The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released results from an online survey requesting comments on their proposed wolf killing season. 80% of the respondents were not in favor of the idea that there would be a wolf hunting season in Minnesota. Of course all of this is for nothing because as in Wisconsin, Minnesota’s legislature passed a bill allowing for a wolf killing season. This bill was signed by their Democratic Governor Mark Dayton. As Wisconsin’s wolf kill bill showed hatred of wolves is a bi-partisan endeavor. While anti-wolf factions complain about the survey results because they don’t match their views, I find it to be quite encouraging that so many people spoke out on behalf of wolves. Wisconsin recently closed a similar online survey and I would bet that the results would be similar.
Surveys have shown time and time again that while a vast majority of Americans support sustenance hunting, there is strong opposition to trapping, trophy hunting, sport hunting, hounding, and other barbaric pursuits. The same surveys have also shown strong national opposition to the killing of keystone predators such as wolves and bears. In reality what does this all mean? The anti-wolf state governments of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, and especially Wisconsin have shown that the only opinions that matters to them is that of the hunting groups, big agriculture, and other anti-wolf special interests. No matter how much public opinion is against the hunting and trapping of wolves the legislatures and fish and game departments of those states will always side with those who wish to kill and exploit our wildlife. These agencies even ignore or shut out their own biologists if they dare to question the lack of science in their killing plans. So much for democracy.
Then there are the comments from the anti-enviornment Wisconsin DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp:
“Our proposal must satisfy the legislative directive; must be conservative enough to protect wolves — which only this year were removed from the federal Endangered Species List in Wisconsin and our neighboring states; must respect the reverence Native American Tribes have for wolves; must meet the expectations of hunters and the needs of farmers, who have been suffering from long unchecked wolf depredation on their livestock; and the season must be logical and balanced for the general population which often sees wolves as symbolic of the wild and healthy ecosystems they value.”
Really? Where is the “logic and balance” in this whole fiasco? Meet the “needs” of hunters? Give me a break! Then there is this lip service from Stepp:
“What we learn from early seasons – and more importantly, what we learn from you, the public, about your expectations for that season – will inform our decisions,” Stepp said. “There are many, often passionate, interests in setting a wolf hunting season in Wisconsin. We ask that you work with us and consider those diverse interests and expectations to help us arrive at a season we can all be comfortable with. We want to get this right. We have to.”
Who do they want to be comfortable? They want to kill 1/3 of the wolf population in the first year using packs of vicious dogs, night hunting, trapping, baiting, and electronic calls for almost five months. If they really cared what “the public” felt none of this would have ever been proposed. Then comes this:
“Our proposed first-season harvest goal is admittedly conservative,” she said. “Why? We manage natural resources based on science and data. We have no experience yet in Wisconsin with a wolf-hunting season. Other states also have limited experience and therefore limited counsel.
Scott Suder and the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, who wrote the bill, cared about science? Right. Only in Wisconsin would killing 1/3 of a population be considered “conservative.” Cathy Stepp and her puppet masters care nothing for our opinions. They only cater to the most extreme elements of the right wing anti-enviornment and anti-predator crowd. Because of this I reiterate my call for a boycott of Wisconsin products and tourism. Please spread this far and wide. We need the rest of the nation to know what Wisconsin is doing and how they have essentially legalized dog fighting and authorized the beginning of a second eradication of the gray wolf from our state.