Guest blog by Jim Beers
The Obama administration says it is taking 5,500 wolves off the endangered list in eight states in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes” and “The move will turn control over the predators to state wildlife agencies”. Really?
Can any state now reduce wolf numbers overall drastically (and maintain them for a decade or more) to recover big game herds to pre-wolf levels? I don’t think so.
Can any state say there will be no wolves East of a certain highway or South of a certain river? I don’t think so.
Can any state set wolf population targets lower than what USFWS or DOW or NRDC or CBD declare? I don’t think so.
Will state wolf counts (in spite of the fact that wolf counting is a very malleable art and NOT a science or reliable technique) have any legal standing when the foregoing nefarious characters say they are “too high”? I don’t think so.
Will any state be allowed the full range of control methods (trapping, snaring, aerial shooting, M-44’s, etc.) to quickly and certainly regain or gain control of highly overpopulated wolf packs and wolf-infested areas? I don’t think so.
Will citizens be “allowed” to kill any wolf at any time near homes or campgrounds, or in livestock pastures, or threatening watchdogs or hunting dogs, or near towns or schools or school bus stops? I don’t think so.
Will federal agencies, federal employees, and a bad law be any longer responsible when rural residents are killed and maimed after they (the feds) relinquish “control over the predators to state wildlife agencies”? I don’t think so.
Will federal Pittman Robertson Fund administrators approve funding applications for state “research” projects to determine what level of wolves are compatible with current livestock operations?; with big game populations and harvests of 10 years ago?; with current rural domestic dog populations?; with the safety of rural residents as they live, work, and recreate in rural America? How about “research” projects on techniques and methods to “manage” wolves or ways to finance state wolf “management” programs in a period of state economic instability? I don’t think so.
Will state efforts to offer bounties or participate in wolf fur sales or other schemes to finance management and control of wolves be allowed? I don’t think so.
Will urban and radical Americans, federal bureaucrats, and federal politicians that have all imposed these wolves on rural America by force, pay for maintaining and intervening on behalf of all these wolves that they are unaffected by but that they insist on continuing to impose on rural American families, economies, and communities? I don’t think so.
The radicals, the federal bureaucrats, the state bureaucrats, and certain federal politicians were scared by the last election. They were even more scared by the almost-successful Congressional run at defunding all federal funds for National Public Radio (NPR) and the world’s biggest abortion provider – Planned Parenthood.
(Note: NPR is designed like Nazi/Communist Government media propaganda arms and Planned Parenthood is the “fruit” of Margaret Sanger’s 1920’s campaigns to rid the world of “inferiors” and breed a super race. Like government-media and government population control, Endangered Species concepts spring from Nazi dictates about “Pre-Roman Plants and Animals” and the desire by a few to control the rest of society. These three Progressive cornerstones rose together and could logically die together in a swarm of popular disgust. The radicals like DOW, HSUS, NRDC, TNC, CBD, et al and their federal and state enablers are scared stiff that if there are real federal budget cuts that NPR and Planned Parenthood could go down with their erstwhile and similarly disguised partner, The Endangered Species Act. Just as the NPR denies it is a progressive propaganda machine and Planned Parenthood denies it kills humans at their earliest and most vulnerable stage of life; so too does the ESA machine deny it is about destroying Constitutional guarantees, property rights, animal ownership, hunting, fishing, oil drilling, dams, farming, ranching, rural economies, logging, public land management and use, and Judaeo-Christian concepts of the relationship of man and his environment.)
While they are all (radicals, bureaucrats, and politicians) worried about their own futures, they are creating this illusion of “hearing the public” and showing how they can “get along”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Consider the questions posed at the beginning of this article and ask yourself, how it is possible to not be able to eradicate a wild animal population (especially a deadly and very harmful animal population) in any state while simultaneously trumpeting that said “state wildlife agencies” “will have control over the predators”? The sad fact is that the “state wildlife agencies” will dance to the federal/radical tune and the residents of the state will pay the bills.
Before you say, “so what?” or say this is all academic, consider one last point. The radicals and bureaucrats are currently crying all over the newspapers and internet and magazines about how this “precedent” (of Congress delisting wolves by state in but a handful of states as a “quick fix as a Budget Bill Amendment) is “unscientific” and dangerous. Au contraire!
When the US Senators and Congressmen crafted this little bit of chicanery of delisting certain wolves in certain states they really did 2 things. They saved their hides by “responding to their constituents” in a way that could be just as quickly be reversed when opportune AND they gave the radicals and their bureaucrat enablers a precedent for when The Tea Party and The Debt and Joblessness et al miraculously disappear and they are safely back in control. Why not have Congress “List” that bogus Lizard in Texas that is supposed to shut down the oil rigs? Why not have Congress “List” Eastern Cougars or Jaguars to further evacuate rural America and destroy hunting? Why not just have Congress “List” Free-Roaming Buffalo”? Urban voters would love all this “very important” stuff and open the spigot of election funding and international support and volunteerism to guarantee lifetime political careers and rich, retired bureaucrats, radical “Directors”, and lobbyists!
This quick Congressional “fix” is a two-edged sword. I thought about this as the current President’s approvals jumped with the Osama affair. Something as unforeseen as the death of Osama or an earthquake in China or some other such incident could result in Democrats or RINO’s (call ‘em Country Club Republicans or whatever) keeping or regaining control of federal power. Say what you will, both of them or either of them are advocates and enablers of the radical movements that have imposed and strengthened this ESA behemoth. They accept money from them, enable their agendas and will respond to UN or World Wildlife Fund et al claims of why states and Constitutions are irrelevant and why central governments need to reclaim all rural American lands to make inviolate Nature sanctuaries (i.e. outdoor churches attended only via satellite and TV).
As long as the ESA stands, like the Sword of Damocles, none of us are safe.
5 May 2011
Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist,
Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC. He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands. He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC. He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority. He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.
Jim Beers is available to speak or for consulting at firstname.lastname@example.org