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Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf Unveils Billboard and Takes Fight to the Public

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf billboard unveiled on I90/I94 near Wisconsin Dells.

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf billboard unveiled on I90/I94 near Wisconsin Dells.

**Disclaimer** I am a member of the Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf Board of Directors.

Tired of being ignored by the State of Wisconsin Legislature, Department of Natural Resources, and Natural Resources Board, a group of Wisconsin wildlife advocates have decided to take our message directly to the public. This week grass roots wildlife advocacy group, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf, have taken the first step in a campaign to educate and inform the public about the reckless and brutal campaign being waged against Wisconsin’s wolf population.

Here is the official press release from Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf:

Friends

PRESS RELEASE

For more information:

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf

www.friendsofthewisconsinwolf.org

117 Ardmore Drive

Madison, WI 53713

608-234-8860 

wiforwolves@gmail.com

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                              August 8th, 2013

“WOLF GROUP ADVERTISES AGAINST WOLF HUNT WITH BILLBOARD IN DELLS”

(Madison, WI)- In an effort to increase awareness about the upcoming Wisconsin wolf hunt, Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf, a non-profit wolf advocacy group with members all over the state, placed a billboard between mile marker 191 & 192, on Hwy A that goes over I 90/94. The controversial billboard shows wolf families in the sights of a rifle stating “SHAME ON WISCONSIN”, with a hope to increase involvement of the public with the non-profit and to engage tourists in voicing their concerns over the recently de-listed grey wolf hunt.

This year’s wolf hunt with have a quota of nearly 300 wolves.  With recent data released from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources nearly 75% of those wolves killed were juveniles. “While we are relieved that breeding adults mostly survived last year’s hunt, we are deeply concerned about the sustainability of this hunt with a goal of bringing our population down to 350 wolves, nearly as fast as they can with little regard for what is best for Wisconsin’s ecosystem and wolves”, said Melissa Smith, director of the Friends of the WI Wolf group.

 Last year, the quota of 117 was met in a very short time, mostly by trapping. This year however, dogs will be used to hunt wolves, which Friends of the WI Wolf group believes is “state-sanctioned dog fighting”. In addition, the group has been working hard to bring awareness about the practices of hounding in general and captive wildlife penning, both legal in Wisconsin. “I know if the public saw what I just saw on this YouTube video, (a video showing hounds attacking a coyote) they would be outraged. And this year, this inhumane practice will also include wolves”, said Patty Maringer-Fitzpatrick, vice president of the group.

Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf hopes to be able to raise 1,000 dollars to keep the billboard in the Wisconsin Dells up through gun-deer season and to even expand into other places such as Milwaukee and Door County. The donation will be matched by a generous donor if they are able to meet their funding goals.

Contact: Melissa Smith, Executive Director, wiforwolves@gmail.com, 608-234-8860

About Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf: FOTWW is a small, privately funded non profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of wolves in Wisconsin. You can visit them on Facebook as well at www.facebook.com/friendsofthewiwolf

 

 

 
 

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Five Month Wolf Slaughter Begins Monday and Why Are Federal Employees Giving Wolf Killing Lessons?

An article by pro-killing writer, Paul Smith, appeared this evening on the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s website talking abut the upcoming wolf kill. Amidst all of the fluff about how “careful” the DNR is not to allow “over-harvest” of wolves there is a section about how a professional wildlife assassin from the despised USDA’s “Wildlife Services” gave a government sanctioned course to would be wolf killers about how to trap wolves. From the article:

Only a handful of people, mostly state and federal employees like Dave Ruid of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s wildlife services, have intentionally and with proper authorization trapped or hunted wolves in Wisconsin.

Ruid said the techniques for trapping wolves are very similar to those used for coyotes. At the clinic in Tomahawk, Ruid demonstrated a wolf set. It used a foot-hold trap concealed by dirt and leaves. A dog urine scent was used to mark a nearby log.

Trappers are likely to achieve higher rates of success, said Ruid. Of the 1,160 licenses issued in Wisconsin, 238 have some trapping experience or have purchased a trapping license in the past, according to the DNR.

So our tax money is paying for “clinics” that teach sadists how to bait and trap wolves. I expect this garbage from the kill everything types in the DNR, but why are the Feds putting on killing classes? Then we have DNR employee and bear hounder shill, Kurt Thiede, spreading more ridiculous fluffy propaganda:

“We are being as careful as possible,” said Thiede. “It is in everyone’s interest that we effectively manage wolves so we are able to retain management of these majestic creatures.”

