Man That Tortured Three Coyotes With a Snowmobile in 2009 Received $5000 in 2016 for “Hound Depredations”

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Coyote photo via Wikimedia Commons

Last week I wrote about a hounder by the name of Michael Wood from Amery, Wisconsin that received $5000 from the Wisconsin DNR in 2016 for two hounds that were allegedly killed by wolves. In the post we pointed out that a subject with the same name out of Amery had a conviction on three counts of intentionally mistreating animals in 2009 out of Bayfield County.

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Screenshot of OPEN RECORD from the Wisconsin Court System Circuit Court Access 

Upon further research we found that the same subject was also under open charges for poaching a bear and resisting a warden in September of 2016, two months after the alleged “depredation” of his hounds.

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Screenshot of OPEN RECORD from the Wisconsin Court System Circuit Court Access 

Through an open records request we were able to obtain the original criminal complaint for the 2009 incident that Wood was convicted of and it is even more horrifying than we imagined.

From the criminal complaint:

Complainant is a Conservation Warden with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. She makes this complaint on information and belief from the records and reports collected and maintained in the ordinary course of business. On Friday, February 20, 2009 at approximately 4:41 p.m. Egstad was at the Bayfield DNR Office when she received a phone call concerning a snowmobiler chasing what the caller thought to be a wolf on the ice of Lake Superior on Bark Bay, west of Cornucopia in the Town of Bell, Bayfield County, Wisconsin. Egstad left the office and proceeded towards the site of the complainant. Egstad spoke by phone with Dan and Sharon Sheldon who stated that they had watched one person on an orange snowmobile chase around what they believed to be a wolf on the ice at Bark Bay and had hit the animal with his snowmobile. They observed the person pick up the animal and drive to the Bark Bay point boat landing. They stated that they had observed the snowmobiler chase the animal for 30 minutes at least and hit the animal a couple of times with the snowmobile. At approximately the same time Egstad was contacted by Mark Hanson, Bayfield Department of Natural Resources Creel Clerk who stated that he had observed a snowmobiler chasing coyotes and hitting them as well as picking them up when they were laying on the ice. Hanson stated that he had taken digital photos of the pick-up truck that the snowmobiler was driving. The plate of the vehicle came back registered to Michael J. Wood of Amery, Wisconsin, the defendant herein. Egstad had previously been advised that the truck in question was at a residence in the area. Egstad went to the location and met with Michael Wood. Egstad was advised by Wood that he had been out fishing on the ice during the day and had gotten three coyotes that were in his trailer. Egstad asked Wood how he had gotten the coyotes and Wood stated that he had shot them with his .22. Egstad observed the coyotes and believed them to be suffering from much more damage than if they had been shot with a .22. Wood denied using his snowmobiles to hit the coyotes but admitted to following them until they were tired and then shot them. Egstad observed Wood’s snowmobile and the track and belly pan had blood under the front end skis and track consistent with the animals having been run over. Egstad seized the three coyotes and subsequently had them skinned. No bullet hole was found in the carcass or skin or coyote number one, however, major trauma was located throughout the body. Coyote number two was also skinned and again evidence of severe trauma was located, however no bullet hole was observed. Coyote number three showed severe trauma throughout the body, however, trauma was also located in a restricted area near the location of one bullet hole.

Download the entire criminal complaint:

Michael Wood Criminal Complaint 2009

This person received $5000 of taxpayer money for two separate hound “depredation” incidents in 2016 despite having this type of history. Then two months after the “depredations,” Wood allegedly poached a bear and is also charged for resisting a warden. Did this stop the DNR from this year paying out the $5000 for 2016 AFTER the new charges were filed? No it did not. Once again we have not only a convicted criminal being rewarded for TWO separate incidents where his hounds were allegedly killed by wolves, but he still receives the payment from the DNR after allegedly poaching a bear and resisting a warden. This guy tortured three coyotes with a snowmobile and was convicted for it. Then he allegedly poaches a bear and resists a warden. Is it any surprise that he is also a hounder that recklessly puts his dogs in danger and gets two of them killed? That sure doesn’s surprise me.

Have we had enough yet Wisconsin? Contact your state legislators and tell them ENOUGH of this scam and ENOUGH of rewarding reckless hounders and convicted criminals for their behavior.

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Barstool Biology and Hypocrisy: More Lies, Killing Justification, and False Equivalencies from Politicians and “Outdoor” Writers

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Let’s say that a serial rapist got caught committing dozens of sexual assaults over the span of a few years. While being interrogated by the police the rapist attempts to rationalize what he did by saying that he wore a condom while raping each of his victims because he “cares about women.” Then he tries to say that because he donates money to Planned Parenthood he should be excused for the rapes because, of course, he “cares about women.”

Sounds absurd doesn’t it? So why is it any different when wildlife killers use the exact same ridiculous types of justifications and arguments when taking about “conservation” and other ridiculous “barstool biology” nonsense?

Killing cartels and those that derive pleasure from killing wildlife like to use arguments similar to the example that I used above. They claim that they “pay for conservation” when buying a killing license because they “care about wildlife.” Then just like the above example they also claim that they donate money to killing front groups like “Ducks Unlimited” or the deceptively named hunting group, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, because they “care about wildlife.” Then they also brag about planting “food plots” and spreading bait to “help” feed animals because they “care about wildlife.”

The reality is that most who derive pleasure from killing animals don’t give money or plant “food plots” for the sake of the animals. They give money to these groups and pay their license fees to make sure there are enough wildlife for them to kill. They bait and plant “food plots” to draw in and condition the animal that they want for an easy kill. They also act like because they have a monopoly on the “funding” for “fish and game” departments like the Wisconsin DNR they get to control what is allowed to live and what they can kill. This twisted “fox in the hen-house” mindset is part of why so many species are on the brink and others are far over natural capacity.

