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:
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.