Careful as possible? Really? Wanting to allow packs of vicious dogs to run rampant through the woods and fight wolves? Allowing 1600 sadists to target a population of 800 wolves night and day for five months? Allowing those same sadists to bait, use electronic calls, and trap? That sure sounds “careful” to me. By the way this is almost exactly what Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC) said during an interview on Wisconsin Public Radio back in February. It sure is funny how the bear hounders, Suder, and their shills like Thiede all use the same talking points. Who do they really work for?

Then there is a very well reasoned article from Ron Seely in the Wisconsin State Journal talking about how the wolf killing season, vehicle deaths, killings by Wildlife Services assassins, and poaching could cause between 46 to 57 percent of the wolf population to be killed over the next few months according to DNR wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven. Now I see why Rep. Scott Suder (R-Alec) and Rep. Roger (Some Girls Rape Easy) Rivard did not allow Mr. Wydeven to testify at their sham of a “public hearing.” From the article:

Wisconsin population studies, Wydeven said, have shown that 9 percent to 19 percent of the state’s wolves are killed illegally each year, 10 percent are killed in depredation control programs, and 3 percent to 4 percent are killed by vehicles. Add those numbers to the 24 percent harvest quotas, Wydeven said, and total, human-caused mortality is likely to be between 46 percent and 57 percent. Research has shown that wolves can tolerate up to about 29 percent to 35 percent human-caused mortality rates before populations decline, Wydeven reported to the Natural Resources Board.

So it is likely that over 50 percent of the wolf population will be killed before the wolf killing season ends in February. Of course that does not include the number of pregnant females that will be killed after the beginning of the year that will further decrease the population. Then we have Mr. Wydeven talking about how beneficial wolves are to the ecosystem in this article:

“Wisconsin’s wolf population has grown since then from a pair of wolves to roughly 850 wolves today,” Wydeven said. “As their numbers have grown, they have had a significant impact that has shown to benefit surrounding ecosystems.”

Wydeven will provide data and anecdotal evidence on how the growing wolf population has contributed to greater diversity of understory plants, as well as improved deer herd and trout stream conditions. In addition, he will touch on the controversy surrounding human interaction with wolves related to depredation and Wisconsin’s first wolf hunt to reduce their numbers.

So we have a respected DNR biologist talking about how over 50 percent of the population may be killed and how beneficial they are to the ecosystem while the DNR is all hot and bothered to kill as many wolves as they can in any way possible. What is wrong with this picture? Wolves in this state face very grave danger in the upcoming months. This threat is not just from the sadists who wish to trap, shoot, and hound wolves, but from ignorant politicians like Scott Suder who will surely push for increased kill numbers next year along with more extreme killing methods.

If Mr. Wydeven is correct and over half of the wolf population is killed we must not stand by and allow the federal government to sit on their hands. If this happens the wolf needs to be returned to the Endangered Species List and we need to make sure this happens. Please be vigilant as to what is happening if you live in wolf country. Do not hesitate to report poachers, trespassers, or hounders breaking the rules. If you do not want to report it directly send us a message and we will report it. The DNR must be held accountable and enforce their so called “rules” that they let trappers, hunters, and hounders so brazenly get away with. If you have video evidence of wrongdoing please share it with us. If you see photographs or videos on the internet of any violations please share the links. We cannot stand by and let these sadists continue to break laws and torture wildlife while the DNR looks the other way. This is not just for wolves. If you see any wildlife violations report it and let us or other wildlife advocacy groups know. The public must be made aware of what is really happening to our wildlife and who is enabling it.

 
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Posted by on October 13, 2012 in Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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**URGENT** Wisconsin Plans to Slaughter almost One-Third of Wolf Population In First Year **URGENT

Wisconsin is proposing killing almost one-third of the state’s wolf population in the first year.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has released their initial plan for the the upcoming wolf kill season beginning in October. It does not look good. The DNR proposes to kill up to 233 wolves out of the estimated 762 to 832 in Wisconsin. That is 28 percent of the population on the high end and almost 31 percent on the low end. Remember this is the “conservative harvest” that they want to start with. Conservative? Nearly one-third of the wolf population to be killed over four and a half months, and they call this “conservative?” This doesn’t even take into account the huge numbers killed by poachers or the wolves killed by the Wildlife Services assassins. The plan also wants to allow for the killing of almost all wolves that venture outside of Northern Wisconsin. They also want to decimate wolf populations in Northwestern Wisconsin. More pandering to the bear hounders. This is absolutely shameful. If this is just the beginning, I hate to see what they plan for the future.

