Wisconsin DNR Setting the Stage For Massive Wolf Slaughter This Fall

06 May
Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

**Update** Apparently there are some that cannot understand sarcasm, so I will further elaborate about the “missing calves” issue. Last year after contacts with the DNR we were told that the DNR automatically attributes any livestock losses over 2.3% to “wolf depredation.” When contacted the DNR had no answer or evidence as to why so much money is being paid out for “missing calves.” Even more disturbing is that there was ZERO evidence that wolves were involved, only that there may have been wolf “activity” in the area. This is why I said that wolves in Wisconsin must have “magic” powers that allow them to just make these calves “disappear” considering that there is nothing left behind, not even bones to show that these calves even existed. For more on this please read this article.

All over the local news today were stories from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources proclaiming that the wolf population in the state is “stable” or “slightly” decreasing. The DNR claims that the current wolf population stands at “as many as” 834 animals. Last year they claimed the population was between 815 and 880 wolves. Now the talking heads at the DNR are using their new numbers to set the stage for what is likely to be an all out slaughter of wolves this fall by again obsessing on the ancient “management” number of 350 from the 1999 plan. Not content having over 243 wolves killed last year by “hunters,” trappers, Wildlife Services assassins, poachers, and “unknown causes,” the DNR is gearing up for all out war this coming fall.

Don’t believe me? Just look at the quotes and propaganda being put out by one of their talking heads:

“The management objectives remain to put downward pressure on the population,” DNR carnivore specialist David MacFarland said. “The mortality levels experienced in 2012 didn’t achieve that objective or only made slight progress toward the goal.”

Of course, “only” 243 wolves were known to be slaughtered last year and magically the numbers are exactly the same. Funny how that happens considering biologists estimate that over 70 percent of pups born each year die from various causes, and adult wolves actually do die from natural causes. I guess in addition to consuming entire animals and leaving no trace, Wisconsin wolves can apparently magically replicate so that their numbers never go down even after hundreds of deaths. So here is the DNR setting the stage for a massive increase in their kill quota because there are still “too many” wolves for the DNR and their bear hounder puppet masters.

And if there hasn’t been enough exaggeration and hyperbole about the states wolf population there is this:

The wolf hunt has been a flashpoint of contention since Republican lawmakers authorized it last year. Supporters say the state’s wolf population is exploding and devastating livestock. Animal rights advocates have countered the wolf population is still too fragile to support a hunt and people should leave what they consider a majestic animal alone. The state’s Chippewa tribes also are vehemently opposed to the hunt; they consider the wolf a spiritual brother.

Wolf populations are “exploding” and they are “devastating” livestock. Really? From the DNR’s own numbers here:

Remember last year when the wolf killing proponents were trying to justify their persecution of wolves by claiming that wolves were “devastating” livestock to the tune of almost $215,000? In 2012 the DNR paid out over $190,000 of that money for “missing” calves alone. Of course all of that money came from the Endangered Resources Fund that was generated from the sale of “Endangered Resources” license plates, featuring a wolf, and from income tax check-offs. Upon passage of the wolf kill bill last year those “depredation” funds now come from the sale of wolf killing licenses, and guess what? Suddenly the “depredation” payouts for 2013 have amazingly been cut to the amount of $139,174 over the same span of time. Of course again the vast majority of these payouts, $95,519, went for “missing calves” and $14,000 went for SIX dogs used by hounders. Another funny aspect is that wolves in Wisconsin have apparently decided to go to a beef only diet because amazingly they no longer “predate” on deer, pigs, chicken, and turkeys. They did apparently break away to “predate” on one $135 sheep, and one $625 goat though. But as long as that “missing calves” scam is still bringing in the dough it keeps the illusion alive that wolves are still “devastating” livestock. And as usual there is ZERO evidence that wolves were involved in the disappearance of the calves, but as we know Wisconsin wolves have magical powers that allow them to consume every last scrap of these calves, including bones (Authors note: this is SARCASM). Remember that all livestock losses over 2.3% are automatically attributed to wolves if their is “evidence” of wolf activity. Can you say scam? Also amazing was that there were not any $10,000 deer from canned hunting operations claimed this year. I guess now that the wolf haters have to pay for the “depredations” out of their killing licenses the number of claims have amazingly dropped. And of course this allows our wolf hating governor to drop the cost of a wolf killing license from $100 to $50 so that more killers will be out there gunning for wolves.

