Death by a Thousand Hounds (And Traps): The Endangered Species List is Not a “Farm Team” for Hostile States


This is what “state management” of wolves looks like. Photo used via Fair Use for Educational and News Reporting Purposes.

It’s been almost one year since the end of Wisconsin’s last “legal” wolf slaughter and the subsequent federal court ruling that placed the species back on the Endangered Species Act protected list. During that last year the states, anti-wolf politicians, the killing cartels, certain media outlets, big ag lobbies, and even misguided wolf “experts” have been pushing to forcefully remove the species from ESA protections and resume the yearly killing sprees under the guise of “state management.”

Summary of what the Endangered Species Act exists for:

The law requires federal agencies, in consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or the NOAA Fisheries Service, to ensure that actions they authorize, fund, or carry out are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat of such species. The law also prohibits any action that causes a “taking” of any listed species of endangered fish or wildlife. Likewise, import, export, interstate, and foreign commerce of listed species are all generally prohibited.

Federal Judge Beryl Howell made it very clear in her ruling last December that the states “management” of gray wolves was severely flawed and and failed miserably at providing the protections and species growth that is a key element of the Endangered Species Act. While not explicitly spelled out, the state “management” of Wisconsin very likely played a key role in the decision the judge made to order the relisting of the species in the Great Lakes region. Wisconsin’s clear and open policy of pushing the species numbers down to a token number and allowing for 24/7/365 harassment by hounds very likely also played a role in her decision.

There are times, she said, a court “must lean forward from the bench to let an agency know, in no uncertain terms, that enough is enough. This is one of those times.”

She singled out Minnesota’s plan, which she said permitted the unlimited killing of wolves in some areas. The plan calls for a minimum population of 1,600 animals in the state.

But it allows “a virtual carte blanche” for eradication of wolves in the southern two-thirds of the state by allowing land owners and managers the right to kill them any time to protect their livestock and pets, even in the absence of attacks.

What was clearly spelled out in the Judge’s decision was the inadequacy of Minnesota’s plan that forcefully kept wolves in a small pocket in the state and much like the disgusting Wyoming plan, essentially allowed for open eradication through the rest. Minnesota also made it clear that their killing season was strictly for recreation and played no real role in the adequate “management” of the species other than to provide “hunter opportunity.”

“The intent of the wolf season was to allow sustainable hunting and trapping,” said Dan Stark, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources wolf specialist. “We weren’t trying to have an impact on the [wolf] population or [livestock] depredations.”

In the past year the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota have done nothing to change their plans or how they want to “manage” wolves. Instead the state “wildlife” agencies, killing cartels, big ag lobbies, and anti-wolf state politicians ran to anti-wolf representatives and senators in Congress to force a legislative delisting to continue on their “death by a thousand hounds (and traps)” management plans. Instead of making a good faith effort to change the elements of their “management” that led to the court relisting and the furor of millions of wildlife advocates the states did NOTHING except to reinforce that they are hellbent at regaining control over the species and resume their reckless killing seasons and in the case of Wisconsin, the unlimited 24/7/365 harassment by hounds.

This entire issue illustrates the failure of the true intentions of the Endangered Species Act and allowing hostile states to “manage” wildlife. The purpose of the ESA was to throw a lifeline to imperiled wildlife and protect them from the often depraved and hostile eradication methods that originally pushed them to the brink and making sure that never happens again. Instead the ESA, particularly for species like the gray wolf and grizzly, has become a “farm team” for states to provide “hunter opportunity” for mass killing immediately following delisting. That was NOT the intention of the ESA but that is what our government has allowed to happen. This happened immediately following the Obama Administration’s misguided and ESA weakening 2011 “rider” that delisted  wolves in Montana and Idaho where both states immediately instituted eradication plans. It also happened immediately following the delisting of wolves in the Great Lakes in 2012. In fact the very day, and almost to the hour that wolves were delisted here, anti-wolf legislators, led by the disgraced former Rep. Scott Suder, introduced the bill that would lead to Wisconsin declaring war on wolves and becoming the ONLY state in the country to allow dogs to be used again them, including the 24/7/365 “training” of hounds against wolves. Minnesota soon followed suit with their own “recreational” hunting and trapping season. This was in addition to their secret hiring of USDA Wildlife Services goons to kill hundreds each year even while under ESA protections.

Today, instead of changing how they want to “manage” wolves the states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming are counting on Congress and the most anti-wildlife president in modern history to forcibly delist wolves once again to destroy the ESA and return to their near-eradication “management” of the species on the behest of big ag and the killing cartels. If the congressional delisting fails then they hope a federal appeals court overturns Judge Howell’s ruling. If either were to occur the ESA will become a paper tiger that becomes open for attack at the behest of any political “deal” and it will make wildlife hostile states even more aggressive and brazen with their “management” of species they already despise like wolves and soon the grizzly bear.

Wildlife advocates such as myself are often asked WHY we fight so hard to keep wolves and other vilified and imperiled species under federal ESA protections? One only needs to look at the picture above, visit the hate filled anti-wolf/wildlife social media sites, and listen to the fear mongering and misinformation presented by hostile states and politicians to have the answer. For these people “management” of the gray wolf and other “less desirable” species is an all or nothing proposition as their own actions demonstrate. Many wildlife advocates, such as myself, wouldn’t necessarily be against a delisting for the wolf if state “management” didn’t consist of what amounts to a declaration of war against the species and pushing it back to the brink AGAIN.

As I stated above species removed from the ESA should NOT be used as a “farm team” for hostile states and to provide “hunter opportunity.” This WAS NOT and IS NOT the purpose of the law. When anti-wildlife politicians talk about “reforming” the Endangered Species Act the mean that they want to further weaken it and for some outright destroy it. For wildlife advocates reforming the act means allowing it to function as it was intended to. This means the act should be in place to prevent wildlife hostile states like Wisconsin from regaining “management” of any listed species while the reckless policies that led to the initial listing are still in place. The act should also demand these states not be allowed to immediately institute mass killings of a delisted species and require that the states update their “management plans” to reflect the changing populations and changes of the reality on the ground. When a state like Wisconsin allows their entire “management” of a species to be determined by extremist “hunting” groups, like the openly anti-wolf Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, they are proving that they are not up to the task of responsibly managing a species fresh off the ESA list. Add on the disgusting and irresponsible allowance of dogs to be used against the species 24/7/365 and how can ANYONE with a straight face say that a state like Wisconsin can responsibly “manage” this species? You can’t and this is exactly why Judge Howell ruled as she did last December.

Wolves must remain under ESA protections until hostile states like Wisconsin make an effort to ethically “manage” this species. If you are a Wisconsin resident DEMAND that our state put aside the reckless and revenge minded policies that eliminated this species the first time and work WITH wildlife advocates instead of against us. By allowing the use of dogs against a species like the wolf the state of Wisconsin is showing to the world that they cannot “manage” this species in a responsible and ethical manner.

Find your Wisconsin legislators here and make it clear that they have failed miserably when it comes to “managing” the wolf population and regardless of a potential Congressional or court ordered delisting wildlife advocates will not back off nor will we accept any form of “management” that continues the use of dogs and reckless mass killing. The political pendulum always swings back hard and when it does the massive overreach Wisconsin has endorsed when it comes to “managing” this species will come back to bite the anti-wolf factions and their tactics very hard. The anti-wolf factions should be very careful about what they wish for and the ramifications of that overreach. Delsiting or not WE are not going anywhere and WE will continue to expose the reckless and barbaric attacks on wolves and other vulnerable species.

