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

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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

 

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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?

From Dictionary.com:

terrorism
[ter-uh-riz-uh m]

noun
1.
the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
2.
the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.
3.
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.

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

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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, 

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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…..

Hounder that Tormented Trapped Cats Will Not be Charged Despite Video Evidence: Welcome to Wisconsin 

The Wisconsin DNR and Marathon County Sheriff's Department says that this is in "bad taste" but not illegal. Still shared via Fair Use.

The Wisconsin DNR and Marathon County Sheriff’s Department says that this is in “bad taste” but not illegal. Still shared via Fair Use.

Back in August, I posted a story about a Wisconsin hounder videotaping his dogs tormenting cats in live traps. For the past year and a half dedicated wildlife advocates have been trying to push for legal action against the person that allowed his dogs to torment these cats and also take videos of his dogs attacking a raccoon. The Wisconsin DNR has refused to take any action despite the illegal activity being on video. Local law enforcement agencies have been playing a game of “pass the jurisdiction” among each other and also refusing to take any action despite video evidence. The claim among the local law enforcement agencies is that there was no animal cruelty violation. Apparently they believe that live trapping cats and allowing a pack of dogs to torment them is perfectly acceptable in Wisconsin and that the only “violation” is the suspect’s “training method.” Training method? Domestic cats aren’t “game” animals so how is this “training?” What exactly is this hounder “training” them for? Not that it matters because the Wisconsin DNR has also apparently refused to take any action despite video evidence of a clear violation.

Same hounder allowing his dogs to attack a raccoon. The DNR refuses to take action on this as well. Still shared via Fair Use.

Same hounder allowing his dogs to attack a raccoon. The DNR refuses to take action on this as well. Still shared via Fair Use.

Welcome to Wisconsin. Where wildlife advocates or anyone else using public land may soon be criminals for taking photos but where hounders can use their dogs to torture wildlife on video and no action will be taken. Let that sink in. Hounders and their ilk can videotape their own illegal torture of animals and the Wisconsin DNR and local law enforcement will refuse to take any action but if YOU videotape the same behavior as a wildlife advocate YOU may soon be held criminally liable. What kind of message is Wisconsin sending to the rest of the world? That you are a criminal if you monitor activity on public land for criminal behavior but you can videotape your own criminal acts and have total immunity?

I am furious and you should be as well. Wisconsin has made it so that hounders, baiters, and trappers have total immunity from state law and even the supposed “ethics” that the hunting community claim to hold dear. I make no secret about my thoughts on the modern “sportsman” and their “kill everything” mentality but how can actions like those depicted in these videos not even infuriate them? Even if they don’t care about the animals being tormented, and they likely don’t, shouldn’t they be furious that this type of behavior gives their “sport” a black eye?

I am not going to directly name the suspect here but I will post the link from where the videos came from. I suppose that I shouldn’t expect any ethical behavior from a person that calls his business Kwackem & Stackem Waterfowl LLC.

Different trapped cat being tormented by bear hounds.  Still shared under Fair Use.

Different trapped cat being tormented by bear hounds. Still shared under Fair Use.

Internet you know what to do. Please no threats nor anything illegal or you are as bad as these monsters. Please contact the Wisconsin DNR and the local law enforcement agencies and ask why charges have not been filed and how they cannot consider this a violation of animal cruelty statutes. It’s time we demand that they ENFORCE the law and hold these animal torturers accountable for their actions.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 

Call Center Staff Available 7 Days a Week (7 a.m.-10 p.m.)
Call Toll Free 1-888-WDNRINFo (1-888-936-7463)

Marathon County Sheriff’s Department 

500 Forest St, Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 261-1200

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.

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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.

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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.

Post where the above comments emanated from.

Post where the above comments emanated from.

Internet, you know what to do.

