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Aldo Leopold and the Dying Green Light

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Picture: Bernard Landgraf via Wikimedia Commons

From the book A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold:

“We saw what we thought was a doe fording the torrent, her breast awash in white water. When she climbed the bank toward us and shook out her tail, we realized our error: it was a wolf. A… half-dozen others, evidently grown pups, sprang from the willows and all joined in a welcoming melee of wagging tails and playful maulings. What was literally a pile of wolves writhed and tumbled in the center of an open flat at the foot of our rimrock.

In those days we had never heard of passing up a chance to kill a wolf. In a second we were pumping lead into the pack, but with more excitement than accuracy; how to aim a steep downhill shot is always confusing. When our rifles were empty, the old wolf was down, and a pup was dragging a leg into impassable side-rocks.

We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.”

And we are back to those days.

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Wildlife, Wolves

 

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Democrats Add Amendments to Wolf Kill Bill

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Public photo from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Assembly Democrats have added five common sense amendments to AB 502. The first four amendments seek to eliminate hunting wolves with dogs, over night, shorten the season, and limit bear hounder reimbursement for hunting dogs killed by wolves. These amendments were brought forth by Reps. Clark, Molepske Jr., Hulsey, Mason, and Danou. These are common sense measures that should be adopted. Unfortunately, this will be an uphill battle because of the anti-wolf sentiments among many in the Assembly.

Here is a list of the proceedings and amendments: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/proposals/sb411

The fifth amendment was authored by Rep. Christine Siniki. She gets it. Here is what the amendment states:

March 6, 2012 – Offered by Representative Sinicki.
At the locations indicated, amend the bill as follows:
Page 8, line 10: after that line insert:
“Use of meat. A person who harvests a wolf by use of a firearm shall ensure
that the meat from the wolf is eaten.”.

Rep Siniki understands that this bill is only a trophy hunt and nothing more. Please call her office and thank her for putting this witty amendment forward.

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/contact/legislatorpages.aspx?house=assembly&district=20

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2012 in Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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How Wisconsin Senators Voted on SB 411

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Photo from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Here is the list of Wisconsin Senators who voted for and against SB 411. Democrats are noted with a (D).

Yes

COWLES, HOLPERIN (D), DARLING, KEDZIE, ELLIS, KING (D), FITZGERALD, LASEE, GALLOWAY, LASSA (D), GROTHMAN, LAZICH, HANSEN (D), LEIBHAM, HARSDORF, MOULTON, OLSEN, SCHULTZ, TAYLOR (D), VINEHOUT (D) VUKMIR, WANGGAARD, WIRCH (D), ZIPPERER

No

CARPENTER, ERPENBACH, COGGS, JAUCH CULLEN, LARSON, MILLER, RISSER, SHILLING- ALL Democrats

As you can see it was not only Republicans who have sold out our wolves. Seven Democrats voted yes on this horrible bill. Please contact these senators and let them know how you feel about their vote. The Democrats who voted no should be thanked for taking a futile stand against the anti-wolf interests in Wisconsin.

Contact information for each senator can be found here:

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/senhome.htm

 
 

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