Wisconsin mining operation hires scary-looking masked guards to patrol woods [PHOTOS]

Categories: Weird Wisconsin
Jim Limbach
How would you like to encounter one of these dudes in the woods?
Gogebic Taconite has hired an armed squadron from "Bulletproof Securities" to guard its under-construction mining operation in northern Wisconsin's Iron and Ashland counties, and two state legislators are none too happy about it.

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On Monday, State Senator Bob Jauch, D-Poplar, and Representative Janet Bewley, D-Ashland, sent a letter to company president Bill Williams characterizing photos of masked, semi automatic-toting guards as "horrifying" and "appalling." One of the photos is visible at the top of this post.

Their letter asks Williams to immediately remove "the heavily armed masked commando security unit recently hired to protect the company's property in the Penokee Hills."

"These kinds of security forces are common in Third World countries but they don't belong in northern Wisconsin," Jauch and Bewley added in a press release.

Here's another photo taken by progressive Wisconsin blogger Jim Limbach (click to enlarge):


In an interview with the Duluth News Tribune, a Gogebic spokesman said the company felt compelled to employ guards from Bulletproof following a June incident where mining opponents "dressed in black and wearing masks violently attacked our drill site." But according to the Tribune, the only police record of an incident is a citation issued to a woman following an altercation over a camera.

"The project was pushed by Wisconsin Republicans as a way to create jobs in the region but is opposed by several Ojibwe and environmental groups and activists who say the project will damage the environment," the Tribune writes.

-- h/t: Gawker --

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