May 27, 2019

An Open Letter To President Donald Trump

*Editor’s Note* – The views expressed in the accompanied “Open Letter” may not totally express the opinions of this editor. Thank you.

Dear President Trump;
 
There are millions of us in this country who truly hope that you were sincere and honest about appointing a commission to investigate Hillary and Bill Clinton, and to hold them accountable for all the injustice they have inflicted upon this country.  Those two showed their true character and total selfishness when leaving the White House – illegally taking with them priceless National Heirlooms.  They truly considered themselves the “King & Queen of America” – free to live as they saw fit, outside of the laws which govern all the rest of the country’s citizens.
Whether you follow through with that campaign promise or not, there was one extreme criminal act of fraud and theft committed under the administration of William Jefferson Clinton that truly needs to be revisited.  That was the illegal introduction of a non-native wolf subspecies into the Northern U.S. Rockies during the early to mid-1990’s – and how those invasive predators were wrongfully allowed to destroy big game populations which took a hundred years to rebuild from the near extinction levels of the 1890’s and early 1900’s.  This criminal act was committed by none other than the United States Fish and Wildlife Service – an agency whose mandated mission is supposed to be the conservation of wildlife populations.
Since the early 1900’s, America’s sportsmen have fully funded the conservation efforts which brought huntable species back from that near total loss.  Through the years, the money that hunters and fishermen have spent to purchase hunting and fishing licenses has also funded the establishment and annual operations of State Game & Fish Departments.  All of this was accomplished without burdening the average taxpayer.  It was all financed by the very sportsmen who valued a bounty of game.  Those same hunters and fishermen also strongly supported imposing excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment to finance the improvement and expansion of healthy and suitable habitat for game and fish – under the Pittman-Robertson Act (1937) and the Dingell-Johnson Act (1950).
 
The dumping of North-Central Canadian wolves into the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem in 1995-1996 had absolutely nothing to do with restoring wolves to the region.  The native subspecies of wolf still existed in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming – and could be found in small isolated packs – supposedly protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  Under pressure from radical environmental and animal rights groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service actually violated the Endangered Species Act when it covertly flew wolves in from Alberta, housed them inside of Yellowstone National Park, and unleashed those wolves into one of the richest wildlife regions of the United States.  
Those same wolves, and their offspring, quickly killed out the smaller endangered native wolf, and in short order began to negatively impact elk, moose, deer and other big game populations.  When game became harder for them to hunt, the larger and more aggressive Canadian wolves turned to feeding on cattle, horses and other livestock.   
Within 15 years, the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd had been drastically reduced from around 22,000 (in 1995) to around 6,000 by 2010.  Today, that herd is down to around 3,000 animals.  That loss is directly due to never ending predation by wolves, which quickly kill out the young of the year, eliminating any chance of the herd reversing the dramatic decline.  As the wolves proliferated and began to spread rapidly, that same level of wolf predation has destroyed elk herds up and down the Northern U.S. Rocky Mountains by 80-percent – destroying along with that loss of game the hunting opportunities for the very same sportsmen who have funded real wildlife conservation.
 
What makes this crime so much more severe, is the manner in which USFWS acquired the money for funding the project – which Congress had already denied.
 
The USFWS literally embezzled the money out of the Pittman-Robertson funds, which by law were to be used exclusively for the improvement of wildlife habitat.  The agency did a great job of hiding the theft of these sportsman provided dollars until Jim Beers, a former Chief of National Wildlife Refuge Operations, blew the whistle on the stolen funds. A Congressional Hearing was convened on that robbery, but the best they could narrow it down to was that between $60- and $70-million were misappropriated by the USFWS, under the leadership of, then, Director Jamie Rappaport Clark.
USFWS had authorized the illegal use of those funds to foot the bill for a number of projects, including the introduction of non-native wolves into the American West.  Other non-approved projects, or whims, were the building of a new Regional USFWS Office in California, new vehicles for the USFWS, bonuses of up to $30,000 (including for Director Clark herself), moving expenses for USFWS employees, the purchase of “National Refuge” land for the building of a prison, and a slush fund for upper USFWS management. 
 
