Since the anti-government right is forever griping about what it considers 'politically correct' speech on the other side, can state government and Wisconsin's 'sporting' lobbies stop calling the rushed wolf hunt blessed creatively by Jefferson County judge a "harvest?"
It's not a "harvest."
When Ojibwe tribal members - who, by the way are exercising their hard-won cultural and legal treaty rights to protect wolves from leg traps and heads shots - bring their life-affirming wild rice every year into small boats - that's a harvest.
The wolf killing won in court by WILL, the high-profile law firm funded by the right-wing-GOP-friendly Bradley Foundation is an unscientifically-justified wildlife slaughter.
During the wolves' breeding season.
Which will also endanger tracking hounds, because this hunt, unlike the earlier versions, allows dogs throughout the season, and hunting at night, and the use of bait.
All made a bit tidier perhaps for some people who might find relief in desensitizing words that smooth over playing a role in this state-sanctioned wrong, bloody thing:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 22, 2021
February Wolf Harvest Season Feb. 22-28
MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources announced today the February wolf harvest season is underway through Feb. 28, 2021 in accordance with a circuit court order.
The DNR received 27,151 wolf harvest applications. There are 2,380 harvest authorizations available for purchase for applicants who are eligible to obtain a license and carcass/pelt tag.
During the Natural Resources Board Special Meeting on Feb. 15, the board unanimously voted for a harvest quota of 200 wolves outside reservation lands. Of the approved quota, 119 wolves are allocated to the state, and 81 wolves are allocated to the Ojibwe Tribes at their request in accordance with their treaty rights within the Ceded Territory.
Harvest updates and zone closures will be posted to the website here as information becomes available.