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Published September 21, 2010, 10:35 AM

Rural residents’ concern over ‘spread’ of wolves not surprising

EAGAN, Minn. — There is a growing suspicion by rural residents that “pro-wolf” advocates are releasing wolves to supplement and extend the presence and future growth of wolf packs in the lower 48 states. One wolf was killed in Ohio recently, a small pack was killed in Indiana, and a wolf was photographed by a trail camera in Illinois.

By: Jim Beers,

EAGAN, Minn. — There is a growing suspicion by rural residents that “pro-wolf” advocates are releasing wolves to supplement and extend the presence and future growth of wolf packs in the lower 48 states. One wolf was killed in Ohio recently, a small pack was killed in Indiana, and a wolf was photographed by a trail camera in Illinois.

Where wolves now occur in the upper Rockies, the Southwest and Southeast, they have been forcibly introduced and militarily protected by federal bureaucrats utilizing federal laws and regulations that they drafted by politicians concerned with their re-election. This has resulted in a spectacular loss of state sovereignty over everything from resident wildlife, hunting programs, ranching and rural economies to federal bureaucrats, a loss of big game populations such as elk, moose and deer to wolves, a loss of livestock from cattle and sheep to llamas and pigs to wolves, and losses of pet dogs, watch dogs, working dogs, sporting dogs and trailing dogs to wolves.

It also has resulted in complete reorientation of rural lifestyles from how children go to and from school, what activities children can engage in outdoors and where small children must be watched to what disease potentials are from wandering wolves and how to keep any dogs safe from wolves.

While it still is denied that wolves kill people, Russian records, American historical records and recent killings by wolves in Saskatchewan and Alaska expose that lie. Wolves have killed numerous people worldwide and at certain times in astonishingly large numbers.

Moreover, diseases carried by wolves are both deadly and debilitating to humans, livestock, pets and wildlife, yet no veterinarians or wildlife biologists will comment on the dangers for fear of being exposed as either a coward or “politically correct” whenever one or more of the deadly diseases and infections are shown to have been or being spread by wolves.

Therefore, it is neither surprising nor improper for rural residents to be concerned that wolves are being spread surreptitiously in the lower 48 states.

Wolves are not endangered in any sense of the word. They are “listed” as “endangered” and/or “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act only to assuage animal rights and environmental radical’s agendas and to make federal rule over all remaining wildlife under state authority subject to federal rules and regulations.

So, for rural residents worried whether these radicals are releasing wolves in your neighborhood, there is a simple remedy. In those states where wolves do not currently occur (this is where the radicals will dump them), your state still has authority over resident (as opposed to migratory wildlife such as certain birds named in treaties and species claimed as “endangered” by federal officials like the Defenders of Wildlife and Center for Biological Diversity and others) wildlife.

Offering a solution

Recognizing that state legislators, just like their federal cousins, and state bureaucrats, just like their federal cousins, are seldom on the side of rural residents or rural matters, recognizing that there is disinformation from bureaucrats and extremists about wolves on TV, in schools and in print, recognizing that since time began, people that are not being seriously harmed by something (like pacifists to whom war is often an academic matter) are reluctant to accept that deadly force is necessary to protect those being directly harmed by large predators just like rural residents threatened by rural criminals when law enforcement is hours away.

I offer the following answer to the question about whether wolves are being dumped in your communities: Ask your state legislator and your state senator to introduce and support legislation that says wolves are deadly predators and, as such, are not protected and may be taken at any time. Further, ask that the law state that bears are either to be kept at a certain level and only in certain counties or that they, too, may be taken whenever causing property (including animal property) damage or threatening human life. Cougars likewise should be considered, like wolves, deadly predators and, as such, are not protected and may be taken at any time. Also, depending on your state culture, ask your state legislator to include language that authorizes the regulated use of dogs, traps, rifles, bait and other appropriate methods to control wolves or cougars entering the state.

How it works

The law does several things. It makes federal intervention more difficult in the future, it protects human lives (and therefore families and communities) within the state, it preserves and reinforces rural “liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” it protects big game populations and big game hunting, it preserves rural safety and the freedom of rural children to engage in outdoor activities, it keeps rural economies sound by protecting livestock and associated businesses, it protects rural dogs of all stripes, it minimizes the spread of diseases and infections by these large predators, it relieves the state of wildlife management expenses by having the citizenry monitor and control the problem, and it may even generate state revenue by charging a tax on any hides or other products sold or shipped elsewhere.

Further, it tells you which state legislators are on your side and which ones are selling you out to curry the votes of those who would sacrifice you and your way of life for their own selfish purposes. It tells you which ones of your state bureaucrats work for you as opposed to federal counterparts and federal grant dispensers, i.e., the ones you need to get rid of and replace with ones who work for you. Finally, it lets you know if the radicals are dumping wolves (and cougars) in your state. If they aren’t, why should they care? If they are, they will come at you with everything they’ve got because they really intend to ruin your communities and culture just like they are doing with wolves today and just as they did with spotted owls yesterday.

Like hostile political entities, either you confront them, or one day, they will be knocking on your door with rifle butts.

If anyone burbles to you about “native species” or “native ecosystems” tell them that is nonsense. The U.S. in 2010 is as relevant to 1492 as a Ford F-150 is to a chariot. Human life and healthy human rural communities and families trump animal hegemony anywhere and anytime.

Editor’s note: Beers is a retired U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wildlife biologist, special agent, refuge manager, wetlands biologist, and congressional fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York and Washington.

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