Nowhere is this more evident than with the killing cartels, their membership, and “outdoor writers,” constantly whining about how there is an alleged “lack of deer” while also bragging about the number of kill tags that they possess and the “trophy buck” that they are after. While bragging about the abundance of killing tags they usually go on and decry protections for predators like wolves, bears, and coyotes because they blame them for the alleged “lack of deer” in the killing fields. Here is one example of an “outdoor writer” using “barstool biology” as fact:

There are numerous reasons for the decline in numbers of deer. It is a multi-complex situation with ample blame to be shared. We have high numbers of predators from bears, coyotes and wolves. Further complicating this situation a Federal Judge has returned the wolf to endangered status therefore ending any hunting of wolves.

Wisconsin has a long tradition of being an excellent deer hunting state but when one looks at the numbers of deer killed by hunters in Wisconsin it is necessary to consider that we have a high deer population in the farming areas of the lower two-thirds of the state and across the northern one-third the numbers are lower.

Due to open seasons, market hunting and loss of habitat America’s whitetail populations plummeted in the late 1800’s. Thanks to sportsmen this carnage ended and the numbers of deer increased. The question is will we have to go through a rebuilding program again.

The “sportsmen” were responsible for this “carnage” and then they want credit for “allowing” numbers to rise again? Ask the passenger pigeon how well that worked. Oh wait, you can’t because the great white hunters killed them ALL off. But it’s not the endless kill tags and hundreds of thousands of deer killed throughout the year that is responsible for the alleged “low deer numbers” apparently. It is, according to “outdoor writer” Roger Sabota, wolves and Native Americans:

In another ruling a Federal Court Judge apparently does not believe how serious the deer population situation is. This Judge ruled that the Native Americans may now shoot deer after dark. This may take place between November 1 and late December. That is a blow that our Northern Wisconsin deer herd did not need.

Ah yes. It’s also the fault of Native American tribes conspiring with their brother, the gray wolf, to kill off Wisconsin’s deer herd. Barstool biology at it’s finest but it gets even worse.

I expect this kind of mindless propaganda and whining from the anti-wolf factions and the killing cartels but it is quite maddening when it comes from elected officials in mind numbing “opinion pieces” printed in newspapers. 

What follows below is the most absurd piece of propaganda and hypocritical double speak that I have seen published on the “wolf issue” from a politician. It’s not only the disingenuous fear mongering that makes me furious when reading this “opinion piece,” it is also the arrogance and blatant hypocrisy on display. This was written by a Minnesota State Representative in the Brainerd Dispatch:

The Thursday, Oct. 15, hunt started like numerous other Camp Ripley bow hunts have in the past. The hunt can be a bit of a zoo with cars lined up for nearly a mile and over 1,000 hunters milling about. But once you enter into the “open hunting areas” hunters have a great opportunity to bag the buck of a lifetime or to simply enjoy a great experience with the bonus of providing a food resource to his or her family.

Little did I know, this year’s experience was going to be different than any other. My hunting partner walked in first while I waited about a half hour to make my way down a tank trail into an area that our group has traditionally hunted just north of Casino Road and the gravel pit. I wasn’t 50 yards into the woods when I saw movement coming directly towards me.

It was a wolf. My first thought was to simply get a photo, my next was common sense kicking in – acknowledging I was still on the ground and without a firearm, as Camp Ripley prohibits hunters from carrying one. I attached my stand as quickly as possible and made my way up the tree. This proved to be the right move because it wasn’t more than just a few minutes until more wolves began coming into and leaving the area. Never side by side but often one would come ahead of me and another one would come in following the wind behind me.

As I share this story with folks, some have said the wolves were simply “curious,” others said that they were “indifferent to my presence” and “what a great experience.” However, as a hunter who happens to be a state representative, I can’t help but think about the effect a growing wolf population has on our area.

Last January, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell, in Washington, D.C., ordered the federal government to reinstate federal endangered species protection to gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. This decision brought an immediate halt to wolf hunting in Minnesota, limiting the ability of farmers and other citizens to protect their property and, for Minnesota, to responsibly manage wolves in order to preserve the viability of other wildlife.

On that Thursday morning, I came to Camp Ripley to hunt deer and unless the people of central Minnesota would like a wolf habitat created here, something is wrong. Regardless of how people feel about wolves, if things continue as they are you won’t even have a wolf habitat, it will simply be a dead zone.

Simply put, Minnesota deserves the ability to control its own wolf population, just like Montana, Idaho, Alaska and other states, without interference from a district court judge in D.C.

This is a controversial issue and I’m sure I will draw fire from those who view wolves as simply a majestic beautiful creature that deserves a place here in Minnesota. I agree that they have their place but like any other predator, an effective plan is critical to maintain balance, prevent the loss of pets and livestock and preserve our hunting tradition.

Josh Heintzeman, R-Nisswa, represents District 10A in the Minnesota House of Representatives.

Apparently there is such a large number of deer at this military installation that they have allowed over a thousand great white hunters in to kill them. In among all the usual propaganda and personal “justifications” for killing the deer, makes it very clear what his real objective is. It’s to kill that “trophy buck.”

Next we have the an amazing story of survival and how this great white hunter just managed to escape the jaws of a marauding pack of wolves that just kept increasing in number as he stood there. Funny how these “attacks” or near “attacks” only seem to happen to the great white hunters and those that hate wolves. Why do we never hear of hikers having to fight off these mass hoards of man-eating wolves? I must be doing something wrong because I have hiked all over wolf habitat in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and I haven’t even seen or heard a wolf. In fact the only sign I have even seen were some scat that may or may not have been from a wolf but somehow the great white hunters always are just seconds from death and amazingly “escape” without a scratch on them. Now of course because this great white hunter allegedly saw a wolf or two the world is ending and the hordes of man-eating wolves are going to kill you, your pets, your livestock, and especially your grandchildren. Much like the locust of biblical plagues these man-eating wolves are going to turn an area that has so many deer a special culling by the great white hunters is needed, into a “dead zone.” At least that is what is going to happen according to this guy and other anti-wolf factions against all common sense and scientific fact.

