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It’s Time to Put Our Money Where Our Mouths Are When It Comes to Hounding: Please Help Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf

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Following the latest wolf slaughter season the anti-wildlife and anti-wolf factions have become even more emboldened. They openly brag on Facebook hate pages of poaching and even advocating the use of poison. The Wisconsin DNR has been presented with dozens of photographs, videos, and statements showing wolf/bear/coyote/bobcat hounders violating numerous rules and regulations and they refuse to take any action.

One of the most blatant examples of the DNR refusing to enforce their own rules and regulations concerns the refusal by their “investigators” to cite hounders, trappers,and shooters that do not tag killed wolves IMMEDIATELY as is stated in their own rules:

Tagging and Registration
Upon killing a wolf, the harvester must do all of the following:
1) immediately validate and attach the PELT tag to the wolf in the manner described on the tag. After skinning the wolf, the CARCASS tag shall be attached to the skinned carcass, and the PELT tag shall be left attached to the pelt

Each time wildlife advocates have filed a complaint regarding snuff pictures of untagged wolves being posted on the internet the DNR “Commercial and Internet Enforcement Administrator, John M. Welke, sends the complainant a canned email response stating:

The photo of the wolf you submitted occurred minutes after harvest and the wolf was tagged within minutes after the photo was taken.

I am left wondering where in their own rules does IMMEDIATELY mean after taking a bunch of grinning snuff pics over the dead animal?

Then we have the photos and videos submitted to the DNR showing hounders allowing their dogs to attack bears, coyotes, and bobcats in clear violation of state law. Welke again tells the complainants that there is “no violation” and that no action will be taken.

Various other complaints have been filed by wildlife advocates concerning photos showing hounders posing over dead wolves with more than the allotted SIX hounds. Again the DNR “investigator” sends out a canned response stating that the hounders did nothing wrong.

What is it going to take to force the DNR to enforce their own rules and stop protecting the hounders and wolf haters? This is where we need your help:

As a board member of Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf we are working on a plan to educate the general public about the brutal nature of hounding and the often illegal behavior that the DNR condones. Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf is asking that concerned wildlife advocates help fund an education program that will allow us to spread the word about the brutal act of hounding and how the Wisconsin DNR promotes and condones legalized animal fighting. We also aim to show people how hounders treat their “beloved” hound dogs. We plan to do this through direct mail and other forms of media. This takes money and that is why we are asking for your help..

Through the generous donations of several wildlife advocates we were able to fund the placement of a billboard near Wisconsin Dells this past summer. Now we need to ramp up the pressure and work to educate the public about hounding and the behavior of the hounders in our state. Please consider a donation to Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf so that we can accomplish this goal. Donations can be made at the website below via PayPal:

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf Donations

Donations can also be mailed to:

117 Ardmore Dr.

Madison, WI 53713

Please make check payable to: FOTWW

We are asking for the help of concerned wildlife advocates and a donation of any amount will help us get the message out through various forms of media. The hounders are very well funded and essentially own our state elected officials. We need the help of the public to tip that balance. Please consider donating.

Thank you in advance for your generous, tax-deductible, support of Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf–a 501c3, not for profit, organization.

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf Donations

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2014 in Hounding, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Blows the Lid Off Of Scam Hounder “Depredation” Payments.

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Coyote killed by dogs in Wisconsin

 

**UPDATE 01-05-2014** The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has posted a chart along with numerous arrogant quotes from the convicted poachers and other violators that received “depredation” payments at this link:

State pays scofflaws over hound deaths

The end of the 2013-2014 Wisconsin wolf slaughter season marked the first time that dogs have been allowed to “legally” go after wolves. With the help of traps and packs of vicious dogs Wisconsin oversaw the slaughter of 257 wolves in a little over two months. The quota was 251 but the hounders and wolf haters had to make sure they exceeded that number for the second year in a row.

Wolf haters also took their vile bloodlust to a new low this year on the various anti-wolf hate pages that pollute Facebook and the internet. In between the countless snuff pics showing bloody dead wolves and the ginning sadists that killed them, were hundreds of calls from Northwoods wolf haters to “kill ’em all,” to poach unlimited wolves, and even going as far as giving tutorials about how to poison wolves. These comments were not even the worst of it. The season started by wolf haters sending death and rape threats to wildlife advocates and repeated use of the term “timbernigger”  directed toward Native American wildlife advocates.

The hate filled cretins assumed that their childish name calling and threats would make us back down and accept their disgusting sadism. They couldn’t be more wrong. If anything their behavior and disrespect toward wildlife and wildlife advocates have emboldened us even more to educate the public as to what kind of people hounders and the other anti-wolf factions really are. Not only are hounders the lowest of the low in the hunting community they also appear to be freeloaders at the teat of the Wisconsin DNR which enthusiastically pays them $2500 each time one of their dogs is allegedly killed by a wolf. Not only are hounders perpetrating the massive scam on the state by repeatedly putting their dogs at risk when tormenting other wildlife, the DNR has paid out vast sums of money to hounders that aren’t even licensed or allowed to hunt in Wisconsin due to various crimes and violations.

Yesterday, The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism published an article breaking down the tens of thousands of dollars paid to convicted violators over the alleged killing by wolves of their dogs:

Wisconsin, the only state with a program that compensates the owners of dogs killed by wolves while hunting other animals, has paid tens of thousands of dollars during the past decade to individuals who have violated state hunting or firearms laws.

Seven individuals received a total of $19,000 in payments after they were convicted of crimes or paid forfeitures for hunting or firearms-related offenses, according to an analysis by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. An additional $20,000 went to four claimants who were subsequently fined for such offenses, including bear hunting without a license.

In one case, the state Department of Natural Resources paid $2,500 to a man for a dog death that happened while he was prohibited from having a hunting license, due to a prior criminal conviction. The DNR, in response to the Center’s inquiries, is investigating. But even if the claimant was breaking the law at the time, which he denies, he will get to keep the money.

“Having a license is not an eligibility requirement for reimbursement of dogs killed by wolves,” said Tim Andryk, the DNR’s chief legal counsel.

