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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Wisconsin Governor Walker and the state Natural Resources Board are seemingly "twisting peoples arms" in smoky backrooms to go along with the increased Wolf removal target set for this Fall at 275.............And on top of this there were no Public written endorsements of the Wolf killing plan and over 1400 such letters requesting that there not be any Wolf hunting and trapping in the state.......................Once again as in the Rocky Mtn States, "the needs of the many are being over ruled by the needs of the few"

Elizabeth Huntley: Cronyism, collusion lead to bad wolf decisions

Dear Editor: Words cannot adequately express my disgust over the Natural Resources Board's recent decision to move forward with the killing of 275 wolves from the Wisconsin landscape.
It's more than apparent to me and many others who attended last week's board meeting in Wausau that collusion and cronyism with "special interest" groups consisting of consumptive stakeholders, as well as our own governor, rule the board.
Example: One member told a fellow wolf advocate that they "had to vote yes (for the removal of 275 wolves) or Walker could shut us down." This just smacks of collusion and cronyism.

The interests of the citizenry — the nonconsumptive stakeholders in this state — have been railroaded out; last week's board meeting was nothing more than a farce and a sham, almost like a "publicity stunt," and was nicely "staged" to appear as if the board was actually interested in what nonhunting groups had to say.
This board ignores the findings of not only biologists, but other scientifically based findings that conclude that taking such a high percentage of the wolf population will do irreparable damage to the existing population.
It's simply astonishing that this is referred to as "management" when quite clearly it's "extermination" with the "management" label slapped over it to appear more palatable to the public.
Allowing the use of hounds to hunt wolves amounts to state-sanctioned dog fighting (a "blood sport"), punishable by felony charges in the state of Wisconsin.
Goodbye, "Dairy Land" state; hello "Blood Sport Capital of the nation"!
Elizabeth Huntley
From: Rachel Tilseth []
Sent: Thursday, July 04, 2013 12:47 PM
To: Meril, Rick
Subject: Fwd: Response to Records Request 
Hello Rick
One of our Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin's, (Lizzie) editorial writers sent in a request for open records on the results of Wisconsin Natural Resources Board and here are the results! Many Wisconsinites are Overwhelmingly against such a high wolf kill! Please share!

Please pass on this info...
From: "Fiecko, Lauren C - DNR" <>
Date: July 3, 2013, 2:03:34 PM CDT
To: "" <>
Cc: DNR Records Response <>
Subject: Response to Records Request

Ms. Huntley,

In response to your open records request here is the information you requested:

Of the written comments received on June item 3B3, approximately 1439 opposed (approx. 1,400 HSUS of WI) and 0 supported the wolf hunt and trapping season.  No written comments were in support of the wolf harvest quota and number of licenses to issue for the 2013-2014 season

For public appearances, the Board received written talking points/handouts as follows:  5 in support of the department's recommendations and some with requests for higher kill and 8 against the wolf hunt, harvest quota, and # of licensees.  1 comment in opposition included a petition for the petitioning organization to be included on the Wolf Advisory Committee.

Thank you,

P Lauren C Fiecko
Executive Staff Assistant
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (() phone:      (608) 266-2243
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