Please also contact your federal legislators and DEMAND that they not support any effort to weaken ESA protections for wolves or any other species until the states show that they will be responsible stewards for these species and not continue with their revenge/persecution policies.


Two Peas in a Hate Filled Pod: Domestic Terrorism and Anti-Wolf Zealots



A gunman armed with an AK-47-style weapon burst into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs Friday, shooting at police from inside the building during the ensuing five-hour standoff.

Three people, including a police officer, died during the incident, Colorado Springs Police Department Lt. Catherine Buckley said. Nine others, including five officers, were wounded.

This is the world that we live in today. Where once again racism, hate, and domestic terrorism is mainstream and essentially encouraged or condoned by the right wing media and the hate pages on social media.

I have long been saying that the anti-wolf/wildlife groups and individuals are often one in the same with the same type of deranged lunatic that attacked the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. They feed off of the same hate filled media sources both mainstream and on social media. I recently pointed out some terroristic threats against Native Americans emanating from one of the sickest and most vile pages that Facebook somehow allows. When will people wake up and realize that wolves, women, “liberals,” “tree huggers,” union members, refugees, ethnic minorities, or anyone else that doesn’t conform to the Foxbot world view are all potential targets in both the cyber and physical world?


[ter-uh-riz-uh m]

the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.

What is being practiced by these people fit the definition of terrorism to a tee, yet most on the left in our country are too afraid apparently to call a spade a spade or a terrorist a terrorist. We are consumed with and more worried about the sick religious fanatics thousands of miles away while we have fanatics just as dangerous operating right in our own backyard and lashing out at Americans far more often than most realize. This is the modern American far right wing that seems to be lashing out each and every day from misguided “frustrations” that no sane person can understand. These people and the sick and depraved messages that they spread via outlets like Fox “News,” right wing hate radio, and the innumerable hate web and social media sites, are a clear and present danger to our country. Not refugees. Not “liberals.” Not abortion providers. And damn sure not environmentalists. These people lash out violently at any perceived “threat” to their way of life or at those who are “different” politically or ethnically and they are terrorists both in the cyber world and in real life.

You may be asking what any of this has to do with wildlife? I think that the answer is clear and right in front of our faces. Take a look at any of the hate filled anti-wolf/wildlife social media pages and the links will be abundantly clear. Right wing talking points. Worship of the 2nd Amendment while ignoring the first. Links to right wing and chickenhawk filled “militia” and anti-government groups. The links go on and on while the sane element of society pretends that these groups and people pose little if any threat after the latest news cycle ends.

The reality is that these groups and people pose a major threat. Not because of those behind them, because they are usually chickenhawk cowards, but because of those that follow them.

I have reached the point where I am sick and tired of being attacked and berated for standing up for wildlife and for real progressive values and not the watered down corporatist crap spread by modern “Democrats.” I served this country in the Army and I continue to serve my community each and every day. Many others that share our concern and passion for our wildlife and country have done the same, yet we are labeled as “enemies” and “Anti-American by the neo-fascist right wing hatemongers and by the anti-wolf/wildlife/government social media hate sites.

We have let these hate mongers get away with labeling Americans, like myself and others in the wildlife advocacy world and other progressive movements, as being Anti-American because we dare stand up for real freedom and for real life, both human and animal. Because of these beliefs and our actions we are targets for both the chickenhawk cowards spreading hate on social media and from the REAL terrorists that want those like us dead as much as any Jihadi in the Middle East does.

Colorado Springs was another wake up call that will likely fall to the wayside like the myriad of other domestic terror attacks that we have seen in just the past year. The old adage of how you “can’t yell fire in a crowded theater” applies here. Freedom of speech is one of the most wonderful elements of our society but it comes with a steep price. The modern neo-fascist right wing hate machine is using it to destroy our country from within. One of the wonderful and frustrating things about wildlife advocates and most real progressive minded people is that we are free and independent thinkers. The idiom of “herding cats” comes into play each and every day among people like myself. That does not apply to the modern right wing hate mongers and their followers. No element of modern American society falls into line a toes the “party line” more than the modern right wing.

As we saw during the wolf slaughter seasons in 2012, 2013, and 2014, bloodlust and groupthink rule the day when it comes to the anti-wolf/wildlife/government/etc factions. They take half truths, propaganda, and blatant lies as fact and seek to pile on with hate, fear, and sheer savagery. This while trying to play the “victim” in the process. If those of us in the wildlife advocacy and progressive movements acted out and made statement like those that come daily from the right wing media hate machine and the social media hate sites, we would be labeled “eco-terrorists” or worse. When someone from our side of the political spectrum acts out of line we call them out as we should. When someone poaches a wolf or attacks an abortion provider they are lauded as a hero and encouraged to act out even more drastically by the right wing. Then when someone else does it is the fault of “the left” or some other straw man that make convenient scapegoats like a certain canid species.

I implore anyone reading this not to take any of the online threats and hate speech that time encounter lightly. While the person that composed it may be a chickenhawk coward spreading hate from their mom’s basement, there are usually followers of that garbage that will take the hate and fear mongering to heart and lash out. Whether it is threats to poach wolves in Wisconsin, threats against government officials, threats against ethnic minorities, or any other boastful proclamations we must take it seriously. The “red flags” are always there despite the media always throwing out the ridiculous “lone wolf” argument as if wolves should be equated to terrorists. As was the case with the Colorado Springs domestic terrorist yesterday he had a history of animal abuse and domestic violence which the justice system continually gave him a free pass on. Next time you are browsing one of the anti-wolf/wildlife hate pages take note of those posting and the comments they make. There is a very good chance that you will see or hear of them again.

Please report any domestic terrorism threats here or to your local law enforcement agency. This is also a reminder for all wildlife advocates and those espousing a progressive belief system to remain vigilant and be aware of any threats directed at you or your family and to always be aware of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity. I put nothing past the modern right wing hate machine or the anti-wolf/wildlife zealots.


Do Modern “Democrats” Support Legal Dog Fighting and Limiting Your Free Speech Rights? Actions Speak Louder than Words 


This is what Senator Tammy Baldwin and other anti-wolf politicians support if they support Wisconsin’s “management” of wolves.

As a wildlife advocate nothing is more infuriating and revolting than people who speak out of both sides of their mouths. Nowhere is this more prevalent than with the modern “Democratic Party” and their spineless manner when dealing with wildlife issues and legislation. They are so afraid of upsetting the NRA/big ag lobby that they vote for anti-wildlife and even anti-free speech laws despite knowing they are deplorable. Because of this I have distanced myself from the Democratic Party and vowed not to ever vote again for any politician that supports anti-wildlife legislation and causes.

There are two very recent examples of Wisconsin based “Democrats” turning their backs on wildlife in favor of anti-wildlife and anti-free speech proposals at the state and national level.

Over the years I have voted for Senator Tammy Baldwin several times dating back to her days as a Representative in the House and for her current position as a senator. Only after her election to the senate did I learn of her anti-wolf positions and how she panders to the big ag interests that want to see wolves eradicated from Wisconsin and elsewhere. It was only after her 2012 election to the senate did I find this webpage where she takes credit for having the wolf delisted and Wisconsin allowing a slaughter season immediately following.

