Patricia Randolph

  • commented on Contact Us 2015-04-09 20:36:54 -0500
    Please alert your membership and circle of influence that the Dept. of Natural Resources holds its annual statewide election of delegates to represent ALL CITIZENS in the SOLE ADVISORY to the legislature on nature and wildlife issues governing our public lands & wildlife on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. in every county in the state. This secretive and important election has been dominated by hunting/trapping interests for an appalling 88 years. Please help us democratize this at a time of rapid climate change and species extinction. Posters attached. Please reply.

    This year proposals to kill sand hill cranes, rare white deer, expand trapping to night trapping 6-7 months of the year in almost all public lands, and expand running dogs on bears, to kill yet another 4,750 innocent peaceful bears – mostly cubs. Women need to be involved and running as candidates for the two positions open all over this state!

    Monday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. the DNR, in league with the Conservation Congress ( a former hunting lobby that is now supposed to be open to all citizens ), holds the 88th annual election for citizens to run candidates to represent us in advising the legislature how we want our public lands, waterways and wildlife protected for all citizens. It has a location in every county. For 88 years, it has been dominated by hunting/trapping and now hounding interests. We can change that if humane citizens throw their hat in the ring and nominate each other for the two positions open every year in every county – a 2-year and 3-year position. It is a mere 4 meetings a year commitment that is a profound trust in helping our wildlife and standing up for humane stewardship of our public lands and the little wildlife left there. Anyone over 18 can stand up and nominate him or herself. I was a Dane county elected delegate so I can answer any questions you have at 608-981-2287.

    It has never been more important to attend this annual election than now in the midst of a mass extinction and climate change threatening our very survival on this earth. The fact that citizens have not recognized the importance of stopping the killing of millions of wild animals mangled in traps, shot for fun, and killed as “recreation” speaks volumes about who we are and what we value.

    Millions of innocent deer, foxes, ducks, geese, beavers, turkeys, bobcats, muskrats, otters, raccoons, possums, mourning doves, crows, rabbits, stocked pheasants and quail are maimed , crushed in traps, or shot with arrows or guns, suffering and being killed for “recreation” and trophy and fun. Please stand up for them.

    Here are some tools to help you spread the word to increase attendance at this “most important election in the state”. Please attend and stay the night to learn how to make new proposals. Please download the posters and adapt them to your county location to post around your county at coffee shops, bookstores, libraries, humane societies, pet stores, and co-ops and grocery stores.

    There are four petitions to sign and network and four posters to adapt to your county location which can be found here at the DNR web site, along with this year’s proposals by hunters: ( Just copy and paste the address for your county into the text box where the Dane county location is on the posters and then print in color or black and white ). They can be used as posters or flyers. If you need help, contact me at [email protected] to adapt the poster(s) to your county. Here are the petitions. The posters are attached and should be opened in Microsoft Word.

    REMEMBER: We cannot help wolves or any species, including our own rights, if we do not have representation to promote proposals on the spring hearings questionnaire! This election creates the SOLE advisory to the legislature that makes the laws. That means running candidates in every county! The hunters will have two in every county.

    A petition against the proposal to expand running packs of dogs to kill 4,750 bears to the central region of Wisconsin:

    A petition against expanding the 6-7 months of trapping on our public lands to all night trapping ( 2,041 new trappers recruited in 2014):

    A petition against a new sand hill crane hunt:

    A petition against a hunt of our rare white albino deer ( the “ghosts of the forest” ) There may be 75 of them in the entire state

    I hope these help you take a stand, run as candidates, attend and open up this election to ALL citizens. Let me know how it goes in your county. Any questions, contact me. Thanks for all you do!

    For a living, humane and related world,

    Patricia Randolph

    State journalist

    Madravenspeak living wildlife column archived at

    The Capital Times web site here: or ( Wildlife Ethic on facebook )

    608-981-2287 I have posters if you can send me an email for attachment of find them on the web site. Thanks!

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Patricia Randolph

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