Among the rest of the drivel in this piece this line about the area becoming a “dead zone” is not only infuriating but it is also offensive. Because some right-wing politician/great white hunter allegedly sees a wolf or two the area is going to turn into a “dead zone?” Funny how that works. There are so many deer that this military installation “needed” the great white hunters to come in and likely kill hundreds of them with wolves already present and it’s the wolves that are going to turn Camp Ripley into a “dead zone?” This kind of disingenuous garbage is exactly why wolves should NEVER be returned to state “management” and why the judge relisted then in the first place. When disingenuous politicians pretend that because they allegedly see more than one wolf a “calamity” is about to occur and they must be killed off is EXACTLY why states should never again regain “management” of this or any endangered species.

I for one am sick and tired of wolves, Native Americans, and other convenient scapegoats being blamed for an alleged “lack of deer.” Deer in Wisconsin and elsewhere have been subjected to year round unlimited kill tags, bow seasons, gun seasons, ag killing, etc. and they wonder why the numbers have finally come down “close” to where they should be? Wolves make an easy scapegoat when one refuses to look in a mirror and see the bushy faced, camo hat clad person looking back at them that is really responsible for the alleged “lack” of deer.

Please tell Rep. Heintzeman to stop spreading this kind of propaganda and misinformation about wolves.

533 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
651-296-4333

E-mail: rep.josh.heintzeman@house.mn

Isn’t it time for the great white hunter to admit that it’s not about “conservation” or the idea that they “care” about wildlife? If it were all about “caring about wildlife,” “putting food on the table,” “controlling populations,” or whatever the killing cartel propaganda of the day is then why do canned “hunting” facilities exist in such abundance? Better yet why do agencies like the Wisconsin DNR hand raise and release tens of thousands of non-native Asian ring-necked pheasants strictly as living targets to be blown out of the sky immediately after release?

Its time for the great white hunters to admit that their “sport” isn’t about any of the justifications or excuses for why they do what they do. It’s all about KILLING more, more, and more and NOTHING better get in the way of that, especially nature itself. No matter how many or what type justifications bloodsport enthusiasts use, it all comes down to the KILLING and that can no longer be justified with fake platitudes and pretending to “care about wildlife.”

The next blog post will be about Florida’s reckless bear slaughter and how it parallels Wisconsin’s wolf slaughter.

Killing Giggles the Fawn and the Double Standard of How Blatant Wildlife Violations by Hounders and Trappers are Ignored

It all came to a head on July 15, 2013. After weeks of aerial and ground surveillance, diligent investigation, and the approval of a search warrant, the fugitive was cornered and the courageous and heavily armed deputies of the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources were ready strike and apprehend the dangerous suspect and send a message to those harboring her. When the time came the 16 officers executed the SWAT style raid with perfection, apprehended the suspect, and summarily executed her for the safety of the entire state and humanity itself.

Here is what the violent suspect, that needed 16 heavily armed officers to apprehend, looked like prior to her execution.

Giggles the fawn. Killed by the DNR on July 15, 2013.

Giggles the fawn. Killed by the DNR on July 15, 2013.

This innocent little baby was killed by the Wisconsin DNR because some kindhearted people at the Society of St. Francis Animal Shelter took the fawn, affectionately known as Giggles, in prior to attempting to place her with a wildlife rehabber in Illinois. Giggles was brought to the shelter by some well meaning but misinformed people that believed she was orphaned. Because Wisconsin law forbids wild animals, such as deer from being kept, the DNR and local law enforcement apparently felt that a SWAT style raid was necessary to resolve the situation. This is what the talking heads at the Wisconsin DNR said after the raid and execution of Giggles: 

“Last week our warden staff had the difficult and emotional job of removing a fawn that was illegally taken out of the wild and into captivity. None of our staff take joy in these situations. The department does the best it can to educate the public about keeping wild animals in the wild. In the end, we are charged by the citizens of Wisconsin to carry out state laws mandated by the legislature. It is a responsibility we take very seriously. We don’t have the ability to pick and choose which laws to enforce. Wardens did request voluntary compliance from the facility. When that didn’t happen, our staff took precautions to keep everyone safe as they executed the required search warrant. We are always very empathetic to those involved in these situations and understand how difficult they are to all who are involved.”

Thank the “heavens” that we have a diligent and courageous DNR and local law enforcement to keep us safe from the scourge of baby deer and workers at animal shelters. Of course there is one little thing that the DNR conveniently “forgot” to mention. They didn’t mention the fact that a certain segment of people in the state are allowed to keep wild animals. Those wild animals aren’t “kept in the wild” but it is perfectly legal for this segment of people to “posses” them and use them to “train” their dogs on. Of course I am talking about none other than our glorious hounders and how they can keep wild animals to torment. This is what the Wisconsin statutes state:

169.20(2)(b) (b) A hound dog training license authorizes the holder of the license to purchase, possess, release into the wild, and hunt any of the following wild animals for the purpose of teaching hound dogs to track game:

169.20(2)(b)1. 1. Live captive rabbit purchased or otherwise acquired from a person holding a captive wild animal farm license.
169.20(2)(b)2. 2. Live captive raccoon.
169.20(2)(b)3. 3. Live captive bear of the species Ursus americanus.
169.20(2)(b)4. 4. Live captive fox.
169.20(2)(b)5. 5. Live captive coyote.
169.20(2)(b)6. 6. Live captive bobcat

The statute states that these animals can be kept for the purpose of teaching hound dogs to TRACK “game.” Nowhere does it say that the hounder doing the “teaching” can allow the dog can attack or kill the “game.” Only TRACKING is allowed. So why then does the Wisconsin DNR refuse to enforce the law when it comes to blatant violations where photographic and video evidence is provided showing illegal activity?

This weekend I am sure many of you read with outrage my post about the hounder videotaping his dogs tormenting two live trapped cats. I also presented another video made by the same person where he was encouraging his dogs to attack a raccoon. In both instances the hounder escaped any and all repercussions for his illegal behavior because both the Portage County Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin DNR refused to take any action.

Wisconsin bear hounder allowing his dogs to torment trapped cat.

Wisconsin bear hounder allowing his dogs to torment trapped cat.

Wisconsin hounder in action. Photo shared under Fair Use.

