Wisconsin woodchuck hunting bill gets cold reception | Herald Times Reporter | htrnews.com

MADISON — A handful of animal lovers tore into a bill that would establish a Wisconsin woodchuck hunting season, blasting the measure as unnecessary during a hearing Wednesday and calling it another sign that legislators are obsessed with killing wildlife.

Only eight people addressed the Assembly Natural Resources and Sporting Heritage Committee about the bill. One was the measure’s author, Rep. Andre Jacque, R-De Pere. Another was a Department of Natural Resources wildlife ecologist. The others all spoke against the proposal.

“I think the primary (motivation) here is thrill kill,” said Randy O’Connell, 59, of Omro, who described himself after the hearing as a recovering hunter. “This culture, not a heritage, needs to come to an end.”

Woodchucks, also known as groundhogs or whistle-pigs, are beaver-like creatures known for burrowing and gobbling up plants at a manic pace. They’ve been on the state’s protected species list for decades. Property owners can kill nuisance woodchucks but anyone else needs a license.

DNR ecologists don’t have any estimates on how many woodchucks live in Wisconsin, but they say they’re abundant and it’s not clear why they were ever placed on the protected species list. Some experts have speculated wildlife officials wanted to ensure woodchucks continued to burrow because the holes can provide shelter for other animals.

Jacque introduced a bill earlier this month that would remove woodchucks from the protected species list and establish a hunting and trapping season from March 1 through Dec. 31. The bill would prohibit the DNR from setting any bag limits.

Hunters already can kill a wide range of animals in Wisconsin, including deer, bears, wolves, mourning doves, coyotes, squirrels, rabbits and wild pigs. Legislators also have contemplated feral cat and sandhill crane seasons in recent years.

Jacque told the committee his bill is more about maintaining the integrity of the protected species list than hunting. He said there’s no biological or scientific reason why woodchucks deserve protected status.  See full story here:

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  1. I made 2 comments today regarding the risks we take while we allow hunting of wild animals. Another comment I’d like to make is to introduce two strategies to make law to discontinue both animal-agricultural rights and hunting rights, but to do so slowly, while the people adjust. It is healthier to go veg, it is a provable fact. and while we all spend on health insurance, and would probably have our kids taken away if we didn’t, pay for health insurance at all. it is clear that the healthier people are paying the cost for those who choose less healthier lifestyles, and that has got to be unconstitutional somewhere. while we enjoy years of check ups -only, those others are suffering heart attacks and related surgeries, diabetes and related equipment costs, etc., and we are paying for it! Isn’t there anywhere we should be drawing the line? And emotionally, we suffer, watching them suffer and die each year, close friends and family too, when it could take a simple act of congress and make a reversal of this type of division of the classes, but more importantly, we could all be happy and healthy. Our preamble does specifically state “in order to form a more perfect union”. When is it going to obey that order? When are we as a knowledgeable, experienced race of vegetarians going to enforce that congress respect and obey it’s own law to this respect? It’s wide open for it.

    The other strategy I wanted to impose was that the production and sale of agricultural animals, is not only abusive to them, which is in itself illegal, but that it takes up the space that could otherwise go to wildlife, or to crops, if necessary. For the solution as a whole, agricultural animals must be cared for and released to regional areas that are suitable for their species, and, humans must work out a way to convert to vegetarianism.

    The omnivores main excuse is that they have canine teeth, but, my answer back to that is, how many of them are sharp, and how many teeth of carnivorous animals are sharp? And do we have claws?

    These questions must come up for debate, in front of cameras, so that we need not repeat ourselves, and so that our environmental problems of today may begin to be addressed, with some establishments having been made, to help clear that path.

    Please contact me.

    So far as the instruction to leave baby animals alone in the wild, I think the finding of baby wild animals should be reported, the allowing of hunting of wild animals is a further danger to extinction problem than is now being accounted for by current authorities, and there is only court action and legislative action to chose from to address the problem. From there, I would not want to have to work it this way, but there are other countries to turn to if our own is risking our own extinction, by risking our environmental health. I have proof of there being thinking problems, such proof is here in this legislation, their entire approach is lopsided and negligent, taking individual species and putting and taking off of “endangered” species lists, when, it all has to work together for the continued providence of life. This negligence, I claim is due to the lack of oxygen and poor quality of the air. One doesn’t need to be a doctor to realize that people (and other animals) can “black out” from lack of oxygen. What could be the line we draw and the name of our environmentally-related disease? Certainly, are we insane, that we can ignore the natural world to this extreme? And where are we on that line? Are all people? Are there people willing to pay for a court action, to show how the omnivore regime is losing it for us all? Health statistics could help prove that. One example is that cancer is a trending problem, one that involves oxidization of cells. It would certainly be an educated guess to say that that trend is being caused by lack of air quality, and worthy of study for proof, and support, for the cause of converting people toward vegetarianism. Look into my claims here and solve these problems the right way, the first time, in a court room.

    Cheryl Elkinton


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