I had a nagging feeling that it was too good to be true that hounders would be banned from using dogs against wolves for long. Yesterday the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board voted 6 to 1 not to allow the DNR to develop “emergency” rules that would allow hounders to use their dogs against wolves this fall and winter. On the surface this seem like great news. Then came the reality that the NRB only used this hearing as a ruse in the hopes that Judge Anderson would buy into the fluffy hounder testimony and overturn the temporary injunction that he placed on the use of dogs against wolves. Then they gave approval for the DNR to start crafting “permanent” rules for allowing dogs to go after wolves and be “trained” to do so. The arrogance of the DNR and NRB is truly astounding. They now think that because some bear hounder shills testified before them and they let a few wildlife advocates talk, all is good and the hounders should be able to commence their legalized dog fighting. They really believe that Judge Anderson must be a total idiot and not see through their ruse.
Really? Who are these hounders and their benefactors trying to fool? As usual they talk out of both sides of their mouths. They whine that wolves have killed hundreds of their dogs, then they testify that there is no risk of wolves and dogs fighting? If that is the case then why has the State of Wisconsin paid out almost $500,000 for bear hounder dogs killed or injured by wolves? Enough of this garbage. It is time that the DNR be held accountable. These hounder sadists can talk all that they want about how their dogs will not “engage” but everyone knows that is a bunch of crap. We have all seen the videos of hounders standing around while their “beloved” dogs rip a wounded bear cub to shreds. We have also seen the videos of their dogs “engaging” coyotes. Do these people really believe that their four legged weapons will not “engage” wolves too? Just read the testimony of the hounders in this article:
“Advocates of the dog hunt, most of them experienced hunters who hunt bear with dogs, said there is always some risk when hunting with dogs whether the game is bear or pheasant or ducks.
“In real life you’re taking that chance every time the leash leaves your hand,” said Kendal Durham of Neillsville.
But Durham and the other hunters said their dogs are valuable, highly trained animals that a hunter would never put at unnecessary risk.
Supporters of the dog hunt outlined how the hunts would take place and how they would minimize the risks to dogs.
For example, Gregg Brzezinski of Allenton said hunters would be careful to put their dogs on a single wolf track to minimize the chance of the dog encountering a pack.
“It’s taking the least amount of risk and the best chance of success,” Brzezinski said.
“We have too much training into our dogs to take those risks.”
Durham said his dogs have encountered and followed single wolves while bear hunting, and “I’ve never had any bloodshed.”
So let me get this straight. These hounders let their dogs run rampant through the woods with nothing more than a GPS collar and he knows what they do when they encounter a wolf? Really? And how the hell would they know if they are trailing a “single” wolf? What happens when the hounders dogs trail that “single” wolf right to a pack rendezvous area? Are they just going to wag tails and sniff each other? This is the same fluffy garbage that we have been hearing from hounders since this whole fiasco started. If the hounders really believe that their will be no dog/wolf fights then they should have their shill, Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC) remove all hounder compensation from the wolf kill bill. I mean if wolves and dogs don’t fight then why are we paying out $2,500 time and time again for bear hounder dogs being allegedly killed by wolves? Are the hounders admitting that all of the incidents and subsequent reimbursements were scams that didn’t really happen?
I am furious and enough is enough. How many more lies and manipulation do we have to take from the hounders and their enablers in the DNR and NRB? This garbage of hounding being a “tradition” in Wisconsin needs to go away fast like other rural traditions. Slavery, witch burning, and public executions come to mind as the “traditions” that hounding needs to join as being bad memories from the past. It gets real old hearing many rural Americans fall back on the tired “tradition” argument each time they want to justify their abhorrent behavior. There is no place in a supposedly civilized society for sick and sadistic behavior like hounding and other forms of animal fighting. Is this really what Wisconsin wants to be known for?
Now is not the time to let up the pressure on the DNR and NRB. We must increase that pressure and educate more and more people as to what is really happening in this state. Every chance I get I tell friends, family, and co-workers about Wisconsin’s war on wildlife and they are appalled that this has been happening right under their noses for so long. They cannot believe that Wisconsin has legalized animal fighting and actively promotes it. This sadism used to be confined to rural enclaves and hidden from the rest of society. Now thanks to the extremist hunting groups and their enablers in the Legislature we are now seeing what these people and their behaviors are all about. Please do not let up on these sadists. Tell everyone you know what is really going on in this state.