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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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Wisconsin DNR Setting the Stage For Massive Wolf Slaughter This Fall

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

**Update** Apparently there are some that cannot understand sarcasm, so I will further elaborate about the “missing calves” issue. Last year after contacts with the DNR we were told that the DNR automatically attributes any livestock losses over 2.3% to “wolf depredation.” When contacted the DNR had no answer or evidence as to why so much money is being paid out for “missing calves.” Even more disturbing is that there was ZERO evidence that wolves were involved, only that there may have been wolf “activity” in the area. This is why I said that wolves in Wisconsin must have “magic” powers that allow them to just make these calves “disappear” considering that there is nothing left behind, not even bones to show that these calves even existed. For more on this please read this article.

All over the local news today were stories from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources proclaiming that the wolf population in the state is “stable” or “slightly” decreasing. The DNR claims that the current wolf population stands at “as many as” 834 animals. Last year they claimed the population was between 815 and 880 wolves. Now the talking heads at the DNR are using their new numbers to set the stage for what is likely to be an all out slaughter of wolves this fall by again obsessing on the ancient “management” number of 350 from the 1999 plan. Not content having over 243 wolves killed last year by “hunters,” trappers, Wildlife Services assassins, poachers, and “unknown causes,” the DNR is gearing up for all out war this coming fall.

Don’t believe me? Just look at the quotes and propaganda being put out by one of their talking heads:

“The management objectives remain to put downward pressure on the population,” DNR carnivore specialist David MacFarland said. “The mortality levels experienced in 2012 didn’t achieve that objective or only made slight progress toward the goal.”

Of course, “only” 243 wolves were known to be slaughtered last year and magically the numbers are exactly the same. Funny how that happens considering biologists estimate that over 70 percent of pups born each year die from various causes, and adult wolves actually do die from natural causes. I guess in addition to consuming entire animals and leaving no trace, Wisconsin wolves can apparently magically replicate so that their numbers never go down even after hundreds of deaths. So here is the DNR setting the stage for a massive increase in their kill quota because there are still “too many” wolves for the DNR and their bear hounder puppet masters.

And if there hasn’t been enough exaggeration and hyperbole about the states wolf population there is this:

The wolf hunt has been a flashpoint of contention since Republican lawmakers authorized it last year. Supporters say the state’s wolf population is exploding and devastating livestock. Animal rights advocates have countered the wolf population is still too fragile to support a hunt and people should leave what they consider a majestic animal alone. The state’s Chippewa tribes also are vehemently opposed to the hunt; they consider the wolf a spiritual brother.

Wolf populations are “exploding” and they are “devastating” livestock. Really? From the DNR’s own numbers here:

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

Remember last year when the wolf killing proponents were trying to justify their persecution of wolves by claiming that wolves were “devastating” livestock to the tune of almost $215,000? In 2012 the DNR paid out over $190,000 of that money for “missing” calves alone. Of course all of that money came from the Endangered Resources Fund that was generated from the sale of “Endangered Resources” license plates, featuring a wolf, and from income tax check-offs. Upon passage of the wolf kill bill last year those “depredation” funds now come from the sale of wolf killing licenses, and guess what? Suddenly the “depredation” payouts for 2013 have amazingly been cut to the amount of $139,174 over the same span of time. Of course again the vast majority of these payouts, $95,519, went for “missing calves” and $14,000 went for SIX dogs used by hounders. Another funny aspect is that wolves in Wisconsin have apparently decided to go to a beef only diet because amazingly they no longer “predate” on deer, pigs, chicken, and turkeys. They did apparently break away to “predate” on one $135 sheep, and one $625 goat though. But as long as that “missing calves” scam is still bringing in the dough it keeps the illusion alive that wolves are still “devastating” livestock. And as usual there is ZERO evidence that wolves were involved in the disappearance of the calves, but as we know Wisconsin wolves have magical powers that allow them to consume every last scrap of these calves, including bones (Authors note: this is SARCASM). Remember that all livestock losses over 2.3% are automatically attributed to wolves if their is “evidence” of wolf activity. Can you say scam? Also amazing was that there were not any $10,000 deer from canned hunting operations claimed this year. I guess now that the wolf haters have to pay for the “depredations” out of their killing licenses the number of claims have amazingly dropped. And of course this allows our wolf hating governor to drop the cost of a wolf killing license from $100 to $50 so that more killers will be out there gunning for wolves.

So all of this sets the stage for this:

The agency has formed an advisory committee to develop a 2013 kill limit recommendation. The committee plans to meet on May 23 in Wausau to work on the quota. DNR leaders will consider the committee’s recommendation as it finalizes a quota. The Natural Resources Board likely will vote on the number in June or July.

“The goal is 350 animals,” said MacFarland, who sits on the committee. “We’re working with that as the objective.”

Natural Resources Board Chairman Preston Cole had no immediate comment on what the population count might mean for the 2013 quota, saying he wants to gather more information from DNR staff.

Gee, I wonder what the “DNR staff” are going to tell Mr. Cole? Not that it matters because we all know that the NRB will rubber stamp whatever killing proposal the DNR recommends. Be prepared. This is going to get very ugly this fall and wolves are going to be pushed to the brink while the DNR keeps feeding us their propaganda and questionable numbers. Let’s hope that the federal courts see through this charade and puts the wolf back on the Endangered Species list where they belong.
 

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