Wisconsin hounder in action. Photo shared under Fair Use.

As disturbing as these videos are there have been far more even more horrifying ones presented to the authorities followed by more refusals to take action. In 2013 a wolf killer trapped a wolf near Portage Wisconsin and allowed the wolf to languish in the trap for at least a week. Wisconsin trapping rules state that traps must be checked every 24 hours. What did the DNR do after numerous complaints were filed about this incident? They warned the wolf killer and the land owner not to do it again. No charges. No fine. Nothing but a “warning.”

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Of course total inaction and apathy toward cruelty toward wildlife is not exclusive to Wisconsin agencies. Earlier this summer I was forwarded a video made by a Minnesota based hounder showing his dogs being allowed to viciously attack a coyote at what the hounder described as a Minnesota based “penning” facility. After contacting the Minnesota DNR we were told that such penning facilities are not legal in Minnesota and that the video may constitute a serious violation.

MN Hounder

Full video here:  https://youtu.be/TkjgYTb526k

This is the email interaction between a MN DNR warden and one of the reporting parties.

I have a couple of questions about Minnesota law before I report a possible violation. First, is the penning of coyotes and other wildlife legal in Minnesota for the purpose of “training” dogs? Second if it is legal are the dogs allowed to physically attack and kill the coyotes and other wildlife within these “pens?”

From the MN DNR:

The answer is no for both of your questions. There is an exception for your first questions – animals that are bought legally from a game farm can be penned and used for training dogs as long as it’s done in a humane way. Some people train their coon dogs by pulling a cage (with a raccoon in it) through the woods and fields to lay down a scent for the dog but the dogs are not actively chasing the raccoon. The big difference is where did the animals come from – the wild or a game farm. I don’t know any game farms in MN that exclusively sell coyotes – most sell game birds and a few other critters.

Major Greg Salo
Operations Manager
MN DNR Enforcement
651-259-5045
Gregory.salo@state.mn.us

In the social media comments forwarded to us with the video the hounder bragged that this “training” was occurring at a penning facility “near Brainerd.” This information was provided to the MN DNR along with the video by the complainant. For once we thought that finally action may be taken against a hounder for illegal activity. But as usual we were mistaken. Despite the video and the comments from the hounder that recorded it the MN DNR some how came to the conclusion that this occurred in Wisconsin rather than Minnesota. This was the response from the MN DNR:

We looked into this case and believe this activity is occurring just across the border in Wisconsin where it is legal to use a pen to train dogs for coyotes. We are wrapping up a few more details and I’ll let you know if something else develops.

Of course nothing more “developed” and this blatant violation was also ignored with no repercussions for the perpetrator. The inaction from the Wisconsin DNR, Minnesota DNR, and local law enforcement agencies to blatant cruelty is highly disturbing and it makes me wonder what it actually takes for them to take any sort action. Apparently photos, videos, and the words directly from the violators are not enough for any action to occur concerning blatant cruelty and law violations. The investigating agencies always have some sort of excuse as to why charges are never filed or citations are never issued.

Apparently you have to be an animal shelter volunteer harboring a viscous baby deer for local law enforcement or the DNR to take a violation seriously. In that case they will send a 16 member SWAT style team to take you and the baby down. So is the sad state of affairs for wildlife advocates in Wisconsin and the rest of the country.

Wisconsin Hounder Uses His Hounds to Torment Trapped Cats… Wisconsin Law Enforcement Refuses to Take Any Action

***Apparently people are not taking the time to read the entire post. This WAS REPORTED almost a year ago and the named “authorities” REFUSED to take any action. We are only asking people to contact these agencies and ask them WHY no charges should have been filed NOT to report the violation. The suspect is not being named here because these agencies ALREADY KNOW who the person is.***

Very little that wildlife advocates see on a daily basis is ever positive or warms the heart. Those deeply involved in exposing the cruelty that is allowed and even encouraged in Wisconsin see horrific videos and images each and every day. While I like to pretend that “nothing” shocks or horrifies me anymore, I would be lying. Each and every sick snuff video or picture that I see pierces me right to my core. I don’t share every video or picture that I see because it would just be overwhelming for those of us that care about wildlife, but every once an a while a video or picture is so shocking that it needs to be exposed.

For the past year concerned wildlife advocates have been sitting on videos made by an individual residing in Portage County, Wisconsin in the hopes that the Portage County Sheriff’s Department or the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources would take some type of action against the perpetrator. To this date they have refused to take any action.

What follows below are screen shots of these videos along with links to the videos themselves.

Wisconsin bear hounder allowing his dogs to torment trapped cat.

Wisconsin hounder allowing his dogs to torment trapped cat. Photo and video shared under Fair Use.

The full video can be seen on our YouTube page here:

https://youtu.be/q430Kx6EXVg

If you think the above video is bad the same perpetrator is not done tormenting cats and other wildlife. Here is a second screen shot followed by the link to the full video showing the dogs tormenting a second cat.

Different trapped cat being tormented by bear hounds.

Different trapped cat being tormented by hounds. Screenshot and video shared under Fair Use.

The full video can be seen below:

https://youtu.be/AMbM3THPPII

What we are seeing in these videos is the total disregard for the law and animal welfare in general. Bear hounders like to pretend that they are “ethical” and follow all of the laws. Frankly from the evidence I have seen that couldn’t be further from the truth and as these videos show their “community” is full of people that derive pleasure from tormenting other animals. Here are the Wisconsin statutes being violated by this individual that the Portage County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin DNR refuse to enforce:

Chapter 951: Crimes Against Animals
http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/statutes/statutes/951

951.02  Mistreating animals. No person may treat any animal, whether belonging to the person or another, in a cruel manner. This section does not prohibit normal and accepted veterinary practices.

(2) ”Cruel” means causing unnecessary and excessive pain or SUFFERING or unjustifiable injury or death.

