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Open Thread – October 17, 2012

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Protecting the Fish and Game Biologist Brotherhood

Once again, Outcome Based Education, political bias and perpetuated myths are on display in Maine. A retired U.S. Fish and Wildlife biologist and a Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist, says that politicians are the cause of Maine’s depleted(ing) deer herd, not coyotes.

Politicians are to blame for many things and readers know I would be the last in line to stand up for one unless I knew them personally and could trust them. As far as whether politicians are the sole blame for Maine’s vanishing deer herd, I don’t think, as much as I would like to, I could put all the blame on them.

The author was a wildlife biologist and worked for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW), so I doubt he would dare place any of the blame for a terrible deer management execution on his “brotherhood” at MDIFW.

Getting beyond the political bias and nonsense, let’s examine a few things that the retired biologist had to say.

Since the early 1900s, expensive and barbaric coyote bounties have failed miserably in western states, but that knowledge carries no weight in Augusta.

History is full of accounts of how “barbaric bounties” very effectively controlled predator populations. Maybe the author needed to rewind his history clock a few more years to discover that….or maybe the seeming failure was intentional.

One has to simply reread many of the journals and accounts from years ago in the West to learn what actually happened. A favorite account of mine is that of C. Gordon Hewitt.

It always amazes me how that the evils of hunting swing in both directions, when convenient. While wolves and coyotes were virtually wiped out in the West as the settlers moved in, hunters were blamed. When there is talk of killing predators, such as coyotes and wolves, those same people who blamed the destruction of coyotes and wolves on hunters, swing the door in the other direction and tell us as did the opinion piece in question:

It seems counterintuitive, but the war on coyotes has actually increased their numbers and breeding range. The Colorado Division of Wildlife reports that coyotes are more numerous today than when the state was first settled by trappers. Colorado and other western states no longer waste taxpayer money on futile coyote control programs.

There exists no scientific evidence that killing coyotes causes them to automatically breed more of themselves. There are just too many factors that come into play when examining reproductive habits of any wild animal. And is the author of this opinion piece actually suggesting here that all those coyotes now in Colorado are solely to blame on hunters and trappers? Once again, a reading and studying of the history of settling the West shows that aside from certain pockets, this nirvana of the West was not so Disneyesque as many would like to believe. Man’s expansion created a vast habitat to support coyotes and all other wildlife. In time, the implementation of the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation allowed for the growth and health of our wildlife systems.

The retired biologist intimates that Maine plans to implement a one year program to kill coyotes, saying it wouldn’t be effective. Agreed, and I know of no honest person who has indicated that it would. I happen to know explicitly that both MDIFW Commissioner Woodcock and Governor LePage have been told and I believe understand that predator control is an ongoing part of wildlife management and this should have been taking place years ago. The MDIFW fell flat on their faces in this regard.

The article shows us the author’s real colors when he begins his rant about how the Maine politicians failed because they did not steal land rights away from American taxpayers. The crying and gnashing of teeth is about the State Legislature failing to tell landowners they can’t use the resources on their own land; an unconstitutional land grab straight from the pages of the United Nations Agenda 21 program, whose goal it is to take all land and resources worldwide and forbid you and I from owning or having access to any of it, saving it instead for them. I’m all for protecting our wildlife, but never at the expense of man’s life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. There are better ways than forceful takeovers.

We are then treated to what appears to be an expert on the deer management in Minnesota and Michigan stating:

If you remain unconvinced that lack of winter shelter is the primary reason northern Maine supports few deer, please consider this: Minnesota and Michigan deer herds are much healthier than Maine’s. Minnesota and Michigan winters are as difficult as Maine’s. Deer in both of those states must also avoid being eaten by coyotes and wolves.

So the logical question LePage, Woodcock, Martin and deer hunters should ask is this: What are Minnesota and Michigan doing differently to maintain healthy deer populations? The answer: Both states prioritize protecting deer wintering areas through land purchases, conservation easements and regulating excessive timber harvests.

The proof is in the pudding they say, and with the help of a reader, we have been able to provide a couple of graphs that show that since the late 1990s and early 2000s, both Minnesota and Michigan have seriously reduced deer harvest numbers, dropping over 30% and more.

