Wisconsin DNR Spits In The Face of The Chippewa Tribes and Wolf Advocates Again

15 Aug
Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

The Wisconsin DNR under high school graduate, turned real estate developer, turned agency secretary , Cathy Stepp, has made it very clear in the past that she and her anti-wildlife agency care nothing for the views and heritage of the Wisconsin tribes. Federal court rulings have always affirmed that the Wisconsin tribes are to be allotted 50 percent of quotas for any species in the Ceded Territories.

Treaty rights are rights retained in treaties negotiated between sovereigns. In the case of the Ojibwe in northern Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, their headmen retained or kept the rights to hunt, fish and gather on lands they ceded to the U.S. government. These retained rights are called usufructuary rights, which means the right to use property. An example would be if a property owner sold land but retained mineral rights, or the right to access minerals beneath the surface. Another example would be retaining frailing rights in Oklahoma, where land is sometimes sold but the right to frail pecans on the land is retained by the first owner. Treaty rights are not some unique or “special” right that courts have granted certain tribes; rather they are legal usufructuary rights retained by tribes at the time the treaties were signed. Treaty rights are also tribal, not individual rights. They are held and regulated by the treaty signatory tribes.

Last year during the planning for the inaugural Wisconsin wolf slaughter the DNR set a kill quota of 201 wolves. They tribes laid claim to all living wolves in the Ceded Territory. The DNR allotted  85 of the quota to the tribes. This meant that the great white hunter of Wisconsin were allowed to kill 116 wolves. In the end they killed 117 “legally.” This year when the DNR announced their even more reckless kill plan of 275 wolves, the tribes made the same allocation for all living wolves in the ceded areas. This time the DNR decided that because the Chippewa killed no wolves last year, because of their sacred bonds with the animals, the DNR will only allocate 24 wolves out the 275. This means that the great white hunters of Wisconsin will be allowed to “legally” kill 251 wolves out of a population estimated to be around 800. That is almost one-third of the wolves in the states at last count. In fact the DNR goes so far as to claim that this is a “cautious approach.” This year the wolf slaughter will include the use of dogs against wolves. Cautious indeed.

“We are entering the second season cautiously,” said Dave MacFarland of the DNR in a news release. “We will continue to learn valuable information for updating the state’s wolf management plan and adopting permanent wolf hunting rules.”

Only in Wisconsin would killing one-third of a population be considered “cautious.” Unbelievable. And of course the DNR continues to use their ancient “management plan” to justify their reckless slaughter plan:
“In order to meet management objectives, putting downward pressure on the population, the number of wolves removed from the landscape needs to increase this year,” said Dave MacFarland, DNR large carnivore specialist, in the statement. “The 2013 quota is designed to start doing so, in a responsible and sustainable manner.”
Yup. Killing one-third of a population is “responsible” and “sustainable.” All the while the DNR spits in the face of the Chippewa Tribes and what they hold sacred. Here is the response from a DNR representative about why they only gave a token number of the quota to the tribes:

The Chippewa Tribal declaration was similar to last year, they claimed all living wolves within the ceded territory. For other quota limited species (bear, bobcat etc.) the DNR uses a combination of the declaration and prior harvest performance to make adjustments to the state quota. Last year there was no prior data on their likely harvest therefore 50% of the quota within the ceded territory was allocated for their harvest. This year there is data on prior harvest which was incorporated into the quota adjustment. Based on their communications with the state, the fact that they did not harvest any wolves last year, and the fact that they have not promulgated rules for tribal harvest and issuance of tags the DNR does not believe it is likely they will harvest 50% of the quota in 2013. A decision was made to allocate 10% of the allowable quota within the ceded territory in the event they should choose to harvest.

So in other words this is a big F-you to the tribes and apparently Wisconsin only cares about killing and pleasing the great white hunters. One of the other arguments used by the DNR and their killing cartel puppet masters is how hunting, trapping, and hounding are “heritage” and “traditions” that us “antis” are trying to take away. Notice how they never talk about how THEY took away thousands of years of heritage and the traditions from the Native peoples of this country and forced them to adopt the “white man’s” culture. Apparently heritage and tradition only matter when it comes to the great white hunter.

Shame on you Wisconsin and shame on the DNR!

DNR sets non-tribal wolf allocation at 251; license lottery to be held Thursday


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18 responses to “Wisconsin DNR Spits In The Face of The Chippewa Tribes and Wolf Advocates Again

  1. L

    August 15, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Freakin’ unbelieveable. No, actually totally believable. Have you sent press releases about this to newspapers around the state? You are still preaching to the choir.

  2. pam wilde

    August 15, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    WAY TO GO Wisconsin (can you hear the sarcastic tone ??) not to mention they don’t know how to do math … 24 is NOT 10% of 275. I am totally disgusted that 1. Wisconsin allows the wolf hunt at all, much less hunting with dogs … (who’s going to pay for the dogs that are killed and/or maimed – better not be the tax payers !!) 2. that the DNR is so blatantly clueless of Native American rights and heritage. 3. DNR’s math skills suck !!

  3. Daniele Halle (@halle_daniele)

    August 15, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Wiskonsin is a state that I wouldn’t be proud to live in, smarten up you guys, killing animals doesn’t give you sexual satisfaction, if it does go see a shrink

  4. darlene bellidora

    August 15, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    I try every day to spread the word of the blight of the wolves ,no matter what state-THIS HAS TO BE STOPPED ! Wolves are part of the eco. system, they are living creatures and spiritual beings.I live my life trying to help and raise baby and injured animals . These hunters lie and kill for sport it makes me sick ! Keep trying on your end and I will on mine. Hopefully together we can save the wolves.


