**UPDATE** I neglected to mention that one of the authors of this article had emailed me a couple of weeks ago this is what was said:
My name is Todd Richmond. I’m a reporter with The Associated Press in Madison, Wis. I’m working on a story previewing the opening of wolf season in Wisconsin and Minnesota and was hoping to chat with you about Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic’s stance on the hunts. My number is 608——- Thanks.
Patricia had an appointment set up with Mr. Richmond to call us for a comment. The phone call never came. Apparently the view of the killers is more important than the view of the vast numbers of people against the upcoming slaughter. Were they afraid that we would actually say something negative in their fluff piece about trophy killers?
Today an article from the Associated Press showed up giving a fluffy picture of the true motivations behind the trophy/revenge “hunts” in Wisconsin and Minnesota. The article starts out with this absurd statement straight out of Little Red Riding Hood:
“For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures, eyeing up Fido or Bessie. The tables are about to turn: Both states plan to launch their first organized wolf hunts in the coming weeks.”
Wow. Start right out telling everyone that this is a revenge hunt based on irrational fears. Then we have these quotes from from the very people who try to convince everyone that they are “conservationists.”
Joe Caputo, 50, of Spring Green, Wis., won a permit in his state. A life-long deer hunter, he’s jumping into the wolf hunt full-bore, boning up on wolves, preparing to drop more than $3,000 on two dozen new wolf traps and seeking out northern Wisconsin landowners who have suffered wolf depredation.
“This is the ultimate challenge,” Caputo said. “You’re talking the largest-scale predator on the landscape. It’s probably going to be a once in a life-time experience.”
Apparently this idiot doesn’t realize that black bears are Wisconsin’s largest “scale” predator. Then we have this “female” trophy hunter chiming in:
Beverly Kiger, a Grand Rapids, Minn.-based trophy hunter who has bagged a wildebeest and an impala in South Africa, bought her wolf permit the same day she discovered she’d won one. She wants to add a full-size wolf mount to her collection. She plans to start scouting for wolf signs, perhaps around her cabin in far northeastern Minnesota
“To get a (wolf) as a trophy would be awesome,” she said.
Any more needed to figure out the true motivations of these sadists?
Mark Dahms, 54, of Waukesha, Wis., entered that state’s lottery with three friends. He was the only one who won a permit. He’s taking off time from his job as an electrician and plans on employing a newly purchased electronic call that can produce 400 sounds mimicking wolves and distressed animals.
“First time in modern-day history is why I entered,” he said. “The big thing is (getting) the hide.”
“The big thing is getting the hide.” Correct me if I am wrong, but where is the “conservation” or “fair chase” in any of these comments? Electronic calls, traps, trophy killing. That sure sounds like “fair chase” to me. Then we have the usual “they are everywhere” comments. funny how wannabe wolf killers are the only ones who ever even claim to see a wolf.
“They’re all over the place,” said Wisconsin permit winner Donald Bohr, 57, of Wausau. “We had them right in our garden here a couple of years ago, three wolves surrounding our dog. Wasn’t 40 yards from the house. You’ll hear that story more than once (from other landowners). There’s a lot more of them out there than everybody says.”
Am I the only one who calls BS on this claim? Isn’t it convenient that the national media is becoming the cheerleader for the upcoming wolf slaughters in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Other than a small blurb about the lawsuit against the hounders, the article is all fluffy talk about “bagging” a wolf for a trophy. What the hell is wrong with this society? Apparently animal fighting, the torture of trapping, and the lack of “fair chase” in trapping and baiting are perfectly acceptable to the national media. At least they got one thing right; this is indeed nothing more than a trophy/revenge hunt. They made that point very clear in their first paragraph. So where are the opposing viewpoints?