On 4 March 2011 a local northern Wisconsin TV Station's evening newscast by two ladies and an article in a local paper reported that according to the DNR "a local Rhinelander veterinarian and his son reported seeing and videoing a pack of 13 wolves, while they (i.e. the vet and his son) were hunting bear last fall near Pelican Lake".
The laughing news ladies and the newspaper report were replete with the following descriptors from the vet and from obviously bombastic reporters and possibly state bureaucrat propagandizers:
2. They were "frolicking".
3. They were "playful".
4. It was an "extraordinary sight".
5. The vet and son were "in awe of the experience".
For anyone doubting my recent allegations about the cover-up in Minnesota of the moose population decline being from wolf predation on moose cows and calves instead of all the newspaper/DNR propaganda about "global warming" and mysterious ailments yet to be discovered by "scientists" in need of state funding that evil and ignorant Republican politicians refuse to give them: "Go East young man, go East" and learn from the wolf propaganda arm of the Wisconsin DNR.
Here we have a vet (they all "love" animals) and a hunter (maybe he is evolving to photography?) and a local resident all rolled into one person obviously comfortable with wolf packs over a dozen in strength. So what is to fear?
- Obviously all those rednecks moaning about loss of deer (the Wisconsin deer harvest went down 30% from 2008 to 2009) are probably just anti-government nuts.
- Those farmers and rancher moaning about wolves killing livestock should go to education camps and learn to be like the vet and appreciate wolf "frolic" and wolf "playfulness" and obtaining "awe" from danger.
- Dog owners that have lost hunting dogs, watchdogs, working dogs, and pets to wolves should likewise perhaps get a CD from the vet and the DNR about how dogs are not property (therefore how can "you lose" something you don't own?) Perhaps they could get a copy of the "blow-up" picture accompanying the online edition of the article that shows a picture of a tame wolf running towards the photographer in snow (we should all get a copy because it is so gosh-darn cute and harmless-looking).
- Those people in Canada, Alaska, Asia and Europe that "claim" all those deaths and attacks on people over centuries caused by wolves are just superstitious crazies. "There hasn't been a documented attack in Wisconsin lately, just like we are different: our wolves are "different".
So let's examine the actors in this little immorality play.
- The lady announcers are, well, very pretty; feminine; relaxed; and at ease with this enjoyable reportage of this sighting of wolves.
- The vet is quoted as being at ease with a pack of 13 wolves that are extremely (especially in those numbers) dangerous to him, his son, any dogs, wintering deer, kids at a bus stop, lone rural women or little kids or unarmed men (especially in the winter). This vet is obviously unconcerned that wolves carry over thirty diseases and infections; nearly all of which threaten humans as well as dogs, livestock, and wildlife. While all vets recommend "shots" for dogs (that can reproduce with wolves): evidently all those "wild dogs" (i.e. wolves) running around unvaccinated for everything from rabies to distemper are little threat to dogs, livestock, and people in return for a moment of "awe".
- The reporters are effective enablers for the "dog that did not bark" in this lesson in environmental propaganda. (The "dog that didn't bark" was a famous clue in a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery. When Watson corrects Holmes who mentions the dog's barking by saying "but the dog didn't bark", Holmes replies, "Precisely". This indicated that the dog knew the killer.) The dog in this case is the media: the killer in this case is the DNR.
First, the ladies and the news article tell us that "according to the DNR". Why wasn't this "according to a Rhinelander bear hunter" blah, blah, blah? Second, why do we first hear about this 6 Months after it happened? The answer is that the DNR bureaucrats have been sitting on this and figuring out the best way to tell the public just like other tyrant-cooperators from Himmler to Stalin's editors of Pravda.
So let's all "OOOHHH" and "AAAAAHH" together. A winter pack of 13 wolves that should be a dramatic wake-up call to all rural Wisconsinites to gain control of wolf populations is instead related as NOT a matter of concern but one of enjoyment. This clear indication of the growing damage and danger potential to rural Wisconsin in the midst of this "North Woods Paradise" from Michigan to Minnesota is merely:
- A funny opportunity for lady reporters to enhance fairy tales.
- A chance for a local veterinarian to comment on wolves so as to keep his customers ("Mommy Dr. Jones likes animals so let's take Buffy to him").
- An opportunity for reporters to hone their "environmental reporting superlatives".
- Last but not least it is another successful exercise for the Wisconsin DNR bureaucrats to keep the public bamboozled a little longer about the disappearance of game and the loss of dogs and livestock until the inevitable human attacks begin as totally "habituated" (what else do you call wolves that have total protection to come and go and kill whatever they want?) wolves in increasing numbers roam unfettered and compete for food and space? The fact that this was buried for 6 months while they figured out how to handle it is telling. The fact that it was released during the height of the Madison riots and confrontations when northern Wisconsin residents are transfixed with state senators in Illinois and a Governor going toe-to-toe with unions and The White House is worthy of federal bureaucrats and politicians that always release bad news on Friday evening when everyone is busy with other things. Additionally, northern Wisconsin, like other northern Midwest states, is practically evacuated in early March as anyone with gas money and a place to stay is in Florida, Texas, or Arizona will attest.
Remember what is said here. The attacks are inevitable and the responsibility of all those state and federal bureaucrats, hunters, veterinarians, reporters, urban elites, and politicians that have done this for their own benefit or through ignorance. The motives are irrelevant: the results are what they should be judged by. Like Minnesota moose losses "due to global warming", wolf attacks will probably be blamed on people that "didn't behave properly", "improper garbage storage", or on some mysterious wolf infection that will take years of research and millions of dollars and lots of new (union of course) state employees to figure out.
It will probably take one or more horrific incidents to overcome the years of lies and myths that have been repeated so often in recent years. When this happens, the famous POGO cartoon will once again be shown to be true: "We have met the enemy and he is US!"
Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC. He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC. He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to $60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority. He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.
(Note: LOBO WATCH would like to point out that during his 32-year career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jim Beers also served as Chief of Operations for this country's National Wildlife Refuge System.)
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