Not only does Scott Walker want to destroy the Wisconsin wolf population, last fall he also hired a Texas canned hunting proponent who called public lands “socialism” and equated National Parks to “Wildlife Ghettos.” These are the words of the so-called “Deer Czar,” James Kroll, that Scott Walker hired for $120,000 to come up with a review of Wisconsin’s deer ‘management” system. This is what the Texas canned hunt operator said in a recent interview:
“Game Management,” says James Kroll, driving to his high-fenced, two-hundred-acre spread near Nacogdoches, “is the last bastion of communism.” Kroll, also known as Dr. Deer, is the director of the Forestry Resources Institute of Texas at Stephen F. Austin State University, and the “management” he is referring to is the sort practiced by the State of Texas. The 55-year-old Kroll is the leading light in the field of private deer management as a means to add value to the land. His belief is so absolute that some detractors refer to him as Dr. Dough, implying that his eye is on the bottom line more than on the natural world.
Kroll, who has been the foremost proponent of deer ranching in Texas for more than thirty years, doesn’t mind the controversy and certainly doesn’t fade in the heat. People who call for more public lands are “cocktail conservationists,” he says, who are really pining for socialism. He calls national parks “wildlife ghettos” and flatly accuses the government of gross mismanagement. He argues that his relatively tiny acreage, marked by eight-foot fences and posted signs warning off would-be poachers, is a better model for keeping what’s natural natural while making money off the land.”
So this guy was hired for $120,000 to determine the future of deer “management” in Wisconsin? A canned hunting proponent and practitioner? The views of this man were very well-known long before Scott Walker hired him for this “study.” It is rare that I am in agreement with hunters on anything concerning wildlife “management” but this should very much be a cause for concern. This is just another example of Walker and his wildlife hating DNR appointees putting the wealthy ahead of the average citizen. If Scott Walker wins the upcoming recall I will be the first to laugh at all of the “sportsmen” who threw their support behind him when they realize that Walker and “Dr. Deer” intend to turn Wisconsin into a giant “canned hunting” ranch where only the wealthy will be able to shoot deer. Based on Kroll’s recommendations and lobbying, Texas is now basically a giant canned hunting enterprise. Does anyone think that this guy will not recommend the same thing for Wisconsin?
Of course Kroll is also jumping on the bandwagon and blaming wolves and other predators for the falsely perceived “decline” in the state’s 1.4 million deer herd. This guy is bad news for both hunters and living wildlife advocates. By voting for Scott Walker Wisconsin citizens are by proxy endorsing a guy that calls our public lands “socialism,” “communism,” and “wildlife ghettos.” Hasn’t Walker already done enough damage to the environment in our state? If he survives the recall do not be surprised if public lands are the next thing he targets. All Walker supporters should think about that.
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