Dnr New Landscaping: dead coyotes hanging from trees; mutilated wildlife in traps as state park ground-cover
“It is shocking to me that a professional, government department could be allowed to use such obvious trickery to deceive the public that came to be clear about what they are for and against.” ~ Ingrid Hanson, first time attending DNR election
After papering Dane county bulletin boards with 100 Wildlife Ethic posters, advertising the 79th annual DNR/Conservation Congress Elections and Vote, I came home to a heart-breaking email. The Boscabel Dial had published pictures of a tree in southwestern Wisconsin hung with 12-15 dead coyotes, and a hand-written sign at the base, saying “BAD COYOTE”. (http://www.pearltrees.com/#/N-f=1_7900911&N-fa=5325757&N-p=75233552&N-play=2&N-s=1_7900911&N-u=1_672789).
The DNR is recruiting kids to destroy life for fun. So it is not surprising to see this kind of “prank”. Expect more strewn bodies mangled in traps decorating our state parks this month. Where are the scientists? April is prime birthing season. Don’t they want some yearlings to mutilate next year? State park visitors: be good and stay on the trails. Don’t look right or left and keep apathy and denial in your survival kit, while you pull your kids back from the screaming. Boycott the parks or experience Trapping 101.
Coyotes are toast because Monday’s vote rationalizes killing them through the 9-day deer hunt. Killed night and day year-round, they had been spared during the traditional deer hunt to protect wolves. Both species need the protection more than ever when 600,000 enthusiasts are driving deer toward each other shoulder to shoulder. No place to run. But the hunters want to kill every coyote and (oops, a wolf) predator in their path while it is convenient.
As one voter wrote, “I found Monday’s meeting frustrating and that I was being manipulated. In many cases my only choice was to answer ‘YES’ to things I was totally against, yet making it look like I am for this but merely want some rules to be in place….clearly I don’t want dogs chasing wolves at all. Even question 68 was was written in a counter intuitive manner forcing you to answer yes, when intuitively you would want to answer ‘NO’ to a wolf hunt by dogs.“
Despite that planned confusion, people voted for legislation against the use of dogs on wolves, 2631 to 2494.
The vote ( 2922 to 1922 ) supported expanding hunting and trapping in our state parks, but even voting against 7 months made it seem one was voting for two months.
Call your senators to support senate bill SB 17 (https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2013/related/proposals/sb17 ) which removes hunting and trapping from state parks.
Other key results expanded hunting and trapping the rare bobcat statewide, killing feral pigs statewide with any license, and weasel traps checked every four days instead of daily. (http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/Documents/spring_hearing/2013/2013_StatewideResults.pdf)
Most votes liberalized killing: the use of rifles statewide in deer kill, expanded youth hunting, increased dove and pheasant hunting, and using high powered lights to confuse animals at night with intent to kill.
The questions are narrowly framed. Do you want to kill this way or that way, more or more than that? When citizens want to vote against killing altogether. Against running dogs. Against trapping. Against shining, torturing, and shaming our state in this killing spree. There were irregularities. A friend left three ballots for the second election with a DNR official while filling out questionnaires with his sons. Leaving fifteen minutes later, they noticed the ballots still sitting on the table, not submitted. The hunters tally the election and votes.
Dane county (http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/Documents/spring_hearing/2013/2013_CountyResults.pdf) and a few other counties made more life-tolerant, ecologically balanced decisions. Bayfield county elected a Northlands professor. Melissa Smith, wolf advocate was elected in Dane. Barb Eisenberg, Green Party biologist, who had served 2005-2008 on the Congress, was re-elected to the three-year term in Milwaukee county.
Melanie Weberg emailed that “two sane, common sense advocates for the environment, Paul Kuhlmann and Brook Waalen, were elected in Polk. “ She just moved from Minnesota and said, “ I could tell from the nasty table of hounders, trappers and hunters that they weren’t happy at all. It was quite an eye opener for me.” As she testified, “The nasties’ failed candidate (a big buffoon/yes boy) tried intimidating me, as when I looked up he wanted to lock eyes with me, and if looks could kill I would be dead.”
Elizabeth Huntley-Roberts, a cop, attended in Kenosha and ran for election wearing her Howling for Wolves T-shirt. She emailed, “I’ve never seen so much Camo in my life (not to mention the pick-up trucks parked in the lot)! No one can intimidate me, especially men in Camo…REALLY?” She went on, “My experience was that I had walked into the enemy’s camp, with a smile on my face, and a good speech.” After giving her speech, she was asked in a very hostile manner whether she is a member of Peta, and had she ever seen a pet dog torn apart by a wolf.
As Earth Day approaches, the words of Gaylord Nelson ring poignant: “Our goal is not just an environment of clean air and water and scenic beauty. The objective is an environment of decency, quality and mutual respect for all other human beings and all living creatures.”
Carl Landsness, attending on a lark, said, “I’m wondering if this life-killing, soul-killing behavior is why I’m back in my Madtown roots…to find and facilitate better ways of working with each other and nature…before we destroy a reason to live.”
Dan Newcomb Photography (http://www.flickr.com/photos/9453805@N07/7201358234/sizes/m/in/set-72157609007003002/