April 24, 2017

Endangered Species Act Petitions for Florida Black Bear and Mojave Desert Tortoise do not Warrant Further Action

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

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed reviews of petitions to list the Florida black bear and uplist the Mojave population of desert tortoise from threatened to endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service found that neither petition presented substantial information that the requested action may be warranted and so no further action will be taken.

Due to conservation efforts by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, private landowners, conservation groups and others, Florida black bear numbers have rebounded from approximately 300 individuals in the 1970s to some 4,350 today. Conservation efforts will continue for the Mojave population of desert tortoise, which will remain listed as threatened under the ESA.

The Federal Register docket numbers and links for the two findings are:

Species Range Docket Number and Link
Florida black bear AL, FL, GA, MS FWS­–R4–ES–2017–0015
Mojave population of desert tortoise AZ, CA, NV, UT FWS­–R8–ES–2017–0009

The notice for the above findings is available here: https://www.federalregister.gov/public-inspection.

The Service is actively engaged with conservation partners and the public in the search for improved and innovative ways to conserve and recover imperiled species. For more information on the ESA listing process, including 90-day findings and status reviews, please visit: www.fws.gov/endangered/esa-library/pdf/listing.pdf.

FAKE: Wildlife, Border Wall, Sensibility and Idealism All Rolled Into One

On the one side, idiots believe a giant wall stretching the length of the U.S. and Mexico border will solve all the immigrant problems, including terrorism, and “make America great again.” On another side you got useless eaters claiming that maintaining space for animals to freely roam between the U.S. and Mexico is more important than the beliefs of wall-builders.

And then there’s this guy. One who thinks it’s very important to put up a wall – actually only a fragmented wall – and, very important to leave corridors for the animals that would be off limits to the illegal immigrants. This he calls a compromise.

Of course if the entire issue was really about border security, or illegal immigration/open borders, then we secure the border.

The author of the linked-to piece, offers hints as to what might actually be behind this effort to stop the building of the wall, but fails in his attempts to fix a fake problem by ignoring those whom he says might be behind the problem. That makes little sense. If there is an actual security problem at the U.S. and Mexico border that requires spending billions of dollars to construct a wall to keep them out (if any wall will actually do that – think tunnels, etc.), then certainly the wall goes up and the animals will somehow (sob, cry, wail, gnash) have to figure out how to survive.

If it’s only half important to waste money on a partial wall, then why spend the money and have any wall at all.

American’s, misled as they are, really have their heads screwed on cross threaded.

Off to a bumbling start at Interior

*Editor’s Comment* – Or maybe he didn’t do anything about it because he was told to not do anything about it. Things are never as we may think they are. BUT DON’T GO LOOK!

“Was it because there were too few senior Trump Administration officials in place to catch and stop it? Or because Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke was new on the job, and had so much on his plate, that this decision just slipped right past him?

Maybe it was because the new Administration faces so many battles with environmental activists already that it didn’t want another one?  Or perhaps Interior was intimidated by environmentalist lawsuits challenging President Trump’s 60-day delay of newly issued Obama Administration regulations?”<<<Read More>>>

DC Court Rules in Favor of Wyoming Wolf Delisting

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Washington DC Court of Appeals issued a ruling in favor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), State of Wyoming, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and others regarding the delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species List in Wyoming. This case, originally filed in November of 2012, involved a challenge to the FWS delisting of wolves in Wyoming.

“It’s great news. It’s especially great news for the state of Wyoming,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “States should have the ability to manage all wildlife within their borders. This is a great day for the fundamental issue of state-based management of wildlife.”

The plaintiffs challenged the FWS determination that wolves are no longer endangered in Wyoming based on three main arguments: insufficient genetic connectivity, wolves have not inhabited a significant portion of their former range, and Wyoming’s wolf management plan was not a sufficient “regulatory mechanism” to protect wolves. In District Court, the judge determined that there was sufficient genetic connectivity, that the FWS correctly interpreted “significant portion of range” but that Wyoming’s management plan was not a “regulatory mechanism” and so the rule was vacated, putting wolves back on the Endangered Species List.

