Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Let the States manage their own wolf populations!

Federal and State wildlife managers, wildlife scientists and the Bush and Obama Administrations all have agreed that wolf populations far exceed recovery criteria.

Nevertheless, the poorly-managed managed wolf population is doing serious damage to our herds of moose, elk and deer. Wolves are even degrading other natural prey bases! Lack of reasonable wolf control has resulted in the slaughter of an estimated tens of thousands of cattle, sheep, horses and even pets. Hardly the fuzzy little creatures of environmentalist dreams and other fairy tales, wolves are perhaps the most efficient predator species in North America.

Extremist "animal rights" groups like PETA and Defenders of Wildlife continue to exploit legal technicalities and liberal activist judges in a perpetual effort to prevent sound management of wolf populations by state wildlife agencies.

Management of wolf populations must immediately be turned over to state wildlife managers who can better manage the balance between predators and prey than has been demonstrated by bureaucrats in Washington, DC.

In my study of the US Constitution I cannot find where it delegates authority to the federal government to control wildlife in any of the several States. Instead, the 10th Amendment to the Constitution specifically states that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people."

The federal government must immediately get out of the business of managing wildlife in any of the States. Passing HR.6028 and S.3919 will be a small step toward restoring sanity to wildlife management and to restoring the proper and wise power restrictions defined by the US Constitution.

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