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Fear, Propaganda, and Lies: Wisconsin Bear Hounders and Anti-Wolf Factions Playing the “Victim” Card

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

There is a not so new tactic being used by hounders and other anti-wolf factions that is not only laughable on the surface but down right pathetic. Following the introduction of a bill into the Wisconsin Legislature by Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association member and state representative,Adam Jarchow, the hounders and their allies have been playing the “victim” card and are expressing that they “fear for their safety” in the woods. This day it wasn’t the big bad wolf that they fear but they “fear” the marauding animal rights activists and their big scary cameras. This all played out Wednesday in front of the Wisconsin Legislature’s “Sporting Heritage Committees (heritage=killing)” in the Assembly and Senate.

The bill’s chief Assembly sponsor, Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, told that chamber’s committee that he’s heard horrible stories about activists making noise while standing in front of bait piles and under tree stands in the hopes of ruining hunts. He said activists have berated hunters online, but he didn’t cite any instances in which activists were convicted of committing violent acts against hunters.

He didn’t cite any instances because there are none. I would also question the wisdom of the bringing about hunters being “berated” online when any wildlife advocate can tell you that the opposite is true. Glass houses……stones……. Just since Wednesday wildlife advocates have been reporting to myself and others that Wisconsin and Michigan bear hounders have been attempting to troll and hijack the comment thread of their pages with threats and harassment. This page in particular has been targeted by anti-wildlife elements and trolls. The thing is that no one else sees their threats, propaganda, and insults here because that is what a spam folder is for. So who are really those being “berated” online? If hounders and anti-wildlife folks are so sure that they are “right” and “ethical” why do they feel the need to troll pro-wildlife pages and try to threaten or “convince” us that they are correct? If they are so sure that their “sport” is “ethical” and “fair chase” then they have nothing to worry about from a few tree huggers like myself, right?

But back to the hearing for the 2015 Anti-Free Speech Act “Right to Hunt” bill.

Throughout the hearing camo-clad bear hounders, their lobbyists, and their allies cried and whined about how they felt “scared” and “threatened” by the presence of animal-welfare advocates. In between the tearjerking screeds about the sheer terror that the presence of “tree huggers” with cameras bring them comments were even made by a representative of one hounder/anti-wolf group stating that “bird watchers” should be required to have permits to use PUBLIC lands and watch wildlife. The irony in this is that the ones this sham of a bill were written for, hounders and baiters, do not even need a permit of any sort to dump their FIVE MILLION GALLONS of bait on public land or allow their thousands of hounds to run free on that very same land. One hounder that testified even went so far as to say that if wolves have the “right” to be predators and kill other animals that hounds trained to do the same thing should also have that same “right.” So in a roundabout way did this hounder say that he believes animals should have rights? Quite the irony there isn’t it?

The hounders know that their sadistic “sport” is under threat each and every time someone unfamiliar with their practices see what it really entails. In what sane world is it acceptable for MILLIONS of gallons of stale junk food and other “bait” to be dumped all over PUBLIC land to condition wildlife to human food? In what sane world is this practice allowed for SIX MONTHS? In what sane world are thousands of dogs, that are trained to KILL, allowed to be let loose to ravage wildlife on our PUBLIC lands with ZERO oversight or permit required? Each and every time a member of the general public sees what these people are allowed to get away with in the woods with their non-stop harassment of wildlife, conditioning of wildlife, legalized animal fighting, poaching, and a myriad of other behaviors they are disgusted. The hounders, baiters, and trappers do not want you or anyone else to see this. They don’t want you to see a pack of dogs ripping apart a bear cub, coyote, wolf, bobcat, or any other animal that gets in their way. They don’t want you to see them dumping stale junk food all over our public lands for months and then sitting in a tree waiting to blast a bear conditioned by the food. They don’t want you to see them walk up to a trapped animal stomp, drown, smother, or shoot it while laughing all the while. That is the REAL “fear” these people have. Not the big scary tree huggers and their cameras. It is what those cameras depict that they are afraid of you seeing.

