Today, I received more of the testimony from Tuesday’s Natural Resources Board Hearing. Along with the usual “kill ‘em all” drive from the anti-wolf factions in the state, there is some very intriguing testimony from retired DNR biologist, Richard Thiel, that calls out the disinformation and lies from Scott Suder and his allies regarding their “writing” the wolf kill bill in cooperation with the DNR. Here is just a taste:
“We do know as a matter of public record that the DNR supplied a Division Adminstrator and a staff lawyer at both the Assembly and Senate’s public hearings. It will be argued in defense that this is standard operating procedure. But with such a sensitive task at hand – moving a species that was considered federally endangered a mere 5 days earlier – to a hunted species with a near-term goal of cutting that same population by nearly 2/3rds (viz. 850 to 350), any reasonable citizen may seriously question what the Agency’s top administrators really had in mind when all they supplied to those public hearings were a Division administrator and a staff lawyer to answer questions. Let me be clear here because I professionally know and worked with these two individuals, the administrator and staff lawyer the DNR supplied are not wolf experts. And I know they did not adequately answer the questions of the Assembly and Senate committee members because I attended – in person – both hearings. As a final observation, having sat through and gone through transcripts of the testimonies at the two public hearings in the Legislature, it is no coincidence that in their testimony both Reps. Suder and Revard did not identify, by name, the Department experts they consulted with. I ask whom did the Agency supply to legislators as “experts”? And when did they consult with legislators?”
There is much more in the downloads below. Scott Suder and his bear hounder benefactors need to be called out for spitting in the face of our democracy and pandering to a tiny special interest. Please share this far and wide. People are beginning to pay attention to who Scott Suder, the DNR, and the Natural Resources Board really work for. It sure isn’t the citizens of Wisconsin. It’s time to make some noise and speak out against this travesty.