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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Wildlife hospital petitions transmission line company for compassion

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“(T)he highest role of the law is the protection of human and natural communities, rather than protection of the ruling elite.” ~ Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, Breaking the Planet.

Wisconsin’s Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital describes the work it does with wildlife as “ethical, compassionate, and professional rehabilitation.”

“Fellow Mortals Wildlife Hospital was created as a special place for injured and orphaned wildlife to heal and be acclimated for return to the wild. 40,000 animals and over 100,000 people have received help — at no charge — over the last 30 years,” according to the organization, which is located near Lake Geneva.

American Transmission Company had scheduled a June 20 clear-cut of an easement near the sanctuary, 84 feet from the center of an adjacent highway. The proposed cut included a 100-year-old spruce tree that has been trimmed for 50 years to facilitate the easement.

Over 80,000 people have signed a petition asking that the easement be trimmed, not clear-cut. The petition explains: “The property is located on a rural road that becomes very busy in the summer months, and very noisy. The noise and human activity is detrimental to the wildlife in outdoor flights and habitats who require a peaceful, quiet and natural environment to prevent injuries caused by stress, and to prevent habituation to humans and human activities prior to release. … The trees and other vegetation provide a buffer from traffic noise, human voices and provide security and privacy.”

The sanctuary posted a short video and description of the bird habitat and small mammal nesting area that is threatened by clear-cutting.

People can sign and network the petition to social media, and contact American Transmission Co., based in Waukesha, at 866-899-3204 or email at info@atcllc.com.

The town board has informed ATC that they cannot proceed without a planning commission approval of their cut, so for now, it is on hold. But Alissa Braatz, corporate communications for American Transmission Lines, wrote me, “Even if the town ordinance seems to apply, the laws and regulations of the State of Wisconsin take precedence … public utilities like ATC are exempt from obtaining a permit to cut trees.” An ATC flyer states: “A tree does not need to make direct contact with a transmission line to create a hazard or a dangerous situation … and power outages.”

ATC has control of 9,940 acres of easements in four states and plans to clear-cut all of it, according to Steven Blane, co-founder of the wildlife sanctuary. These lands contain ancient trees, vital wildlife and bird habitat, carbon sinks of vegetation that mitigate climate change. Trees and natural wild systems buffer people’s property from roads and power lines all along the toxic power line system. We humans and all mammals are electrical beings. “Living close to power lines has been shown to increase the risk of leukemia and other cancers since 1979,” EM Watch reports. Many other detrimental health effects have been well–documented, including brain cancer, childhood and aduklt leukemia, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Alzheimer’s, fatigue, and heart disease, the group says.

The DNR and state of Wisconsin offer no financial compensation or support to wildlife rehabilitators. Of course, the DNR and Legislature should financially support wildlife rehabilitation because many innocent wild beings suffer the result of state policies promoting special-interest trapping, lead shot, hunting injuries, and sport-killing that leaves wildlife orphaned.

State Sen. Fred Risser, D-Madison, once told me that if a legislator received 10 citizen contacts on an issue, it is a red flag that the issue is important. A letter, followed by a call to your legislator, would call attention to the need for state support of our wildlife rehabilitators who give their time and compassion to traumatized wildlife.

 

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Starting a bear tribe to protect our bears

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“Wisconsin has one of the largest black bear populations in the country and high hunter success rates — this combination makes it a great place to hunt.” ~ Dave MacFarland, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources carnivore specialist

In his new book “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging,” award-winning journalist Sebastian Junger makes the point that humans evolved to bond together in crisis. We are tribal and need each other. He discusses his ideas in this YouTube video.

At this point of history, it would behoove us to realize we are all in this challenge of climate crisis and biodiversity destruction together. We need all the life of this world. We are the only species with the power to destroy all that is. We need to make shared purpose in survival, with less than half of wildlife left on earth.

Any and all who are interested in protecting bears are invited to contact Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic to help form the Bear Tribe.

Prior to the 1950s, bears were considered “vermin” and killed without limits. Now the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources treats them as a commodity from which it obtains hefty lottery and sales profits. Anyone can run packs of dogs on our wildlife without even buying a license. “A Class B license is no longer required to bait bears, train dogs to track bears, act as a back-up shooter, or assist hunters with pursuing bears,” the DNR notes. Youth of any age can join in the harassment.

