Efforts to Obtain Support for a Tundra Swan Hunt Fail!
“I guess these gutless wonder hunters have to prove their manhood in another way by shooting some other target that can’t shoot back.” — Ken Grzesiak, Wis.
Wildlife populations across the planet have plummeted a staggering 35 percent in the past 35 years!! It is a trajectory that has senior scientists warning us that earth is at a tipping point of ecosystem collapse and sudden, irreversible, potentially catastrophic changes (are) looming. (For more information, go to: http://www.mysterium.com/extinction.html).
Species that depend on other species as prey are deprived of sustenance by hunters, trappers and hounders displacing and killing a wide variety of species for recreation, trophy and profit. There is nothing scientific about “seasons” or killing as wildlife management techniques. It is just what a minority, who wield political power, like to do.
When the Wisconsin Legislature permitted hounding coyotes — day and night, year-round, statewide — they set in motion packs of dogs disrupting, moving and killing any and all species in their path. There is a maze of confusing and expanding rules, seasons and weaponry (dogs and traps, guns and crossbows). But really, it is an agenda to kill any species hunters want, any time they want, anywhere they want, as much as they want, at times including invading private land without landowner permission.
They have been trying to complete their conquest by cementing into law the killing of any species we have left. As those of you who have been following this blog are well aware, A VOTE TO ALLOW FOR AN ANNUAL TUNDRA SWAN HUNT was one of the items on the Wisconsin Conservation Congress agenda (Question #36 on the April 14 “Election and Vote” ballot).
Tundra swans are the smallest of the swans. There may be as many as 30,000 tundra swans migrating through Wisconsin. That is not very many. According to National Geographic, “Tundra swans are often confused with trumpeter swans, and indeed the two species are very similar in appearance.” Madison’s chapter of the Audubon Society cites Ducks Unlimited, the Wisconsin DNR and Minnesota DNR all stating that tundra swans are likely to be confused with trumpeter swans, snow geese, whooping cranes and even white pelicans — all large white birds.
The Madison Chapter of the Audubon Society has come out against the hunt. Wisconsin spent over $1 million over 25 years to restore the trumpeter swans, much of it raised from concerned citizens in the DNR’s Adopt a Swan program. They just came off the endangered species list here in 2009.
Wisconsin was recently surveyed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife and found to be the second “birdiest” in the country (Wisconsin is #1 in bird watching!!). The majority wildlife-watching public are in conflict with the minority who want to kill.
The Election results are in! WE ARE HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE TUNDRA SWAN HUNT PROPOSAL WAS OVERWHELMING REJECTED BY THE BOTH THE PUBLIC (57% VS. 43%), WITH 48 OF THE 72 COUNTIES (67%) VOTING AGAINST THIS MEASURE.
Thanks so much to all of you who came out and voted against this proposal. Your vote helped make a difference!!
To see Patricia Randolph’s original column regarding the proposed Tundra Swan Hunt, go to: http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/patricia-randolph-s-madravenspeak-who-is-left-to-kill-tundra/article_3bb2816e-a606-50fa-8083-61cd4cf41524.html