Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Oregon Congressman Blumenauer Supports Growing Wolf Numbers...
Recently, Oregon resident Cathy Keach wrote to Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer in regard to the growing impact of wolves in that state. Cathy and her husband Mike are ranchers, and have concerns about the negative impact wolves will have on their livlihood. They are also extremely outdoor oriented people, and are also worried about how wolf depredation will rob them and others of the opportunity to hunt elk and other game - as it is robbing sportsmen in Idaho and Montana right now.
Typical of extremely out-of-touch politicans these days, Representative Blumenauer sent her back the following form letter.
Dear Mrs. Kaech,
Thank you for contacting me about the fate of gray wolves. I share your concern about undermining the wolves' protection under the Endangered Species Act, and I strongly opposed the inclusion of this policy rider in the recent budget deal. I am especially concerned about the precedent of Congressionally delisting species from the Endangered Species Act, as I believe these decisions should be made by wildlife experts and scientists, not members of Congress.
I have been inspired by the recovery of the gray wolf in Yellowstone, and have watched the positive impacts it has had on the rest of the ecosystem. While I support state efforts to manage wolves, they must do so in a way that ensures healthy wolf populations over the long term. Especially in light of lax state protections, I strongly support the wolves' protection under the Endangered Species Act and I will continue working with my colleagues to ensure that the gray wolf makes a full recovery.
Thanks again for contacting me about this important issue. Please continue to be in touch.
Member of Congress
LOBO WATCH used the form on Congressman Blumenauer's website to send the following message...which we're sure never got read...by him or even his staff. But...it is here for you to read.
Dear Congressman Blumenauer;
This morning, I read a letter that you sent to one of your constituents about all the positive and beneficial things that growing wolf populations have done for our environment.
Earl, it's quite clear that you don't know squat about wolves...and it's what you don't know which is bad for the State of Oregon and its
I will post that letter on the popular LOBO WATCH website tomorrow...along with a very long list of NEGATIVE impacts that wolves have on our wildlife populations, on rural residents who rely on livestock production, as well as on outdoor recreation, along with the health and safety threats that wolves present to humans. (You are aware that wolves carry and spread more than 30 infectious diseases...don't you?)
By any chance, are you up for re-election in 2012?
If you are, you may really want to get a darn site more educated about wolves. As I said, it is very apparent that you don't know anything about this apex predator...and it's impact on human life. Wolves are the wildlife equivalent of cancer...or plague. To boast that you support the full recovery of the wolf population in this country is akin to supporting the spread of rabies, cystic hydatid disease, trichinosis, and many other "living" viruses, bacterias, and infections which wolves spread widely.
I would be very interested in hearing just what benefits you feel wolves bring to an ecosystem that was rich with wildlife before the forced introduction of non-native, and non-endangered, Canadian wolves. If you want that side of your argument of why wolves belong here included, please get (by e-mail) that information to me today or tonight. If I do not receive that information, tomorrow I will share with everyone what it is that you DO NOT KNOW about wolves. And why you have absolutely no business adressing this issue.
LOBO WATCH will publish ALL that Representative Earl Blumenauer apparently does not know about wolves on the LOBO WATCH website this evening - May 25, 2011.