Bears enter a period of hyperplasia, or intense foraging for, food in July. And that is just when the DNR has promoted running packs of dogs on them. Bears need to eat constantly to up their body fat by 20 percent in order to survive the winter, yet the DNR allows them to be run to exhaustion, separated from cubs when the babies are small and vulnerable, and tormented at whim. With no licensing, the DNR has no idea how many people or packs of dogs are terrorizing the woods.

In 1989, the DNR estimated the black bear population in Wisconsin at 9,000 bears. For the next seven years, the estimates remained 11,000 to 14,000 bears. That changed in 2006-2007, when following a study the DNR changed the estimation to 23,000 to 40,000 bears. On the basis of this one study, the DNR increased the bear kill by 60 percent. “The last 7 bear seasons represent the 7 highest bear harvest in Wisconsin history. Wisconsin continues to lead the nation with more bear harvest than in any other state,” boasts the DNR website.

David Mattson, a grizzly bear expert, gave a talk defending Yellowstone grizzlies from delisting on July 15, 2015. He spoke of bears with great love and respect, calling them “miraculous.”

Mattson makes the point that one of the ways that government bear managers skew population data is by changing the way that they count bears (as happened in Wisconsin). He also reports: “However large the population might be, and however fast it might have grown, tells us nothing about the unfolding present and impending future.” He cites the unprecedented and unpredictable effects of climate change as bears saw reductions in two of their major food sources in Yellowstone in just the past few years — cutthroat trout and whitebark pine seeds. These changes forced bears to turn to meat, which brings them into conflict with hunters in pursuit of elk and deer — and with wolves. Females forced toward meat consumption are putting cubs at risk from male bears, wolves and men.

Mattson reports that 80 percent of adult bear deaths are attributed to human violence. Bears’ predictable behavior leads to their vulnerability. They are no match for guns, traps and targeted “seasons.” He says that the destruction of 100,000 bears from 1800 to 1910 “demonstrated when we turn lethal, we slaughter bears like crazy.”

Over 26,500 black bears have been killed in Wisconsin in just the last six years. That is over four times the rate of historic killing of grizzlies that Mattson characterizes as genocide: “Our European ancestors were remarkably lethal to grizzly bears. … Fair to say that virtually every grizzly bear that encountered an armed European between 1850 and 1950 ended up dead. Besides having large caliber firearms, it had a lot to do with what was going on between their ears — and that had a lot to do with Manifest Destiny. It was a story of domination, use, and death. I don’t want to be overly dramatic here but it essentially gave European settlers permission in their minds to perpetrate genocides … bears, bison, native peoples being swept away.”

With the human population continuing to escalate and wild places disappearing, plus the unknowns of sudden rapid changes in climate and food supplies, drought, floods, wildfires and loss of habitat, there is nothing predictable here and now.

Mattson says: “Prospects (are) not good if we continue to tell ourselves stories of domination, use and death … if we told stories of respect and kinship and appreciation — (we have) room for a lot more bears than we have now … a good basis to be more humble and realize we have released forces we cannot control.”

The Grizzly Times reports: “According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), over 212,000 comments were submitted on the 2006 proposal to remove endangered species protections (“delist”) the Yellowstone grizzly bear. Over 99 percent of those commented opposed delisting. Particularly strong were voices of children, scientists, conservationists, and old timers. Many invoked spiritual connections to bears and the earth, stewardship and leaving a legacy for future generations.”

Bears are a public trust — not a trophy for the elite few. Who will stand in solidarity with the Bear Tribe of Wisconsin?

 
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Posted by on September 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Legislators promote wolf kill in defiance of science

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“We know we are confronting the wildlife establishment but it is our duty to give the public our best scientific assessment of what happened to their wolves.” ~ Adrian Treves, UW-Madison, in an interview with Isthmus, May 10, 2016 

In 2013, Wisconsin citizens polled 8 to 1 in favor of protecting wolves from a trophy hunt.

Despite public sentiment, state Sen. Tom Tiffany, R-Hazelhurst, and Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, are planning a September wolf summit to attempt to circumvent the Endangered Species Act. Their agenda is to expand killing of wolves, essential creatures that are critically endangered.

Both of these hunting activists have Democratic challengers in the fall election. Jeff Peterson, Jarchow’s challenger, lays out Jarchow’s overall destructive record here. Peterson co-founded the Wisconsin Green Party in 1988 and says: “I believe that wolves have an important place in our ecosystem, including as a check on the spread of CWD in the deer herd. They have an inherent right to exist, and we have a responsibility to figure out how to co-exist with them.”

Dave Polashek, opposing Tiffany, emailed that he has purchased a hunting license every year since he moved back to Wisconsin in 1978. He has a utilitarian attitude toward wildlife. They are a commodity of food and serve a purpose to human ends. But he is more wolf-tolerant than Tiffany: “Wolves in the wild are a barometer of a healthy ecosystem. It would be sad if we did not have that measure.”

Wolf-killing advocates have postulated that legal wolf hunts would ease hunter frustration, acting as a safety valve to “protect” fragile populations from poaching.

Adrian Treves, who runs the Carnivore Coexistence Lab of the Nelson Institute at UW-Madison, collaborated with Guillaume Chapron of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences to test this rationale for killing, which is also used to justify trophy-hunting grizzly bears and other large carnivores. They recently published their findings.

Treves, after 16 years in wildlife management, by 2012 had begun to question the assumption that hunting is an effective management tool for predators. A May 10 Isthmus story, Is Hunting Really a Conservation Tool?, quotes Treves: “The more data collected, the less solid is that assumption.” He felt an obligation to speak out.

The Isthmus article quotes Treves: “On the contrary, killing increases poaching…. I realized I wasn’t really serving the public. I was serving special interests and the government.”

The scientists expect blowback since the study debunks a major fallacy used by state agencies to support hunting. The scientists say: “When the government kills a protected species, the perceived value of each individual of that species may decline; so liberalizing wolf culling may have sent a negative message about the value of wolves or acceptability of poaching. Our results suggest that granting management flexibility for endangered species to address illegal behavior may instead promote such behavior.”

Saving endangered species requires understanding the relationship between political policies and illegal killing. The governments of Scandinavian countries, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Western states have promoted this “safety valve” of killing as fact, under the guise of promoting tolerance, with absolutely no evidence. The same argument is being used to delist the 700 grizzly bears barely maintaining their population in Yellowstone National Park. This bogus argument has been used in courts and never substantiated.

The Treves/Chapron study continues: “For example, studies in Wisconsin that measured intention to poach wolves found those intentions rose in parallel with liberalized culling and those intentions did not decline after a period with liberalized culling. … Liberalizing wolf culling may have sent a negative message about the value of wolves or that poaching prohibitions would not be enforced.” When it allows hunting, the DNR signals that it does not value wolves and will not pursue or prosecute wolf poaching.

Chaperon created a short cartoon video explaining their research.

We need to do a lot more investigation into the suspect ways that state agencies can fudge numbers and manipulate data to support killing more and more wildlife as their populations continue to plummet. Grizzly Times has done excellent research on how state agencies manipulate population data and actively defy science, acting against the health of ecosystems, showing no respect for wildlife or nonhunting citizens.

On their page “The Problem of State Wildlife Management,” Grizzly Times echoes the main motivation of this column, so I quote it liberally as reaffirmation of what we citizens must change:

“The long-term protection of our wildlife — including large carnivores — depends on reforming the institutions of state wildlife management. … Hunting wildlife lies at the core of the ethos of state wildlife management. … Management of wildlife by state agencies is almost wholly for the benefit of hunters and fishers.

“Hunters are a shrinking minority, not the majority of those who care about wildlife and places like Yellowstone. As the Tribes in the Northern Rockies are fond of saying, state wildlife management agencies represent a last bastion of the ethos of Manifest Destiny, which led to genocide and the destruction of ecosystems during the 1800s and early 1900s.

“The primary and often stated goal of state management is to produce a ‘harvestable surplus’ of hooved animals such as deer and elk for hunters to kill. The primary ethos is one of domination, utilization, and objectification. Goals and problems are defined so that the solution is to kill something. There is little or no room for valuation of animals or consideration of welfare and rights. Predators such as grizzly bears (and wolves) are considered to be competitors for opportunities to kill elk, deer, and other herbivores. There is essentially little to no consideration given to other values, and virtually no credence is given to research showing the ecosystem benefits of healthy populations of large carnivores.

“By design and by function, state wildlife management excludes people who care primarily about the welfare of grizzly bears (and wolves) and value them because they like to see bears (and wolves) in the wild.…

“Key elements in state wildlife management reform include: 1. reforming finances 2. better representation of diverse values among commissioners 3. changing the culture within the academic institutions that train wildlife managers.

“This will only happen if a new constituency gets engaged.”

Tag — you’re it.

