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Patricia’s Latest Column Unedited

03 Mar

From Patricia:

A few important parts were edited out:

The former hounder also told me that hounders trap as many raccoon babies as they can in the spring ( often over a hundred ) and take them out in the middle of an open field where they have no chance of reaching a tree. There the dogs are loosed on them to kill them. “ Dogs have to be taught to hate the raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and bears to be effective.” and also edited out ( in the attached full version)

Legalized hounding of coyotes year-round, day and night, means that wolves will be hounded whether it is legal or not. It gives libertarian pass to run dogs, killing all wildlife, everywhere, all the time. Former chair Clausen said, “When hounders reach private property, they have a choice – trespass or shoot from the road. There is no way to police that.” He told a bear hunter: “ I am a veterinarian. I have seen what damage is done when bears encounter dogs. Wolves will be no different.”

 

“The Queen had only one way of settling difficulties, great or small.  Off with his head!” ~ Alice In Wonderland

Attending the Natural Resources Board meetings always gives me the sense of falling down the rabbit hole, into the bowels of the DNR, landing in an upside-down alternate universe.  Tuesday, February 26 did not disappoint.  It is a place where torture, murder and mayhem are calmly hashed over and expanded as if that were the mission (http://dnr.wi.gov/about/mission.html) of the state agency.

Dog-fighting with wolves was being promoted as an agenda, with lawyers for the bear hounders telling the board how to proceed.  DNR’s Kurt Thiede spoke of “carcass data”, and “reasonable and enforceable permanent rules”.  In spite of heated controversy, Cathy Stepp ended the session with “There will be a wolf hunt with dogs, this year.”

However, citizens have one opportunity to vote against all use of dogs on wolves, Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in every county at the 80th annual DNR election (http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html).  There, all citizens can elect two delegates to represent you and wildlife.  This is your only citizen-elected advisory to the legislature, DNR and board governing our public lands.

Professor Emeritus Hochtritt, UW Oshkosh, testified that politicians who authorized these atrocities should be thrown out of office.  “If you don’t know how many wolves moved in and out of the state, were born, died, and were killed, you know nothing.  This is dog-fighting.  The majority of citizens are totally disenfranchised and you are nothing but a hunt club.”

That theme continued with Alice and Cathy Miller, sisters that are nurses.  They drove 6 hours from the north, and took off two days’ work to attend.  They were given 3 minutes to speak.  Cathy said, “This is animal abuse.  If I had a patient that loosed dogs on other animals, I would put him on 72-hour mental health watch as a danger to society.”  She had read the board member biographies, and turned to Greg Kazmierski, “You are a Walker appointee with a conflict of interest, running a hunting business.”  Preston Cole, new chairman, stopped her from “taking on the board members personally.”  Really?  Who are citizens to hold accountable for this disaster?  She ended with, “ People in wolf country don’t want dogs running everywhere.  War on!”

Alice Miller said “ I am so shamed by this state that I would like to move out – but you are not going to take Wisconsin from me.  I am not leaving.  I am staying to fight you.”

A life-long hounder, now disgusted with the cruelty of it, contacted me ( as media) to reveal that at  least 30% of the bears who have dogs run on them, in four months of “training” (when bears are not supposed to be killed at all) do not make it to the trees.  They are killed on the ground by the dogs. “Most are really young and defenseless.”

Is this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvyfmBfEgzo what you want for Wisconsin?

Coyotes and wolves do not have the option of climbing trees. Pups cannot outrun the dogs. Females, pregnant and about to give birth in March, will be killed.

He also told me that hounders trap as many raccoon babies as they can in the spring ( often over a hundred ) and take them out in the middle of an open field where they have no chance of reaching a tree.  There the dogs are loosed on them to kill them.  “ Dogs have to be taught to hate the raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and bears to be effective.”

Standard equipment on hound hunters’ trucks is a 10 foot heavy wooden pole with a barbed wire twisted roll stapled to the top.  I brought one with me for demonstration.  When a coyote, bear or wolf seeks refuge in a culvert, log, or den, the barbed pole is thrust into the opening, shoved into the animal, and twisted, pushed and twisted, rolling the animal onto the barbed wire.  He is extracted from the den, impaled on the barbed wire, and tossed to the dogs.

They did not deny it.

As I finished my testimony, looking at this impassive corrupted board, I wanted them to feel something.  “ Maybe I should try this on you to extract you from that deep hole you have dug for yourselves.”  Metaphor is too subtle for this crew.  This was construed as “intimidation” so Preston Cole spewed, “Off with her head” (metaphorically).  I was escorted out, but not arrested.

Legalized hounding of coyotes year-round, day and night, means that wolves will be hounded whether it is legal or not.  It gives libertarian pass to run dogs, killing all wildlife, everywhere, all the time.  Former chair Clausen said, “When hounders reach private property, they have a choice – trespass or shoot from the road.  There is no way to police that.”  He told a bear hunter:  “ I am a veterinarian.  I have seen what damage is done when bears encounter dogs.  Wolves will be no different.”

I picture Wisconsin with the DNR playing Mad Hatter (mercury drove him mad), sitting at the head of the Wisconsin table laid out as a mining/dog-fighting pit, sipping bloody marys.  They are hurling our wolves, coyotes, bobcats, bears and wildlife to the dogs, while the wardens play croquet with dead sandhill cranes.

All the while, singing “Off with their heads.”

 

The TRUE WOLF movie will be shown at the Barrymore on Atwood, March 13.  A panel discussion and audience interaction will be held afterward.

You can sign the Center for Biological Diversity petition to protect wolves in the remaining 45 states here: http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501 

Photo by Dan Newcomb Photography

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or www.wiwildlifeethic.org

 
 

3 responses to “Patricia’s Latest Column Unedited

  1. Daniele Halle

    March 3, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    This is not the way to get rid of babies raccoon, this is appalling

     
  2. theanimalspirits

    March 3, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    We shared a link to this post on our facebook page, asking others to read, sign petition, share and understand the cruel and apathetic attitudes and behaviors our sentient, wildlife must suffer. I signed the petition and have asked others to sign. Please be encouraged to stay active. I know that you are making a difference. Many Blessings! ~Gerean Pflug for “The Animal Spirits”

    Link to post: http://www.facebook.com/TheAnimalSpirits

     
    • rali74

      March 3, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you for sharing this. We are going to go on a blitz the next few weeks to get the word out and hopefully get national media attention on this. This is state sanctioned animal fighting and I don’t think tourists planning to spend money here want to give their money to such a sadistic state.

       

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