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

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

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…

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