August 19, 2017

Why Constitutional Amendments to “Protect” Hunting Need The Correct Language

Many states have tried, some have succeeded, in getting a constitutional amendment to protect the right to hunt, fish and trap…or at least they think they have. Truth is, very few, and perhaps no state, has made a success out of actually protecting and guaranteeing the right to hunt, fish and trap. Essentially what they have done is end up with legalese, fit only for the law profession, that says the state recognizes that hunting, fishing and trapping are long held traditions and these activities have been used as part of a game management plan. The new laws then make people think this tradition is being protected, when it is not. And here’s why.

As an example of the wrong wording in a right to hunt, fish and trap constitutional amendment, the state of Maine, over the past few years, has bounced around half-efforts to get an amendment passed. However, I have opposed all wording of this effort because it’s fake wording that fails to provide the protection that I believe most sportsmen want.

Without the proper, tough and direct language, while there may be recognition of how hunting, fishing and trapping have been a part of game management and responsible use of natural resources, all attempts have failed to provide language that forces the state, along with their natural resources departments. or fish and game departments, to manage all game species specifically for surplus harvests. I might point out that this kind of tough language is generally opposed by legislators and in particular heads of fish and game departments. The biggest reason is because most fish and game departments have already morphed beyond sensible and scientific game management in favor of environmentalism’s “Romance Biology” and “Voodoo Science.”

Without this kind of tough and direct language, fish and game departments and/or state governments, can end hunting, fishing and trapping at anytime. With a growth and power of the progressive Left, a totalitarian social effort to end all hunting, fishing and trapping, mostly driven by an extremely perverse animal rights society, not only are fish and wildlife departments gradually, and sometimes not so gradual, are becoming more anti hunting, fishing and trapping, but the general electorate can end hunting, fishing or trapping with one effort at the ballot box with zero consideration for science.

An example of that is seen in British Columbia, Canada, where voters have decided to ban grizzly bear hunting because it doesn’t fit their ideological narrative. As was said by Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson, “[It is]not a matter of numbers, it’s a matter of society has come to the point in B.C. where they are no longer in favour of the grizzly bear trophy hunt.”

Certainly this reflects the desires of the people, a product of a totalitarian democracy of sorts (two wolves and a sheep discussing what’s for lunch), where a simple vote can destroy long held traditions as well as making a mockery out of wildlife science.

While there never exists any true guarantee of a right to hunt, fish and trap, one does have to wonder if this same kind of referendum would have even been attempted if a true constitutional amendment existed with real power that said it is the mandated function of government to manage all game species for the purpose of surplus harvest and use of natural resources.

It is often argued about whether wildlife is part of the public trust. In my 65 years of life, I do not recall anyone suggesting that viewing wildlife, even out one’s back door, should be stopped or that managers should grow game species to levels that would be harmful to a healthy establishment of animal species. Why is it then, as seems to be the way of the “new” progressive society, that society has little interest in the aspects of the public trust when it comes to the public trust involvement of hunters, fishermen and trappers? In their pea brains, hunters, trappers and fishermen are excluded from any participation in a public trust.

A classic example of totalitarians at work.

Next time anyone begins talking about another proposed constitutional amendment to guarantee the right to hunt, trap and fish, please take a little extra time and honestly ask yourself if what is being proposed will do what it is being sold as doing and is worth any effort to get it passed. Contrary to what the politician will tell you. something is NOT better than nothing.

But, isn’t it now just too late? Does there even exist enough people who aren’t mentally destroyed and manipulated with animal rights and environmentalism, along with Romance Biology and Voodoo Science?

Share

One Bear, Two Bears, Three Bears, Four

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has yet to publish black bear harvest data on their website. So far, this is the second longest it has taken the Department to count bears. How long does it take to count bears? Oh, yeah! It’s the teeth that slows them down. RIGHT!

Share

Scientific Game Management Trumped by Progressive Totalitarianism

Of the approximately 15,000 grizzlies in British Columbia, about 250 are killed by hunters annually, according to government figures.

Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development Minister Doug Donaldson characterized that level of hunting as “sustainable” in an interview with the CBC.

However, he says the decision to end trophy hunting is “not a matter of numbers, it’s a matter of society has come to the point in B.C. where they are no longer in favour of the grizzly bear trophy hunt.”<<<Read More>>>

Share

Native Americans say grizzly bear decision violates religion

The Native American plaintiffs argue that trophy hunting for grizzly bears goes against their religious and spiritual beliefs. The lawsuit filed June 30 asks a federal judge to rule that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must consider the Native Americans’ beliefs and consult adequately with them before removing grizzly protections that have been in place since 1975.

