Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: DNR offers smorgasbord of killing opportunities

16 Sep

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“You that never done nothin’ but build to destroy/You play with my world like it’s your little toy. … Even Jesus would never forgive what you do. ~ “Masters of War,” Bob Dylan

Sept. 14 is day 12 of the 35-day bear hunt. Thousands of bears, vulnerable from baiting since April, and having been run by dogs since July 1, have been wounded or killed with guns or crossbows or dogs. Most of them were spring cubs, yearlings or mothers. The last four months before denning, when they need to feed every day, bears are run relentlessly. As a consequence, there is the real risk of bears and spring cubs starving in winter dens.

Hunters, having bagged their bear, will turn attention to add the smorgasbord of killing opportunities that began Saturday, Sept. 13. The deer kill used to be a nine-day ordeal for those of us who love our deer. Now it is 104 days.

Turkeys of either sex can be killed statewide for all but 10 days from Sept. 13 through Dec. 1.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) added 20 days to the 70-day mourning dove kill that began Sept. 1. Fifteen birds is the daily bag limit. Each shooter can annually kill 1,350 birds. Think passenger pigeon.

Two years ago, the deadly “Conservation” Congress discussed partridge, quail and sharp-tailed grouse, concluding: “Their population is down. Bobwhite quail is all but gone. The decline is nationwide along with the habitat they need.” Thus the 2014 quail kill is stunningly reckless: Oct. 18–Dec. 10. The DNR did not stop killing sharp-tailed grouse until hunters could not find any birds to shoot.

When a species is killed out, the DNR just adds another kill. The agency stirred excitement with an extra teal hunt Sept. 1-7 in addition to those killed in the usual duck seasons. Teal are the smallest dabbling ducks, weighing an average three-quarter pound. They migrate the farthest of any ducks killed here in Wisconsin, wintering as far south as Peru.

Oct. 18–Dec. 31 is the stocked pheasant kill. Hundreds of thousands of pheasants, hand-raised through DNR funding, are thrown out, bewildered, to be killed the next day by shooters accustomed to private ranges with tossed live birds for targets.

There is never protection for coyotes, opossums, skunks, weasels and snowshoe hares.

Trapping starts as early as Oct. 18 for many “furbearers,” and continues through February, March or April depending on the species. The longest killing period is reserved for beavers, which Indians revered as the “sacred center of life” because they create habitat and clean water for half the rare and endangered species on earth.

For the first time, last year the DNR doubled trapping times, expanding to 24-hour killing. New trappers are recruited (over 1,000 a year, including many children) with $5 first-time fees for unlimited killing.

Scientist Lynn Rogers, who opened the Bear Education Center in Ely, Minn., championing peaceful black bears, wrote in his daily newsletter about hunters lining up as the bear season started to kill trusting radio-collared bears on the center’s boundary.

On Sept. 2 Rogers wrote: “A guide told us to stay away from the area that is adjacent to WRI (the bear education center) to the east and not to use the forest road there. He said hunting takes precedence over other activities in the forest during hunting season. … The community is getting fed up with not being able to walk their dogs on their familiar trails for fear of disturbing a hunter.”

Sept. 4 entry: “Bear-hunters shooting in low light by flashlight after legal shooting hours is a widespread problem.” Describing shots fired past 10 p.m., he added, “This happens nightly.” Wounding loss is one of the biggest problems in bear hunting (besides the deliberate killing of innocent natural beings).

Rogers describes a 5-year-old study bear named Ty: “Ty was a playful bear who had good rapport with many other bears. Ty was popular. Many bears knew and trusted him and frequently initiated play — or responded to his initiatives. His relationships extended to sharing food. … Part of Ty’s acceptance by other males may have been due to his calm, trusting demeanor that also extended to humans. We saw Ty’s picture posted as one of the bears killed on Sept. 1 — opening day.”

The Bear Center’s bears are being targeted. Rogers laments, “These are the bears we and the world can learn from. There is much more learning and sharing to be done.”

View a memorial to Hope, the first wild bear whose birth was videotaped for the world to see. She was killed by a hunter the following year.

Unlike Wisconsin’s bear baiting from mid-April through the hunt, Minnesota defers baiting until Aug. 15, allowing bears their natural diet. And Minnesota admits that their population has declined to 10,000-15,000 bears, so they dropped to 3,750 licenses this year. Wisconsin has issued over three times the number of licenses (10,460) against Wisconsin’s population, which DNR guesstimates at 22,000.

In an accelerating human-caused extinction that threatens our life support system, the DNR’s killing business is an outdated patriarchal catastrophe. Why do citizens tolerate this?

Please sign and network a petition to protect Wisconsin wildlife.

Also consider this petition against UW-Madison maternal deprivation studies on baby monkeys then killed by UW.

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Posted by on September 16, 2014 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: DNR offers smorgasbord of killing opportunities

  1. Maureen

    September 16, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    I have a little correction to your post to make. Lynn Rogers runs two organizations: North American Bear Center and Wildlife Research Institute. NABC is the educational arm of his project and is home to four black bears that cannot be returned to the wild. WRI is the research arm of his project and in that guise he studies a clan of wild female bears descended from the matriarch called Shadow. Up until the end of this past June the wild bears he studies were fitted with radio collars. During hunting season every year Lynn would attach bright ribbons to their collars in order to make the bears more visible to hunters in the hopes that hunters would spare them.

    Last year during hunting season, two of the radio-collared/beribboned bears in his study were killed. Another one was severely wounded and will most likely be maimed for life. These bears were most definitely targeted. That’s why Lynn decided to remove the radio collars from the study bears at the end of this past June. He did so in order to give the hair around their necks a chance to grow back before hunting season started. The thinking behind this was to make the bears less easy to target come hunting season.

    Ty, being male, was not a study bear per se, but he was a descendant of Shadow, the matriarch, and was one of the bears that frequented the property around the WRI cabin.

  2. Maureen

    September 16, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    I’ve been following this blog since its inception and every time I think what’s going on in Wisconsin can’t get any worse I’m proven wrong with each subsequent post.


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