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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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DNR Dropping Environmental Education for Children in Favor of Hunter/Trapper “Recruitment”

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Just when you thought the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources couldn’t get any lower the even go and stab one of their biggest supporters in the back. Of course not that I would ever shed a tear for George Meyer the head of the deceptively named hunting group the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, but it sure seems like the DNR threw him and his group under the bus here. The MacKenzie Environmental Education Center in Poynette, Wisconsin is a place that school children from around the state have visited for decades to learn about Wisconsin Wildlife. I visited there as a child in school, and several other times as an adult until Meyer’s group was handed the reigns in 2006. This week the DNR announced that the MacKenzie Center would no longer be used for enviormental education. Instead it will now be used as a location to aid in the “recruitment” of hunters and trappers. This is from the Portage Daily Register:

The focus will be on an outdoor skills training center for the recruitment and retention of hunters, anglers and trappers through mentorship, said Kurt Thiede, land division administrator for the Department of Natural Resources.

The proposed changes are happening for two reasons: security of funding and a change of focus, he said.

Since 2006, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and Friends of the MacKenzie Center have had a partnership agreement with the DNR. The agency was considering closing MacKenzie that year. The two nonprofit groups manage the center but it is owned by the DNR. The center is free to the public.

Kurt Thiede? Does that name ring a bell? Of course it does. He was the mouthpiece for last fall’s wolf slaughter in Wisconsin and the DNR’s loudest voice for the use of dogs against wolves. Apparently Meyer and his kill everything group isn’t “recruiting” enough hunters and trappers for the DNR so they a shifting focus.

The proposals by the DNR do not include school groups for environmental education or the need to maintain the wildlife exhibits, according to Meyer.

“The groups that are going to put on skills-based training are not going to be doing environmental education … They’re stating an objective to increase the number of hunters. The point we’re making is that you can do both here. We take 16,000 kids a year through the environmental education during school at a cost of $185,000,” he said. “The audience they’re trying to attract to increase shooting and trapping will have to take place on weekends and the summer because those individuals have school and work schedules.”

The Wisconsin DNR has finally decided to give up the façade that they care about “environmental education.” As most living wildlife advocates have known for a very long time the DNR only cares about hunters, trappers, hounders, and big business. There is no honor among thieves and this is evident by how Cathy Stepp and Kurt Thiede are even throwing their kill-everything ally, George Meyer, under the bus. While I always had concerns about the conditions in which some of the animals were kept, the place did provide some level of true education to those interested in learning about native wildlife. Of course also on the same grounds is a breeding program for non-native pheasants grown to be targets for shooters too lazy to “hunt” for true wildlife. Ironic, isn’t it? But that is another story. The DNR is so hell-bent on “recruiting” more killers of wildlife that they no longer wish to provide any educational opportunities for school children that do not involve killing. Do we need any more reasons why the DNR and wildlife “management” should be funded by anything other than the general fund? The DNR is desperate for money and the only way they can keep funding their killing programs is by “recruiting” more hunters and trappers. Let’s take this in perspective. School children are being taught how to kill wildlife in schools under a state program for credit, but the DNR will no longer provide non-killing field trips to the McKenzie Center for environmental education? They don’t want people to care about wildlife, they just want people to pay to kill it. I would be very interested to see who is behind this. Usually the DNR pander to Meyer and his kill-everything cabal, so this is huge. I wonder who is going to take over management of the McKenzie center? The Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association? The Hunters Rights Coalition? WI-FORCE? This proposal smacks of everything that was wrong with the wolf kill bill, and the year round killing in state parks law. And guess who was behind those laws?

There seems to be a national trend among some anti-wildlife/predator states to minimize the contributions of eco-tourism and wildlife watchers and cater exclusively to the hunter/trapper community. I am of the belief that just as with the war on wolves, this is another attack against “liberals” and “environmentalists” by the right wing politicians and anti-predator groups within these states. They just refuse to acknowledge that the money eco-tourism brings in far exceeds that of killing licenses. But that is where another facet of the issue lies. What funds the Wisconsin DNR and other state’s fish and wildlife department? Of course it is money from hunting, fishing, and trapping licenses. Wisconsin has long passed even the slighted hint of ethics and caring about conflicts of interest. I almost feel bad for George Meyer here. The key word is almost. Read more here:

Focus of MacKenzie Center to change drastically; DNR wants to use it for recruitment, retention of hunters, anglers, trappers

 
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Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity

 

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Direct Anger At DNR and Legislature, Not Judge Anderson

Wisconsin DNR: What century do we live in?

