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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Wolf biologists blast wolf killing

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Wolf biologists blast wolf killing

“The wolf hunt is an ‘ego-testical’ hunt. We all know the history of ‘science’ trumping ethics. There is too much testosterone in the North American wildlife model.” — Paul Paquet, internationally renowned Canadian wolf biologist

Wisconsin’s killing spree targeting 251 wolves (a third of our wolves) was the shame of the International Wolf Symposium, “Wolves and Humans at the Crossroads,” held in Duluth, Minn., Oct. 10-13. Killing wolves at random was described as analogous to “shooting into a crowd hoping to hit a criminal.”

The Wisconsin Wolf Hunt facebook page should humiliate all Wisconsinites, as should this YouTube from the 2012 wolf hunt.

A trip to the International Wolf Center and the Bear Education Center in Ely, Minn., energized symposium participants who viewed the live wolf and live bear enclosures to soak up the beauty of these exceptional mammals. The myth of the big bad wolf was dispelled and it was obvious that these power animals had won over the “old white guys” who had worked with them for 40 to 50 years. Biologists who had reintroduced wolves in Yellowstone documented the richness of healthy ecosystems and balance brought to habitats stripped of diversity by the man-imposed destruction of wolves, now thriving again. They were angered by wolves being slaughtered rather than being respected as honored members of our community.

Scores of biologists representing 39 countries gave presentations nearly nonstop throughout the three days. These scientists have worked directly with wolves, radio-collaring, documenting what they described as their very challenging and dangerous lives.

Most wolf mortality is caused by man. But they also die from mange, parvo, lyme disease, starvation, fights with other wolves and carnivores, kicks from deer or elk, and car collisions. Seventy percent of pups die within the first year.

Richard Thiel experienced Wisconsin wolves for 30 years before he retired. He has found a home on the board of directors of the Wolf Center. He is the retired Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologist who told Joy Cardin on public radio that in all the years he worked with wolves, pushing them off deer carcasses and having them walk right up to him, he never felt the need to carry a firearm and he never did.

He recently sought out wolf biologists to write down their favorite wolf stories. Within 10 months, he had stories from 23 wolf scientists and compiled them into “Wild Wolves We Have Known: Stories of Wolf Biologists’ Favorite Wolves,” available here. All proceeds support wolf educational efforts.

Within the book, biologists break from the outdated policy of dealing with wild animals as just “populations.” The traditional self-serving hunter “science” has dealt with all wildlife through the pronounced bias that maintaining hunt-able populations is all that matters. The book celebrates the value of the INDIVIDUAL wolf as a sentient being who suffers and deserves moral consideration.

Biologist John Vucetich, writing the book’s introduction, considers the life of a wolf from the wolf’s perspective, urging empathy. He explains how wolves have sensory consciousness, memories, dreams, intentionality, emotions and personality, concluding that these similarities humans share with wolves are significant. He says, “Wolves are certainly not human … but it is an entirely separate concern to ask, is a wolf a person?” He concludes that given the traits mentioned above, “All mammals experience life. Each has a story to tell and a life with which to empathize. … It is perfectly right to treat our dogs as people. Native Americans were certain wolves and many other creatures were people.”

This book will educate and change the human people who read it.

One of the most exciting forums was a debate on trapping and hunting wolves. On the wolves’ side was Howard Goldman of the Minnesota Humane Society and Paul Paquet, Canadian wolf biologist. On the pro-hunting/trapping side were Jim Hammill, a Michigan DNR biologist and an avid hunter with Safari International, and Gary Leistico, a lifelong trapper and lawyer representing numerous trapping associations.

Paquet’s defense of wolves exposed the sham of the good ol’ boy system: “There is a lot of testosterone driving the North American wildlife model. It is not a ‘gold standard’ but a ‘lead standard,’ narrowly directed to using wolves as targets to kill. It is human-centered domination by man for his own use — killing competition for deer, trophy killing for pleasure. There is no doubt that we are inflicting physical and psychological harm to wolves and causing them intense suffering. Serving our own interests, sanctifying switching off conscience. It is unethical.”

Paquet continued, “Individuals are important and you are failing to consider individual suffering. The harm is more serious when it is intentional with no worthwhile purpose. It has long been recognized that wanting to cause pain is wrong, especially when we have the cognitive ability to know it. Bottom line: Stop killing wolves.”

Hammill, in an intense voice, said he resented reference to the “recreational” killing of wolves. He said, “Hunting is not baseball. This is something deep within us.”

Hammill gave a final swipe at Paquet: “Then killing deer and ducks is immoral — disrespecting those species.”