(2) Hound dog training license.
169.20(2)(a)(a) The department shall issue a hound dog training license to any individual who is at least 10 years of age who files a proper application and pays the applicable fee. If the department issues a hound dog training license to an individual who is under 12 years of age, the individual is subject to the restrictions specified under s. 29.592.
169.20(2)(b) (b) A hound dog training license authorizes the holder of the license to purchase, possess, release into the wild, and hunt any of the following wild animals for the purpose of teaching hound dogs to track game:

**this list doesn’t include domestic cats***

169.20(2)(b)1. 1. Live captive rabbit purchased or otherwise acquired from a person holding a captive wild animal farm license.
169.20(2)(b)2. 2. Live captive raccoon.
169.20(2)(b)3. 3. Live captive bear of the species Ursus americanus.
169.20(2)(b)4. 4. Live captive fox.
169.20(2)(b)5. 5. Live captive coyote.
169.20(2)(b)6. 6. Live captive bobcat

The response from the DNR and local law enforcement doesn’t surprise me. Animal cruelty violations are almost never prosecuted and in the case of hounders the key word is NEVER.

Here is another example of the type of people that we are dealing with here and how they operate. They proudly post photos and videos like the one below to social media sites:

Wisconsin hounder in action. Photo shared under Fair Use.

Wisconsin hounder in action. Photo shared under Fair Use.

Video of above hounds attacking the raccoon is below.

https://youtu.be/N0y-bz5OBrk

Once again the Wisconsin DNR refused to take any action because the video “didn’t show the animal being killed by the dogs.”

Outraged yet? This kind of behavior occurs daily in the bloodsport capital of the United States also known as Wisconsin. The “authorities” give people like those above free reign to do whatever they wish to animals and the hounders know it. They are even brazen enough to record their illegal activity and share it for the world to see.

For those questioning as to whether or not this has been reported here is how the Wisconsin DNR and Portage County Sheriff’s Department blew off the original complaint. The suspect’s name and original complainant has been removed from the email.

From: “Lockman, Bryan R – DNR” <Bryan.Lockman@wisconsin.gov>

A Detective from the Portage County Sheriff’s Department took a look at those videos and state that because no animal was technically harmed there wouldn’t be anything they could pursue for charges.

We are committed to service excellence.
Visit our survey at http://dnr.wi.gov/customersurvey to evaluate how I did.

Bryan Lockman
Phone: (715) 344-3694
bryan.lockman@wisconsin.gov

Then we have the same DNR employee responding to the video of the raccoon being attacked by hounds:

From: “Lockman, Bryan R – DNR” <Bryan.Lockman@wisconsin.gov>

The only legal way to harvest a raccoon is by firearm, airgun, bow and arrow, crossbow or trapping. If he allowed the dogs to kill the coon then he would have harvested it with an illegal method. Going by what the video showed it wasn’t killed, so it wouldn’t violate that statute.

We are committed to service excellence.
Visit our survey at http://dnr.wi.gov/customersurvey to evaluate how I did.

Bryan Lockman
Phone: (715) 344-3694
bryan.lockman@wisconsin.gov

There you have it. Wisconsin doesn’t care if you torture cats with your dogs because they weren’t “harmed.” Wisconsin also doesn’t care if you let your hounds physically attack wildlife and video tape it because the animal wasn’t shown being killed. How’s that for being “committed to excellent service?”

At this time I am not naming the perpetrator of the above illegal activity. The Portage County Sheriff’s Department and Wisconsin DNR should hear from all of you as to why no charges have been forwarded for prosecution regarding these incidents. Let them know what you think about their refusal to enforce the laws:

Portage County Sheriff’s Department 

sheriff@co.portage.wi.us

Please DO NOT call their dispatch centers and tie up their emergency lines. Email would be preferable right now.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources: 

Wisconsin DNR Email Link

Kill, Kill, Kill: The Wisconsin Solution to Everything and other Bits and Pieces from the Bloodsport Capital of the United States

The Wisconsin DNR believes that killing bear cubs like this is the solution to everything. Photo via USFWS.

The Wisconsin DNR believes that killing bear cubs like these is the solution to everything deemed a “nuisance.” Photo via USFWS.

It’s should be no secret to anyone what a cruel and barbaric country the United States of America is when it comes to wildlife. Even when choosing from all 50 states Wisconsin holds the distinction of being the bloodsport capital of the United States. This is a state where the great white hunters can blow away pretty much any animal on the land, in the sky, or in the water. The great white hunters of Wisconsin can litter the landscape with brutal and sadistic landmines known as traps through much of the year with little or no oversight. The great white hunters of Wisconsin and from around the country can haul in massive 55 gallon drums of stale junk food and deposit it all over our lands, including in our National Forests, for six months of the year with no license required and no limits as to how much in total they can deposit. Then we have the obsession with using dogs as weapons in this state. Dogs can be used against one form of wildlife or another 24/7/365 in Wisconsin. The hounded species include wolves (when not under ESA protection), bears, coyotes, bobcats, and even turkeys. I must say that it takes a real manly man to sic a pack of vicious dogs on turkeys. But that is Wisconsin for you.

It’s not enough that they can kill an almost unlimited number of species in this state with every weapon short of artillery. The great white hunters of Wisconsin also get off on shooting tens of thousands of mourning doves each year and even more hand raised non-native Asian pheasants specifically bred to be living targets for the sadists among us.

I frequently come across people that live right in Wisconsin and they have no clue how brutal and sadistic our own state is toward wildlife. Many have no clue that dogs can be used against wildlife and that an archaic and sadistic activity like trapping is still allowed in the 21st Century. Others are appalled that the great white hunters are allowed to blow the state symbol of peace, the mourning dove, out of the sky strictly for their leisure. The same goes for the crows that area allowed to be killed right through their nesting season. When someone delves into that Wisconsin considers “ethical” and “legal” it is horrifying what one discovers is allowed.

Bear Baiting and Hounding 

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Is a “baiting service” kind of like a “dating service” except for sadists?