Wisconsin DNR: What century do we live in?

Since the mixed ruling of last Friday by Dane County Judge Peter Anderson on the lawsuit over the use of dogs against wolves there has been a rash of anger against the judge from wildlife advocates. While none of us are happy with the ruling it must be noted that the judge’s hands were essentially tied from the beginning due to the archaic and pandering laws that protect cruelty against wildlife in Wisconsin. When the lawsuit was first announced the leaders of groups like the deceptively named kill everything group the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and extreme hunting group shills like Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC) came out and defended cruelty against wolves and other wildlife because of laws protecting the abusers.

Do not direct your anger at Judge Anderson. Direct your anger where it truly belongs, with the Legislature and DNR. The so called “leadership” in the DNR have been furiously defending the use of dogs against wolves from the beginning. This email from the Wisconsin DNR came out today:

We are pleased that Judge Anderson removed the injunction that banned the use of dogs for hunting wolves. However, we are disappointed with Judge Anderson’s decision to prohibit training of dogs to hunt wolves.

We will continue to seek input from the public and from stakeholders – including tribes – as we continue to develop permanent rules on the wolf season, and the use of dogs for both training and hunting of wolves.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Cosh, DNR, (608) 267-2773; Dana Brueck, DOJ, (608) 266-1221

What kind of state is this? An agency that is supposed to represent the “will of the people” has essentially spit in the face of wildlife advocates, the courts, and even most of the hunters that they claim to represent by pandering to the minority within the minority bear hounders. How much backlash is it going to take before political hacks like Kathy Stepp actually listen to anyone other than the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association,  George Meyer, and their paid lobbyists like Bob Welch? The vast majority of people in Wisconsin have made it very clear that they oppose the use of dogs against wolves and a smaller majority oppose the entire wolf killing program. But none of that matter when you have an agency and legislature that only cares what Bob Welch and George Meyer want and to hell with the rest of the citizens.

Now is the time to make our voices heard more than ever. Call the DNR and your legislators and let them know that the vast majority oppose the archaic practice of hounding and that it is shameful for our state to have the dubious distinction of being the ONLY one in the country to allow packs of vicious dogs to go after wolves. This and other forms of hounding are legalized animal fighting that are not only allowed but actively promoted by the state.

Find you legislators here:

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Contact the DNR here:
1-888-936-7463

Enough is enough. The DNR and legislature have a responsibility to ethically represent the will of the majority, not pander to a few extremist groups. We cannot let up the pressure on these two government bodies. Call and write each day if you have to to make your voice heard. Remember it is not Judge Anderson that you should be angry with. He did not create this disgusting bill.

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2013 in Hunting, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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Wisconsin DNR Shows Their True Agenda

Photo by Phil Haynes , via Wikimedia Commons

Today, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board approved a plan to remove 16 species from the state endangered species list. Proposed to be removed from the list are the barn owl, the snowy egret, and the Blanding’s turtle. I wonder how long they will be off the list before Joel “Ribeye” Kleefisch wants a hunting season on them?

According to this article in the Wisconsin State Journal the plan is drawing fire from George Meyer and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Of course Meyer isn’t upset that species are being removed from the list. He is upset because eight are being added. From the article:

“The plan drew opposition from the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. George Meyer, executive director, said his organization is asking that action on the changes be delayed because he said the agency did not consult outside experts on proposed additions to the list.”

So George Meyer apparently thinks that all changes must go through his deceptively named hunting group group and their “experts?” That is the understanding that I get from this statement. We all saw the results of the actions of his so called outside “experts” in the recently passed wolf kill bill, SB 411.

Then there is this gem in the article from Kurt Thiede, the DNR’s lands division administrator:

“As for the species proposed for delisting, studies have shown most of their populations either stable or in some cases already gone from the state, Thiede said. The Bewick’s wren, for example, has not been observed breeding in Wisconsin or neighboring states for more than 40 years. Removing such species from the list, according to the DNR plan, will lessen the impact of such regulation on business.”

Again their true colors show. We wouldn’t want anything to get in the way those businesses, would we? Just like the recently passed wetland destruction bill passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Walker. Of course the funny thing is that George Meyer’s group opposed that bill. I wonder why? I am sure that it was out of concern for all of the species that would be impacted by development on the wetlands (sarcasm off). No, it is far more likely that they opposed it because it would destroy their killing grounds and they would have to blow birds out of the sky elsewhere.

The true agendas of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and the Wisconsin DNR have shown their face once again. It is time to fight back against these self-serving groups and the political hacks that control our wildlife and wild lands.

 

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