Notes on his speech-
I guess by now Beers needs no introduction, but the themes he expresses show the anti-wolf folks are really just part of tea party eruption with their efforts to nullify the laws of the United States. He would make the Southern Confederates of Civil War days proud, IMO.
The notes below were taken by someone very familiar with wild wolves who prefers not to have their name released as they don’t want to be “hassled.”
Here are my notes from the talk Jim Beers gave at BSU on Feb. 16:
There were about 150 people in the crowd, including many couples. The average age was 50. More men than women. No kids or teens. There were at least 6 members of the Idaho legislature present, and several members of Crapo’s staff.
In the lobby beforehand was a raffle that included items such as an Alaskan wolf pelt ($900) and the thing most people were standing in line for, an engraved “SSS” rifle.
Sponsored by Idaho Freedom Foundation, BSU Political Science Department, Idaho for Wildlife, Rocky Mtn Elk Foundation, Idaho Outfitters and Guides Assn, and Maurice Clements
Beers was introduced by Maurice Clements as a great American who has been relentlessly harassed by the USFWS.
“Wolves are the big issue of our day, including wherever they intend to put them next.
Wolves are vilified as a result of humans’ experience with them.
Stanley P. Young talks about wolves killing people and being in their gardens.
Wolves killed (American) Indians and spread a lot of disease, including smallpox (I think he was driving at the idea that wolves, not whites, were responsible for the spread of this disease on the frontier)
The reason wolves were killed off in the first place was that women and children needed peace when the men weren’t around..
Don’t let anyone tell you they won’t kill people.
Countries that allowed wolves to persist don’t have an advanced civilization now – they’re like Africa.
How did America allow wolves back in? It was the love/drug culture of the 1960s-70s. Lots of turbulence resulted in the formation of enviro and animal-rights groups (and the concept of Wilderness, which really means “no use.”) This is when the term charismatic megaspecies came into use (I think he means charismatic megafauna)
There was science involved in listing wolves – no talk of how many there are in Canada and Alaska and Asia. “I had dinner recently in Brussels with a Russian man who told me they have 4-6 million wolves there. They used to have more, but the USSR gunships used wolves as target practice during military training.”
Dont ever let anyone tell you that they can count wolves accurately. There isn’t enough $ to fly enough to find out how many there are.
DOW, ASPCA, Sierra Club, TNC and others used the feds to gain control over public lands. The ESA was used to list animals that there already millions of – since there is no difference between Mexican wolves, red wolves and gray wolves. For purposes of this talk I am calling them G.I. wolves – “government introduced.”
The feds have a plan to put wolves into the Grand Canyon next. (side comment here about kids getting killed, potentially, at bus stops)
People in other places give money to these enviro groups to keep wolves in rural places.
How this wolf reintroduction disaster happened, in short: (please pay attention or you will lose this thread of reasoning)
-Because of UN treaties and certain parts of the US Constitution people discovered that they could benefit from so-called civil rights laws. Those laws made for new civil service laws (and subsequent bonuses to managers who thought them up,) which required that minorities and women be hired into management positions in the federal govt. These new (presumably unqualified, from his tone) managers were environmentalists, not the old guard of men who knew what they were doing. These new managers felt a need to change the way YOU live, and this is how wolves not only landed on the list of endangered species, but were eventually reintroduced.
The feds are no longer giving the states $ for depredations. Soon there will be no more outfitters or sawmills, either (??)
The states are simply contractors to the feds. It’s what they’ve become. You saw that 130 lb. coyote in Missouri last year and how the state didn’t care.
The feds don’t like Republicans because they’re not as free with the money.
The USFWS stole $45-60 million in PIttman-Robertson (excise taxes) which, by a circuitous route, was used to reintroduce wolves and pay bonuses to FWS managers (Jamie Clark and Beth Stevens implicated here). The states never asked for their money back, and there are several reasons:
-The states’ primary goal is not to make the feds mad. The feds are the source of the states’ money. It’s all about enviro education now, not hunting.
-The federal inspector general who was the auditor during the P-R scandal was Obama’s Stimulus Pkg IG.
…subsequent trashing of Jamie Clark/implication that the current head of DOW is about to go to work for Max Baucus as chief of staff.
There are wolves in 21 states now.Kids can’t go camping or fishing now without thinking twice. The more you let wolves breed the more you get – like an inkblot across the map. Look at coyotes. They’re living in cities now. Wolves will, too, but they’ll learn it faster because they move around in groups.
…trashing of Native Americans and how the corrupt DOI manages their casino licenses
<I’m getting whiplash just writing all this down>
For wolves, food is not a limiting factor. They can eat out of garbage cans, dumpsters — they’re just like dogs.
Suggestions for the crowd on how to get wolves delisted:
-Assert states rights
-Repeal the ESA – the American Revolution succeeded with only 1/3 of the colonists participating; we got prohibition repealed. The feds are afraid of getting rid of the ESA because a lot of people in cities like it. ESA is just fat and waste. Obama probably won’t sign a repeal – the the next president will! Start working now!
-Get your legislators to pass a repeal of the ESA, either by court ruling or congressional compact.
-Amend the ESA – make feds pay for damage caused by species not formerly present here. Says he and Geist both are confident a kid will be killed (make human safety the driving factor of state legislation. If you present it right, who (congress) wouldn’t sign that??)
– Other ideas: only species endangered worldwide can be listed under ESA/only species, not subspecies/force just compensation for taking of property/recover species only federal property/forget genetic connectivity and DPS, that’s for academia.
And finally, Dave Hoffman of the Idaho Freedom Foundation got up and said, “Now you know why Helen Chenowith thought the world of Jim,” and in turn, Beers said, “And she was a role model for me.”
Questions from audience (that I could hear)
Q: why do we keep hearing that wolves don’t kill people?
Beers: The unspoken policy is to not make things any worse than they are.Say it’s coyotes or dogs, but if they’re not there, they don’t know. We used to all have a stake in caring whether a wolf killed someone because everyone was related to each other in the pioneer days. It’s a very serious problem.
Q: I’ve heard you can’t call in a wolf to shoot it. What do they use for bait (IDFG)? dog scat?
Beers: Best way is to do like in British Columbia and trap at a carcass.
Q: How about introducing dog poop with parvo in it, or using (some kind of sharp hook) with meat on it that will cut the wolf to death?
(more of a statement than a question)
Q: What about neutering?
A: not feasable.
Q: The OX ranch had 70 head of cattle die of worms. How can we get the word out about this?
Beers: ICA and Farm Bureau should be criticized for not being here tonight. They should have donated $ to this event. Clements speaking: The apathy these days is terrible. <Agreement to organize on e-mail “it starts here and now.”>