    August 15, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Disgraceful! The traditional and Ancient Ones whose moccasins have long since touched Terra 3 are PISSED! I hope the ‘apples’ are just as angry. I feel a horrible, paralyzing winter for Wisconsin, followed by drought, fires and much loss of human life coming. Oh well… Two-leggeds will NEVER LEARN THEIR LESSON!

  6. Elizabeth Huntley

    August 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Two words: William Bruins. Anyone who attended the June DNR meeting in Wausau heard this jackass say that he believed that whites should get any tags that the Chippewa didn’t use to kill wolves.

    • rali74

      August 15, 2013 at 6:27 pm

      The Freedom From Religion Foundation has also been contacted about Bruin’s comments about “god” and managing wolves.

  7. Louise Kane

    August 15, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Someone recently posted a manual on how to release live wolves, destroy traps and snares and to help tortured wildlife. This manual should be distributed to all residents of Wisconsin. I think we have reached the point where civil disobedience is warranted.

  8. Cheryl Short

    August 15, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    what if everybody lined up, linked arms and went straight into the hunting areas? To scare off the wolves and piss off the hunters?!Maybe they could be singing or playing boomboxes or something really loud! They’d probably shoot the people, they have to kill something!!

    • L

      August 16, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Well, at least it would get the attention of the press, which is what we need desperately.

    • Chris Sarno

      August 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      That’s the idea, however a better idea, one that I’ve offered to this little site more than once, would be “confronting the sport killers” in the field, obtaining their names, addresses, where their children attend school, and then making it available to the world, via social media!

      I attended several of the so-called emergency wolf meetings of a year ago, I sat in stunned disbelief as the various speakers from WDNR openly “Mocked” the beliefs of the Chippewa. The fact is, these are the same greedy, murderous whites, that murdered off the vast bulk of American fauna, and almost all of the native peoples during the course of the previous four centuries! Much of that was accomplished from trains as they crisscrossed the land.

      I tell you, unless you enter into the field, you cannot know the true extent of their murderous, destructive impact upon the earth. Their ATV trails have ruined the forest land. Where game is abundant in the deep of winter, it flees in terror for its life as these murderous, destructive vermin emerge from their winter burrows, and once again unleash their infestation upon the land!

      To defeat these vermin, you must beat them at their own game, meet them in the field, and let them know that they are going to be ID’d, and those ID’s made known to the world, and then sit back and allow human nature to run its course….It cannot be overstated, they are vermin, but they are vermin acting at the behest of greedy, wealthy, farmers, namely the “cattleman’s association” who hate every living thing not firmly under their boots!

      These people the descendants of the murderous thieves who stole this land, they are no better then their forebears…..

    • Mari Dickson

      August 16, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Agree with you, Cheryl……hunters must have an excess of genes from the “hunter-gatherer” era. They have to kill something even though it’s not edible. I’d be more than happy to link arms with you.

  9. L

    August 16, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Also, seems to me, if any traps are on public lands, why couldn’t you go in and tamper with them? The land and the wildlife on it are just as much ours. Just a thought.

    • Mari Dickson

      August 16, 2013 at 8:47 pm

      I, and a friend, have confiscated traps anywhere we have found them; public or private. We knew exactly where they were most often placed. One area in particular was in a road culvert between two wetlands. I have also let the air out of two tires of a trespassing hunter’s truck. You have to do TWO tires so the spare tire is of no help. 🙂

  10. kkbb

    October 10, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Keep deleting me all you want. Can’t handle the truth that illegal activities are not tolerated even by those who support your cause? Have you no conscience at all that you don’t care that you may endanger those who have nothing to do with what you are fighting against? I did not say anything untrue or in any way against what your site stands for, other than to give a personal experience that people such as those posting here who brag about illegal activities endangered myself and my child, because of illegal activities by protesters on public land/roadways. I will again state that I would report anyone on my private land and/or seen doing something illegal on in public areas, because you are just as likely to endanger someone who is not a hunter. I will add I do not agree with trapping on public lands and I can see simply setting off their traps so that they aren’t a danger to anyone, two-legged or four-legged, but theft or property destruction are just that, and if I ever were to catch who poured nails on a public road to endanger all motorists, just because it was in a wooded area, I would make sure they were prosecuted.

    • rali74

      October 10, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Newsflash. It’s not all about you. Not once have I supported any illegal activity. If a commenter posts something like that it is on them. Just like the anti-wildlife trolls that visit MY blog no one is forcing you to read it. If you have an issue and evidence then by all means report it to law enforcement. But please don’t come on MY blog making threats to other readers. If someone wishes to vent that is fine but don’t act like the commenters in this blog are out to get you. There are idiots on both sides and I have to filter out their crap each day.

  11. kkbb

    October 10, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    Um, Rali, in my first posting I was calling out someone who is speaking of illegal acts directly above my post! i.e. confiscating legally placed traps even on private land, and tampering with vehicles. I didn’t accuse you of supporting it, but neither did you remove it, unlike the fact that you removed my first post. Sorry you take that as a threat, and I do believe and am sorry about the fact that you probably do get a lot of trolls coming to your site, but I felt something needed to be said regarding posters encouraging each other to do such things. That is not the way to affect changes in the hunting laws nor will it change bad/unethical hunters. I came to read the various postings you have made about what’s going on in the wildlife support and hunting regulation communities and enjoyed them, but not some of the comments that you seem to pick and choose about what’s acceptable in your blog.

    • rali74

      October 10, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      Fair enough.


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