So, who was held accountable?  No One!
 
Today, Jamie Rappaport Clark is serving as the CEO of the animal rights group known as Defenders of Wildlife, knocking down some $300,000 a year.  Defenders of Wildlife is one of the radical environmental groups which have used the Equal Access to Justice Act to keep its coffers filled.  Collectively, this “Non-Profit Organization”, and dozens of other phony “Wildlife & Environmental” groups have milked the wolf cash cow for several billion taxpayer dollars over the past twenty years.
Another criminal in all of this would be the Northern Rockies Wolf Recovery Project coordinator, Ed Bangs.  The USFWS did its best to keep “facts and figures” hidden.  There really is no way to put a figure on just how many stolen sportsman dollars were spent to illegally bring those wolves across the International Boundary between Canada and the United States.  According to the USFWS’s own extremely strict regulations, Form No. 3-177 must be submitted in order to bring any live wildlife or fish species into this country.  That form identifies the exact subspecies being imported…the exact number being brought across the border…and the exact cost of the shipment.  Those are all “exact” things that USFWS apparently did not want the American public to know.  Bangs failed to ever file that “mandatory” form.  Other than Ed Bangs himself, no one likely knows the exact cost of paying Alberta trappers to live trap those wolves…or exactly how many shipments were actually made…or the exact number of Canadian wolves that were literally dumped into Montana, Wyoming and Idaho.
 
Further tainting those transplants has been speculation that many of the so-called “wolves” that project leader Bangs did bring into the U.S. were actually wolf-sled dog hybrid crosses.  Bangs has been quoted saying, “If it looks like a wolf…and can live in the wild…and reproduce…then I consider it a wolf.”  That’s just another violation of the Endangered Species Act.
Please keep in mind, all of this began under the Bill Clinton administration.  Along the way there have been many accusations of U.S. Senators and Representatives being paid off…of Federal Judges accepting under the table money…or Governors receiving incentive to “Look The Other Way”.  Both Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game have long allowed the destruction of big game populations to continue far too long…not to have had some of those millions of dirty dollar thrown their way.  Who knows, Bill Clinton himself might have pocketed a few million dollars.
 
The Northern Rockies Wolf Recovery Project has been the dirtiest and darkest chapter in wildlife conservation in this country.  Under the Obama administration very little was done to clean up this mess, or to hold guilty individuals and the less than genuine organizations responsible.  But, that’s understandable.  All of this has nothing to do with “wolf conservation” … but rather everything to do about the United Nations’ goal of pushing people off the land and into the cities – Agenda 21. 
You know as well as I do, that Obama’s run for the presidency was totally orchestrated and largely paid for by George Soros, and his billionaire friends.  Soros and others within the crowd he tends to associate with are the largest supporters of the United Nations – and its futuristic goals of drastically reducing the human population of Planet Earth…centralizing human settlements…and returning a vast majority of this planet to wilderness areas where predators rule and keep wildlife populations in check.
 
Obama has been a part of that same idiotic ideology, explaining his real reason for pushing so hard for gun control, and supporting the U.N. Small Arms Treaty.  As long as we have the right to “Keep and Bear Arms” in this country, the U.N.’s pipe dream is just that.
 
Mr. President, if you honestly want to go down in the history of this country as being one of the “Greatest Presidents” of the United States, begin by fully investigating the corruption, lies, deceit, collusion and theft surrounding the forced Northern Rockies Wolf Recovery Project, and similar wolf projects in the Northern Midwest…in the Southwest…and along the Eastern Seaboard.  Hold those responsible fully accountable, and return the feeling to Americans that we do indeed live in “The Land of The Free”. 
 
Ryan Zinke is the right man for Secretary of the Interior … and Jim Beers, the 32 year veteran of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who blew the whistle on the theft of Pittman-Robertson Funds for financing the destructive wolf projects, is the man to clean up that filthy federal agency.
 