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Madravenspeak Column: Wisconsin Fur Farm Exposed: A Caged Window On Cruelty as Fashion – Cruelty Pr

 

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Madravenspeak Column: Wisconsin Fur Farm Exposed: A Caged Window On Cruelty as Fashion – Cruelty Pr

Madravenspeak Column: Wisconsin Fur Farm Exposed: A Caged Window On Cruelty as Fashion – Cruelty Pr

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 7, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Madravenspeak: WHO WILL GO EXTINCT FIRST – WILDLIFE OR THE GREAT WHITE HUNTER?

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“Why should man value himself as more than a small part of the one great unit of creation? And what creature of all that the Lord has taken the pains to make is not essential to the completeness of the unit – the cosmos?” – John Muir, “A Thousand-mile Walk to the Gulf”

Weep for Wisconsin. It has a Department of Natural Resources stuck in the Stone Age. The DNR exists as an aggressive commercial killing business with deer and natural predators as the main commodities.

The DNR, stuck in farming-for-killing mode, is massively recruiting more killers, with old white guys teaching children animal cruelty. It is well-documented that children who learn to abuse animals are more likely to engage in domestic violence, war, or serial killing. It is unsurprising that Wisconsin spawned serial killers Ed Gein and Jeffrey Dahmer, who rendered people like hunters chop up wildlife. Recently a video surfaced showing a Wisconsin teen, having shot a pregnant doe, riding on top of her as she was crying in terror and pain struggling to get away, dying. The teen posted, “Found out that the deer I shot yesterday was really two of them, LOL.”

Hunters came out for damage control, denouncing this as “not hunting.” What distinguished this incident is that it was filmed. State-approved trapping, bludgeoning wildlife unable to defend themselves, blasting deer’s legs off, leaving wild animals to bleed out, torturing wolves and bears with packs of dogs, chasing animals to exhaustion to shoot them out of trees, killing for skins and profit, for recreation and gory pictures ― all of this is state-promoted animal cruelty. It is adult manipulation of children who have a right to peaceful relationship with other beings.

Wolves and wildlife pose negligible threat to us, yet the state continues promoting killing wolves and cougars and coyotes and any wildlife hunters want. This is no longer a matter of survival. It is primarily recreation.

Killing, like any fevered acquisition, has become consumer delirium. Bigger, different, exotic, more, and never enough. Natural predators are unwelcome competition: Anything the wolf eats, the hunter does not get to kill.

We have known for nearly a century the delicate balance of interdependency in natural wild systems, and the vital importance of natural predators. Ken Burns’ documentary on the national parks highlighted the distinguished career of Adolph Murie, who served the national parks service from 1934 to 1966. IN 1937 Murie wrote “Ecology of the Coyote in Yellowstone,” which argued against the policies of predator eradication. Murie’s studies were groundbreaking and not welcome 80 years ago. Although his studies have stood the test of time, coyote eradication is still being implemented today in Wisconsin, where wolves are despised and bears are killed by the thousands annually.

The parks service assigned Murie to study the relationship of wolves with Dall sheep in the area of Mount McKinley, now renamed Denali. According to the Burns documentary, Murie walked 1,600 miles in the park and collected thousands of samples of wolf scat to analyze what wolves eat. He found a wolf den and watched it for 195 hours, once continuously for 33 hours, whatever the weather. He adopted a wolf pup and named him Wag. Murie knew wolves better than anyone.

His studies in 1939-1941 culminated in his classic book, “The Wolves of Mount McKinley,” which laid out the land as a set of relationships, all connected. He revealed that wolves, like coyotes, eat a lot of mice, and that wolves strengthen sheep, deer, and elk herds by culling the weak and the diseased. Murie stood against the campaign of poisoning and shooting coyotes, wolves and bears even then. He was instrumental in saving wolves in their last refuge in Alaska, where hunters and the state wanted them completely eradicated.

Whereas natural predators are a positive force in the balance of nature and keeping diseases curtailed, hunters are causing evolutionary damage with trophy hunting. By choosing the biggest and best rams, they obviously remove those rams from the gene pool. “Ironically, hunting based on minimum size criteria — such as horn size — selects against the trait most desired by hunters: the size of the trophy,” said David Coltman, professor of biological sciences at the University of Alberta. He and his colleagues analyzed data covering 39 years in which Dall sheep were intensively trophy-hunted for 23 of those years.

