Guest post by James Beers:
A recent “scientific paper” from Finland:
Strong community support for illegal killing challenges wolf management
In Finland, the conservation of large mammalian carnivores—brown bear, lynx, wolf and wolverine—is undermined by illegal killings that have commonly taken place after the implementation of national carnivore management plans. This hidden form of criminality cannot occur to such an extent without strong support from the local community. We examined the support of proximate groups by collecting data from hunters and women. In collecting data, we used non-active role playing with empathy-based fictitious stories. We used argumentation analysis to reveal the assumed species, the background of the illegal killing and especially the justifications and importance of community support for illegal killing. The results show that we have a conflict with strong basic emotions in hand as both illegal killing and support for illegal killing and hunting violators are based on anger and fear for children and domestic animals as well as frustration toward the authorities and the lack of proper management actions. The wolf is at the centre of the conflict due to the specific character of the species. Current policies have inevitably been lacking in terms of place-based policy, and that has led to conflicts between game management authorities/researchers and ordinary citizens. To facilitate a change in attitudes, we suggest focusing on affective factors via confidence-building measures.(emphasis added)
When Nixon was making his “Opening” to China he had the Smithsonian send over to our new found chums a cultural exchange. Good bureaucrats that they were, the “Smithsonians” recommended a display of Native American items to encourage solidarity between the Chinese (people) and the North American Native people. I am reminded of the reported reaction of Chinese visitors to that display as I read the above “report” from Finland. It seems the Chinese man-on-the-street was greatly amused by the American artifacts that only showed them what thieving rascals Americans were. You see, they were convinced that the capitalist/imperialist scum had clearly stolen the artifacts from Manchuria and Mongolia and shamelessly claimed them to be American artifacts.
Could the above article from Finland have been copied from Minnesota or Montana or Idaho or Oregon or Washington or North Carolina or Arizona or New Mexico or Michigan government “scientist/bureaucrat/undercover agents” presenting themselves as good-old-boy rural bumpkins to seduce the backward rustics and publish this paper?
All of those states have the same problem and slick, urban dandies want “government” to stop it. One must assume these bureaucrat know-it-alls have exhausted all other possibilities like hiring local spies or offering immunity or some other charge or recording bar room conversations or satellite photography or drones to identify the perpetrators of what the far-off elites see as crime and the local residents see as public service. Thus we see a glint of what lies ahead where I have underlined the ominous last sentence where the “ordinary citizen” (i.e. the local provincials) will be the target of “a change in attitudes, we suggest focusing on affective factors via confidence-building measures.”
Whatever that means, it is not good. If your attitude is not full supportive of government policy, it is off to a re-education camp in Hanoi or Phnom Penh. You see, current rural Europeans under the EU authorities are exactly like rural Americans under Washington DC authorities. If there is NO concern for them, their families, their communities, and their traditions and economies when wolves were made into weapons of the hidden agendas of powerful urban elites to be used at will on rural targets; can you be anything but deeply concerned about what these same folks will not shirk from doing when identifying and punishing those that think they have any Right to frustrate what these increasingly powerful overlords and their enforcers have wrought?
The parallels between rural Europeans and rural Americans grow closer every day. We should each keep an eye on each other because you can bet your bippy that the European, American & UN bureaucrats, “biologists”, enforcers and radical supporters are meeting and burning up the phone (do they still use “lines” anymore?) as they plot, scheme and “partner” about how to ratchet up the game and teach the rest of us a “lesson.”
If government decrees “brown bear, lynx, wolf and wolverine”; no matter the kids, dogs, sheep, cattle, families and economies affected. As old Sherlock Holmes once said and Shakespeare wrote in Henry V, “the game is afoot!”
3 August 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.
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