty was popular. Many bears knew and trusted him and frequently initiated play — or responded to his initiatives. His relationships extended to sharing food. … Part of Ty’s acceptance by other males may have been due to his calm, trusting demeanor that also extended to humans. We saw Ty’s picture posted as one of the bears killed on Sept. 1 — opening day.”

The Bear Center’s bears are being targeted. Rogers laments, “These are the bears we and the world can learn from. There is much more learning and sharing to be done.”

View a memorial to Hope, the first wild bear whose birth was videotaped for the world to see. She was killed by a hunter the following year.

Unlike Wisconsin’s bear baiting from mid-April through the hunt, Minnesota defers baiting until Aug. 15, allowing bears their natural diet. And Minnesota admits that their population has declined to 10,000-15,000 bears, so they dropped to 3,750 licenses this year. Wisconsin has issued over three times the number of licenses (10,460) against Wisconsin’s population, which DNR guesstimates at 22,000.

In an accelerating human-caused extinction that threatens our life support system, the DNR’s killing business is an outdated patriarchal catastrophe. Why do citizens tolerate this?

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Also consider this petition against UW-Madison maternal deprivation studies on baby monkeys then killed by UW.

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Coming soon: many bear families’ last afternoon together


“I see kids for violence and anger issues who are trained hunters by age 12. How can I help in fighting this scourge? The state agencies are recruiting women and children at an alarming rate — they have the funds and the access.” — Karin McKenna, school counselor

In July a Madravenspeak reader emailed a link to an Alaska Dispatch news story of a black bear family’s last afternoon. He said, “It is one of the saddest stories I have seen.” The story has pictures of a mother bear with her two spring cubs, swimming in a lake together, frequenting some tourist spots in East Anchorage. “She didn’t show any aggressive behavior, but there was just so much accessible garbage,” so the state agency, comparable to our Department of Natural Resources (DNR), decided to shoot the mother, and haul the babies off to an Alaska zoo. Bears are being killed for just showing up.

As shown in this video of a mother bear reaching over a concrete traffic barrier to rescue one of her cubs, a lot of care and attention goes into raising cubs in a human-dominated world. Yet the DNR is exultant to be obliterating spring cubs or yearlings in their annual kill. Wisconsin kills over eight times as many bears as are killed in New Hampshire, half of them female, yet I have never heard of orphan cubs rescued here. It is confounding that Ben Kilham rehabilitated 27 orphan cubs  in New Hampshire last year. Do our cubs just wander around until they die after their mother is shot out of a tree?

Bears do not breed before they are 3 years old. The mothers teach their cubs to forage and how to den, warming them through their first winter. They have babies only every other year. Under the DNR’s rapacious policies, most bears here are killed when they are 2 years old or younger, so they never reach breeding age. It is inconceivable that the bear population remains at 22,000. In the past five years, the DNR has orchestrated the killing of 21,997 bears, plus it issues hundreds of “agriculture tag” bear kill licenses annually (not in the kill count ) and still they claim the population has hardly decreased.

All one has to do is look at wolves to know that regardless of how many are killed, the DNR will claim there are plenty more to kill. The DNR did not stop the quail and sharp-tailed grouse killing until hunters could not find any.

In Wisconsin, bears fall to an insatiable appetite for running packs of dogs and thrill killing. The kill runs Wednesday, Sept. 3, through Oct. 7 with 10,460 permits issued to kill 4,700 bears, the highest number of permits ever issued. The use of dogs is promoted by the DNR all but the first week. Since July 1, according to the DNR, wolves have killed nine dogs during “hound training.” Additionally, unlimited enthusiasts can pay $14 and run more dogs and set bait, and can give 10-year-old kids a second shot at a wounded bear. Lessons in empathy for children, no doubt.

On their bear hunt website the DNR gloats, “Our regulations are designed to provide for a high quality experience through a long season with high success rates. It’s no wonder we have so much interest in bear hunting! With over 108,000 applicants, 2014 is another record year. We are fortunate to have such a large group of passionate sportsmen and women committed to Wisconsin’s bear population.”

What a twisted perspective.

The DNR regulations put wildlife at risk in more ways than mass killing. Baiting bears April 15 through the kill habituates them to human food, motivating bears to intrude on human garbage and residences, endangering property and their own lives. Canada’s public parks have signs warning, “A fed bear is a dead bear.” On a New Jersey bear protection site are listed the many ways that baiting harms ecosystem health. There the Wildlife Conservation Society cites a New Mexico case study showing that “when (human) food was made unavailable, bears were capable of living in close proximity to humans without conflict.”

