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These Are Some Of The Toughest (But Important) Photos I'Ve Seen This Week


Animals  (tags: wolves, Idaho, wolf hunt, slaughter, delisting, Endangered Species Act )

Brian
- 630 days ago - upworthy.com
The Idaho population was above 1,000 wolves before 2011, and a year later, the wolf population was below 500. And the state government wants it to be below 150. WARNING: These photos are graphic.



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Brian M. (202)
Monday March 4, 2013, 1:15 pm
"Gray wolves were controversially delisted from the Endangered Species Act in 2011, which has had a dramatic effect on the ecosystem in the Northern Rockies. The Idaho population was above 1,000 wolves before 2011, and a year later, the wolf population was below 500. And the state government wants it to be below 150. WARNING: These photos are graphic."

"If you find yourself passionate about this issue, consider signing this online petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/370/286/730/ "
 

Maggie Schafer (1)
Monday March 4, 2013, 1:24 pm
Sending this to my elected reps. and Senators! Idaho is a third world country within US borders! They use dogs as wolf bait!
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday March 4, 2013, 1:31 pm

I did not need to see that. I know we all know the facts behind the wolf slaughter if this moves even one person to get on the phone with their Senators, Congressmen or the President, and then to write letters to end this slaughter, than I suppose the horror photos are worth while. Wolves and Coyotes, like bears are top predators - it's stupid people that do not understand the critical need for top predators in maintaining a healthy, balanced and safe Eco-system
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Brian M. (202)
Monday March 4, 2013, 1:44 pm
WARNING: These photos really are quite graphic. Seeing the rest of the photos is not necessary to pasting the petition url into your browser and going to sign the petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/370/286/730/

 

Maggie Schafer (1)
Monday March 4, 2013, 1:46 pm
I tweeted this also. I tweet all of these things and I rag on the Interior Dept etc. Now, the Interior Department is following me on Twitter and they are getting a "tweet" full!
 

Brian M. (202)
Monday March 4, 2013, 1:50 pm
Sighs. It is disappointing that the Sec.of Interior nominee is a former Mobil Oil Corporation employee. Let's keep our fingers crossed that Ms. Jewell has had a change of heart and cares about the environment that she is about to oversee, including to take action to stop the wolf slaughter.
 

Maggie Schafer (1)
Monday March 4, 2013, 2:05 pm
I know this is an article about Idaho wolves, but, this is something that everyone should read re Wisconsin wolves and the use of hounds to hunt wildlife. This came from Louise Kane who has been doing a lot of wolf advocacy! I have not been following "Patricia's" columns, but, what she has here is very very disturbing! Please read and share!

From Patricia:

A few important parts were edited out:

The former hounder also told me that hounders trap as many raccoon babies as they can in the spring ( often over a hundred ) and take them out in the middle of an open field where they have no chance of reaching a tree. There the dogs are loosed on them to kill them. “ Dogs have to be taught to hate the raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and bears to be effective.” and also edited out ( in the attached full version)

Legalized hounding of coyotes year-round, day and night, means that wolves will be hounded whether it is legal or not. It gives libertarian pass to run dogs, killing all wildlife, everywhere, all the time. Former chair Clausen said, “When hounders reach private property, they have a choice – trespass or shoot from the road. There is no way to police that.” He told a bear hunter: “ I am a veterinarian. I have seen what damage is done when bears encounter dogs. Wolves will be no different.”




“The Queen had only one way of settling difficulties, great or small. Off with his head!” ~ Alice In Wonderland

Attending the Natural Resources Board meetings always gives me the sense of falling down the rabbit hole, into the bowels of the DNR, landing in an upside-down alternate universe. Tuesday, February 26 did not disappoint. It is a place where torture, murder and mayhem are calmly hashed over and expanded as if that were the mission (http://dnr.wi.gov/about/mission.html) of the state agency.

Dog-fighting with wolves was being promoted as an agenda, with lawyers for the bear hounders telling the board how to proceed. DNR’s Kurt Thiede spoke of “carcass data”, and “reasonable and enforceable permanent rules”. In spite of heated controversy, Cathy Stepp ended the session with “There will be a wolf hunt with dogs, this year.”

However, citizens have one opportunity to vote against all use of dogs on wolves, Monday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in every county at the 80th annual DNR election (http://dnr.wi.gov/About/WCC/springhearing.html). There, all citizens can elect two delegates to represent you and wildlife. This is your only citizen-elected advisory to the legislature, DNR and board governing our public lands.

Professor Emeritus Hochtritt, UW Oshkosh, testified that politicians who authorized these atrocities should be thrown out of office. “If you don’t know how many wolves moved in and out of the state, were born, died, and were killed, you know nothing. This is dog-fighting. The majority of citizens are totally disenfranchised and you are nothing but a hunt club.”

That theme continued with Alice and Cathy Miller, sisters that are nurses. They drove 6 hours from the north, and took off two days’ work to attend. They were given 3 minutes to speak. Cathy said, “This is animal abuse. If I had a patient that loosed dogs on other animals, I would put him on 72-hour mental health watch as a danger to society.” She had read the board member biographies, and turned to Greg Kazmierski, “You are a Walker appointee with a conflict of interest, running a hunting business.” Preston Cole, new chairman, stopped her from “taking on the board members personally.” Really? Who are citizens to hold accountable for this disaster? She ended with, “ People in wolf country don’t want dogs running everywhere. War on!”

