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Upon visiting the website of the “conservation” group, the National Wildlife Federation, the reader is greeted with all kinds of fluffy imagery of wolves and other species of wildlife. Readers are also given the option to symbolically “adopt” imperiled species such as gray wolves, various bears, birds, etc. What the fluffy website and “adoptions” don’t mention that underneath the facade of the NWF claiming to be pro-wildlife is the cold hard reality that this is just another in a long line of killing cartel front groups whose main purpose for existing is to further the kill everything agenda of the extremist hunter, trapper, and hounder groups that make up their “state affiliates.”
This week the NWF has again shown their true colors and have lined up with the anti-wolf “state affiliates” such as the hounder and extremist killer controlled “Wisconsin Wildlife Federation” to express their support for stripping wolves in the Great Lakes of Endangered Species Act protections.
“Although the National Wildlife Federation has historically opposed such congressional intervention in agency decision-making and judicial review, these are exceptional circumstances, and without congressional intervention the letter and spirit of the Endangered Species Act regarding gray wolf recovery would be permanently thwarted by the courts,” the resolution states.
What kind of “recovery” is the immediate institution of reckless killing seasons, 24/7/365 use of dogs against wolves, and constant threats of poaching and virulent anti-wolf propaganda?
It is one of nine resolutions to be considered at NWF’s annual meeting this weekend in Shepherdstown, W.Va., at the Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center.
NWF resolutions, which are crafted by its 49 state affiliates, “provide the backbone of the conservation work of NWF” and state the organization’s positions on conservation issues, according to an information packet on the meeting.
The wolf resolution, which was submitted by NWF state affiliates Michigan United Conservation Clubs and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, follows a Dec. 19, 2014, ruling by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to overturn Fish and Wildlife’s decision in 2011 to delist the animals.
The NWF resolution states that gray wolf populations in the three states have exceeded recovery targets by a factor of 10. The iconic predators, if left unchecked, will continue to threaten domestic livestock, it states.
Miles Grant, an NWF spokesman, said resolutions are typically “vigorously debated, sometimes modified, and it’s not at all certain yet whether any given resolution will pass or fail.”
“As a federation, our affiliates are in control of this process,” he said.
But NWF’s national staff has recommended that state delegates endorse the resolution, arguing that the court’s decision — which was the latest in a string of judicial decisions overturning wolf delistings — is creating “an unnecessary but fierce backlash” against the Endangered Species Act at a time when Republicans in Congress are looking to dismantle the law.
“This situation is bad for wolves, people and the Endangered Species Act and is precluding sound management by professional wildlife managers,” NWF staff wrote.
“In this exceptional case, NWF supports this resolution calling for a very narrow legislative measure that restores the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s delisting decision in the Great Lakes. Such legislation would be supporting science, scientists and the agency decision — not playing politics with them.”
So what is “good” for wolves, NWF? 24/7/365 hounding? Rampant poaching? Hostile state “management” hell bent on pushing numbers down to the absolute bare minimum, if not outright eradication? By aligning with the kill everything Wisconsin Wildlife Federation the NWF is making it clear that they support legalized dog fighting, and the eradication of the species throughout much of the states like Wisconsin and Minnesota. Want an example of what the NWF is supporting and what a board member of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation is proposing? Look not further than this “Letter to the Editor” from Wisconsin Wildlife Federation and Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association board member and outspoken anti-wolf zealot Laurie Groskopf advocating for wolves to be killed without limit in two-thirds of Wisconsin while whining about the Wisconsin Conservation Congress not going along with her eradication plan.
Did you ever wonder what happens to those Wisconsin Conservation Congress spring hearing resolutions introduced by locals in each county? Sometimes the answer is that they get squashed by the WCC leadership.
This happened recently with two local resolutions from last year’s Marathon County spring hearing. The subject of both was the wolf situation.