Respectfully Yours,
Toby Bridges,
Lobo Watch 2
Missoula, Montana
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Stay Off My Land You SOB

Or something like that. This morning I was reading George Smith’s article in which he stated that it was time for the Maine Legislature to enact two new laws. One would make it legal to provide “wild game” dinners and charge money for them.

Probably in this day and age, it is about time. But before Mainers go changing and/or creating more laws, they should understand that this law was first created in conjunction with commercial hunting. Lawmakers at the time believed that allowing commercial establishments to continue selling and serving “wild game” dinners, after the prohibition of commercial hunting, might promote illegal hunting. Perhaps those days are over? I dunno.

The second proposed law would be to make it illegal for people to enter private land and “pick crops on private land, such as mushrooms and fiddleheads.” He also suggests that, “No one else should be able to take those crops from our woodlot, without our permission.” And, “What gave him the idea that this was ok without asking us? Time to stop this bad behavior and show more respect for private landowners.

I’m not disagreeing with Smith’s notions. But is making a law that bans access to private land to “pick crops” the right choice and the direction Maine residents really want to go in? I would think and support an education program to teach people about respect of private land and the benefits all residents have by keeping private land accessible. Learning respect involves the act of seeking permission from a landowner – which is much more common today than ten or more years ago. What exists for education programs is working but more effort and time, and patience, is needed. Whatever is done, it will never stop them all. No law ever does.

Can we conclude that respectful people will seek permission, especially if it involves “taking” something from the land and that those, either ignorant or brazen enough to steal, probably will continue to do it even if a law is passed?

Maine is one of those rare states where private land is considered open to the public unless the landowner legally posts his/her property. This is a benefit to all people of the outdoors, some of whom may not fully understand that benefit, perhaps because they have never experienced locked-up private land. By forcing a law through the Legislature to prohibit access to private land to “pick crops,” steers the state in a direction toward reversal of the existing state of private land access. If a law is passed intended to prevent somebody from stealing mushrooms and fiddleheads, what is to stop the next person from seeking a law to prevent taking a walk, or fishing, etc.?

Outdoor recreation, including hunting and fishing, will drastically change when private land becomes closed and written permission needed to access it for any reason.

From my perspective, and yes, I am a landowner in Maine, Smith’s proposed law is a bit draconian. There is a difference between simple trespass and theft. There already exists laws on the books that make it illegal to take something that is not yours. What makes Smith believe that a law stating a specific event will make any difference?

Piling laws up on the books has proven to be a waste of time. There are so many laws now, few can or are ever enforced. This is a thoughtless reaction we often hear when someone says, “There ought to be a law!” In this case there doesn’t need to be a law, because there already is one. There needs to be some education that will target the disrespectful, but generally law-abiding people citizens, to learn that taking mushrooms and fiddleheads, apples, potatoes, Christmas trees, or any other privately owned property is already illegal.

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Guns stolen from vehicles increasingly used in violent crime – Yahoo News

ST. LOUIS (AP) — In what’s been a violent year in St. Louis, a common theme has emerged: The gun used in any given crime was probably stolen.

Source: Guns stolen from vehicles increasingly used in violent crime – Yahoo News

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Why Rural Americans in Wolf Country Believe Lois Lerner will be the Next IRS Commissioner

Guest post by James Beers:

This is being written as the notorious Lois Lerner of IRS infamy waits somewhere in retirement watching what information about her vile political activities is dripping out and wondering about what the chances are that her mysteriously lost government e-mails for a period of several years (while she denied tax-exempt eligibility to political opponents of the Obama Administration) will ever be recovered.

This Congressional Investigation into political-targeting of opponents of the President by the IRS has gone on for more than a year. Several months ago, Miss Lerner became a target of the investigation at which time she proclaimed her innocence and promptly pleaded her 5th Amendment right to not be “compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself”, or in this case herself. She immediately retired and clammed up like an oyster in a bucket. Her behavior is being mimicked by the current IRS Commissioner as he testifies daily in one of two modes. He is either giving evasive and disrespectful answers to Congressman with a smirk of contempt on his face, or he basks in adulation from Members of the President’s Party who treat him like a king who has been unjustifiably dragged before dogs.

