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Decades of Political Meddling Threaten GYE Grizzlies

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Sam Jojola, USFWS Special Agent (retired)

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Research Illuminates Historical Threats for Grizzlies in the GYE

The 23 years covert experience in federal wildlife law enforcement always reminds me to look deep behind the curtain of puppet master politics that often manipulate the strands of negative decisions that hamper long term protection of key wildlife species in our country and around the globe. Recent research has further illuminated past and present political threats of oil, gas, with alliances from SCI and the NRA that appear to be a multi-prong threat. This detailed 2014 report describes these alliances and how they can work to compromise key biological and wildlife resources:

https://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/IndustryInfluenceReport.pdf

Foreign mining interests are looming over the GYE. Google “mining opportunities in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” and a host of articles appear. Gold mining interests have friends in “high places”. When states are left to take the lead in managing these interests, the “golden rule” will often apply. “He who hath the gold rules”, and ecosystems and wildlife will suffer by political meddling. Déjà vu all over again reminds me of my experience in the 1980’s in Nevada with foreign precious metal corporations and migratory bird deaths from cyanide heap leach operations.

Trophy hunting Grizzlies in the GYE could be the coup de gras with oil, gas and mining interests contributing to the “big picture” of multiple ongoing serious threats.

Recent court decision reveals flaws with delisting GYE Grizzly

The recent court decision based on a lawsuit by the Humane Society of the United States revealed serious flaws behind the Grizzly delisting in the GYE:

https://www.courthousenews.com/wolf-ruling-has-agency-wrestling-with-grizzlies/

I strongly believe the HSUS decision that affects the GYE grizzly bear final rule should require the Service to re-evaluate the delisting of the GYE grizzly bear population and examine this species as a whole across the remaining U.S. grizzly bear ecosystems. This court decision shows USFWS is acting in haste to separate listed species into distinct populations and delisting them. The GYE Grizzly delisting exposes the blatant hypocrisy of this bizarre and reckless strategy that goes against the long term protection of all grizzly bear populations. More

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Finally, a book that tells the truth about wolves

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by W.R. McAfee, Sr. (c)copyright 2010

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Want to learn the truth about wolves?  Read Will Graves’ book, Wolves In Russia : Anxiety Through the Ages. It is the most accurate book ever written about these killers; stripping away the lies and propaganda that has been deliberately fed to the American public.

One of the things that Graves discovered when he was in Russia was that packs of wolves followed Napoleon’s forces as they retreated from Moscow along four routes.  As soldiers became weak or straggled away from the columns, the wolves attacked and killed them. In fact, they got so used to eating human flesh that for years afterwards, the wolves continued to attack humans along Napoleon’s retreat routes. And they continue to menace Russian wildlife, livestock, and people to this day.

Kings Mountain National Battleground Monument in the U.S. states in their introductory video that “. . .of the bodies left unburied of the British troops, so many packs of wolves gathered upon the mountain [to eat them] that the  locals could not go up on the mountain for years afterwards.” 

Wolves are killers.  And the ESA gave them a free pass for unlimited predations on livestock, wildlife, and now humans.

In an article in Montana’s Independent Record newspaper, Dave Habel said in 2008 he and an East Helena youth were “false charged” by wolves recently while elk hunting just west of Helena in the mountains above the city’s Tenmile Water Treatment Plant. More

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