You don’t suppose that one of the reasons that Minnesota and Michigan have a declining harvest of deer, an indication of a declining deer population, has anything at all to do with the years of over protecting predators and now the results of that over protection are showing up? In addition, I have yet to get anyone that pretends to have all the answers explain to me why, if there are no more deer wintering areas left in Maine to support more deer, the ones we have are not being used?

It appears that the basis for the author’s opinion piece in the paper is mostly wrapped around his dislike of Gov. LePage and his republican administration, while at the same time blaming politicians in general for a deer demise, the fate of which was left in the hands of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife; a department that the biologist was an employee of. Surely we couldn’t expect someone to point a finger at their brotherhood of hoodwinked biologists….or even perhaps at themselves.

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Jim Beers Interview: Wolves, Politics, Changing Society, Endangered Species Act

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Geoengineering: What is Government Spraying on Us to Cool the Planet?

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Open Thread – October 16, 2012

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Global Warming/Cooling: Lies, Ignorance, Politics or a Deliberate Plan to Screw the People?

It never ceases! What goes on outside is manipulated into some of the grandest of rip offs, con jobs and scams imaginable and yet, why are people so eager to run with the ball and spike it in the end zone when they aren’t even sure they have the right end of the field?

Before I continue, I want to thank a good friend and reader for taking the time to compile the majority of the information and links provided in this article. It for the efforts of people like him, I retain some semblance of hope for our future……or at least his.

We are but 22 days from an election where Americans will vote and certain people will be placed into political positions in order to rule over the people and take away their rights, even more. All of the hyped up lies and deception wouldn’t be complete without a good round of fear mongering as to how the environment is being destroyed by evil man and global warming or cooling, depending on who the crowd is you are trying to persuade, is still a good tactic to confuse, befuddle and scare the hell out of people with.

What is the climate of the earth doing and is what you hear and read about lying, pure ignorance, driven strictly by politics/agendas, or is it a deliberate plan laid out by very powerful people as just another means of destroying individual wealth and freedom in order to control the masses?

My answer is all of the above!

Here’s what the people get to listen to and read, that is if any care enough to pay attention:

* In Maine from the Kennebec Journal, an article on Sunday says that Maine’s winters are becoming milder. And it must be the god’s honest truth because:

The research was done by the Maine Sunday Telegram with help from the government’s National Climatic Data Center. The work was reviewed for accuracy and for comment by the National Weather Service in Gray and the state climatologist at the University of Maine in Orono.

Missing from all media accounts of “global warming” are accounts that describe what is happening GLOBALLY instead of regionally or in pockets. Some of you may recall nearly two years ago when I penned a short article about “pocket warming“. Instead of being transparent and presenting information of events within a “pocket” or region, it is much more effective to stroke a broad brush and call it global warming.

In Maine’s case here where the Kennebec Journal talks of a warming planet and winter’s are getting warmer, is this a case of a regional warming while globally average temperatures are falling? Or is it lying, ignorance, politics or part of “the plan”?

* Staying in Maine for a while longer, those who follow my rants know what I have written about the terrible management, and I use the term management loosely, of whitetail deer. But our masters at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW) have all the excuses, one of them being climate. From the newly crafted “Maine’s Game Plan for Deer“:

Maine’s severe winters influence deer survival and deer numbers. To survive our harsh winter conditions, deer move to dense conifer forests, most of which occur on private land.

Severe winters and the claim that Maine had two back to back severe winters that destroyed the state’s northern, eastern and western deer herd, doesn’t exactly fit into the data that the “honest to gods” government and National Weather Service provided.

You may also recall that in rebuttal to MDIFW’s claims that the loss of deer was almost completely blamed on severe winters, I provided data and graphs that showed that deer populations in Maine have been collapsing for the past 10-12 years. Have we had that many severe winters? One might be led to conclude that if bad winters are killing deer and Maine winters are getting warming, the deer population would be growing.

* In addition, if Maine’s winters are really warming, one might easily get confused if they also read another short article in the very same Kennebec Journal, written on the very same day. Sunday River Ski Resort made snow for the first time this year and that:

Dana Bullen, president and general manager, said Sunday River is committed to making snow when the temperatures make it possible.

He said the resort has opened for limited skiing before Halloween for five years in a row.

I do understand that with the growing technology of snow making, snow can be made at warmer temperatures but seriously, aren’t you just a bit mixed up over whether it’s getting warmer, getting colder or perhaps things are mostly normal?

