Regrettably, this posting was delayed…
The killing of another 4,750 of our native black bears, mostly cubs, over dogs and bait – as the public does nothing to stop it – ended for this year – adding up to over 32,000 bears killed in the past seven artificially concocted obscenely cruel “seasons”. Even Dave MacFarland, bear biologist on the DNR payroll, admits that bear populations would regulate and normalize themselves. “There are plenty of bears (to kill) ” MacFarland tells me. Like the heavily manipulated deer population, the DNR killing business relies on the “rebound effect” of populations trying to survive after a horrific assault of terror on their clans.
I have left up the petition against the annual bear slaughter because this will go on and on and on until, like quail, lynx, cougars, sharp-tailed grouse, elephants, tigers, lions, wolves, and cheetahs, every creature is endangered by trophy killing, or wiped out. And then the public will say, “We didn’t realize…can you fix it?” Or will they even care then?
AB 433 – scheduled for a public hearing in the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage W 10/28 9 am –http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/raw/cid/1205713
SB 338 – scheduled for a public hearing in the Senate Committee on Sporting Heritage, Mining, and Forestry W 10/28 at 10 am –http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/raw/cid/1205859
The Republican legislature is fast-tracking a bill to “protect hunters and trappers” from being photographed or looked at or have any citizens near them during their killing sprees. This will criminalize citizens documenting wildlife abuse, dogs killing wildlife, hunters torturing wolves and bears during their dog-fight approach to tracking our wildlife for killing. Much like ag gag rules that farm animal abusers seek to stop the films showing farmers throwing calves or chickens against walls, beating cows and calves – this rule is to protect not “legal” (highly deregulated and unmonitored hunting and trapping ) but citizen monitoring or trying to protect our wildlife from illegal abuse. Since we have the lowest warden to hunter ratio in the country (one warden for 300 square miles) and wardens are carefully chosen to be friendly to those killing our wildlife (the good ole white boy system) – this is to coddle wildlife abusers – bear hounders, coyote hounders, baiters and the like. If you use our public lands, any contact with hunters and trappers, whether deliberate or not, can be construed as criminal by this broadly framed law. The following letter to the editor by a concerned citizen explains it further:
Letter to the Editor : RE : SB 338 and AB433
Expanding the definitions of hunter harassment. Currently in Committee as of Oct. 23.2015
Do you think it should be an act punishable by a jail sentence or up to a $10,000 fine to look at or be in the proximity of people engaged in training dogs or hunting or trapping??? Well, evidently, a group of our legislators do.
Wisconsin currently prohibits citizens from engaging in certain intentional conduct that interferes with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping. The conduct prohibited under current law (prohibited conduct) includes harassing a wild animal, impeding or obstructing a person who is engaged in lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping, or impeding a person who is engaged in an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping.
One would think that would be more than enough to protect our hunters and trappers from unwanted interference with their sport. After all, no other sport is so protected. Golfers need not fear persons coming up and starting conversations with them.or running away with their golf clubs….I believe those incidents would be covered under general harassment or theft laws…No one is threatening to arrest people walking up to the Point to LaPointe swimmers to ask them why the heck anyone would want to jump into a large body of cold water….BUT wait, our hunting and trapping community seems to continuously seek legal remedies against citizens who may be concerned, and with good reason, about ethical behavior, fair chase and just plain rudeness.
AB433 and SB338 are waiting for approval. This expands this definition so that it also includes scouting, target shooting, dog training, and animal baiting or feeding.
The bill also expands the prohibitions in current law so that a person may not interfere or attempt to interfere with an activity associated with lawful hunting,fishing, or trapping by engaging in prohibited conduct. The bill also expands the types of conduct prohibited to include disturbing a lawfully placed hunting stand, disturbing lawfully placed bait or other feed, using a drone under certain circumstances, and engaging in a series of acts (serial conduct) that are intended to impede or obstruct a person engaged in lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping or an activity associated with lawful hunting, fishing, or trapping. The types of serial conduct prohibited include maintaining a visual or physical proximity to the person, approaching or confronting the person, or photographing the person.
There is a phone number called TIPDNR which is a line set up specially for citizens to report what they believe to be illegal hunting, poaching, animal cruelty or just plain unethical behavior. When a citizen calls that tip line, the violators are usually long gone…They don’t usually stick around until you can get to your car to grab your cell phone. So the first thing the DNR asks you is “ Did you get any photos”?. WELL good luck if this law passes. If you believe you are witnessing a violation and take a photo, you are the one who could be liable for fines and a jail sentence.
If indeed hunting and trapping are sports, then they should be treated as such and not as an elite class, enjoying protections that the rest of us don’t have…like the ability to camp at the small lakes near Moquah without being harrassed or intimidated by out of control dogs and large semi automatic weapons visibly being displayed.
Bird Watchers, Hikers, Trail Bikers, Silent Sports enthusiasts…Anyone who likes to travel the back roads of Ashland and Bayfield Counties during the Summer-long hound training season and into Fall for baiting, hounding, shooting and more shooting season…..You should all be very concerned about what is being proposed here.
Please contact your legislators Monday because the hearings are this Wednesday as the legislators try to push this through and vote on it without citizen knowledge or input.
Thank you for all you do…this is a fight, ultimately, to save or continue to allow the destruction of our wildlife and democracy in governing our public lands. We have never had a democracy in governing billions of dollars of our public land and commons investment. It is time to stand up for fair treatment not only of our wildlife but of all citizens, INCLUDING NON-HUNTERS.
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