October 19, 2018

The Bear Spray That Didn’t Work

It was November 15, 2007, when I wrote an article on my former blog titled, “Bear Spray Versus Bullets.” This article came at a time when government authorities and members of so-called conservation groups (environmentalists) were claiming that bear spray was a better deterrent to saving your life than a gun when being attacked by a bear – specifically a grizzly bear. This difference of opinion has never really been resolved and probably won’t be.

I recall that it was only a couple days after I published that article I got a phone call from one of those “authorities” who was pushing the bear spray for protection meme. I assumed, and still do, this person had a financial stake in bear spray among other personal agenda reasons.

Regardless, I agreed to give him my mailing address and he promptly sent me a garbage pail full of propaganda that upon reading no more convinced me that spray was better than bullets than playing in the middle of Interstate 81 in Pennsylvania would be.

Most have heard by now that an experienced guide and an elk hunter were attacked by two grizzly bears in Wyoming. Both men were heading back into the woods to retrieve an elk the hunter had downed. The guide, Mark Uptain, was killed in the attack. The hunter was injured but not with life-threatening injuries. Exactly what happened at the scene remains to be known.

As is typical, reports as to what happened began making their rounds and what is also typical many of those reports turned out to be false. However, according to a report published in Ammoland, one thing is certain: “Mark Uptain appears to have relied on a can of bear spray to deter the attack. A can of bear spray, with the safety off, was found at the site. The adult sow grizzly had bear spray on her at the scene.”

So, the guide discharged his bear spray, and it got on the bear (although this report doesn’t say what part of the bear had spray on it, one would assume that bear spray placed anywhere except the face would be ineffective.)

Again, we come back to the burning question as to which is more effective in warding off a charging bear – spray or bullets. Maybe the real answer is contained in this same article: “The bear was shot and killed as she attacked investigating Fish and Wildlife personnel.”

It certainly looks like that while authorities were at the scene investigating this event, at least one of the two bears attacked Fish and Wildlife personnel. Why, as I pointed out in my 2007 article that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was heavily promoting spray over bullets, didn’t the FWS officials whip out their cans of bear spray and ward off that attacking bear? Did officials even have bear spray with them? Whether they intended to kill the two bears or not should have been of little concern. How did investigators know this particular bear was the bear that attacked and killed Mark Uptain?

Obviously, the agents doing the investigation believe bullets are better than spray.

Unfortunately, we now have evidence that in this one incident bear spray did not save one man’s life.

Perhaps it is time to revisit the irresponsible claims that spray is better than bullets. As I said in 2007, it depends upon many circumstances and each person has to decide for themselves how to protect themselves. Unfortunately, our own government is doing all that they can to force us to do it their way. Not necessarily the way they would and do it but how the government demands we do it.

The big question then should be this: If bear pepper spray is better for warding off an attacking bear, why did a government official(s) use a gun to do the job?

 

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Florida Wildlife Commission Doles Out Tax Dollars to Support Fascist Town Governments

Disguised as a program to promote the coexistence of over-protected black bears and humans, the Florida Wildlife Commission is doling out taxpayers’ dollars to communities that mandate people’s trash must be secured from bears.

According to The Outdoor Wire, one community with such a mandate, Apopka, and obviously no way to pay for their fascist mandate, is getting $85,000 from taxpayers who did not ask that the city force residents of their city to secure their garbage. In turn, all taxpayers are forced to pay for the fascist mandate. The money will be used to buy bear-proof garbage cans. I say if the town government, elected by the people of Apopka, want to mandate bear-proof garbage cans then those fascists should pay for the cans and not force the rest of us who had no say in the matter to pony-up money.

This is typical action by the governments in forcing the servitude to pay for their pet projects. Like with wolves, grizzlies, and all other “protected” wildlife species, governments mandate protection and then force the masses to pay for it. You just got to love this democratic fascism that ignorant progressives have brought us to.

Yeah, yeah, I know. All you progressives will say this is a small price to pay to protect bears…yada, yada, yada. But, clueless to most, this isn’t really about protecting the bears now is it?

LOVING YOUR SERVITUDE????

