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About Us

Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife (Wisconsin WE VOW) was founded in 2012 by Wisconsin wildlife advocates. One of the main goals of WE VOW is to educate the general public and lawmakers about the abuse of wildlife, and the one sided control that affects them in Wisconsin and beyond. We also want to be a voice for the silent majority of wildlife watchers and “silent sport” aficionados whose views are mostly ignored by our lawmakers and fish and wildlife departments. Please join us in this struggle so that ALL citizens have a voice on issues that concern our wildlife.

 

32 responses to “About Us

  1. Stephanie Thigpin

    March 9, 2012 at 10:51 am

    This is great, if we could all organize & make our voices heard, as I’m certain there are far more of us than of the killers. I want the wildlife of our country to thrive, be here for future generations. A small minority of hunters/ranchers/tappers shouldn’t be able to control the issue of preserving, actually manipulating/exterminating our Wild places & the creatures that live there!

     
    • Stephanie Thigpin

      March 9, 2012 at 10:53 am

      Meant trappers^^^

       
    • rali74

      March 9, 2012 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks Stephanie. Unfortunately here in Wisconsin and in many other like minded states there is no voice for the wildlife. We are working to change that. You said it best, WE are the majority and we have been silent far too long. Welcome to the movement.

       
  2. Bobette Traul

    March 9, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Absolutely delighted and finally we can join forces in Wisconsin. I just entered a barb in the local newspaper and expect quite a response from the bear hunters. I need every piece of info. you can find for me since I always have my facts correct. Between you and Howling, I feel that we can apply pressure. I also called Sen. Schultz’s office and offered my approval of his vote on the mining bill and castigated him for voting yes on SB411. I also feel that is a racist bill due to what it does to the Objibwe. Write letters to your editors.

     
    • rali74

      March 9, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      If you really want to nail the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association ask why they and Safari Club International are against “Windchill’s Bill.” This bill would strengthen animal abuse penalties in Wisconsin and mandate common sense animal care. Here is proof of their opposition.

      http://ethics.state.wi.us/scripts/currentSession/legprops.asp?key=REGAB401

      This shows what these people are all about. Thank you for commenting to us. Soon we will be starting a membership and donation drive to allow us to expand our reach and lobby for our wildlife. I look forward to working with you.

       
  3. Jeanne Rasmussen

    March 11, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I live in Colorado. Do the Wisconsin legislators accept/read our letters?

     
    • rali74

      March 11, 2012 at 11:42 am

      They will accept your letter, but I am not sure that even read the ones from Wisconsin citizens. If you are a visitor to Wisconsin please tell them that you will no longer come here because of this bill.

       
  4. ashley

    March 12, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    AMAZING!!! I’m glad to see people are coming together to do something for the animals.

     
  5. Daniel

    March 13, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Why, as a sentient society, have we not opened our eyes to not only what man is doing to his kind, but, to those we are blessed to share this planet with? There WILL come a point very soon, where disrespect, neglect, and short-sightedness … will be irreversible. That IS fact. HEARTLESS, MINDLESS CRUELTY is what hunting/trapping is all about. A war on Wildlife IS EVIL! … are we to evolve in this 21st century?

     
  6. Lynn

    March 13, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I just found this organization – after saying to my husband just last night that a group like this was needed to fight the NRA and hunting lobbies. Time for our voice to be heard, too!

     
  7. Jerry Black

    March 14, 2012 at 8:17 pm

    Nice to see a group like this.
    I live in Montana, or should I say the “Killing Fields”, where just about anything that walks on 4 legs except cows and sheep is shot or trapped.
    Please make your voices heard!

     
    • rali74

      March 14, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks Jerry. We are trying to give the “rest of us” a voice that demands to be heard and is sorely needed. Like Montana, Wisconsin suffers from that same “shoot everything that moves” mentality. We are now the only state in the country that will allow wolves to be hunted with dogs. What a proud legacy.

       
  8. Jerry Black

    March 14, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    We outnumber the “others” yet we’re not afforded a “level playing field” and that has got to change .
    Good to be here.

     
  9. Erik

    March 15, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    Wolf populations are growing at a rapid rate in Wisconsin, more than many are comfortable with and more than the DNR is able to count accurately in my opinion. I live in a densely populated area and there have been wolf as well as cougar sightings here recently. After reintroduction of breeding stock from other states the wolves are thriving and surviving to the point of no longer being endangered. Their nature causes them to spread out and stake their claim to new ranges as they populate. Their ability to reproduce and flourish in this state is clear and apparent. They are smart, tenacious survivors…animals high enough on the food chain that they do not experience depredation. This is a success story, one we can all be proud of. Although originally native to wisconsin they were dessimated by our forefathers as was their fate in most all of the states they once thrived in BECAUSE of the lack of management plan or limitations by government. I would argue that a sound management plan will allow the wolves to co-exist in a healthy ratio of what the resources of the land and human population will bear. I do not villify the wolf, rather I respect such a tough cunning survivor as I do any wild animal. I do although see the need to enact a management plan relating to this predator survivor in the areas it is saturatred in. Please do not paint all hunters and trappers as one in the same…we are not all ignorant, heartless, bloodthirsty, killers…we are not, nor will I assume all anti hunters/trappers as on in the same.

