HOW FAR WE'VE SUNK
According to the Reno Gazette Journal on 3 December "Nevada wildlife commissioners are scheduled today to discuss the possibility of adopting a regulation, at least temporarily, that would change the gray wolf's official status from a protected game animal to an unprotected one -- the same as coyotes and skunks, which can be shot at any time."
Enter the federal interloper of the week. Bob Williams, Nevada supervisor of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service arguing that "It's basically saying if you see a wolf, you can shoot it," he said. "It's the wrong message. It's just the wrong thing to do." "There will be an occasional wolf that comes into Nevada, and we shouldn't be afraid of them".
Oh, really? There are three very alarming aspects to this report that must not go unchallenged.
First, here we have an audacious federal field-marshal telling elected state officials that he considers his and his agencies' federal moral values superior to state values, so therefore what the US Constitution clearly authorizes the state to regulate is, according to this federal official, "wrong". Whether we quote the enviable and successful Constitutional jurisdiction of state governments over all wildlife within their borders that has served this country well for over 200 years; whether we consult all the Treaties and laws usurping this state authority (Migratory Birds, Marine Mammal "Protection" i.e. non-management, Federal land purchase, "Law" of the Sea, Wetland "Protection" i.e. private property seizure, "Native" species & ecosystem "Restoration"; and whether we review all the federal agencies' brazenly written "regulations" and "rules (for the little they are worth legally) like Wilderness, Roadless, Access, Closures, Permits, Non-Management, Non-Use, redefining "navigable" waters, specious assertions about pollution and manufactured Armageddon fantasies like global warming, global cooling, desertification, Marine Sanctuaries, and myriad "Special" Regulations on everything from gun possession, logging, and grazing to class requirements for citizens to use public land: nowhere does the word "WRONG" appear.
"Wrong" as expressed here is mere tyrannical humbuggery. It simply expresses the personal preferences of federal overseers (over not only over our state government but thereby over us as well). I leave it to the reader to conclude their motives that truthfully have little or nothing to do with wildlife or the "pursuit of Happiness" of the residents of Nevada.
This is merely the moral posturing of those currently in power at the federal level. This sort of intimidation is akin to Nazi thugs telling some German Gauleiter, or some Soviet Commissar telling some occupied-country "leader" that something he is doing is "wrong". As such this USFWS spokesman should have been sent packing by the state and his employing federal agency cautioned that state residents do not pay federal taxes to enable federal agencies and their employees to undercut or influence state Constitutional authority based on their own federal unconstitutional agendas. When such things are let "stand" they are merely precedents for further tyranny.
Imagine a UN official telling our federal government in Washington that our private property policies or our gun rights are "wrong". While the current federal managers would likely shrug, any federal government worth its salt that did not send the UN official packing and tell the UN to keep its nose out of the US tent should not be tolerated.
Secondly, whether or not any state or local community has any or some certain abundance of wolves is constitutionally a state matter under state authority. The federal claim in this area is based on a perversion of questionable federal law to begin with. Not only has the federal government falsely claimed the abundant-worldwide wolf to be an Endangered Species, the federal Endangered Species Act that was passed to "save" whales and eagles and flies has been perverted to authorizing the fantastic and non-scientific "restoration" of "native" ecosystems and species. This immeasurable and indefinable purpose is an unlimited claim by federal officials to claim unlimited budgets and staffs as well as implying and attempting to secure authority over all remaining private property and human activities not already under the federal heel of the EPA, federal land owners, and the associated non-government-organizations that own or ease properties in the millions of acres worth many, many billions of dollars.
Again, any federal officials or federal agency attempting to "steer" state government exercise of state Constitutional authority over any wildlife not under federal jurisdiction should not be tolerated. In fact, the most "Just" (as in rightful or appropriate) regulation of animals such as wolves or other deadly (to man) animals like cougars, grizzly bears, black bears, and coyotes should be based first and foremost on the desires of local communities like towns, cities, townships, and Counties. This is called the principle of subsidiarity or government that is based at the lowest level and is therefore the best for all humans and their "unalienable rights".
The most important responsibility of governments is the protection of human life. Nothing is further from this responsibility than for government to unjustly endanger human lives for any reason other than to save more human lives.
Third and last, any federal official that burbles that ""There will be an occasional wolf that comes into Nevada, and we shouldn't be afraid of them" is a liar that should be fired on the spot! If the federal employer pushes that line, they and their employees should be barred from the state as a self-defined danger to the "peace and tranquility" of the state.
Current newspapers from Georgia and Alaska to Saskatchewan, Kazakhstan, and Russia detail the death and severe injury of numerous humans, especially children, women and unarmed men. History books, Will Graves' "Wolves in Russia", Stanley Young's "Wolves in North America", newspaper archives, and numberless reports from the likes of John James Audubon to Leo Tolstoy are replete with account after account of wolves killing and maiming humans for "reasons" too numerous to mention here.
Any "expert" or "scientist" or "naturalist" or "bureaucrat" or town drunk saying that "we shouldn't be afraid of them" (i.e. wolves) is giving scandal (i.e. deceiving others to commit a deadly error in judgment) to those that mistakenly and naively believe them. If only one child or one woman hiker or one dog-walker dies as a result of believing this lie, the blame belongs on such liar and any sponsoring organization/employer spreading such a lie..
Whatever way this blame for the inevitable human deaths is treated by our currently unpredictable courts, tolerating federal intervention into state intentions to avoid this unavoidable danger is laudable and the federal intentions to the contrary deserve both condemnation and defeat.
Human deaths are increasingly inevitable as wolves spread, big game herds are reduced, and most especially as burgeoning wolf populations become familiarized with or habituated to human habitations and human activities.
Reasons are too numerous to mention here but everything from rabies, to need for food for pups, to winter hunger, and the 30 or more diseases and infections transmitted by wolves will magnify the inevitable human encounters from hunters to gardeners to a child taking out the garbage in the evening. There will be a rash of attacks soon and then there will be the steady incidence of sporadic attacks with periodic outbreaks of sustained attacks just as reported down through the ages of in places like India, Kazakhstan, Russia, Georgia and other wolf-havens today.
Why the same urban people that lock up their kids and call the police when some Doberman or Staffordshire terrier runs down the street believe this lie about not fearing a bigger dog (i.e. a "wolf" that is the same species as dogs and coyotes) that has never been domesticated and that can be desperately hungry, never gotten "shots", and routinely kills animal many times bigger for both food and "fun" (to be anthropomorphic) is beyond comprehension.
Go get 'em Nevada. We are truly "all Nevadans" with a stake in your bold confrontation on behalf of liberty.
8 December 2010
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 at firstname.lastname@example.org