We knew that the Natural Resources Board and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources care nothing about public opinion regarding their reckless wolf slaughter plans, but now we know exactly how much they ignored us. Not only did a Humane Society of the United States statewide poll show that 81 percent of those polled in Wisconsin disapprove of a wolf hunt, the NRB also received 1439 letters opposed to their wolf kill quota and ZERO supporting it. Let me repeat that again. The NRB received 1439 letters opposed to the quota and ZERO supporting it.
And we all know what happened next. The NRB rubber stamped the quota and one board member even said that “God” approved of it. This is what fascism looks like ladies and gentlemen. One board member even told wildlife advocates after the meeting that they had to approve the quota or “Walker would shut them down.” So much for an “independent” board overseeing these issues in the state. Good job Wisconsin you elect a narcissistic and vindictive ideologue collage dropout as governor and this is what we get. Not only do the citizens of the state suffer, but everything from the air we breathe, to the water we drink, to the wildlife all suffer at the hands of this pseudo-tyrant and his overloads. Will the citizens of this state wake up and dethrone this guy in 2014? If they do not we deserve exactly what we get.
Back to the topic at hand. Here is the email that a wildlife advocate received from a DNR representative in response to an open records request about the public input at the NRB meeting:
In response to your open records request here is the information you requested:
Of the written comments received on June item 3B3, approximately 1439 opposed (approx. 1,400 HSUS of WI) and 0 supported the wolf hunt and trapping season. No written comments were in support of the wolf harvest quota and number of licenses to issue for the 2013-2014 season.
For public appearances, the Board received written talking points/handouts as follows: 5 in support of the department’s recommendations and some with requests for higher kill and 8 against the wolf hunt, harvest quota, and # of licensees. 1 comment in opposition included a petition for the petitioning organization to be included on the Wolf Advisory Committee.
Lauren C Fiecko
Executive Staff Assistant Administration
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
This is what Wisconsin “democracy” looks like under the Walker regime. The voice of the people mean absolutely nothing to Scot Walker, the DNR, and the NRB. Notice how they have to make sure to note that 1400 of the comments were sent by citizens via the HSUS like that makes a difference? We are looking at any and every avenue to expose and challenge these people, but the best judge is the court of public opinion. Again please share this data far and wide and continue to write letters to your local newspapers, the DNR, and NRB voicing your outrage that the will of the people is again being ignored in favor of a vocal minority of anti-wolf special interests.