One resolution was to provide unlimited harvest opportunities for wolves in harvest Zone 6, which was originally called “unsuitable wolf habitat” by the DNR experts. The experts later abandoned that label because they felt there were ample opportunities for wolves to live in most areas of Wisconsin originally designated as inferior wolf habitat.
The resolution, which passed in Marathon County with a vote of 122 in favor and 29 against, promoted an unlimited quota in wolf harvest Zone 6.
Local resolutions pass through an assigned committee, and if forwarded are considered by an executive council of the WCC every January. If the council forwards the resolution, it appears on the spring hearing questionnaire in April. If it is rejected, it dies.
The executive council discussed Marathon County’s resolution, and the chief DNR lawyer, Tim Andryk, told the group that the judges wouldn’t find this acceptable. He means federal judges, such as the one who recently returned wolves to endangered species status until their numbers are restored throughout their historic range.
Since when do we manage wildlife according to what some eastern judge thinks? The motion to allow unlimited wolf quotas in Zone 6 was rejected by the WCC executive council (see January minutes on the DNR web site).
A second resolution attempted to convince the WCC representative on the DNR’s wolf advisory committee to support the 2011 spring hearing vote for a wolf goal of 350 or fewer.
When it came time to vote at the DNR advisory committee, the representative called the committee dysfunctional, moved to have DNR staff select the options to present in the draft wolf management plan (this was rejected) and refused to vote on the official position of the WCC.
So this resolution also was not forwarded to the spring hearing.
Twenty-five county boards have passed resolutions supporting a wolf goal of 350, or 350 or fewer. The Wisconsin Farm Bureau, Farmers Union and numerous other agriculture organizations support this goal. Almost every major hunting organization supports a wolf goal of either 350 or 350 or less.
With the upcoming county deer committees scheduled for March and the WCC spring hearings scheduled in April, one has to ask whether it is worth devoting time to such efforts that are largely controlled by DNR staff and WCC leaders who often seem intent on rubber-stamping the DNR’s decisions. After over five years associating with WCC in a very intensive manner, I will no longer be wasting my time attempting to influence natural resource policies through WCC meetings.
Laurie Groskopf lives in Tomahawk.
This person is the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation’s representative on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources anti-wolf group stacked “Wolf Advisory Committee.” When even the anti-wolf Wisconsin DNR and “Conservation Congress” (A.K.A. kill everything at anytime and any way Congress) have grown tired of this woman and her zealotry you know that there is a problem. If this is the type person that the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation feels should represent them that tells me everything that I need to know about this extremist killing cartel and those that run the group. But it should come as no surprise that the NWF falls in line with this type of thinking. They have long been a fluffy front group for hunters, trappers, and hounders while pretending that they actually “care” about imperiled species.
The proposed NWF resolution does not mention Wyoming wolves and does not endorse any particular bill.
But it follows NWF CEO Collin O’Mara’s push to return the 79-year-old organization to its hook-and-bullet base, even as it continues to advocate for members including bird lovers and gardeners. O’Mara has trimmed NWF’s Washington staff while empowering its field offices and 49 state affiliates.
NWF delegates this weekend will also consider a resolution urging Congress and the Obama administration to “clarify” ESA to “ensure that there is a clear, durable and enduring process for delisting once the species reaches its recovery goals and adequate management plans are in place to continue the conservation of the species.”
Apparently the NWF has decided that 24/7/365 legalized dog fighting constitutes an “adequate management plan.” I have long been a critic of the NWF and how they put up a facade that they actually care for wildlife. The reality is that this group is just putting a friendly face on extremist hunting, trapping, and hounding. Their support of this anti-wolf resolution shows that they also support legalized dog fighting and the extremist wolf eradication views of their state affiliate representatives like Laurie Groskopf.
Ask the National Wildlife Federation why they support the below activities and why they pretend to actually “care” about wildlife?
Call the NWF and ask them why they support dog fighting and the persecution of wolves at: 800-822-9919 (8-8 pm EST) or send them a message here: http://www.nwf.org/Who-We-Are/Contact-Us.aspx