Please correct me if I am wrong – isn’t the purpose of fws agencies to preserve and protect our wildlife, not to destroy it? Why eradicate an entire species when there are MANY other predators that are just as responsible? Without wolves to initiate the feeding cycle, countless other wildlife will die off – including but not limited to: eagles, hawks, foxes, coyotes, bears, panthers, ravens, and even insects just to name a few! Are you really ready to commit wildlife genocide?
So let me get this straight – you are saying the use of Judas wolves, aerial hunting, baiting wolves, poisoning wolves, illegal hunting and trapping of wolves, using dogs to hunt wolves is all part of conservation? Sorry but I’ve spent too many summers at conservation camps, attended numerous conservation seminars over the years and that even I can tell you that this is not conservation at all, quite the opposite. Sounds more like desperation! Those actions will only lead to more illegal hunting/trapping/poaching wolves using any means necessary to kill wolves. The proof is already in the pudding!
Also, why must hunters resort to high powered rifles, using lighter grained ammo, with high tech scopes capable of shooting vast distances just to video the kill for the sole purpose of bragging rights on YouTube or Facebook? Where is the logic in that? They shoot animals not even moving, which in all reality is like cheating! Please explain the educational practices and benefits behind that theory? How can that even be considered conservation or wolf management?
Last I knew, the Government is formed by the people for the people, and we are the people. The land is PUBLIC land unless it has been purchased! Isn’t wildlife is part of said land via habitat, thus doesn’t that make wildlife our wildlife? So, what other personal ulterior motives and personal vendettas does your agency serve? Isn’t that in fact a form of abuse in itself? Are you more worried about your image than serving proper justice for wildlife in general? That’s what it sounds like to many of us tax paying citizens! You turn everything negative into another reason to control wildlife, including turning your backs on crimes committed against nature!
While nobody wants to see livestock killed by predators, it is going to happen due to the Law of Nature. Besides, do you not already have a compensation plan in place to reimburse those who lose livestock to wolves, if proven? Do you not sponsor culls throughout the year? How do energy bills or spending bills have anything to do with wildlife? In fact, you would be considered heroes to incorporate your so called energy spending bills to BENEFIT wildlife in general, rather than destroying more and more wildlife habitat along the way! We are tax payers are we not? Do we not have a say in the matter? Does that give you the right to use our hard earned income to fund these bogus practices for no viable reasons, other than make you look larger than life, and quite possibly fatten your wallets along the way? It’s the same old story every time – the faces may change but the corruption in the Government stays the same! We’re tired of all the lies and all the bullshit. It’s time we took our country back and we will not rest until proper justice is served!
You can use any excuse or means to justify it anyway you want, but the results are still the same! Conservation management means to preserve, to save, to re-introduce! That goes for the habitat too. You are sadly mistaken if you call this wildlife conservation management!
Let’s look at some definitions!
Replenish: the act of restoring used or lost supply
Protection: the action of protecting someone or something, or the state of being protected. To keep someone or something from harm.
Habitat: the natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.
Ecosystem: a biological community of interacting organisms and their physical environment.
Extinction: the state or process of a species, family, or larger group being or becoming extinct.
Endangered: (of a species) seriously at risk of extinction.
Threatened: having an uncertain chance of continued survival <a threatened species>; specifically; likely to become an endangered species
Nowhere in those definitions do they mention eradicate any species for any reason.
But these are NOT acts of conservation:
Poaching: has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing, or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights.
Control: determine the behavior or supervise the running of.
Managing: having executive or supervisory control or authority:
Killing: an act of causing death, especially deliberately.
Hunting: the activity of hunting wild animals or game, especially for food or sport.
Trapping: catch (an animal) in a trap.
You do so much other wonderful work for numerous animals, yet none of that matters when you kill wildlife for no true viable reason! There are MANY proven non-lethal ways of managing wildlife.
Now let’s look at the Second Amendment – which too many people twist it around for their own benefit!
The Second Amendment was adopted on December 15, 1791. It reads: "A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
While I don’t intend to be negative about the second amendment, many people twist it from what it was actually intended for: the right to protect yourself. Nowhere in it does it mention the act of slaughtering an entire species. In fact it doesn’t even mention hunting either! Also, can you show me recent documented proof of a healthy wolf attacking a person?
So correct me if I am wrong, but aren’t wolves and other apex predators meant to be wild? Along with that, aren’t other "wildlife" animals also meant to be wild? Do predators know the difference between wild prey and livestock? Weren’t predators present in most places before humans? Do we not intrude on their territory? How many species will starve without wolves to initiate the feeding cycle? Do they not symbolize freedom in America? Do they not constitute smaller predator control? Do they not generate income as tourist’s attractions?
In 1926 the last Yellowstone wolf was killed, yet Yellowstone Park has reintroduced wolves once again, and already they face the same tyranny as before. In 1973 the endangered species act was finally enforced due to the outcry for support! But that didn’t stop wolves from being illegally hunted and/or slaughtered, thanks mostly to the many complaining ranchers. FOR NO VIABLE REASON I might add! Also, the numbers are almost similar to what they were in 1973!
In North Carolina the red wolf was making a slow comeback until very recently when FWS turned their backs on them! It is the exact same situation with Mexican wolves! The ordeals in Oregon, Montana and especially Idaho could have avoided their wolf culls simply by using PROVEN NON LETHAL techniques! But they chose not to!
Wolves are born to hunt, it’s the law of nature but only 1 in 5 attempts are successful. Recent research is finding that many of the so called “wolf kills” actually occurred AFTER the prey has already either died or become infected with 1 of countless illnesses! Elk and wildlife feeding lots are making wolf encounters more frequent than they normally would be. The last few supposed wolf kills occurred over a period of several days, not just a single day as originally reported.
While nobody wants to see livestock killed by any predator, it will happen, and that’s the law of nature in action – only the strong survive! Besides, there is a compensation program set in place for livestock killed by wolves, is there not? However, there are MANY NUMEROUS crimes against wildlife which never receive due justice, primarily because feds basically just turn their backs on them and the situations! This has been well documented! Not only that but wolves also are the backbone of wildlife as most other animals that share their habitat depend on them for so much! What will happen to them through time?
There are so many proven cost effective and successfully used non-lethal methods of controlling wolves and other predators. The only problem is not many people are aware of them or their quick answer is to kill them, problem solved! Along the way, countless accidents happen killing family dogs, hunting dogs and other wild predators. Speaking of "other predators", what wild animal will be next on the hit list to blame rancher’s misfortunes on and take up arms to eradicate them as well?
What kind of legacy are we leaving for future generations? I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of having to find reasons or make excuses to explain why we are in the sorry shape we are in as it is, let alone having to deal with this kind of b/s. You term it predator management but wildlife only knows 1 law, the law of nature. To manage wild animals is like slavery inside out! You seem to have no problem listening to rancher’s complaints including quick responses, yet you tend to forget how much wolves contribute to the economy let alone the ecosystem. Wolves generate a lot of income as a sightseeing attraction. Wolves also help keep the rodent populations lower than without wolves present. I am also getting extremely sick of hearing those that just don’t like wolves disrespecting them by taking videos of wolf hunts and/or kills for the sole reason of bragging rights on YouTube or Facebook, while you turn a deaf ear to those of us that respect wildlife.
In closing, this goes for ALL predators – the corruption in most agencies like this favors the ranchers and our tax dollars are funding this, and our wildlife is suffering the consequences of it!
So, who gives you the right to play God?
Your actions must cease now before it’s too late!
Douglas W. Lopes