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ENVIRONMENTALISTS, WAKE UP!

Most of us assume that while individual animals are not a concern of the agencies, species at least are. WRONG!

The following information was recently uncovered. The NYS Bureau of Wildlife even refers to itself as a “public resource management agency” rather than a “wildlife conservation” agency.”

In a report titled Three Year Federal Aid Work Plan WE-173-G New York State Wildlife Management, April 1, 1993 – March 31, 1996, a grant application for Pittman Robertson funds (you know, the excise tax collected on firearms, ammunition, bows and arrows) it says:

“An important step in evolving as a public resource management agency is the shift in orientation from wildlife species toward human demands for these resources as evident in the Mission Statement. The Bureau of Wildlife clearly has defined its purpose along a human, not species dimension. Accordingly, this Application for Federal Aid takes a step in that direction by grouping the entire suite of continuing and new jobs by the goal served, rather than the subject species. This shift in perspective is also being applied to the non-federally funded part of the Bureau of Wildlife’s program plan.

The entire wildlife program is encompassed by five goals:

Goal 1: Assure that populations of all wildlife in NY are of appropriate size to meet all the demands placed on them…Achieving the appropriate size for wildlife populations involves understanding human demands for wildlife species existence, knowing the status and distribution of species, and developing management strategies to reconcile any discrepancies. Since wildlife populations fundamentally are linked to habitat, an understanding of habitat conditions sometimes is necessary to assess wildlife population status and to develop appropriate management activities for those populations.

Setting a target and schedule for all wildlife populations that will achieve society’s desires.

Goal 2: Assure that we meet the public desire for information about wildlife and its conservation, use and enjoyment. That we meet their desire for understanding the relationships among wildlife, humans and the environment. That we clearly listen to what the public tells us…asking the public what it wants from New York’s wildlife resources; how they would like to use it; and how we can best deliver this to them.

Goal 3: Assure that we meet the public desire to use New York’s wildlife…Use of the wildlife resource may result in removal of individuals from the population…activities under this goal include advocating for public use of the resource…providing access and opportunity for the public to use wildlife in a manner which is consistent with all their desires. Developing methodologies and actions which advocate human uses of wildlife resources…establishing targets and schedules to satisfy society’s desires to use wildlife.

Goal 4: Assure that we meet the public desire to derive benefit indirectly from New York’s wildlife…to the users of wildlife; there are many obvious direct benefits. However, wildlife also provides indirect benefits. These benefits accrue to sellers of wildlife books, equipment for using wildlife, and providers of associated services to wildlife users (e.g., lodging and food services). For some users who do not normally receive information from the Bureau of Wildlife, providers of indirect benefits are a critical vehicle for the delivery of information. By providing indirect benefits, wildlife can be a very important source of economic gain.

Goal 5: Assure that people are not caused to suffer from wildlife or the users of wildlife. To relieve suffering associated with wildlife is major component of the Bureau’s work.”

Certainly not the arrogance, but the goals of our government wildlife management agents came as a shock to us. I think it will shock even the staunchest environmentalist who may now support them; those of the Audubon and Nature Conservancy ilk. Why change? It is clear that now that they are under attack for decimating species, they merely acknowledge their goals are what we always knew they were – providing targets for hunters at the expense of species. Managers have known for years that black ducks are almost gone, yet they continue to allow the hunting of black ducks and their absorption into the mallard populations of the Regulated Shooting Areas (RSA’s). In fact, the RSA’s and other private hunt clubs have always been built on the fringes of government wildlife management areas to avail themselves of wildlife that by law belongs to all of the people. They said it clearly, small special interest groups called hunters will continue to be provided with living targets regardless of how ecosystems are affected or the species itself.

I consider the document that we just exposed a confession on their part that they have and will continue to destroy nature, try for quick fixes if it doesn’t work, and go on to new ways of making money out of whatever is left. Perhaps the manufacturing of species (or what will be called “pleasure wildlife” will be done pheasant-style, where prisons and 4-H clubs get involved in the quick propagation of a species for one season only. They can be called “annual species” because they are not expected to last beyond one season, for even if they escape the hunters, the cold will get to them. Or, maybe we’ll have genetically engineered “wildlife.”

Game agents bred domestic turkeys with wild turkeys for the turkeys that are now “game” to make them easier ot hunt. Well, we shouldn’t be giving them ideas. They obviously can’t distinguish sarcasm from seriousness. If someone says genocide is needed to eliminate the “resident” population of geese (as someone has), then genocide it is.

WE MUST NOT LET THIS HAPPEN!! CALL THE ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE TAKING YOUR ANIMAL RIGHTS DOLLARS AND TELL THEM THAT YOU DEMAND THAT THEY OPPOSE THE MANAGEMENT OF WILDLIFE TO SERVE “HUMAN DESIRES” INCLUDING GENOCIDE. DEMAND AN OVERHAUL OF THESE AGENCIES AND A SEVERING OF THE TIES TO THE FIREARMS INDUSTRY. NEVER EVER SUPPORT “TEAMING WITH WILDLIFE” FOR THAT MONEY WILL BE USED BY THE SAME MANAGERS WITH THE SAME MENTALITY FOR THE SAME PURPOSE.

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