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Polish Pythons & Colorado Canids

By James Beers:

As I write this; helicopters, drones, a private detective and a lady dressed as a snake are part of a government posse on the hunt in a Warsaw suburb for the former user of an 18-foot python’s freshly shed skin.  Thus far, numerous people have been interviewed about how scared they are for their children and their pets; “three other exotic snakes” were “nabbed”; the home of a dead man suspected of having advertised anonymously to give away a large python called “Bertha” last winter has been searched; and “an erotic-art photographer who specializes in shooting women wrapped in snakes” has been detained.  Poles have been informed by government not to worry since, if not found by autumn, Bertha’s “coldblooded life will end with the summer”.  All in all, the entire affair is somewhere between a fiasco and a circus.

When I was the lone US Special Agent in New York City, deadly snakes were a constant worry because of the danger not only to import regulators like me, but to children in homes with the snakes, neighbors, and the general public when they escape or are released clandestinely like “Bertha”.  Using what used to be called “stereotyping”, then “profiling” and now may not be either used or mentioned; I found the majority of those keeping such snakes to be either anti-social or un-social.  They refused to accept any responsibility for what they were doing or what it wrought and, more often than not, they exuded hostility to the society or community in which they lived.

The python is a deadly danger to children, adults and pets.  Bertha would most likely die with the cold weather but what if “Bertha” finds a cave or abandoned deep foundation in which she overwinters in a state of torpor?  Female pythons like “Bertha” can reproduce without males (it’s called parthenogenesis) so the trauma of getting through a winter or going into a winter could trigger such reproduction leading to other possibilities.

Poland has extensive wetlands, several are UN Ramsar sites, many are state-protected and most (except for winter temperatures) could support pythons. The following map, though of 1939 vintage, is the best representation I could find to show historic marsh areas (the blue dot pattern), and the at-or-below water levels (the dark green areas) where water stands or floods.  Warsaw is right in the middle of both. Tell anyone denying that releasing 1 or 2 pythons, or 3 or 4 “exotic snakes” annually might eventually adapt to such a climate, that you believe in climate change and global warming, so it is possible if you are a believer. The point here is that if every couple of years snakes escape or are dumped and that happens to combine with a warm period (take note Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, et al) the danger of adaptation of pythons or “exotic snakes in a food-rich environment is not outside the realm of possibility.

Then there is “the Facebook user” that has written, “Poor animal” “The system fails again”.  Evidently, even Poland with its hardnose attitude toward immigration and a dictatorial and unresponsive (think wolves) Brussels (the European Union seat of power equivalent to Washington, DC) has ladies of the “Poor animal” stripe.

What to do?  The EU allows deadly snakes to be imported, Poland allows people to keep snakes and does nothing to find illegal or dangerous snakes and get rid of them.  When one gets loose like “Bertha”, even the urbanites in the capital of Warsaw move heaven and earth to find them and get rid of them.  Would that they shared this attitude with rural Poles that feel similarly about wolves and additionally are losing their livelihoods to wolves.  Even a snake like “Bertha” is pitied by some, while a wolf or wolf pack is simply an opportunity for the same urban folks and EU bureaucrats that are responsible for allowing the snakes in, in the first place, to tell the rural rubes to suck it up; the wolves were “there” first; wolves are important to the mythical ecosystem; wolves bring back willows along streams; etc., etc.  To call it (not just “Bertha” but the entire central government ignoring deadly wildlife dangers like snake importation and possession while manufacturing and mandating other deadly and destructive wildlife dangers like wolves) a mess, is an understatement.

In recent weeks I have read of two more current examples that further expose the environmental craziness and corrupt government manipulation of wildlife in our modern world.

First is the arrival of wolves in ?land, the Finnish islands at the mouth of the Gulf of Bothnia separating Finland and Sweden. These islands, in salty water that does not often freeze hard or for any distance, are about 70 miles from the wolf-infested mainland.  Additionally, the islands are somewhat densely settled with small family farms.  Wolves are increasing rapidly and displaying alarming habituation (familiarity and no fear) toward rural occupants.  Wolves belong on such settled islands just like pythons and “exotic snakes” belong in high-rise apartment buildings.  I agree with a European colleague that the probability of the wolves arriving on the island via ferry (in a trunk?) by unknown persons is the most likely scenario for this purported miracle of long-distance swimming.  Nonetheless, the central government bureaucrats in Brussels protect the wolves despite local objections and stand poised to pounce on any resident that literally disturbs a hair on any of “The poor animals” the same as if they suddenly popped up on Aran Island in the mouth of Galway Bay in the Republic of Ireland.

