As usual, pro-killing rabbit assassin and “outdoors” writer, Patrick Durkin, has to weigh in on the pro-killing side of Wisconsin’s upcoming wolf slaughter. As expected, he sees absolutely nothing wrong with running packs of vicious dogs on wolves, night hunting, trapping, or baiting a species that began the year on the endangered species list. What a surprise! Here are some quotes from the article:
“Yes, Wisconsin will be the only state to allow hounds for hunting wolves, but how many states allow wolf hunting, period? So far, just Idaho and Montana. So how can we know with certainty that running wolves with hounds inevitably ends in fights? We don’t even know how many houndsmen will actually hunt wolves.
In talking to houndsmen whose dogs chased wolves during past bear seasons, wolves can ditch dogs, and be bayed much as bears, bobcats, cougars and raccoons can be treed. Some folks object to those practices already. So be it, but why is pursuing wolves with hounds worse than turning beagles loose on rabbits, Labradors on ducks or springer spaniels on ruffed grouse?”
It’s not “worse” than letting dogs go after any other animal. Any form of hounding is a brutal and barbaric practice only done by the most sadistic of the hunting community. Those who approve of it are not much better. Apparently Durkin thinks that hounding is just a harmless Wisconsin “tradition” just as the other pro-killing apologists do. Then Durkin goes on to defend night hunting, bait, and leg hold traps:
For their part, upland hunters worry that leg-hold traps set for wolves will catch bird dogs once wolf season opens. They suggest waiting until December to trap wolves. True, traps could catch someone’s Lab, but dogs are more likely to lose themselves in the vast North Woods, just as they’ve always done.
Further, leg-hold traps are just that: leg holds. The dog’s owner can remove them, and they seldom cause real damage. The DNR has used leg-hold traps for years to catch and tag wolves for research. Besides, wolf pelts are thicker and more valuable in December and January, so it’s possible most trappers will wait until then to pursue wolves.
Still others think it’s unsafe to hunt wolves at night. If such concerns are valid, why don’t we have widespread heartburn with hunting coyotes and raccoons at night? It’s been legal for years.
Others fear bait will habituate wolves to humans and make them more troublesome. But the law is written so only scents and foods legal for bear and deer baiting can be used for wolves. With all the bear and deer baiting and feeding in the North Woods the past 25 years, why would wolves only now associate humans with free food?
That’s right, Mr. Durkin. Justify every disgusting element of this plan and blow off each and every concern that people have. Scott Suder, the bear hounders, and the DNR can do no wrong, right? Do people like this guy ever not support any killing endeavor no matter how extreme? Please leave your comments after the article.