Letter to the editor: We don’t need wolf hunting seasons to control wolf depredation

Source: madison.com

Dear Editor: 

Sen. Tom Tiffany promotes wolf delisting to restart wolf hunting seasons, else “you’re going to see attacks on pets, cattle and hopefully not people.” He warns hunters to “watch out for wolves.”
Like his wolf consultant, bear hounder Laurie Groskopf, Tiffany exaggerates, misleads, and scaremongers.
Listed or delisted, wolves posing threat to humans can be controlled. Wild healthy wolves attacking a human is practically nonexistent. Wolf attacks on pets are rare. Walking pets on leash or keeping them in human presence prevents such attacks.
Finally, most wolves are not causing problems. Wolf attacks on cattle involve “problem” wolves.
Wolf seasons or no wolf seasons, when wolves are delisted and under state management, policy changes: The state can immediately use United States Fish and Wildlife Services and landowner shooting permits to lethally handle problem wolves — those depredating/harassing domestic animals. After delisting in January 2012, that happened.
In 2013, USFWS stated that killing depredating wolves has made “a huge difference” in reducing harassment. Shooting permits and the “In-the-Act” provision, which allows killing depredating wolves immediately, have also been valuable tools. Wolf complaint responses have been adequate and effective.
Adrian Wydeven, past state wolf manager/biologist, said wolves can be managed without public seasons if USFWS and landowners are provided adequate control and flexibility. In his 2012 governor-ordered report, James Kroll recommended managing wolves “to reduce conflicts” rather than at any specific number.
But Tiffany and Groskopf only speak of wolf seasons, aimlessly cutting wolves down until some harsh low number is reached. They do not even acknowledge post-delisting “conflict management” was key to reducing wolf depredation/harassment.

Shirley Clements

Letter to the Editor: Job interview questions for Tom Tiffany 

By Lisa MaKarral

September 27, 2016

To the editor:
1. Mr. Tiffany, you received $75,000 from Gogebic Taconite to push their mining bill through, gutting Wisconsin’s long- held environmental laws and regulations. Have you ever met a pristine wilderness or ecosystem that you didn’t want to strip mine or frack, a tree you didn’t want cut down, or a wetland you didn’t want to fill in, if the price is right?
2. You’ve received thousands of dollars from hunting lobbies. In exchange, you’ve pushed for Wisconsin to become the only state that allows hunting wolves with hounds, one of a very few states allowing harassment of bears and other wildlife with hounds (in training) and the only state that pays hounders for their dogs killed by wolves during the harassment of said wildlife. Wisconsin taxpayers pay hounders $2500.00 for each dog attacked and killed by wolves, regardless if that hounder runs his dogs through DNR-designated wolf areas. We also pay for the cost of veterinarian care if the dog manages to survive the attack. Heck, you don’t care if a hounder gets a dog from an animal shelter and deliberately arranges to get it killed for a check. We’ve had 40 dogs killed so far this year, or $100,000.00 in tax payer dollars, not including the vet bills of dogs injured. Mr. Tiffany, can you please tell me the difference between Michael Vick fighting and killing dogs and what you champion, besides Vick serving 18 months in prison for it and not sending you a check? 
3. Do you require hounders to take a drug test before receiving their blood payments?
4. You led the layoff of scientists at the DNR, since you don’t believe in climate change or much of anything in the way of science. CWD in deer has increased from 1.46 percent in 2008 to a record level of 9.4 percent today. How’s that anti-science thing working out for you and Wisconsin deer hunters?
5. How is it that a “small government” Republican like you has done everything possible to take local control away from our elected town and county boards in an attempt to fit the Northwoods into a one-size-fits-all puzzle, that includes Milwaukee and Madison?
6. Since 2010, you have voted to cut $24 million from public schools in the 12th district while supporting sending millions to private schools in Milwaukee, expanding voucher programs and giving a tax break to millionaires who already send their children to private schools. Is it a coincidence that an organization promoting voucher and religious schools has purchased $230,000 in ad time for you in this election year?
7. You stated you wear The League of Conservation Voters grade of an F as a badge of honor. How does your “badge of honor” fit into what we, living in our beautiful Northwoods, hold dear?
8. Besides questions 1 through 7, why else did you vote to gut Wisconsin open records laws?
I’m sorry Mr. Tiffany, you’re not a good fit for this position and we’ll have to go with the other candidate.

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WPR Joy Cardin Show – Big Question: Who Should Control Wisconsin’s Wolf Population?

Aired September 14, 2016 Listen to Joy Cardin Show on Wisconsin Public Radio  Click HERE to listen to the broadcast- Supporters of a gray wolf hunt in Wisconsin will meet Thursday to discuss the animal’s increasing presence in the state and an uptick in the number of attacks on livestock, hunting dogs and pets. Our guests weigh in on this week’s Big Question: Should Wisconsin’s wolf population be managed by the state or remain federally protected as an endangered species? Guests are: Adrian Wydeven and Adrian Treves. 


