September 23, 2019

The Mongrel Mutt Was Illegally Dumped onto Private Land – Part 6 or 7

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*Editor’s Note* – Continuing with the 7-part email series from Jet Ferebee in North Carolina, the below email to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director, Dan Ashe, states that although promises were made to only maintain “red wolves” on Federal Land, USFWS biologists willfully and intentionally introduced red wolves on private land and continued to do so after being called out on the issue. It is this kind of irresponsible, illegal and corrupt actions that must be halted, in addition to creating “Frankenstein” mongrel mutts and calling them red wolves.

Please read Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, and Part V at the corresponding links.

Director Ashe,

From initial ESA Section 7 documents, several Federal Rules, to countless public documents regarding the release of “red wolves” in our State, USFWS biologists willfully and intentionally chose not to disclose the very salient fact that wolves were being released onto private land. In fact USFWS declared just the opposite, the wolves would be released and maintained only on Federal lands. At the very same time USFWS was actively and aggressively releasing wolves onto private land.

It was not until my FOIA request last year that USFWS was forced to admit to the citizens of NC that wolves in fact were being unlawfully released onto private land by USFWS biologists. Documents further revealed the USFWS Red Wolf coordinator unlawfully declined to remove wolves from private property when requests were made and further denied take permits as also required by law. This practice is still occurring today. Yes today!

In just the last few months over 514 private landowners as well as the NCWRC have demanded the wolves to be removed from private land as promised by law. Even as I write this very letter, you and USFWS continue to arrogantly thumb your nose to these lawful requests. I assure you, USFWS is not above the law.

94% of all suspected illegal red wolf deaths (60 of 64) have occurred on private land, where the citizens of our State were promised the wolves would not be.

As Director of USFWS, do you believe the USFWS, their biologists and program managers who willfully and intentionally chose to violate the ESA Federal Rules and ESA Section 7 consultations should be held criminally responsible for their actions which ultimately resulted in the take of over 60 endangered “wolves”?

What is most angering to me is the fact that USFWS biologists willfully violated laws by intentionally releasing wolves onto private land and then refusing to remove the wolves as promised and required by law; only to then pursue criminal actions against the citizens of NC when a wolf was shot on private land.

As Director of USFWS, do you believe the above willful and intentional actions by USFWS constitute entrapment and should USFWS and its personnel be held criminally responsible?

Director Ashe, you may not like the law, but it is the law.

Remove your non-native, invented, mixed breed mutts and remove them now.

Jett Ferebee

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