The DNR program also has approved more than $80,000 in payments to repeat claimants — those who put dogs in successive situations where they were killed by wolves. And money has gone to people from other states who brought their dogs here to hunt.

For years hounders whined and cried about how wolves were killing their “precious” dogs yet they kept putting their dogs in those situations even after repeated “warnings” from the DNR of wolf activity.

Hunters frequently place the value of their lost hounds at well above the state’s maximum reimbursement rate of $2,500.

“They’re like our kids to us,” said Amy Visger, a board member of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters’ Association, in a 2010 Wisconsin Public Television news segment. “We really don’t want anything to happen to them.”

Visger is among the owners of the 23 hunting dogs killed in 2013 who are seeking compensation. She did not respond to an interview request.

Many hounders make claims to the state that their dogs are worth up to $10,000. One look at the various Wisconsin hounder Facebook pages show how much “value” these people place on their “$10,000” dogs.

Almost 7 year old male walker/bluetick cross bear dog. Great on caught bear, trees good, medium nose, medium speed. Selling him because hes not a great winter dog. $700 Putting this ad on here for a friend of mine so if interested, contact me and I’ll give you his contact information.

3 year old spayed Walker female for sale. Has been run on wolf,coyote and bear. Asking $200. PM me for details.

Plott pups for sale a lot of weems bloodline $300.00

Walker red tick cross hounds out of a 16 yr. Strain of lion and bear dogs, tails trimmed, first shots givin, dew claws removed, weened and ready for there new owners, $250 a pup.

All of the above posts came from Wisconsin hounders posting on a Facebook site. Any bets that if one of these dogs happen to be killed by a wolf they will suddenly be “worth” $10,000? These people are beyond despicable and one has to wonder if the state even bothers to inspect their backyard puppy mills as per state law.

According to the DNR’s Koele, the USDA’s wildlife services office has verified claims for all 23 lost hounds in 2013. The claimants have asked for up to $10,000 per animal, but the program’s established maximum is $2,500 — unless there are additional veterinary costs.

Most of the claimants for 2013 are set to get $2,500. The claims add up to $56,000, higher than any other year. The payments will be processed in mid-January, Koele said.

We certainly know how ethical Wildlife Services are. Watch this video to get an idea of what kind of people run and work for that agency:

A huge thank you to Bill Lueders and The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism for exposing yet another of the unethical scams being perpetrated by the Wisconsin DNR and their bear hounder puppet masters. I wonder how many other government run programs allow you to collect money while breaking the law and then when caught do not require you to pay it back? Try that with unemployment or taxes and see if you get to keep the money. With hounders again the rules do not apply and it is time for the DNR to be called out for their unethical alliance with these disgusting groups and people.

State pays scofflaws over hound deaths

 
 

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The Week that Was in the Bloodsport Capital of the United States

As of this morning 213 wolves have been killed in the first five weeks of Wisconsin’s annual wolf slaughter. In little more than 10 days packs of vicious four legged weapons will be unleashed upon the surviving wolves in Wisconsin’s “Zone 3,” the only remaining open wolf kill area in the state. The killing cartel puppets at the Wisconsin DNR have to be hoping that the 251 kill quota is reached during the upcoming gun deer killing season that commences this weekend. They have already been taking massive heat over their reckless and politically motivated wolf slaughter/witch hunt and the last thing they want the public to see are the inevitable photos and videos of dogs attacking wolves in what amounts to government sanctioned dog fighting. If anyone comes across photos and videos exhibiting this activity please do not hesitate to forward it to us.

Yesterday I was informed by a wildlife advocate in Wisconsin that the DNR once again is refusing to take action against bear hounders that openly violate the law and allow their four legged weapons to attack bears and other wildlife. The advocate was emailed this photograph earlier in the year by a troll in an effort to taunt them.

A clear violation of Wisconsin law and again ignored by the Wisconsin DNR. Used under Fair Use Doctrine.

A clear violation of Wisconsin law and again ignored by the Wisconsin DNR. Used under Fair Use Doctrine.

This is the response from the DNR:

Thank you for taking the time to contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources with your concerns. We have had an opportunity to investigate the information that you have provided regarding a photo of some dogs “fighting” with a black bear and at this time we have not found evidence of any law violations. (Photographs and admissions apparently are no longer “evidence” according to the DNR apparently).

If you have additional information that you would like to share regarding this matter please feel free to contact me directly via email or by phone at (608)279-1960. To report violations outside of normal business hours please feel free to contact our 24 “Hotline” by phone at 1-800-847-9367, via text at TIP 411 (847411). Text: TIPWDNR [space] followed by the tip or via email at le.hotline@wisconsin.gov<mailto:le.hotline@wisconsin.gov>. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff will relay reported information to our conservation wardens. Anyone who calls the hotline or provides information can remain anonymous.

Thank you again for sharing your concerns with us and don’t hesitate to contact me if I can be of further assistance.

John M. Welke
Commercial and Internet Enforcement Administrator
Special Operation Unit
Bureau of Law Enforcement
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
(*) phone: (608) 279-1960
(*) fax: (608) 266-3696
(*) e-mail: john.welke@wisconsin.gov
Website: dnr.wi.gov
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/WIDNR<http://www.facebook.com/WIDNR>

Hmmmmm. The same Warden that also refused to take any action against wolf killers not immediately tagging their kills in violation of their own printed rules. This is on top of the fact that there were ZERO violations against bear/coyote hounders in 2012. Earlier this year this video was posted to the Facebook page of someone purported to be the DNR’s “Youth Hunter of the Year” and one of their trapping instructors in northern Wisconsin. The person bragged on his page about allowing his dogs to fight this coyote:

This video along with the comments and more photos showing the purported “Youth Hunter of the Year” allowing his dogs to also attack bears were turned over to the Wisconsin DNR by concerned wildlife advocates. After some time passed the investigating Warden informed the complainant that he would “have a talk” with the person and that was as far as the complaint went. Again no action was taken. When pressed on why no action was taken in the face of video, photographic, and internet comment evidence the DNR responded with multiple stories. The most absurd one came from the DNR spokesman Bill Cosh who said that the video above was just “some guy out west” and not their “Youth Hunter of the Year” and trapping instructor. The message from this is very clear. If you are a bear/coyote hounder you do not have to follow the rules because the DNR has your back. If you are a wolf killer breaking the rules they are only “technical violations” and you have nothing to fear from the Wisconsin DNR. Animal fighting and violations of the rules are perfectly fine with the DNR if you kill predators, but don’t you dare try to save an orphaned deer.