Each year in the northern part of our state a state sanctioned bloodbath is allowed to occur. In the months leading up to the annual bear killing season thousands of tons of stale junk food is deposited all over state and federal land with no restrictions, license, or oversight. Each year countless numbers of bears and other wildlife are drawn to this junk food and it likely becomes a staple of their diet. Wisconsin officials see nothing wrong with this practice and in fact in this year’s budget removed the provision that baiters have a license to drop their tons of junk food all over our lands. Many of these same baiters also use dogs against wolves and other wildlife. The hounders, from July 1st of each year, let loose thousands of hounds to be used against the food conditioned bears under the guise of “training.” This goes on for at least two months each year during the hottest part of summer, again with no license required.

This is also the time of the year that we hear about these hounds being killed by wolves in these same areas. The hounders take to social media talking about how their hounds are “family members” and that they care so much for them. Then the Wisconsin DNR cuts them a nice fat $2500 check for their “loss.” Once the check clears the hounders then take to their sadistic brag social media sites and talk about how many of their “disposable” dogs are called “culls” and “shit-eaters.”

Killing as a Solution to Everything 

The lack of empathy and embrace of using killing as an answer for every perceived “nuisance” is also a Wisconsin staple. People choose to live near forests and other wild lands and then have the nerve to complain when they simply see wildlife near their towns. Efforts are rarely made to mitigate the “problem” though non-lethal techniques and killing is almost always the only option put on the table. A recent example of this killing as a “solution” method was put before the village board in the Wisconsin village of Grantsburg in Burnett County. 

The Grantsburg Village Board and Wisconsin DNR took the first steps toward formulating a plan to rid Grantsburg of its nuisance black bears.

The problem is acute on the north side of the village along Jackson Avenue. Village President Glenn Rolloff said, “We have a bear corridor through a couple of residential yards down to Memory Lake.”

DNR Wildlife Biologist and Grantsburg area resident Steve Hoffman represented the DNR at the meeting. Hoffman said he and several high-level DNR supervisors are “well aware” of Grantsburg’s unique bear situation, which has grown from a spring annoyance to a steady, year-around problem.

Hoffman agreed with Rolloff’s assessment that some north side families with children and pets are “practically hostages in their homes” because the bears are so frequently in their yard. “It’s the same animals, coming back time after time,” usually in early morning or 6-9 p.m.

Funny how this can be a “year round problem.” Don’t bears hibernate through the winter? Then of course because bears are seen they are a “nuisance” that holds the local populace “hostage” in their homes. Where have we heard this before? So what is the “solution” to these evil bears having the nerve to walk through a couple of yards? Well kill them of course. Not only kill the adults but kill their cubs too just for having the nerve to be seen.

Hoffman said the DNR would work with the village to formulate a plan based on one or more of three DNR-suggested options:

The first option would be to encourage hunters with bear permits to hunt on the outskirts of Grantsburg to take the nuisance bears during the regular bear hunting season.

A second option would be set baited traps in the village, in remote areas like the ski trails and the Boy Scout Woods. Trapped bears would be destroyed. However, Hoffman said the DNR recognizes the bears are wily enough to avoid most traps.

The third option would be to establish one or more bear shooting zones within the village limits. That is a highly unusual plan for the DNR to suggest, Hoffman said. It would require certified shooters, firing down from an elevated platform, who would only fire into a designated shooting area.

Drastic as it may sound, the village and DNR agreed that if a sow is trapped or shot, any cubs with that sow would also be destroyed. The cubs are as territorial as the sow, and grow up to be the next problem, they agreed.

“This third option of shooting in the village is not hunting,” Hoffman said. “This is different from hunting. It is ridding the village of a nuisance and an ongoing problem.”

Kill, kill, and kill some more. This is the ONLY way Wisconsin tries to deal with any perceived “problem” with wild animals being wild animals. Of course this shouldn’t coem as a shock. In one ass backwards city in Wisconsin they are training their cops to use silencers to kill “nuisance” deer that have the nerve to show their faces in the city limits. I am not joking. The City of Portage, where news reports show rampant theft and vandalism, have tasked their officers to kill deer in the city because apparently fences don’t exist to place around airports:

Several Common Council members have said deer encroachment is an issue that needs to be addressed. Portage Municipal Airport officials have noted that it is a liability issue for pilots trying to land on runways, which are regularly overrun by deer and other wildlife.

“The DNR issues up to 100 deer to be harvested … but there’s no magic number (for the city). We’re just keeping it safer on the runway and roads,” Kremer said.

Safety is the primary goal in conducting the program.

Portage Police Administrative Lt. Keith Klafke said there are several steps they take to ensure there are no risks involved to the public.

“We’ve got to shoot from an elevated position; we bait them to a certain location so we can judge and dictate where our shots are going to be in; and we use ambient light, like the moon or the snow on the ground,” he said.

Klafke and Officer Jason Stenberg are firearms instructors with the Portage Police Department. The city-funded program’s upfront cost was about $1,500 for equipment and supplies.

The city of Portage apparently can’t utilize their police officers to help catch vandals and thieves but they have the time and resources to bait and ambush those vicious and evil deer. Typical Wisconsin attitude, kill, kill, kill because we can’t bother ourselves with fences and other deterrents.

I often wonder if people in this state can even be “bothered” to deal with any issue without killing. While I am sure they exist, I personally have never seen a populace that goes from being completely apathetic to down right barbaric about wildlife issues. A vast number of people in this state seem to be obsessed with trivial things such as sports and alcohol and have no room for concern or caring about anything else. If anything disrupts their precious little bubble, such as the horrific event of seeing a bear walk through your yard, it must be destroyed immediately. Then you have the other part of the populace that derives pleasure from killing anything in ways that should horrify any sane person.

When killing is the ONLY solution allowed by the so-called “authorities” it leaves those of us with any semblance of compassion or empathy feeling like we are pissing in the wind. Those that make the laws and rules allowing such brutal and barbaric appear to only answer to the killing cartels and the voice from the rest of us is ignored no matter how many of us scream or how loud. When you have a member of the legislative committee that makes the wildlife laws and rules being a convicted wildlife violator himself it shows who the laws and rules are really made for.

“Sportsmen for Walker?”

You get what you vote for.

You get what you vote for.

During the 2012 recall and the election for governor last year in some areas of Wisconsin we saw Walker supporters adorn their pickup trucks and properties with stickers and signs proclaiming that they were “Sportsmen for Walker.” I wonder how those “sportsmen” feel now that their boy is planning to sell off some of their prime trout fishing locations on the wishes of Taconite Tommy Tiffany?

The state Department of Natural Resources has identified more than 1,000 acres of state-owned land in Langlade County that could go on the auction block — a move that has angered trout anglers because the properties contain a cache of ecologically significant spring ponds with native brook trout populations.

The ponds, gouged by glaciers thousands of years ago, are fed by rich sources of groundwater that sustain the fish and neighboring streams, rivers and lakes.

Many of the ponds are in remote locations, cloaked by cedars and tamarack. Devotees of spring pond fishing use small canoes, kayaks, float tubes or waders to fish them.

“These are some of the jewels,” said John W. “Duke” Welter of Viroqua, a former member of the Natural Resources Board who was appointed by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle and is a longtime active leader in Trout Unlimited.

“In each part of the state there are water resources that are the best in their area. As it happens, spring ponds in Langlade County are among the very best trout fishing you can find.”

Members of Trout Unlimited and others learned of the potential sales in the past week and began making calls.

I guess they can’t blame this problem on wolves. Nope, the blame lies solely with Walker and his minions in the legislature like Taconite Tom Tiffany. I guess all those “Sportsmen for Walker” are now getting what they voted for. It was no secret that Walker wanted to sell off prime state owned land for several years. I would imagine soon that the “Sportsmen for Walker” will need to beg old Charlie and Dave Koch to use what once was their prime huntin’ and fishin’ land and bodies of water. If both aren’t already too polluted of course. You really do get what you vote for and those of us in Wisconsin are getting a whole steaming pile of it courtesy of the “Sportsmen for Walker.” You made your bed and now you must lay in it.

Please allow this beautiful little rat to play a tiny violin to go along with your sorrow "Sportsmen for Walker."

Please allow this beautiful little rat to play a tiny violin to go along with your sorrow “Sportsmen for Walker.”

League of Human Voters- Wisconsin Chapter: Please Join

We need a voice and I cannot stress enough the importance of getting involved if you care about wildlife. Please join the League of Humane Voters-Wisconsin Chapter to make YOUR voice heard. Membership is FREE and this is the FIRST time a group exists solely to give us a voice on animal issues for both domestic animals and wildlife at the ballot box. Please visit the website below for more information and to join.

League of Human Voters- Wisconsin Chapter 

Wisconsin’s Obsession With Indoctrinating Children into the Killing Culture

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Photo via Wikimedia Commons

One of the biggest and most disturbing fallacies that “outdoors” writers for newspapers and “fish and wildlife” departments like to perpetrate is the idea that the only way people can enjoy nature is to participate in the killing “sports.” With decreased participation in bloodsports also comes a decrease in the money generated that pays for the “fish and wildlife” agencies. This provides quite the conundrum for these agencies. They could make an effort to push for ecotourism and to get people outdoors to enjoy the wonders of nature. They could welcome participation and funding from non-killing or “silent” sports aficionados like hikers and wildlife watchers. But as usual the wildlife exploiting government agencies and their kill everything propaganda mouthpieces in the media choose to take a third path. They choose to extol the greatness of killing and work to indoctrinate youth into the bloodsports in an attempt to maintain their current funding structure and to appease the killing cartels that control them.

One has to look no further than the latest article by pro-hounder, anti-wolf, kill everything “outdoors” writer, Patrick “Bunny Slayer” Durkin entitled “Wisconsin’s political leaders suffering from ‘nature-deficit disorder.’ Nice title, but then Durkin goes into the usual whining about how we just aren’t teaching enough kids how to be heartless killers and this must be because of “video games” and other electronics.

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and wildlife agencies nationwide have spent recent years trying to recruit, retain and re-engage hunters and anglers in a society increasingly disconnected from nature.

As Richard Louv noted in his 2005 book “Last Child in the Woods,” kids often prefer to play indoors because, as one fifth-grader said, “That’s where the electrical outlets are.”

Likewise, schools and teachers team with agency staff to host workshops and outdoor classrooms in state parks, public forests and wildlife areas to show kids and young adults that there’s more to this world than TV, smartphones and electronic games.

Durkin goes on to complain about how Scott Walker and his anti-environment Administration are gutting the science elements from the DNR and are not focusing on getting people involved in “nature.” Maybe Durkin and his ilk should have thought about that before electing Walker and his goons to large majorities in state government under the banner of “Sportsmen for Walker.” The so-called “sportsmen” in this state got in bed with Walker so now they need to live with the consequences just like the rest of us have for the past four plus years.

Not once do we ever see Durkin or his bloodsport obsessed ilk ever mention that there may be another reason for this “disconnect” with nature. Maybe the youth of today or adult non-hunters just don’t buy into Wisconsin’s culture of killing and don’t get off sticking an arrow or bullet into a living sentient being? Maybe they don’t see the sick pleasure derived by pitting packs of vicious dogs against other sentient beings just trying to live their lives? Maybe they don’t want to force a sentient being to endure hours or even days of pain and suffering in a archaic torture device only to be shot, drowned, crushed, or have their skulls bashed in by a monster for pleasure or profit?

Durkin and others like him seem to think that nature can only be enjoyed through the scope of a rifle, the snap of a trap, or the baying of hounds. They seem to refuse to come to grips with the prospect that their killing culture is increasingly looked at with disgust and that people are perfectly capable of enjoying the outdoors without a payment of blood in return.

People like Durkin and the kill everything Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources also like to complain/brag that the great white hunter “funds” their agency and “conservation” in the most perverted sense of the word. They whine constantly that non-hunters aren’t paying their “fair share” yet every time the idea of an alternate funding system is proposed, they balk nationwide. The killing cartels, much like other right wing elements in our society, seem to thrive by playing on the persecution complex. They want to pretend that they are so “burdened” by having to pay for “conservation” yet they do not want an alternate funding source because that would give the dreaded “anti’s” a seat at the table and they can’t have that.