While it is great theatre, as was Watergate, this week has been particularly illuminating about this IRS SCANDAL:

1. The President who initially feigned outrage (“if true”) about the scandal and later said there was not a “smidgeon” of corruption in the IRS; doubled down today as he toured Minnesota eateries and told an enthralled crowd of Minnesota fans that it (the Lerner/IRS contretemps) was just a “political scandal.”

2. An errant Lois Lerner e-mail came to light that shows her trying to initiate an unjustified IRS Audit of US Senator Grassley, a Republican known for his enthusiastic oversight of the IRS and Miss Lerner in recent years.

3. The IRS Commissioner has been lying to Congress for over a month about what e-mails would be provided while knowing that thousands were “lost”.

4. Miss Lerner’s and six of her known confederate’s (some of whom frequently visited the White House on undisclosed business) government e-mails were “lost” a week and a half after Congress first inquired about obtaining them over months ago. The explanation was that their computers “crashed” and hard drives were erased and recycled as the servers also mysteriously and simultaneously expired.

5. While computer experts laughed at the possibility of such a loss of information under these circumstances, word leaked out that IRS (that spent about $2B annually on information management) actually had employed as a contractor for many years a famous computer firm to (like those companies that back-up home computers like mine) keep a record of all computer information in case the computer or computers “crash”.

6. Shortly thereafter, word leaked out that while this firm had actually advertised that they backed up the IRS (wow!) computers for an extended period, they had been FIRED by the IRS in the midst of the initial discovery of lost e-mails, mysteriously expiring servers, and a total disappearance of all the information requested by Congress in the period before and right after the last election!

The Chutzpah (a Yiddish word for audacity, as in the boy that murdered his mother and father and threw himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan) in what has gone on this week is beyond the belief of any law-abiding American, but I digress. What caught this old bureaucrat’s eye however was the total cover-up including the FIRING without explanation of the very firm whose job it was to keep all such records on file under all circumstances.

Informed Rural Americans suffering with forcibly-imposed and protected GI (Government-Imposed) Wolves will recognize this scandal scenario immediately as being the model revealed 15 years ago about a scandal by similar political operatives in the US Fish and Wildlife Service that was eventually covered up and subsequently skyrocketed the two political operative’s careers to dizzying heights today.

The USFWS SCANDAL:

1. A 1999 Audit Report by the General Accounting Office to the US House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee revealed the following:

A.) In 1992 after the election of President Clinton and the election of the first Republican-controlled US House of Representatives in 40 years, USFWS hurriedly requested funding from Congress to introduce wolves (an extremely unpopular and controversial matter) and was denied.

B.) Within two months of taking office, the new House Leadership eliminated a superfluous hotbed of environmental activism and over-reach Committee, The Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. The partisan staff Director of that Committee was immediately hired by USFWS and placed in charge of the hunting and fishing Excise Taxes that annually generated ½ to ¾ of a Billion dollars annually for exclusive distribution to state fish and wildlife agencies and their programs that generated these taxes.

C.) Two years after (B), $45 to $60 Million of Excise Tax dollars were secretly “stolen”, “diverted”, “appropriated” (choose whatever word you are comfortable with) by USFWS and used primarily to trap, import, and quickly release wolves in Yellowstone National Park; open a new USFWS office in California (also denied funding by Congress) for coordinating with radical groups; and pay bonuses (shades of the VA/IRS/et al Scandals) to USFWS managers. It is highly illegal to: 1. Take those funds or to use them for federal purposes; 2. Fund federal programs with any funds after Congress has denied such funding; and 3. To award them to any federal employees not directly involved in the LAWFUL administration of the Excise Taxes.

2. The lady Director that oversaw USFWS in those days appointed the radical Defenders of Wildlife (a private, Non-Government Lobby Group) to administer Federal “compensation” for any rare or unexpected damage to livestock but not dogs or other domestic animals. (This was merely a ploy to delay complaints until wolf numbers and distributions were too great to control.) Reports of damage mostly were “undetermined” or blamed on dogs or “unknown” which meant no compensation or record of the horrendous damage wrought by wolves.