So all of this sets the stage for this:

The agency has formed an advisory committee to develop a 2013 kill limit recommendation. The committee plans to meet on May 23 in Wausau to work on the quota. DNR leaders will consider the committee’s recommendation as it finalizes a quota. The Natural Resources Board likely will vote on the number in June or July.

“The goal is 350 animals,” said MacFarland, who sits on the committee. “We’re working with that as the objective.”

Natural Resources Board Chairman Preston Cole had no immediate comment on what the population count might mean for the 2013 quota, saying he wants to gather more information from DNR staff.

Gee, I wonder what the “DNR staff” are going to tell Mr. Cole? Not that it matters because we all know that the NRB will rubber stamp whatever killing proposal the DNR recommends. Be prepared. This is going to get very ugly this fall and wolves are going to be pushed to the brink while the DNR keeps feeding us their propaganda and questionable numbers. Let’s hope that the federal courts see through this charade and puts the wolf back on the Endangered Species list where they belong.

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18 responses to “Wisconsin DNR Setting the Stage For Massive Wolf Slaughter This Fall

  1. laina

    May 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Interesting piece in Outside magazine this month about the spread of ticks. “Wolves and foxes used to coexist in the Northeastern US. When wolves were eradicated, coyotes expanded from the Midwest to take their place. Coyotes kill foxes or scare them out of range. When foxes disappear, numbers of small mammals like white-footed mice boom, feeding a growing population of ticks and their pathogens. In some places Lyme disease rates have gone up even thought the deer population has not. Rates in those places match up nicely with a decline in fox numbers.” Lyme, CWD, can’t blame it on wolves.
    Also interesting, the immune system of the opossum kills off pathogems that carry Lyme and by grooming, a single opossum may kill 5,000 ticks every week.
    Just some research. Hope that’s not a bad word.

  2. Nancy Keiter

    May 6, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Do these calves even exist? How do they know that the hillbillys did not take them to have free meat,so they can kill more wolves, just to cause more trouble and give us the middle finger. Is it because people are buying less meat so they are going get the money this way ? Why can they do like all the other officials do and take of their buddies and be done. Instead of making a big deal out of it and kill the wolves. We already know they’re assholes so it’s not like we’re going to think any less of them!

  3. Norm Mackey

    May 6, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    David MacFarland of the WDNR, quoted elsewhere: “Generally, the wolf population increased at a rate of 20 percent or more in the 1990s, and at a 10 to 12 percent rate in 2000s,” said David MacFarland, DNR carnivore specialist. “Though the recent count suggests that the wolf population has stabilized or showed a slight decline, science suggests that human-caused wolf mortalities must reach close to 30 percent before wolf populations are reduced. The total known human-caused mortalities of wolves in 2012 amounted to 28 percent of the previous winter’s count, but some level of undetected mortality likely occurred.”.

    Since the population does not increase without the hunt, what MacFarland is saying is that you have to kill off about a third of the wolf population to make up for the fact that you are destroying the wolves’ natural population controls, making their packs bigger and driving out or killing other wolves from large territories, and running them exactly backwards.

    Then, when you have killed off all the wolves the wolves themselves would have removed, additional wolves killed starts reducing the population. In the process you also drive the number of packs up by opening new niches for pairs to move in and breed, the number of pups whelped in spring driven up exactly as the number of packs, and the food needed to those pups also raised in the same proportion.

    Of course, you trash any attempts of the wolf packs to build their own social structure every year in the process when you reach that level of the “harvest” scything out the pack members every year. This is discounted as unimportant.

    Message understood, David MacFarland. The Wisconsin wolf hunt is a failed disaster in progress and you want to fix it by digging everyone deeper in the same hole.

    • rali74

      May 6, 2013 at 11:29 pm

      This guy is the new kill everything shill for the DNR. These assholes need to be challenged in court under the public trust doctrine. This sick agency is out of control.

  4. Candy Copeland

    May 7, 2013 at 2:50 am

    I don’t trust DNR’s stats or MacFarland. Why can’t budding biologists volunteer to go out in the field and do a real count and collar more wolves or at the very least go to predation reports and verify that wolves did the killing for sure.