“He is our relative. For us Bear Clan members, he is our uncle,” Ben Nuvamsa, a former chairman of the Hopi Tribe in Arizona, said Wednesday. “If that bear is removed, that does impact our ceremonies in that there would not be a being, a religious icon that we would know and recognize.”<<<Read More>>>

Note: Dr. Charles Kay says about this article: “This is all bull[pucky] !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!—————Tell me then, where did all those bear claw necklaces that are mentioned in historical journals and today displayed in museums come from???????———also see my article on Lewis and Clark’s wildlife observations———just about the only place grizzlies were found was in buffer zones between tribes at war—-that is to say, hunting by Native Americans controlled the ABUNDANCE AND DISTRIBUTION of grizzlies in North America—-the idea that native people did NOT hunt bears is totally absurd !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!——–——–Charles

And James Beers writes:

Dr. Charles Kay is 100% right on target.

That said, I would observe all this grizzly bear love BSmythology about wolvestribes helping USFWS stock wolves in defiance of state authorities, and now mandatory incorporation of tribal say-so’s into USFWS “burn and destroy” Listings under the ESA are simply expressions of “partnering” between USFWS bureaucrats, environmental radicals and Tribal governments.

This has many dimensions:

  1. Furthering Tribal claims and precedents and expanding aura of legitimacy both on and OFF Tribal Lands, thus giving Tribal governments increasing authorities in growing segments of rural America is a given attitude among many Tribal members in rural America.

 

  1. Like fish netting, wolf killing, cabin break-ins, fish selling, night shooting and other such law violations going unprosecuted and unpunished throughout much of rural America when involving Tribal members again both on and off Tribal lands by Local, State and federal law “enforcers” from officers to prosecutors and judges; stopping any grizzly bear management or harvest makes attacks on humans and losses to private property more likely and more devastating thus further driving many non-Tribal Americans off the land and out of small towns.

 

  1. This grizzly pagan myth, like Tribal help to USFWS and environmental radicals introducing wolves, and Tribal help to interfere with any wolf and now grizzly control are seen by many Tribal governments as clearly vacating more and more of rural America as livestock production, rural safety, decreased game herds and generally declining economies and Local government authority all suffer as human attacks and depredations increase, rural land values go down and more non-Tribal American rural residents disappear.

 

  1. Much of the reason for this successful legitimizing of Tribal animosities against non-Tribal Americans can be traced to the McCain-Feingold scam law that reputedly “cleaned up and reformed campaign finance” except it exempted Tribal “contributions” (called “lobbying money” when contributed by non-Tribal Americans).  Combine this bit of “special exemption” with all the Casino appeals (Millions of $’s) to US Senators especially to license a casino for this Tribe or that Tribe plus all the Tribal lobbying to NOT grant a license to that Tribe for a Casino that will compete with our Tribe and you have a witches brew of corruption, the Washington “swamp”, angry Tribes, politicians, bureaucrats, and radical environmentalists that all together puts Macbeth’s witches to shame.

 

  1. Federal bureaucrats that envision controlling and/or owning most of rural America; state bureaucrats that seem comfortable with being federal assistants; radical environmentalists that manipulate these bureaucrats like Edgar Bergen manipulated Mortimer Snerd; and University professors that live off of grants are all seen as benign future neighbors by the Tribes since they can push them all around more and more as time goes by.  The grizzlies, like the wolves and “protected” mountain lions, will eventually replace hard-working, innovative and vibrant communities with a few government offices and “law” enforcers aimed only at non-Tribal Americans. Protected and unmanaged Grizzlies, Wolves and Cougars will:

 

–      Kill the dogs of the non-Tribal members,

–      Kill the livestock of the non-Tribal members,

–      Kill the game of the hunters,

–      Destroy the economies of the non-Tribal rural Americans,

–      Cause human deaths and injuries that will make rural life more and more unsustainable, especially for the elderly and the young.

 

  1. As rural America becomes a wasteland of enormous intense destructive fires(due to no timber management); as desirable wildlife disappears (thanks to predators); and as deadly and dangerous wildlife increasingly goes unmanaged (thanks to bad laws and ideologue bureaucrats): the bureaucrats will sit at their desks in this “New Normal” world estimating how long to retirement; the professors will begin wondering why a nation Trillions in debt no longer funds wildlife research for things of no economic or social benefit; the politicians will harvest their millions of unreported lobbying money; non-Tribal Americans will pour millions into the Casinos for Tribes to continue the dissolution of rural America; and radical environmentalists will continue churning out documentaries and magazines full of dire predictions about this and that critter that demand you send them money before it is too late, etc., etc.  While non-Tribal Americans scoff at this, many Tribal communities and governments see this as not only likely, but inevitable.