More Anti-Wolf Fear Mongering and Propaganda

There is a war on wolves and their supporters in Wisconsin. Fear mongering, propaganda, flat out misinformation, and lies are being ramped up and spread through various media outlets and the wildlife killing pages.

Things are taking a new low among one particular kill everything site that is going to rabid anti-wolf individuals and taking their falsehoods and over exaggerations at face value. According to this “article” wolves are responsible for one business “losing 95 percent” of their customers and people from “the city” are terrified to walk outside because the big bad wolf is going to eat them. I am not joking. From the “article:”

The impact of wolf depredation of deer on the economy in northern Wisconsin shows up in conversations with local business owners. Resort owners Cathy and Bob Weinkauf, of Deadhorse Lodge in Mercer, no longer depend on deer hunters to help sustain their business.

In business for 34 years, Cathy Weinkauf claims the lodge has lost 95 percent of its deer-hunting customers.

“They don‘t come any more,” she said. “We rely on snowmobiling and summer fishing business.”

Still, they find their customers are apprehensive.

“We have a lot of people from the city that walk the roads,” she said. “It’s a concern that the wolves are out there. It’s not a good situation.

“We feel like there isn’t much we can do,” she said. “They look at the people who really want wolves, and they get their way. They don’t look at the business aspect of it. We’ve lost up to $20,000 a year now that we don’t have any deer here anymore.”

Ah yes. The big bad wolf is “eatin’ all the deer” and are going to eat folks from “the city.” The only thing missing is the fear of grandchildren wearing red hoods being eaten by wolves on the way to grandmother’s house. Maybe this place should change it’s name to “Dead Wolf Lodge” to attract the clientele they really seek?

The article gets even more absurd when a former Wisconsin DNR warden, hounder, and member of numerous anti-wolf groups, uses all kinds of propaganda and barstool biology to spread falsehoods and typical anti-wolf misinformation. It should be mentioned that this party was also in attendance and spoke in support of Rep. Adam Jarchow’s bill that outlaws free speech and gives hounders and baiters total control over OUR public lands. Mr. Quaintance even goes as far as to not so subtly threaten poaching by his fellow anti-wolf types.

Retired DNR warden and Bayfield County resident Pat Quaintance said wolves need to be managed by the state. He is president of the Wisconsin Association of Sporting Dogs, consisting of more than 300 members around the state. He also serves on the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation board of directors.

“There are lots of wolves,” Quaintance said.

He said there are at least six packs from Ashland north to Red Cliff and extending west to Hwy. A at Iron River and up to Port Wing.

Quaintance challenges the DNR’s minimum count total of 746 to 771 wolves statewide (winter 2014-15).

“There are probably 50 wolves in my area,” he said. “It doesn’t make sense what they’re saying.

“They already have the Apostle Island (National) Lakeshore off-limits to trapping,” he said. “Even when delisted you couldn’t trap there. It’s a wolf sanctuary.

“When it gets out of control, people start whacking them,” he said. “When the numbers were down to 350 (an oft-cited goal for biological and social carrying capacity), we didn’t have all of these problems.

Shock, a hounder, wolf hater, member of several anti-wolf groups, and proponent of making free speech illegal, that wants to kill off wolves to a token number. I am truly shocked. The “barstool biology” on display here is not only complete and total misinformation but also offensive. The Wisconsin DNR is as anti-wolf of an agency as one can be yet they even make very clear that the alleged “decline” in deer numbers has next to nothing to do with wolves or other predation. Funny one could almost gather that this “retired” DNR warden is advocating the poaching of a federally protected species with his “whacking them” comment.