3. The political fallout was hot at first and then buried as the Presidential (Bush/Gore) election approached and Democrats demurred and Republicans ran from confrontations like “Gingrich’s” Government closure and partisanship after Clinton’s embarrassments with an intern in the oval office (another “political” scandal like the VA/IRS/et al of today.)

4. Most surprising (to me) was the way the State Fish and Wildlife Directors never complained OR EVEN ASKED THAT CONGRESS REPLACE THE STOLEN FUNDS! NOR DID ALL THOSE “UNLIMTEDS”, “FOREVERS”, “ASSOCIATIONS”, “FOUNDATIONS”, OR “OUTDOOR STORES” DEMAND REPLACEMENT OF THE STOLEN MILLIONS! Thus did the hunters, fishermen and trappers of the US go about their daily lives as (at least) $45 to $60 Million dollars of the Taxes they instituted and paid were not only stolen from them and their prized programs: those taxes and the wolves they generated are being used as I write this to eliminate hunting, fishing, trapping, grazing, and public land management and use.

That GI Wolves now occur in 14 western states where they have caused great rural harm, economic losses, controversy, and are advancing radical causes like eliminating hunting and trapping, animal control, grazing, and further public land closures and restrictions is a matter of record. One needs look no further than the Rally Being Held in Yellowstone National Park and Hosted by the US National Park Service this weekend as I am writing this. I quote:

“Event organizers for Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014 have developed the following five keys to reforming wildlife management in America:

* Ban trapping/snaring on all federal public lands.
* End grazing on all federal public lands.
* Abolish the predator-control department of the USDA Wildlife Services.
* Reform how state fish and game agencies operate.
* Introduce legislation to protect all predators, including wolves, from sport hunting, trapping, and snaring.”

This event is hosted by the USNPS, the sister (USNPS and USFWS are under the same Assistant Secretary of the Interior) agency of USFWS. Here is the government sponsoring radical political changes and like IRS, only for those favored by the President. Would the NRA be so “hosted” or “sponsored” or “endorsed” by USNPS? Consider that the NRA represents and protects a clear Constitutional guarantee and these usurpers represent taking more and more rights and cultural traditions from fellow citizens they despise by growing federal power and using tax dollars to accomplish it!

When the GAO Audit Report became public, a little-mentioned aspect was the fact that the USFWS had been required for 70 years to AUDIT EACH STATE AGENCIES FISH AND WILDLIFE PROGRAM USE OF THE EXCISE TAXES, EVERY FIVE YEARS! This had not been done for nearly two decades much to the delight of State Directors and federal managers that were using the funds for audits for other things surreptitiously. So practically overnight, USFWS hired a respected Defense Auditor to begin auditing State Fish and Wildlife Agencies on a Five Year Cycle.

Now State Fish and Wildlife Agencies, like USFWS, are exceedingly complex entities to audit. Funds can only be used for this and not for that. Are mollusks fish and eligible? Is stocking permitted? Is animal control, “operations” or something else? Historically, experienced (with fish and wildlife operations) accountants and a biologist with government experience and budgeting backgrounds were necessary for any reliable audit. Even when audited routinely, state directors and state political hacks (just like the Lois Lerners and Commissioner Kostinens of today) use whatever funds or powers they can for their own political and personal ends. Some examples of No-Noes:

– One state bought vehicles with F&W funds and then put them in the state car pool for use by all state employees.

– Another state transferred wildlife-purchased lands to build a state prison.

– Another state made a right-of-way across a wildlife-purchased area to allow for a hugely profitable land development and the Governor went on to become President.

– One state bought huge woodlands and then sold the timber and put the funds in the state’s general funds.

