**UPDATE** 8:15PM. After reporting this threat to William Vander Zouwen of the DNR, this is the response he provided to Cathy:
“As I’ve been advising, verbal attacks generate verbal attacks. Sure wish everyone could focus on ideas rather than people. Big sigh!”
Really? So because we question hounders, trappers, and wolf killers apparently we brought these death threats on ourselves? Kind of like blaming rape on the woman for what kind of clothes she wore. Give me a break. And what “ideas” can we focus on when everything is already cut and dry?
From the Wisconsin DNR website about the Wisconsin Conservation Congress:
The Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC) is the only “advisory body” in the state where citizens of Wisconsin elect delegates to represent their interests in natural resources, both local and statewide, by working with the Natural Resources Board and the Department of Natural Resources to effectively manage Wisconsin’s greatest asset, our abundant natural resources, for present and future generations to enjoy.
Sounds so fluffy, doesn’t it? What they forget to mention is that many of the “delegates” are full time lobbyists or spouses of lobbyists for special interest hunting, trapping, and hounding groups. They are also vehemently anti-wolf and use their “delegate” status to spread the anti-wolf propaganda and misinformation that their parent lobbying groups revel in spreading. The WCC is also a member of the sham DNR “Wolf Advisory Committee” that sets the quota for the annual wolf slaughter now pegged at 275. Of course what the DNR website in their fluffy description of the WCC also fails to mention is that the SEVEN anti-wolf groups on the “Wolf Advisory Committee” all have “delegates” on or have relationships with the WCC. And people wonder why they went crazy when a couple of pro-wildlife delegates were elected? Now the rest of us can see how they operate and how unethical and pandering this organization truly is. That is a big “no-no” in the good ol’ boy world of the WCC.
But enough about that corrupt killing cartel front organization. This article is about email comments made by one particular “delegate” of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. Last Saturday wildlife advocate, Cathy Miller, attended the Wisconsin Conservation Congress “Wolf Committee” hearing and was given three minutes to make a public comment. Alice apparently ruffled some feathers by calling out the hounders and other anti-wolf factions on the “committee” for their fear mongering and disinformation. This led to a series of e-mails from lead anti-wolf cheerleader, William Vander Zouwen, admonishing her for hurting the feeling of those poor sensitive bear hounders and other wolf killing sadists. But that was not even the worst part about this story. Alice then received these email comments from WCC “delegate,” Ken Richter of Spooner, WI.:
“know that if i get a wolf tag, i’ll be grinning ear to ear when i trap and dispatch it. It will look awesome on my wall!”
Then came this comment:
“The dnr has hunting /trapping seasons for a reason. I’m happy to help out. Now if they’d only open a season on you pesky liberals, we wouldn’t have so many deadbeats.”
A trapper calling someone else a “deadbeat?” How ironic. Wisconsin, this is part of the “citizen advisory” that “represents” you according to the DNR. This sounds like a terroristic threat based on political affiliation to me. What do you think? Isn’t the right wing all up in arms about the IRS supposedly singling out anti-tax “TEA Party” groups because of their political affiliation? At least the IRS wasn’t threatening violence and a killing season on those with different political views.
These comments have been reported to the “authorities” and to the “leadership” of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress. Here is he contact information for the DNR Conservation Congress Liaison:
Conservation Congress Liaison
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921
Please contact and respectfully demand that Ken Richter be removed from his position at the WCC and that WCC “delegates” be more respectful when communicating with the general public. We will stay on top of this story and demand that action be taken both internally by the WCC and in the criminal justice system. These types of terroristc threats cannot and will not be tolerated by either side.