This is what the DNR says is their “Objective’ for the first year:

“Department Objective for 1st Wolf Season: Begin to reduce statewide wolf population; provide hunting and trapping opportunities; monitor, learn and adapt for future seasons.”

That say it all. Kill as many as we can and provide “opportunity” for hunters and trappers. Not one mention of the value of wolves for eco-tourism or their benefits to the eco-system. This is a wholesale slaughter in the making courtesy of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, the Wisconsin Legislature, and Gov. Scott Walker. Below is the link to the DNR survey and killing proposals. Please spread this far and wide to get the word out. The State of Wisconsin is out of control and this proposal does nothing but pander to bear hounders, whining deer hunters, and selfish agricultural interests.

Link to DNR proposals and survey:

http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/WildlifeHabitat/wolf/

Please take the time to fill out this survey and let the DNR know that we are watching them. It is time to stand up to the bear hounders and other anti-wildlife interests in this state. The major wildlife groups have turned their backs on the wolves and it is up to us to be their voice. Don’t let anyone fool you, this plan is the first step in the second extermination of the gray wolf in Wisconsin.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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DNR Wolf Kill Hearings Announced and Dogs as Weapons

Remind the DNR that we are watching.

 

**Update** Of all of the animals that Wisconsin allows dos to be used against I forgot one: turkeys. Turkeys! So much for their fantasy of “fair chase.”

The DNR has announced that they will be holding four hearings in Wisconsin to help determine the number of wolf killing permits to be issued and the number of wolves to be killed. Any bets that these “hearings” will be dominated by the anti-wolf factions that wrote the bill and control the wildlife in this state?

DNR sets public meetings for wolf hunting and trapping rules

If you are able to attend one of these hearings please consider doing so. I don’t know how much of it will really make a difference because I am sure their minds are made up. They are hellbent on a wholesale slaughter but we need to make them aware that people are watching. I should try not to be so cynical, but judging how this whole process has played out thus far it is difficult to see the state being rational about this.

Dogs as Weapons

Remember that under Wisconsin law it is illegal for any wild animal to be killed by dogs. This wolf kill bill flies in the face of that and we need to make sure we call them on that. Wisconsin now allows wolves, bears, coyotes, bobcats, and raccoons to be terrorized by packs of free running vicious dogs, yet they claim the dogs don’t kill the animals? Give me a break! By allowing the use of dogs to go after wolves and coyotes Wisconsin has basically legalized dog fighting under the guise of “conservation” and “wildlife management.” Who enforces this? There are videos all over the internet showing wild animals, mostly bears, being attacked by packs of hounds in Wisconsin. What ever happened to the rule of law that these “conservatives” claim is important to them? Instead of being limited or banned as much of the country is doing, Wisconsin has expanded the use of dogs a weapons under the guise of “tradition” and “conservation.”

We need to spread the word about this. Do we really want packs of vicious dogs allowed to run free in our woods to torment wildlife for over half of the year? What about the property owners and their pets or children? They are worried about nonexistent wolf attacks while packs of vicious dogs are allowed to run free across the northern part of the state. What is the real threat? Wisconsin is the only state that plans to allow packs of vicious dogs to go after wolves. Not even the wolf hating states of Idaho and Montana allow this. California is close to banning hounding and we need to follow their lead. If the public really knows what happens to the animals that are tormented by these “men” and dogs then we can force real change. We need to take the blinders off of the public and show them what the state’s idea of “conservation” is really all about.

It is time to reenergize our cause. I ask that all living wildlife advocates spread far and wide what the State of Wisconsin is allowing to happen to our wildlife, and that our beloved dogs are now used as weapons under the guise of “conservation.” I have posted this video several times, but it needs to be spread far and wide:

This deplorable behavior is not enforced in Wisconsin. This happens every day during hounding season. These sadists are so brazen that they post it on the internet for the whole world to see because they know the DNR won’t do a damn thing about it. Please share this far and wide. We need this behavior to be banned and force the DNR to enforce existing law.

 

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Natural Resources Board Approves Wolf Killing Season

Hundreds of gray wolves could be slaughtered in Wisconsin starting this October and lasting until the end of February.