In even more bizarre Wisconsin related news it seems that the great white hunters of Wisconsin need to be reminded not to drink and drive while they are out “putting food on the table” this deer killing season.

When hundreds of thousands of deer hunters hit the highways in Wisconsin this weekend, they’ll be reminded at the gas pump to stay sober while behind the wheel.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is teaming up with the Wisconsin Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association to install 150 gas pump topper signs at convenience stores throughout the state.

The signs feature an orange-clad bearded hunter becoming an orange jail uniform-clad bearded inmate because he didn’t stay sober heading out to the hunt.

Funny. I never see these types of warnings for the millions of people that take to the woods to watch wildlife or hike in Wisconsin. If that isn’t absurd enough the DNR had to put out a story essentially trying to make excuses for the reckless fools that shoot people while out “putting food on the table:”

DNR: Hunt accidents rare, mistakes blamed

Wisconsin wildlife officials say shooting-related hunting accidents are rare but most result from basic firearm safety mistakes.

Post-Crescent Media reported Wednesday that Department of Natural Resources records show 28 hunting incidents in 2012, including four deaths. Most were attributed to gun-deer hunting, squirrel hunting and turkey hunting. Thus far in 2013 the state has seen 18 incidents, including one Marathon County squirrel hunter who was killed.

“Mistakes?” How about reckless endangerment? I wonder how many of these tie into the alcohol issues mentioned above? How many people did those big bad wolves kill? But have no fear our fearless leader Governor General Scott Walker will be out attempting to kill deer during the gun season:

Walker released a statement Friday saying he will join hunters from around the world in heading to the Wisconsin woods. His quote: “Like riding my Harley and watching the Packers, going hunting is one of my favorite Wisconsin traditions.”

Wow! He seems to be covering all of the cliche Wisconsin pastimes. All that is missing is some serial killing and drunk driving. Of course that is not the end of the “news” from the DNR. The DNR had to make sure to warn those looking to kill deer over the next week and a half that things might be a little “tough” for the great white white hunters looking to “put a trophy food on the wall table.”

Wildlife officials are predicting deer hunters will face some tough conditions when they take to the woods Saturday for the start of the state’s nine-day gun season.

Kevin Wallenfang is the Department of Natural Resources’ big game ecologist. He says the opener is scheduled later this year, which could mean reduced rutting activity.

He says many areas are fairly wet, which could limit hunter access. And he says that thanks to the late spring and wet conditions about 40 percent of the state’s corn crop is still standing, which will provide cover for deer.

Plus, he says, bow hunters haven’t been reporting many deer in northern areas, mostly because many animals didn’t survive the unusually long winter.

Although not mentioned in the article I am sure we all know what will really get the blame if the great white hunters don’t get “their” trophy buck “food” this year. The wolf haters are already clamoring to further increase the already massive kill quota for next year. That is when they are not advocating the use of poison on Wisconsin wolves:

Gary Kauther
Food sweetner Xylitol found to kill wolves if sprinkled on gut piles.
Like · · November 13 at 3:23pm

Gary Kauther
authorities try to quiet the word about Xylitol elk hunters in the west using to wipe out wolf packs by sprinkling on gut piles,gives wolves a heart attack.
Like · · Yesterday at 3:08pm

And where does this person “work?” He lists “Green Bay Tea Party” on his page. Color me shocked. Another one of those “rule of law” conservatives I see.

Speaking of wolf hate the wolf hating poachers that are worshiped here in Wisconsin and out west are now trying to eradicate the critically endangered red wolves in North Carolina. In just the past few weeks SIX collard red wolves have been illegally killed there. It seems that the Teahadist fueled anti-wolf vitriol now covers all parts of the nation.

Good day from the Bloodsport Capital of the United States.

 
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Posted by on November 22, 2013 in Hounding, Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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Wolf Slaughter Begins While the Media Finally Pays Attention…….And Asks Questions

Is there any doubt left that the Wisconsin DNR hates wolves?

Is there any doubt left that the Wisconsin DNR hates wolves?

The day that wildlife advocates have dreaded and bloodthirsty sadists yearned for is upon us. This is the first day of Wisconsin’s annual wolf slaughter season. There is a big difference between this year and last year though. The mainstream media is finally paying attention to the reckless plan authored by the killing cartel controlled “Wolf Advisory Committee” and the pay to play Wisconsin DNR under former real estate developer turned agency secretary Cathy Stepp. In the past week alone some outstanding journalism from the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism has shone a light in the corrupt and barbaric practices that the DNR labels as “science,” “management,” and “tradition. The Center also asks the question about why some in this state are so obsessed with using dogs as four-legged weapons against wildlife and why this is considered “ethical” by the DNR. The most important piece from the Center is a long investigative article showcasing the corrupt and pandering antics of the Wisconsin DNR and their sham committees. The article is here:

Proposed wolf reduction worries Wisconsin scientists

In the article DNR talking head Sgt. Schultz….errr…..Bill Vander Zouwen makes the ridiculous statement that the DNR has no clue what killing cartel groups are applying “political pressure.” Right……

The wolf committee is one of 16 wildlife advisory committees that were revamped this spring to exclude university researchers and reduce DNR staff — a move that internal DNR records show was controversial among some of the agency’s scientists.

The committees now have more representation by interest groups, including sportsmen.

The wolf committee is drafting a long-term plan for managing the animals due in June to the Natural Resources Board, which sets policy for the DNR.

Committee facilitator Bill Vander Zouwen, the DNR’s ecology section chief, said agency administrators are feeling pressure from outside groups not to raise the goal from 350, set in a state wolf management plan from 1999 when wolves were recovering from threatened status.

“Whoever worked with the legislators on the bill — it’s clear the legislators wanted (the wolf population) brought down,” he said. “If we start talking about higher goals, it will make people nervous because of the political pressure out there.”