* Let’s leave the pocket warming….errr I mean pocket cooling…..let’s just leave Maine for a moment and span the globe. A media source from Great Britain tells us that global warming stopped 16 years ago…..and they have the god’s honest truth to prove it.

* If it isn’t good enough to learn that global warming has ceased, Pajamas Media writer, “Zombie” tells readers we are heading into an ice age.

Have these two accounts disregarded the pocket warming of Maine and perhaps other places or is this just the god’s honest truth? Lies? Ignorance? Politics? a Deliberate plan?

It could be all lies in order to fulfill a purpose. Perhaps that purpose is driven by money, corruption, general greed, fear tactics to gain control over people, win votes, or any number of things in which we know that our society today believes that any means justifies the end result.

We are all guilty of ignorance at every level. Undoubtedly the news account of Maine’s warming winters, supported by the god’s honest truth, is almost never questioned and when it is, people get scoffed at and ridiculed.

The ignorance nicely plays into the hands of the lying politicians or any other group – I have environmentalists in mind – wishing to dupe the public to promote their agendas and steal money and rights from them.

* But in reality, isn’t what we are witnessing really the product of a much larger plan; a plan much of which begins with our education factories?

To support my claim, consider an opinion piece written by a biology major at Bates College in Maine. Everything he writes is garbage and yet this is what he is brainwashed to believe. This is an end result of “Outcome Based Education“; a very nice way of saying brainwashed. Consider his opening lines:

My liberal arts education at Bates College has taught me a lot about the urgent issues facing our environment and our communal well-being: The Earth’s climate is warming; species are going extinct at an unprecedented rate; and known toxins pollute the environment.

Those problems are caused by a human society that values obscene profits and luxury over a healthy environment and stable climate.

In just over 60 words this person has pretty much written the manifesto of how those wishing to control you and me intend to do it. His thoughts are pure, unadulterated garbage and yet wildly accepted within our society. Why? Because along with this indoctrination we are taught not to question. One of the things for those of you too young to know about, and I guarantee you won’t be taught about, is that what made this country the leader of the world in knowledge, production, liberty, wealth, progress, etc. was to question everything. Never be satisfied with someone’s answer until you have proven it right or wrong.

We have purposely become robots, walking about with mobile devices, brain dead, believing only what our devices tell us and never questioning or taking the time to prove it.

Before you vote, or the next time someone tells you or you read or hear about how the globe is warming and the evils of carbon dioxide are to blame, bookmark this link to a Patriot Post by Joe Bastardi.

Bastardi provide four very interesting graphs that compare temperatures globally against the amount of carbon dioxide. Another graph compares CO2 with tornadoes; another with hurricanes and a fourth the 30-year temperature averages versus the amount of carbon dioxide.

And don’t forget, it’s the god’s honest truth!

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Open Thread – October 15, 2012

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Wild Turkey Season Starts October 13, 2012 in Maine

One week of wild turkey hunting with shotgun begins tomorrow in selected Wildlife Management Districts. One wild turkey of either sex and any age per permit holder is allowed.

Shotguns are allowed in WMD’s 15, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, and 26. For other Wildlife Management Districts it is archery only.

Dates of the shotgun hunt are October 13 through October 19, 2012. For complete rules and regulations, see the current edition of the Maine Hunting & Trapping Guide, or visit us on the web at www.mefishwildlife.com.

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$3,000 Reward For Information About Idiot Poachers

From the Bangor Daily News:

On either the night of Oct. 5 or Oct. 6, a person or group of people killed four deer on the Lane Road in Ripley. The Maine Warden Service was notified on Monday and started an investigation, according to Maine Warden Service Cpl. John MacDonald.

“Two does and a lamb were night-hunted, shot and left in a field,” MacDonald said in a statement late Thursday morning. “Wardens determined another deer was night-hunted, shot and taken. All the deer appear to have been shot the same night. Wardens then found nearby parts of a boned deer they believe was from the deer that was taken.”<<<Read More>>>


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1,500-Pound Bull Moose Taken in Hunt

Was this giant bull moose taken in Northern Maine, Millinockett, Greenville? Nah, Bob Condon of Soldotna, Alaska bagged this big guy. Read the whole story here.

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