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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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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Our friend Rachel Tilseth and her colleagues are doing all they can do to pursuade the Wisconsin State Legislature to outlaw the use of hounds during the upcoming Wisconsin Wolf hunting season .....Go to her WOLVES OF DOUGLAS COUNTY WISCONISN website for more information about what you can do to assist in this effort

From: Rachel Tilseth []
Sent: Friday, August 09, 2013 06:07 AM
To: Meril, Rick
Subject: Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin
Can you share this?

Why are we having this charity ride for wolves?

It's legal in wisconsin to use dogs to hunt wolves. Starting the day after deer gun season ends hounders will be hunting wolves with dogs. Yes six hound dogs at a time are allowed for the purpose of finding wolves for wolf hunters. 

Even on public lands such as county forests you'll be hearing the sounds of hounds chasing down terrified young pups this fall. And if the hunters aren't right there holding onto thier leashed dogs just imagine the fights between wolves and hounds.

Last year a lawsuit was filed that did temporarily stop the use of dogs in the wolf hunt. But it was determined by the judge that if DNR had rules in place for hunting wolves with dogs it could happen but he did not allow training for this barbaric blood sport at least!

We started working with Senator Fred Risser who drafted a bill, SB #93, and it got sponsors. But it is stalled in the Senate Natural Resources Committee ( one of the committee members is an owner of a sporting goods store) and its waiting for a public hearing. 

Hundreds of you emailed the committee chair Senator Kedzie wirh no response or action. Seems democracy can be bought now and with blood money at the expense of wolves and hound dogs!

So we began to put this motorcycle ride for wolves together several months ago. The ride is going to go through the Capitol square sending a message that these riders do not want dogs in the wolf hunt.

Dane Coynty Humane Society and others involved in the lawsuit against the use of dogs in the wolf hunt filed an appeal on last years lawsuit. We choose them to receive the proceeds from this years inaugural ride to help them with that.

Here we are ready to register or take donations for this years ride. We can't do this without you! Help us by registering, or donating for this ride. 

Wolves and dogs should not be forced by man to fight each other! If they do the end result is blood sport! I for one will not allow it! I have worked on wolf recovery in Wisconsin since 1998! I monitored wolves in Douglas County Wisconsin and cannot imagine the horror that these highly social beings will go through if we don't stop this!

Please register today and join me on this ride for wolves!

Hand and paws together!


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