Vander Zouwen said he didn’t know who was applying this pressure: “Nobody has really told me who those influential parties are.”

Seriously? Let me give you a hint. They wrote the damn bill and sit on your sham committee, Vander Zouwen. Then there is this asinine statement from the the head of the state trapper killing cartel and committee member:

Committee member Maynard Breunig, representing the Wisconsin Trappers’ Association, was also adamant about not going above 350.

“I’ll change my mind when I’m six feet under. That’s about the only time I’ll change my mind,” he said. “What is the goal of all of this? Everybody knows what the people want.”

What people? The bear hounders? The trapper sadists? Funny that these bloodthirsty sadists speak for a tiny minority of Wisconsin citizens yet they know “what the people want.”

And of course here is the political control of the DNR wolf “management” spelled out in clear terms:

The state’s 2012 wolf hunt, the first in half a century, was approved with support from several state sportsmen groups, including the Safari Club International Wisconsin Chapter, the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and the Wisconsin Bowhunters Association, all of which are now represented on the Wolf Advisory Committee.

Officers and board members of the seven groups that spent time lobbying for the wolf hunt have donated at least $15,500 to Republican campaigns since mid-2008, an analysis shows. Recipients include Walker and former state Rep. Scott Gunderson, now DNR executive assistant. They also gave at least $4,300 to Democratic campaigns.

The rechartering of the DNR’s 16 wildlife committees has raised concerns among some DNR panel members, according to emails and a report obtained under an open records request by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism.

Vander Zouwen??? Are you paying attention about who is exerting the “political pressure?” You put them on your sham committee.

And not to be outdone Cathy Stepp decided to respond to the Center’s article in a propaganda press release claiming that managing wolves is “as much art as it is science?” Sit down before you read this obsecene and insulting garbage:

If wildlife management was simply about doing research and then implementing what a study suggests, our wildlife managers would have a pretty straight forward and relatively easy job. However, wildlife management in Wisconsin and across the country is as much an art as it is a science. To ignore public sentiment and turn a blind eye to what society will accept will result in the failure of any policy, no matter how sound it may be from a scientist’s point of view. That is why for over 76 years, the DNR has balanced social, biological, and economic science in its decision making.

In review of the article, there are a number of important facts that were omitted.

First, several scientists, including Dr. Timothy Van Deelen and his research associate Jennifer Stenglen, have presented to the department’s wolf committee on multiple occasions. The article suggests that because Dr. Van Deelen isn’t a member of the committee that his inputs are not considered. To the contrary, their model has been utilized for two consecutive years to help model and project how the state’s wolf population will respond to harvest.

Secondly, the article asserts a false premise that only hunters, trappers and ranchers want fewer wolves. What is not mentioned are the votes by 18 Wisconsin County Boards that have passed advisory resolutions on wolf management, with 14 voting for 350 or less wolves and 4 voting for a goal of 350 wolves. Those counties include: Ashland, Burnett, Clark, Douglas, Florence, Forest, Iron, Jackson, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, and Vilas. This is a taste of the social side of wolf management. The DNR strives to balance many of the social aspects of wolf management with the need, and the department’s responsibility, to manage the state’s wolf population.

Classic Laurie Groskopf/bear hounder propaganda. So Stepp, who populates these boards? You fail to mention that the vast majority are indeed hunters, trappers, hounders, and ranchers. So no it is not a “false premise.” Guess what Stepp? Wisconsin is a state of 5.6 MILLION people. How about paying attention to that “social side of management” not just bear hounders, hunters, trappers, and ranchers. And then the propaganda continues:

At a recent DNR wolf committee meeting, social dimension work from UW researcher Adrian Treves was presented to the committee. In subsequent meetings the committee decided that more in-depth and robust social dimensions work needed to be conducted to better inform the department’s update to the state’s wolf management plan. Again, no mention was made of this fact in the article.

Next, the assertion that we will get to our goal of 350 wolves in one year ignores the science. The UW’s own population model indicates this year’s harvest could result in a 13 percent reduction in the state’s wolf population.

Since the day the wolf hunt legislation went into effect, we have been clear that we will honor the established population goal, and we will manage the population responsibly. Last year, as we predicted, our conservative harvest resulted in basically holding the wolf population steady. The minimum population count was estimated to be 815 in 2012, after the harvest it was estimated to be 809, a decline of less than 1 percent.

Also, at the beginning of the 2014 wolf hunting and trapping season, the population is well above 809 animals. The state’s wolf population basically doubles each spring when young are born. The number the department reports as a baseline is the population at its lowest point each year, just prior to pups being born. That is the origin of 809 and needs to be reported in context.

Finally, I want to take this time to thank our experts, the 12 DNR scientists and wildlife professionals that sit at the table with our conservation and Federal partners developing recommendations at our wolf committee meetings. The article focuses on only a few committee members but fails to mention the makeup of our 25 member committee which also includes representatives from the US Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), US Department of Agriculture, Wisconsin County Forest Association and the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC). The article suggests that science is not represented, that only stakeholders are making decisions. This is simply not true and fails to tell the entire story.

Once recommendations are developed at the committee level, those recommendations are advanced to the department’s wildlife policy team, where seasoned managers and scientists with over 150 combined years of experience, weigh the science (both social and biological) and also the management implications. Ultimately they will make the recommendation to department administration and the Natural Resources Board (NRB). That is where biology, science and public sentiment are weighed and a final decision is made. This year the wolf committee recommended a quota of 275 wolves and the NRB approved that quota unanimously.

There are some tough decisions ahead. For instance, if we want to continue to harvest wolves, we will very likely have to decide on whether 350 wolves is the correct number. We do not disagree or ignore the fact that at lower populations we need to take great care in our management decisions. If we do reach 350 animals, it may mean that public harvest is extremely limited and we are only controlling problem wolves. These are the important questions that our citizens and committee will be tackling in the coming year. In the meantime, we will continue to responsibly manage our wolf population.