A recent article by Jennifer Pascoe further quotes Coltman: “It’s not just the size of your horns, but also how old you are. For a ram to become highly successful and socially dominant, he’s not just large-horned. He’s also experienced.” However, writes Pascoe, rams are often shot prior to reaching that age of experience. “What we see is a decline in horn size over time,” said Coltman. The average size of a set of horns at Ram Mountain has declined more than 20 percent over 43 years. Part of the problem is many more licences are issued to trophy hunters than there are available legal rams.

Coltman concludes, “We have to be more evolutionarily enlightened about how we manage and conserve animal populations.”

Is it possible we are not the center of life? Or wise enough to manage it? Let’s actively honor all that Muir called “sermons in stone, storms, trees, flowers, and animals brimful with humanity.”

This is a call for reform and revolution ― before it is too late.

 
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Posted by on May 15, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

The death culture and our annual DNR nature election


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Black bear and tiger friends raised together

“We can’t imagine living without Wi-Fi, but we can imagine living without salmon, polar bears, lions, tigers and bears.”                    Derrick Jensen, Earth at Risk

Derrick Jensen asks the Earth at Risk crowd: “How many think this culture hates women? Hates nature? Has a death wish? Is insane?” The majority raise their hands.

People care more about the Chicago Bears than real bears. The little bear in this video, found clinging to her dead mother, is as adorable as any football player, but are hundreds of thousands celebrating her? Au contraire — every year over 100,000 people pay into a Wisconsin DNR lottery for the “sport” of killing 5,000 bears just like her.

The April 11 statewide election of delegates to the Conservation Congress, the sole advisory group to the Wisconsin Legislature on governing our endangered natural commons, is a pathetic sham. After 82 years, these Department of Natural Resources elections and hearings remain dominated by hunters, trappers and hounders. Hunters continue to spin the ridiculous tale that killing is conservation. Killing is supposedly a life-saving endeavor.

Even in “progressive” Dane County, the progressives evidently do not recognize that nature and wildlife are important.

The DNR reports that a total of 4,363 people statewide attended the meetings held April 11 in their counties this year. Yet the number of voters at the beginning of the evening totaled 3,831 and declined to 2,758 by the end. Wisconsin has a population of over 5.8 million. Pretending that this election is representative of the citizens of this state is a tragic farce. It is not even representative of the 10 percent of the population who are hunters.

Although Dane County had enough attendees with a humane perspective to vote out lead shot with their advisory vote and to vote against trappers destroying the tiny otter population, trappers dominated statewide and voted to keep using lead shot, and to give all 16,000 trappers two otter kill tags each (32,000 tags on 8,000-10,000 otters). It is a no-brainer that the otter population will be destroyed. The otter is a flagship species guarding river health. There may be one pair per 17 miles of Wisconsin rivers — but the DNR is ever-pandering to more opportunity to recruit more trappers.

One first-time attendee blurted out: “Why would you kill otters?” When the DNR said “for their skins,” she cried, “I am appalled.”

Few, if any, scientists or biologists from UW attend. Political leaders rarely show. Church officials supporting the sanctity of wildlife as well as human life aren’t an obvious presence, either.

The environmental groups like the Sierra Club, Audubon Society and Nature Conservancy do not come to these meetings to stand against hunting and trapping our wildlife, and some are actually heavily influenced by their hunter members. In fact, the Nature Conservancy allows hunting on 98 percent of its land in Wisconsin.

This is an election that would be cartoonish in its absurd lack of democracy if it were not so deadly.

I have attended every election since I learned about it in 1997. I know important decisions are made affecting my private land and our public lands. The future of millions of innocent lives is at stake.

Why aren’t we exercising our citizen rights at this critical time? This death culture is ultimately suicidal for our own species, and deservedly so.

Jennifer Laack, a first-time Dane county attendee and outdoor enthusiast, ran for the two-year position to represent Dane County as a camper and hiker. One of her opponents stood and gave his pitch for the position: “I am a lifetime hunter. Enough said.”

Laack lost.

Laack wrote her impressions to Kari-Lee Zimmermann, DNR/Conservation Congress liaison: “I think it is clear that this Conservation Congress is really a hunting/fishing/trapping forum. I agree fully with sentiments/comments made of others in attendance that even the choices available on the voting ballets aren’t really choices. An entire segment of Wisconsinites with differing beliefs are left with their viewpoints being marginalized by not really having a say or a choice that reflects their viewpoints or beliefs. I’m certain that I am not the only citizen of Wisconsin to feel this way about the Conservation Congress and that in 2016 when there are significant conservation and ethics issues at play that the current Conservation Congress established 82 years ago may be outdated or mostly applicable to special interests-hunters, anglers and trappers.”