2011: Tammy Worked Across Party Lines and Worked to Remove the Wisconsin Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species List
Tammy supported the commonsense approach of removing the Wisconsin Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species List after population numbers exceeded both the Wisconsin Wolf Recovery Plan and the federal recovery goal. This action opens the door to a new wolf hunt.

Baldwin likes to pretend that she is a “progressive” and people believe her due to her sexual orientation and how she rightfully stands up for equal protection. The problem is that she panders to big ag and the killing cartels seeking to eradicate Wisconsin’s tiny wolf population and pretending that they no longer need protection. What does she gain from it? Do those “common sense approaches” include dog fighting? Apparently, yes they do.

A couple of weeks ago a letter imploring President Obama to reject any and all “riders” weakening the Endangered Species Act was signed by 25 Democratic Senators. As expected the usual fake “Democrats” from ND, IN, WV, MN, and a few others didn’t sign it likely due to being owned by the same big ag/NRA/SCI/Koch groups that also control the GOP. Also noticeably absent were signatures from the two anti-wolf and big ag owned “Democrat” senators from Minnesota and, of course, Tammy Baldwin. As evidenced by the canned letters I receive from Baldwin’s office, she buys hook, line, and sinker the propaganda from the Wisconsin DNR and anti-wolf groups that wolves are being properly “managed” by the DNR and that they are just “decimating” livestock, deer, and grandchildren all over the state. Upon learning her stance against wolves, and apparently being perfectly fine with the legalized dog fighting that Wisconsin allows, I decided that she will never get my vote again for the Senate or any other position. I have made this very clear in letters to her office. Of course the opinions of one Wisconsin citizen like myself apparently does not matter because each response that I receive from Baldwin’s office is the same canned response regurgitating the Wiscosnin DNR propaganda even if it’s not related to the purpose of my letter. It used to to be that we could depend on the Democratic Party to stand up for wildlife and the Endangered Species Act. This is no longer the case as ones like Baldwin and the two phony senators from MN are openly anti-wolf/wildlife and owned by big ag as much as the GOPers are. This is also why Baldwin has been known as “Shammy” Baldwin among wildlife advocates for some time. But she apparently doesn’t care as long as those campaign contributions and “awards” from big ag groups keep rolling in.

For Baldwin and the other anti-wolf/wildlife “Democrats” let one thing be clear. If you support any legislation that returns “management” of the gray wolf to states like Wisconsin, you support legalized DOG FIGHTING. There is no other way around it. Because Wisconsin allows 24/7/365 hound “training” against wolves and allows dogs to be used against wolves during the killing season any Dem that supports giving Wisconsin back “management”  also supports DOG FIGHTING. There is no other way to put it. I expect this from the anti-everything GOPers but for Dems to be on board is shameful and frankly horrifying for the prospects for the survival of not only wolves but all imperiled species. Please call Senator Baldwin and your other Senators and Representatives and ask them this:

Dear Senator/Rep……

As a constituent of yours I ask that you strongly consider voting against any and all bills and or “riders” to spending bills that seek to remove wolves from Endangered Species Act protections. Despite the hyperbole and propaganda from hunting groups and agricultural interests, the gray wolf is still imperiled by centuries old hatred and reckless state “management” plans that allow for only a token number on the landscape and in isolated pockets only. It also must be noted that supporting any effort to delist wolves in Wisconsin will be viewed as a tacit approval for what is essentially the legalized DOG FIGHTING that the state allows by law. Wisconsin is the ONLY state in the country that allows packs of hounds to be pitted against wolves with ZERO oversight and the allowance of 24/7/365 “training” against wolves also with no oversight. I implore you not to support any law that furthers the persecution against this species and that seeks to weaken the already imperiled Endangered Species Act. Your actions on these issues will be closely watched and strongly considered in future elections. 

Thank you, 

Find Your Senators and Representatives

In Wisconsin, at the state level, we also have a collection of “Democrats” that always seem to pander to the kill everything crowd and now apparently are also for attacking YOUR free speech rights and navigation of YOUR public lands. Yesterday, by a vote of 14-1, the rubber stamp for the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association and the deceptively named anti-wildlife, Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, Assembly Natural Resources Committee, approved moving forward with the anti-free speech bill disguised as a “hunter harassment” bill. Only one Democrat had the conviction to vote against the bill:

The Assembly’s natural resources committee passed the Republican-authored bill on a 14-1 vote. The committee’s minority Democrats questioned whether the bill might violate nature lovers’ free speech rights but only one of them, Rep. Diane Hesselbein of Middleton, ultimately voted against the proposal.

Just like the 2012 wolf kill bill the so-called “Democrats” questioned the bill yet still voted for it regardless of the consequences. Why? All that this bill does is legitimize the disgusting acts of hounding and baiting and makes those that participate in them a protected class. This despite no permitting requirement for either activity. Under this bill if you happen to take a picture or even be “in the line of sight” of a hunter, baiter, trapper, or hounder, you are potential criminal if you hold any anti-hunting beliefs. This is apparently okay with our so-called “Democrats?”

The bill would add scouting, dog training, baiting and feeding to the list of protected hunting activities. It also would expand the definition of interference to include remaining in a hunter’s sight, photographing a hunter, using a drone to photograph a hunter and confronting a hunter more than twice with the intention of interfering with or impeding their activity. First-time violators would face a $500 fine. Subsequent offenses would carry steeper fines as well as jail time.

That’s right. If a hounder or baiter gets upset because you are near them, you are a criminal. If you take a picture of a hunter, baiter, hounder, or trapper and happen to hold a different belief or political affiliation than the law enforcement officer and county District Attorney, you are a potential criminal. How can any sane person, let alone an alleged “Democrat” support this bill that criminalizes free speech, free navigation, and penalizes people based on their political ideology or views on “hunting” practices?

Then we have this:

Republicans on the committee joined with Democrats Tuesday and adopted an amendment from Rep. Mark Spreitzer, D-Beloit, which clarifies that someone would have to intentionally interfere with a hunting activity to be convicted. But Rep. Katrina Shankland, a Stevens Point Democrat who voted in favor of the bill, still pressed the committee’s attorney, Larry Konapacki, for his opinion on whether the bill would withstand a constitutional challenge.

“That is a really difficult question,” Konopacki replied. “This is something that might be tested at some point.”

Spreitzer said he was satisfied that it would take an intentional act to land someone in trouble. Shankland pressed on, seeking more reassurance from Konopacki. He told her no one could be convicted unless a prosecutor could prove they intended to engage in harassing conduct.

That seemed to satisfy the Democrats, except Hesselbein. She said she still had questions about the bill. She didn’t ask any, though.

Shankland STILL voted for this sick bill despite acknowledging that it may violate the constitutional rights of a segment of citizens with a different value system while protecting unethical “hunting” practices? This plays right into the revenge politics of the Walker administration and GOP dominated legislature since 2011 and they STILL went along with it?Absolutely shameful but not all together surprising considering that many of the same people voting for this bill also voted for the wolf kill bill in 2012 making Wisconsin the ONLY state in the country that allows packs of dogs to be pitted against wolves. But it’s all about “heritage” and “tradition” to protect the most sadistic and vile among us I guess. These are the “Democrat” committee members that voted for this disgusting assault on free speech and bear hounder/baiter public land takeover:

Representative Milroy

Representative Danou

Representative Shankland

Representative Spreitzer

Please contact them and ask why they support a bill that limits free speech and free navigation of our public lands while making those that practice most sadistic and unethical “hunting” methods a protected class. Also ask them why people, such as hounder and baiters, are now a protected class even though no permit is required for their disgusting activities? Shame on them.