     
    • rali74

      March 15, 2012 at 4:34 pm

      As our website makes very clear we are not fans of hunting and trapping. The wolf was not “reintroduced” to Wisconsin. They naturally disbursed into Wisconsin from Minnesota while under federal protection. Under current rules people who suffer from depredations have the ability to target “problem” wolves and be reimbursed for any confirmed depredations. Allowing an animal that just a month and a half ago was on the Endangered Species List to be hunted with dogs, at night, trapped, baited, for four and a half months is not a “management Plan” it is a declaration of war. While we have 1.14 million deer in this state that cause millions of dollars in damage through traffic accidents and crop damage, we have 800 wolves who killed 80 livestock last year. EIGHTY! The other “depredations” were for 20 dogs, 17 of which were bear hunting dogs actively hounding bears. The paranoid hysteria surrounding this animal is a relic of the 19th and 20th centuries that many have held to this day. People with that mindset think that just seeing a wolf or cougar represents a threat, or that the population is “out of control.” I will not turn this post into a debate on hunting and trapping as our position is very clear on this. The goal of this group if to give a voice to the rest of us who have been ignored and to support our wildlife as being something other than a target to be shot or trapped for recreation.

       
    • chance

      March 15, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      And to add Erik-I have seen videos of “sportsmen”(all laugh here) from the Wisconsin Bear Hunters assoc watch with amusement as their mutts are allowed to rip at dying Bear Cubs as they lie bleeding on the ground…..Who does that Eric? Do ethical sportsmen find this type of treatment acceptable? I have said this before and I will continue to say it- the hunter of today has very little to do with “stewardship toward wildlife” Do you consider using hounds to track and fight wolves as resembling anything like fair chase hunting? Hunters have become mostly lazy pathetic thrill killers…..who disrespect animals and label people that are offended by these egregious acts as liberals, or tree huggers!
      People in this group are sick and tired of hunters, trappers and people that think they can do whatever they want to our natural resources and get away with it- we are telling you now….Things will change- with your help or without your help. People are on our side.

       
    • Jack

      November 2, 2013 at 7:46 am

      Erik- I know not all hunters are unethical. There are two that I know personally. However the lack of proper management of the “ruthless, unethical killers” has been allowed and they have increased their numbers to the point that they now represent ALL hunters. It’s time to cull them.
      I have had to stop allowing hunting on my land and will be putting out corn this year because of the idiot duck hunters last year.
      When laws don’t protect people’s property rights at the behest of a few who fill the States coffers with license fees there will be blowback. It got so bad on my land we now patrol it during hunting season- armed.

       
    • Sue Hodges

      December 20, 2013 at 8:35 am

      There was never a “reintroduction of Breeding stock from other states”. This is a myth that I checked out with the DNR main wolf biologist. Any wolves currently in this state came in on their own probably from Minnesota.

       
  10. Anon

    April 6, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Thank you for making this blog, doing the right thing and speaking up for the wolves, wildlife, and environment.

     
    • rali74

      April 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

      Thank you. This blog is just the start. We are working with wildlife advocates across the country to develop a coalition of like minded groups to fight back against the abuse of our wildlife. The states have turned wildlife “management” into a money making endeavor that benefits only a select few while non-consumptive users and our wildlife suffer at the hands of these so called “sportsmen” all in the name of recreation. Our goal is to make people aware of how we are letting a small minority of people damage or destroy our wildlife for their recreation.

       
  11. Sue Hodges

    July 24, 2012 at 10:04 am

    Hope that WWE..gathers a lot of support and is shared on Facebook and twitter by all.
    It seems that all of the wildlife protection supporters have seen the videos of cubs bitten to death, but amazingly that non of the hunting community seems to have had any exposure to the truth of what their brethren are doing in the seclusion of the vast Wisconsin woods ( where no wardens are going to enforce the flimsy regulations that do exist…or are actively involved in the so-called sports themselves such as Matt McKenzie, the warden in the Ashland area who actively participates with dogs and does not need to explain that to anyone since no one hold him to task for it.

     
  12. Rich L.

    August 9, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I own a remote pristine 40 acre parcel in Northern Wisconsin which has virgin timber and two beaver ponds one 1 acre and the other 5 acres or so. I estimate that the dams are probably a couple hundred years old or more based on their solidified state. A few years ago, during my once per year visit, I went swimming and when I was out in the deep part of the pond a beaver popped its head out of the water and stared at me. There we were an “au naturel” human animal together with a wild animal in a natural setting, it was great.

    However the last couple of years there has been no signs of beavers maintaining the dams which has me thinking that trappers are probably illegally tresspassing on my land to trap the beavers. I have taken to do some dam maintenance myself to maintain the integrity of the ponds because of their absence. So because of these malicious humans with no ethics and who call themselves sportsman, a natural system of dams, ponds, and beaver families created over hundreds of years will come to an end.

     
    • chance

      August 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm

      Rich- I would send a copy of your letter to your dumbass governor- who just signed into law a bill to allow trapping on all Wisconsin land, including public park land……To these idiots there can never be enough killing for fun..

       
    • madravenspeak

      September 17, 2012 at 8:43 pm

      Hi –
      I also had a beaver dam on my property when I moved here a decade ago to a long narrow 72 acre wooded landscape bordered the length by a creek. in the decade since, the beavers are gone, the foxes dead, the grouse and bobwhite quail silenced and the coyotes killed. I have a terrified small flock of turkeys who try to stay low, but now that dogs are allowed, they too will be destroyed. The hunters surround my 72 acres with their tree stands of death and lure my sweet innocents out to wound or kill them. The acreage across my creek belongs to a Milwaukee group who just bought it to lure animals out of my woods which is the only refuge in this area.
      Rich – I wrote about the beavers in my every other Sunday column a while back and gave the Beavers, Wildlife and Wetlands web site. They posted my column and then wrote about Wisconsin’s war on wildlife on their web site. Here is the column I wrote with link to their site. My column comes out every other Sunday – if you want to be on the mailing list, just email me at Madravenspeak@gmail.com:

      http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/patricia-randolph-s-madravenspeak-rather-than-slaughtering-beaver-we-should/article_9b982d3c-3c47-5f07-9cbd-e4e948653112.html

       
  13. Annabel Leonard-Schulz

    November 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    PERTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA – I LIVE ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE GLOBE, DOWNUNDER IN AUSTRALIA BUT I JUST WANTED TO LEND MY SUPPORT AS I BELIEVE THAT ALL LIVING CREATURES NO MATTER WHERE THEY ROAM ON THIS PLANET WE SHARE, ARE ENTITLED TO THE LIFE THEY WERE BORN TO LIVE – besides the sick bastards that go out to trap & to kill innocent animals (wolves, coyotes, foxes – my favs) just because they can, builds a rage & disgust in me that i can not find the words to describe!!! WHAT IS HAPPENING TO YOUR BEAUTIFUL & AMAZING WILDLIFE IS A TRUE CRIME AND THE FACT THAT HUMAN BEINGS CAN MAKE SUCH CALLUS & RECKLESS DECISIONS THAT TAKE THE LIVES OF SUCH AN ARRAY OF ANIMALS IS SHAMEFUL. THERE IS A BALANCE THAT NATURE WORKS OUT ALL ON HER OWN AND WHEN MANKIND INTERFERES WITH THAT BALANCE, EVERYTHING GETS DISPLACED AND IT ALWAYS COMES AT A COST.

     
  14. wolfpreservation

    February 22, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Organizations like you are needed badly! Thank you for everything you do!

     
  15. Adam Kassulke

    March 31, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    Please attend the Conservation Congress Dane County meeting at 6:30 at the Sun Prairie high school. I am trying to get elected to the ‘Congress” to try to bring some logic and understanding back to the DNR, instead of the ignorant- political group that it is. My name is Adam Kassulke.

     
  16. Adam Kassulke

    March 31, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    The Congress election and voting on postions is April 8th!!!!!!!!!!

     
  17. Gator Woman

    May 18, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Thank you.
    There may be hope for us after all.
    Bless you for what you do~

     
  18. Ronald M. Fitzpatrick

    June 23, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    The Public Trust Doctrine is Court Recognized Law that requires the Government to protect and preserve our wkkildlife. This is the law that we have that gives us the right to question the Governments Unscientific , irresponsible “management practices”. I don’t know that any pro-wildlife group has sued the States or Fed gov. using this law. But this Law has been recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court and dates back to ancient Rome.Atty. Ron Fitzpatrick

     
  19. Jean Voss

    October 25, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    So, hunting in Wisconsin State Parks begins November 15th. Kind of makes me wonder why there are pumpkins placed near some of the areas open to hunting in Lake Kegonsa State Park? I didn’t notice any pumpkins placed in the areas closed to hunting within the park.

     
  20. Sara Davis

    November 3, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    My husband and I are planning a trip north this spring but i must say I refuse to spend ANY money in a state that supports the senseless killing of any animals. So it is with heavy heart that I tell you I will not be spending any time or money in your state. We were so looking forward to spending time with your wildlife.
    This is a letter I sent to your Senators, I was really looking forward to visiting your beautiful state. If they can rectify this before our trip I will absolutely be visiting your state. The wolves chose your state for a reason.

     

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