Alice Miller said “ I am so shamed by this state that I would like to move out – but you are not going to take Wisconsin from me. I am not leaving. I am staying to fight you.”

A life-long hounder, now disgusted with the cruelty of it, contacted me ( as media) to reveal that at least 30% of the bears who have dogs run on them, in four months of “training” (when bears are not supposed to be killed at all) do not make it to the trees. They are killed on the ground by the dogs. “Most are really young and defenseless.”

Is this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvyfmBfEgzo what you want for Wisconsin?

Coyotes and wolves do not have the option of climbing trees. Pups cannot outrun the dogs. Females, pregnant and about to give birth in March, will be killed.

He also told me that hounders trap as many raccoon babies as they can in the spring ( often over a hundred ) and take them out in the middle of an open field where they have no chance of reaching a tree. There the dogs are loosed on them to kill them. “ Dogs have to be taught to hate the raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, and bears to be effective.”

Standard equipment on hound hunters’ trucks is a 10 foot heavy wooden pole with a barbed wire twisted roll stapled to the top. I brought one with me for demonstration. When a coyote, bear or wolf seeks refuge in a culvert, log, or den, the barbed pole is thrust into the opening, shoved into the animal, and twisted, pushed and twisted, rolling the animal onto the barbed wire. He is extracted from the den, impaled on the barbed wire, and tossed to the dogs.

They did not deny it.

As I finished my testimony, looking at this impassive corrupted board, I wanted them to feel something. “ Maybe I should try this on you to extract you from that deep hole you have dug for yourselves.” Metaphor is too subtle for this crew. This was construed as “intimidation” so Preston Cole spewed, “Off with her head” (metaphorically). I was escorted out, but not arrested.

Legalized hounding of coyotes year-round, day and night, means that wolves will be hounded whether it is legal or not. It gives libertarian pass to run dogs, killing all wildlife, everywhere, all the time. Former chair Clausen said, “When hounders reach private property, they have a choice – trespass or shoot from the road. There is no way to police that.” He told a bear hunter: “ I am a veterinarian. I have seen what damage is done when bears encounter dogs. Wolves will be no different.”

I picture Wisconsin with the DNR playing Mad Hatter (mercury drove him mad), sitting at the head of the Wisconsin table laid out as a mining/dog-fighting pit, sipping bloody marys. They are hurling our wolves, coyotes, bobcats, bears and wildlife to the dogs, while the wardens play croquet with dead sandhill cranes.

All the while, singing “Off with their heads.”



The TRUE WOLF movie will be shown at the Barrymore on Atwood, March 13. A panel discussion and audience interaction will be held afterward.

You can sign the Center for Biological Diversity petition to protect wolves in the remaining 45 states here:http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501

Photo by Dan Newcomb Photography

Patricia Randolph of Portage is a longtime activist for wildlife. madravenspeak@gmail.com or www.wiwildlifeethic.org






 

Roseann D. (178)
Monday March 4, 2013, 2:14 pm
There are some really sick fux out there. They should all personally reimburse us for our wolf recovery efforts and tax dollars, that goes for Stupid Salazar too. $10,000 per wolf sounds about right.
 

Brian M. (202)
Monday March 4, 2013, 2:51 pm
You are absolutely right, Roseann. I would also like to suggest that a lot of our nation's problems with both wolf slaughter and gun crime might be tackled, at least in part, by raising the price of bullets to several hundred dollars apiece. The fees and taxes that would be required to get bullets to that price could be used to help cover the costs that bullets cause to American taxpayers, both in terms of wildlife and in terms of violent crime.
 

Yvonne White (232)
Monday March 4, 2013, 3:37 pm
I won't look, I can't take sickening graphics..but I will sign!
 

Christeen Anderson (538)
Monday March 4, 2013, 4:30 pm
Horrific.
 

Suheyla C. (229)
Monday March 4, 2013, 5:08 pm
Thank you Brian
noted
 

Natasha Salgado (563)
Monday March 4, 2013, 5:21 pm
Thanks Brian but i see so many horrible animal images too often and i won't look at these pics. It breaks my heart to see these magnificent animals dead.
 

