March 20, 2018

USFWS Promise: Red Wolves Don’t Kill Deer – Part 2 of 7

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Below is Part II of a seven part series of emails being distributed by Jet Ferebee to Daniel Ashe, USFWS, et. al. about the introduction of wolves in portions of North Carolina. See part I here.

Director Ashe,

I looked for your response to the part one question. Maybe it went to my spam folder. I will check.

Part Two: Just one of many lies told by USFWS, but this one is relevant to our quest to determine the actual canid species captured on my trail cam

As Director of USFWS, why did the USFWS deem it necessary and appropriate to intentionally lie to the citizens of NC?

These lies were documented and published by T. Delene Beeland in her 2013 book “The Secret World of Red Wolves”:

– In the beginning, the Fish and Wildlife Service told people that the wolves would not eat deer. It was a partial truth – but also a partial lie. (Beeland) (pg 82)

– In the beginning, Jamin (Simmons) told folks he was “cautiously optimistic: about the program. But later he felt that the red wolf program made a large misstep by telling people that the reintroduced wolves would not eat deer. “As soon as the first wolves were out, people found skeletons or partially eaten ones, and we knew they were eating deer, especially the young ones,” he says. Folks in his community were upset and anxious about the deer herds. It added fodder to the government stigma that the wolves bore and widened the gulf of mistrust. (pg 84)

– As a biologist working at Lake Mattamuskeet, Kelly says her supervisors told her, “Don’t tell people the wolves eat deer.” (Kelly Davis, former biologist at Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge) (pg 84)


Maybe USFWS did not lie after all. Perhaps this mixed canine is a non-deer eating variety just returning the fawn to it’s mother?

Again, Director Ashe, just feel free to reply to all. I will change my spam settings.

Jett Ferebee