 

Today, the Wisconsin Natural Resources board approved a plan to allow for the slaughter of wolves in Wisconsin just four moths after they were removed from the federal endangered species list. Here is what a member of this board had to say:

“I can just see the wolf pups getting older and looking at my livestock on the other side of the fence. There is an absolute need for controlling the wolf population in this state,” said board member William Bruins.”

So according to this guy wolves must be killed for “looking” at his livestock. Isn’t this a conflict of interest? This guy is apparently a farmer or rancher and he gets to make policy on our wildlife so that it directly benefits him? Last year wolves allegedly killed 80 livestock. They farmers were reimbursed for all of them. Something is very, very wrong here. UW Professor Adrian Treves again spoke out against the provisions in the wolf kill bill in a letter to the Natural Resources Board. He said this:

“In short, although this act claims to address depredations, the proposed rules for the hunt suggest that recreation or revenge is the goal,” Treves said in a letter to the board. Treves also said night-time hunting and the long season treat wolves without the respect due a trophy animal.

“The length of the season is similar to the season on rabbits, squirrels, and beavers but longer than coyote trapping. These provisions could generate unsustainable mortality and lead the Fish and Wildlife Service to relist the wolf. Wolves are not an ordinary fur bearer or vermin and should be accorded the status of grand trophy game to be hunted with respect or not at all.”

Treves warned that this extreme plan will likely trigger lawsuits and could put the gray wolf back on the endangered species list.

“The DNR’s wolf hunting plan “increases the risk that wolves will be returned to federally endangered status because it proposes untested methods in a very long season in too broad an area of the state,” warned Adrian Treves, an associate professor of environmental studies who has surveyed thousands of state residents on the issue.”

We can only hope that lawsuits will be filed to challenge this insane plan, and that the federal government steps in and re-lists the wolf. If not, hundreds of wolves are likely to be slaughtered in Wisconsin by shooting, trapping, with packs of vicious dogs, at night, all for four and a half months right through the breeding season. This is just another example of the extremist Walker administration and his allies in the Legislature ignoring the will of the people to further their sick agenda. The opinion of the majority of Wisconsin residents and a renowned UW professor are ignored in favor of the wants of the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Safari Club International, and the National Redneck Rifle Association (NRA). Remember this when you cast your votes on June 5th and in November. Read more here:

UW expert: Wolf could go back on endangered species list

 
 

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Wisconsin Wolf Population Remains Unchanged Despite Claims of an “Exploding” Population

 

During the so-called “hearings” in the Wisconsin Legislature on AB 502/SB 411 all we heard from Scott Suder and the other “authors” of the bills were that the wolf population in Wisconsin was “burgeoning” and “exploding.” Here is what bill “authors” Scott Suder and Roger Rivard had to say after the wolf  kill bill was signed into law:

“With the signing of this bill, which had bipartisan support, we will now have the tools in place to manage the state’s burgeoning wolf population. Working with the DNR, we should have a hunting and trapping season in place by October. This bill is a victory for sportsmen, farmers and landowners,” said Suder.

“The ever-growing wolf population has been a constant problem in several areas of the state, including mine,” said Rivard. “The DNR now has the proper tools to address the wolf population and ensure that it is maintained to federal standards while also maintaining the safety and livelihood of Wisconsin residents.”

“As the number of gray wolves in Wisconsin exploded, so did the number of incidents involving farmer’s livestock, pets and hunting dogs. In 2010 alone, more than 30 pets and hunting animals were attacked by gray wolves, costing the state about $200,000 in wolf depredation costs.”

“Senator Moulton, Representative Rivard and I worked with sportsmens groups, hunting groups, outdoor enthusiasts, landowners and the Department of Natural Resources in developing this legislation. It allows the Department to set up a wolf management season and with the help of licensed hunters, we will be able to reduce the current wolf population to a healthier, more sustainable number,” said Suder.

“By signing this bill, Governor Walker confirmed that we will control our wolf population at the state level. We are thankful for the Governor’s support of the bill and his dedication to maintain Wisconsin’s proud tradition of hunting and sporting heritage.”

At least they didn’t say that the wolves would be “marinated” like fellow bill “author” Joel “Ribeye” Kleefisch put out in a press release. I wonder who those “outdoor enthusiasts,” and “landowners” were that they worked with?

