A bill is being circulated in the state Legislature that would create an open hunting season for woodchucks, sometimes referred to as groundhogs. We need your help to stop this from becoming yet another ruthless attack on wildlife in Wisconsin.

The season would have no restrictions on how many woodchucks a hunter or trapper could kill. The season would run from July to December.

Once again, Rep. Andre Jacque of DePere (along with Sen. Tom Tiffany of Hazelhurst) co-authored the bill. Rep. Jacque (pictured below) tried to create a hunting season on woodchucks in 2013, however there was a loud outcry from animal advocates. The bill never got a committee vote. ​

There will be a public Senate hearing this Thursday, June 1 at 9:00 am at the State Capitol, room 201 Southeast. Please try to come. It is very important for you to voice your opposition. The woodchucks can’t speak for themselves. We must let our legislators know that, once again, we do not want a hunting season on woodchucks. Please try to make it.

Speaking on  Wisconsin Public Radio, Stan Temple, professor emeritus of conservation, forest and wildlife ecology at UW-Madison, said that the woodchuck problem “doesn’t exist on a statewide level” and “they are not a general nuisance, so it doesn’t make sense to have a general open season for them.”

HSUS state rep Melissa Tedrowe says that there is “no need to hunt woodchucks” and that in the rare cases where they might cause a problem, they can be managed with a wide variety of non-lethal techniques.

Alliance for Animals has joined others by registering against both AB 323 and SB 249.

You can read more at: Bill Would Establish Hunting Season for Groundhogs.

 

What You Can Do:

Voice your opinion at the open Senate committee hearing this Thursday, June 1 at 9:00 am at the State Capitol, room 201 Southeast. More information here.

Find your state Representative and Senator’s email address, phone number, by going to legis.wisconsin.gov. Toward the right hand side of the page you will see “Find my Legislators.” Under that there is a space to enter your address. Fill ii in and click “find.”

Write your Representative and urge them to oppose AB 323and your Senator to oppose SB 249.

When you know who represents you find your Representative’s and Senator’s Facebook page and post your opposition there.