Our commitment to science remains strong. We will continue to monitor the biological data collected through surveys and harvest data as we move toward our goal, approved by and written by many of those quoted in the article as well as the USFWS. No other state puts the same amount of effort into tracking, monitoring and collecting data on the wolf population and harvest as Wisconsin does. There is much to be celebrated in our recovery and responsible management of the wolves in Wisconsin.

Keep the propaganda spin rolling Stepp and fellow DNR talking heads. This is the same killing cartel propaganda that ALL of the anti-wolf groups keep spreading. The Center has made very clear that they stand behind their story 100 percent and we concur:

The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism stands by its report on the state Department of Natural Resources’ management of the wolf population. The report fairly and accurately draws upon the perspectives of advocates and critics of the DNR, through interviews and public records. DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp’s response mischaracterizes portions of WCIJ’s report, which we invite the public to read in its entirety. We look forward to further examinations of these important issues in the future.

It is so refreshing to see a well respected investigative journalism organization like the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism call out the biased and politically motivated Wisconsin DNR for their corrupt and shady antics. The Center also published and article yesterday asking why Wisconsin is so obsessed with using dogs to kill wildlife:

Is state too open to hunting with dogs?

Joe Bodewes, a Minocqua-based veterinarian, described the damage to dogs by bear in a recent letter to the Wisconsin State Journal.

“Broken and crushed legs, sliced-open abdomens and punctured lungs,” he wrote. “Dogs lying mangled and dying on the surgery table — all in the pursuit of sport.”

Bodewes, in an interview, says his small clinic treats about a dozen dogs a year mauled by bears while hunting. Usually two to four die. Recent cases include a dog whose jaw “was snapped off below the eyes” and one whose back muscles were “ripped loose from its spine.” Both survived.

Now Wisconsin is about to become the only state to let dogs be used in wolf hunts. A judge’s injunction blocking the use of dogs in last year’s inaugural hunt has been lifted; the case is now before a state appeals court. This year’s hunt, with a kill goal of 275 wolves, begins Tuesday. Dogs can be used beginning Dec. 2.

Keep up the pressure. You know that we will continue to expose the sadistic bloodsport antics of many so called “sportsmen” in Wisconsin and their enablers in the DNR.

 

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Ridiculous “Testimony” From Sham “Wolf Advisory” Committee Sets Stage for Mass Slaughter of Wisconsin Wolves

Wisconsin plans to slaughter 275 more wolves this fall.

Wisconsin plans to slaughter 275 more wolves this fall.

When the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources “Wolf Advisory Committee” met last month it was a foregone conclusion that they would push for an expanded wolf slaughter for this fall. The DNR has stacked this committee with anti-wolf groups and representatives of various anti-wolf government agencies. The only pro-wolf entity on this sham committee is a representative from the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission. The Timber Wolf Alliance pretends to be pro-wolf but in reality are pro-wolf hunt and they have never put up any objections to the reckless “management” the DNR keeps pushing. These are the members of this sham “committee” that set the yearly wolf slaughter numbers:

Bill Vander Zouwen, DNR WM Chair
David MacFarland, DNR WM CO
Adrian Wydeven – DNR WM CO
Brad Koele – DNR WM CO
Steve Hoffman – DNR WM NOD
David Halfmann – DNR WM NED
Sara Kehrli – DNR WM SOD
Kris Johansen – DNR WM WCD
Dan Michels – DNR LE
Barry Gilcheck – DNR CSL
Jenny Pelej – DNR CE
Brian Dhuey – DNR SS
Lee Fahrney – Conservation Congress
Eric Koens – Wisconsin Cattlemans Association
Mike Gappa – Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association
Joe Koback – Safari Club International
Randy Jurewicz – Timber Wolf Alliance
Mike Brust – Wisconsin Bowhunters Association
Peter Fasbender – USFWS
Jake Walcisak – Wisconsin County Forest Association
Dan Eklund – USFS
Jason Suckow – USDA WS
Maynard Breunig – Wisconsin Trappers Association
Ralph Fritsch – Wisconsin Wildlife Federation
Peter David – GLIFWC

Notice a pattern? Not one pro-wolf group. In fact the Humane Society of the United States, the Sierra Club, and the National Wolfwatcher Coalition were all excluded by the DNR. This is the reasoning that DNR talking head, Bill Vander Zouwen, head of the sham committee, gave for their exclusion from this article:

The DNR’s Bill Vander Zouwen says two wolf committees were combined and some slots were reduced.

“There’s a limited number of people or groups on the committee to make them workable, but everybody still has an opportunity for input.”

Zouwen also promises later public round tables that will bring in a wide variety of comments.

About those “public roundtables?” Are they supposed to discuss this reckless 275 quota? If so they better get on the ball because the Natural Resources Board finalizes it next week. The NRB ignored the 3,000 letters sent in opposition to the use of dogs against wolves so are they expected to be the conduit for citizen input? I highly doubt it. Just like the sham committee, the DNR keeps blowing smoke and doing nothing to consider the input of anyone other than their killing cartel masters.

If you are not furious then you are not paying attention. Maybe this will help. These are excerpts from the “Wolf Advisory Committee Meeting Notes” from the May 23, 2013 meeting in Wausau. Sit down when you read these.

Key points:

Changes in wolf policy led to a higher than average turnover in the volunteer tracking pool. Shock!

Then there is this list of BS from Eric Koens of the Cattleman’s Association:

1. I have been raising cattle for over 50 years. As per USDA stats, cattlemen are the sector of society most adversely effected by wolves.
2. There was no livestock representation or consideration drafting the 1999 Wisconsin Wolf Management Plan.
3. Wolves are portrayed as elusive animals. They are living on our farms, entering our buildings, and eating dog food off of the porch.
4. Wolves are counter-productive when raising livestock. Depredation is only the tip of the iceberg regarding damage.
5. Wolves result in stress on both the producers and livestock. Sleepless nights hearing cattle being chased by wolves in the pasture. Hearing bawling cattle and fence wire stretching as cattle stampede through fences.
6. Cattle become very agitated and aggressive, a danger to anybody entering the pastures after depredations.
7. Stampeding cattle trample calves, killing them and injuring others. Some cattle cannot be found, and some are shot or hit by vehicles on roads.
8. Cattle huddle near buildings and will not graze in pastures where wolves are present.
9. Neosporious is a disease that causes cattle to abort their calves. Canines spread the disease in feces. Wolves and coyotes are definitive hosts for the disease.

