Wisconsin DNR Shows Their True Agenda

28 Mar

Photo by Phil Haynes , via Wikimedia Commons

Today, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved a plan to remove 16 species from the state endangered species list. Proposed to be removed from the list are the barn owl, the snowy egret, and the Blanding’s turtle. I wonder how long they will be off the list before Joel “Ribeye” Kleefisch wants a hunting season on them?

According to this article in the Wisconsin State Journal the plan is drawing fire from George Meyer and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Of course Meyer isn’t upset that species are being removed from the list. He is upset because eight are being added. From the article:

“The plan drew opposition from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. George Meyer, executive director, said his organization is asking that action on the changes be delayed because he said the agency did not consult outside experts on proposed additions to the list.”

So George Meyer apparently thinks that all changes must go through his deceptively named hunting group group and their “experts?” That is the understanding that I get from this statement. We all saw the results of the actions of his so called outside “experts” in the recently passed wolf kill bill, SB 411.

Then there is this gem in the article from Kurt Thiede, the DNR’s lands division administrator:

“As for the species proposed for delisting, studies have shown most of their populations either stable or in some cases already gone from the state, Thiede said. The Bewick’s wren, for example, has not been observed breeding in Wisconsin or neighboring states for more than 40 years. Removing such species from the list, according to the DNR plan, will lessen the impact of such regulation on business.”

Again their true colors show. We wouldn’t want anything to get in the way those businesses, would we? Just like the recently passed wetland destruction bill passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Walker. Of course the funny thing is that George Meyer’s group opposed that bill. I wonder why? I am sure that it was out of concern for all of the species that would be impacted by development on the wetlands (sarcasm off). No, it is far more likely that they opposed it because it would destroy their killing grounds and they would have to blow birds out of the sky elsewhere.

The true agendas of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and the Wisconsin DNR have shown their face once again. It is time to fight back against these self-serving groups and the political hacks that control our wildlife and wild lands.


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4 responses to “Wisconsin DNR Shows Their True Agenda

  1. Bobette Traul

    March 28, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    What does the Wi. Wildlife Federation have to do with the National Wildlife Federation? Taking in consideration Kathy Stepp and who put her there- we’ll see fewer wet lands . Let Ducks Unlimited stew about this one and the birders. The public will catch on.

  2. rali74

    March 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    They claim to be a state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation. There agenda is the exact opposite of what I have seen from the National Wildlife Federation website. The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation is strictly a hunter/trapper advocacy group that goes out of their way to lobby for the killing of any animal that they can, as we saw with wolves. They also state that their “mission” is to teach hunting and trapping to our youth. If I were a member of the National Wildlife Federation I would seriously question why they are in bed with someone like George Meyer and his group.

  3. Bobette Traul

    March 29, 2012 at 12:09 am

    Thanks, I’m going to call them and threaten to drop my membership.

  4. rali74

    March 29, 2012 at 12:39 am

    I honestly cannot understand how the National Wildlife Federation can be affiliated with a groups whose sole purpose seems to be about hunting and trapping. The front page of the NWF’s site even talks about saving wolves in Canada, while George Meyer is testifying in support of Wisconsin’s wolf kill bill on behalf of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Something is very wrong here. We are inquiring about this as well and have not yet received a satisfactory answer, or any answer for that matter. This is what the WWF has on their site:

    “The Federation’s education focus is on the protection of fish and wildlife and their habitat and in the teaching of skills including hunting, fishing, trapping and other outdoor recreational pursuits. Our efforts are largely focused on youth education.”

    How do you “protect” wildlife when you are an advocate for killing them? There is nothing that I could find that is even remotely similar to this on the National site. Also check out the state groups that are affiliated with the WWF:

    The vast majority are hunting clubs.


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