Completed WDNR Election and Vote Questionnaire

In response to member requests, I am posting the WDNR Questionnaire with what I consider to be the most humane responses. The completed questionnaire, which is being provided for information purposes only, can be viewed here.

Let’s have a good turn-out this year as there are many pending rule changes and legislative developments, which if enacted, would continue to exert a devastating effect on Wisconsin’s wildlife and natural resources.

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Posted by on April 9, 2018 in Uncategorized


Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: A call to women warriors to save our wildlife April 9

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In our hands now lies not only our own future, but that of all other living creatures with whom we share the earth.” ~ David Attenborough, BBC naturalist

We need to take a lesson from the Parkland, Florida, youth. Impatience for change and urgent action are a necessity and an honor when lives are at stake.

This is a call to strong women to stand for election to the two grassroots positions open April 9 in every county in Wisconsin — and every year in April, in every county — creating the sole citizen advisory body to the Legislature and Department of Natural Resources on policy governing our publicly purchased lands, waters, and wildlife. Because citizens do not know of this election, or its importance, wildlife in Wisconsin is being slaughtered.

It is simple to run for election. Take a friend, nominate each other that night, and write a two-minute statement of your priorities. Stand up for democracy in governing what is supposed to be our “commons” and break the stranglehold of the killing cartel good ol’ boys club.

Ninety percent of us kill no wildlife and are not represented on the Wisconsin Conservation Council.

This is a simple but powerful grassroots delegate opportunity. Advertise it on your social media and bring 10 friends who bring 10 friends each. There is an election and meeting in each county; in Dane County, this year it is in the Monona Grove High School auditorium at 4400 Monona Drive. Locations in other counties can be found here.

The election of two delegates — a two-year and a three-year term — is held first thing, at 7 p.m. There will be two hunter candidates in every county — from 18-year-old trappers to 80-year-old hunters who have been delegates for 25 years or more. We need two humane candidates and vast attendance by the 5.8 million citizens of this state — not just the 5,000 activist hunters, trappers, bear and wolf hounders who usually attend. Children can vote and it’s a great civics lesson.

Being a delegate entails four meetings a year, two of them in your county, a committee meeting in Steven’s Point and an annual meeting in May.

After the election, the DNR and current five delegates will go through each of the 54 proposals on this year’s questionnaire and citizens can comment.

Four issues, but of the 54 that are up for citizen vote, are:

• The hunters want wildlife watchers to give them over $3 million in fees to use our public lands — to enable hunters’ agenda. There is no provision for a humane citizen committee to allocate that money to help our wildlife.

• Ban neonicotinoids on our food crops, poisoning our bees and monarch butterflies.

• Require the DNR to perform hydrogeological studies before permitting high capacity wells for CAFOs and corporate water extraction.

• Vote whether to expand trapping access to former wildlife refuges by four months.

To propose a change in law, this format must be followed exactly. For example, if you want to end running packs of dogs on wildlife, you can make a resolution and defend it at the election. Resolutions are posted, read, and voted on midway through the night. Please stay to vote on citizen initiatives.

Nothing humane or democratizing can pass through the hunter gauntlet of delegates until we have humane delegates. With active citizen participation, we could transform this delegation in two years to one that is humane and life-giving.

Please show up wearing red, in solidarity with wildlife advocates.

Major violence in Wisconsin is inflicted on innocent wildlife. Semi-automatics and bump stocks are legal to use — there are few limitations. Over a million wild beings are trapped, shot, maimed and bled out with crossbows, pursued by dogs in season after an artificial manmade season, shot out of trees, and drowned. This recreational killing and suffering is immoral.

The women running my polling place at the April 3 vote knew nothing of this election. The March for Our Lives activists to whom I handed flyers on March 31 were clueless.

For 20 years, I have asked the DNR to make brochures about the event available to the public. They should be handed out at every state park. The event should be on every calendar of Friends of State Parks, the Ice Age Trail, and the MacKenzie Center.