Without intending to do so, Hammill spoke a deep truth.


Please comment against delisting gray wolves across the entire 48 states, and support recovery efforts for the extremely endangered Mexican wolf here.

Please contact your state representatives and senators to oppose LRB 3191, which would give $500,000 of public tax money, every two years, to recruit more wildlife killing on our public land. Contact them to support SB 93, Sen. Fred Risser’s bill banning the use of dogs against wolves.

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or www.wiwildlifeethic.org

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2013 in Hounding, Hunting, Trapping, Wisconsin Insanity, Wolves

 

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Who Are the Real Environmental Terrorists?

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This "sportsman" took to the Wisconsin Wolf Hunting Facebook page hate site to brag that he trapped and killed this 50 pound 5 month old wolf pup.

This “sportsman” took to the Wisconsin Wolf Hunting Facebook page hate site to brag that he trapped and killed this 50 pound 5 month old wolf pup.

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On May 11, 2004, the website of the militant group Muntada al-Ansar posted a video with the opening title of “Abu Musa’b al-Zarqawi slaughters an American” (Arabic: ابو مصعب الزرقاوي يذبح امريكي‎), which shows Berg being decapitated. Al-Zarqawi had an association with the jihadist group AlQaeda, as does Muntada al-Ansar. The video is about five and a half minutes long.

Berg is seen in the video wearing an orange jumpsuit. He identified himself: “My name is Nick Berg, my father’s name is Michael, my mother’s name is Susan. I have a brother and sister, David and Sarah. I live in West Chester, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia.”

The video shows Berg surrounded by five men wearing ski masks and shemaghs. A lengthy statement is read aloud. The masked men then converge on Berg. Two of them hold him down, while one decapitates him with a knife. A scream can be heard as men shout “AllahuAkbar“. After the head is severed, one of the men displays the head to the camera, then lays it down on the decapitated body.

ter·ror·ism

noun \ˈter-ər-ˌi-zəm\

: the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal

:systematic use of violence to create a general climate of fear in a population and thereby to bring about a particular political objective

When it comes to wildlife and environmental advocacy our opponents never hesitate to throw around the word “terrorist” when describing any kind of protest or activity against their behavior or beliefs. Take for example the inflammatory words used by former Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC) and Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-GTAC) when describing the actions of ONE criminal protestor at the proposed Penokee mine site.

Senator Tom Tiffany has responded. He calls the protesters eco-terrorists — people who resort to extreme measures, in the name of protecting the environment.

“They said ‘we will be back, and we will be back with more people.’ I can tell you, as a legislator, I take that very seriously,” Tiffany says.

So if one loud mouth hippy is a “terrorist” then what do you call those that kill something for a political statement? The Wisconsin DNR may call them a “conservationist” but I call them what they are” ENVIRONMENTAL TERRORISTS.

As with the story about Nick Berg above, wolf haters seem to act in the very same manner to make a political statement. Just as with the Nick Berg beheading wolf haters love to take pictures of trapped and suffering animals before they kill them. Then they like to pose with the dead animal after the execution. But not to be outdone they feel the need to rush to hate sites like the Wisconsin Wolf Hunting page on Facebook to spread their pictures of bloodlust for the whole world to see. What happens after a jihadi beheads someone, like Nick Berg, as a political statement? They also run right to their hate sites to spread their carnage all over the world.

So what word describes this behavior?

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Then after the execution:

Josh Bransford, U.S. Forest Service employee, and the face of the modern "sportsman."

Josh Bransford, U.S. Forest Service employee, and the face of the modern “sportsman.”

This is what a REAL environmental terrorist looks like. Read the posts and comments on the anti-wolf hate sites. They always brag about killing animals in the most horrific ways and sprinkle in anti-government, misogynistic, and racist rhetoric to go along with their anti-wolf garbage. That is the very definition of terrorism: killing to make a political statement and spreading fear. They certainly don’t hesitate to take swipes at “libtards” or “tree huggers” and threaten “open season” on those that disagree with their twisted world view. If that isn’t making a political statement with their actions what is? How about photos like this with the caption of “Splat” posted on the Wisconsin Wolf Hunting hate page?

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Yup, it’s all about “conservation” and “putting food on the table” isn’t it? What kind of monster finds this humorous? Plenty do and they reside on the anti-wolf hate pages that plague the internet much as the anti-Western jihadi terrorist pages do. Killing and death is all a joke and a grand old time for wolf haters and jihadis alike. At least the jihadis pretend that they have a religious angle for their sick terrorism. What angle do the wolf haters have?