Lest our European cousins imagine that this American is somehow biased toward Europeans, European governance or the equal treatment of wild animals and European humans under EU law: I move on to the second recent expose of wildlife insanity and hidden environmental agendas that is the actual subject of this article – The Proposed Introduction of Wolves into the State of Colorado in the good old USA.

Colorado, is prime wolf habitat though it has not hosted wolves for 70 years.  Wolves were purposely and at great time and expense exterminated from Colorado because of the danger they pose to humans; the destruction they wreak on livestock, game animals, and pets; and the impediments that their presence imposes on rural communities, rural economies and state conservation revenues necessary for fish and wildlife programs.

Wolves were forcibly imposed on the State of Wyoming that borders Colorado on the North and the State of New Mexico that borders Colorado on the South.  The New Mexico wolves are constantly fizzling out as stiff local resistance and shootings attest.  The Wyoming wolves have been the object of fierce state opposition to federal wolf imposition and recently the state has forced a political compromise and exception that allows the state to kill wolves at their discretion across most of the state while maintaining an area of limited wolf distribution and numbers.  There is no wolf presence to date East of Colorado in Kansas.  West of Colorado, in Utah wolf arrivals seem peculiarly to be few in number and quickly dissatisfied with their new habitat as no wolf population seems to have become established.

The powerful and rich environmental/animal rights Non-Government-Organizations that are the clandestine allies of federal and state bureaucrats had been counting on (for at least 30 years) wolves swarming into Colorado from the North, South, and West as their protected numbers swelled.  Such has not been the case.

Additionally, the current political climate in the USA under the Trump Administration has been discouraging to any federally-supported wolf expansions to say the least.  Thus, we have the current situation of the radical organizations and federal bureaucrats initiating a public relations/legal move to coerce state acquiescence to introduce and protect wolves that will surely harm their rural communities in many ways.  Arguing that wolves are “Endangered” or “Threatened” in this climate and at this time is akin to taking coals to Newcastle.  Wolves need government intervention today about as much as mosquitoes, minnows or marmots.

A good friend in Colorado has explained to me that the Democrat or Progressive Party has made it clear that if they win the Governorship, hold the Assembly and take control of the Senate that the State will release and protect wolves.

Several factors are at play in this matter.  First, while Democrat has been the preferred and majority party of environmentalists and animal rights voters; Republicans have mostly been tepid opponents that usually prefer to appear supportive of such agendas and rarely oppose proposals or advocate reforming established government programs in these areas.

Second, rich Democrat donors have made political contributions and sponsored a professional campaign in Colorado to soften any opposition to releasing and protecting wolves.  This will serve another hidden agenda.  Wolves scattering from established Colorado packs will likely go North and undercut Wyoming wolf control programs; West and establish wolves in Utah; and South into New Mexico to further frustrate New Mexican efforts to keep their state wolf-free and their wildlife programs federal-free as much as possible.  Now keep in mind this is being pulled off as the federal government is not in a wolf-expansion mode and this will be done with Colorado wildlife program funds and private donations to key state politicians.  A national hiatus in radical environmental agendas is only an illusion.  Given a federal Democrat House and/or Senate the federal government will once again shift into high gear and the results will only get uglier and uglier.

Summarizing all this, Europe has much to learn from the US and the US has much to learn from Europe.

