AP Article Shows True Motivations of Would Be Wolf Killers

10 Oct

**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?

First wolf hunts set for Minnesota, Wisconsin


Posted by on October 10, 2012 in Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves


14 responses to “AP Article Shows True Motivations of Would Be Wolf Killers

  1. Suzanne Dunham

    October 10, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    These people don’t have a shred of humanity in them. Kill, kill, kill! What’s next?????

    • Pete Braun

      October 13, 2012 at 11:01 pm

      Said people are the ones who should be killed in large numbers.

  2. terri minnck

    October 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Just saw on the evening news , along with some great wolf photos, how hunters are “gearing up” for Wisconsin’s first ever wolf hunt. Nothing said about all the citizens and organizations that are sickend by this and NEVER wanted it at all !

    • rali74

      October 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      It is just like everything else in the media. Most newspapers have “outdoors” pages where sadists like Patrick Durkin and his ilk can write articles about blowing away bunnies or hounding wildlife, but if you dare say something to the contrary, you are a “whack job, or “tree hugger.” Maybe these fluff pieces should show what these sadists really do to trapped animals or the videos where hounders let their dogs rip apart a wounded bear or coyote.

  3. Rita k. Sharpe

    October 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    They are not hunters.They are little boys,if you can call them that, with their toys. It’s just another game with instant gradificaton,but the victims are living breathing creatues.They don’t need to work at anything for some gadget,does it for them and no real effort needed.They have a hunger that is never satisfied,feeding their ego.

  4. Rita k. Sharpe

    October 10, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Bunch of Bambi killers.

  5. Tracker

    October 10, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    I was interviewed for an hour by this reporter, countering these statements, yet he did not use any of them. When I talked about the use of dogs, he acted as though he didn’t believe me and I sent him the youtube videos, yet he didn’t make any mention of them. Very upsetting that this article is so one sided.

    • rali74

      October 10, 2012 at 9:16 pm

      Talk about slanted journalism. I am surprised that they didn’t call us “tree huggers” or “animal rights whackos” in the article. So they searched out the trophy killing sadists and bragged them up but completely ignored those against the slaughter, even after interviewing some of us? Shameful.

  6. Travis

    October 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    So let’s take a closer look at this “unbiased” article. Within the first few lines we read:
    “eerie howls”…..”lurking”……”eyeing up Fido”.
    With friends like this author….what wolf needs enemies?! He definitely took the easy way out on this one.

    • rali74

      October 10, 2012 at 9:18 pm

      This article really pissed me off. We were supposed to be interviewed for by the author and he never called us on the day of our appointment. This is nothing more than a fluff piece for hunting groups and those who continue to demonize wolves. The AP should be ashamed for even publishing this one sided sham of an article.

  7. della munnich

    October 10, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    Pretty ignorant, the info regarding our wolves. Education seems to be lacking.

  8. Raven Catherine Feher

    October 10, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    The Left Hand of God will ensure that those who deal death will receive death. Thoise who kill and torture for bloodsport will suffer and when they die, they will burn forever. Meanwhile, we must relist wolves and stop this killing and stand by and protect the Endangered Species Act. Also, stand with the tribes who oppose slaughter of sacred animals–for all our relations.

  9. Bobette Traul

    October 11, 2012 at 12:35 am

    I agree with you Raven. We all have free will,but in the end we will be judged on our actions.Letters to the editor is the best rebuff ever.

  10. Rhiannon Gomez

    October 12, 2012 at 3:31 am

    I am soooo against this wolf hunt and all animal abuse. It baffles me the number of individuals that believe that killing and torturing animals is okay. What is this world coming to? I have been trying to make a positive change for the animals by talking to people and getting the word out there. What is most hurtful and frustrating to me is after you tell some people what is going on and they still don’t care. HOW CAN THEY NOT CARE!!! At this point all I can hope for is that the killers and abusers of animals get on the Karma train and it crashes. I usually don’t take such a hard stance, but at this point I just don’t care what happens to these people. (Even considering them as human beings is giving them too much credit.)


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