The DC Circuit Court of Appeals decision affirmed the District Court on the issues of genetic connectivity and range, and reversed the District Court on the issue of Wyoming’s management plan. The Appeals Court ruled the FWS reasonably determined that Wyoming’s management plan, in conjunction with statutes and regulations, is sufficient to maintain the minimum number of wolves within the state. This effectively means that the Circuit Court of Appeals found that the FWS determination was lawful, and Wyoming wolves should be delisted.

Can non-native wolves receive protections reserved for native species in Oregon?

“Later this year the Oregon Court of Appeals will consider whether it was lawful for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to remove the gray wolf from the state’s endangered species list in late 2015. Disagreeing with the wolf’s delisting, three environmentalist groups challenged it last year. PLF represents the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation as intervenors defending the delisting, and today we filed a brief responding to the environmentalist groups’ challenge to the delisting.

Our brief focuses on two primary arguments: Oregon was legally compelled to delist the wolf because the only wolves present in the state are members of a non-native wolf subspecies, but the Oregon Endangered Species Act (ESA) only protects species native to Oregon; and when analyzing the status of species under the Oregon ESA, the state must consider a species’ current range, not its historical range.”<<<Read More>>>

The Crime of Calling “Red Wolves” a Wolf

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has, for 30 years, been growing, fostering and protecting, mongrel, hybrid wild dogs and calling them “red wolves.” That is a crime.

The complete story is long and involved but is a great example of the mixed-up and perverted direction the U.S. Government and the citizens of this country have taken when it comes to convoluted notions about what constitutes a real species and the values associated with calling a manufactured mongrel mutt a species of wolf. Beside it being a crime, ignorance and emotional clap-trap is putting real species of coyotes and gray wolves at risk, saying nothing about the dangers associated with unpredictable wild dogs running loose and protected, as well as diseases, viruses and parasites.

Another of the fake “red wolves” of North Carolina was shot and killed and environmentalists, that more closely resemble the assortment of mentally ill patients in the movie, The Snake Pit, are bouncing their heads off walls demanding whoever was responsible be given capital punishment for it.

The person responsible for erecting the below billboard, had this to say about the event: “This “wolf” program is on a life support system composed of lies.  We are still very hard at work, albeit a little bit more behind the scenes than before. We have submitted lots of irrefutable evidence into the current 5 year review that should end this charade.  Much of the evidence centers submitted around the USFWS definition of species and this DNA study:

http://advances.sciencemag.org/content/2/7/e1501714.full

The “wolf” population is quickly disappearing and is proving it is no where close to being a “self sustaining” population after 30 years of efforts.  Wildlife populations on my farm are now rebounding as I have removed wolves.  I understand the Trump administration wants to put control of the wolves in the hands of the States. This will be favorable for us, with the exception that NC elected a very liberal Governor that is highly supported by the NGOs.  It is my hope that Mr. Beers becomes our new USFWS Director.  He is exactly what we need.

The attached billboard I put up in the heart of Red Wolf territory has caused quite a stir with USFWS.  The billboard highlights the two issues we have, USFWS flooding their refuge which in turn is flooding our crops and also destroys what was supposed to be their “ideal red wolf habitat”.  I am going to fight this issue any legal way I can. 😉

Good luck Mr. Beers.  Rural America needs you!

Sincerely.”

Without Knowing Wild Animal Numbers They Are Classified as “In Peril”

As the saying goes, it’s better to remain silent leaving others to wonder of your ignorance, than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

Something called the Endangered Species Coalition, an NGO, made up of environMENTALists, has listed the gray wolf as a top 10 imperiled species. This kind of crap causes me to mostly snicker and turn my back. However, it certainly is fodder for emotional, non thinking, useful environmental idiots. But consider just one aspect for one moment…if you dare.

The closest anybody gets to these “imperiled species” are those who live and work as near to the species as possible. If we had some sense of comfort that the most of the information these “officials” provide is accurate, then logically there would be absolutely no way that some group of pseudo-scientists, can accurately claim the feared demise of any wild creature.

Those most closely related to the work of so-called endangered species, can only guess as to how many wolves exist. I’m not talking just the Lower 48 states of the U.S. I’m talking worldwide. With perhaps hundreds of thousands of wolves worldwide, or not, nobody knows how many exist. It’s impossible to know that. The greatest number of wolves live in regions with few or no people and certainly are not counted or even estimated. The same is true of the polar bear…but by all means don’t ever go look.