It’s no secret that people like Quaintance are involved in anti-wolf propaganda and are in support of criminalizing the free speech of their enemies by supporting Jarchow’s bill. It’s the same voices over and over and over when it comes to the fear mongering and anti-wolf propaganda. Because they yell louder than everyone else they should have more power and influence? That is what they apparently believe. They cry how they are afraid of animal welfare advocates with cameras one day and the next cry how afraid they are of the big bad wolf then the next day cry about how they are afraid that their “hunting heritage” is going to be taken away. These people sure are “afraid” of a lot of things, aren’t they? You would think that with all that camo they wear and the guns they tote around they would feel invincible. I guess not. They must only feel big and bad when letting their dogs rip apart another animal or when are killing an animal in a trap.

It’s also quite funny how when whining to politicians and the media they pretend that they are blameless victims that are being harassed by those evil wolf/wildlife advocates. Then when on social media, or when trolling pro-wildlife pages, they turn around and berate animal welfare advocates for being “hippie tree huggers” or “weak” because they don’t get off on killing wolves and other wildlife. People need to wake up to the duplicity that the hounders and their allies are perpetrating here. They want you to see them as “persecuted victims” in “fear” for their lives while on social media and in news story comment sections they berate and bully anyone questioning their “sport” or killing techniques. Enough.

The simple fact is that hounding, baiting, trapping, and a myriad of other killing practices are things that if the general public actually saw in practice they would call for a ban overnight. The hounders, baiters, and trappers know this and they don’t want you to see what they do and will stomp on your constitutional rights to make sure that you don’t. Then they will demonize a species like the wolf and make them the scapegoat for all the failure in their lives.

The reality is that wolves do eat deer. Wolves do kill marauding hunting hounds and wolves will occasionally kill unattended livestock. Wolves are predators. They kill to eat and will kill other canines that aggressively intrude on where THEY live. Wildlife advocates do not dispute that. What we do dispute are the lies, propaganda, and flat out misinformation that attempt to make this species out to be the root of every single problem in rural areas and be the blame the for life failures among hounders and their ilk. Wolves are NOT “eatin’ all the deer.” Wolves are NOT “stalking” the great white hunters or grandchildren at bus stops. Allowing thousands of hounds to run rampant on public land and through known wolf habitat does not make for “victims.” It makes for the persecution complex of a bunch of selfish, greedy, arrogant, and fearful people that believe they OWN our public lands. They do not. I and every single other citizen of this country have just as much of a right to hike, stand, pick our noses, or photograph whatever we feel like on PUBLIC lands. Those big bad wolves on PUBLIC land also have just as much “value” to me ALIVE as they do for the hounders dead. Why are their wants and selfish desires more important than those of the rest of us?

The hounders are no more “victims” than wolves are the marauding killers that their enemies portray them to be. The reality is that with Wednesday’s hearing and propaganda articles like the one from “Outdoor Hub” we are seeing a temper tantrum from a group of people that know their “sport” is under scrutiny and know it’s days are numbered. They may have big money lobbyists and legislators in their pocket today but tomorrow will be a different story. Sooner or later the general public will see activities like hounding, baiting, and trapping for what they really are: a sick and sadistic activity to satiate the blood lust of a few greedy and fearful people who could not survive without their “victim” complex being used to it’s full advantage to get their way. That isn’t going to last forever either.

Tick tock……tick tock……tick tock…..

In Wake of Non-“Attack” Wisconsin DNR and USFWS Launch “Secret” Operation To Eradicate Wolf Pack Despite Endangered Status

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In the wake of the highly dubious non-“attack” against a great white hunter and NRA propaganda poster boy last month Adams County Wisconsin the Wisconsin DNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are seeking to eradicate wolves in the Colburn WILDLIFE Area despite the species allegedly being under ESA protections.

Normally I am highly critical of the killing propaganda done by Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “outdoor writer” Paul Smith, but he deserves credit for bringing this to the public despite the Wisconsin DNR and USFWS apparently trying to keep it secret for as long as possible.

A September incident in Adams County in which a man said he was approached by three wolves was not an “attack,” according to an investigation by federal and state law enforcement officials.

However, efforts are underway to trap and kill wolves at the public property where the incident took place.