It’s time wildlife advocates stop attempting to negotiate with these terrorists and fight back. The media is finally paying attention to the sick and brutal sadism going on in this state and it is time for the rest of our supposedly civilized society to stop coddling, tolerating, and glorifying these sick monsters. Wisconsin this is the monster you created:

Do they make camo for double chins?

So if a loudmouth hippy is a “terrorist” in the eyes of rightwing corporate hack politicians what do you call this thing above and the hate page he so proudly posted his kill at? Wake up Wisconsin and call this wolf hate what it is: environmental terrorism.

 

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Reliving 2012 and a Call To Action For 2013

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Welcome to 2013. 2012 was a horrible year for wildlife across the country and especially for wolves in the Great Lakes. 2012 was also the year that we started fighting back against the kill everything extremists and their monopoly over our wildlife and wild lands. This was never more apparent than with the massive public outcry against the insane plan to allow basically unchecked hunting and trapping in our state parks for seven months of the year. Your voice made a difference and forced the normally rubber stamping Natural Resources Board to dramatically scale back this insane plan. We were finally heard loud and clear and a message was sent about the overreach of the DNR and their puppet masters in the legislatures and the extremist hunting groups.

While this was a great accomplishment there is so much more that we need to be vigilant about. In 2012 we saw the revolting side of our species manifest itself in response to Wisconsin’s first wolf killing season. The absolutely disgusting “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting” Facebook page finally showed to the rest of the public the sadistic and bloodthirsty mindset that plagues much of rural Wisconsin and the rest of the country. Facebook should be ashamed to have allowed this disgusting page to even exist. Unfortunately while homages to sadism like the “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting” page were allowed to spread and revel in their torture and bloodlust, wildlife advocates were being banned from Facebook for only expressing their opinions. That being said the sadists who participate in the above page and other similar ones are finally showing their true colors to the rest of society. Would most of us have even known how brutal and sadistic these people truly are without them proudly sharing their sick photos and videos? Their arrogance and pride in their brutal acts are waking up more and more people to what is really happening on our wild lands. One thing is for sure, we are paying attention. Because of the vigilance of wildlife advocates we were able to expose the sick and sadistic videos showing James Vee and his buddy laughing and joking after shooting a wolf in a trap. Vee and his buddy laughed while the wounded wolf thrashed in it’s death throes. Our pressure made sure that the DNR investigated this guy and he ended up being charged for not having a “proper” license for trapping the wolf. This same person also videotaped for several minutes while another trapped wolf howled and cried while awaiting it’s execution by another slob who made it a family event in front of a small child. Of course the DNR found nothing wrong with this and apparently their own rules about requiring a trapped animal to be killed “immediately” are null and void when it comes to wolf torturers.

In 2012, 241 wolves were reported to have died by human hands in Wisconsin. 117 from the wolf killing season, 57 from the Wildlife Services assassins, 22 killed by vehicles (all accidents, I am sure), 18 killed by landowners, and nine killed by poachers. The rest by “unknown causes.” Of course the number killed by poachers is very likely to be highly underestimated or underreported. And the wolf killers all did this without the use of dogs. Of course the trapper sadists killed the majority of wolves at 53%. And at no surprise to anyone the anti-wolf zealots are already clamoring for a massively increased quota for next year to push the wolfp opulation closer and closer to that ridiculous “350” number that they worship. Apparently they are too dense to realize that 350 was the number that they could begin killing wolves and it was not intended to be the maximum population. And like clockwork chief anti-wolf zealot and bear hounder puppet Rep. Scott Suder (R-ALEC) chimed in at the Natural Resources Board hearing that authorized the wolf slaughter. Suder wants to drastically lower the cost for for the wolf killing licenses to match the anti-wolf states of Idaho and Montana, and he was whining that the quota was far too low. Now that Suder and his cronies again have complete and total control of the state government we need to watch every piece of legislation that this guy proposes. He may very well be the most anti-wildlfie politician in the country right now and we need to make sure everyone knows who he really works for.

In 2013 we must also make sure to to keep a close eye on the extremist hunting groups that were behind the wolf kill bill and the unlimited killing in state parks bill. Of course we all know which groups these are and they are led by the deplorable Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and George Meyer’s deceptively named hunting group, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation. Last year Meyer’s kill everything group made an insane proposal that slipped under the radar. They want the state to impose a bounty program for the killing of coyotes. Now that they essentially own the legislature do not be surprised to see more insane proposals like this put forth to be rubber stamped by the Republicans and their so-called Democrat allies. When Meyer and his group were not busy dreaming up more killing proposals they were telling everyone that would listen what a great thing that it was that animal cruelty was protected under state law when it comes to wildlife.

