Today we are featuring another video depicting gross cruelty and animal abuse by the Wisconsin hound hunter Nicholas Valenta. This is only one of many videos documenting the serial criminal behavior of a licensed Wisconsin hunter who does not deserve the privilege of owning a hunting license, let alone hunting hounds or weapons. There is a place for people like Valenta, and it should not be on our public lands with a gun in his hand and hounds in his truck.
In this video Valenta is heard telling hunter Andrew Marcelle, “Just leave him!” after Marcelle has already given a crippling shotgun blast to the cornered coyote, so that another hunter, Aaron Reivitis can bring in his young puppy to tear into the wounded and terrified animal. Meanwhile, the crippled coyote desperately attempts to drag himself to freedom that never comes. All along Valenta can be heard laughing and encouraging his dogs to attack.
Towards the end of the video another hound hunter is heard over the radio telling Valenta his hounds are on the trail of another coyote, and that they are waiting on Valenta to finish with his sick and twisted pleasure killing before regrouping for another kill. This is what hunting coyotes with hounds in Wisconsin looks like. And it is legal for the practice to be carried out in our national forests and other public lands almost year-round with no bag limit.
While we are opposed to the overall practice of hound hunting on public lands, Wolf Patrol feels it is important for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to address cases of severe abuse such as those we have featured by Valenta in the last week. That Valenta was so emboldened as to circulate his cruelty videos amongst his hunting circles for years without prosecution, indicates the level of tolerance for such abuse amongst the entire hound hunting community. It is time to act, and call for immediate action to prevent Valenta from ever being issued a hunting license to commit such acts in the future.
If you agree that Nicholas Valenta and others in his hunting parties deserve to be punished for gross violations of state hunting laws, please call or email Wisconsin’s Chief Warden, Todd Schaller and POLITELY express your displeasure for animal abuse disguised as hunting that is allowed by the DNR on our public lands.
UPDATED!!! MARCH 9, 2018
THANKS TO THE LITERAL HUNDREDS OF EMAILS CHIEF SCHALLER HAS RECEIVED IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, WOLF PATROL IS NO LONGER ASKING ITS SUPPORTERS TO DISTRACT HIS TIME AWAY FROM INVESTIGATING THESE AND OTHER WILDLIFE CRIMES.
THANK YOU CHIEF SCHALLER FOR YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER!