**UPDATE 01-05-2014** The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has posted a chart along with numerous arrogant quotes from the convicted poachers and other violators that received “depredation” payments at this link:
The end of the 2013-2014 Wisconsin wolf slaughter season marked the first time that dogs have been allowed to “legally” go after wolves. With the help of traps and packs of vicious dogs Wisconsin oversaw the slaughter of 257 wolves in a little over two months. The quota was 251 but the hounders and wolf haters had to make sure they exceeded that number for the second year in a row.
Wolf haters also took their vile bloodlust to a new low this year on the various anti-wolf hate pages that pollute Facebook and the internet. In between the countless snuff pics showing bloody dead wolves and the ginning sadists that killed them, were hundreds of calls from Northwoods wolf haters to “kill ‘em all,” to poach unlimited wolves, and even going as far as giving tutorials about how to poison wolves. These comments were not even the worst of it. The season started by wolf haters sending death and rape threats to wildlife advocates and repeated use of the term “timbernigger” directed toward Native American wildlife advocates.
The hate filled cretins assumed that their childish name calling and threats would make us back down and accept their disgusting sadism. They couldn’t be more wrong. If anything their behavior and disrespect toward wildlife and wildlife advocates have emboldened us even more to educate the public as to what kind of people hounders and the other anti-wolf factions really are. Not only are hounders the lowest of the low in the hunting community they also appear to be freeloaders at the teat of the Wisconsin DNR which enthusiastically pays them $2500 each time one of their dogs is allegedly killed by a wolf. Not only are hounders perpetrating the massive scam on the state by repeatedly putting their dogs at risk when tormenting other wildlife, the DNR has paid out vast sums of money to hounders that aren’t even licensed or allowed to hunt in Wisconsin due to various crimes and violations.
Yesterday, The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism published an article breaking down the tens of thousands of dollars paid to convicted violators over the alleged killing by wolves of their dogs:
Wisconsin, the only state with a program that compensates the owners of dogs killed by wolves while hunting other animals, has paid tens of thousands of dollars during the past decade to individuals who have violated state hunting or firearms laws.
Seven individuals received a total of $19,000 in payments after they were convicted of crimes or paid forfeitures for hunting or firearms-related offenses, according to an analysis by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. An additional $20,000 went to four claimants who were subsequently fined for such offenses, including bear hunting without a license.
In one case, the state Department of Natural Resources paid $2,500 to a man for a dog death that happened while he was prohibited from having a hunting license, due to a prior criminal conviction. The DNR, in response to the Center’s inquiries, is investigating. But even if the claimant was breaking the law at the time, which he denies, he will get to keep the money.
“Having a license is not an eligibility requirement for reimbursement of dogs killed by wolves,” said Tim Andryk, the DNR’s chief legal counsel.
The DNR program also has approved more than $80,000 in payments to repeat claimants — those who put dogs in successive situations where they were killed by wolves. And money has gone to people from other states who brought their dogs here to hunt.
For years hounders whined and cried about how wolves were killing their “precious” dogs yet they kept putting their dogs in those situations even after repeated “warnings” from the DNR of wolf activity.
Hunters frequently place the value of their lost hounds at well above the state’s maximum reimbursement rate of $2,500.
“They’re like our kids to us,” said Amy Visger, a board member of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association, in a 2010 Wisconsin Public Television news segment. “We really don’t want anything to happen to them.”
Visger is among the owners of the 23 hunting dogs killed in 2013 who are seeking compensation. She did not respond to an interview request.
Many hounders make claims to the state that their dogs are worth up to $10,000. One look at the various Wisconsin hounder Facebook pages show how much “value” these people place on their “$10,000″ dogs.
Almost 7 year old male walker/bluetick cross bear dog. Great on caught bear, trees good, medium nose, medium speed. Selling him because hes not a great winter dog. $700 Putting this ad on here for a friend of mine so if interested, contact me and I’ll give you his contact information.
3 year old spayed Walker female for sale. Has been run on wolf,coyote and bear. Asking $200. PM me for details.
Plott pups for sale a lot of weems bloodline $300.00
Walker red tick cross hounds out of a 16 yr. Strain of lion and bear dogs, tails trimmed, first shots givin, dew claws removed, weened and ready for there new owners, $250 a pup.
All of the above posts came from Wisconsin hounders posting on a Facebook site. Any bets that if one of these dogs happen to be killed by a wolf they will suddenly be “worth” $10,000? These people are beyond despicable and one has to wonder if the state even bothers to inspect their backyard puppy mills as per state law.
According to the DNR’s Koele, the USDA’s wildlife services office has verified claims for all 23 lost hounds in 2013. The claimants have asked for up to $10,000 per animal, but the program’s established maximum is $2,500 — unless there are additional veterinary costs.
Most of the claimants for 2013 are set to get $2,500. The claims add up to $56,000, higher than any other year. The payments will be processed in mid-January, Koele said.
We certainly know how ethical Wildlife Services are. Watch this video to get an idea of what kind of people run and work for that agency:
A huge thank you to Bill Lueders and The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism for exposing yet another of the unethical scams being perpetrated by the Wisconsin DNR and their bear hounder puppet masters. I wonder how many other government run programs allow you to collect money while breaking the law and then when caught do not require you to pay it back? Try that with unemployment or taxes and see if you get to keep the money. With hounders again the rules do not apply and it is time for the DNR to be called out for their unethical alliance with these disgusting groups and people.