The DNR does not advertise the event because it is funded by hunting and trapping licenses and Pittman-Robertson weapon and ammunition taxes. It does not want the humane citizens of this state, in all their diversity of opinions, messing with hunters’ and trappers’ control of our public lands and former wildlife refuges.

Where the wild things are: a world of lost and lonely beings who need you to stand for them. This is one night each year when citizens can make a difference!



Ten wolves were slaughtered with assault rifles near Denali National Park. The state agency issued an emergency end to the trophy kill, admitting they have no idea how many wolves have been killed. With state and federal resources agencies funded by hunting licenses, mass extinction of natural predators and wildlife will continue.

Oppose the federal “War on Wolves Act,” H.R. 424 and S. 164, and the SHARE Act, H.R. 3668, to your federal legislators: U.S. Capitol Switchboard 202-224-3121

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Posted by on April 8, 2018 in Uncategorized



This is a reminder that the WDNR’s Annual Election and Vote will be held in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties this Monday, April 9. Information regarding the meeting can be found here. Of note, the meeting start time is shown as 7:00 p.m. It has been my experience however, that the first and most important item on the agenda (nomination and election of delegates) may occur prior to the 7:00 p.m. start time. Therefore, I would encourage those of you attending to arrive early. For meeting locations, click here.

This meeting is the one occassion that Wisconsin residents not involved with the hunting and trapping of our wildlife and the continuing destruction of our natural resources can express their concerns and have their voices heard. Like many others, I am greatly concerned with the continued pressure on our natural resources, the downward spiral of our wildlife diversity and populations, and the cruelty often associated with hunting and trapping. I enjoy being out in nature and have concerns whether current DNR “management” practices will preserve our wildlife over the next several years and for several generations to come.

Serving as a delegate to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress does not require much time (click here).  It is however an important role because you will have the opportunity to represent,your county in effecting change with respect to how Wisconsin’s wildlife, biota and ecosystems are managed and protected (click here). Over the years, such issues have been controlled by political (and other) special interests that include the NRA. The benefitting pro-hunting and pro-trapping interests represent only one end of the spectrum however. Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic is working hard to change current practices to those that are based on science, considered humane, and preserve our wildlife, ecosystems and natural resources for enjoyment by Wisconsin’s residents. Persons interested in being a delegate can nominate themselves (or bring a friend along with you). You will then have a few minutes to present your vision regarding the protection and management of our wildlife and natural resources (click here for further information).

The next part of the meeting allows you to provide your opinion on a variety of issues by completing the DNR Questionnaire (to view, click here). The questionnaire is divided into three sections: Fisheries Advisory Questions, DNR Wildlife Advisory Questions and Natural Resources Board Advisory Questions. My suggestion regarding completion of the questionaire is to select the most humane response and/or the response that is most consistent with your values.

The process for preparing and submitting resolutions to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress is described here and here.

Three flyers have been prepared for those attending the meeting.

Flyer 1 (click here). FORMAT: 8-1/2 x 11″. Points of Emphasis: Keep Wisconsin’s gray wolves protected by keeping the Endangered Species Act; Wildlife “refuges” are now prime hunting and trapping grounds – vote whether to give longer access to trappers in what the DNR has turned into killing fields.

Flyer 2 (click here). FORMAT: 8-1/2 x 11″. Points of Emphasis: Ban neonicotinoids and insecticides used on our food supply (killing bees and butterflies); require the DNR to require / perform hydrogeological studies before licensing Corporate Animal Farms and high capacity wells.

Flyer 3 (click here). FORMAT 8-1/2 x 11″ (2 per sheet). Points of Emphasis: 4,500 black bears, mostly cubs, to be killed in September, 2018 (allows for the use of bait and packs of dogs); half a million innocent foxes, bobcats, coyotes, & beavers suffer and die in traps each year; oppose the federal WAR ON WOLVES ACT H.R.424 and S.164 which strips ESA protection for Wisconsin’s gray wolves; oppose the federal SHARE Act that would open 20 million National Park Service public lands to the killing of wolf pups and bear cubs in dens, and strips ESA protection for our wolf and bear populations; and work towards implementing changes that would limit (or eliminate) opportunities for the NRA to run big game safaris across the globe killing rare species like elephants.

Please feel free to download and modify these flyers as you deem necessary. Take some along to pass out prior to the meeting (the area where you reside and/or outside the meeting location).

In addition, Flyer 5 is a template created for those seeking delegate seats. Again, modify as necessary and distribute to those you know and/or outside the meeting location.

Flyer 5 (click here). FORMAT: 8-1/2 x 11″. Points of Emphasis: Humane treatment of Wisconsin’s wildlife and protection of our natural resources and fragile ecosystems. Issues include, but are not limited to: ending the use of lead shot which is poisoning our eagles, hawks, cranes and water life; no hunting of sand hill cranes, rare white deer, and tundra swans; ending the mourning dove hunt; ending the running packs of dogs on our wildlife on public lands; ending trapping (banned in 90 countries decades ago for its cruelty); protecting innocent black bears – most of them 1-2 years old – from hunters using packs of dogs and bait; influence rules / legislation pertaining to mining, sand-fracking, high capacity wells, state parks & public land governance.

Best of luck to those of you seeking delegate seats and a big thank you to all who participate in this year’s meeting! Please let your voice be heard!!

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Posted by on April 6, 2018 in Uncategorized


Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Does the murder of millions of wild animals matter in gun debate?

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“Hunting is murder. The problem comes from a culture, including religion, that exalts people above accountability for the harm that they cause others. “~ Jeff Biss, comment on the Wisconsin Bear Sanctuary GoFundMe page

17 people were murdered in Parkland.

Referencing the murder of millions of indigenous wildlife annually does not diminish that violence, but calls us to a parallel issue that must be addressed if young people are to inherit a living world. With two-thirds of wildlife destroyed on the planet in just 50 years, and 60 percent of large mammals threatened with extinction right now, we as a society must end the war on wildlife that is at the core of overall violence in this culture.

We are late to act and there is no guarantee that our species will survive the arrogance we have exhibited by dismissing the suffering and extinction of other species.

The correlation between cruelty to animals and domestic violence has been established for decades. Teaching young children that killing wildlife is a cultural norm and promoted by adults is numbing them to the sacredness of all life.

The teens of Parkland are well aware that money and power have a similar numbing effect on adults in the legislatures of this country. Gun fanaticism and brute patriarchal violence have dominated our government policies for decades.

The students who are speaking out are well educated, articulate and motivated for change. My hope is that their push for laws that ensure their own safety will impact the violence rotting within, and exported outside, our country. It is urgent that efforts go beyond human concerns to a wider understanding: If we do not protect wildlife as well as people, we will not accomplish the end of violence.

The Outdoor Channel’s “Under Wild Skies,” which also runs on NRA TV, started and continues as a showcase for wildlife killing.

Gun violence is primarily not a caused by mental illness or violent videos. According to the book “Gun Violence and Mental Illness” published by the American Psychiatric Association in 2016, mass shootings by seriously mental ill people represent 1 percent of gun homicides annually. Pretending to solve the gun problem while sidestepping guns will not work.

An AR-15 bullet “does not have to actually hit an artery to damage it and cause catastrophic bleeding. Exit wounds can be the size of an orange,” said Dr. Heather Sher, a radiologist who examined student victims of the Marjory Stoneman shootings.

Connecticut legislated some of the tougher gun laws in the country after the Sandy Hook massacre and, according to Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., cut state violence by 40 percent. A 2013 New Republic article quotes Murphy: “The NRA is just all mythology…The NRA does not win elections anymore….The reason for the gap between perception and reality is that, for many years, the NRA has had no real opposition.”

Parkland survivors, joined by gun violence survivors all over the country, are determined opposition. Soon they will vote. One student said we should rename the AR-15 “the Marco Rubio” because it is so easy to buy. Emma Gonzalez, survivor of the Valentine’s Day Parkland shooting, called out NRA purchased politicians with “We call BS.” She has more Twitter followers than the NRA. The repeated call is to vote out NRA shills.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, wrote the 2014 Politico article “How the NRA Rewrote the Second Amendment.” It is fascinating reading for anyone who wants less gun violence. It describes how the NRA manipulated the message to distort the Second Amendment’s intent.