You don’t have to be an auditor to suspect that after almost two decades of no audits the magnitude of such “discrepancies” might be, well, “unexpectedly high” and high they were. In the first two years of the renewed audits, as the auditors began understanding the intricacies of earmarked funds and fish and wildlife operations they were, to no one’s surprise, somewhat behind in their schedule. Interestingly, their preliminary findings were tightly guarded and State Directors were howling behind the scenes like Banshees on a dark Irish night. So the USFWS Director FIRED the auditors for being behind schedule and hired the Interior Department Inspector General (a retired Secret Service guy with a largely retired Secret Service staff WHO’S JOB WAS OVERSIGHT OF THE VERY USFWS THAT HAD JUST HIRED HIM TO WORK FOR THEM! You might remember him as the fellow in the US House of Representatives’ ”Peanut Gallery” during President Obama’s State of the Union address as the President’s choice to oversee the President’s “Stimulus Funding.”

So the rumored “discrepancies” in state fish and wildlife operations (millions in the first few states audited) were somehow “explained” or found to be “in error” and the State Directors, all those hunter/fishermen organizations, the big “outdoor stores and federal bureaucrats still continue graze on the buffets and breakfasts at the big meetings as they all sip chardonnay and discuss job transfers, retirement employment and political connections.

Oh, and the Director and “Administrator” of those Excise Taxes that made all this possible? The lady Director spent a high-paid stint in The National Wildlife Federation as she waited for the 3-year ban on working for some group you materially benefitted while in government employment to expire after she resigned when Gore lost the election. Today she is the “President” or “Director” or “Grand-Pooh-Bah” of her favored Defenders of Wildlife and will probably attend the Rally in Yellowstone today. The “Administrator” was given a high-paying non-job in USFWS Headquarters as a “Science Advisor” under President Bush. The Bush folks gave him a nice office where he sat like a Manchurian Candidate until the next Democrat President (and they say that there is no difference between “RINOS” and “Democrats”.) This sort of thing goes on throughout government but my experience was that Republicans were far more reluctant to clean house than Democrats that seldom exhibited such scruples. Today the “Administrator” is DIRECTOR of USFWS!

So if you are still wondering about the connection between Lois Lerner and the lady Director of USFWS and her Excise Tax “Administrator” it is this: in any public scandal just FIRE any Auditor or Computer Back-Up firm that might reveal any further embarrassments. No one really cares. Just like the Presidential politics overcame the USFWS scandal and revealed the perfidy of state wildlife program advocates, so too can we expect the upcoming election and the White House to bury the IRS investigation as Republicans once again swim toward the middle and the proof of crimes become idle chatter at Washington get-togethers.

Heck, if the USFWS Director can move up to a high-paying NGO job and her Excise Tax Administrator can become Director of arguably one of the most powerful (next to IRS?) agencies in Washington after the USFWS scandal: if Lois Lerner doesn’t get a high-paying job with some political think-tank or get asked to be a Tax-Exemption Advisor at IRS or even Commissioner of the IRS, well she must not be ambitious.

Jim Beers
28 June 2014

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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.

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

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Godfrey Bloom: The State is an Institution of Theft

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Difficult to Have “Wall of Shame” When There Is No Shame

Perhaps a bit like making laws to stop criminals, who, by definition do not regard laws, states like Minnesota and Maine have traveling shows where they exhibit taxidermy wildlife confiscated from poachers in what they hope will deter others from poaching. I have no data to show whether it does or doesn’t work but should we expect that poachers will actually feel shame?

Well, we might think there is no shame but in our bit of comfort zone ideology, do we think criminals/poachers would steal/poach the poachers “Wall of Shame?”

It seems that in Minnesota thieves cut locks on gates and got into the trailers of the “Wall of Shame” and stole 17 shoulder-mounted deer heads.

Such class!

Here’s a photo of Maine’s version of a “Wall of Shame.”

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Wolves, Buffalo and Coming Corruption

A Guest Post by Jim Beers:

From 1994 to 1996 the US Fish and Wildlife Service stole (took, diverted, whatever makes you feel good) Millions of dollars from the federal excise taxes (mostly from those collected on arms and ammunition) collected exclusively for state fish and wildlife agencies’ use on state fish and wildlife programs. Those excise taxes are a major portion (supplementing hunting and fishing license fees) of the funding available each year for state fish and wildlife agencies’ operations.