The trapping was initiated after Department of Natural Resources managers determined that wolves at Colburn Wildlife Area presented a risk to visitors, said Dave MacFarland, DNR large carnivore specialist.

A provision of the Endangered Species Act allows lethal removal of “specimens which pose a demonstrable but non-immediate threat to human safety.”

The decision was made after consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MacFarland said.

“We’ve used (trapping and lethal removal) before in compliance with our public safety response protocol,” MacFarland said. “This one is getting more attention.”

The trapping began Oct. 16; it is being conducted by agents with the Wildlife Services division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Despite acknowledging that the alleged encounter with the “hunter” was not an “attack” the Wisconsin DNR and USFWS have decided to eradicate wolves in this WILDLIFE AREA. If wolves cannot live in areas designated for wildlife then where can they live? The reality is that wolf hating states like Wisconsin and others will allow no more than a token population and will use any excuse to kill them in conjunction with the anti-wolf USFWS.

One of the prime reasons that a federal judge relisted wolves in the Great Lakes was because of inadequate “management” plans that kept the species in isolated pockets. It seems that, especially in Wisconsin, the moment wolves migrate out of their isolated pockets in the northern part of the state they must be eradicated. This is shameful and a direct affront to the ESA and wildlife advocates. It’s bad enough that for three years wolf haters were allowed to go deep into wolf habitat, trap, arrow, hound, bait, and destroy entire wolf packs, now they are eradicating packs just because of ONE alleged incident involving a convicted wildlife rule violator that just happened to run right to an NRA propaganda magazine right after the non-attack.

As of Tuesday, no wolf had been caught, according to the DNR.

The trapping initiative falls in the wake of a Sept. 23 incident at Colburn, a 4,965-acre public property.

Matthew Nellessen, 34, of Friendship was traveling alone on foot and scouting for a deer-hunting spot when he said he was attacked by three wolves.

According to Nellessen’s account, he shot and wounded one of the wolves with his .38-caliber pistol.

He reported the incident to the DNR. State and federal law enforcement officers accompanied Nellessen to the spot of the incident the following day.

A short blood trail was found, but no wolf, said Todd Schaller, DNR chief warden.

Nellessen was not charged for his actions.

“Through a joint investigation of the USFWS and DNR, and information we were able to obtain through the USFWS interview, there will be no law enforcement action taken (against Nellessen),” said Schaller.

The Wisconsin DNR and other anti-wolf government agencies and killing cartels have been looking for ways to continue the eradication tactics they adopted since 2012 following the December 2014 re-listing. It looks like they found their tactic. It looks like they found it. Just as I wrote about in the last blog post when a great white hunter merely sees a wolf it becomes a call for eradication. This ONE non-“attack” and the response to eradicate a wolf population in a WILDLIFE AREA opens the door for every single anti-wolf element in the state to claim other non-“attacks” and then the WI DNR and USFWS will come in with traps and guns blazing. This is shameful but unfortunately a common practice used by anti-wolf states to keep the populations isolated to small pockets and prevent them from migrating. We see this also in Wyoming, where they have been practicing an “under the radar” eradication, Minnesota, where keeping wolves in one area is written into their “management plan,” and in Wisconsin where anti-wolf groups like the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association, SCI, and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation seek to have open eradication in the Southern two-thirds of the state (Laurie Groskopf sits on the board of both groups).

Mark my words. Now that the WI DNR and USFWS are doing this eradication based on a highly dubious non-“attack” we will be seeing these tactics deployed over and over again to get rid of wolves all over the state to appease the anti-wolf killing cartels like the Wisconsin Bear Hunters Association.

Adams County, toward the southern end of Wisconsin’s wolf range, has had two wolf packs since at least 2010, according to DNR reports.

MacFarland said the Adams County wolves have not caused problems in the past.