What these two hunter and trapper shills neglect to mention is that the bill was written by the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and their seven lawyers according to this article:

“Scott Meyer, a member of the Bear Hunters Association and lobbyist for United Sportsman, went even further. He said, “”Seven attorneys were involved with drafting this bill to make sure it didn’t put delisting in jeopardy. The bill is not liberal enough, but unfortunately, these are the cards we’ve been dealt. The idea that we’re going to extirpate the wolves is ludicrous.”

24 hour a day hunting for four and a half months, trapping, the use of dogs, bait, and electronic calls is not “liberal enough” for the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association. Are these the people you want writing laws and deciding what happens to our wildlife?

Then comes this little bit of news that puts a damper on their claims of a “burgeoning” and “exploding” wolf population in Wisconsin:

“Wisconsin’s wolf population stayed about the same over the last year, according to a preliminary estimate from the Department of Natural Resources.

The state’s wolf population was estimated at between 762 and 832 animals in 204 packs over the winter of 2011-’12. The previous winter’s estimate was 782 to 824 wolves in 203 packs.”

But of course the DNR and a representative from the deceptively named hunting group the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation are trying to downplay these numbers as “minimums” so that the kill fest can commence this fall. There is also the issue of a minimum of 25 wolves who were killed illegally. Gee, I wonder if any of those poachers were caught?

“We always remind people that this is a minimum estimate,” said Kurt Thiede, administrator of the DNR’s Land Division. “The range is fairly wide, too, but the next steps will compare the tracking information with telemetry information and will help fine tune it.”

“The conditions weren’t ideal, that’s true,” said Ralph Fritsch of the Wisconsin Wildilfe Federation. “We also discussed the possibility that fewer volunteer trackers participated this winter.”

They just cannot admit that wolf numbers are staying the same or decreasing naturally so that their slaughter can begin in October and run until the end of February.

If we do not stand up and speak out about the misinformation that people like Suder, Rivard, and like minded hunting groups spread, our wolves will be on the road to a second extermination starting this fall.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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DNR Worried About Bear Hounders and Farmers Complaining About Reduced Depredation Payments

Now that hunters who buy wolf kill licenses are responsible for funding the bear hounder reimbursement gravy train, there is already concern from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources that bear hounders and farmers “may raise a hue and cry” over reduced payments. My heart just bleeds for them. Here are the changes included in the wolf kill bill for “depredation payments” for livestock, pets, and bear hounder dogs allegedly killed by wolves:

Changes in the Wisconsin wolf depredation payment program

“Several changes in wolf depredation payments will go into effect immediately including the following:

Reimbursement payments will be made only once a year, normally after December, when funds will be available in the wolf payment accounts.

If funds are not adequate DNR will pro-rate payment among all those with wolf depredation losses, including livestock producers, owners of hunting dogs not being used to actively hunt wolves, and pet owners.”

And of course true to form, the DNR is already worried about whining from bear hounders and farmers about reduced and once a year payments. From Wisconsin Public Radio:

“Gov. Walker bragged to the NRA last week that he recently signed the bill creating a wolf hunting and trapping season in Wisconsin this fall. But the measure shifts the oversight of wolf depredation payments to the DNR, with funds coming from the sale of wolf hunting and trapping licenses and applications. The DNR says that means it will run the wolf reimbursement program like it does for deer and other wildlife that cause agricultural damage, with payments coming just once a year in December after the hunting season. Also if there’s not enough money the payments could be pro-rated, meaning some people may get less cash than they expect for their dead cow or dog. The DNR’s Brad Koele says farm and hunting groups may raise a hue and cry.

Koele says it’s possible the legislature could come up with more funds for wolf depredation payments if enough farmers and hunters complain.”

That’s right, the state expects all public employees to pay for significant chunks of the benefits that they earn from doing thankless jobs, but the legislature will make sure to come up with money out of your taxes to appease bear hounders and farmers if they complain enough. Priorities anyone? Are you kidding me? When are the people of this state going to wake up and realize that this reimbursement garbage is just a scam perpetrated by special interest groups who cannot accept the risk of letting killer dogs loose in the woods to kill other animals or manage their own livestock?

Contact your lawmakers and let them know that you are on to this scam and that reimbursement for alleged wolf depredations need to end, especially for bear hounders. No other state allows hounders to be reimbursed for killed hunting dogs. Leave it to Wisconsin to be the only one to allow this and the only one to let hounders use dogs to hunt wolves.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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