Milroy also had a hand in the recent and astonishingly sexist bill that allowed “blaze pink” clothing for hunting to “attract women” to the “sport.” Danou is the same guy that claims to have “questioned” the wolf kill bill, yet still voted for it in 2012 and bragged to the committee in 2012 that he hoped to get a wolf tag, and then invited other people on the committee to come to his place and “shoot some ducks.” He was also part of Baldwin’s 2012 killing brag fest campaign when she was running for Senator. With “friends” like these……….

So what is the takeaway from the actions of Baldwin and the anti-wildlife/free speech “Democrats” that voted for the bill yesterday? The takeaway is that wildlife and wildlife advocates are now also an imperiled species that have very few friends in the halls of state and federal government. I think that for wildlife advocates we need to realize that the modern Democratic Party is not aligned with our interests and seems to side with the anti-wildlife factions more than not in recent years. It’s time to call them out on it and stop pretending that they are the party of the environment when in reality half are nothing more than GOP-Lite that will pander to the anti-environment factions more often than not while spitting in the faces of their supposed “base.” We will remember their stances when it comes time to vote. If they even care…..

Anti-Wolf Facebook Page Allows Terroristic Threats Against Native Americans Following Night Hunting Ruling

As a wildlife advocate very few things shock me anymore. This weekend I was forwarded some screenshots of some racist, violent, and frankly terroristic level comments from an anti-wolf Facebook page with some of their fans threatening to kill and “scalp” Native Americans in response to the recent federal judge ruling legalizing night deer hunting. The commentators also threaten to “disrupt” the Native hunts in the same manner that they just decried while supporting Adam Jarchow’s anti-free speech bill last Wednesday. The hypocrisy cannot be any stronger here. Nor can the revulsion from these sick comments.

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Screenshot from the “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting” Facebook page. Shared under Fair Use.

There has also been a concentrated effort from bear hounders/anti-wolf elements to harass and threaten wildlife advocates on OUR own pages. Some of the people doing the harassing and attempted intimidation are the very same people who testified at last Wednesday’s hearing telling the committee they were “terrified” and were being “harassed” by wildlife advocates. This includes a former warden for the Wisconsin DNR according to several wildlife advocates.

The Internet and social media in particular has become a bullying platform and propaganda outlet for the anti-wolf pseudo-tough guys, mostly from rural areas, to use against wildlife advocates and to spread racist and hateful rhetoric against people such as Native Americans.

During and following the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Wisconsin wolf slaughter seasons wolf killers and their allies took to the Internet to post bragging pictures of dead wolves and often proceeded to taunt wildlife advocates knowing the emotions such bloody images would generate. Much like the manner in which the unethical “hunters” bait in bear, wolves, and other wildlife, they often posted these vile snuff pics to bait wildlife advocates and prey on our emotions. The problem came when they made attempts to email wildlife advocates taunting emails showing dead and mutilated  wolves, coyotes, and other wildlife or post them on pro-wildlife pages and hope for a response.

Like most right-wing internet trolls the anti-wolf/wildlife and racist trolls on these hate pages thrive off of us responding with emotion. Then they can say “See they are nothing more than overly emotional hippies” or some other insulting nonsense. Think about the source of most of these inflammatory posts and comments. These are scared little men, and some women, whose lives revolve around killing animals and harboring hatred for anything or anyone that does not conform to their isolated little worlds. First they blame something like wolves for every failure in their pathetic lives because they are an easy and long demonized target. Then when wolves aren’t convenient enough of a scapegoat they turn to other long demonized groups like Native Americans, African Americans, or immigrants.


Screenshot from the “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting” Facebook page. Shared under Fair Use.

It used to be that these people were relegated to their rural hate filled enclaves and thankfully the rest of the world didn’t have to listen to their hateful screeds. Today with the Internet the entire world is an audience for their hate filled, ignorant, and often racist drivel. They tend to thrive on being acknowledged and like the insolent overgrown children most of these anti-wolf/ racist people truly are, they throw a tantrum when ignored. They try to hijack pro-wildlife web pages and the comment sections of news stories about wildlife or people such as Native Americans.

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Screenshot from the “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting” Facebook page. Shared under Fair Use.

I have long refused to engage in back and forth banter with these hateful internet trolls. They seek acknowledgement and when ignored they often spiral into their hateful temper tantrums and try to hijack a dialogue. Simply put wildlife advocates need to just ignore, block, or report the hateful screeds that emirate from these people. The worst of these trolls sit in their isolated rural enclaves and spread their vile and hate filled drivel, threats, and attempts at intimidation knowing if they acted in real life toward people as they do on the Internet there would be a very different result.

We also saw this on full display during and after Florida’s recent bear slaughter when trolls and self-described “conservationists” took to Facebook and news article comment sections to laugh about bear cubs being left to starve following the slaughter in which 300 bears were killed in less than two days. What does it say about these people when they celebrate the mass slaughter of a species and then make snide comments and finding humor in the starvation of bear cubs? The same thing occurred following the mass slaughter of wolves in Wisconsin in 2012, 2013, and 2014. Today following the resisting by a federal judge in December 2014 the taunts and bragging of poaching have replaced the taunts following “legal” kills in the past three years among many on these hate sites. What does it say about people who take pleasure in the suffering of another species and the starvation of their offspring? I would bet most if not all of these internet tough guys also consider themselves “pro-life” as well?

What I also find quite ironic is how many of the anti-wolf/wildlife/racist trolls write rambling posts about how Native Americans are “lazy drunks” that kill all he wildlife. The irony comes in with a simple gander at the Wisconsin Circuit Court Access System showing how so many of these people have drunken driving convictions, hunting violations, criminal convictions, tax evasion, foreclosure, and civil process for not paying their bills. To be fair, I am sure many wildlife advocates share the same types of incidents but they also don’t claim a racial or cultural superiority so blatantly as the anti-wolf/wildlife/racist trolls do. There are also idiot “wildlife advocates” that engage in threats and attempted intimidation. They should be ostracized in the same manner and have no place in our movement.


Screenshot from the “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting” Facebook page. Shared under Fair Use.

Now comes the revolting part. All of the above and below screenshots were forwarded to me and I am going to let them speak for themselves. I would gather from the openly hostile and frankly terroristic tone of these comments that those making the comments do not understand that the hate site they posted it to is viewable to the entire world. Oops.

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Screenshot from the “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting” Facebook page. Shared under Fair Use.

There you have it. The true face of these folks that pretend that they are “conservationists” that pretend that wildlife advocates are the “emotional” ones. Scalping? Going back to “cowboys and Indians?” Roadblocks with AR-15s?

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Screenshot from the “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting” Facebook page. Shared under Fair Use.

Most of the time I just blow off the ignorant drivel posted on that page. This is different. The fans of that page and by default those that run it are allowing open and pretty specific terroristic threats against Native Americans. I and other wildlife advocates have long known that there is a strong racist and anti-governmental element to the anti-wolf factions but this more than shows what their true motivations are. This goes far beyond the typical anti-wolf trolling and screeds encouraging poaching. This crosses into terroristic threats against those of a particular ethnicity and frankly it is revolting. Perhaps the federal authorities may be interested in this? Civil Rights groups? This makes me sick and every decent American citizen should feel the same way, hunter or not.

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Screenshot from the “Wisconsin Wolf Hunting” Facebook page. Shared under Fair Use.