So now wolves are “eating dog food right of the porch?” Sure. I wonder why this only happens with people that hate wolves? What a bunch of crap this guy is spreading. Oh, the poor, poor, ranchers that get subsidized by taxpayers for their businesses, get government wildlife assassins to kill any animals that they perceive to be “threats,” and then get compensated for alleged “missing” cattle based on their word. I want this guy to provide impartial evidence of the ridiculous accusations that he is spreading. Any bets he can’t?

Then we have Professor Adrian Treves presenting his findings about why these people hate wolves so much and the findings come as little surprise:

Most money for depredation compensation comes from the southeast part of the state, but surveys were done in wolf range. A majority of respondents want compensation for wolf depredation on livestock to continue, but want it to be contingent upon verification of wolf involvement and use of best management practices by livestock producers.

This is actually good, because people recognize that it is the responsibility of the ranchers to protect their livestock rather than expecting a sterile, predator free environment. And if most of the depredation money comes from the southeastern part of the state, why doesn’t the rest of the state have a say in wolf “management?”

The highest rate of support for lethal control of wolves was among bear hunters, then cattle producers, then random residents.

Gee, what a shock!

Decrease in tolerance of wolves among residents of wolf range was most highly related to competitiveness for deer. The inclination to poach wolves was correlated with competitiveness over deer, not with fear of wolves or depredation. There was also a decline in appreciation for ecological values of wolves.

So there we have it. The hatred for this animal all comes down to them being “competition” for deer. What a joke. Wisconsin has 1.4 MILLION deer on average after the hunting seasons, and it still isn’t enough for these people. I guess having an ecological disaster is worth it so some slob can get that “trophy buck.”

The one voice of reason came from tribal representative, Peter David:

Peter David (Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission) suggested that things are being done out of order. The existing management plan doesn’t address harvest. The 350 population goal can be interpreted in different ways. It is an old goal written when the population was ~200, and was based on social tolerance. Should that be the primary consideration in wolf management? We don’t have the ability to fully evaluate the effect of the first harvest season. We don’t yet know the age structure of harvested wolves. The tribes suggest being conservative until the plan is revised and impacts of the first harvest are better known. The emphasis of this group is harvest, which is being viewed as synonymous with management. Three hundred fifty is not a stable number to manage at. The tribes’ objective is to see all suitable habitat occupied. Minnesota is not intending to reduce the population with quotas. Michigan is only attempting to reduce depredation problems with their harvest.

But of course the voice of reason was ignored by the killing cartels responsible for setting the kill quota for this fall.

Bill Vander Zouwen provided a list of the types of opinions on quotas that were heard from Committee members at the last meeting. They ranged from wanting to get to a goal of 350 as soon as possible to being very conservative in light of uncertainty or tribal views of wolves.

Gee, I wonder which one they chose?

After it became clear that not everyone could rally around a particular quota, Committee members were polled about what they felt the quota should be. Answers ranged from a quota that produced a 5% increase in the population to a quota of 416.

Sure, let’s just kill off over half of the population. I wonder which groups supported that?

One member stated the population is being managed for social tolerance. Discussion followed with the conclusion that social tolerance would have to be measured statewide if we were going to manage for it.

Really? The DNR has been saying for the past year that they are killing wolves for “social tolerance.” So if it is being measure statewide then why are the voices in the rest of the state being ignored? More lip service from the corrupt DNR and their puppets.

Committee members were repeatedly asked if there was anyone who could not live with this recommendation, even though it may not have been their preferred quota. All, except the tribal representative, were ok with the quota.

This includes the Timber Wolf Alliance that are okay with this mass slaughter. If anyone donates to that group, now might be a good time to reconsider that position.

The factors to be considered in setting license numbers were read from administrative code adopted in the emergency rule. Basically, they involve reaching the quota, not exceeding the quota, providing opportunity for as many hunters and trappers as possible, and not so many that zones close before many people get a chance to hunt or trap when and where they want to.

So it is all about providing sport killing opportunities for the wolf killing sadists in this state. How does this equate to “management?” It doesn’t.

So there you have it. This is what passes for “public input” in the state of Wisconsin. Representatives from interconnected killing cartels and their associated lobbyists get to decide how to “manage” an animal that they are on record showing contempt for. We also see that the Timber Wolf Alliance is no friend of the wolf and blindly goes along with whatever slaughter plans that the DNR come up with. This plan is reckless and again only promotes “hunter and trapper opportunity” with a side of revenge.

The only opportunity for “public input” is at the Natural Resources Board meeting on June 26th and they have shown little to no inclination to consider the views of the citizens in this state. That being said we still must bombard them with speakers and letters to show them that we do not approve of this reckless plan or how this sham committee came up with this ridiculous kill quota.

Here again is the information for submitting comments to the NRB for their June 26 rubber stamping meeting:

Written comment guidelines

If you are commenting on a current Board agenda item, please include the following information in your comment:

  1. Agenda item number.
  2. Whether or not you support the item.

If your comments are lengthy, please begin with a one-paragraph summary.

Deadline and procedures to testify or submit written comments

The deadline to register to testify or to submit comments is 11 a.m. on the Friday prior to each meeting unless otherwise noted.

When scheduling an appearance or submitting a written comment, please provide the following information:

  1. Your name.
  2. Name of organization(s) you represent (if none, state that you are “representing self”).
  3. Topic or agenda item number and whether you support or oppose it.
  4. City of residence.
  5. Phone number.
  6. Email or mailing address, so the Board Liaison can confirm your appearance or reply to your written comment.

Email or call the Board Liaison to schedule citizen participation and public appearances before the Board. Email or mail written comments to the Board Liaison.

Laurie J. Ross, Board Liaison
Office of the Secretary
Laurie.Ross@wisconsin.gov
608-267-7420
PO Box 7921
Madison WI 53707-7921

Please, please, please keep the pressure on these people. They refuse to listen to the majority and this reckless plan will only serve to bring our wolf population closer and closer to the brink.

