DNR proposes quota of between 142 and 233 wolves killed in hunt

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The state Department of Natural Resources is proposing a quota that could see hunters kill between 142 and 233 wolves out of a statewide population of about 1,000 in a fall hunting season that will come just months after the animal was removed from the federal endangered species list.

“I’m personally very comfortable that there is nothing we are proposing that will harm our wolf population in any sustainable sense,” said Tom Hauge, director of the agency‘s Bureau of Wildlife Management, in announcing much anticipated details of the controversial hunt Wednesday.

Wolf caught in hunters trap…Does it look like it hurts??

The agency is required to set up the hunt because of legislation passed earlier this year by the state Legislature. That bill put some details in place that cannot be changed, even by DNR professionals. The season, for example, has to be five months long, beginning Oct. 15. Hunters must be allowed to shoot and trap wolves. They must be allowed to hunt at night with lights and also be able to use dogs. And they must be allowed to bait wolves. “Let me get this right, they can trap wolves, bait them & also use dogs, I for one am shocked! For those that haven’t seen a trap in use…allow me to remind you… see the above picture of a wolf in a hunters trap…this is legal!  Well it doesn’t look like it hurts that much…or does it!”

Left to the DNR wildlife managers are details such as how many wolves will be killed and a plan to shut down the hunt when quotas are reached. Hauge said the agency tried to be very conservative in setting quotas by using last year’s population numbers and by setting a success rate of 20 percent for the hunt, meaning that the agency anticipates 20 percent of hunters who buy a license will kill a wolf. Success rates in western states with wolf hunts are in the single digits, Hauge said.

At that success rate, Hauge said, and assuming the final quota statewide is between 142 and 233 wolves, the agency could issue a total of as many as 1,165 wolf hunting licenses. Licenses will cost $100 for residents and $500 for non-residents, plus a $10 application fee.

The DNR’s plan calls for three wolf hunting zones with different quotas in each. The three zones include a primary core area where the fewest number of wolves would be killed, a secondary management area on the fringe of the forested regions where a moderate number of animals would be killed, and so-called “unsuitable” areas in the northeastern and northwestern part of the state as well as southern Wisconsin where the largest numbers of wolves would be killed.

“I don’t know that we’re talking about eliminating wolves in those areas,” Hauge said, “but we don’t want to favor them either.”

“If you go to the link below, read the comments!!”

Read more: http://host.madison.com/news/local/environment/article_2556ec50-b02c-11e1-9445-0019bb2963f4.html#ixzz1xbkq1FX0

“Watch this video to see how cruel trapping is…makes me sick! However, judging by the gay music, it’s no different to doing their grocery shopping… not a care for the beautiful sentient beings whose lives they have taken…a fun family day out… killing!”   

50,000 Animals Killed in Government Mistakes

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Wildlife Services sounds like a government agency focused on serving wild animals, yet part of their activities includes killing them.

Their website summarized its mission as, “APHIS works in a variety of ways to protect and improve the health, quality, and marketability of our nation’s animals (including various wildlife), animal products, and veterinary biologics.”

On the surface it sounds benign enough, so the fact they kill so many wild animals is shocking. Beavers, coyotes, raccoons, river otters, porcupines, snapping turtles, javelina, striped skunks and muskrats are just some of the innocent victims. It was reported over 2,300 river otters were killed by mistake in body-grip traps set by Wildlife Services since 2006. A total of 7,800 animals died in the same type of traps set by them just in the last six years. If you want to see an example of their work, you can download this PDF file which documented intentional and unintentional deaths. (It might open at 65%, but you can increase that in the tool bar at the top of the document.)  In 2009 there were nearly one million red-winged blackbirds intentionally eliminated, 25,000 beavers and over 1,700 bobcats.

An employee working with the agency said he was told to cover up the fact a federally protected eagle was caught and killed in one of their snares. If the Sacramento Bee’s account is correct, about 300 species of animals have been killed by Wildlife Services, including close to one million coyotes just in the last twelve years. Over one thousand dogs also have died, and some were family pets.

“Every year, Wildlife Services spends millions of dollars to kill thousands of predators, coyotes, wolves, bears, mountain lions, and many others as a subsidy for the livestock industry. The animals are shot, poisoned, gassed, snared, and caught in leghold traps. Wildlife Services programs operate on both private and public lands,” explains a non-profit called Predator Defense.

Doesn’t it seem a little peculiar tax dollars are being used to kill wild animals in service of the livestock industry – especially if the public is unaware of how their taxes are being spent?

If you want to contact the agency associated with Wildlife Services you can try that here.

Read more: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/50000-animals-killed-in-govt-mistakes.html#ixzz1vtyOTnMQ

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