  5. Diane Welsh

    May 7, 2013 at 5:36 am

    I have been sending messages to advocacy goups on a possible deterrment to trophy killing. There is a an anti poaching method being used with rhino advocates. A bright pink dye is being painted on the horn which seeps in to dentin so it can not be scrubbed or sanded off, thus poachers don’t want it. Same thing could help our wolves. I suggested using paint balls. Our wolves might be colored with pink, blue or purple spots, but they would still be alive. There would be no pain to the wolf, only a splat noise as the paint would spatter and mark the fur, thus making the wolf’s fur undesirable. The paint stains and does not easily wash off. I realize not all killers are only after the wolf coats, but many seek to wear the pelts or use it as throw rugs. Paint ballers are target savy. This could work. Diane Welsh

  6. Terri Minnick

    May 7, 2013 at 6:41 am

    I wonder who is doing the counting since the most of the “volunteers” have dropped out of their sweet program where they get people like me to drive around in the winter for hours on bad roads, in bad weather, waste gas, look for tracks…..and guess what ? Even though I know where they are have NEVER seen one in 7 years !!!! I feel that I have been lied to…Everyone at all the “wolf steward” meeting assured us , the state having control was best for the wolf . HA ! I ask everyone I meet in Wisconsin…hairdresser, store clerks etc…Have you ever seen a wolf? They all say NO. If they are causing so much trouble, how come you never see them ? I am so disappointed in Wisconsin.

  7. Becky

    May 7, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Humans are the worst thing God made.

    • R Nolan

      May 7, 2013 at 12:23 pm

      Amen Becky! Leave these beautiful animals alone and start legislating posses to round up the two legged killers that are roaming our country.

  8. Exposing the Big Game

    May 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game.

  9. laina

    May 8, 2013 at 7:27 am

    It only makes sense that once they started having a wolf hunting season, people who actually valued wolves would drop out of the tracking and counting effort. Similarly, taxpayers don’t want to contribute to the endangered species fund when the “poster” animal (license plates) becomes the target.

  10. nackpets

    May 8, 2013 at 9:38 am

    MORE PROOF THERE FULL OF SHIT !!! I hope this comes back and bites them all in the ass !!!!!

  11. Star Sullivan

    May 9, 2013 at 11:18 am

    What can be done about this???????


  12. Dywane Brown

    May 10, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    And meanwhile me and a undisclosed number of others are getting ready to bring the thunder to this state. Wisconsin is the stage for the next gen of activists.

  13. Chris

    May 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    I captured hundreds of wolf images last year in the Blue Hills between Bruce, and Hayward, not hundreds of wolves, but hundreds of images of two different packs. Those two packs are now extinct, the only wolf activity I’ve crossed so far this year, was a set of tracks(lone animal)by a wolf of approximately 2yrs of age, one of last years yearlings that I had imaged, somehow he escaped the slaughter in the hills.

    One wolf, and unlike most of you, and most anyone else for that matter, I’m out in the field every single day looking for them, and listening for them. This fight is a loser, you certainly will not be causing any pain to them by posting angry rhetoric to message boards. You are actually going to need to physically involve yourselves!

    Do you understand? The thrill killers own the government, municipal, county, and state law enforcement, most of the court system, and every bit of WDNR! They are laughing at you, while they murder off whatever species it is that the cattleman’s association and sport killing lobby want eliminated, or to cash in on!

    These are evil people, sometimes you just have to get evil right back at them! You cannot do that by sitting on your ass….

  14. Michael Guest

    May 11, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Stop it. I want this slaughtering to be banned. It is affecting the wolves and their survival. I am not giving up on wolves, and neither should you. Put the wolves back on the Endangered Species list. I want them to stay protected. This is very, very serious. Save the wolves and stop the huntings now.

  15. David Hochtritt

    May 12, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    The Humane Society Legislative Association designated Wisconsin as one of the top five states with regard to cruel and inhumane hunting practices. Remember when the DNR was the guardian of our wildlife and outdoor heritage? Neither do I. I agree; get involved and do whatever needs to be done to to get these Walker shills out of there and replace them with compassionate and caring people. We’ve already lost to much of what belongs to the people of Wisconsin.


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