July 16, 2018

A question of “Science”?

The following question was sent to a colleague recently”

Question: “Was the Arctic Gray Wolf EVER native to Washington State?”

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The following response to that question comes from another colleague who is coincidentally a retired University professor in Canada for whom I have the greatest respect.

The gray wolves are all one species, and the subspecies game is highly questionable. There are indications that a very few local wolves did exist in the west before the release of wolves from Alberta. I only saw one picture of a wolf in Yellowstone before the release, and it was simply a large, black wolf, no different from what I had seen in Canada. Size is not a taxonomic criterion, because wolves increase in size markedly with good nutrition and shrink in size with poor food availability. The large wolves from Alberta released in Yellowstone merely came from a good wolf habitat.”

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Though in no way dissatisfied with that response, this old bureaucrat (me) added the following government-science perspective: 

The last political-correctness-free treatise on the Wolves of North America is oddly enough the name of the 1944 book by Stanley Young.  He was a Bureau of Biological Survey/USFWS (the modern name) trapper, control agent and finally a bigwig in Washington over the old Predator & Rodent Control Division going back to WWI and he was all over the place doing all manner of things.

In his 650-page tome full of pictures (the one of the red wolf/hound dog cross on a chain in Missouri is priceless) he treats the wolf as a species.  He pictures many coyote/dog/wolf crosses and innocently explains that they interbreed freely and the pups are all viable and completely capable of transferring their genes to either wild or domestic “cousins” for posterity.

That said I always hear echoes of that high school/college/biological historic definition of an animal Species when I am discussing Species, i.e. “animals with similar characteristics capable of interbreeding and producing viable offspring.”.  By that definition, a horse is a separate species from a donkey because the mule is not viable.  Ergo, a dog is a wolf is a coyote is a dingo, in fact all one “species”.  I mention this to provide what they call “full disclosure” of my belief. 

Mr. Young, whom I never met but have always held in high regard treats the wolf “species” Canis Lupus as having 23 “subspecies” on a map on page 414.  Each subspecies name credits some long-gone biologist as their discoverer (i.e. given the privilege of “naming” their “discovery”).  The North America map is covered exception for Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Florida(?) from Southern Mexico to Greenland and all the Islands between Greenland and Canada with 23 “subspecies”.  There is no “Arctic” wolf mentioned.  The closest is those wolves Canis lupus tundrarum found in the “tundra region of NW Alaska; south to the Noatak Valley.  Intergrading to the south with pambasileus, and east along the along the arctic coast with mackenzii.”

I mention all this to show how our biological perceptions have changed with scientific advancements driven in this case all too much by political opportunism and the hidden agendas of rich environmental/animal rights extremism.  This is so distorted because the government bureaucrats and radicals came up with the ESA claims and regulations that (insert any animal here) implement the Endangered Species Act.   

So, the erstwhile bureaucrat writing regulations and staging faux court cases for “precedents” finds the “Beers’ Grass Mouse”Peromyscus Beersii to be “endangered”.  As our bureaucrat toils at his computer and while at coffee he decides and shares with fellow bureaucrats that, “We are really “saving habitat” (i.e. people-free zones infinitely expanding) and not just animals, so we “must save not only:

  • The Species Beers’ Grass Mouse Peromyscus Beersii found throughout the Great Plains but more specifically;
  • The Subspecies Beers’ Big-Eyed Grass Mouse Peromyscus Beersii magna luscus found in the Eastern Prairies and more specifically;
  • The Race Black Beers’ Big-Eyed Grass Mouse Peromyscus Beersii magna luscus negris found “only” in the Eastern Woodlands/Prairie interface and more specifically;
  • The Population Indiana Black Beers’ Big-Eyed Grass Mouse Peromyscus Beersii magna luscus negris indianus) AND EVEN – drumroll please;
  • The Distinct Population Southern Indiana Black Beers’ Big-Eyed Grass Mouse Peromyscus Beersii magna luscus negris indianus meridionalis) AND EVEN;
  • (Full band roll here) The Distinct Population Segment Larry Bird County Southern Indiana Black Beers’ Big-Eyed Grass MousePeromyscus Beersii magna luscus negris indianus meridionalis larrybbirduscountyii found “only” in Larry Bird County, Indiana! 

All such nonsense has come to mean access to billions of dollars, millions of acres of private property and unquestioned, unconstitutional and unlimited power for the central government and radicals over a once free Nation.  You see there is probably a dam or pipeline permit application somewhere in Larry Bird County, Indiana that would benefit taxpayers, the economy, rural communities, rural families and could, if anyone cared to try anymore, benefit the human ecosystem and the natural aspects of that system but it will never happen: The Critical Habitat Declaration for the Larry Bird County Southern Indiana Black Beers’ Big-Eared Grass Mouse kills the project and they are cheering in Washington Offices and on the North Shore patios of environmental radicals in Chicago.  Welcome to the world of government “science” “saving” “species”.

