the "Public" Back In "Public Trust"
of the Mouths of BOL & APHIS
of the mouths of MT Board of Livestock & APHIS...
the APHIS Brucellosis Eradication Agenda, to eradicate brucellosis
in wildlife, is alive and well and in Montana!
March 18, 2014 Board of Livestock Meeting in Helena with Audio
File and Minutes
Discussed was the Bison EA Expanded Habitat, which the BOL had
previously voted No Action on in January. But, seeing an opportunity
to force the Yellowstone National Park to lethally reduce their
bison population numbers to 3000, in exchange for expanded habitat
for the lucky few that might survive, the DOL and FWP worked up
a lethal population deal, that was presented to the BOL on March
18th, which NWF and other conservation/hunters were privy to late
Feb. and early March.
In my opinion, the most important aspect
of this meeting was when BOL John Scully grilled APHIS Veterinary
Services, Dr. Tom Linfield about numerous documents which I researched
this last spring and summer, compiled on the APHIS
Brucellosis Eradication Agenda Page. Scully asked
if they were still current and active, which Dr. Linfield replies
that they are. These documents - Code of Federal Regulations,
Interim Rule, APHIS Strategic Plan 2010-2015 and their Concept
Paper 2009, all state the goals of APHIS to eradicate brucellosis,
not just from livestock in the US, but also from all wildlife
reservoirs, especially their target of the GYA. This is what is
driving the MT DOL actions against the bison and now the elk,
in MT. This APHIS strategy, through the Brucellosis Class Free
Status, forced the State to agree to a Brucellosis Management
Plan. This is how they got control of our Fish, Wildlife &
Parks concerning elk, bison and the peripheral predator issues,
forcing the "unholy marriage" of FWP
and DOL. APHIS is the driver of this eradication bus in the 3
Magpie - APHIS
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discussed was the Elk Brucellosis Working Group
in Paradise Valley modifications and the Elk Surveillance study.
More elk have tested positive for antibodies, so the DOL will
be expanding the Designated Surveillance Area and with it APHIS/DOL
Outlawing feral swine in Montana was also proposed.
We need to educate the public and governmental
representatives on the realities of brucellosis in wildlife and
the real minimal risk it poses to livestock. We also deserve our
wildlife agency managed by scientific wildlife management, not
special interest driven politics. Wild bison hunting should be
removed from the DOL jurisdiction, restored to our wildlife agency
- free from the APHIS/DOL grip. In addition, we need the political
turf wars of conservation groups to take a good hard look at what
they are doing. This battle should be about our wildlife and their
habitat; not exploiting the wildlife plight for political connections,
elite back room deals, job security, resume building or as fund
raising cash cows.
These are Public Trust issues, very
much needing an interjection of the "Public" back into
former FWP Commissioner, hunter conservationist with a "passion
for wild things and wild places", Ron Moody, of Lewistown,
MT has thrown his hat in the political ring. Ron has recently
been involved in the Public Lands Petition to the BLM at Change.org.
He is running for House of Representative District 29.