This recent release (see below) from Wildlife Services really has me wondering. They are asking for public comment on the wolf issue in Oregon, however their statement appears to already be slanted, and you can guess in which direction.
Wildlife Services says they are “assisting” the State, the Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Tribal Government with management regarding wolf conflicts. In their words, there is a “need for action based on confirmed and chronic livestock depredations…” I’m concerned about this “action,” it sounds as though a decision has already been made.
They also go so far as to say that there is a “potential for wolves to threaten human safety.” Come on! This is a Government agency, supposedly staffed by trained individuals, yet they are expressing concerns about wolves harming people!
I should not be surprised. Wildlife Services has been exposed as an agency that avoids facts and is guilty of multitude cover ups. They certainly do not represent the vast majority of the people they are supposed to serve.
I’ve had some recent communication with David E. Williams, State Director of Wildlife Services here in Oregon. These are his introductory words; I’ll share more later…
“Sorry for the delay in responding to your request for information. I hope the information I am providing is helpful in explaining USDA-APHIS-Wildlife Services’ (WS) role in managing wildlife. We work very closely with federal and state wildlife management agencies. In Oregon we work with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) to assist them in their job of managing wildlife for the interests of all Oregonians. This is a very challenging mission. WS assists the ODFW in managing wildlife conflicts while ensuring no negative impacts on wildlife populations.”
What bothers me in this otherwise politically correct statement is the phrase, “…managing wildlife for the interests of all Oregonians.” This, I believe, is far from the truth. Most of us in this state (and other states as well) do not want our predators annihilated for no reason, and certainly not to the gross extent that Wildlife Services has been guilty of.
Please respond to this request for public opinion by September 10. Simply click on the link below and add a comment, up to ten pages worth if you have a lot to say. The more we speak up, with clear and essential facts, the better our chances of being heard for the benefit of wolves in Oregon. I’d love to see your response, I’m formulating mine and will post it as soon as I’m finished.
Federal Agencies – other than NPS » Wildlife Services Gray Wolf Damage Management in Oregon »Document List » Document Contents
|Description:||This environmental assessment (EA) evaluates a proposed action and alternatives to assist the State of Oregon, Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and Native American tribal governments with management of gray wolf (Canis lupus) conflicts throughout the state. The actions to protect livestock are immediately necessary in portions of the state where the gray wolf population is managed by ODFW and by the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). The need for action is based on confirmed and chronic livestock depredation, and although less likely, the potential for wolves to threaten human safety.|
|Comment Period:||07/30/2012 – 09/10/2012|