Brian M. (202)
Monday March 4, 2013, 5:25 pm
That's ok. No one has to view the photos to sign the petition:
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/370/286/730/
 

Elle B. (82)
Monday March 4, 2013, 7:30 pm
“Whenever I see a photograph of some sportsman grinning over his kill, I am always impressed by the striking moral and esthetic superiority of the dead animal to the live one.” ― Edward Abbey

“I don't believe in the concept of hell, but if I did I would think of it as filled with people who were cruel to animals.” ― Gary Larson

“You have only to ask the cattle, for them to instruct you, and the birds of the sky, for them to inform you. The creeping things of earth will give you lessons, and the fish of the sea provide you an explanation: there is not one such creature but will know that the hand of God has arranged things like this! In his hand is the soul of every living thing and the breath of every human being!” —Job 12:7-10, Holy Bible, Old Testament

“Until we have the courage to recognize cruelty for what it is -- whether its victim is human or animal -- we cannot expect things to be much better in this world. We cannot have peace among men whose hearts delight in killing any living creature. By every act that glorifies or even tolerates such moronic delight in killing, we set back the progress of humanity.” ― Rachel Carson

"Kinship with all creatures of the earth, sky and water was a real and active principle. For the animal and bird world there existed a brotherly feeling that kept the Lakota Safe among them and so close did some of the Lakotas come to their feathered and furred friends that in true brotherhood they spoke a common tongue."
Ota Kte, Lakota, [Chief Luther Standing Bear], Dec. 1868-Feb. 20, 1939
 

Gitte Loeyche (28)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 1:47 am
May they rot in hell!! - These wolves did not deserve this!
 

Carol H. (229)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 3:48 am
very disturbing!!!
 

Danuta Watola (1210)
Tuesday March 5, 2013, 4:02 am
Noted
 

Frans Badenhorst (558)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:52 am
this is very disturbing - I pray Roxy does not see this.......really
 

Shawna S. (44)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 6:59 am
noted and signed....let's hope for change!!
 

Lydia Weissmuller Price (181)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 8:49 am
Horrible! The petition at the Center For Biological Diversity is now closed. How does this make someone proud to murder these animals? I hate their gleeful faces. All I see is the tragedy and look of pain on the wolves faces. These poor animals are in Heaven now...a place most of these people will never see.
 

Ilona V. (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 1:46 pm
Thanks. Noted & already signed on January 24.
Since I know the people, I love the animals (Arthur Schopenhauer)
 

Irene Leggett (0)
Wednesday March 6, 2013, 3:56 pm
Hunters are nothing but gun-toting, trigger-happy, brain-dead morons with no compassion, no empathy and no moral ethics whatsoever but with egos far bigger than their hearts and souls. They are nothing but cowardly bullies, running in hand with the fat-assed ranchers who are too idle, too lazy and too dumb to protect their own cattle. They get compensated for their losses anyway but are quite happy to see all wolves, coyotes, bears, wild horses and burros wiped off the grazing lands just so they can carry on getting richer and richer while the rest of the country suffers. Shame on every last one of them, what will they murder when everything has been wiped out??? Perhaps each other, with a bit of luck.
 

Barbara Erdman (63)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 11:12 am
Noted and Thanx Brian :-0
 

Chris W. (91)
Monday March 11, 2013, 4:34 am
My Commander was there, and alice had actually copied and pasted that from Commander Sierra's Posting from her news.. if you notice she had it posted on her story line.. so ty for copying and pasting it without giving her any credit... but being that Alice does not obviously have the years of knowledge like most of the so-called maniacs running around in the States running Radical at the moment..nor do they have the Titles or the Expertise let alone the schooling she does... copy and paste and taking credit for themselves... seems to be the only way they have trained themselves to feel worthy..but that's ok. Rox..also known as Commander Sierra of The Wolf Army ..who had 15 titles backing her up .. has been really busy trying to tackle miniing issues and water rights and really dealing with some Native and Idle No More problems. So The whole team has spent 2 weeks in discussions with multiple Organizations figuring out our next move. When we go into something that deep, expect something to happen. She makes things happen and she writes the laws, and she stands in the courts battling to change laws. Let the others scramble around being maniacs and radicals. Takes attention off the real issues, and keeps the eyes off us who are moving silently.
 

Brian M. (202)
Monday March 11, 2013, 9:33 am
The picture comes from upworthy.com : http://www.upworthy.com/these-are-some-of-the-toughest-but-important-photos-i-ve-seen-this-week

"These once-respected, beautiful creatures are being slaughtered because they are misunderstood and considered by some to be vermin. Warning: These are photos are quite graphic, but it’s important to see what we need to stop.

Gray wolves were controversially delisted from the Endangered Species Act in 2011, which has had a dramatic effect on the ecosystem in the Northern Rockies. The Idaho population was above 1,000 wolves before 2011, and a year later, the wolf population was below 500. And the state government wants it to be below 150. WARNING: These photos are graphic.

ORIGINALS: Courtesy Maureen Nandini Mitra of Earth Island Journal. The magazine also gave me the statistics I list above on wolf hunting. Go to their site to read more about what's happening. Try starting with this article. And if you find yourself passionate about this issue, consider signing this online petition."

Petition is at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/370/286/730/
 

Brian M. (202)
Tuesday March 12, 2013, 10:20 pm
The Care2 system normally prevents duplicates of articles already vetted. As this Care2 user had not received any notification of prior posting, then there was no way to give credit. This article was vetted from the upworthy.com site. Thank you, Upworthy.
 

Brian M. (202)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 10:14 am
Yes, if you have nothing intelligent to say, then by all means, stay silent.
 

Roxy H. (334)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 6:31 pm
roxie, You signed on January 22, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
President Barack Obama .... well I signed the thing .... this day... for one
 

Roxy H. (334)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 6:37 pm
Ms. Roxy Harrington, WI

Jan 22, 17:36

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