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This is my original message to the NRA:

The NRA has once again allowed armor piercing bullets if you’re a hunter – why? How many deer wear a bullet proof vest?

Now that I have your attention: 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." You DO realize this was written at a time when automatic/semi-automatic weapons & armor piercing bullets were NOT publicly available correct? You DO realize it was drafted during the BIRTH of the USA, which occurred during extreme circumstances filled with conflict!

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. No where in it does it mention the act of slaughtering an entire species. In fact it doesn’t even mention hunting either! What gives the NRA the right to just interject themselves in situations they have NO RIGHT to get involved in? Don’t quote the 1st Amendment – it has NOTHING to do with the 2nd Amendment, or it would say 1 part 2! And again, like the 2nd Amendment, people twist the 1st around to suit their needs as well – it was NEVER intended to be used as a weapon – freedom of speech was conceived of in a time AGAINST oppression, from GOVERNMENT! You are NOT a government agency and have NO BUSINESS quoting it!

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This is a return message I received from the NRA – NOTICE HOW VAGUE THEY ANSWERED!

Mr. Lopes,

Thank you for contacting the NRA-ILA. Please see our position on the Second Amendment.

Sincerely,

David

Grassroots Division

www.NRAILA.org

ILA-Contact

From: do-not-reply [mailto:do-not-reply]
Sent: Saturday, September 09, 2017 5:02 PM
To: ILA-Contact <ILA-Contact>
Subject: Contact NRA-ILA Form

The Contact NRA-ILA form was submitted:

Are you a current member?:

No

Member Number:

Are you interested in membership?:

No

First Name:

Douglas

Last Name:

Lopes

Address:

West State Street

City:

Rockford

State:

IL

ZIP:

61103

Phone Number:

(779) 803-0881

Email Address:

duglop2015

Yes, I would like to get text messages from NRA:

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2nd Amendment!

Message:

The NRA has once again allowed armor piercing bullets if you’re a hunter – why? How many deer wear a bullet proof vest? Now that I have your attention: 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." You DO realize this was written at a time when automatic/semi-automatic weapons & armor piercing bullets were NOT publicly available correct? You DO realize it was drafted during the BIRTH of the USA, which occurred during extreme circumstances filled with conflict!
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. No where in it does it mention the act of slaughtering an entire species. In fact it doesn’t even mention hunting either! What gives the NRA the right to just interject themselves in situations they have NO RIGHT to get involved in? Don’t quote the 1st Amendment – it has NOTHING to do with the 2nd Amendment, or it would say 1 part 2! And again, like the 2nd Amendment, people twist the 1st around to suit their needs as well – it was NEVER intended to be used as a weapon – freedom of speech was conceived of in a time AGAINST oppression, from GOVERNMENT! You

GORGEOUS wolf couples!


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I LOVE WILDLIFE


THIS MESSAGE SPEAKS MY FEELINGS TOWARDS OUR WILDLIFE!

If you are anti wildlife in ANY way shape or form,
then I am anti you in EVERY way shape and form!

I think and feel it is a real privilege ANY time I have ANY interaction with ANY wildlife species!

I don’t have pets – I prefer wildlife!

Wildlife has the ULTIMATE playground – your back yard!

Those are not just wolves howling, those are my brothers & sisters calling to me…

If we do not learn to protect what we have left then we will have nothing left to protect at all!

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How did Guardian M1396 get his name?


I can NOT be 100% sure, but after researching a little bit, I came across this:

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Possible NEW wildlife activity in the area…


Just heard a possible grey wolf was spotted near the railroad tracks along Chicory Ridge off of Bridge Street (Roscoe Rd) in Roscoe Illinois…

Also have been told of possible wolves spotted near Meridian Road Rd & Rockton Rd (Highway 75) And also in Rock Cut State Park & Hononegah Forest Preserve! Also possible cougar spotted near Hunter Rd in the area. Several reports of coyote activity within the area including a report of a possible injured coyote as well!