Val (the retired professor quoted in the first answer) hits the nail right on the head about those “large wolves from Alberta”.  Concern about the “red” or “Mexican” et al wolves is disguised in the imaginary aura of somehow involving sacred and unseen biological material and factors hidden in the Sp./Sub. Sp./Race/Pop. /Dist. Pop. /Dist. Pop. Segment. du jour.  We have sold our kids and soccer Moms that a red wolf or “Arctic” Wolf is like the rhinoceros, unique, distinct and in “need” of severe intervention by government saviors; people, property, families, rural communities, expense and Constitution be damned!

I would submit that this environmental/animal rights hysteria of the moment is, hopefully, a passing phenomenon because the subject of scientific inquiry is so distorted now that, like Diogenes with his lantern looking for an honest man; looking for an honest biologist/veterinarian today is on a par with seeking an honest bureaucrat/politician.

Jim Beers

26 June 2018

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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.

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Proposed Replacement of the Regulations for the Nonessential Experimental Population of [Fake] Red Wolves in Northeastern North Carolina

SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), propose to replace the existing regulations governing the nonessential experimental population designation of the red wolf (Canis rufus) under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended. We request public comments, and announce a public information session and public hearing, on this proposed rule. In addition, we announce the availability of a draft environmental assessment on the proposed replacement of the existing nonessential experimental population regulations for the red wolf. In conjunction with this proposed action, we are initiating consultation pursuant to section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and completing a compatibility determination pursuant to the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997. We propose this action to ensure our regulations are based on the most recent science and lessons learned related to the management of red wolves. If adopted as proposed, this action would further conservation of red wolf recovery overall by allowing for the reallocation of resources to enhance support for the captive population, retention of a propagation population for future new reintroduction efforts that is influenced by natural selection, and provision of a population for continued scientific research on wild red wolf behavior and population management. This action would also promote the viability of the nonessential experimental population by authorizing proven management techniques, such as the release of animals from the captive population into the nonessential experimental population, which is vital to maintaining a genetically healthy population.<<<Read More>>>

*Note* – A person who lives in North Carolina and has been very active in fighting this abomination of the Endangered Species Act for many years now, had the following comment about this latest action published in the Federal Register by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I can’t say just how much I agree with his comments as history has shown those who pay attention that this is a set up to profit the Environmentalists in their pursuit of “sue and settle” tactics.

“Well, this is just a sue and settle setup by the Feds.  It will be sort of like “put and take” quail hunting.  USFWS will release fake [wolves], who will then cross the refuge property line only to be shot.  Adjoining landowners will likely even sell guided trophy red [wolf] hunts. At this point DOW, RWC and SELC will walk into the Federal court room before Judge Boyle and he will then grant this fake [wolf] the full protection of endangered status throughout our State.  This is a very shallow and short lived win for us.  The greenies still rule our USFWS…   This is a set up.”

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What’s This? Wolves to be Removed From Protection Nationwide?

*Editor’s Note and Update* (5/21/18) The below link to the Appropriation Committee’s Draft Bill does not work at this time. I was able to track down a copy of that Draft at this link. Once reaching the PDF of the Draft Bill, scroll down to “Gray Wolves Range-Wide” 

Appropriations Committee Releases the Draft Fiscal Year 2019 Interior and Environment Bill

GRAY WOLVES RANGE-WIDE – SEC. 117

(a) Not later than the end of fiscal year 2019, and except as provided in subsection (b), the Secretary of the Interior shall issue a rule to remove the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in each of the 48 contiguous States of the United States and the District of Columbia from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in section 17.11 of title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule.

(b) Such issuance (including this shall not be subject to judicial review; and shall not affect the inclusion of the subspecies classified as the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) of the species gray wolf (Canis lupus) in such list.

 

Draft bill:

https://docs.house.gov/meetings/AP/AP06/20180515/108314/BILLS-115HR-SC-AP-FY2019-Interior-SubcommitteeDraft.pdf

 

Press release:

https://appropriations.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=395297

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Environmentalists Whine Over Fake “Red Wolf”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is doing little to save the endangered red wolf according to an article published in the News Observer. Environmentalists are whining (and perhaps flogging themselves) because the claim is that red wolves cannot sustain their population without man’s help. But…but…but…I thought “Mother Nature” balances itself and would surely have accomplished this task by now.

But what’s not being written about in this article is that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was caught violating several rules of the Endangered Species Act, specifically introducing a fake hybrid species of dog claiming it was a species/subspecies of wild wolf endemic to the Southeast United States. In addition, it was a violation of the ESA and agreements laid out prior to the introduction that these fake red wolves would not be introduced or allowed on private land. They did it anyway.

Environmentalists are accusing the USFWS of not doing their jobs and yet they actually are doing what the laws demand that they do, except they are not actively going about to destroy the invasive creature of man’s creation. Their hands are tied and that is a good thing. The sooner the region can cleanse itself of this hybrid, mongoloid wild dog the better off everything will be.