Read more here:

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/wildlifehabitat/wolf/documents/committee/meeting0513.pdf

For more information including location of NRB meeting please go here:

http://dnr.wi.gov/about/nrb/2013/June/June-2013-NRB-agenda.pdf

 
 

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The Sleeping Giant Begins to Stir

The sleeping giant is slowly waking up!

The sleeping giant is slowly waking up!

 

In conclusion I want to address the possible consequences of ignoring majority public opinion. This bill seems to reflect a vocal minority. In so doing it will unify opponents who otherwise have not collaborated. I will venture two predictions. Opponents will challenge the bill at the ballot, in the ceded territories, and in the courts. You have never seen wolf policy challenged in these ways, particularly in state courts. Litigants will invoke the Public Trust Doctrine with its precedents in the U.S. Supreme Court that guarantee wildlife are a public trust resource that cannot be jeopardized. This bill will unify the opposition and this bill does not do justice to the measured and prudent approach to wolf policy the great state of Wisconsin has taken up to this point.

Arian Treves written testimony to the Senate Natural Resources Committee, February 8, 2012

As we all know the testimony of Professor Treves and that of countless other wildlife advocates were ignored that day and the wolf kill bill went on to pass the Wisconsin Legislature with “bi-partisan” support. A couple of major things happened once this abhorrent bill was rubber stamped and passed into law. First, people began to wake up to the institutionalized brutality that the state of Wisconsin openly advocates and actively promotes. Second, the residents of this state slowly came to realize the corrupt and openly biased system in place that shuts out the voices of everyone except a few powerful kill everything lobbyists and the killing cartels that employ them. Undeterred the Legislature and DNR continued to pass and implement anti-wildlife and pro-killing policies like never before. But people are starting to wake up.

While the wolf kill bill and the sadism included in it infuriated wildlife advocates across the country the Legislature, including almost all of the spineless Democrats, voted to allow hunting and trapping in almost every state park for SEVEN months of the year. This outraged not only wildlife advocates but non-consumptive users of the parks, and even some hunters as well. This bill, even more arrogant and audacious than the wolf kill bill, led to a public backlash that seemed to take the DNR and Natural Resources Board by surprise. The outrage was so massive that the Natural Resources Board actually listened to the citizens (unlike with the wolf kill bill) and scaled back the time allotted for killing in state parks to one month. Of course this was unacceptable to the kill everything good ol boys in the so called “Conservation Congress,” so they had to put the issue up for a vote in their yearly sham elections. But something strange happened this year at these elections, that the DNR tries to play off as a “sportsmen hearing.” Bristling from anger over the wolf kill bill and non-stop killing in state parks, attendees in Dane, Milwaukee, and Polk Counties voted to elect four PRO-wildlife candidates. And as you can guess this has the kill everything types like “outdoor” writer Patrick Durkin whining about hunters “losing” and about how these counties determined the outcome of several key votes. From Durkin’s propaganda article:

The wolf and “silent-sports” crowd also helped elect four of their own during the WCC’s annual elections, which lead off the hearings so all attendees can participate:

■ Melissa Smith, Madison, helped lead wolf-hunting opposition in Wisconsin the past year, and also opposed the Legislature’s expansion of hunting and trapping in state parks. She defeated incumbent Matt Rainey, Madison, for one of Dane County’s two-year delegate posts.

■ Barb Eisenberg, Milwaukee, a nonhunter and conservation/environmental activist, defeated incumbent Josh Hennlich, Oak Creek, vice chair of Milwaukee County’s WCC delegation, for a two-year term. Eisenberg also served as a WCC delegate from 2005 to 2008.

■ Brook Waalen, Luck, a member of the Ice Age Trail Alliance, defeated incumbent David Hraychuck, Balsam Lake, vice-chair of Polk County’s WCC delegation, for a two-year term.

■ Paul Kuhlman, St. Croix Falls, also a member of the IATA, was elected to fill a vacancy for a three-year term on Polk County’s WCC delegation.

Unlike some advocacy groups, the wolf-and-parks contingent didn’t just vote on pet questions and leave.

I love the “us vs them” tone of the article. The way Durkin makes it sound is if you are against dogs being used on wolves or against non-stop killing in state parks, you are the enemy. Then comes this little quote from Dane County Conservation Congress Delgate and wife of George Meyer, Jane Meyer:

Jayne Meyer, chairwoman of Dane County’s WCC delegation, said the Congress paid a price for asking the state parks question. “That’s why we lost our guy (Rainey),” she said. “There was no need for it. The Natural Resources Board settled that issue last year.”

Our guy? I thought the WCC was supposed to represent ALL citizens and be a citizen advisory? This quote shows that this sham organization is nothing more than another mouth piece for the killing cartels run by the likes of George Meyer and bear hounder lobbyists like Bob “Connecticut Effect” Welch. They had to give up FOUR spots to pro-wildlife/pro-enviroment candidates and they act as though the world is ending. To show how vastly unfair this “congress” is just look at how each county, no matter the population, gets the same number of delegates. So a county in the north with a tiny population gets the same say as counties with massive populations like Dane and Milwaukee. Is it just me or is something wrong with this picture? The game is rigged from the outset and they still whine that they lost four seats out of 300 plus that the good ol boys still control.

But the sleeping giant is starting to awaken. As Professor Treves foreshadowed in his above testimony people are catching on and getting fed up with the “business as usual” way wildlife is “managed” in this state. The time has come to give ALL citizens a voice in this issue and not just a select few from the good ol boy clubs that attempt to bully and intimidate anyone that doesn’t bow to their every whim. This is just the beginning. It is time to take our voice back from the killing cartels and demand that we be heard.

For more about our friend and newly elected Dane County delegate, Melissa Smith, please read this:

Hunting critics want a say in Wisconsin’s wildlife management

 

 
 

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Wisconsin DNR Proposes Allowing Packs of Dogs to “Train” On Wolves During March Denning and Birthing Season

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

Photo via Wikimedia Commons.

