Help Wolf Patrol get hound flipping off of Facebook

Thanks once again to Jourdan Carpenter, our new Fan Club President!

The other day Jourdan (in a roundabout way) alerted us to a little known part of Facebook’s community standards code. It turns out that using Facebook to buy, sell or trade hounds (or any animal) by private parties is forbidden. Licensed legitimate organizations like shelters or rescues can use Facebook, but hounders aren’t licensed and they aren’t rescuing anything.

Facebook’s community standards prohibit the sale or trade of animals between private parties.

Wolf Patrol has been infiltrating hounder Facebook groups since our inception. These groups are easy to find and join – just type any combination of the words “Bear hunting”, “hound”, “coyote” and “Wisconsin”(or your state of choice) in the Facebook search engine and the groups will come up on the screen. Most will ask you to answer a couple questions, but many don’t even check the answers and once you are accepted, as long as you don’t comment or react to any posts, you will never be noticed. We are in several of these groups under our own names and if they haven’t noticed us, they probably won’t notice you.

Just one of the private Facebook groups who are violating Facebook’s community standards.

These hounder groups are basically buy/sell groups and they commonly break Facebook’s rules and post dogs for sale, especially this time of year. Since Jourdan clued us in to the fact that selling dogs is forbidden on Facebook, we’ve been reporting every post we see where hounders are trying to sell or buy dogs, including her’s (sorry for the deletion J!).

Hounds In Wisconsin admin alerting followers that her page is the page if you want to sell hounds.

There are a lot of hound pages, but some of the most prolific violators of Facebook’s ban on selling hounds are:

  1. Wisconsin Hound Trader
  2. Wisconsin Hound Hunters
  3. Hounds In WI
  4. WI Coyote Hounds
  5. Big Game Hound Hunters
  6. Hound Hunting
  7. The Hounds Men
  8. Black and Tans of Wisconsin

Reporting violations is just as easy as getting into these groups. The first step is clicking on the three dots in the upper right hand corner of the post and the rest is detailed in the circled parts in the photos below.

To begin reporting a post, click on the three dots in the upper right corner of the post.
Next, click on Find support or report post.
Next, click on “unauthorized sales”.
Next click on what prohibited items they are selling – in this case “other animals”.
The final step is confirming your report of the prohibited sale of animals.

Flipping hounds like hounders commonly do is not only unethical, but PROHIBITED by Facebook. We all know hounders like to bend every law and regulation they can, so let’s put a stop to them violating Facebook’s community standards.

This isn’t “Hey everybody – let’s gang up on this other page”, we are merely holding everybody accountable to Facebook’s community standards, just like hounders do to Wolf Patrol. If we can stop some of the flipping of hounds that goes on, that’s the cherry on top.

Closer Look at Wisconsin DNR’s Covergirl

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Goode with unintentional trapped bobcat October 29, 2018

During the Winter of 2018, several Wisconsin state legislators, including authors and sponsors of the 2016 “Right to Hunt Act” which specifically targeted Wolf Patrol, pressured Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) to remove the group’s leader, Rod Coronado from the WDNR volunteer-based, Large Carnivore Tracking Program. The program conducts one of the most thorough wolf counts in the country, relying on citizens to conduct surveys on their own throughout the winter when snow makes tracking much easier.

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Reasons cited for Coronado’s removal were his past criminal record, his current legal involvement with Wolf Patrol and a completely unfounded accusation of sexual assault from a disgruntled crew member in 2014. Unfortunately, the WDNR decided to side with this group of politicians and remove Coronado stating, “past criminal behavior disqualified him from volunteer activities with the DNR” adding, “Coronado’s continued activities involving interactions with hunters is incompatible with the DNR’s mission.”

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I’ve been with Wolf Patrol since the Main Street Ed’s coyote killing contest in Argonne, Wisconsin in January 2016. In that time I have never once seen Rod or any other member of Wolf Patrol engage in anything even questionable, much less, illegal. I’ve also tracked with Rod and in the two years he was involved with the tracking program, he has always recorded everything he’s found completely and accurately. Removing Rod had nothing to do with incompatibility with the WDNR’s mission, and everything to do with political pressure from Wolf Patrol’s detractors in the Wisconsin Legislature.

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Anybody who doubts this need look no further than the case of Wisconsin trapper, Skye Adeline Goode and her relationship with WDNR. Goode frequently updates her Facebook page with tales of her trapping exploits (including using scent lures to attract wolves, which is illegal) and has posted photos of an “accidentally” trapped wolf last year.

In 2015, Goode was convicted of violating WDNR Statute NR10.07(2)(a) related to baiting and ordered to pay a fine of $345.50. Fast forward to the present day when WDNR chose to use a photo of game law violator Skye Goode on the cover of its annual 2018 Wisconsin Trapping Regulations booklet, as an example of a recreational trapper employing “best management practices.”

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So the WDNR (under pressure from state politicians) uses the excuse of a decades-old conviction that has nothing to do with game laws, Wolf Patrol’s perfectly legal activity in the field and vicious unfounded rumors to prohibit Rod from volunteering with WDNR. Meanwhile WDNR turns around and puts a trapper with a questionable past as well as a recent conviction on the cover of their trapping regulations?

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More intentional and unintentional captures by Goode in 2017.

That’s not looking out for your public image or your “mission”– its blatant hypocrisy. The WDNR waited two years to remove Rod because of his widely known past convictions as well as his current completely legal activities and than champion a trapper who violated game laws just three years ago? That doesn’t add up.

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Here’s what does add up, like most Wisconsin trappers, Goode sells her pelts on the foreign market. Listed are the prices from the fur buyer Goode sells too.

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Goode posing with a trapped federally protected Wisconsin wolf in 2017.