In’s 2014 “America’s Gun Fantasy” (excerpt from Kurt Anderson’s book “Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire: A 500-Year History”), Anderson quotes Chief Justice Warren Burger, a conservative appointed by President Richard Nixon, saying he complained after he retired that “…the Second Amendment ‘has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud — I repeat the word fraud — on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.’”

The students who survived the Parkland massacre and parents from the Newtown massacre are making reasonable demands:

• Ban semi-automatic guns and bump stocks.

• Severely limit the size of ammunition magazines.

• Universal background checks without loopholes.

• Reinstate funding for gun violence research.

• Legislators:Stop taking money from the NRA and weapons manufacturers.

• Demand that businesses and banks divest from alliances with the NRA

This is not a time for incrementalism. It is a time for major reformation toward peaceful policies and against guns and violence on all levels of society, including our dwindling wildlife that is under constant assault.

Do not fool yourselves. We are in the fight of our lives for peace and survival in the midst of a death culture. We face crises of accelerating climate change, species extinction, and the threat of nuclear war. We cannot live on a dead, hot planet. Our wanton joy-ride of killing and exploiting earth ends or we are toast.

This is our opportunity to hold legislators accountable or vote them out.


Donald Trump has flip-flopped on banning trophy lion and elephant imports as elephants continue to be poached 96 per day, and lion populations plummet. You can sign this petition against encouraging trophy hunting and poaching African wildlife here.

Help push Congress to ban assault weapons by signing this petition.

Petition for gun control here.

March for Our Lives in solidarity with the Parkland Students Washington March, Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m., Wisconsin State Capitol, corner of State Street and Mifflin.

This column was originally published in the Madison Cap Times on March 11, 2018.

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Posted by on March 24, 2018 in Uncategorized


Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Unloading the DNR-NRA

“The first thing to remember about gun violence is that it is A BUSINESS.” ~ Harvey Wasserman, social justice activist

Nikolas Cruz, who killed 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, was trained to shoot in a school marksmanship program funded with a 2016 $10,000 donation by the NRA. According to a ThinkProgress article by Judd Legum, in 2015 the NRA Foundation gave $2.2 million in similar grants promoting gun usage to school children around the country, including elementary and middle schools.

Every time there is a mass shooting, the NRA profits as membership goes up and as gun addicts buy more semi-automatics and guns they fear may be banned, thereby bolstering gun industry profits. Killing children is profitable to the weapons industry.

Killing wildlife profits both the weapons industry and state departments of natural resources. Gun and ammunition taxes are collected federally and dispersed to state resources agencies on the basis of how many hunting licenses are sold. That money is then cycled back to recruitment and training of more hunters and trappers to destroy more wildlife and bolster the military-industrial complex with military recruits. They all work together.

Senate Bill S.1613 — 115th Congress (2017-2018) presented as “Pittman-Robertson Modernization,” prioritizes significant funding to recruitment and training of more hunters: “Amounts apportioned to the states from any taxes on pistols, revolvers, bows, and arrows may be used for hunter recruitment and recreational shooter recruitment.”

State Rep. Joel Kleefisch, R-Oconomowoc, has the same NRA agenda: promoting killing of our wildlife to children of any age. It is all about indoctrinating children from cradle to grave for “shooting sports” and protecting the NRA, the Second Amendment (as interpreted by the NRA) and teaching young activists to support gun “rights.”

Innocent wildlife, children, and society pay the price.

Harvey Wasserman, on, wrote “It’s Time to Deal with Trumputin’s Second Amendment Idiocy.” He explained:

“Here’s what the Second Amendment actually says: ‘A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’”

Wasserman continues: “No other of the first Ten Amendments has an explanatory introduction. The right to keep and bear arms is assumed as a basic right, but ONLY in light of service to the security of a free state, and under the auspices of a well-regulated militia.