  • Allowing possession of dangerous snakes creates not only threats to human safety; the threat of repeated clandestine releases flirts with the establishment of snake populations that could cause untold dangers.  Pythons and boa constrictors in Florida were allowed to be imported by federal bureaucrats despite laws empowering them to prohibit it.  These snakes have become firmly established and are slowly expanding their range and destruction northward as state control programs prove to be ineffective and prohibitively expensive.
  • Confidence in federal bureaucrats to either prohibit importation or releases is greatly misplaced.  Not only pythons and constrictors were  imported, Asian carp species that are destroying central US watersheds were allowed in for catfish farmers; snakeheads that are taking over Eastern rivers were brought in by Chinese restauranteurs; monitor lizards and iguanas were brought in for the pet trade and escaped; exotic birds were brought in for pets and escaped and are established in certain areas; many exotic trees that have become established pests were imported for landscaping purposes and the list goes on. No federal bureaucrats or politician that has allowed this slipshod wildlife importation enforcement has taken any responsibility for the impacts of the resulting harms.  Like wolves and grizzly bears introduced and protected by federal bureaucrats, the federal government dictates and then pirouettes off the stage leaving it in the State or Country’s hands as they look for the next communities to claim as their own jurisdiction.
  • There are no “miracles” in wildlife management.  When wolves pop up 70 miles from the mainland on small islands it is due to either radicals drugging and transporting them or some clandestine government program.  In either case, why is there no investigation or “transparency”?  Who can you trust about predator numbers or distributions or what animal is becoming established?  Who is responsible?  Why have we given government the freedom to ignore importation laws and the ability to tinker with animals and a natural environment that is strongly objected to by those forced to live in and with it?  Why do urban high rollers have the authority and wherewithal to tailor the lives and surroundings of rural citizens to fit urban imaginings?
  • Federal efforts should be directed toward controlling importation of Injurious and harmful wildlife and plants, plus working with other Nations to assure healthy ecosystems that meet the needs and desires of all citizens to live in peace and prosperity.
  • State and national governments should work with their Local governments to determine and then maintain the best numbers and distributions of wild animals and plants desired by the local population.  State governments should protect Local integrity just as nations like Italy should protect their local governments; because they are protecting their own people not remote, faceless numbers on a page.
  • Be they what others call “Native” species or “Non-Native” Species; their presence, abundance or absence creates the “Ecosystem” most appropriate for the people living there and not some imaginary fantasy.  Truly endangered species should be the matter first of Federal/State/Local negotiation and only as a last resort the subject of specific legislation that least disturbs the balance of governance and assures that those concerned pay for what must be done.  If you want certain species in certain areas where the locals do not want them, then work to convince them of the desirability of your wishes and be prepared to pay ad infinitum for the local people to approve and tolerate what you ask them to do and tolerate.

Pythons in Poland and Wolves in Colorado are only two recent examples of the abuses, complexities and challenges ahead for all of us as we contemplate just government and a healthy natural environment for prosperous human communities to prosper worldwide.  All-powerful central governments have proven to be the enemies here and accountable Local governments with authority are the only real solution.

Jim Beers

4 September 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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Hoped For Coyote Heaven Planned in Maine – Insanity on Display

No, you can’t make up this kind of scat. The insanity and perversion run so deep that misled, mentally ill people want to protect and live with animals that much of the world once realized are a direct threat to their own existence.

As a friend and colleague recently wrote: “Somewhere, sometime ago, someone decided that his or her world was missing something and discovered they didn’t have to go afar to find suitable replacements for it; notwithstanding the fact their and our predecessors had worked tirelessly to ensure that the missing something was never to be sought or returned. Evidently, history is no longer on our side to support centuries of wolf management, practices that worked to ensure that their livestock survival was more important than wolf survival. Back then the peasantry did not eat wolves, instead they chose to feed on their domestic livestock that were a dependable supply of meat, milk and cheese, the same foods that are so important for most of us today. Intuition directs me to the most likely source of this apparent need to restore the missing something; it wasn’t a farmer, rancher or even a politician, but a bureaucrat with ecological credentials!”  

And now someone wants to raise money to create a haven to protect a nasty, disease-spreading, wild canine that offers nothing to anyone except the perverse of mind.

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Sin Is The Cause of All Violence, Including in Schools

In the staged events of a Parkland, Florida school shooting and all subsequent and related events, such as protests, demonstration, actions by government, etc., the majority of the discussion has centered around guns. As a brainwashed (I know people don’t want to hear that word) society, we automatically equate guns with violence. It is understandable and easier to associate an inanimate object – a gun – with violence than laying the blame where the blame belongs – the man.

Even those who seem to want to defend their right to keep and bear arms, spend countless hours presenting data and history in hopes of convincing people that guns aren’t the problem.

I was reading this morning another in a long list of school safety proposals and how $20 million will help to make Maine schools safer. Will it?

Completely void of any discussion about the problem with violence is the direction our society has gone. Oh, it’s easier to mouth a few words about how “things have changed” etc., but never any real in-depth talks into the specifics of what and why.

I recently brought into a related conversation about gun violence video games and this country’s music culture of filthy, disgusting lyrics and glamorizing of violence, including gun violence, and just like the movies, they were defended by the other in the conversation as irrelevant to the problem of gun violence and in particular school shootings as though mentally ill people can differentiate between fantasy and reality. How then can there ever be any serious productive actions taken to address the problem of school safety or violence in general?