 

Expanding Tribal Lebensraum (German for – additional territory considered, especially by Nazi Germany, to be necessary for national survival) and exemption from any US law is the Tribal Utopia these pagan animal myths are intended to advance and the radicals, bureaucrats and politicians are only too willing to accept them and use them without question because they believe what makes the Tribes happy will only make them happy by lining their pockets and providing retirement behind walls paid for by lobbying $’s, promotions and bonuses received for chirping these dastardly duets about pagan sacred this and pagan sacred that to advance hidden agendas that are no more than 800# gorillas all around that we all pretend aren’t there.

Now, let me get this straight.  If,

“The Native American plaintiffs argue that trophy hunting for grizzly bears goes against their religious and spiritual beliefs. The lawsuit filed June 30 asks a federal judge to rule that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must consider the Native Americans’ beliefs and consult adequately with them before removing grizzly protections that have been in place since 1975. He is our relative. For us Bear Clan members, he is our uncle,”

Then how come we cannot have a manger scene in a park?  How come you can’t mention the Bible in school?  How come we have all these nutty and Draconian rules barring our religious expression and this agency, and these plaintiffs get all this extra-legal protection???  Somebody call the ACLU (halloo, anyone out there?) and throw the whole pack of them in jail or at least treat them like Judge Moore of Ten Commandments fame or those Right-to-Life folks that exposed the barbarity of Planned Parenthood and were treated worse than many terrorists.

Jim Beers

9 July 2017

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.

Jim Beers is available to speak or for consulting.

You can receive future articles by sending a request with your e-mail address to:   jimbeers7@comcast.net

 

Share

Professional runner outruns 2 bears while training in Maine woods

*Editor’s Note* – Evidently this runner “DIDN’T LOOK BIG ENOUGH!”

AUBURN, Maine — A professional runner from Kenya who was out training on a nature trail in the woods near his home in Maine says he encountered two charging black bears but was able to outrun them during a frantic sprint to a nearby vacant house for cover.

Moninda Marube said when he saw the bears early Wednesday his instincts kicked in and he did what he does best: run.<<<Read More>>>

 

Share

Department of Interior Announces Recovery and Delisting of Yellowstone Grizzly Population

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The U.S. Department of Interior announced the recovery of the Yellowstone grizzly bear population as well as its intent to remove federal protections and return management to state agencies.

“The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation supports the delisting of grizzly bears,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “It’s been a long time coming and we think this is the appropriate move by Secretary Zinke and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

The Yellowstone population rebounded from as few as 136 bears in 1975 to an estimated 700 today. Confirmed sightings of grizzlies are taking place in locations where they have not previously been seen for more than 100 years as they extend their range in the Northern Rockies.

“This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes; the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication on the part of the state, tribal, federal and private partners,” said U.S, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “As a Montanan, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.”

The Yellowstone grizzly population meets all delisting criteria. These factors include not only the number and distribution of bears throughout the ecosystem, but also the quantity and quality of the habitat available and the states’ commitments to manage the population from now on in a manner that maintains its healthy and secure status.

“We do caution everybody to manage their expectations about the potential of hunting grizzly bears. The reality is there will be very minimal hunting of grizzly bears for the next several years. Those who oppose the delisting are going to try and use ‘trophy hunting’ as a major obstacle and reason not to delist grizzly bears. It’s purely rhetoric and propaganda,” added Allen.

The final rule, and the supporting documents, will publish in coming days in the Federal Register and the rule will take effect 30 days after publication.

Press Release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:

Partners celebrate Endangered Species Act delisting following decades of collaboration

June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – Due to the success of conservation efforts and collaboration among a variety of stakeholders, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced today that the Yellowstone population of the grizzly bear has been recovered to the point where federal protections can be removed and overall management can be returned to the states and tribes. The population has rebounded from as few as 136 bears in 1975 to an estimated 700 today and meets all the criteria for delisting.

“As a kid who grew up in Montana, I can tell you that this is a long time coming and very good news for many communities and advocates in the Yellowstone region,” said Secretary Zinke. “This achievement stands as one of America’s great conservation successes; the culmination of decades of hard work and dedication on the part of the state, tribal, federal and private partners. As a Montanan, I’m proud of what we’ve achieved together.”