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A Wolf Allegedly Kills A Calf in Southern Wisconsin and the Barstool Biologists are Screaming Armageddon

Them wolf's gonna eat your kids!!!!!

Them wolf’s gonna eat your kids!!!!!- Wisconsin Barstool Biologists

The internet is both a wonderful tool for passing along information and a nightmare that allows uninformed fear mongering morons to spread lies and misinformation. This week articles appeared in various news outlets that reported an alleged killing of a calf by a wolf near Arlington, Wisconsin. While these “attacks” are rare all over the state despite what the fear mongers tell us, they are especially rare that far south in Wisconsin. However when one looks deeper into the reported “facts” surrounding the alleged depredation the culprit is not so clear. The media made sure to sensationalize the story to pretend that the farmer was just devastated about the death of an animal that was “like a pet” to him.

Rick Stevenson and his brothers farm 1,800 acres outside Poynette, but have never lost an animal to other wildlife. That is, until last Tuesday, when they found a dead calf in a pasture.

“They had torn the throat out of it, and broke the neck,” Stevenson said. “It made us sick. They’re our pets, you know.”

“Pets,” huh? How do you treat your pets? I know that I don’t raise mine and then when they are old enough have someone shoot a bolt in their head so that they can end up on a dinner plate. Do you? As ridiculous as that comment was how the DNR apparently determined that a wolf was the culprit is even more so:

DNR experts investigating the incident confirmed it was a wolf attack because the calf was attacked at the throat. Coyotes and other animals often target the backside of an animal instead of the throat, according to the DNR.

The attack is also the first reported wolf attack in Columbia County this year.

While a wolf attack is considered rare in the area, Stevenson said it’s the second time he has seen a wolf on his property.

In May of 2014, a gray wolf was seen on a hunting camera roaming the area. Stevenson said he isn’t sure whether it’s the same wolf that killed his calf.

Stevenson has filed paperwork with the DNR and USDA to receive some reimbursement for his lost calf, which is worth $1,100.

So was there a DNA test? Prints? Anything other than this guy seeing a wolf on a “hunting camera” a year ago? If it wasn’t a wolf the farmer couldn’t feed at the trough of the “depredation” gravy train so that sure makes the determination that it was a wolf pretty important.

One of the worst sites for clueless, racist, and flat out misinformation filled comments is the website for the Madison, Wisconsin CBS affiliate, WISC-TV. The article about the alleged wolf depredation is no exception. In this instance the barstool biologists come out of the woodwork to make claims about wolves, of course, eating children, eating all the deer, being “planted” in southern Wisconsin, and most laughably of all one making claims that he has never heard of a coyote killing a calf.

Larry Cuff · Top Commenter · Baraboo, Wisconsin
How do you think these wolves got here they were brought down from the north because of the over population of deer in some parts of the southern area of “WI. For someone who only reads books to tell people that were actually at the scene and had prior pictures of wolves, that it was a coyote that killed the calf is obviously a person that likes wolves and is trying to protect them. This scene is only going to get worse before it gets better, and for you Mr. Lulling there have been coyotes in Wisconsin for 50 plus years or more and I don’t recall ever hearing of one that killed a calf.

The esteemed barstool biologist Dr. Cuff apparently never looks at the Wisconsin DNR’s “depredation reports” because just this year several calf kills have been attributed to coyotes and domestic dogs.

DNR Depredation Report

The DNR report shows at least SEVEN calves allegedly killed by coyotes just since February, but since Dr. Cuff never heard about one ever occurring obviously they never did.

Next in the article we have this genius:

Richard Procter · Top Commenter · Madison, Wisconsin
when wolfs start attacking livestock then its open season ( the judge can stick it).

Ahh yes, the Wisconsin way, bad grammar and all. Is it any wonder why each week there seems to be another story about men from Wisconsin being busted for poaching in other states? The arrogance and moronic barstool biology does not stop there. Now the wolves are coming for your kids:

Jake Jacobs · Top Commenter · Lacrosse State University Lacrosse, Wisconsin
OK, I have read all the posts on here and it makes one scratch his head and wonder. One side, the outdoorsman type, with common sense see the real threat. The “bookworms” see another. To the “feel good” folks that love the wolves, remember there wasn’t a house in every woods when the wolves were roaming free the first time. If you recall when the wolf was re-introduced to Wisconsin, both the DNR and the Fed’s said Wisconsin could safely handle a population of 300 wolves. When the population went to more than 800, they introduced a hunting and trapping season to curtail the exploding population. Their goal was to reduce the population to approximately 600 wolves, still more than twice what the experts said Wisconsin could handle. Some on here want to use 2012 figures to argue against wolf control, I guess I would ask how many more wolves are there today? Coyote sightings and problems, are on the increase because the coyotes have been forced into the urban area’s by the expansion of the wolf packs. Wolves and Coyotes do not get along, as they are after the same food source. It won’t be too many more years before the wolves are in the arboretum and other suburban area’s. It also will not be long before a child is killed by wolves.

This barstool biologist is apparently trying to rewrite history about the “exploding” wolf population in Wisconsin. Wolves were never “re-introduced” into Wisconsin. They migrated from Minnesota naturally under federal protection. The “300” number this guy speaks of is also false because the original “goal” in the 1999 state management plan was 350 wolves. While this barstool biologist may claim that the killing seasons were introduced to “curtail the exploding population” we all know why they began. The killing seasons were for recreation and revenge no matter what the DNR and their lackeys claim. There was no “goal” to reduce the population to “600 wolves.” The Wisconsin DNR made it clear that their goal was to push the population down to the bare minimum of 350 as stated in their management plan. But we can’t forget that they are coming for your children. No barstool biologist proclamation would be complete without that blast of terror. The horrible grammar is also an indicator of his degree in Barstool Biology. Comments like this are why I have a love/hate relationship with the internet. Barstool biologists like this guy act like because they have a Facebook login they suddenly are an expert on biology or even history. They twist the narrative to match what their huntin’ buddies or groups like the National Redneck Rifle Association (NRA) tell them to believe.

Here is the next comment that I strongly encourage everyone to report to the USFWS:

Cory Campbell · Top Commenter
Shoot, shovel and shut up. Kill every last wolf you see and keep quiet about it. We can win the war against the DNR’s stupidity if you follow those three easy steps. This applies to cougars too.

Finally we have this genius making the claim that wolves were “released” in southern Wisconsin by the DNR to “control” the deer population.

Jennifer Baerwolf · Rio High School
There are wolves in our area now. If you read the article they had pictures from a trail camera of a Gray Wolf last year on this property. The DNR needs to quit releasing the animals down here in their attempts to control the Deer population.

These comments are just a sampling of the utter nonsense, lies, propaganda, and fear mongering that the internet allows morons to put forth. This is just ONE story from ONE website. The arrogant barstool biologists use Facebook and internet comment sections to spread their blatant lies and ignorance and while it is unknown how many people believe or even read their tripe it is very concerning that these people are the ones that agencies like the Wisconsin DNR seem to listen to while shutting out pro-wildlife voices.

While I like to advocate for ignoring the barstool biologists and the anti-wolf trolls that infect the internet, I am afraid that the Wisconsin DNR actually listens to these ignoramuses while ignoring the rest of us out. I am asking my readers how you think we should respond to these barstool biologists and trolls. Should we ignore them? Should we respond with facts?

Let me know what you think? What is the best way to counter these blatant lies and misinformation?