The positive is that the above groups flew under the radar for so long that not many knew how much power they really had and how they owned the legislature. But their arrogance could no longer be restrained and they decided that their power was so absolute that they could not restrain their overreach. Now people are paying attention. Now WE are paying attention and we sure don’t like what we are seeing. WE are the new breed of wildlife advocates and WE don’t back down even in the face of bullying and threats. Earlier this year one of our supporters and dedicated ally had a dead and gutted coyote placed on the hood of their vehicle in Madison. Apparently these sadistic thugs thought that it would scare this person into submission. It didn’t. In fact it did the exact opposite and strengthened their resolve even further. These type of bullies may have been able to intimidate wildlife advocates with their gruesome acts and threats in the past, but that is no more. The bullies and sadists in the hunting community need to realize that WE are a whole new breed of wildlife advocate. Some of us are military veterans. We come from all walks of life, and some are even former or current hunters. We don’t back down. The same message goes to the anti-wolf/pro-hounder trolls who post threats on this site toward wildlife advocates and our allies. You will be exposed and your past indiscretions will be made available for all of the world to see thanks to the Wisconsin Circuit Court online records system. I would say something about throwing stones in a glass house, but most of the trolls are too dense to understand the meaning behind that.

We have accomplished quite a bit in 2012 in the face of a relentless attack by those who wish to see all that we hold precious eradicated. For 2013 we must take it up a few notches. The first thing that we must do is continue to EXPOSE the bear hounders, trappers, and other sadists for what they really are. When they post their lies and propaganda, call them on it. When they post their sadistic videos and photos share them far and wide. We must also attend the Natural Resources Board hearings to make our voice heard. The same must be done for the so-called “Conservation” Congress. We must get our delegates voted onto this good old boy “congress.” Remember it is supposed to for the “public” so we have just as much of a right to be a part of this as they do. Any “public” hearing concerning wildlife we must attend to make our voices heard. The DNR always makes sure that the kill everything groups are strongly represented at these meeting and we need to counter that. Finally we must counter the anti-wolf zealots and trolls who post on internet news stories. Counter them with FACTS and when they accuse of of being “emotional” and they get angry turn the tables and point out who is really the “emotional” one. Remember we have the FACTS on our side, not the fluffy lies and propaganda they constantly spew.

Finally the most important thing for us to do is to stop the childish infighting that so often happens among wildlife and animal welfare organizations and individuals. This petty garbage is one of the reasons that we have trouble gaining ground on the kill everything groups that dominate our state. This war on wildlife is not just affecting wolves it is impacting all of our wildlife in one way or another. Look at how bears, coyotes, and other “fur bearing” animals are treated in this state. We are advocates for ALL living wildlife not just wolves as some on our side want it to be. Our state allows and even promotes the most vile and barbaric methods for killing animals and someone needs to keep pointing this out. We cannot do this without coordination or by getting sidetracked trying to save the world from global warming or other issues. While those issues are very important we must focus on our WILDLIFE and try to do what is within our power to force change at the state level. Our real enemies are the hounders, trappers, anti-wildlife legislators, and the kill everything hunting groups that pull their strings. While it is noble to try and change the world we must focus on changing our own backyard FIRST. Before Patricia started her column most people had no clue what was being done to the wildlife in this state and how corrupt our DNR has become. Most bought into the propaganda that all “sportsmen” were “conservationists” and ethical. While some may be we now see the dark underbelly that has been thriving in this state for decades. This is what we must work together to expose. Please stop the petty vegan vs vegetarian vs meat eater arguments. Please stop acting like one species of wildlife is all that matters when all are suffering. If people do not want to work together than they are doing more harm than good as far as I am concerned and we are no better than the extremist sadists that we claim to be fighting against.

Now that I got that off of my chest I want to wish all living wildlife advocates a very happy New Year. Even with all of the sadism and suffering that we saw this past year we are making progress. People are starting to pay attention and the hounders, trappers, and other sadists are finally being exposed. We must not let up. Let’s make 2013 the year that our wildlife finally has a true voice. We must also continue to support those with the courage to challenge in court the insanity of our state. The outstanding legal team challenging the use of of dogs against wolves is a perfect example of this. We thank them for allowing wildlife advocates to finally fight back against the bear hounders and their enablers. But this must only be the beginning. We must fight to bring true democracy into our wildlife and wild land “management” decisions. It is time to stand up to the pro-killing anti-wildlife cartels that are in bed with the state and demand that these decisions are made by the majority, not just extremist special interests. Keep fighting and have a happy New Year.

 

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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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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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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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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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