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The U.P. and a Divided Wisconsin

It should be illegal for anything to be this cute!
By Steven Pavlov and Nadine Pavlov, via Wikimedia Commons

My wife and I just returned from a two day trip to the gorgeous Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Nestled along the shores of Lake Superior the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park offers over 90 miles some of the best hiking that I have ever been a part of. The park is home to black bears, wolves, and an assortment of many, many other types of wildlife. Aside from a few deer, red tailed hawks, and dozens of adorable chipmunks, we were not fortunate enough to see any bears or wolves. While we didn’t see any in person, signs of them were certainly abundant most surprisingly through tracks in the beach sand along the shore of Lake Superior.

While our trip was wonderful that is not the sole purpose of this article. Driving from the south-central part of Wisconsin northward I saw how sharp of a contrast in political views that there is in our state. South of Columbia County the number of “Recall Walker” yard signs and bumper stickers that I have seen vastly outnumber signs and stickers showing support for Walker. That changes once you go into Marquette County northward. I was astounded by the sheer number of “I stand with Scott Walker” yard signs and bumper stickers in the northern part of our state. I even saw the billboard of one tavern near the border of the U.P. that read “Ted Nugent for President.” Then there was the vast number of taxidermy shops advertising on billboards and on storefronts. Killing sure is big business in this state. I have always known this, but seeing it in person reminded me of how divided this state is in terms of politics and how animals are exploited for a profit.

I did notice with many of the people that we met in the U.P. that there didn’t seem to be the hatred of wolves and other predators that I sense in Wisconsin. People there seemed genuinely proud that bears and wolves inhabit their landscape and bring in wildlife watchers from across the nation. I didn’t hear any of the “they are eating all of the deer” or other nonsense that Wisconsin is known for. That doesn’t mean that hunting isn’t big business there as well, including bear hounding, but I just did not sense the hatred and the need to exploit wildlife that I get from Wisconsin.

If anyone is in the Porcupine Mountains area and want to stay at an great place that is ran by a wonderful couple and their four “fur-kids” try the Sunshine Motel and Cabins outside of Ontonagan, Michigan. The owners, Kay and Bruce, are wonderful people and made us feel truly welcome. It didn’t hurt that they had three wonderful dogs, and a very sweet cat that made animal people like my wife and I feel right at home.

Wisconsin is truly divided and we need to rectify that on June 5th and bring some sense of decency back to our state. This is for the citizens and our wildlife.

 

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Propaganda Email Sent from Walker’s Office About Wolf Kill Bill

**Warning** Have a barf bag close by while reading this! **Warning**

April 3, 2012

Dear Concerned Citizen,

Thank you for contacting me regarding the recently passed wolf hunting bill. I appreciate your concern about this highly sensitive matter.

Given that the wolf was just removed from the endangered species list in the Western Great Lakes area, I see this as the perfect time to show that Wisconsin is ready to properly manage our wolf population. Wisconsin, through the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), provided scientific and legal evidence in support of delisting numerous times during the lengthy process, and I was pleased to see a favorable outcome. The federal threshold for consideration of delisting the wolf in our area required a population of 100 wolves in the combined Wisconsin and Michigan area. In Wisconsin alone, we have exceeded that at least eight times over.

With the authority granted to the DNR in this legislation, I have no doubt that our wolf population will be managed using the best scientific practices. The DNR is required to divide the state into management zones, each with its own harvest quota. Any of these zones can be closed to hunting within 24 hours if the DNR deems it necessary. This will allow the Department to closely and responsibly regulate the harvest. In addition, there is a federally required five year period during which the wolf population will be closely monitored. Our goal is to maintain a stable and sustainable wolf population in Wisconsin for generations to come.

Again, thank you for contacting me on this important issue.

Sincerely,

Governor Scott Walker

Yup, Wisconsin sure is showing that they are ready to properly “manage” the wolf population. I would like to know what “science” was used in this bill? I certainly think science when I hear the name of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association who wrote the bill. Don’t you? If Walker is so proud of this bill, why doesn’t he mention how these wolves will be “managed?” Wisconsin is now the only state in the country that allows wolves to be hunted by dogs and at night. Even the extreme wolf hating states like Idaho do not allow this.

As I said yesterday this is just another reason to vote to recall this guy. People like Walker use the term “science” when it comes to killing wolves, but ignore it when it comes to issues like evolution and women’s rights.

Also, can someone please start a petition to remove the word “harvest” from the English language. The word has been corrupted by hunting/trapping groups and fish and game departments as a cover for the word KILL. You harvest crops. You KILL animals.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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What a Coincidence!

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Photo by Teaberryeagle via Wikimedia Commons

The same day that our esteemed governor signed the wolf kill bill look what news came out of wolf country:

CWD found in deer in northwest Wisconsin

In the real world, I try not to believe in conspiracy theories. However Scott Walker’s Wisconsin is about as far from reality as you can get. A very observant commenter on the Wisconsin State Journal’s website pointed out that the DNR knew about this since early March and received a second confirmation last Friday. However, it was not announced until AFTER Walker signed the wolf kill bill today. If history is any indication the DNR will institute a full scale deer slaughter in this area just as they did in southern Wisconsin.

What is astounding is that wolves help to keep the deer population in check, thus helping to prevent the spread of CWD. Do you think that maybe Walker could have held off on signing this bill with this recent round of news? Of course not. He wouldn’t want to disappoint George Meyer, the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, and the lawmakers that are in their pocket. I mean the wolves have have been off the endangered species for a whole two months, the killing must commence. 

I am sure that others share my sentiments when I ask, what the hell is wrong with this state? 

 
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Posted by on April 2, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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As If We Needed Another Reason To Recall This Guy

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Photo by WisPolitics.com, via Wikimedia Commons

Walker signs wolf kill bill in ceremony. 

“The wolf hunting bill is designed to calm the worries of farmers, landowners and hunters who believe that wolves are taking a toll on the deer population. Advocates have questioned, however, whether it’s too early to bring back hunting of wolves, which has not happened since they were wiped off the landscape more than 50 years ago.”

“The swelling wolf population has created a hardship for many farmers and homeowners. The DNR is ready to put the rules in place that will allow them to reduce the herd to a healthy, sustainable level,” Walker said in a statement.”

This guy has shown time and time again that he hates the environment and the animals that inhabit it. From the wetland destruction bill that he signed to the failed mining bill it is no secret where his loyalty lies. If you are a Wisconsin resident please vote in the upcoming recall election and remember which lawmakers voted for this wolf kill bill next time they are up for reelection. Also remember that Wisconsin is the only state in the country that now allows wolves to be hunted with dogs, and at night. We have all seem those horrible pictures from Idaho by now:

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/wolf_torture_and_execution_continues_in_the_northern_rockies/

This is what is coming to Wisconsin but even worse. Wisconsin has basically legalized dog fighting. Remember according to Wisconsin law :

It is illegal to:

• allow a dog to kill any wild animal at any time.

It is illegal to:

• not immediately kill, in a humane manner, all game taken and make it part of your daily bag.

After the wolf killing season starts in October if anyone comes across photos or videos showing dogs killing a wolf, or dogs allowed to attack a wolf while the person videotapes it, make sure to report it to the authorities. If they refuse to take any action we will see what these agencies are all about and call them on it. It is shameful what Wisconsin is allowing and the backlash will be swift and severe. WE VOW asks that you do not let this issue die.

 

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