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Wisconsin. State Conservation Committee (1915-27) / Biennial report of the State Conservation Commission of Wisconsin for the years 1915 and 1916
(1916)

Game farm,   pp. 63-64 PDF (453.0 KB)


Page 63


BIENNIAL REPORT
education, and allow the old hammer and tongs method to supersede
enlightened reason.
   To the school program of education should be added public lectures
 given to audiences of adults throughout the various states, which would
 soon awaken a general interest in conservation that would endure for all
 time. This commission has already started this latter program and has
 had several speakers engaged in delivering lectures during the past winter.
 We shall enlarge upon this work and push this program of education to
 the best of our ability. It is the one thing that will save the wild life
of
 this nation, and the work must be pushed vigorously. Until such time
 as the people become educated to the importance of a united public
 sentiment for conservation, we must pursue the course of warrants, courts
 and fines and follow the old method of educating with the sledge hammer,
 teach through fear instead of reason, and the more rigid the laws and the
 more severe the fines, the more potent the effect.
                             GAME FARM.
    The Wisconsin Game Farm located at Trout Lake, Vilas county, is of
 considerable importance as a nursery for orphan fawns that are found
 wandering through the woods with no mother to nurse them and facing
 starvation. It is surprising how many of these helpless little creatures
 are rescued by wardens and settlers and sent to this farm where they are
 fed and cared for. We have in the enclosure at the present time about
 100 deer, many of which were orphan fawns that have grown to maturity
 and form a large herd of breeders that are multiplying rapidly.
    In 1913 the former game warden department secured a carload of elk
 from Yellowstone Park and placed them within the enclosure of the game
 farm. The long distance shipment and the inclement weather encountered
 on their journey resulted in the death of all but two, both of which are
 females, and they are still on the farm. This commission after continued
 effort, finally secured through the generosity of Charles Comiskey, presi-
 dent of the White Socks Base Ball Club and also president of the Jerome
 Hunting and Fishing Club, a fine bull elk which he presented to the state
 free of charge. This gives the state a nucleus for a herd and as they are
 all acclimated, we feel confident that we will soon have a considerable
 herd. A vote of thanks is due Mr. Comiskey for his generous gift, which
is
 highly appreciated by this commission.
    It is planned by the commission to secure a few moose for breeders and
 place them on the farm, as it is highly important that Wisconsin should
 bring back again this animal that at one time was quite plentiful in the
 far north regions of the state. There is no question but that moose are
 adapted to that section of the country and they should be encouraged as
 one of our game animals.
   The Wisconsin Game Farm contains about 300 acres of wild timber
l land and is enclosed with a woven wire fence 10 feet in height. It answers
a much needed requirement and will be enlarged from time to time as our
animal stock increases. We shall endeavor to secure another carload of
elk next year, as we are nicely equipped to handle them and the expense
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