Friday, October 17, 2014

Rapid WI wolf kill raises questions

The Wisconsin DNR is reporting that 28 wolves - - about 20% of the full season's allowable total - - have been killed in the just first three days of the hunt, and one zone is hitting its quota and will being closed Saturday.
Wisconsin is killing its wolves 
Given the current DNR management's support for a particularly violent, dog-assisted season, and its close and supportive relationship to sport hunting groups and intolerance for the opposition - - a question:

Has citizen/volunteer-provided winter wolf tracking data gathered for scientific purposes and population estimates been given to or transferred among hunters or groups for fast wolf trapping and shooting when the season begins?

Looks like a twist on shooting fish in a barrel.

19 comments:

Goofy said...

Just like they give tracking collar freqs to hunters in WY..MT...ID..they aren't ashamed to tell you this thats why such a high percentage of collared wolves out of Yellowstone were killed

Anonymous said...

This is the third year that it is suspicious someone at the DNR was selling or giving away GPS coordinates for the dens.

Knowing how the DNR feels about making sure Walker's cronies are happy, and utter lack of integrity of Ms. Steppe, I would not be surprised something this heinous was going on.

Anonymous said...

Last year there were posts full of dead wolves, and some were bragging that when they saw a pack, they killed them all, but only turned in one. All the research, money, study and resources to bring them back from the brink of extinction in our country, and this is the result? Using packs of dogs to hunt packs of wolves is nothing more than a pit bull fight in the woods except for one thing. WE are paying these barbarians $2,500 for each of their dead dogs that they sent to their deaths. This blood sport must stop at all costs. VOTE NOV 4th.

Anonymous said...

Such a cowardly power play to torture other beings .If this is what Conservatives advocate, guess I'm with the wrong party.

Anonymous said...

Such a cowardly power play to torture other beings .If this is what Conservatives advocate, guess I'm with the wrong party.

Anonymous said...

First off, wolves have never been close to extinction. There were thousands of wolves in Alaska, and Canada. They were extirpated from many areas. Extinct means no more, extirpation means none in a given area.

Second, wolves are not being hunted with dogs at this time. Dogs are not allowed until after the gun deer season. With a quota of only 150 wolves, the season will most likely close before gun deer hunting season starts.

Third, YOU are not paying ANY money for dogs killed by wolves. Number 1, if any dogs would be killed by wolves while in the act of wolf hunting, no depredation payments will be made. Number 2, The money for ALL wolf depredation payments comes from the application fee, and the sale of wolf hunting licenses.

Anonymous said...

Did you stop to think that just maybe there is another reason? Maybe there are way more wolves than the minimum population count?
Fact: Many areas in the tracking area were not counted, or not counted accurately. Fact: Most areas in the souhern half of the state are not even part of the tracking survey. A number of wolves were harvested in these areas indicating a somewhat numerous population. Fact: Wolves on tribal land are not included in the population count. Fact: Lone wolves are not included in the population count.

The popular myth of a DNR conspiracy giving out den locations, and tracking collar numbers is a myth. Wolves are not using den sites at this time, wolf pups left the den months ago. Also, if collar numbers are given out, than why are so few collared wolves harvested? Sorry this myth does not hold water. A much more reasonable explanation is a significantly greater wolf population than what the DNR, proposes.

Anonymous said...

Have any of you people actually been out in the northwoods? Do you have any idea how much wolf sign is out there? You do not have to look hard to find recent activity from wolves. Hunters have no need for collar frequencies, or den site locations. The reason the harvest numbers are so high so quickly is that there are alot of wolves in Wisconsin.

James Rowen said...

Anon 5: 10 a.m. - - All fees collected by the state are the property of all the taxpayers. The wolf fees are relatively new are were not the source of dog replacement costs prior to 2012 - - a total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Those fees could be used for any other public purpose - - from tax relief to fish restocking to general purpose revenues.

Just because the DNR and legislature direct the fees to dog replacement does not mean that is the state's only choice.

Anonymous said...

Explain the urgency for killing wolves? The urge one must explain. To all wolf killers explain the urgency if you may.

Brice Henry said...

Bunch of fear mongering tin foil lies. Wolves are worthless vermin pest that are way over populated. The season should be 500 wolves not this tiny joke the DNR allows there is well over 1000 wolves in the State.

Bronson Smith said...

If I won the lottery I would buy a thousand Acres of prime wolf habbitat and post it NO TRESPASSING .... Wolves would have a sanctuary on my land....this Wolf hunt just sickens me to the core....

Brett Com said...

http://themetapicture.com/when-they-brought-these-wolves/

Brett Com said...

http://themetapicture.com/when-they-brought-these-wolves/

Brett Com said...

http://themetapicture.com/when-they-brought-these-wolves/

Brett Com said...

http://themetapicture.com/when-they-brought-these-wolves/

James Rowen said...

Video posted a few months ago: http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2014/02/wolves-enrich-eco-system-kill-them-kill.html

Rude Pet said...

Why are wolves hated so much? And why are such cruel methods as trapping used to kill animals?

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