Unfortunately the DNR does not care about bears. It cares about killing bears, exhorting bear killers to “enjoy your time with family” and explains how children 10-16, without hunter education, can have bear kill licenses transferred to them by adult “mentors.” Bear after bear after bear is killed by mobs of men and dogs.

The Guardian’s Rory Carroll went along on a bear hounding just before California banned it. He wrote: “Strip away the arguments about conservation, wildlife control and the (undeniable) hypocrisy of meat-eating urbanites, the hunters do what they do largely because their fathers did it, and because it’s fun. That’s poor justification to harass bears.” It is even poorer justification to kill them.

Killers care enough to organize. Long ago St. Francis of Assisi said that it is not enough not to harm our “humble brethren” but we must be of service to them when they need it. There will be millions of last afternoons for wild families over the next year, until enough people care to hound their legislators on behalf of bears and wildlife. It is long overdue.

Sign a petition to demand an end to hunting, trapping and hounding of wildlife in Wisconsin.

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Posted by on September 1, 2014 in Uncategorized


Update: Efforts to preserve extremely endangered Mexican wolves are being realized!

On April 21, 2014, WildEarth Guardians sealed a pioneering deal with a rancher to voluntarily (and permanently) retire his grazing permit. Cattle will be removed from nearly 50 square miles of the Gila National Forest, meaning more space for the endangered Mexican wolf to roam free and thrive.

To complete this first historic grazing retirement, WildEarth Guardians raised hundreds of thousands (paid to the rancher). WildEarth Guardians has another permit retirement agreement signed and is collaborating with other ranchers in the Greater Gila Bioregion to voluntarily waive their grazing privileges.

Please read more about this exciting approach to overcome long-standing challenges between domestic livestock grazing and environmental protection, recreation and other uses of public lands by clicking here. Please also view the short video regarding this unique and exciting approach to conservation (and how you can help) by clicking here. Thanks!

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Posted by on August 25, 2014 in Uncategorized


Montana Update: Wolf stamp hearing stirs statewide debate

Montana is debating whether to add non-hunter money into a system long totally controlled by funding on killing licenses. The wolf stamp debate centers on whether a state agency funded by license sales should tap into nonhunters for funding for management of one of its most controversial species. The opportunity to allow Montana residents to invest in NONLETHAL forms of wolf management? Really? Read on by clicking here.

 Also, please read the following post:


August 19 post on The Wildlife News

Wolf stamp hearing: Great interest and internal division

by Ralph Maughan

Hunters split. So were wolf advocates-

The wolf stamp hearing is over. It was teleconferenced. It seems like those for it were about equal to the number of opponents. Just as interesting is the hunters were divided on it, and so were wolf advocates. The split among the latter has been mirrored at the Wildlife News. The News has had two cons and one article rejoinder on the stamp. One more pro wolf stamp is in the hopper.

Among those hunters who opposed the wolf stamp, it is clear they fear any voice having a say in state wildlife management except themselves. They said so at the hearing. On the other hand, some folks testifying wanted to expand the stamp idea to all Montana wildlife. We can speculate that this position would probably be more popular among non-hunters than the wolf stamp itself which vibrates with feelings for and against wolves rather than a more general opinion or love of wildlife.

The imbalance in voice about state’s wildlife policy has long been an irritant here among nonhunting conservationists. These are not as some hunting groups claim, all anti-hunting.

Here are the hearing details from the Helena Independent Record. Wolf stamp hearing stirs statewide debate. By Tom Kuglin.

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Posted by on August 21, 2014 in Uncategorized


Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Killing wildlife should be understood as an addiction

53ee7241f10b5.preview-300The most important thing to develop in young people from grade school to their mid-20’s is empathy.” — James Catterall, UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development

If professor James Catterall is correct — that empathy is the most important value to teach— why are we allowing the Department of Natural Resources, a state agency, into our middle and high schools and trade schools to teach young people recreational torture and killing of innocent wildlife?

The DNR, funded on killing licenses, staffed by killing proponents, allied with its hunter/trapper/hounder clientele, wants its power base expanded and secured against the majority of us. They know the best way to do that is their legislated 12-member recruitment team going after kids. Addict them early and keep them long.

On a hunting website, a hunter recalls. “I was 13 years old when I started hunting with my dad. I still remember my first kill like it was yesterday, even though it has been 11 years. I cried for three days straight, could not eat or sleep either… It is harder for some than others, but it gets so much easier thank god, lol.”

Dr. Gabor Mate, author of “In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts,” writes about addiction as an adaptation of self-soothing. His studies show that we are “prisoners of childhood traumas that become the bars of our prison until we become conscious.”

