Today, the Wisconsin DNR set their wolf kill quota at 201 for the upcoming kill season. This number is approximately 25 percent of the estimated wolf population in Wisconsin which is believed to be over 800. Of course killing 1/4 of the wolf population just isn’t enough for George Meyer of the kill everything hunting group the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Meyer is already whining that not enough wolves will be slaughtered to appease his clientele. From a highly biased Associated Press article:
“Hunters would be allowed to kill nearly a quarter of Wisconsin’s wolves this winter under rules the state Department of Natural Resources proposed Tuesday, sparking a debate over whether the hunt will make any dent in the state’s burgeoning wolf population.
The DNR estimates between 815 and 880 wolves roam the state. Complaints about attacks on farm animals have been on the uptick in recent years and department officials want to scale the population back to 350 wolves. Grumbling already has begun over whether the quota is too low to have any effect this year.
“They’re being overly conservative in my judgment,” said George Meyer, executive director of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and a former DNR secretary. “You may not even reduce the population for next year. I’m not disagreeing with the idea of being cautious. (But) this is getting to be ultra-cautious.”
Killing 200 wolves, 1/4 of the population is being “cautious?” Apparently in this guy’s kill everything world it is. Notice that no mention is made about how the vast majority of “attacks” on farm animals were actually “missing” calf reports with ZERO evidence that wolves were involved. “Burgeoning” wolf population? The population is only a tiny amount over what it was estimated at last year and it is “burgeoning?”
Then we have everyones favorite ALEC water boy and bear hounder shill, Rep. Scott Suder saying this:
State Assembly Majority Leader Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, helped write the hunt legislation. He’s not happy about the low quota or the possibility of the tribes reducing it even further for non-tribal hunters. He said DNR officials have told him they want to avoid lawsuits from animal rights groups.
“We’re going to push the DNR to raise the number in future seasons,” Suder said. “Right now, we just want to get a successful first harvest season under our belt.”
Notice how anytime there is opposition to what kill everything types like Meyer and Suder propose they are labeled “animal rights” people or groups by the media. You don’t have to be an animal “rights” person to be concerned about wildlife. Wildlife advocates get accused all the time of lumping all hunters together under one umbrella, yet they have no problem lumping us all together. Notice also how people like Suder never use the word “kill” to describe what they are doing. It is always fluffy words like “harvest” as if the wolf being ripped apart by a dog pack or being gut shot is an ear of corn.
Suder got what he wanted when the legislation that the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and their seven lawyers wrote was rammed through the legislature. The Republican and Republican-Lite Democrats voted for it even though it contained some of the most brutal killing methods imaginable for a species just a couple of months off of the endangered species list. Now this guy is going to “push” the DNR to expand their wholesale slaughter? Wisconsin residents should be ashamed of themselves to be represented by someone like this. His only concerns are forwarding ALEC’s agenda and catering to a small minority of “hunters” in this state. If you care anything about wildlife you will not let this guy do any more damage to the wolves in this state. Contact your legislators and demand that they do not support any further legislation from Suder or his cronies that will lead to even further decimation of the wolf population.
These extremists are going to keep pushing it further and further because they know that the federal government with “Cowboy” Ken Salazar in charge of the Department of the Interior will not do a damn thing about it. Those of us who care about wildlife need to stand up and say “enough is enough.” Since the Europeans landed on this continent wildlife and the native human inhabitants have been in their crosshairs. They still are to this day. And the anti-wolf extremists wonder why we fought so hard to keep wolves on the endangered species list? The very day that the gray wolf was removed from the list Scott Suder immediately introduced the bear hounder written legislation to start slaughtering the population. Keep it up. We can only hope that the pendulum will swing back and the gray wolf will be put back on the endangered species list and never be returned to state control. This will be the only thing that will save this species. Every state thus far that has been given “management” of the wolf have immediately implemented massive killing seasons, except one. These states CANNOT be trusted to “manage” this animal. Idaho has just implemented year round killing of wolves with no quota. Wisconsin wants to eventually kill over 60 percent of the population using packs of dogs, night hunting, baiting, electronic calls, and trapping. Montana is massively expanding their killing season to include trapping and is eliminating quotas. Minnesota wants to kill 400 wolves by hunting and trapping in what they call a “conservative” first season. Wyoming wants to allow wolves to be killed by anyone, at any time, and by any method through most of the state. Michigan, so far, has been the only state avoiding the urge to engage in a massive wolf slaughter.
Maybe one day we will have a president and Interior Secretary who actually care about wolves and other wildlife. I just hope that there will still be wild wolves in these states to protect when that happens.