The killing cartels and their puppets in the media and government are working to expand trapping, hounding, and opening more areas to these activities. They see their funding and bloodsport participants drying up so in desperation their want to indoctrinate the most vulnerable among us. Our children. Why force their introduction to nature to involve killing? Why not show them the wonders of nature and if they take up killing later let that be their own decision? Instead we have overzealous “adults” indoctrinating children into becoming a part of the culture of killing and cruelty from a young age and apparently see nothing wrong with this.

Do you want your child to be like the one above? Or turn into this?

The modern Wisconsin "sportsman."

The modern Wisconsin “sportsman.”

It’s time to demand a change as to how agencies like the Wisconsin DNR obtains their funding and how they and writers like Durkin seem to think that you must kill to “enjoy” nature. The question is how do we do this? Please share your ideas in the comments.

Earth Day: Wisconsin Style

How sane people see Earth Day

How sane people celebrate Earth Day

Yesterday, April 22nd, was a day known as Earth Day. Earth Day, ironically enough, was started in 1970 by Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. In fact Wisconsin was once know for producing some of the most famous and most quoted naturalists and “conservationists” the world has ever seen. John Muir and Aldo Leopold are just two examples of these forward thinking individuals that influenced generations to come.

But in 2015 Wisconsin John Muir and Aldo Leopold have apparently been pushed aside in favor of Ted Nugent and the Koch Brothers. Why do I say this? Yesterday, apparently in “celebration” of Earth Day, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources decided to issue 57 scientists and staff lay off notifications. While cutting the last vestiges of science from the industry/trophy hunter pandering DNR should be upsetting on any day, to do it on Earth Day sends a particularly offensive and disgusting message to anyone that cares about wildlife or our wild lands. While jet setting all over the world with the hopes of taking the Koch-fueled modern incarnation of fascism to the national level, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has made it abundantly clear that our wildlife and wild lands are for sale to anyone that supports him monetarily. Walker even stooped so low as to consider appointing the lobbyist for the very mining company that funneled $700,000 through dark money channels to his campaign to the “number two” position in the Wisconsin DNR. When that pesky thing known as “the law” got in the way, Walker shuffled the lobbyist to the Public Service Commission where he could do almost as much damage to consumers and the environment.

Records show that Walker’s staff was considering Gogebic Taconite lobbyist and spokesman Bob Seitz for the post of deputy secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. He was being considered for the post just before Gogebic announced it was closing its office in northern Wisconsin and stepping away from a proposed $1.5 billion iron ore mine in Ashland and Iron counties.

Seitz ended up getting a different appointment from Walker, with the Public Service Commission.

Remember my warnings about the “foxes in the henhouse?” Walker doesn’t even attempt to hide it anymore.

Walker was also apparently not content stacking the state Natural Resources Board with people like his own campaign advisor and founder of an extremist killing cartel lobbying group, Greg Kazmierski. Walker wanted to completely gut the oversight power of the board. This proposal along with the gutting of the science arm of the DNR should be alarming to people across every facet of the political divide.

How Wisconsin celebrates Earth Day.

How Wisconsin celebrates Earth Day.

More Pandering to Bear Hounders 

Surprisingly the bought and paid for Wisconsin Legislature did vote to remove from the current Walker budget the provision to weaken the oversight power of the Natural Resources Board. But the legislature, on Earth Day, also made sure to throw a bone to the bear hounders by further weakening the almost non-existant oversight of their sick “sport.”

The panel unanimously approved allowing people to participate in some aspects of bear hunting without a license.

Class A licenses are required to hunt bears and class B licenses are required to pursue bears. The committee voted to end class B licenses. People would not need licenses to bait bears, train dogs to track bears and assist hunters with tracking bears, provided they were not doing those activities with the purpose of shooting or killing bears.

In other words baiters, hounders, and the other sickos like them can now harass bears with dogs and condition them to human food with ZERO oversight at all. You need to purchase a permit to hike at state parks but hounders and baiters now do not need any type of license to torment our wildlife. It’s bad enough that as each day passes Wisconsin’s reputation for cruelty gets worse, now the pandering and anti-wildlife legislature wants to take away one of the few remaining oversights to monitor hounders and their sick “sport.” Landowners in the north better be prepared because these unethical monsters are going to be even more aggressive with their disdain for property boundaries and laws.

I Guess the Wolves Didn’t Eat all the Deer After all

One of the more ridiculous elements of Walker’s scorched Earth budget was the plan to eliminate funding for the removal of vehicle killed deer from the sides of state highways. While the anti-wolf factions continue to scream that “them thar wolfs is eatin’ all the deer” apparently plenty of deer in the state are finding their way onto roadways and into collisions with motor vehicles.

In each of the past two years, about 23,000 dead deer from the side of Wisconsin highways.

The state Department of Transportation reports that there were nearly 18,000 car-deer collisions in Wisconsin last year. Those accidents resulted in 407 people being injured and nine deaths.

Remind me again how many people wolves killed in Wisconsin last year? I suppose the anti-wolf factions will claim the deer threw themselves in front of vehicles to escape the packs of marauding wolves? But that is a story for another time. Apparently Walker felt perfectly fine with the fact that Wisconsin’s culture of death would be on full display for anyone and every one traveling on our roads. Nothing says “Welcome to Wisconsin” like the bloated and smashed bodies of vehicle killed deer being left on the side of the road through the length of the state. In another surprise the legislature decided to maintain state funding for the removal of vehicle killed deer.

As anti-wildlife as this legislature is even they seem to be realizing that Scott Walker is for Scott Walker and not looking out for the best interest of the state. Of course this is also the same legislature that rubber-stamped every other anti-wildlife, anti-worker, anti-woman, anti-poor, anti-everything proposal that that Walker and their ALEC puppet masters put before them for the past four years so don’t get your hopes up that common sense is returning to Wisconsin.

While the rest of the country celebrated Earth Day by at least pretending to care about the planet and it’s inhabitants, Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Legislature just had to make sure to show the rest of the nation that Wisconsin can be bigger assholes than all of them combined. We should be so proud.