The following is my comment and the host used part of (in bold) it at the end of the show:

If the state of Wisconsin could be trusted to manage a endangered species then state management would be ideal. But Wisconsin legislature made it an emergency law, Act 169 in 2011, that when the wolf isn’t on the endangered species list it will be hunted. Hunted with the barbaric method of using the wolf’s relative, the dog to track and trail the wolf. Wisconsin being the only state that allows the use of dogs to hunt wolves, quite literally throws dogs to wolves. This type of aggressive hunt on wolves right off the ESL is in no way healthy wolf management. It’s not managing an endangered species for its health, instead it caters to special interest groups with proven track records of hatred towards the wolf. I was at the Wisconsin DNR wolf advisory committee meetings and witnessed the anti-wolf sentiment first hand. When changing wolf management zone borders, Adrian Wydeven pointed out specific areas in Bayfield county that had a high rate of depredations and should hold a special hunt in there, the response was this: that hunters won’t go for that. And then another committee member stated in a question; isn’t that why we hold a hunt to manage problem wolves? The committee room burst into laughter, I kid you not. 

The only way to hold the state accountable for handling wolf management is to take it out of the hands of politics, put in back into the hands of science not politics that can change according to party lines, at the party in power. DNR secretary must be an elected position, by the people. Our state wolf management must be based on science not political rhetoric.  

In its current state wolves are protected, but certainly Not safe if these political clowns with failed conservation scores, like Jarchow & Tiffany get their way. I’ve worked on WI wolf recovery since 1999 as one of Adrian Wydeven’s WI DNR wolf trackers. Let’s get back on track managing the wolf for the health of the species, health of the land and learn how to live with wolves. There’s no big bad wolf here. Rachel Tilseth – Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin 


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Great Lakes Wolf Summit is such a-comedy-of-errors

Let’s begin with the two politicians calling for this summit. Tiffany and Jarchow are so out of touch with the Conservation values of their constituents, that they were given a “fail” score by  the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. 

This Great Lakes Wolf Summit is reminiscent of a circus ring full of clowns on mini bikes with beeping horns making a lot of noise. 

But if you listen past all of the noise you’ll hear the truth that; there’s no-big-bad-wolf here just a lot of noisy political clowns on mini bikes.

There is no science behind the Great Lakes Wolf Summit  #standforwolves #boycott #greatlakes #wolfsummit 

Instead: Let’s celebrate the Wisconsin wolf and not kill him


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Senator Tom Tiffany & Representative Adam Jarchow are grossly out-of-line with the conservation values of their constituents according to Wisconsin League of Voters scorecard.

Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, Conservation Scorecard 2015-16 For the Wisconsin Legislature gave Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Adam Jarchow failing marks placing them in the conservation dishonor role. 

These two Wisconsin legislators, Jarchow and Tiffany, were placed on the conservation dishonor roll for jeopardizing Wisconsin’s natural  resources. Senator Tom Tiffany was given the ‘fail’ rating for using his role on the Joint Finance Committee member to slip in harmful provisions eliminating the Science Bureau at the DNR specifically targeting DNR staff who had spoken out about the effects of climate change. Representative Adam Jarchow’s placement on the conservation dishonor roll was because he was in on introducing the Polluter Grab bag, which proposed giving away public land in lakebed to developers for free and allowing each landowner on the lake to dredge three truckloads of possible toxic sediment each year. Source: the league’s Conservation Scorecard 2015-2016

The news has been full of talk about a Great Lakes Wolf Summit proposed by these two conservation dishonor roll legislators. Senator Tom Tiffany  and Representative Adam Jarchow are holding  a wolf Summit in Septemter to discuss returning management of the wolf population back into the states’ hands. 

Yet, senator Tiffany and Representative Jarchow aren’t citing any substantial evidence or reasons why wolves should be delisted. Even outdoor writer Patrick Durkin points out in his recent editorial entitled, Legislators’ wolf summit just more rhetoric,  Durkin states, “Yawn. Who’d drive to Cumberland for that? I mean, Cumberland is three hours from Eagle River, 4½ hours from Marinette and about 100 minutes from Superior. Maybe Tiffany should dust off “Enough is Enough” from that May 9 release and add three exclamation points. He also could recycle this line: “Let us be clear: Wisconsin is not a wolf sanctuary and it’s irresponsible to allow it to be treated as such.” Source Even Durkin, who is in favor of a wolf hunt, is tired of the rhetoric coming from these two legislators.

These two politicians are not making any headway on thier bid to undermine the Endangered Species Act. They want to return the wolf back into the hands of the same corrupt system. The same system that excluded public opinion & input into the state of Wisconsin’s wolf management plan.  A wolf management plan that employed aggressive wolf hunts, that allowed the barbaric use of dogs to track and trail wolves from 2013 to 2014. 

The Walker administration, the political party in control, which Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Adam Jarchow are part of: WI DNR secretary Cathy Stepp confirmed what her critics have alleged: that wolf hunting opponents were by and large kicked off the committee.

Thankfully, a federal judge ordered the wolves back under federal protections in 2014. But ever since the wolves were placed back on the ESA these two legislators have been full of talk about delisting them. 

Senator Tiffany and Representative Jarchow proposed Wolf Summit doesn’t begin to address the problems and concerns that have plagued wolf management in Wisconsin. 

It’s not surprising though, considering, that Tiffany and Jarchow  are grossly out-of-line with the conservation values of their constituents according to Wisconsin League of voters scorecard. 

Reminds me of the following image: 


Going nowhere fast!  


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