I have read countless writings about gun history, school history, violence, perversion, violence, anger, violence, hatred…and did I mention violence. I have yet to read any discussion on the history of man and why that violence exists.

If you are an atheist or an evolutionist, don’t bother to read any further.

Adam and Eve had two sons – Cain and Abel. By man’s biological understanding, we can say that Cain and Abel were twins. An examination of the Scriptures hints to us that Cain was a product of Evil and Abel a product of Good.

Cain killed his brother Abel. This act of violence, enmeshed with several emotional, nonsensical feelings, were all the result of his parent’s sin. From the very moment that Yahweh’s creations of Adam and Eve chose to carry out a sinful act against the wishes of their Creator, violence has been a part of the social structure of all societies since.

Knowing this fact, are we to somehow devise that man is capable of stopping violence simply by taking away a tool used to perpetuate that violence?

Willingness to accept this premise doesn’t mean that as a society we should not make rational attempts at mitigating violence, including making changes to all influencers of violence, anger, and hatred. But, we cannot cherry-pick only those items that we are most comfortable with.

Because violence will never go away in this existence, it is the reason Man was forced to devise ways of being able to protect themselves from those that are going to commit violent acts regardless of what the majority of society decides otherwise. Protection from violence is a common occurrence in this country. If you want examples, look to our politician criminals in Washington attempting to tell us what limitations we must have to protect ourselves, while they have as much of any kind of protection that they want. Why is that? Are they somehow more deserving of life than you or I? Hint: They think so.

Cars kill more people than guns. Automobiles are regularly used as a weapon to mow people down in a crowd to carry out the anger and hatred of a violently programmed mentally ill person. People drink and drive killing many people every year. Speed kills. Distracted driving kills. There’s never been a call to ban cars. Instead, cars were made safer to protect the driver and passengers. Laws were made to limit speeds one can safely travel, but those laws do absolutely nothing to stop those with a bent to drive fast which endangers the lives of other sharing the highway. Laws were created to stop cell phone texting while driving. In case you hadn’t noticed it has done NOTHING to stop the distracted drives killing people every day.

Many things can be used as a dangerous weapon. Sin means there will always be some that will use those weapons to carry out their sinister acts. Making laws that remove an innocent person’s ability to protect themselves from the sinful, violent acts that will always take place, makes absolutely no sense at all. This is the reasoning of a mad person.

Because of the sin in the Garden of Eden, men will do sinful things – even to craft laws that are useless and oppressive because sin has blinded them from rational thought and reasoning.

Since the beginning of time sin has resulted in acts of violent behavior. Since the beginning of time men have devised ways to protect themselves from such terrible behavior. Sin is in control when men think they have the power to stop acts of violence by devising laws that result in the opposite outcome.

Sin is the base foundation of the madness this society is embroiled in. Blindness is sin. Blindness prevents seeing Truth.

 

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After Sutherland Springs Church Massacre, Anglican Bishop Considers Arming Himself at the Altar

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

Washington, DC/Pine Grove Mills, PA  A man of the cloth in Pennsylvania who also wears a badge is now contemplating packing a pistol in the pulpit to protect his parish.

Bishop Council Nedd II, rector of St. Alban’s Anglican Church in Pine Grove Mills, Pennsylvania and co-chairman of the Project 21 black leadership network, is reassessing security at his church after the mass murder of worshipers at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas on November 5. Nedd is also a Pennsylvania state constable.

In a commentary published by Project 21, Nedd wrote:

A pistol in the pulpit may sound extreme, but – when people of faith increasingly appear to be targets of armed evil – a good shepherd must do what he must do to protect the flock from the wolves. From my perspective as both a bishop and a cop, people must be protected. This includes in sacred spaces.

Nedd previously chose not to carry a firearm while participating in St. Alban’s services despite credible threats to his own safety and personal experience providing security for other places of worship. Growing religious intolerance is causing him to rethink this personal gun restriction, which he will be discussing with his congregation:

It’s shocking that, in a nation founded on the idea of religious freedom, there are monsters out there who now think it’s fair game to target people of faith with deadly force. I’m no stranger to religious bigotry and the condescension of non-believers, but recent church shootings like those in Charleston, South Carolina; Antioch, Tennessee and this latest one in Sutherland Springs bring intolerance to a frightening new level.

