Here is a list of articles about the Conservation Congress meetings from last night with some notable quotes:
From the Portage Daily Register:
“Doug Williams, a Columbia County delegate on the Conservation Congress, said that if a Sandhill Crane hunting season was created that it would not be the end of Sandhill Cranes or would put an end to crop damage for local farmers.”
“It’s going to be regulated like you can’t believe,” Williams said. “As it should be. You don’t want the population to go down to five, but you can’t have it get to 5 million, either.”
So this guy expects the population to go from 15,000 to 5,000,000 if the hunters don’t save the day?
From the Wausau Daily Herald:
“Jim Goheen of the town of Norrie, a retired aquatic biologist, also opposes the hunt. Farmers can protect their corn by using a coating that stops the birds from eating it, Goheen said. Besides, Goheen said, “we’ve got enough things to hunt.”
Others disagreed. One hunt supporter said the birds create too much damage and Wisconsin should follow the example of 22 other states that allow cranes to be hunted.
“Cranes are a renewable resource,” said Mike Brust of the town of Stettin.
“So are robins,” answered Goheen.”
I find it amazing how living beings are only “resources” in the mind of people like this guy. Mr. Goheen better not speak too loud or next they will want to have a robin hunting season.
From the Appleton Post Crescent:
Don Ebelt, of Appleton, said he wouldn’t hunt the cranes if it were made legal, but said it is a management issue and should be allowed.
“Bird lovers raised the same stink with the dove hunt, but we’ve had that season with no problem. It can be controlled,” Ebelt said. “You head out to Navarino or Shiocton and the cranes are everywhere. They’re very pretty birds but there are too many.”
We are still raising a stink about you and your ilk killing mourning doves for no reason. The only reason people like this say there are “too many” is because that is what their hunting group propaganda tells them to say. What is this state’s obsession with killing animals? Each year they want to kill more, more, and more. We need to stand up and speak out against this wanton slaughter of our wildlife.