Meet the “Barstool Biologist” That Thinks He Speaks for “Everyone” in Wisconsin about Wolves

The apparent meeting place for Wisconsin's most esteemed biologists.

The apparent meeting place for Wisconsin’s most esteemed biologists.

One of the terms that I like to use to describe anti-wildlife elements who think they have the answers to everything is that they are a “barstool biologist.” Nowhere is this more prevalent than among the anti-wolf elements in northern Wisconsin. These people like to run with the lies and myths such as “them wolfs is eatin’ all the deer” and “I don’t see no deer, but I see wolfs everywhere.” The latest propaganda talking point being furthered by anti-wolf factions and arrogant legislators like Taconite Tommy Tiffany is that the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is turning Wisconsin into a “predator state.” To listen to these people you would think that Wisconsin was just overwhelmed with wolves, bears, coyotes, and those evil and horrible bobcats.

Nowhere have these lies and propaganda talking points been better illustrated than in a recently published “letter to the editor” of The Lakeland Times by Hazelhurst, Wisconsin resident and anti-wolf fearmongerer, Al LaPorte. If Hazelhurst, Wisconsin sounds familiar it is because this is where Taconite Tommy lives and in a strange coincidence the talking points of both are exactly the same. Here is the letter:

What does a D.C. judge know about Wisconsin wolves?

To the Editor:

I read Melissa Smith’s letter to the editor of The Lakeland Times (Friday, May 8, 2015). While I agree the DNR has screwed up our deer population (too many doe permits for too many years), I have to wonder how a judge in Washington D.C. knows so much about Wisconsin wolves?

If you don’t think the DNR is turning northern Wisconsin into a predator state, why does it take about eight years to get a bear tag, six to seven years to get a bobcat tag, and you can’t even get a wolf tag? She thinks wolves are at a dangerously low population. Well, maybe in Madison there aren’t many, but in the Northwoods there are more than the area can handle (remember the 350 wolves everyone agreed to?)

As far as dogs being used to fight wolves, what world does she live in? I guess Ms. Smith can just distort reality to make a point. Wolves are not in a “dirty culture war.” It is groups like hers that take up the wolf as a “symbol of wilderness” when in reality the wolf is just a part of the whole system.

The coyote has had no season and no limit (except during some deer seasons) and they have survived. Why must we put the wolf above the rest of the wildlife?

So, what has happened is the DNR depleted our deer heard, and the predators are stopping the comeback, and I am tired of the people in Madison shoving their opinions and rules down our throats. How would it be, if we took away the number of police officers in Madison because we do not need that many in northern Wisconsin, and said you should learn to live with the chaos?

Al LaPorte

While it just induces a migraine to read the false equivalencies, fabrications, propaganda, and downright arrogance of this letter, I will break it down point by point.

The letter starts with the usual barstool biologist/rural talking point that it is just impossible for someone in the “big city,” in this case a federal judge, to know anything about Wisconsin wolves. How arrogant this judge must me to actually read and interpret a law the way that the law was written. Didn’t you know that rural folks apparently know everything and some big city judge has no right to tell them that they can’t fight wolves with their dogs or trap, shoot, and arrow those evil grandchildren eating beasts?

Next we have the latest Northern Wisconsin anti-wolf talking point that Wisconsin is being turned into a “predator state.” So why are we now a “predator state?” According to the esteemed barstool biologist, Al LaPorte, it is because it just takes too darn long for him to get a kill permit for one of those evil predators. Obviously this must be because there are just so many predators in the state that the tree hugging Wisconsin DNR want to protect. What? Mr. LaPorte is apparently of the opinion that predator killing should be a free for all and kill permits should be given to everyone that wants one. Then he completely contradicts his own argument later in his letter by stating that wolves should be treated like all other wildlife. So if he believes that wolves should be treated like all other wildlife then that means a system of quotas and limits to the number of permits issued, right? This argument and “woe is me” arrogance of these anti-wolf types show exactly what they are all about. They believe that their selfish “need” to kill takes precedence over everyone else or the health of a species.

The next part uses another barstool biologist talking point by claiming that “everyone agreed” to the number of 350 wolves in Wisconsin. By “everyone” I assume LaPorte is referring to his own circle of anti-wolf elements that had to be be essentially bribed by the Wisconsin DNR so that they wouldn’t poach wolves? The bear hounders are so special that they had to make an “agreement” with the Wisconsin DNR so that they wouldn’t break the law by poaching a federally protected species. That should tell you all that you need to know about the types of people LaPorte represents in his letter.

The biggest whopper of the entire letter appears next. LaPorte claims that the idea of dogs fighting wolves is just absurd. He asks what world does the original letter writer live in? Gee I wonder what world that is. Maybe the world where the Wisconsin DNR paid out a total of $55,827.32 in the past year for hounds allegedly killed or injured by wolves? How about the total payout of this scam program of $573,512.38 since the whole hounder bribe system started? Nope dogs don’t fight wolves. If that is the case then I expect all the hounders that received reimbursements to refund each and every dime that they were paid.

Mr. LaPorte then claims that there isn’t a “culture war” surrounding wolves. The absurdity of this claim is proven false by the mere fact that he wrote his letter. The letter contains nothing but hyperbole and whining about how those poor rural folk are “told what to do” by those evil people in the “big city.” All one has to do is take a look at the vile, racist, and hate filled postings by one of the several anti-wolf hate sites that infect Facebook and other media forums to see that the wolf is central in this “culture war.” Any bets he is a fan of such sites?

Finally LaPorte has to sum up his letter by claiming that predators are stopping the “comeback” of the deer population in Wisconsin. Funny I didn’t know that deer were an endangered species that needed to “comeback.” But when one looks at it from the selfish viewpoint of the “great white hunters” of Wisconsin there can never be enough deer to kill in their “whole state is a game farm” mentality. People like LaPorte want “on-demand” hunting where they are guaranteed a kill and nothing, especially predators, can get in the way of the dominionist attitude that many like him posses. He is “tired”of people in Madison “shoving their opinions down his throat.” Really? Last I checked, Madison and it’s residents were tax paying citizens of the State of Wisconsin. Much of that tax money goes to prop up rural areas like Hazelhurst, Wisconsin. Last I saw residents of Madison also far outnumber the residents of Hazelhurst, Wisconsin. I see plenty of rural mindsets and opinions being shoved down our throats in the “big city.” Using dogs against wolves and other wildlife? That didn’t come from urban representatives. Archaic abortion restrictions? Those didn’t come from urban representatives. Act 10? That sure didn’t come from Madison representatives. Nor has the myriad of other anti-environment, anti-wildlife, anti-progressive, anti-education, anti-everything “liberal” scorched Earth polices that were rammed down OUR throats by arrogant rural blowhards like your very own Tom Tiffany. So don’t pretend to act like those of us in the “big city” are “forcing” anything on you. Frankly on both the state and national level it is exactly the opposite. Urban citizens and majority opinions are being ignored in favor of rural minority positions and dominionist attitudes. 

The final sentence of LaPorte’s letter is the typical rural straw-man argument that barstool biologists and the anti-wolf rural types use all the time.

How would it be, if we took away the number of police officers in Madison because we do not need that many in northern Wisconsin, and said you should learn to live with the chaos?