Nedd’s full commentary, “Packing in the Pulpit: This Man of God May Arm Himself to Protect His Flock,” is available for reprint on a free, non-exclusive basis and is available by clicking here.

“I fully support Council Nedd’s change of heart on the presence of firearms in church. It’s only natural to want to preserve the sanctity of the sanctuary. Carrying a firearm in the pulpit as an act of preparation does just that,” said fellow Project 21 co-chairman Stacy Washington, a syndicated talk radio host and U.S. Air Force veteran. “”In light of the increasing frequency of atheists and socialists shooting politically conservative people, whether in ballparks or in churches during services, it’s important to allow those who are properly permitted to carry their concealed weapons into the church. Not only is this lawful, but it is Biblical. Jesus’s disciples carried swords as he directed them to do in Luke22:36: “He said to them, ‘But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.'”

 

Washington is a Second Amendment advocate and writer for the National Rifle Association.

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Maine House strongly endorses new effort to arm forest rangers

*Editor’s Note* – If there actually existed a Second Amendment and/or the God-given right to defend and/or protect oneself and your property, this wouldn’t even be an issue to discuss or to find ways to fund. Instead of creating another of this country’s band of “Heroes,” every person, whether a forest ranger or a pig farmer, should have the right to choose whether they want to carry a weapon for protection.

“Rep. Lois Reckitt, D-South Portland, said she rarely votes for any bill that supports increasing access to guns, but she voted for this one.

“I am standing up for these folks who in my mind are another segment of the law enforcement community in Maine,” she said.”<<<Read More>>>

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Wildlife, Riparian Habitat Protected, Access Improved in Oregon

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The largest private inholding in Oregon’s most popular and biggest wilderness area is now in public hands and open to public access thanks to a collaborative effort between the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service.

The project permanently protects 471 acres adjacent to the Eagle Cap Wilderness in northeast Oregon and improves access to nearly 23,000 additional acres of surrounding public land.

“This area contains vital habitat for elk and a myriad of other wildlife and fish species,” said Blake Henning, RMEF chief conservation officer.

Located southwest of the town of Joseph and directly west of Wallowa Lake, the narrow property runs approximately two miles in length. It serves as an important elk transition area as it lies between elk summer range in the high country and winter range in the lowlands. Mule deer, white-tailed deer, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats are also present within the surrounding area.

Additionally, Little Granite Creek and Falls Creek, two major tributaries to Hurricane Creek, cross the property. Spring Chinook salmon use the waterways for spawning. The creeks also provide crucial riparian habitat for other wildlife.

“In addition to improving public access for hunters, this project also ensures unimpeded access to Hurricane Creek and Falls Creek Trails, two of the most popular trails that provide access to the Eagle Cap Wilderness, including access to Legore Lake, said to be the highest true lake in Oregon at 8,950 feet in elevation,” added Henning.

RMEF conveyed the 471 acres to the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest which now oversees its management.

Vital funding from the Land and Water Conservation Fund helped complete the project.

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CCofCC Seeks “protection of citizen’s health, safety, welfare, and prosperity”

Press Release from the Concerned Citizens of Central California:

To the citizens of Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa Counties:

Concerned Citizens of Central California hereby notify you that they have formally demanded the County Board of Supervisors and Sheriffs, as responsible representatives of our communities bring together all agencies to devise an emergency plan of action.

The purpose is to secure local control for the protection of citizen’s health, safety, welfare, and prosperity. Some resolutions have been passed at the county level, but no actions have taken place to regain local control of our Sierra National Forest, leading to massive water loss, and catastrophic fires.

Even with a forecast of a strong El Nino this year with above average rainfall, there will be further environmental complications. Increased rainfall from El Nino will bring mudslides and silt into the watershed, the streams, and the rivers killing the fish, making the water unpotable, and useless for our valley agricultural industry.

Without major changed in forest management, the fire danger will increase next year, and the drought will continue.

The whole community is coming together as the current conditions are so destructive that it is burning down the forest, killing wildlife, including the various endangered species. The only way to correct this mismanagement is to work with the US Forest Service using local county controls. The effects of this drought and high fire danger causing natural and socioeconomic disaster will be with us for generations.