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Wolves Impacting Humans

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Wolf Perverts Don’t Understand the Ranching Culture?

Here’s another pro-wolf, anti-wolf story. Nothing in this report is new information. It’s the same old, same old story. For the wolf pervert, there are never enough and will never be enough wolves to satisfy their mentally deranged, animal sick minds. For the rancher, they struggle to understand why they can’t be left alone to run their businesses, to make a living, and to provide a valuable product.

But, there is one statement in this report I would like to draw your attention to. It states: “Howling for Wolves members don’t understand the ranching culture or how hard ranchers work, adding the advocacy group is suggesting ranchers put cattle into feedlots all year long and allow wolves to “have the land” a rancher pays taxes on.”

This is partly an inaccurate statement. Wolf degenerates understand everything. They just don’t give a rat’s behind for anyone but themselves. They hate people, unless they are mentally deranged kinsmen, and want only what they want regardless of the cost to anyone else….all restated at the local diner as they gorge their fat guts on another Big Mac.

The accurate part of the statement is that these deviants of normal behavior (whatever that is these days) emphatically want and expect that the land is shut down and given over to wolves…or whatever the animal is these twisted people are in love with today.

I’ve often repeated myself in saying we live in a completely insane world. The danger of that existence is that insane people can’t recognize their own insanity and see sane people, what few are left, as the insane ones.

Just call me insane!

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“Eastern Wildway” – Environmentalist’s Fantasy, Nightmare For Everyone Else

When you examine the list of environmentalist groups that support the idea of an “Eastern Wildway Network,” it immediately can be seen as nothing more than a totalitarian nightmare or over-regulation, land seizures, and access denials. Along with such a plan would come the complete destruction of the North American Model of Wildlife Management and the promotion of the introduction of large predators being forced into man-settled landscapes.

If you don’t see all this as part of the NEPA plan and Agenda 2100, then you have a lot to learn. It’s time you started before you wake up some day…..dead!

Backers of ‘Eastern Wildway’ Plan to Present Idea in Maine

A Maine environmental group is hosting a presentation about the concept of an “Eastern Wildway” to help wildlife travel across North America.<<<Read More>>>

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Shooting Back?

Probably below is the same woman…or at least cut from the same cloth.

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Amending the Endangered Species Act of 1973 with Amendments

There has always been talk of amending the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (with amendments)(ESA). But nothing ever happens. Perhaps the closest to at least getting something changed within the ESA came in the early 2000s when a handful of political candidates thought they could promote their political ambitions by supporting the amending of the ESA. Bringing some senior politicians into the mix showed hopeful signs that something was about to break in this regard until a group of back-stabbing Democrat sportsmen, driven by political and personal gain, bankrolled the Senate reelection of Dirty Harry Reid from Nevada. Part of the midnight madness of political wrangling involved a destruction of efforts to amend the ESA.

And so it goes. It took a few years but eventually, I learned just how crooked and rigged the political system is. Efforts to work within a rigged system to fix a rigged system are akin to fighting a fire with a bucket that has no bottom. Some learn, most don’t.

However, not to disappoint some of my readers, I have taken the time to thoughtfully produce a proposal to amend the ESA. Below is that proposal. I just need someone to find a sponsor.

A Bill to Amend the Endangered Species Act of 1973

Senator: Any corrupt bastard will do

Representative: Any corrupt bastard will do

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (further referred to as the Act) is outdated and ineffective. Originally the Act was established as a tool and guideline to establish worthwhile information to assist in the prevention of allowing plant and animal species to go extinct unnecessarily while at the same time not to be contrary to the will of the people or to place an individual, or group of individuals, including private landowners, in any kind of unreasonable and difficult position. This simple purpose has become corrupt while at the same time has never proven itself as being at effective.

Therefore:

BE IT ENACTED, by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America (a corporation established by We the People, not we the people) in Congress Assembled, that:

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 with amendments is hereby declared repealed. In addition, there shall be no attempt by the Senate and/or the House of Representatives, to reestablish this law or any law related to the establishment of governmental control over so-called endangered species.

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USFWS To Begin Work to Remove Canada Lynx from Federal Protection Under ESA

The following link and its landing page will provide the reader with ample links to all the work that is about to begin and what has already been done to remove the Canada lynx from Federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Please follow this link and scroll down to find other links to recent actions and status assessment.

On January 11, 2018, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced the completion of a scientific review of the Canada lynx in the contiguous United States. The review concludes that the Canada lynx may no longer warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and should be considered for delisting due to recovery. This recommendation is the result of an extensive review of the best available scientific information and almost 20 years of working in partnership with state, federal, tribal, industry and other land managers on the conservation of this species. As a result of this status review, the Service will begin development of a proposed rule to delist the species.

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