The corruption runs deep in the pockets of legislators, especially Republicans. Key among them is Paul Ryan, who received $346,497 from gun rights groups.

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence reports that the second-highest ranking official at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Ronald Turk, collaborated with an NRA lobbyist calling for weaker gun laws and reduced ATF oversight of gun dealers to promote guns everywhere, with complicity of the Trump administration.

According to the NRATV Hunting website: “The NRA Hunting initiative is designed to defend hunting and confront the vile animal rights movement head-on.” NRATV’s “Under Wild Skies,” picturing an endangered large bull elephant, hosts six seasons of 67 episodes which “for two decades … has showcased the finest big-game hunting in the world from Alaska to Zimbabwe.” The president of Safari Club International, a worldwide trophy hunting organization, was just nominated to run for the board of the NRA.

Sixty percent of large mammals are threatened with extinction right now, with little pushback to save them. Carnivores are demonized and massively killed as trash or trophy.

There are various solutions to gun violence that work. One is the model set by Australians after the mass shooting of 35 people in 1996. Within months, rapid-fire long guns (semi-automatics) were banned and a year later a mandatory buy-back of those guns, at market prices, was enforced. In 2003 a handgun buyback was introduced. There have been no mass shootings (defined as five or more at one time) in Australia since those laws were enacted with support by all major parties. The results were surprising. According to The Guardian, “Mass shootings have not only stopped, but there has also been an accelerating reduction in rates of firearm-related homicide and suicides, a landmark study has found.”

The study’s author, professor Simon Chapman, commented, “The U.S. is a good example of where evidence is going to take longer to prevail over fear and ideology.”

Another Madravenspeak column has more on the Second Amendment.

Wasserman writes: “The Second Amendment is now being deliberately misinterpreted by a predatory industry, a corrupt corporate elite, and an uncaring, would-be dictator. They are protecting the bottom line of a for-profit industry with not a shred of conscience or concern for the security of a free state or the law.”


Find seven actions you can take to prevent gun violence at Everytown for Gun Safety.

Call your legislators (use your zip code): (202) 225-2131, to support a ban on semi-automatics and bump stocks, support background checks, and for legislators to stop taking money from the NRA.

This column was originally published in the Madison CapTimes on February 25, 2018.


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Posted by on March 23, 2018 in Uncategorized


BREAKING NEWS: Great Lakes wolves to remain protected!

From: Leda Huta, Endangered Species Coalition <>

Date: Wed, Mar 21, 2018 at 8:35 PM



I have an update – and my sincere thanks – for you today. We have learned in the past hour that policy riders that would have delisted Great Lakes wolves have been eliminated from the final version of the omnibus spending bill! This is fantastic news and means that wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin will not face hunting and trapping seasons in the near future!

This is an enormous win for both gray wolves and the Endangered Species Act. Had the War on Wolves rider advanced it would have paved the way for even more politically-based listing decisions. We have learned from allies in Congress that senators and representatives received thousands of emails, phone calls, and tweets asking them to keep these wolves protected. The bill is not perfect. It contains concerning language about greater sage grouse and the border wall, but make no doubt, this is a huge, huge win!

This victory for wolves would not have been possible without you, Patricia. Thank you for standing up for wolves and for being an active member of the conservation community.







Leda Huta

Executive Director

Endangered Species Coalition

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Thanks to all of you that helped make this happen. Patricia


Posted by on March 22, 2018 in Uncategorized


Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: The trapper and the coyote – a Wisconsin love story


Chester coyote with Larry and Cheryl

“Knowing him changes you.” ~ Larry, a Wisconsin trapper who adopted a coyote pup

It was June of 2016. I had a call from a Wisconsin trapper – and it was déjà vu all over again. Larry, a Wisconsin trapper and cattle rancher, had adopted an orphan coyote pup, then 4 years old. A DNR warden had shown up at their door to tell Larry’s wife, Cheryl, “We will be back to pick up your coyote to kill him.”