At the time of the theft, Congress had refused to fund “endangered” wolf introductions by USFWS into Yellowstone Park, a federal enclave that would “seed” wolves into Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, and Utah as has happened. Resulting losses of cattle business viability, losses of big game herds (and the license money et al they generated annually), losses of dogs, human safety concerns, and general demise of rural economies were all foreseeable but denied by bureaucrats and “nature” advocates that lived largely in far-away cities. What was hidden from the public by state and federal bureaucrats and the “scientists” they employed were the disease and parasite effects of wolves on humans, domestic animals and wild animals; that danger is only now becoming undeniable as the awful consequences emerge.

The introduction of wolves captured in Canada into Yellowstone had other important effects. “Red” wolves introduced into the SE states were being perceived as the coyote/dog/wolf hybrids that they are. The romantic allure of wolf howls and the myth of “only killing the lame and the halt” were drying up. In New Mexico and Arizona, introduced “Mexican” wolves were more and more seen to be small wolves living in a harsh and largely foodless (except for cattle and sheep) desert environment, resulting in scary habituation by wolves to school bus stops, farm and ranch yards, and places frequented by kids or where garbage was sometimes available. In Minnesota and Wisconsin public questions about just how many wolves were going to be tolerated before a limit was achieved were causing difficulties for state and federal bureaucrats. Like the SE states, romance and myth were being overtaken by reality and experience. The Yellowstone wolf hoopla provided a publicity bonanza as the voters in those blue areas on the red/blue voting map enthused about vacations to Yellowstone and all the wonderful benefits that wolves were alleged to be bringing to an otherwise “unbalanced ecosystem”.

There are a few other factors however, that we should be aware of. The unpunished theft by federal bureaucrats of millions of dollars from our (yours and mine) state fish and wildlife agencies was a green light for federal bureaucrats to perpetrate future crimes and for the state fish and wildlife agencies to see that going along with crime (like Chicago Mayor Big jim Thompson and Al Capone in the 1920’s) was more profitable than reporting and prosecuting crime. Federal bureaucrats could hurt you and your agency (more all the time as their power and authority increased); making enemies of them was not for the faint-hearted or career-minded.

Additionally, twenty years of precedence have been set that destroys nearly all states rights’ over any plant and wildlife. In addition to sage grouse, wolverines, delta smelt, barred owls, and west coast suckers as “endangered” drone missiles to make growing areas and more human activities federal responsibilities; more folks began to see these as facades to continue the demise of State authority and jurisdiction over growing areas of American life. “Endangered” wolves and grizzly bears are two of the most effective of these rural destroyers to date.

Federal bureaucrats forcible impose (by claiming total jurisdiction over) wolves and grizzly bears that kill people but neither the federal government nor the bureaucrat is responsible. The wolves and grizzlies kill livestock and force either penury or bankruptcy on a wide range of rural businesses and economies but neither the federal government nor the bureaucrat is responsible. The wolves and grizzlies kill and seriously reduce elk, moose, deer, and other highly prized (and formerly lucrative license money and rural economy supplements) but neither the federal government nor the bureaucrat is responsible. Adding insult to injury in this regard, as wolves overrun more and more areas, federal benevolence trumpets “returning wolf management to the states”. Ironically this has created wolf “seasons” (for wolves declared “Game” animals) that are little more than spurs to wolf reproduction and health as low harvest allowances merely take a small amount of the population annually, thereby reducing winter food competition and encouraging larger litters by healthier wolves much like big game harvest management protocols. The final blow is that all this has allowed the states (and their federal mentors) to begin using the federal excise taxes generated by the sales of arms and ammunition! This means less availability of excise taxes for the hunting programs they were adopted for over 80 years ago. Now growing portions of the excise taxes and license money intended for hunting programs can be spent on wolf complaints, wolf collaring, satellite tracking, wolf transplanting of “problem” wolves, wolf meetings, wolf media propaganda, wolf “counting” (of a notoriously hard-to-count animal) and a whole range of wolf expenses as the wolves decimate game animals and make hunting more dangerous for fewer participants. Think of it as a win/win all around!