As a result of Nellessen’s encounter, however, the DNR added a notation to its 2015 list of wolf depredations and other incidents. The Oct. 1 update includes a check mark in Adams County for a “non-livestock threat.”

Two confirmed cases of wolf depredations on livestock have occurred this year in the southern half of Wisconsin, one each in Columbia and Crawford counties.

Nellessen’s incident and the agencies’ handling of it have drawn added attention because, if confirmed, it would have been the first verified wolf attack on a human in Wisconsin.

Since their investigation and interviews found no physical contact with the wolves and no injury to Nellessen, law enforcement officials did not classify it as an attack.

“It can become a semantic argument,” MacFarland said. “No matter how it’s described, it’s a case where the department is following its protocol following a threat to human safety.”

MacFarland said the trapping effort is being evaluated daily and results will dictate how long it continues.

They even admit that it’s not an “attack” yet the wolves have to die anyway?

As I have stated before it’s quite amazing that the only people ever “attacked” or “threatened” by wolves are great white hunters and others that already hate the species. Why don’t we hear about hikers having non-“attacks” or being “threatened?” I and other wildlife advocates can see right through the game being played by anti-wolf government agencies and the killing cartels that pull their strings. They are frustrated at the fact Congress hasn’t yet been able to strip protections from wolves in the Great Lakes and Wyoming so they are coming up with alternate near-eradication and harassment plans to keep wolves at bare minimum numbers without attracting too much attention to their real motives. They use fragile excuses like “threats to human safety” and “livestock depredation” to continue with their eradication policies.

If wolves aren’t even allowed to be seen or live in WILDLIFE AREAS then where can they exist? Even in the areas where they are “allowed” to live, such as in our National Forests, they are still subjected to non -stop harassment by thousands of loose hounds, traps, and being baited into one of the almost 70,000 bear bait piles and 5 MILLION gallons of bait spread around the northern 1/3 of the state.

Following decades of massive deer overpopulation and the non-stop deer killing seasons the deer population in Wisconsin appears to finally be reaching a reasonable level that the ecosystem can support. Unfortunately that’s not good enough for the great white hunters in Wisconsin and the DNR. Brutal winters, endless killing seasons, vehicle crashes, and disease have allegedly brought deer numbers down slightly over the past decade and of course the great white hunters blame the few hundred wolves in the state despite facts to the contrary. Add in the constant whining by the bear hounders and it’s obvious what the endgame of the puppet Wisconsin DNR is. Wolves will pay the price despite the DNR themselves admitting through their own studies that wolf predation on deer (you know, their natural diet) is minuscule at best. Despite that fact wolves will be pushed to near eradication in spite of their current ESA protections through the use of the loophole that says killing can occur to “specimens which pose a demonstrable but non-immediate threat to human safety.”

Mark my words this will be the first of many secret eradication operations to be carried out by the Wisconsin DNR and USFWS based on no-“attacks” and “threats” to great white hunters. This is their way to keep their near eradication policies in place while wolves are still under ESA protections.

Please contact the Wisconsin DNR and USFWS to express your outrage at this eradication operation and the fact there was no action taken in what they admit wasn’t an “attack.” If anymore evidence was needed to see the true intentions of the Wisconsin DNR and the Dan Ashe run USFWS to bring wolves back to the brink this is all one needs. If they can thumb their noses at the federal judge and ESA and use loopholes to continue their anti-wolf tactics what is the point of even having and ESA if a “protected” species can be killed just for being seen?

This species means as much ALIVE to us as it does dead to a tiny minority. It’s time we make that very clear.

Please politely express your outrage here:

Wisconsin DNR:

David MacFarland
Carnivore specialist
715-365-8917

Email: David.MacFarland@wisconsin.gov

USFWS Contact Information:

Regional Director: Tom Melius
Deputy Regional Director: Charlie Wooley

Mailing Address:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458

Phone: 612-713-5360
Fax: 612-713-5280
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)
Email: MidwestNews@fws.gov