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Step Up and Become a Delegate!

02 Apr

Over the past couple of weeks, WWE has provided a wealth of information regarding the upcoming DNR Election and Vote! We are happy to report that pro-wildlife candidates will be running for one or more delegate positions in several counties – but the truth is that as of right now, the candidates to be voted on in the majority of counties solely represent the pro-hunting and pro-trapping interests.

Are you satisfied with the status quo? Complacency by pro-wildlife organizations and Wisconsin residents at last year’s election has had disastrous consequences for wildlife. That election generated actions to implement: (1) a wolf hunt with killing quotas far more brutal than that faced in any of our neighboring states; (2) running dogs on wildlife letting them maim and kill prey; and (3) allowing the trapping & hunting in all state parks and public lands. What’s on the table for this year? Well, if anti-wildlife interests have their way, legislation that will: (1) allow hunters to gain access to private land without landowner permission to retrieve their dogs; (2) authorize the DNR to create a tundra swan hunt; (3) remove existing protections and allow the killing of Wisconsin’s rare albino deer; and (4) provide trappers with the ability to trap all night in our State parks, Stewardship lands, former wildlife refuges and all publicly purchased lands. This is sportsmanship? Is this acceptable to you? The power is in YOU running as a candidate!

Annually, delegates commit just 20 hours of their time for a great cause (they attend four meetings – two in their County and two in Central Wisconsin). What do you receive in return for such a small time commitment? Stand out and be heard. Learn more about wildlife. Bring accountability and real science into the DNR’s decision-making process. Influence the legislature so that the risk posed by hunting to willing participants AND the entire community is reduced. Help communicate that hunting is ineffective for solving human/deer conflicts for many reasons including the fact that the DNR intentionally keeps the deer population high for hunters. Provide valued input regarding objectionable practices such as canned hunting, trophy hunting, baiting and running packs of dogs on animals. Ensure that the lands managed for hunting in Wisconsin are not purchased and maintained by taxpayer money (90% of Wisconsin residents do not hunt). Have a voice in protecting our State’s natural ecosystems and with restoring the balance of animal populations. Be a steward for Wisconsin’s wildlife and change the course of how our natural areas and wildlife are viewed and managed by the DNR today and for generations to come!

A tutorial providing details regarding what to expect at the meeting, INCLUDING information regarding the delegation nomination and voting process, can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: http://www.scribd.com/doc/214706026/2014-DNR-Election-and-Vote-Tutorial. If you have any questions regarding the role and responsibilities of delegates, please contact Patricia Randolph at Madravenspeak@gmail.com. Also, contact Patricia if you’d be willing to run as a candidate (she is maintaining a list to ensure that only one pro-wildlife advocate runs for a particular delegate position so the vote is not split).

 

 

2 responses to “Step Up and Become a Delegate!

  1. madravenspeak

    April 9, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Every county in the state will have two hunter/trapper and /or hounder delegates of the most extreme activism for killing our wildlife. They are 11 % of the citizens of this state – but we have not had an outpouring of people from the 90% majority stepping up to stand for election. We need two candidates in every county. It is a rinky dink position involving four meetings a year. I did it. I know. Until we get a majority of delegates, we have little power to do anything for change.

    Where are you bird lovers? They are after tundra swans, cranes, and seagulls….killing millions of birds with lead shot left in the environment. This is OUR ELECTION. Claim it by running as a candidate.

    Just nominate yourself or better yet, get a friend, and nominate each other – one for each of the two and three year positions. It is the very best way to help. Running candidates and electing delegates is key. Some of these counties have extremely low turn-out – 20 – 40 people show up and still elect themselves back into power.

    We need grassroots work if we are to stand for our wildlife. Please contact Madravenspeak@gmail.com to run in your county. It is so little to do. These guys who are candidates are just bored people who kill for fun. Can’t we find some people who care enough to stand for election? This is our election – let’s make it a power for good.

     
  2. Randy Lyn Oconnell

    April 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    Did you get my e mail regarding a run at a delegate spot on the WCC ?

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