Whether you live in Minnesota or the Upper Rockies or on the West Coast or in the Carolinas or in the Southwest – as they say in poker, “READ ‘EM AND WEEP”! Wolves vs. Hunters datais an eye-opener.
Note the “wolves up/ deer (elk and moose too?) down” numbers by County and the tiny/tiny the presence of wolves “On reservations”. Could this indicate apparent “intolerance” (what do they do, just go “POOF”?) of wolves “on reservations”? If memory serves, weren’t the Native American communities all for “cooperating and partnering” with USFWS, often over state objections, to restore the “sacred” wolves?
As a cynical and suspicious old law enforcement guy, I suspect that the wolf that crossed the Lake Superior ice recently from Isle Royale National Park to reach a Minnesota “Reservation” on the mainland then met his demise from a bullet fired by a “reservation” or tribal member that subsequently went uncharged is not the only wolf to get his last glimpse of wolf habitat on some “reservation”. I apologize if this make me a bad person to think such things but so be it.
Such “crimes” have become like the (non?) prosecution of felonies in urban centers involving “protesting” minorities. That is to say such crimes are only vilified in the media and/or “taken to court” if you are white and male as with the currently “secret” Bundy prosecution in federal court using “terrorism” laws for a ranch family with just grievances about “taking property” and destruction of private property by a sister agency (BLM) of the USFWS. It is USFWS that placed, spread and protected wolves with stolen Millions (Excise Taxes from arms and ammunition) collected for and earmarked by law for State Wildlife Agency Programs that, even after a Government Audit to a House Resources Committee by the General Accounting Office verified the theft and unauthorized use of the money by federal bureaucrats. Then, to double the scandal, State Directors never even asked for the stolen millions to be replaced and all the USFWS managers not only went unpunished but went on to ever-greater careers and positions in lobby groups and federal bureaucracy down to the present day.
Let’s hear it for the State Wildlife Agencies and the Departments of Natural Resources and “our” hunting lobby organizations and “our” Universities that “partner”, lie, and finagle about this federal bureaucracy/federal law oppression of rural America! They are as big an apologist source for all this rural destruction as the White House et al is for illegal immigration and clandestine, unlimited placement in the US of “refugees” from Middle Eastern war zones full of people that will kill us but are described as harmless and deserving.
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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish and life 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 and 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 and 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.
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