**UPDATE** Please contact the DNR and express your outrage at this blatant pandering here: http://dnr.wi.gov/contact/
Today, the Wisconsin DNR has been putting out all kinds of press about how their “diverse” group of “stakeholders” on the Wolf Advisory Committee is meeting in Wausau to determine the kill numbers for this years wolf slaughter. Of course when you take a closer look at who is on this “committee” you will see why we have grave concerns about the future of the gray wolf in Wisconsin:
Bill Vander Zouwen, DNR WM Chair
David MacFarland, DNR WM CO
Adrian Wydeven – DNR WM CO
Brad Koele – DNR WM CO
Steve Hoffman – DNR WM NOD
David Halfmann – DNR WM NED
Sara Kehrli – DNR WM SOD
Kris Johansen – DNR WM WCD
Dan Michels – DNR LE
Barry Gilcheck – DNR CSL
Jenny Pelej – DNR CE
Brian Dhuey – DNR SS
Lee Fahrney – Conservation Congress
Eric Koens – Wisconsin Cattlemans Association
Mike Gappa – Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association
Joe Koback – Safari Club International
Randy Jurewicz – Timber Wolf Alliance
Mike Brust – Wisconsin Bowhunters Association
Peter Fasbender – USFWS
Jake Walcisak – Wisconsin County Forest Association
Dan Eklund – USFS
Jason Suckow – USDA WS
Maynard Breunig – Wisconsin Trappers Association
Ralph Fritsch – Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
Peter David – GLIFWC
So the killing cartels that wrote the wolf kill bill now get to set the quota for the wolf slaughter this fall. Even worse is that the DNR refused seats to the Humane Society of the United States, National Wolfwatcher Coalition, and the Sierra Club. From this article:
Howard Goldman, of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), a critic of wolf hunting, says the DNR reorganized the committee to exclude him. He says he won’t be able to vote to block any pro-hunt recommendations.
Goldman says his group fears the state will eventually try to reduce the wolf population to 350 compared to the current estimated population of more than 800. The DNR’s Bill Vander Zouwen says two wolf committees were combined and some slots were reduced.
“There’s a limited number of people or groups on the committee to make them workable, but everybody still has an opportunity for input.”
Of course. There was no room for the HSUS and the other pro-wolf groups, but there was plenty of room for SEVEN openly anti-wolf groups. The only remotely pro-wolf entities in the group are Randy Jurewicz, and Peter David. The DNR has made it very clear that they are anti-wolf, and they even put the despicable Wildlife Services on the “committee.” So how can the DNR justify the makeup of this “committee.” they allow a couple of token pro-wolfers on the group and then allow the groups that wrote the wolf kill bill to set the kill quote. Can this agency get any more corrupt? We are going to be contacting the DNR to get an answer as to why pro-wolf groups were refused a seat on this sham “committee” and why so many anti-wolf groups were given seats.
As for the DNR’s “opportunity for input” I would bet it is the same old thing of them getting thousands of letters against their wolf killing proposals and they will completely ignore them again. Bob Welch, the bear hounders, and the killing cartels were promised no more than “350” wolves and that is what the DNR is going to give them. Your voice as a citizen means nothing to this corrupt agency.
We can no longer stand by and let this corrupt agency openly ignore our views and arrogantly pander to the killing cartels that only want Wisconsin to be a giant predator free game farm for their amusement. Please wake up Wisconsin before there is nothing left to protect.