The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) consists of portions of northwestern Wyoming, southwestern Montana and eastern Idaho. Grizzly bear populations outside of this DPS in the lower 48 states will be treated separately under the ESA and will continue to be protected.

The GYE grizzly bear population is one of the best studied bear populations in the world thanks to the longstanding efforts of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team (IGBST). Population and habitat monitoring efforts undertaken by the IGBST indicate that GYE Grizzly Bears have more than doubled their range since the mid-1970s. They now occupy more than 22,500 square miles, an area larger than the states of New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut combined. Stable population numbers for grizzly bears for more than a decade also suggest that the GYE is at or near its capacity to support grizzly bears. This decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) was informed by over four decades of intensive, independent scientific efforts.

The GYE grizzly bear population was determined to be recovered because multiple factors indicate it is healthy and will be sustained into the future. These factors include not only the number and distribution of bears throughout the ecosystem, but also the quantity and quality of the habitat available and the states’ commitments to manage the population from now on in a manner that maintains its healthy and secure status.

In addition to this final rule, the USFWS will also release a final supplement to the 1993 Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan for the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear population. The Conservation Strategy that describes management of the grizzly bear following delisting was finalized by the Yellowstone Ecosystem Subcommittee of the IGBC in December of 2016. That document can be found here: http://igbconline.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/161216_Final-Conservation-Strategy_signed.pdf.

The final rule, and the supporting documents, will publish in coming days in the Federal Register and the rule will take effect 30 days after publication. More information can be found here: https://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/es/grizzlyBear.php.

Press Release from House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy:

Bishop: Grizzly Delisting Process Emblematic of Need for ESA Reform

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22, 2017

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem will be delisted from the endangered species list. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) issued the following statement:

“I commend this Administration and the Department of the Interior for delisting the grizzly bear even though it  should have been done years ago. States are far more capable of managing the grizzly population than the federal government. The time it took to get this delisting is the latest evidence that reform of ESA is sorely needed. Recovery and delisting — and responsible state management that will prevent listings in the first place — must be the goals of ESA, not lifetime sentences on the endangered list fraught with frivolous litigation.”

Background:

Grizzly bears are currently listed as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Delisting the species will allow states the ability to manage populations within their borders.

The grizzly bear population was originally delisted in 2007, but relisted in 20009 following litigation. In 2016, FWS proposed to delist the grizzly bear population as former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar deemed the population “unquestionably recovered” in 2012. The population has remained either steady or increasing for close to a decade.

Share

If The Shoe Fits….

At first glance, I just assumed that some worthless politician must have been trying to figure out why the chicken crossed the road, then I realized I was seriously demeaning that poor bear.

By the looks of things this particular bear must not be struggling to find food, or this is what he kept inside of him during hibernation.

Share

Bear Visits Home: Obviously The Woman Failed to “Look Big”

“A resident of Stagecoach Road in Avon, Connecticut, received an unexpected visitor last week.

A black bear showed up on the woman’s back deck Wednesday morning while the homeowner was making brownies.

The woman said the bear spent about half an hour on the deck, standing up and putting its paws up on the glass sliding door leading to the kitchen.”<<<Read More>>>

Share

OPINION: MNRF takes the road of junk science to forward their agenda

In my younger years growing up in Sundridge, the moose season fell on every even year and lasted a week. You bought your moose license and shot a MOOSE. There were plenty of moose and trappers harvested wolves and hunters harvested spring bears and laws were based on science and time-proven management practices. During this time the powers that be were the Ontario Lands and Forests, later changed to Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). Recently renamed Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.  Much has changed over the past two decades within what I once considered Ontario`s flagship ministry, for without our rich resources what does Ontario have to offer?

I have been deeply concerned about the direction this ministry has been travelling for some years now as laws are now being based on emotion and driven by special interest and protectionist lobby groups.<<<Read More>>>

Share

Florida: Bear Hunting Is Essential to Management….Er, Except When Politics Rule

During the deliberation portion of their June 2016 meeting that resulted in the postponement of a bear hunt that year, dissenting FWC Commissioners claimed their wish was to polish the scientific data supporting a hunt which was to be presented this year. They had no desire to “kick the can down the road” or “study the issue to death.”

What did they do at the meeting last Wednesday? They decided to revise the bear management plan to incorporate the new data and hunting as a management tool. This updated plan will be presented to the Commission in two years. To the best of my understanding, 2019 will be the earliest bear hunting is considered again.

Can kicked. Issue studied and dead. For now.<<<Read More>>>

Share