Last month OutdoorHub reported on an animal rights group that planned on following Montana wolf hunters. Now, members of the same group say they’ll do the same in Wisconsin.

WUWM reported on Wednesday that the group announced their intent to track and document hunters during the state’s third annual wolf season, which also began Wednesday. The group’s leader, 48-year-old Rodney Coronado, said that they are simply there to observe the hunt, not to interfere. Still, the presence of the protesters leaves some hunters and wildlife officials rankled.

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Chief Warden Todd Schaller said that while it is legal for the group to head into the woods to observe the hunt, no form of harassment or interference with the hunt will be tolerated. Schaller advised hunters who feel harassed to report the incident to the department, and that any hunter who feels threatened should immediately call the police.

Coronado stated that nothing of the sort will happen under his watch. The activist’s group opposes the state’s wolf hunt, but said his purpose in the state is to raise public support for ending the season permanently. The group is posting regular updates regarding their activities in Wisconsin on Facebook, and so far there seems to have been little in the way of a confrontation. On opening day Coronado posted a video to YouTube saying that he and his 10-person team were following two trappers near Douglas County, which you can see below.

Coronado is a very controversial figure in the debate over wolf hunting in the states that allow it. According to Vice News, the activist was formerly part of the Animal Liberation Front and spent nearly five years in federal prison for burning down a Michigan State University research lab. Coronado has since said that he will no longer use illegal actions to further his cause, but many remain wary of his checkered past.

Experts estimate that Wisconsin has a population of about between 815 to 880 wolves organized in 213 packs. The wolf hunting season will run through to February 28 and has a quota of 150 animals.

Image from Mike Cline on the Wikimedia Commons

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  • Bernie Barringer

    Get these clowns on hunter harassment charges.

  • MN Steward

    Someone should monitor these “protesters”. What are they doing at night? Spoiling the woods I would imagine, then observing the futility of hunting a disturbed environment.

  • Michael Sabbeth

    Stop using those words. Words are important; words have ethical meaning. Rhetoric–the use of words to persuade–has powerful moral content. I urge.. urge… writers, editors, publishers, speakers to stop … stop.. using words such as “animal rights groups” and “activists.” Think about those words. What ‘rights’ of any animals are these obstructionists advancing? Do not dignify these intruders and obstructionists with the inference of honor and dignity that the word ‘rights’ implies. They do not advance rights; they subvert the rights of hunters. Same with activist. What does it mean? It means nothing specific but it implies acting for a noble purpose. These obstructionists are not acting with a noble purpose. Their intent is to harass, impede, undermine and subvert legal legitimate hunting. Coronado says his people are there to observe. Observe what? From what distance? With what equipment? For what purpose? What if a hunter is about to take a shot and the ‘observer’ sneezes or yells because he or she said he or she fell, and the animal is scared off? What is the remedy? Report it to an over worked game warden, to be addressed a year later with a letter saying the ‘observer’ should not have acted that way? Do not use phrases like animal rights activists, etc. Use morally and intellectually phrases, such as “hunting obstructionists,” “anti hunters,” “anti hunting intruders.” The hunting community would be well served to consistently use words that are precise and which do not give unearned legitimacy to anti hunting thugs.

    • Bernie Barringer

      They are terrorists is what they are.

  • Mark G.

    It would think it would be easy to evade and frustrate the activists by organizing and sending out fake wolf hunters and by leading them on “wild goose chases” deep into the woods. It might even be fun and maybe they would learn a new respect for hunters and the wilderness.

  • wolfie.

    Chief Warden Todd Schaller, you are wrong. They cannot follow the hunt, it is not legal, you just gave them permission to go onto private land?. I don’t think so.