That is my problem with the WIDNR. They have infomation, they either put their spin on it, or keep it to themselves,
I totally agree with this quote. Just like the DNR says that larger units will give a better more accurate count. Sounds good, it's what I want to here, but is it the truth? Wasn't it Fish who spoke to the DNR and was told " we can't handle the truth" ? I'd really like to know what that's supposed to mean.
I here these stories about Ill. radio collared coyote, " wolves never go south." How about the radio collared Wisconsin Wolf Found in Indiana? Cougar and bear sightings brushed off as house cat sightings or dog sightings, and the list goes on and on. I saw A black bear that was hit and killed by a car on HWY 14 near Cross Plains around 1990. I saw the accident scene minutes after the crash and was on scene before the DNR. The DNR got on scene, covered up the bear, removed it ASAP and then told me it was a pig that got hit and killed. Hmmm, a pig with claws? I put my hands on the bear, looked at it's teeth and claws close up, and I grew up playing around my grandpas farm who had pigs and cows, I know the difference between a pig and a bear. Being so close to Madison, a bear sighting would and should be front page news. I called in the "news tip" to every Madison TV Station and not one could confirm the bear/car crash nor did anyone run the story. Another example of how the public doesn't get the truth. I didn't get it then, still don't get it now.
When filling out the DNR surveys, I hope I made it clear to the DNR that I'm for anything that will help the biologists get a more accurate count to better manage our wildlife. I believe the goals are too low and the below goal units are in trouble and is directly related to the delay in the elk reintroduction plan. The current bear population reduction planned for 2009 is also directly related to the delay in the elk reintroduction plan and shows the DNR has concerns they're not talking about. It's like the DNR is saying, " You know, we were going to put the elk back, but you hunters are such a pain that we're just going to let everything go haywire. Maybe they can't get elk so they're going to bring the deer and bear populations down to the elk herd size? That's the basic goal in the CWD Zone isn't it? Kill all the deer? Is it because many hunters left the CWD Zone to hunt up north? Giving hunters a reason to go back to the CWD Zone,? Lack of deer elsewhere sure has me thinking about hunting the CWD zone, that seems to be where the most deer are. Are these some of the DNR's truths that we can't handle? Maybe they're thinking that wolves and bears should now be in the CWD Zone too? Turn a blind eye, act dumb and give answers like, "wolves wouldn't move south." This is Wisconsin, where else are they going to go? Grow fins and gills and jump into the Great Lakes?
If you look at it in mother nature cycles, usually a 7 year cycle, we've interrupted or stretched the 7 year cycle out for 100 years or more, had an incredible peak in deer numbers, we can only expect an equally low peak, and by Wisconsin's history could mean deer disappear for another 100 years, like the elk, bears, wolves, eagles,.....ect. I don't think Wisconsin residence back in the 1800's ever thought they could wipe out all those species, and history has a way of repeating itself. Balancing a food chain is more difficult than running a petting zoo and the northwoods is going to need more than deer to support wolves bears and hunters too. Maybe the DNR figures there wont be enough hunters so 150 elk, will be enough? They've seemed to figure that into there deer goals. Maybe Doyles budget looks better if all the deer are gone, the bears are gone, so there's no reason or way to save the wolves? Cashing in our wildlife? He's tried cashing in on everything else. He's working on stealing our cell phone rebates as we speak, working on stealing money from legal gun buyers as we speak. I hear that all the planets are going to line up in 2012, the planet's electrical poles will swich polarity and be the end of the world as we know it anyways, what really are the truths that we can't handle? If the planet isn't going to explode in 2012, I think we need as many renewable resources as we can manage and continue to restore the habitat and wildlife that we've worked so hard to get this far. I certainly couldn't hurt the economy or property values. Are we going to have to ask our kids to bail out our wildlife too?
American by birth, hunter by choice.