Two months ago as I spoke at Eastern Oregon University I mentioned that government had no business forcing wolves into any community or state and that, among many other things, wolves were deadly dangers to the children and grandchildren of rural inhabitants. As I entertained questions after the presentation, one lady made the following sarcastic observation before asking a question. “First Mr. Beers, your children and grandchildren have a better chance of being hit by a car than being attacked by wolves.” Oh, really?
She had no factual basis for her remark but additionally, the issue at hand is not whether kids get hit by cars more often than attacked by wolves WHERE WOLVES ARE IN ABUNDANCE. The issue is the kids have NO CHANCE of being attacked by wolves WHERE WOLVES DO NOT EXIST as compared to the historical, world-wide, and centuries old experience of men and women where wolves are present throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Wolves have killed, injured, attacked, maimed, and terrorized people for millennia and there is no reason why that lesson of history will be any different just because some Americans and Europeans choose to ignore FACTS.
There is a deeper and more basic reason for concern though as we contemplate what is being wrought with the spread of wolves in the Lower 48 States today. For the moment, set aside the scientific pathology of all the 30 to 40 diseases that wolves transmit to humans from rabies, anthrax, and plague to tapeworms, typhus, and brucellosis; set aside the decimation of big game animals and big game hunting; and set aside the carnage wrought by wolves on rural dogs and livestock herds: instead let us address human safety.
It goes without saying that wolves have killed a schoolteacher in Alaska and a college student in Saskatchewan recently. Mr. Will Graves’ book, Wolves in Russia, documents 150 years of wolf attacks and hundreds of documented killings and maimings by wolves on rural Russians. When wolves are killing cattle in Oregon or elk in Montana, who unthinkingly lets rural children go camping or fishing after school? For that matter when wolves are seen in an area, who continues to hike or walk the dog alone? Who buys a rural retirement home where grandchildren might be in danger? What elderly person is not nervous working in the garden or taking out the garbage at night or walking home from a neighbor’s home after dark? Who feels safe bow-hunting alone or letting their son or daughter hunt alone? These are but a few of the very real results of the stress on rural residents fearful of their safety and the safety of their families and neighbors where wolves exist.
It took 300 years of sustained effort to rid nearly all of the Lower 48 states of wolves. The fact that they have been forced back into the Lower 48 states by (the following adjectives are factually descriptive and not pejorative) environmental extremists, animal rights radicals, self-serving bureaucrats, and egotistical politicians leads one to ask, “who will be responsible when children, the elderly, and other rural residents are killed and maimed by these wolves?” “On what conceivable basis is central government force and coercion utilized for this purpose?”
The Declaration of Independence states early-on in the document “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life.” The Founding Fathers capitalized “Creator” and “Rights” in the Declaration, not me.
In Federalist Paper No. 43, James Madison asks, “On what principle the Confederation, which stands in the solemn form of a compact among the States, can be superseded without the unanimous consent of the parties to it?” He goes on to answer, “by recurring to the absolute necessity of the case; to the great principle of self-preservation; to the transcendent law of nature and of nature’s God, which declares that the safety and happiness of society are the objects at which all political institutions aim and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed.” -Please read that again, only slower.-
The environmental extremists, animal rights radicals, self-serving bureaucrats, and egotistical politicians mentioned above have two things in common. First, they have no compunction to avoid, destroy, and twist the clear mandate in the US Constitution that limits federal power and specifically states in the 10th Amendment that “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States, respectively, or to the people.” Secondly, and even more despicable, these wolf perpetrators accept the inevitable fact that the wolves they introduce and spread with all the force of an occupying army will kill human beings of all ages. In other words they clearly believe that the death of some humans is an acceptable price to pay for the agenda they are forcing on other Americans.
We can also set aside, at this point, the very real and evil fact that that these extremists, radical, self-servers, and egotists know that they will never be held to account for the life and then lives that they are responsible for ending. Their organizations will continue to “milk” the public; their careers, salaries, and retirements will continue to escalate; and they will continue to get re-elected. Let us focus on the use of government power to force Americans to submit to this wolf catastrophe. It is as if “the government” and a coterie of crazy people with money and the ability to grow bureaucracies and get politicians re-elected forever caused government to scatter scorpions in schoolyards and city parks to “balance the ecosystem” and the death and injuries to children and others using those places were of no matter.
When extremists and radicals can advocate the death of others for their own purposes (while cavalierly and ignorantly saying “they have more chance of being hit by a car”); when federal and state bureaucrats and their bureaucracies support such agendas for their own benefit; and when politicians and judges permit this to happen for their own purposes: what of the “unalienable Right” to “Life” that we were endowed with by our “Creator”? What of the “law” “of nature’s God” and the “safety and happiness of society” that Madison describes as “the objects at which all political institutions aim and to which all such institutions must be sacrificed.”?
Government has NO AUTHORITY neither to take innocent lives nor to eliminate the “safety and happiness of society”. When the people responsible for these wolves and what they are about to wreak, can impose terror and death on the rest of us as simply the cost we must bear, we must stop it before our children think it is acceptable to kill others for your own purposes. This is the root and most insidious part of this wolf business and the reason it must be stopped or God help us all.
Taking encouragement from James Madison and the other Founding Fathers, I am emboldened to mention God, morality, and truth regarding this unholy alliance of wolf perpetrators that are poisoning our society. To those that feel the death of a few (or indeed any) humans as a cost of the presence of wolves is ever acceptable for any of the vapid and contrived reasons being expressed today, I can only ask, May God have mercy on your souls.
23 July 2010
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 [email protected]