I have contacted some local officials to try to verify these reports & I will look into these as well myself!!
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I sent this out earlier this week to Donny Martorello and I just received a general cookie cutter email reply in regards to the SMACKOUT wolf pack:


Dear Mr. Martorello,
         I want to appeal to your humanity, if you have any that is! Last year you ignored facts and figures and spent HOW MUCH tax payer money to hunt & kill  the Profanity Peak Pack?  Not only that, but you did so illegally by baiting the wolf pack and placing cattle on KNOWN wolf territory! Then how many times would you call it off, just to change your mind and continue to pursue the remaining members of the pack! More than likely all you did was split 1 large pack into a couple smaller packs now – so what did you accomplish? NOTHING!
         Now you plan on doing the exact same thing to the Smackout pack based on LAST YEARS DEPRADATIONS? Is that REALLY necessary?  What do you hope to accomplish at this point in time? Plus this includes the confirmed wolf depredation by Sherman Wolf Pack…Your cattle are no longer grazing on said fields at the moment. Destroying another wolf pack  will NOT bring back your lost cattle, NOR will it totally prevent FUTURE attacks! All this proves is your lust for greed and power. We respectfully ask you to please reconsider what you are doing!
Sincerely,
Douglas W. Lopes

THIS WAS THEIR REPLY!

Dear Interested Party,

Thank you for contacting the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to express your concerns about plans to remove some members of the Smackout wolf pack in Stevens County. We are unable to respond individually to every message, but we believe the information below will address the issues you raised.

WDFW is committed to the recovery of gray wolves in Washington state. To achieve that goal, we have a responsibility to respond to livestock losses and other issues resulting from the growing number of wolves within our borders. Both of these priorities are critical to the long-term success of wolf recovery. The state’s wolf population has increased from five wolves to a minimum of 115 today, growing at a rate of 30 percent per year. Most of that increase has occurred in northeast Washington, where 15 of the state’s 20 wolf packs share the landscape with rural residents and ranching operations. With that increase, it is inevitable that wolves will encounter livestock on both public and private land.

Washington’s Wolf Management and Conservation Plan, adopted in 2011 to guide wolf-recovery efforts, anticipated the current challenge. The plan states that “lethal control of wolves may be necessary to resolve repeated wolf-livestock conflicts.”

Since September 2016, our wolf management team has documented five instances in which the Smackout pack preyed on cattle in Stevens County. That conflict occured despite multiple ranchers’ pro-active efforts to protect livestock. Working closely with WDFW staff, the ranchers have:

· Employed range riders to monitor the herds;

· Removed or secured livestock carcasses and other “attractants;”

· Actively hazed wolves with firearms and pyrotechnics;

· Confined cattle in a fenced pasture within the grazing allotment;

· Used spotlights on a nightly basis to deter wolves;

· Monitored data from GPS collars that we placed on Smackout wolves to focus non-lethal deterrent measures; and

· Used streamers attached to wire or rope (known as “fladry”) to deter wolves.

The department announced its intent to take lethal action against the Smackout pack after confirming the pack’s fourth incident of preying on livestock within the past 10 months. With that incident, the pack met all the criteria for lethal action developed by WDFW and its citizen-based Wolf Advisory Group, which reflects the perspectives of environmentalists, hunters, and livestock producers.

Consistent with that protocol, the department’s goal is to influence/change wolf pack behavior to reduce the potential for recurrent wolf depredations on livestock while continuing to promote wolf recovery.

Relocating wolves to defuse conflicts is problematic. Studies show that many relocated wolves return to their original range or resume attacking livestock in their new location. Capturing wolves and placing them in captive facilities is also complicated. Live-capturing wolves is extremely difficult, and experience has shown that wolves, who use a territory of 350 square miles in the wild, do not adapt well to captivity.

Some people who have contacted the department believe that ranchers should not be allowed to graze livestock on federal rangelands in the first place. That issue is beyond the department’s authority, and changing current practices would require action by the U.S. Congress. WDFW has a responsibility to manage wolves in areas under state jurisdiction regardless of ownership.

Despite occasional conflicts, gray wolves are clearly on the road to recovery in our state and the majority, nearly 80 percent, of wolf packs coexist with livestock without chronic conflict.

Sincerely,

Wildlife Program