Centuries of learned behavior has had devastating affects upon Wisconsin’s wild animals. Hunting is considered a cultural heritage, and Wisconsin’s wild animals are killed off every year as a conservation tool. Wild herds of ungulates (animals with hoofs) once roamed the prairies and woodlands of Wisconsin prior to western settlements. Buffalo, antelope, caribou, moose, elk, wild turkey and gray wolves were hunted down to the last one by the beginning of the twentieth century. Less than 50 wolves were left in northern Wisconsin by 1957. Today coyote hunting is held year-round in the state.
Changing the paradigm from killing to compassionate conservation is a major shift in thinking…
According to Wisconsin historical records the larger wild animals have became extinct in Wisconsin by the end of the 1800s. The antelope, Antilocarpa Americana, were found in 1679 by Father Hennepin with La Salle and his the party in four canoes in Lake Michigan near Milwaukee Wisconsin. In 1833 settlers were still hunting Buffalo, Bos. Americana, on the Wisconsin side of the St. Croix river. A few Woodland Caribou, Rangifer Caribou, were seen in 1840 near La Point. Elk, Corvus Canadensis, were on the Hay River in 1863. In 1877 Moose, Alice Americanus, continued to inhabitat the northern part of the state. Wild turkey were abundant in Wisconsin until, “they were hunted with such vigor the the entire number were shot.” The Last of the Mohicans.
In the photograph: Stoeber hunting party. Three men are posed with assorted game. Wisconsin Historical Society
Prior to western civilization’s settlements in Wisconsin there were around 5,000 gray wolves in Wisconsin.
“Europeans often had more negative attitudes toward wolves, and soon began programs to eliminate wolves. A state bounty was placed on wolves in Wisconsin in 1865, and lasted until 1957. By 1950, less than 50 wolves remained in extreme northern Wisconsin. In 1957 wolves were listed as a protected species, but by 1960 it was considered extinct or extirpated.” Source: WDNR Adrian Wydeven
“Coyotes are hunted year-round with no bag limits today, but a restricted trapping season is now in place to help reduce the numbers of bobcat, fox and fisher caught in coyote traps set all year. Bounties were paid on coyotes in the past, but this method has never been an effective management tool for any species.” http://www.wisconsinhunter.com
WARNING the following video contains violence against a native Wisconsin carnivore.
Predator hunts in Wisconsin award prizes for killing wild native carnivores in Wisconsin. Every year hundreds of Wildlife Killing Contests are held across the state. Coyote, crow, and rabbit are targets in these wildlife killing contests in Wisconsin.
In the above the photograph Piles of dead coyotes found in Shiocton ditches 2017 according to WBAY.com News:
“Just the waste of it, it just bothers me, last year we had the issue where the coyote hunters ended up shooting a deer and that got a lot of publicity and we only got two groups that hunt coyotes in the area, and then they dump them in the ditch like that and it just gives a black eye to all hunters, especially the predator hunters, there’s no call for that, if you don’t have the time to take care of that fur, to skin it, to take care of it properly, or sell it in the round, you shouldn’t be out there hunting,” says Young.
killing is Not Conservation by Today’s Standards
The idea that only man is equipped for conserving our planet’s natural resources is a dying concept; dying right along with the untold numbers of wild sentient beings killed in the name of conservation. Such problems drive home a critical flaw in the paradigm of conserving wildlife. In the state of Wisconsin alone coyotes are hunted year round because they’re considered vermin that need to be exterminated. It’s about time we work towards changing the paradigm of killing to conserve. It’s going to take a major shift in thinking that will require opening up lines of communication between the general public; specifically with interests in conserving our natural resources for future generations to come. It’s not about numbers. It’s about sentient beings sharing our planet, and how we can coexist for the benefit of all living upon Mother Earth. That’s why Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin has joined The National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests. ~Rachel Tilseth
The following is from Project Coyote.
On any given weekend, some of America’s most iconic wild animals are massacred in wildlife killing contests. Bloodied bodies are weighed and stacked like cords of wood, and prizes are awarded to the “hunters” who kill the largest or the most of a targeted species. More information.
Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin has joined The National Coalition to End Wildlife Killing Contests.
You can print the Project Coyote’s postcards about ending Wildlife Killing Contests and then share the postcards with friends, family, municipal meetings, county board meetings, and with your state representatives.
Humane Society of the United States has a tool kit
TAKE ACTION: If you live in New York or New Mexico, ask your representatives to support a ban on these contests. If you live elsewhere, request our toolkit<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> to urge your state’s wildlife management program to oppose killing contests.
Photo by Robbie George/National Geographic Creative. Photo illustration by Shaina Liebermann/The HSUS.
Starting this year, the Humane Society of the United States , which maintains a national database of wildlife killing contests, is providing a toolkit to help animal advocates in every state speak out and stop these events. Part of the challenge is bringing these events into the light, especially as public attention drives many underground. An HSUS undercover investigation released in early May revealed footage of scores of foxes hung from poles and about 200 dead coyotes piled in bloody snow at contest weigh-ins in New Jersey and near Rochester, New York. Contest participants joked about luring the animals in and killing them. With HSUS support, New York legislators introduced a bill to ban further events.
Only you can help prevent Wildlife Killing Contests!
In the photograph Rachel Tilseth of Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin wearing Wild & Free shirt from Project Coyote
Featured photograph is of Dead coyotes at the West Texas Big Bobcat Contest