Laack asks how to set up a congress for the 90 percent of us who do not kill wildlife. It could address biodiversity destruction, trapping’s connection to Lyme disease, water quality and mining, packs of dogs ripping apart wildlife, climate change, renewable energy. It could bring fair general public funding to the DNR to replace the bias toward killing created by funding the agency largely with permits, and could push for fair non-hunter representation on committees and the Natural Resources Board. It could access independent scientists as advisers.

Derrick Jensen closes his Earth at Risk speech with: “What do you love? Whatever you love is under assault. The biggest distinction is between those who do something for the greater good and those who do nothing.”

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Results of the WCC 2016 Spring Meeting

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Please acess the results of the WCC 2016 disaster at:
http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html
In summary, I found the citizen resolutions to be more interesting than the usual hunter/trapper power grabs in the questionnaire. The two that I proposed both failed to pass (the first was to give legal rights to nature, a measure passed in 200 communities in Pennsylvania to fight fracking, mining, pipelines and cruelty to wildlife; the second was to democratize funding). Please read through the resolutions found on the link referenced above and consider what you would like to change at next year’s election and vote.
The results of this pathetic low turn-out of mostly trappers and hounders continued the lack of democracy and transparency in the state of Wisconsin. Only 4,363 citizens attended this “public election and vote” put on and carefully NOT advertised by the DNR and so-called hunter “Conservation” Congress. This may be an all time low attendance.  The results were heavily dominated by hunters, trappers and hounders who voted in favor of more killing and more destruction of the environment that included:
  • to allow for the continued use of lead shot that is already known to kill countless eagles, loons, egrets, cranes, and fish (and their natural preditors).
  • to give each trapper two licenses to kill otters. With 6,000 new trappers recruited and trained by the DNR and counting – added to the existing 10,000 trappers will absolutely devastate the otter population in Wisconsin. Based on a trapper estimated existing otter population of 8,000-10,000 (with a 22% average kill rate), it is likely that two-thirds of the otters in the state will be killed during the upcoming season.
  • to continue to place extreme killing pressure on beavers supposedly because they “warm trout streams”. There are thousands of miles of designated “Class A Trout Streams” in Wisconsin. Beaver dams are destroyed along 8,000 miles of river systems under the ridiculous premise that beaver harm trout.  Rather it is widely known that beavers CREATE habitat for half of the rare and endangered species on earth. IF and I mean IF water is warmed by backing up water behind a beaver dam, the simple and long-term economical solution is to run a large pipe through the dam at the bottom to let the water flow through. Same if there is flooding. Instead the DNR, ever biased to give trappers “more opportunity” DYNAMITE beaver dams, destroying mothers and pups – and allow indiscriminate conibear and steel-jaw trapping of beavers who take about 30 minutes to drown painfully.
  • to cut the 7-month long beaver trapping season by two to four weeks. As noted above, beavers should not be trapped at all as they are engineers who protect and sift water systems – and provide habitat for so many endangered animals.
  • to extend the season to kill turkeys, Hungarian Partridge, stocked pheasants and fishers.
  • to have the Natural Resources Board (NRB) pick the secretary of the DNR instead of the governor. Nice idea until you realize the NRB is mandated to hunter/trapper activist control with 4 of the 7 having licenses the previous 10 years (the others being a farmer wanting to eliminate wildlife for domestic kill and property developers).
  • to NOT inconvenience bear hunter/hounders with buying a preference point to get a kill license every year – but buy 6 years at a time.Rand double learn-to-hunt opportunities.
  • to increase awareness of the election and vote (primarily targeted to hunters and their buddies). This action could be a BRIGHT SPOT if  the non-hunting / non-trapping public are finally made aware of the detrimental threats posed to Wisconsin’s wildlife by a small percentage of our State’s population.
  • to avoid the possibility of non-hunters in funding their agenda. The reason for this is clear. While the pro-hunting / pro-trapping voted in support of a wildlife stamp for the non-consumptive user to contribute funds – such action eliminates any plan that ties non-hunting financial support to proportionate representation on the Natural Resources Board, DNR staffing, or say in our own forum of voting and electing.

After 19 years of activism trying to open up this election and interest the general public in this election and vote – I admit to dismal failure. Things are worse than they were when I was elected in 1999-2002 and served on the trapping committee.

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on April 24, 2016 in Uncategorized