Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Dead coyotes hung in tree a sign of killing culture

14 Apr



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”. (

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 ( ) 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. (

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 ( 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.”


Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. or

Dan Newcomb Photography (


6 responses to “Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Dead coyotes hung in tree a sign of killing culture

  1. Nancy Keiter

    April 14, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Wow what a twisted bunch of pricks it’s like they don’t want anybody living there except them. Sounds like Hitler is not dead he’s alive and living in Wisconsin and having his soldier’s hanging coyotes from trees . They belong in a gas chamber !!!!

  2. Bobette Traul

    April 14, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Elizabeth should have asked the hunter if he ever saw a pet dog die in a trap and if he belonged to Safari International. Excellent article. I went to the Green County meeting and was treated very nicely and was thanked for attending. And I was a pain in the arse.

  3. Exposing the Big Game

    April 15, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game.

  4. Sandra McGee

    April 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Boy, those pricks or prick that killed those coyotes is an ass. How ever they were murdered, it was by some lazy, heartless, brain dead, fool who has NOT a clue as to how nature works. The white man thinks they own everything. Well, wildlife advocates are getting it together & there will be a day when wildlife will be protected. I just hope it comes sooner then later before ALL of “OUR” wildlife is gone.
    ALL of those idiots up there in Wisconsin ned to be voted out of office.

    • diane

      April 15, 2013 at 8:24 pm

      I hope the murder of these poor creatures & their photo in the newspaper awakens some to the extreme cruelty & disregard for life hunters are capable of. It sickens me; these hunters not only disrespect the living; they disrespect the dead by hanging them in a tree.

  5. Melody Scamman

    April 16, 2013 at 2:22 pm

    Sometimes I think the uninformed must think, ‘Better a coyote than my daughter.’
    Not seeing that it’s only practice for the real thing for these sicko’s that have zero regard for life, human or animal. I know I am preaching to the choir, but maybe you will make this connection from what I say and tell them that it is a known fact that serial killers get their start torturing animals. Then they position themselves to go for the most helpless targets of all… your children. So any chance at all that you have to stop ANY needless slaughter of animals or unfair hunting, trapping, snairing, poisoning of animals, there is a pretty good chance that at least a few psychos won’t get started. It’s like an addiction, once they get started, they have to do more and more to get the same’high’ they get the first time they kill something. So let’s try to educate people to not let there be a first time. Parents, if ‘little Johnny’ is out in the back yard lighting fires in the fire pit and throwing in anything that goes pop ( insects ) or ties a firecracker to the cat’s tail and you don’t take care of the problem when he’s little, don’t be surprised when you are visiting him in prison while all your friend’s kids are graduating school.


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