In February 2013 I wrote about a similar situation. Rick Hanestad and his two children had sought and found a coyote den after the mother was killed by a turkey hunter. She had been nursing, so they knew she died close to her den. A year later, with his then 7-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son bonded to the coyote as a family pet, a boundary dispute brought a warden to the door. When he saw the coyote, he said he would return to kill him. Rick went into full-time rescue of his family, calling his state representative and the local media, and a week into his ordeal, was told that I write this Madravenspeak column and called me.

I knew the law. All over Wisconsin, there are fenced hounding facilities that permit the running of dogs on rabbits, raccoons, bobcats, baby bears, foxes and coyotes. Tom Solin (since retired) was head of DNR special investigations in 2000 when I was on the Conservation Congress. He set up the Captive Bear and Cougar Committee to establish more humane enclosures for captive wildlife in the state. He told me that coyotes should never be put into hounding enclosures because there is no safe place for them to hide from packs of dogs that are taught to be vicious. They cannot climb trees. He told me they would be torn apart on the ground, as they still are.

The Legislature passed laws including allowing captive coyotes in fenced enclosures as dog bait. I knew that hounding enclosure profiteers were taking living wildlife directly from our woods, from trappers. Trappers provide baby raccoons, foxes, bobcats, rabbits and coyotes to hounding enclosures for that torment.

To ensure the safety of his coyote, Rick Hanestad got his fur farm license and fenced the required 144-square-foot enclosure. To this day Rick takes his beloved coyote along to Nascar races, where he competes.

When I heard from Larry and his wife in the summer of 2016, both were frightened that he would be killed. Larry’s wife, Cheryl, had bottle-fed him, and she was crying. So, off the top of my head, I said, “Bring him to me and I will find a safe place for him to stay until you get your license, fencing, and have assurances for his safety.”

Larry and Cheryl were out the door with their coyote, named Chester, before I could give them an address. I had to call them on the road. The situation reminded me of the underground railroad with safe havens for fleeing slaves. By the time they arrived at my door, I had found Chester safe haven. Larry, who raises cattle, and has trapped much of his life, got out of the SUV, and gave me a big bear hug, saying, “Thank you so much, Patricia – nobody else would help us.” He was near tears.

As he opened the back of the car to show Chester sitting in a transport cage, he turned to me and said, “Knowing him changes you.”

Larry told me that children lined his porch to meet Chester when he was a pup.

I thought they would bring a dog house or shelter, but we drove to the location together, and they staked him out on a chain on a central pole.

Chester was not tame for anyone but his family. During many visits, he remained non-aggressive but aloof. It was July and we had some pretty heavy downpours, so I talked my tenant into helping me haul treated posts and tarps and we spent four hours building Chester an enclosure. He was afraid of the flapping tarps so we dismantled it. Coyotes actually like the rain, as explained in this great resource to learn more about coyotes.

Genie Metoyer, who is a second-term elected Waushara county delegate on the Conservation Congress, visited Chester with me many times. Bless her vegan heart, she brought him sausages and bones and various meat treats. He took them directly from her hands without harm, but remained elusive. He is beautiful and dignified. We never petted him.

As soon as Larry and Cheryl had assurances from the DNR that they could keep Chester after they built a 144-square-foot enclosure and paid a $539.50 fine and $43.73 to the DNR for the coyote, Cheryl emailed me that they would be coming to get him. “We miss him so much!”

A new trapper can kill as many coyotes as he or she wants for $5. Hunters kill coyotes any way they want year-round.

It is time for us to be changed by coyotes. They deserve so much better.


Actions: The Urban-Canid Project of UW Madison seeks support and volunteers, live-trapping foxes and coyotes in the urban Madison area, to study how they move and survive in the city. The site gives an email address for your request to participate in the study.

Coyotes and foxes (and all wildlife) have similar emotional and family bonds as dogs and people. Learn more about coyotes here.

Wildlife lovers can help create a Wisconsin bear sanctuary and education center 35 miles north of Madison. The Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic website has more information (at right). Please help.

Originally published in the Madison CapTimes on December 31, 2017


Posted by on February 20, 2018 in Uncategorized