By Rachel Tilseth I met Adrian Wydeven (WDNR Head Wolf Recovery Program Biologist) on a warm summer day on a drive through Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Adrian talked about WI Wolf Recovery Project as we drove along on gravel roads checking for wild wolf sign. At the time I met Adrian in 1991 he had just … Continue reading Adrian Wydeven WDNR Biologist Retires Today
By Rachel Tilseth Wyoming's reckless "shoot on sight" of its wolves is no longer tolerated as the following press release states from one of the organizations that filed the lawsuit. http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/wolf-09-23-2014.html "WASHINGTON— Federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming were reinstated today after a judge invalidated the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 statewide Endangered … Continue reading Third Wolf Hunt Set to Begin with No Permanent Rule in Place to Monitor Use of Dogs
Lack of ethical science in our government wildlife agencies is prevalent today more than ever. Or is it? Is there science in wildlife management? Is this science lacking empathy for the creatures they manage? Let's look at the leading expert of chimpanzee behavior, Dr. Jane Goodall, who refused to call her subjects by a number. … Continue reading Wild Animals Belong In Our Hearts & Minds
*Updated 06/11/18 - I attended the monthly meetings of the Secretary Stepp's newly appointed Wisconsin DNR's Wolf Advisory Committee 2012-2014. I witnessed just how dysfunctional it would get at these meetings. Cathy Stepp is no longer WDNR Secretary and moved on to accept a key position with the Great Lakes EPA. The following is my … Continue reading Cathy Stepp’s New WDNR: Dysfunction Junction.
By Rachel Tilseth One of the many concerns regarding using dogs in the wolf hunt is the registration process. This was one of the agenda items discussed at the August 26, WI Wolf Advisory Committee meeting. First let's re-cap last years wolf hunt. The registration took place once a month and that left wide gaps … Continue reading 09/08/14 WI Wolf Hunt’s Lack of Regulations: Use of dogs in the wolf hunt proposes voluntary guidelines to allow for more thorough evaluation.
Wolves were delisted in the Great Lakes http://www.fws.gov/midwest/wolf/delisting/QAsFinalRuleDec2011.html in 2011 and the WI legislature immediately went into action creating a law that would allow a wolf hunting season 2011 WISCONSIN ACT 169 docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/related/acts/169. Our WI state legislators and us, as WI citizens are responsible for creating this wolf hunt(see the following link on how a … Continue reading 09/04/14 Wisconsin’s Wolf Hunt: how to make changes. By Rachel Tilseth
The good, bad and the ugly. The results are in, that Wisconsin's citizens want wild wolves on the landscape. I was in attendance at the Wolf Advisory Committee (WAC) where the wolf survey was explained and discussed. First of all, I was pleased to be a part of this social survey on wolves as part … Continue reading WDNR Public Attitudes Towards Wolves Survey
The definition of torture is to purposely inflict pain. While working as a WDNR winter wolf tracker in the north woods of Wisconsin have heard a tale or two perpetuated by wolf haters. These stories were even being circulated during the time when wolves were still on the endangered species list and they are still … Continue reading 08/22/14-Change The Law, Save Wolves: Bring back a climate of wolf awareness. By Rachel Tilseth
By Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin (WODCW) A Grassroots Organization started to remove the dogs from the wolf hunt. 1. Out of all the states that hunt wolves, only Wisconsin allows hound hunters to use unleashed packs of dogs to hunt wolves. Wisconsin, quite literally, throws “dogs to the wolves.” 2. Hound hunters traditionally train … Continue reading WODCW FAQ Sheet on Wolf Hound Hunting
Dear editor Wolf hounders are now allowed to train dogs to chase wolves, but are not allowed to let the dogs bite a wolf. Do hounders really think they will be able walk up to a wolf/dog conflict and put a leash on their dogs then walk away? What do you think will happen? I … Continue reading Letter to the Editor: Ethical hunters need to speak up against this barbaric practice.