Wisconsin Conservation Congress
Diane ran for a WCC Taylor County delegate seat at the spring hearings. She was defeated by the incumbent but was successful in passing a resolution, "Reduce bear baiting to 14 days prior to the bear hunt". Bear baiting in WI is currently 141 days long (see fact sheet), which begins April 15th and extends thru bear hunting season in October. (see Diane's resolution below or link here for all resolutions).
"I never feel as though I have lost when I run. I always feel as though it is an opportunity to present another view- point...maybe even give them an impetus to look @ wildlife with some degree of humanity. I am always greeted in a friendly manner & with respect…"; "I too believe wildlife is under assault with fewer places to run & hide & increasing methods to kill them."
Diane's calling came years ago and she has never given up: "My wake up call was when I went to a WCC hearing years ago & the DNR warden in charge talked of a "housekeeping" chore that needed to be passed. Bear hunters had been using small animals for training for a long time & she just needed a show of hands so it could be passed. Apparently those animals include captive Bobcats, Coyote, Fox, Bear cubs, Rabbits & Raccoons. I couldn't' believe it. I was born with a dislike for hunting, but what is happening now is state & federal government sanctioned cruelty especially directed at Bears. If you'd like to support Diane's resolution by writing a letter of support for her or attend the next committee meeting, link here.
The Wisconsin Conservation Congress has lost it's way:
Why there should
be a hunting season on
Whooping Cranes are a federally Endangered species; In flight, and on land as well, it is extremely difficult to differentiate between Whooping Cranes and Sandhill Cranes. Equally important, a vast majority of Wisconsinites identify with/ embrace Cranes who bless us with their presence in Wisconsin.
At left is a picture of the only remaining wild-hatched Whooping Crane chick from 2014 (W3-14), which was found dead in central Wisconsin the week of April 20th. Last fall (2014), the young crane migrated with her father to winter in Green County, Indiana and returned to Wisconsin on April 8th. The Wisconsin Conservation Congress voted on a Sandhill Crane hunting season on 4/13/15: Yes: 2,255; No: 1,554. There are 5.76 million residents in Wisconsin. If hunting is recommended to the Natural Resources Board based on this vote, the hunting of this species will have been determined by .00039% of our WI population; a clear violation of the Public Trust Doctrine and our state agency's fiduciary responsibilities to the citizens of this state. The state agency is responsible for protecting the natural resources for all citizens.
The Int'l Crane Foundation, located in Wisconsin, has worked tirelessly for crane species around the world and has a wealth of information,
maps, recovery efforts...
2015 Annual Spring Hearings
4/13/2015 @ 6:30
We have one night a year where all Wisconsin voices can be heard on many issues regarding all wildlife and natural resource issues in Wisconsin. In each county a Spring Hearing is held for all WI residents. We vote on questions initiated by committees, introduce resolutions and vote in new delegates every year. Wisconsin is the only state with such an advisory arm to decision makers!!!!!
WE NEED DELEGATES TO USHER IN 21ST CENTURY ECOSYSTEM-BASED POLICIES
Consider running as a delegate. Recruit like-minded people within your community to attend, nominate and vote for you! (see PDF below on being a delegate) The WCC is an advisory arm to the
DNR and the Natural Resources Board. Wisconsin state law mandates that WCC resolutions must be considered when legislation is being written. Traditionally, this Congress has been
dominated by hunters, trappers and hounders.
Highlights of ballot questions this year:
NONE OF THE BALLOT QUESTIONS REFERENCE SCIENCE-BASED DATA.
Two delegate seats are open for voting every year at the WCC annual meetings. Dian Cain of Jackson County is running for a seat this year. Dian grew up on a farm and feels strongly that wildlife needs a voice. Dian's delegate speech and Resolution are below.
Watch and enjoy "GHOSTS OF THE FOREST" video from