Idiots who have political and emotional ties to the promotion of endangered species are presenting false, misleading and dishonest information when they claim any animal to be an imperiled species.

Why then should we believe them? Those in positions to have the most information about wolves only guess at their numbers. In places were wolves are closely followed with radio collars, the estimates may be closer to reality, but we constantly hear of surprises of wolf packs showing up in places nobody suspected. These are locations where, relatively speaking, human populations are comparatively denser than those regions where wolves live isolated from human populations.

So how can anyone honestly say the gray wolf is a top ten imperiled species?

It’s a lie promoted for political and monetary gain.

Also consider this “inside” knowledge. I spoke with an employee of the Federal Government involved in wildlife management in northern New England. We were talking about Canada lynx. I was told that they were instructed to never tell anyone that Maine and/or New Hampshire had more than 500 lynx. 500 was the magic cut-off number when money and support would begin to vanish for lynx studies and the possibility the animal would be declassified from the Endangered Species Act.

“As the Obama administration prepares to hand over power to President-elect Donald Trump, the Endangered Species Coalition has just released its top 10 list of imperiled species. The advocacy group wants the next administration to take steps to slow the rates of extinction.”<<<Read More Nonsense>>>

Will Michigan Make The Same Mistake and Designate Wolves as a “Game” Species?

It appears that, despite the Courts blocking of all efforts to implement management of wolves in Michigan, the state rule makers are moving forward bills that would designate the wolf as a game species, setting the stage for a controlled wolf hunt, should the Federal Government ever decide to remove the gray wolf from the list of Endangered Species.

Wolves are a predator and mass killer and need to be controlled, not hunted or trapped as a game species.

More information can be found here.

Wisconsin Politicians Send Letter to Congress Seeking Wolf Delisting

The Time is Now

Submitted by: Senator Tom Tiffany and Representative Adam Jarchow [Wisconsin]

With the election cycle coming to an end, it is time for Congress to tackle the looming gray wolf problem in the Great Lakes states.  To put it plainly, the federal government has failed residents of the Great Lakes region on this issue and it is time to come together to delist the wolf from the endangered species list once and for all. Senator Ron Johnson and Congress Reid Ribble introduced the State Wolf Population Management Bill (S.2281) with language removing the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Wyoming. This language has also been added to the Senate version of the North American Energy Security and Infrastructure Act of 2016. We feel this language should be passed as soon as possible to return wolf management back to the states.

It is now time for Senator Tammy Baldwin to step forward and offer leadership on the Democratic-side of the aisle just as Senator John Tester (D-MT) did out west.  We understand this is an uncomfortable issue for Senator Baldwin because of her home in Madison.  However, she was elected to represent the entire state, and we encourage her to take a bold step to heed the will of the people who are most affected by the runaway wolf population–rural Wisconsinites.

Nearly 200 concerned citizens attended the Great Lakes Wolf Summit held in Cumberland in September and proved that delisting of the grey wolf is a bi-partisan issue. While we can all agree that the wolf has a place on the landscape, Wisconsin should not be a wolf sanctuary. Senator Baldwin has the opportunity to help reduce the number of tragic losses of family pets and livestock lost to an out-of-control wolf population in Wisconsin. In the past, Wisconsin has proven to be capable of managing our wolf population and now is the time to return control to the states.

Hacking Down Maine’s Forests for Canada Lynx

When Maine applied to the fascist United States Federal Government to obtain a permit that would allow for the accidental “taking” of Canada lynx, called an Incidental Take Permit, part of the agreement was that Maine would “provide habitat” in a 22,000 acre management area.

Yesterday, Maine outdoor writer George Smith reported on the upcoming lawsuit hearing by environmentalists to further stop trapping in Maine. In his report he stated, “In addition to the steps taken to limit the possibility of lynx getting caught in traps, the state created(sic) 6,200 acres of prime lynx habitat on state lands north of Moosehead Lake. Ironically, to create that habitat, the state had to significantly increase the harvest of trees there.”

These are the same blooming idiots who would be the first to file a lawsuit against Maine if the state, or any other private land owner, opted to clear-cut 6,200 acres of forest. Why doesn’t anybody see the insanity here?

Insanity does rule…..but,

DON’T GO LOOK!

obamalynx

The now-threatened and soon to be extinct “Obamalynx.”