The false equivalency here is staggering. Actually with all of the poachers and law breakers that infect northern Wisconsin, I would argue that you do need massively increased law enforcement up there but that is not the issue in this post. Barstool biologists and “the sky is falling” rural types like to pretend that if something doesn’t go THEIR WAY that everyone feels the same way or that there is “chaos.” When it comes to wolves the very anti-wolf DNR, commissioned a survey last year showing overwhelming support for wolves and maintaining their current populations. There was even majority support in the areas of the north that wolves inhabit contrary to this guy’s assertions. If not getting to kill a bear, wolf, bobcat, deer, etc. is what constitutes “chaos” in Mr. LaPorte’s world then his issues go far beyond that of wildlife management.

Judging from his history of letter to editors this is not the first time Mr. LaPorte has used such hyperbole and overexaggerations to illustrate his “points.” One only has to look at a letter he wrote to the same publication in December of 2014 crying out about the “thousands” of wolves in Wisconsin.

Predators – Until 1984, hunters received a bear tag with their rifle tag and a bobcat tag with their small game license. Also, hunters legally shot every wolf they saw. Now it takes a hunter nine years to get a bear tag, (8 1/2 years average in zone D) and seven years for a bobcat tag. There are more bear and bobcat than ever. Plus the DNR doesn’t seem to have a clue about how many thousands of wolves there really are in northern Wisconsin. These predators need to eat, and deer meat is on the menu.

Does anyone wonder why so many wildlife advocates do not want states like Wisconsin to ever regain “management” of wolves? In the meantime enjoy more of the barstool biology and musings of a very arrogant man that thinks he speaks for all of Wisconsin in this other “letter to the editor.”

Letter: ‘Pro-wolf’ writers don’t know Wisconsin

U.S. Rep. Sensenbrenner’s Staffer Claims that “there was no wolf hunt in 2014” and Continued Big Ag Lies and Fear Mongering

According to Rep. James Sensenbrenner's staffer "in charge" of the wolf issue this never happened.

According to Rep. James Sensenbrenner’s staffer “in charge” of the wolf issue, this never happened.

Many people in our society often wonder how colossal mistakes such as the 2003 Invasion of Iraq and other world changing blunders have been allowed to occur throughout history. Most Americans foolishly believe that politicians overall care about this country and look at all sides of an issue before taking action. The Iraq War disproved this to the max and now we are seeing the exact same thing when it comes to wolves and the reckless eradication bills currently before Congress.

As I have mentioned before there are currently two very dangerous and disingenuous bills that have been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The first bill, H.R. 843, with the fluffy title,  “Western Great Lakes Wolf Management Act of 2015,” seeks to permanently strip wolves in the Great Lakes of all Endangered Species Act protections and prevents them from ever being relisted in the future. A better name for this horrific bill would be the “Western Great Lakes Wolf Eradication Act of 2015.”

The other bill before Congress, H.R. 884, is an attempt to reinstate the severely flawed 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisting order that led to the mass slaughter of wolves and the legalized dog fighting that Wisconsin allows. This delisting order was struck down by a Federal judge in December 2014. This bill should be called the “Wolf Eradication, Legalized Dog Fighting,and to Hell With Your Rights Act of 2015.” This bill takes the disgusting approach of telling American citizens that we are not able to exercise our rights to challenge laws and agency rules in court. How “American” of them.

Both of these bills have support from anti-wolf Tea Party extremists and fake “Democrats” like the Teahadist in drag, Colin Peterson, of Minnesota. One of the overlapping supporters of both bills is far right Wisconsin Representative James Sensenbrenner. Yesterday a northern Wisconsin wildlife photographer and wildlife advocate posted an update regarding her contacts with Wisconsin federal representatives regarding the wolf bills and she reported this very disturbing contact with a staffer from Sensenbrenner’s office.

Saw a wolf this morning. A young one. Wondered if it will have a chance to grow up. How much time do the wolves really have? I’ve called Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Ron Johnson, US Rep Sean Duffy and US Rep Jim Sensenbrenner. I have written Baldwin and Duffy numerous times. I am still waiting for their return phone calls…yeah, right. I noted several interesting facts while calling. Tammy Baldwin’s female assistant took some notes as to why I was calling but stated Tammy cannot call everyone back who calls. Ron Johnson’s female assistant was very interested in my call and took many notes. Sean Duffy’s male assistant was short off and uncaring as if public input was not wanted. Sensenbrenner’s male assistant argued with me stating there wasn’t a wolf hunt in 2014 because the Gray Wolf was an endangered species (OMG. Is this dude for real?). He also stated HE was handling the Wolf situation for Sensenbrenner (that IS scary!). He stated there were wolves in southern WI. REALLY! I lived in Southern Kettle Moraine for 30-yrs. Lots of coyotes, no wolf packs.

So according to the person “handling” the wolf issue for Sensenbrenner, there was no wolf hunt in 2014? This is the moron in charge of legislation that may very well lead to the eradication of a species? So did the 154 wolves slaughtered in Wisconsin and the 272 killed in Minnesota during the fall of 2014 just kill themselves? THIS is how lies and misinformation make it into law. This is how bankrupting wars that kill hundreds of thousands of people start and this is how imperiled and demonized species get laws that help to eradicate them passed. There are also no documented wolf packs in southern Wisconsin. An occasional disperser goes through the area but there are no known packs. Again another fabrication and misinformation from the person “handling” the wolf issue for a U.S. Representative. The post continues continues:

I wrote Dave MacFarland, WI DNR Carnivore Biologist to get a response. He stated, “Wolves are occasionally sighted in south east Wisconsin, but the furthest south that we have confirmed an established pack is in northern Columbia County”. This is Portage/Poynette area. I questioned Sensenbrenner’s assistant as to the primary reason for delisting. Their reason to delist the wolf is primarily due to livestock depredation by wolves in WI. I do not think he had any idea that in 2014: 2-sheep, 26-calves, 62-missing calves and 15-cattle were considered to be wolf depredation claims. These figures are directly from the DNR website. This is 00.1% total depredation? So, with this gigantic percentage humans should hunt/kill/slaughter/trap wolves? I questioned Dave MacFarland on evidence proving the livestock depredation was death by wolf. He stated: “We do not conduct genetic testing following livestock depredation events. We do require that all reported depredations be evaluated and confirmed by USDA Wildlife Services agents”. (I’d be interested in seeing a report by USDA). Dave said, “In order to be listed as a wolf related event there must be evidence that wolves were responsible (tracks, scat, bite wounds that match the dimensions of wolf teeth and jaws, etc.). You are correct that reported wolf conflicts are not always wolves, in fact approximately 50% of investigations do not show signs of wolves. That said, the numbers you report above are of confirmed wolf events”. How does one prove 62-missing calves were truly due to wolf mischief? I have added a link to a PDF page from the DNR that depicts damage payouts to farmers in WI. In 2014: $151,333.36 was issued due to losses. Are the new Bills sitting in Congress to delist the wolf an economic issue? If so, back to the fact that wolves were here first and we all make choices…farmers make choices to raise livestock knowing the risks just as farmers who grow crops know weather is a risk. Many farmers agree to this analogy and have dogs that patrol their livestock. There are solutions. How many are willing to accept them? After speaking with a county board official and several business owners in northern WI, it is clear the older generation who is uneducated believes wolves are getting in the way of their hunting opportunities; deer in WI, Elk in western states. DNR wants to introduce Elk in WI. Is that yet another reason for delisting the wolf? Wolf kills Elk, no Elk to hunt. This is not biodiversity or how one controls an ecosystem. Nature can be one tough mother. Leave her alone.

