In 1995, US Fish and Wildlife Service managers stole $45 to 60M from the Excise Taxes on Arms and Ammunition. Although the funds could only be used by state fish and wildlife agencies for legally defined state wildlife programs, USFWS managers stole the $45 to 60M from the increase in the funds due to the big increase in gun sales and ammunition sales resulting from President Clinton’s campaign to defy the 2nd Amendment and confiscate guns just like President Obama has proceeded to do and just how Hillary Clinton is vowing to do. USFWS managers clandestinely used the stolen funds to capture wolves in Canada, transport said wolves to Yellowstone without required import documents, and to release and protect the wolves once they were released in Yellowstone to spread all over the Northwest. This action had previously been requested of Congress that refused to either authorize or fund it .This was all verified in 1999 by a General Accounting Office Audit submitted to the Natural Resources Committee of the US House of Representatives. Like Lois Lerner and the “Honorable” Mr. Koskinen of IRS fame, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of Benghazi fame; no one was even reprimanded, or had a bonus check reduced, much less was indicted or prosecuted and punished as “the law” required for the theft and unauthorized use of the $45 to 60M.
On 4 May 2005 I filed a Freedom of Information Act Request for documents, correspondence, etc. with the USFWS. This Request concerned the “secret” Appropriation of $14M(?) to USFWS to find and save the extinct (that was then and still is) Ivory-billed Woodpecker in Southern mature woodlands. I had discovered that USFWS and Cornell University worthies were blanketing the South taking options to purchase and easements on Southern woodlands for murky reasons. It turned out that they were buying and extending their land controls based on a phoney-baloney bunch of “science” claiming there were still Ivory-billed woodpeckers in Southern woodlands although no one had seen or heard one for 60+ years (except for USFWS “scientists” and some academic Dons claiming to have done so only recently). Long story short, they never found anything but they extended federal land controls and almost had a case to restrict Southern duck hunting (Ivory-billed Woodpeckers look like “pintails in flight”). When I filed the Freedom of Information Act Request, all I ever got was two things. One was blown off by USFWS like a mosquito on a pant leg, that is to say I got nothing and without money and a lawyer nothing means nothing. The other thing I got was a very nasty e-mail from a USFWS/Cornell “Team Leader” that began with “You and your pig farmer buddies” and went downhill from there.
On 27 August 2015 I (and about 400 others) received a copy of the e-mail below. It is the latest chapter in the continuing saga of Southern landowners v. USFWS in the matter of unwelcome “red” wolves (actually coyote/dog crosses) that by law are only to be on federal property and like other States where federally and forcibly imposed wolves have spread (NW/SW/Pacific Coast/Great Lakes/Midwest/+?) local opposition and local requests are ignored, denied and scoffed at. Requests for transparency and information to USFWS by American citizens are treated like Neville Chamberlain by Adolph Hitler, that is to say with humorous disdain and joking after they blew him off yet again.
Read the following travesty of justice from North Carolina. It is easy to see the egregious violations of law and the contempt with which USFWS holds the law and American citizens. Why not? The USFWS Director addressed below was the guy in charge of the Excise Taxes stolen in 1995! But not to just castigate the poor Progressives of the Clinton and Obama ruling classes, the Ivory-billed Woodpecker debacle was “hatched” and perpetrated under the Bush bunch that claimed to be opposed to the Progressives.
What America needs is not a “good 5-cent cigar”: what America needs is a firm and effective opposition to this terror of a bureaucrat/academic priesthood and the radicals funding them and the government (both sides of the aisle) currently ruling Washington.
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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.
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