Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Concerned Ranchers Voice Their Opinion In Regard To Pending Wolf Legislation In Oregon
March 27th, 2011
Dear House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources;
On April 5, 2011 you will address HB3013 which speaks to wolf depredation compensation and cost-sharing programs for purposes of compensating persons who suffer loss or injury due to wolf depredation and providing financial assistance to persons who implement livestock management techniques or nonlethal wolf control techniques designed to discourage wolf depredation of livestock.
We would like this bill killed.. no need for funds or expenses for compensation if wolves are properly controlled by the people of the state.
Vote No on HB3013 and HB3560.
HB3562 A citizen of this state should have the right to protect their property and that person should be entitled to protect themselves and others from the wolf.
HB3563 Goes without saying.. We should be allowed to take gray wolves or any kind of wolf in certain situations without cause and without permit from State Fish and Wildlife Commission.
National Wolf Delisting Sponsors
There are 60 cosponsors from 31 states in favor of De-listing the wolf
Co-Sponsors of H.R. 509 and S. 249
1. Rep Alexander, Rodney [R-LA-5]
2. Rep Latta, Robert [R-OH-5]
3. Senator Barrasso, John [R-WY]
4. Rep Altmire, Jason [D-PA-4]
5. Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [R-WY]
6. Senator Crapo, Mike [R-ID]
7. Rep Bachmann, Michele [R-MN-6]
8. Rep Matheson, Jim [D-UT-2]
9. Senator Enzi, Mike [R-WY]
10. Rep Benishek, Dan [R-MI-1]
11. Rep McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4]
12. Senator Hatch, Orrin [R-UT]
13. Rep Berg, Rick [R-ND]
14. Rep McMorris Rodgers,[R-WA-5]
15. Senator Inhofe, James [R-OK]
16. Rep Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1]
17. Rep Miller, Candice S. [R-MI-10]
18. Senator Kyl, Jon [R-AZ]
19. Rep Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]
20. Rep Miller, Jeff [R-FL-1]
21. Senator Lee, Mike [R-UT]
22. Rep Bonner, Jo [R-AL-1]
23. Rep Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD]
24. Senator McCain, John [R-AZ]
25. Rep Boren, Dan [D-OK-2]
26. Rep Nunes, Devin [R-CA-21]
27. Senator Moran, Jerry [R-KS]
28. Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [D-IA-3]
29. Rep Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3]
30. Senator Murkowski, Lisa [I-AK]
31. Rep Broun, Paul C. [R-GA-10]
32. Rep Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2]
33. Senator Risch, James [R-ID]
34. Rep Cardoza, Dennis A.[D-CA-18]
35. Rep Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]
36. Rep Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3]
37. Rep Petri, Thomas E. [R-WI-6]
38. Rep Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6]
39. Rep Quayle, Benjamin [R-AZ-3]
40. Rep Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11]
41. Rep Rehberg, Denny [R-MT]
42. Rep Cravaack, Chip [R-MN-8]
43. Rep Rogers, Mike J. [R-MI-8]
44. Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [R-MO-8]
45. Rep Ross, Mike [D-AR-4]
46. Rep Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-1]
47. Rep Ryan, Paul [R-WI-1]
48. Rep Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]
49. Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5]
50. Rep Heller, Dean [R-NV-2]
51. Rep Simpson, Michael K. [R-ID-2]
52. Rep Herger, Wally [R-CA-2]
53. Rep Terry, Lee [R-NE-2]
54. Rep Huelskamp, Tim [R-KS-1]
55. Rep Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5]
56. Rep Kline, John [R-MN-2]
57. Rep Walden, Greg [R-OR-2]
58. Rep Labrador, Raul R. [R-ID-1]
59. Rep Young, Don [R-AK]
60. Rep Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5]
The Canadian Gray Wolf was introduced into Western States in 1994 and achieved recovery objectives in 2002. Wolves are also abundant in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Wolves are here to stay. With a population growth rate of 24%, wolf overpopulation is now doing significant damage to wildlife populations throughout the West and Midwest.
Immediate congressional action is needed to permanently delist wolves and allow for much needed state wildlife management. Ongoing anti-management litigation must be ended to return wolf numbers to agreed upon levels to avoid irreversible damage to big game herds. Sportsmen have invested millions to restore big game abundance. As the original conservationists, working together we can continue to achieve the political and management solutions needed to save big game herds in crisis.
Worldwide wolf abundance-wolves are NOT endangered
Alaska has 11,000
Europe and Asia has 60,000 to 100,000 wolves (estimated)
Canada has 50,000 wolves
Anything less than stringent control of wolf numbers, 24/7/365, is a compromise. First, we have to get the fool notion that “wolves are big game” out of the mind of state wildlife managers.
The numbers of wolves that Montana and Idaho are dealing with have been very costly to the state and the state's people. The wolf is out of control and elk herds in some areas will never recover to the levels they once were. Moose have disappeared in areas they once were. Yellowstone Park has been decimated. This is not sensationalism, this is Reality.
In closing we ask that you look to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and other states that are presently dealing with the problem with out of control predators. The wolf isn’t the problem, the problem is the density of wolf numbers. What are the numbers our state is going to live with? Who gets to decide?
Mike and Cathy Kaech