How much more despicable can the DNR be when catering to their bear hounder puppet masters? You are not going to like the answer. The Wisconsin DNR is proposing to allow hounders to pit their dogs against wolves with very few restrictions and even believing that Judge Anderson’s recent ruling gives them full endorsement to do so. If you care anything for wolves or wildlife this document will make you furious:

http://dnr.wi.gov/About/NRB/2013/February/02-13-2B1.pdf

Essentially the DNR document that outlines this disgusting proposal uses hearsay from bear hounders and their propaganda to justify what they will be doing to wolves. They even contradict themselves numerous times while openly admitting that bear hounders broke the law by “accidentally” “trailing” wolves when they were and endangered species. To sum up what the document allows:

  • No breed restrictions will be in place. This means that hounders can choose breeds specifically bred to fight wolves to pit against them. This is perfectly fine according to the DNR because Wisconsin has a “law” that makes it illegal to kill wild animals with dogs. And we know how honest bear hounders are.
  • No leashes will be required. This is because we all know just how difficult it would be for the hounder to have to leave the comfort of their vehicle to actually observe their vicious dog packs terrorizing wildlife. The DNR then talks about how hard it would be for the hounder to “harvest the animal humanely” if they have to keep their dogs on a leash. As we all know they are such humanitarians and care so much about the pain and suffering they inflict on wildlife.
  • DNR will trust hounders to teach other hounders how to go after wolves with no certification required because the DNR has no “expertise” in this area? Really? So how are they expected to “enforce” what they have no knowledge of?
  • No restrictions about where hounders can let their dogs run rampant in wolf habitat. Remember that hounders will be allowed to let their packs of vicious dogs run completely unsupervised through wolf, bear, and other wildlife habitat during times that coincide with bear hibernation. Whose to say that hibernating bears will not be harassed or even killed by these packs of vicious dogs? The DNR obviously doesn’t care.
  • Finally they want to allow hounders to “train” their dogs on wolves with no restrictions right through the breeding, denning, and birthing seasons until the end of March. When pregnant females need to be preparing for the birth of their litters they will be harassed or even attacked by unlimited packs of vicious dogs. The fine print reads that they can “only” use packs of “six” dogs at a time to “train”but that they can switch out to new packs of dogs if the original pack gets tired. So essentially unlimited dogs will be allowed to go after wolves during this very sensitive time. The DNR even has the gall to call this a “reasonable fair-chase restriction.”

And here are the few “restrictions” the DNR will be placing on hounders:

  • Hounders cannot go after wolves at night. How generous of them. 
  • Hounders cannot be reimbursed for dogs killed by wolves while hunting or training against wolves. But of course nothing stops a hounder from claiming that they were “hunting coyotes” so they can get that nice fat $2500 check for their “beloved” dog. In this document the DNR even goes so far as to repeat the bear hounder propaganda about how much they “care” about their dogs.
  • The DNR will trust hounders to “call off” their dogs when they think there are more than “1 or 2” wolves in the vicinity. Of course how can they “call them off” when they are sitting in their trucks and the dogs are running rampant through the woods?
  • The the DNR brags about how there were “only” 11 dog “depredations” in 2012. They claim that hounders are being more “careful” about where they let their dogs run. That’s funny considering now they are going to now pit those very same dogs that they claim to “care” for up up against wolves in the same areas. Remember one of the reasons Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC) and his anti-wolf allies claimed for the the wolf kill bill was that wolves were “decimating” hunting dogs. Now the DNR refutes that. Wow.
  • Finally, hounders can use radio receiving devices to “track” their dogs but can’t use those same devices to seek out radio collared wolves. Of course again we all know how “honest” and “ethical” hounders are.

Then we have the DNR even going so far as to claim that it has been “legal” to “train” dogs against wolves since they were delisted on January 27, 2012. Really? At this time the wolf kill bill had not even passed and wolves were not considered a “game” species yet. So according to the DNR hounders could legally put their dogs up against wolves from the day they were removed from the ESA list? So does this mean hounders can “train” their dogs against any “non-game” species that they want with no restrictions? Then the DNR points out that hounders have let their dogs “unintentionally” chase wolves for years even when they were under federal protection. This is ok? Do these sadists have any rules they are required to follow?

Then we have the quote of all quotes. If you are drinking anything swallow it before reading this:

“We have strived to base our season on science, social desires, and regulations that are reasonable, practical, and acceptable.” 

Reasonable, practical, and acceptable to whom? The only ones who find this abomination to be acceptable and reasonable are the bear hounders, their puppets in the DNR, and legislature. There is nothing “science” based about allowing packs of vicious dogs to go after wolves with almost no restrictions. When even the wolf hating states out west do not allow this that tells you something. Wisconsin is the ONLY state that allows this insanity and has the gall to call it “science.” And this garbage about “social desires” is just that, garbage. These anti-wolf zealots will never be satisfied as long as on free wolf is allowed to live. I have it from well placed sources that many within the DNR do not at all agree with the Stepp/Thiede propaganda and their zeal for allowing doges to go after wolves, but they are afraid to speak out. They need to speak out or this is only going to get more extreme and sadistic if that is even possible.

It is also shameful the the Department of Interior under “Cowboy Ken” Salazar has allowed plans like Wisconsin’s to be implemented unchecked. So much for that “five year monitoring” they claim to have in place. This also falls on President Obama who should be ashamed that this is happening under his watch. So much for being a “Progressive.”

The HSUS better use this document as a focal point of their lawsuit to prove this is nothing more than an eradication/revenge hunt to placate bear hounders and anti-wolf zealots. We must also be fully involved by attending the Spring Election of the “Conservation Congress” in each of our counties on April 8th. There will be several “advisory” questions about the use of dogs against wolves. We must mobilize ethical hunters and living wildlife advocates to attend and vote for proposing a law to ban the use of dogs against wolves, and vote against the various anti-wildlife proposals being offered. The DNR continues to spit in the face of anyone who cares about wolves and wildlife and it is up to us to stop them. No more apathy, the time is now to step up and take our wildlife and wild lands back from the bear hounders/trappers and their sadistic allies. The DNR can no longer use the veil of “science” to justify their pandering to the most sadistic and anti-wildlife groups out there.

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2013 in Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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