Mate writes: “The automatic repression of painful emotions is a helpless child’s prime defense mechanism and can enable the child to endure trauma that would otherwise be catastrophic. The unfortunate consequence is a wholesale dulling of emotional awareness … (killing gets easier) … When we flee our vulnerability, we lose our full capacity for feeling emotion …. The war mentality represents an unfortunate confluence of ignorance, fear, prejudice, and profit. … The ignorance exists in its own right and is further perpetuated by government propaganda.”

It is traumatic and confusing for children to have adults teach them that causing suffering and death is commendable and praise-worthy. John Olson, head of trapping for the DNR, once confessed to me, “I am the way I am because of childhood incidents involving the death of my dogs.”

Another hunter describes the adrenaline rush after killing, “After the shot your body just dumps endorphins and adrenalin into your system, it’s almost a high.”

Mate states that adrenaline is just another drug, a self-soothing attempt to offset trauma.

Addiction takes many forms: shopping, sex, Internet surfing, food, drinking, gambling, and killing can all be addictions.

We now live in year-round violence, with the fatally flawed and dysfunctional DNR promoting vastly expanded killing of our wildlife. The world is biophysically finite, yet hunters are recruiting more young people and women into trapping, hounding, torturing and killing our wildlife. The general public, taught to be disengaged and powerless, is purposefully disconnected from the death culture silencing our woods and waterways.

Wisconsin trapping videos show grinning men, women and children, with descriptions of how much they enjoy the “sport.” One titled his video “153 raccoons.” Another Wisconsin trapper posted part of his 2012-13 season on YouTube with the entitled sentiment, “If you’re an anti (against trapping) don’t bother to comment because I don’t care what you have to say.” He knows that “antis” have zero rights to protect since wildlife is privatized only to killers. He showcases 21 foxes, over a dozen beavers, skunks, squirrels, muskats, minks, and dozens of raccoons, showing them alive trapped, and the lifeless result. He takes his children along to sift dirt over the traps and participate. Our world is his for the bludgeoning.

Although trappers number one-fifth of 1 percent of Wisconsin’s population, they have the right to kill as many animals as they have time to kill. Humane citizens have no rights to tame one fox or befriend and protect him. Or to save one orphan fawn. We have no right to protect wildlife on our own property, lured off to their deaths. Although wildlife watchers bring in three times as much revenue directly to state tax coffers and generate economic impact comparable to hunting, we have zero rights in a system financed on killing.

We are simply irrelevant to the DNR. Is this freedom? The DNR will continue privatized ecocide until the public cares to stops them.

I served a decade ago on the trapping committee of the Conservation Congress, a hunter-controlled advisory body to the Legislature. Trapping for six months of the year and recruiting a thousand new trappers annually is quickly exterminating wildlife in Wisconsin.

“Apathy and evil,” says Jake Thoene. “The two work hand in hand. They are the same, really. … Evil wills it. Apathy allows it. Evil hates the innocent and the defenseless most of all. Apathy doesn’t care as long as it’s not personally inconvenienced.”

Protecting children and wildlife from the DNR is our urgent task.


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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


Good news at least temporarily for Idaho wolves in part of Idaho


Idaho Suspends Wilderness Wolf-Killing Plan in Face of Court Challenge

By Defenders of Wildlife

17 August 14

Faced with a legal challenge by conservationists and an imminent hearing before a federal appeals court, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (“IDFG”) has abandoned its plan to resume a professional wolf-killing program in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness during the coming winter.

In a sworn statement submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on July 24, 2014, IDFG Wildlife Bureau Chief Jeff Gould stated that IDFG “will not conduct any agency control actions for wolves within the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness before November 1, 2015.” IDFG had previously advised the court that the program could resume as early as December 1, 2014.

A professional hunter-trapper hired by IDFG killed nine wolves in the Frank Church Wilderness last winter and state officials in February announced plans to kill 60 percent of the wolves in the Middle Fork section of the wilderness over a period of several years in an effort to inflate wilderness elk populations for the benefit of commercial outfitters and recreational hunters.

“As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this September, we are relieved that the Frank Church Wilderness will be managed as a wild place, rather than an elk farm, for at least the coming year,” said Earthjustice attorney Timothy Preso, who is representing conservationists challenging the wilderness wolf-killing program. “Now we must make sure that wilderness values prevail for the long term.”

Earthjustice is representing long-time Idaho conservationist and wilderness advocate Ralph Maughan along with four conservation groups—Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project, Wilderness Watch, and the Center for Biological Diversity—in the lawsuit challenging the wolf-killing program. The conservationists argue that the U.S. Forest Service, which is charged by Congress with managing and protecting the Frank Church Wilderness, violated the Wilderness Act and other laws by allowing and assisting the state wolf-killing program in the largest forest wilderness in the lower-48 states.