Understanding what I have just described, consider the growing movement to establish “Free-Ranging Buffalo” herds. Buffalo spread disease one of which that can destroy state cattle sales outside the state, destroy fences, destroy crops, destroy water holes, harass livestock, are a danger to rural home sites and even small town residents in winter as they seek foods, and are considerably dangerous to vehicles after dark on rural roads. Buffalo are titled “domestic” animals in certain states and come under a range of agricultural and veterinary laws that would preclude federal intrusion. UUHHH, so what?

“Free-roaming buffalo”, just like wolves and grizzly bears are simply environmental drone missiles employed in concert with government land purchases, government/NGO land easement purchases, government historic/scenic declarations, federal land closures, federal fire non-management, restrictions on grazing and timber management, and other ploys to further importune rural America and those that live and work there. Consider the drama and unsuccessful to date legal machinations in Montana to stealthily release Yellowstone buffalo in N Central Montana. Ask yourself why the 100 year-old National Elk Refuge by Jackson (that feeds 15,000 elk each winter) that was specifically founded in the Congressional Authorization FOR ELK, has been renamed the National Elk and Buffalo Refuge with a flick of a bureaucrat’s pen and the elk numbers to be wintered drastically reduced while a quota for “wintering buffalo” created by bureaucrat rule makers.

Now those that have been paying attention might be wondering where the federal government could get the money in these days of insurmountable debt? Well there is one factor I have not mentioned about wolves and the money stolen to push them “over the top”. The excise tax money stolen to put the wolves in Yellowstone was taken during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year of the Clinton Administration. For the history buffs out there, the 1st and 2nd years of the Clinton reign were marked by a widespread national fear that the Clintons were going to register (and confiscate?) guns. Hence there was a surge almost as big as what we have seen in the past 3 months of sales of arms and ammunition and a concomitant surge in excise tax collection.

The first inkling of something major amiss in Washington, DC regarding the excise taxes apportioned to the states was the mysterious disappearance of any large increase in excise taxes to state fish and wildlife agencies in the following years. In other words, the gun-confiscators actions (I have long suspected Mrs. Clinton’s role in “Fast and Furious”) caused a surge in sales that created a large surge in excise tax receipts that caught the eye of federal bureaucrats in Washington, frustrated by Congressional intransigence regarding wolves, intent on environmental jihadism and confident (as proved to be the case) that they would never be brought to account since they were serving such high purposes with only the best of intentions.

Ladies and gentlemen, the recent sellout of guns from stores everywhere and the continuing scarcity (due to unbelievable purchases for hoarding by citizens and an unexplained purchase of millions of rounds by federal domestic agencies) is creating once again that surge in excise taxes that when stolen before by federal bureaucrats went unnoticed and unreported by state bureaucrats.

If we do not put this federal genie back in the bottle (asserting Local Authority and Jurisdiction seems to be our best hope), our children will live in a much poorer world that none of us would recognize nor want.

The current administration, more than even the Clinton administration, abjures any oversight or questions. They are committed to a supreme central government more than any in my lifetime or the history of the nation so far as I understand it. Will they register and ban guns, and therefore decimate state fish and wildlife agencies access to excise taxes while inept state agencies are complicit in the demise of fishing and hunting? Will they steal or divert the current surge in excise taxes for buffalo introduction and protection or private property takeovers or other further decimations of rural America for urban votes? Are they now scheming for even more claims of environmental catastrophe unless they get more money from us or seize the remaining vestiges of state authorities?

I do not know the answers to those questions but I have my personal suspicions. I do know however, that a similar “run” on the gun stores 20 years ago resulted in enormous harm to rural America and American governance. With all that is facing us now, more than ever we need to be alert to lying bureaucrats and hidden agendas. We are in a carnival and have the mortgage money on a table bet about under which shell is the pea as the con “artist” smiles and switches them around. A lot is riding on how well we watch and challenge the play.

James Beers

1 March 2013

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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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