Wisconsin News Media Continues Trend of Spreading Bear Hounder Propaganda

19 Aug

Here is another article from a Wisconsin newspaper that takes bear hounder and DNR propaganda at face value with little to no research. The article even has the attention grabbing headline of:

Wisconsin wolves cost taxpayers $1.5 million in attacks

Then the article goes on to talk about how $214,794.16 have been paid out for “wolf depredations” in 2012. Of course the author fails to mention that $190,702 of that total was paid out this year for “missing” calves with ZERO evidence that wolves were involved. But that doesn’t stop the author from saying:

“As of June, the DNR had paid animal owners $214,794.16 this year for wolf kills, the most in state history, according to DNR records.”

Wolf kills? Where are the bodies if wolves killed these calves? The DNR has yet to answer that. Apparently our wolves are so vicious that they devour entire calves, bones and all, in one sitting. Then we have the usual whining from a bear hounder who got a nice fat check for $5000 from the DNR when his “beloved” hounds were killed by wolves when he was tormenting bears.

“That puts avid hunters like Andy Hemp, of Neillsville, in an ironic position. He has applied for a wolf permit, and intends to use his hounds. But his story, and $5,000 reimbursement, is being used to argue against the hunt. In 2008, he was hunting black bear near Round Lake in Sawyer County with his treeing hounds. He remembers his dogs barking to indicate they had treed a bear right before they were attacked by wolves.By the time Hemp made his way to the site — less than two minutes — two of his beloved hounds, Betty and Shelby, were dead.”

“A DNR warden confirmed the wolf kill, and Hemp was paid $2,500 each — the maximum — for each of the dead hunting dogs. He defended the program as a price paid to hunters by non-hunters who enjoyed watching the wolf population rebound.”

You read that right. We had to bribe hunters so that wolf populations were allowed to rebound. So much for that “rule of law” that right-wingers claim they care so much about. How have we allowed this? Bear hounders are reviled by many hunters, yet they continue to dictate what can and cannot be “allowed” to live in this state. Who do these sadists think they are? Then we have this:

“Neighboring Minnesota is home to more than 3,000 wolves, the largest population in the Lower 48. Minnesota also instituted a hunt this year, aiming to harvest 400 wolves. They decided against using hounds, which aren’t allowed for bear, either, unlike in Wisconsin.

“There just isn’t the same hound hunting tradition in Minnesota, so it wasn’t as much of an issue,” said Chris Niskanen, spokesman for the Minnesota DNR.

Wisconsin will become the only state in the nation to allow the use of hunting hounds for wolves if the challenge fails.”

Should we be proud of this “tradition?” A handful of sadists in this state, a tiny fraction even among hunters, torture wildlife with dogs and suddenly it is a state “tradition?” A decade ago bear hounding was on the verge of being outlawed because of trespassing issues and now suddenly these people run the state? What happened? All ethical hunters, non-hunters, and anti-hunters alike need to purge this bear hounder influence from our state government and DNR. This does’t mean that we must agree on every issue, but the time has come to call out these sadists for what they really are.


Posted by on August 19, 2012 in Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves


9 responses to “Wisconsin News Media Continues Trend of Spreading Bear Hounder Propaganda

  1. Melissa Smith

    August 19, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    Wow, total BS. How much do deer cost WI farmers and insurance companies? These depredations account for how many hound dogs that just couldn’t perform and run through depredations zones on purpose, according to a bear hunter I know who states it’s common practice?

  2. Bobette Traul

    August 20, 2012 at 1:35 am

    Why isn’t the Tea Party screaming about the $2,500 paid to each dog. That’s the waste of money. Any dog killed is the hounder’s fault. Then they whine about their pets being hurt. That’s animal abuse and they should be sitting in jail.

    • Melissa Smith

      August 20, 2012 at 8:40 am

      LOVE IT Bobette. Because the tea party loves spending money, they just don’t know it. If that money is used to stop abortion, fill jails, deregulate EPA protections, kill animals or start wars, no problem. Just don’t spend the money on saving a wolf or some poor black kids, and they are fine with spending. These idiots have always been the bigger spenders because they are reactionary instead of prevention. “why should I have to change anything I’m doing for the good of the world”

      Also, while there may be a few exceptions to my “pet” theory, I know of ONE bear hound that lives indoors with it’s family. The rest are destined to live on chains or kennels, unless it’s time to kill shit of course.

  3. m. mixson

    August 20, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Solution is simple. When insurance companies pay for damages. Evidence must be shown. Bodies of animals supposed killed by wolves should be seen by eyes. Free money is paid for killing of hunting dogs, which should not be used by hunters.
    Older hunting dogs may be sent to their death to collect. Prove to me this is not a hunter’s scam and DNR is to be blamed. Hunting should be…one man, one gun against one animal. Has always been the game. Money mongers and cowards hunt with dogs.

  4. Florence Eaise

    August 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    I hate all hunting but i feel that hunting with dogs and hunting in general is antiquated at best there was once a time when people had to hunt for food and such but those times are long gone and now its just a blood “sport” ( ihate calling hunting a sport) and done for the shear enjoyment of killing! HUNTERS ARE COWARDS! Also i dont see how its even humane to use dogs to hunt wolves or any animal as a wolf would shred a dog a rightfully so when its survival, but my question is this, if a grown man is afraid to get to close to the animal they are hunting why is it ok to send a dog in? Like i said HUNTERS ARE COWARDS!!!!

    • Diane

      August 20, 2012 at 6:13 pm

      Florence, I totally agree.

  5. Bobette Traul

    August 21, 2012 at 1:02 am

    You know, bear hounders can’t kill the 5,000 bear hunt coming up with wolves getting in the way. So, eliminate the wolves. Deer hunters need to understand that they are going to be thrown in the mix and hated.

  6. Diane

    August 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Yes, & eliminate the wolves so elk can be re-introduced to the state. Then eliminate deer so they can’t spread disease to the elk Where does it all end?


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