If there is an “established pack” in the Portage/Poynette area then why is this area still in the what is essentially the “free for all” “Zone 6?” Also this same USDA Wildlife Services is the exact agency under fire for their reckless and brutal slaughter of wildlife across the country that prompted a recent lawsuit calling out the agency’s secretive and reckless killing methods. Would you take the word of an agency like this? From Western Watersheds Project announcing their lawsuit regarding WS activity in Idaho:

The gruesome war on native wildlife is done primarily to benefit private livestock and agricultural interests and is just another public subsidy to support those industries.

Are we supposed to trust the word of this disgusting agency as to whether or not something was a “depredation” or nothing more than wolves scavenging a carcass that died by other means? Wisconsin has long used very dubious methods for paying out “depredation” claims for livestock, especially for “missing claves.” I dug into this deeper in a piece I wrote back in June of 2012 for my old blog.

When I looked into the numbers for 2012 I found something that caught my eye. In 2012 the DNR paid out a total of $214,794.16 for alleged wolf depredations. Of this number an astounding figure of $190,702 were paid out for 257 missing calves. Last year there were only 25 “missing calves.” So apparently in just one year wolves suddenly became responsible for 232 more “missing” calves. Remember these calves are “missing.” There was ZERO trace of them. But of course these were automatically blamed on wolves because all the rancher had to have is ONE confirmed wolf depredation during the grazing season and “evidence” of wolf activity near their operation. So by just seeing or hearing a wolf the rancher can have any “losses” blamed on wolves and be reimbursed by the state. I was astounded by this so I sought out official comment from the Wisconsin DNR about what their reimbursement policy is. What I found was even more astounding. Here is the official “missing” calf policy from the DNR:

Missing Calf Policy

There must be at least one calf verified as wolf kill during the grazing season by the department, and there must be evidence that wolves continued to be present on the property.

Reimbursement would be provided for calves that are lost above the normal loss rate for a beef cow-calf operation.  The normal loss of 2.3% would be used, unless research in Wisconsin has determined that another figure is more reasonable for the specific operation.  If all the conditions listed above are met, the department will reimburse for missing calves that exceed the normal 2.3% level.

You read that right. Any losses over the normal 2.3% will automatically be blamed on wolves if there was ONE confirmed calf killed by wolves and if there is “evidence” of wolves on the property. So conveniently 257 wolves end up “missing” and they all get blamed on wolves, with no remains, and ZERO evidence that wolves “took” them. We also were told by a retired DNR wolf biologist that over $90,000 of the $190,702 claimed for “missing” calves went to one operation. The DNR told us that they could not confirm this without checking with their lawyers because they didn’t know if it was “public record.” That’s right this is not public record. If you signed the Walker recall petition your name, address, and personal information is out there for ALL to see, but the records of those who received government money for “missing” calves is confidential. When questioned about why the “missing” calf numbers skyrocketed this year this is the response that we received from Davin Lopez of the DNR via e-mail:

“It is hard to say why missing calf claims jumped this last year…it may due to better reporting, increased number of “depredating packs” due to no lethal controls in those areas for several years, or something else.”

Something else? Perhaps fraud? So if a rancher just happens to “lose” or illegally sell these calves they can blame it on wolves and get a nice fat check from the DNR. Can you say gravy train?

If this “reimbursement” program is not the scam of the century, it is pretty close. All we heard from the proponents of the wolf kill bill was how the DNR were making record payments for wolf depredations and that was why we needed to have an “emergency” wolf hunting season. When you look at the numbers things aren’t quite so clear cut. Does anyone else find it a little convenient that the “missing” calf numbers go from 25 in 2011 to 257 in 2012 when the anti-wolf factions are pushing for a killing season? How can the DNR justify blaming ANY loss of livestock over 2.3% on wolves with no evidence? Basically their policy is that if livestock dies of ANY cause over 2.3% wolves get the blame for it if there was ONE confirmed wolf depredation. This is the perfect propaganda for anti-wolf groups, individuals, and legislatures to justify their upcoming mass slaughter. “See, wolves cost us $200,000 this year, so we have to kill them” I guess wolves are even more amazing than I thought. I didn’t know that they had the ability to make 257 calves just disappear without a trace.

I wrote the above back in 2012 and not a damn thing has changed. Check out how the same game is being played in Minnesota for propaganda effect:

Farmer Troy Salzer of Barnum lost five calves to wolves last fall, and with another calving season coming soon, he’s worried he could lose more.

More Big Ag fear mongering:

Mark Thell, who has 150 cattle and is president of the Carlton County chapter of the Minnesota Farmers Union, was one of about 50 farmers who gathered recently with state and federal officials to discuss the problem.

“We’re stuck in limbo,’’ Thell said. “You can’t even protect your own animals. It’s not a good situation.’’

Yeah you can protect your animals. There are these inventions called fences along with actually watching over your animals. But that would constitute work and not expecting the government killing every predator nearby wouldn’t it?

For Salzer, the Barnum farmer, the loss of five calves last year was a financial hit. He valued them at $1,500 each. “That’s significant,’’ he said.

He never found the carcasses, and there was no state compensation money available then anyway, so he didn’t file a claim with the state.

“I’m very lucky. There are people with much worse situations,’’ he said.

So wait. This guy claims to have “lost” five calves, there are no bodies to prove this, he never reported it for compensation, and makes the assumption it was wolves? Really? This is the kind of blatant crap fear mongering that the mainstream media is reporting? This is the kind of garbage that our bought and paid for politicians use as a basis for species eradication bills? Is there ANY other business that freeloads off of the taxpayer and refuses to accept any responsibility to protect their “product?” If these calves even existed and did die, who says wolves did it? What if it was disease? What if they were stillborn? What if packs of hunting dogs killed them? The possibilities are endless, but wolves and their federal protections make the perfect scapegoat.There are no bodies or anything else connecting wolves if this even did happen. Even more IF it happened why didn’t this rancher submit a claim? According to this page Minnesota does indeed “compensate” for livestock killed by wolves. If you or I start a business we need this little thing called insurance to cover damages or loss, if you are a farmer you get the government to subsidize your product and pay for any loss. Nice gig if you can get it. Then you get anti-wildlife politicians like the fake “Democrat” senators from Minnesota to buy into your fear mongering and push to kill off any “threats.”

Meanwhile, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has filed notice that it will appeal Howell’s ruling, and bills have been introduced in the U.S. House to remove wolves from the endangered species list in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Rep. John Kline, R-Minn., introduced one of the bills, and others in the state’s delegation have indicated support.

“Senator Klobuchar has supported delisting the gray wolf, and believes the science and the facts support the delisting,’’ said spokeswoman Julia Krahe.

Said Sen. Al Franken: “Our farmers and ranchers are rightfully concerned about losing their livestock — their livelihood — to wolves.”

Can’t let a little thing like facts get in the way of a little fear mongering, can we senators? These two, like so many other so-called “Democrats,” are bought and paid for by the big ag and killing cartel interests that want to see wolves eradicated from our landscape. Shame on them and shame on the media for running with lies and dubious accounts like the ones reported above. Fear mongering and lies from the media and anti-wolf politicians illustrate exactly why wolves need continued federal protections.

Please contact Rep. Sensenbrenner’s office and set his staffer in charge of the anti-wolf legislation straight about the fact that there indeed was a wolf killing season in 2014 and that his information regarding pack location in the state is a flat out lie.

Also please keep up the pressure on Congress and the White House to make sure that they get the facts and not the lies and misinformation from misinformed staffers and fear mongering media.

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