In a separate sworn statement filed with the Ninth Circuit on July 24, the Forest Service committed to providing the conservationists with notice by August 5, 2015 of any plans by IDFG to resume professional wolf-killing in the Frank Church Wilderness during the 2015-16 winter, as well as “a final determination by the Forest Service as to whether it concurs with or objects to such plans.”

“IDFG’s announcement now gives the Forest Service the chance to play out its mission—its obligation to protect our irreplaceable Frank Church Wilderness for the American people and for all its wildlife against an effort to turn it into a mere elk farming operation on infertile soil,” said Maughan, a retired Idaho State University professor who was a member of the citizens’ group that drew up the boundaries of the Frank Church Wilderness 35 years ago.

“We are pleased to see this truce in Idaho’s wolf reduction efforts in the Frank Church for a full year,” said Suzanne Stone, Defenders’ regional representative who has worked nearly three decades to restore wolves in Idaho. “The Frank Church is both the largest forested wilderness area and a core habitat for gray wolves in the western United States. Wolves belong here as they have made the ‘Frank’ truly wild again. Ensuring healthy wolf populations here is critical for the recovery of wolves throughout the entire northwestern region.”

“It is hard to imagine a decision more inconsistent with wilderness protection than to allow the hired killing of wolves,” added Travis Bruner, executive director of Western Watersheds Project. “Today, some relief for wild places flows from the news that IDFG will not continue that odious operation this year. Next we will see whether the Forest Service will take action to protect the Frank Church Wilderness from such atrocities in the future.”

“It’s time for the Forest Service to stand with the vast majority of the American people by taking the necessary steps to protect wolves in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness for the long-term, not just the next 15 months,” stated George Nickas, executive director of Wilderness Watch. “Wolves are the epitome of wildness. Their protection is key to preserving the area’s wilderness character.”

“We’re glad Idaho’s wolves are rightly getting a reprieve from the state’s ill-conceived predator-killing plan, at least for a year,” said Amy Atwood, senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’re also happy to see the Forest Service agree to be more transparent about any future decision to allow Idaho to kill wolves in the Frank Church.”

BACKGROUND:The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals had scheduled an August 25, 2014 court hearing to address the conservationists’ request for an injunction to prevent IDFG from resuming its program of professional wolf killing in the Frank Church Wilderness during the coming winter. IDFG commenced the program in December 2013 without public notice but abruptly suspended the program on January 28, 2014 amidst emergency injunction proceedings before the Ninth Circuit. Since then, the conservationists have continued to press their case for an injunction before the Ninth Circuit, which led to the scheduled August 25 court hearing.

Because IDFG has abandoned the 2014-15 professional wolf-killing program in the wilderness, the conservationists have agreed to forego the scheduled court hearing, but they renewed their call for the Forest Service to fulfill its legal duty to protect the Frank Church Wilderness.

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Posted by on August 17, 2014 in Uncategorized


Do you believe this?

Subject: Wisconsin Church Promotes Animal Abuse Event Aug. 10 – please sign the petition against it by clicking here.

Contact information to call or email the event coordinator and St. Patrick Parish are below the article. Please help stop this. Wisconsin is becoming world renowned for animal abuse – both farm animals and wildlife. Please not only sign but network to your email lists and social networking sites.

HORTONVILLE, Wis. – St. Patrick’s Parish in Hortonville, Wisconsin plans to host an event this weekend in which pigs are punched in the face, kicked, body-slammed, jumped on, yelled at and thrown into a bucket. To see the announcement, click here.

This illegal animal fighting event is in violation of Wisconsin Chapter 951, titled “Crimes Against Animals”, which outlaws cockfighting, dogfighting, and any other similar fighting between animals or animals and humans.

In addition, being a spectator of such an event is also in violation of Chapter 951. Those prosecuted could face felony animal fighting charges.

Wrestling, as a sport, is contested by two human opponents, evenly matched, each of whom enters into the match voluntarily with mutually agreed-upon rules and a common goal. Not so in “matches” like pig wrestling, where frightened animals are unwilling participants exploited by teams of humans for entertainment. Pigs are exceptionally intelligent and capable of feeling complex emotion. They are affectionate and friendly when kept as pets, and do not deserve the stress, fear, and possibility of injury that pig wrestling subjects them to.

The Global Conservation Group’s Division of Legal Affairs have filed reports with local, state and federal agencies alerting them to this illegal event.

Join the Global Conservation Group in calling on the church to cancel this event and replace it with a humane alternative activity. Please sign and share the petition and politely call them below:

St. Patrick Parish: 920-757-5090 or email to:


Posted by on August 7, 2014 in Uncategorized


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