An agency of the US Government is once again solving a problem that does not exist. The release of the “Mexican Grey Wolf” is the latest example of forest and game mismanagement and another reason it is time for Congress to extinguish title to the lands within Arizona and other western states as promised in the 1912 enabling act that made Arizona a state.
The lands that rightfully belong to Arizona but which has not yet been handed over are the very same lands that the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) intends to release an apex predator into. State foresters and game managers have worked very hard for many years to help non-predator species flourish. The work they have done has been paid for by hunters and the hunting industry.
Since there is a license requirement to hunt non-predator species like elk, white tail dear and many more, these animals are considered property of the state and their taking is regulated by the state. I question the authority of any federal agency that intends to disrupt the balance of multi-species management plans.
The assets that will be destroyed belong to the states where they reside. How is it that a federal agency that would not have authority to act if the lands affected by the promise of clear title and extinguishment of all claims were handed over tomorrow as they should be, can place such a policy in place?
Where is the economic impact study? Where is the environmental impact study? Is the Mexican Gray Wolf genetically different than the Canadian Gray Wolf or other wolves already in the area, living in harmonious balance with both predator and non-predator species? Who are these lobbyists really and who is funding their agenda?
Here is what we know about the partnership of state game and fish department management and the hunting industry. The economic impact of the partnership is undeniable with facts below offered by The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation1 provides the following data:
• In 1907, only 41,000 elk remained in North America. Thanks to the money and hard work invested by hunters to restore and conserve habitat, today there are more than 1 million.
• In 1900, only 500,000 whitetails remained. Thanks to conservation work spearheaded by hunters, today there are more than 32 million.
• In 1900, only 100,000 wild turkeys remained. Thanks to hunters, today there are over 7 million.
• In 1901, few ducks remained. Thanks to hunters’ efforts to restore and conserve wetlands, today there are more than 44 million.
• In 1950, only 12,000 pronghorn remained. Thanks to hunters, today there are more than 1.1 million.
• Habitat, research and wildlife law enforcement work, all paid for by hunters, help countless non-hunted species.
• Through state licenses and fees, hunters pay around $800 million a year for conservation programs.*
• Through donations to groups like Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, hunters add $440 million a year to conservation efforts.*
• In 1937, hunters actually requested an 11% tax on guns, ammo, bows and arrows to help fund conservation. That tax, so far, raised more than $7.2 billion for wildlife conservation.*
• An 11% tax on guns, ammo, bows and arrows generates $371 million a year for conservation.*
•All together, hunters pay more than $1.6 billion a year for conservation programs. No one gives more!*
• Three out of four Americans approve of hunting, partly because hunters are America’s greatest positive force for conservation.
• As taxpayers, hunters also fund the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, etc.
• Hunting funds conservation AND the economy, generating $38 billion a year in retail spending.*
• Hunting supports 680,000 jobs, from game wardens to waitresses, biologists to motel clerks.*
• A wildlife management tool, hunting helps balance wildlife populations with what the land can support, limits crop damage and curtails disease outbreaks.
• Hunters help manage growing numbers of predators such as cougars, bears, coyotes and wolves. Our government spends millions to control predators and varmints, while hunters have proven more than willing to pay for that opportunity.
• Hunting has major value for highway safety. For every deer hit by a motorist, hunters take six.
• Deer collisions kill 200 motorists and cost $10 billion a year. Imagine costs without hunting!
• Hunters provide for conservation — and for their families. Hunting is a healthy way to connect with nature and eat the world’s most organic, lean, free-range meat.
• Hunter numbers are down, while hunter spending for conservation is up. Unequaled devotion!
• Avid hunter Theodore Roosevelt created our national forests and grasslands and forever protected 230 million acres for wildlife and the public to use and enjoy.
• With funding from hunters, RMEF helped restore wild elk herds in six states and provinces.
Organizations like the Defenders of Wildlife, Wild Earth Guardians and other pro-wolf activists have organized and boast that they will essentially make the wild lands of the United States off limits to the very people who live, play and work on them.
This is a radical and deadly movement supported for the most part by city dwellers who know nothing of the violent and vicious manner in which wolves take down their prey.
These apex predators are at the top of the food chain and they are not cute, cuddly animals that will live harmoniously with non-predator species, humans and domesticated livestock. To see just how much of a threat they are view this one minute short clip from a community meeting of ranchers and residents in Redding, CA.
To learn more visit: http://www.redding.com/videos/detail/carter-niemeyer-presentation-on-wolves/
Just how organized are these groups? Enough to ship in people to stuff hearings with likeminded individuals who know little about the predators they want to release upon the existing eco-systems. The groups advocating for the program are well funded and use individuals who do not live in the areas they are providing testimony about. At the US Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) hearings in several of the western states, wolf release “advocates” are appearing in large numbers to create the illusion with the Federal Government that there is widespread support to breed, release, and then protect thousands of wolves.2
And, the “advocates” are pushing for a massive increase of the habitat in which they will roam. If this initiative is not stopped, that will necessarily mean the territory for and population of wolves will increase.
It is indeed interesting to see that there is an effort to increase the numbers and range of the Canadian Gray wolf in California, while at the same time a similar effort is going on in Arizona to do the exact same thing for the Mexican Gray wolf. Coincidence? Not hardly. Mixing just enough fact with the right misinformation and, attaching an irrational, emotion bating tag is a tried and true, progressive tool for pushing federal policies better left to the states.
The real question that must be asked of these wolf romanticists is do you know what it is like to arise in the morning to find horses, cows, dogs, deer and other non-predator animals maimed or dead after an attack by a wolf pack? What rational person will hike alone on familiar trails; what rancher will care for the range, what forester will venture out alone to evaluate the health of the forest knowing that wolves now are on the hunt for a meal in areas that they previously did not populate.
It is time for Arizona, California, Utah, Nevada and New Mexico to assert their rights for extinguished title to their lands and to block the implementation of a federal policy that should be left to the states themselves.
On Tuesday December 3, 2013 a Public Information Meeting will be held from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm, with a public Hearing to follow from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm at the Hon-Dah Conference Center, 777 Highway 260, Pinetop, AZ 85935. The Conference Center is located 3 miles outside of Pintop at the junction of Hwy 260 and Hwy 73.
2 Oregon Game and Fish