Below is a sample letter, which has been mailed to the County Supervisors and Sheriffs in all three counties:

The residents of Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa Counties hereby inform you that degraded conditions in the County forests are endangering the health, safety, welfare and prosperity of all County citizens, businesses, public and private lands.

 Concerned Citizens of Central California request the immediate focused attention and decisive action of all three counties’ Boards of Supervisors as we address the complex issues that this catastrophe presents. We have lost the luxury of time for study and planning. Prompt action is crucial to protect our residents, animals, infrastructure, homes, businesses, natural resources, and recreational industry. Our Sheriff’s departments are over tasked, and underfunded to meet the demands that a mismanaged forest has created.

In 2013, the Fresno County Board of Supervisors passed and adopted the RESOLUTION REQUESTING a STATE OF EMERGENCY IN FRESNO COUNTY, CALIFORNIA DUE TO DEGRADED FOREST CONDITIONS AND IMMINENT THREAT FROM CATASTROPHIC FIRES AND EXTREME DROUGHT. This resolution states that, “It is the responsibility and within the scope of authority of the Board of Supervisors of Fresno County to exercise powers necessary and proper to protect public safety, health, and the economic prosperity of the inhabitants of the County pursuant to the provisions of the constitution of laws of this State;” The Board of Supervisors follows with a request that a state of emergency be declared in and around the County’s forest communities.

On October 21, 2014, the Madera County Board of Supervisors passed and adopted the RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SUSTAINABLE FOREST POLICIES. “It is the responsibility and within the scope of authority of the Board of Supervisors of Madera County (“County”) to exercise powers necessary and proper to protect public safety, health, and the economic prosperity of the inhabitants of the County pursuant to the provisions of the constitution of laws of this State;” The Board of Supervisors follows with a request that a state of emergency be declared in and around the County’s forest communities.

In April, 2015, the Concerned Citizens of Central California spoke before the Mariposa County Board of Supervisors about the urgent need to pass an EMERGENCY RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF SUSTAINABLE FOREST POLICIES. “It is the responsibility and within the scope of authority of the Board of Supervisors of Mariposa County to exercise powers necessary and proper to protect public safety, health and economic prosperity of the inhabitants of the County pursuant to the provisions of the constitution of laws of this State.”  The Concerned Citizens of Central California request that the Board of Supervisors declare a State of Emergency in and around the County’s forest communities.

The residents of Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa Counties, whose health, safety and welfare you have sworn to protect, do now call upon you, the members of all three County Board of Supervisors, to act promptly and decisively to protect your counties against further destruction. As our Federal and State agencies have failed us, in preventing this emergency, local action becomes the only logical solution.

 We are asking for the County Supervisors to schedule a meeting, as promptly as can be organized, including all three Boards of Supervisors, the Fresno, Madera, and Mariposa County Sheriffs, all appropriate County agencies, the United States Forest Service, Cal Fire, P.G. & E., So. Cal Edison Co. and the residents and businesses, to discuss the implementation of measures, to protect our public and private lands and communities from further damage. Mountain residents will be happy to assist in organizing this event.

 In conclusion, we will work with the Supervisors and Sheriffs in this process unless they are unwilling to work to take action to protect the citizen’s health, safety, welfare, and prosperity. Meaningless political resolutions, statements, and posturing without action is no longer tolerable. Further actions are planned to take place to ensure that the people representing our communities are there to serve the best interests of the people.

 Thank you,

 Concerned Citizens of Central California

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3-Year-Old Girl Attacked by Coyote While Walking With Parents in Irvine 

Watch the video 3-Year-Old Girl Attacked by Coyote While Walking With Parents in Irvine on Yahoo News . A 3-year-old girl was attacked by a coyote while walking with her parents in Silverado Park in Irvine on Friday evening. The incident occurred around 5:50 p.m. near the intersection of Equinox and Silverado in Irvine, according to Farrah Emami with the Irvine Police Department. Girl suffered superficial wounds, and was treated at a local hospital and released. Officials were still searching the neighborhood for the coyote. Kacey Montoya reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Friday, May 22, 2015.
Source: 3-Year-Old Girl Attacked by Coyote While Walking With Parents in Irvine | Watch the video – Yahoo News

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As Gov. Rick Perry might attest, this little piece fits nicely into a pocket, or held in your hand and does wonders in convincing one of those coyotes, that environmentalists say never bother humans, that it just made a big mistake coming after you.

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