139 Days... and nothing
If any of you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a potential wildlife law violation, simply ask the NCWRC enforcement officer if you can do a "programmatic evaluation" or review of your actions rather than be charged and prosecuted.
In no way should this "program evaluation" or law suit from pro wolf groups replace or stop enforcement of our laws... but apparently this is what has happened.
Last edited by Jett; 10-26-2014 at 07:23 AM.
171 DAYS...documented data by paid USFWS consulting firm...and NOTHING!
WMI Program evaluation report requested byUSFWS:
FSWS staff reported to WMI that some red wolves were released on private property with the permission of the landowner. These actions appear to conflict with the rule that stated red wolves would be released on theAlligator River NWR property. WMI was provided with a list of releases that indicated that of 132 releases of red wolves between 1987 and 2013, 64 were released on private property. WMI is unaware if agreements existed between the FWS and private landowners with respect to these releases; however, they appear to be in contradiction to the 1986, 1991, and 1995 10(j) final rules.
The 10(j) Rules also stated that, at the request of the landowner,wolves would be captured on private property and returned to the refuge property. WMI found that it was a common practice to inform landowners that wolves would not stay on the refuge and would probably return to private property. Some wolves captured on private property were released on private property rather than returned to the refuge lands. These activities were contradictory to the 10(j) Rules established at the onset of the recovery program. WMI concluded that the authors of the rules were either misinformed about red wolf dispersal behavior or were unconcerned if the rules were violated.
All you've got to do is start using that take permit. You'll hear from them then. If you don't want to, give Andy and me a shout after the first of the year.
1 Timothy 1 : 15 - 17
We'll be over after the first of the year. Response should happen shortly thereafter.
1 Timothy 1 : 15 - 17
You'll get your answer tomorrow night....
Last edited by Mike Noles aka conman; 01-04-2015 at 04:53 PM.
I hate to be a pessimist, but unless we can find a US Senator with the balls to call for a GAO inspection and a USFWS high ranking official with the same cahonies to call for an IG inspection, this will not even cause a ripple in Sally's pond.
1 Timothy 1 : 15 - 17
Just say the word. I've got a couple of well placed boulders waiting to roll........
1 Timothy 1 : 15 - 17
USFWS Red Wolf Recovery Team Reported for Alleged Wildlife Violations
From: Jett Ferebee <email@example.com>
To: keith_toomey <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: d_m_ashe <email@example.com>; dan_ashe <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Secretary_jewell <Secretary_jewell@ios.doi.gov>; cynthia_dohner <email@example.com>; leopoldo_miranda
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Date: Wed, Apr 8, 2015 12:59 pm
Special Agent in Charge Keith Toomey,
I was reading this about the USFWS Professional Responsibility Unit:
"The Professional Responsibility Unit (PRU) is a criminal investigative unit whose primary function is to investigate allegations of misconduct by Service law enforcement officers from both the Office of Law Enforcement and the National Wildlife Refuge System and their supervisors. The PRU works directly for the Assistant Director, Office of Law Enforcement. The PRU is located at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and can conduct investigations in all states and U.S. territories.
The PRU conducts both criminal and administrative investigations for the Service of other non-law enforcement Service employees when asked based on the seriousness of the alleged offense."
Can you please help look into the below allegations against USFWS Red Wolf Recovery personnel in eastern North Carolina:
NCWRC Officer Robert Wayne
Englehard, NC 27824
via certified letter 6/10/14
I would like to report the following alleged wildlife violations in your region.
1. 31 counts of sterilization of coyotes without a permit.
This activity apparently involves USFWS biologists and the veterinary clinics that performed the sterilizations.
From USFWS January - March 2013 Quarterly Report -
"Thirty-one coyotes were captured and released during the quarter, 29 of which were first-time captures. All captured coyotes were sterilized before being radio-collared and released, and consisted of eight males and 23 females."
USFWS had no sterilization permit during this time period.
It is my strong belief that this activity was repeated again from January through May of 2014. The USFWS reports for this period have not been published. USFWS keeps a "canid book" which will have the information you need.
There was no sterilization permit in place for this period either.
In addition, I believe USFWS has been sterilizing coyotes in our State for almost 15 years. Please cross-reference the trapping and sterilization documentation in their quarterly reports with the issuance of the required permits during this time period. There are likely hundreds of violations.
2. Trapping out of season without a permit.
See the above referenced evidence.
Additionally, this USFWS presentation documents their trapping schedule is daily September through April.
"• Trapping (Sept-April) • Daily"
3. Trapping on the land of another without written permission.
I have requested information regarding this activity from USFWS and have not yet received it. Since 90% of the red wolf packs and the vast majority of coyotes occur on private land, I suspect this activity to be rampant. Again, the USFWS "canid book" information and lack of written permission from landowners should suffice as evidence. I have additional first hand information if you need it.
4. Releasing coyotes on the land of another without permission.
"FWS biologists have also tried bringing in sterilized coyotes to the area. The idea is those sterile animals will keep other coyotes out of the wolf territory and lower the risk of hybridization."
I suspect coyotes were trapped, sterilized and released on my farm in Tyrrell Co. in the Spring and Summer of 2013 by USFWS biologists. I never granted permission for anyone to release coyotes on my property. USFWS while at the office of the NCWRC Director was specifically directed by me to euthanize any trapped coyotes on my property. The USFWS should have this data. Again, the "canid book" should have this data.
It is well documented that USFWS regularly purchases coyotes from trappers. I can only assume these purchased coyotes are later released and likely released on private property without permission.
5. Purchase of live coyotes, entrapment, misrepresentation.
In the State of NC, it is illegal for wildlife to be bought and sold. One exception is that a coyote or fox may be sold only to a fox pen. Now, if special conditions that I am unaware of allow USFWS to purchase wildlife, will you confirm that these conditions were fully met at all times. It will be a real shame if local trappers (selling live coyotes to non fox pen buyer) and veterinarians (sterilization of wildlife) have jeopardized their livelihoods because they were led to believe that they were participating in a legal activity as it was represented to them by the USFWS. I will also copy Roy Cooper, as if my suspicions are correct, he will need to get involved in this matter.
“This year, we had 8 trappers participate and we paid out $5,200 for 32 coyotes and 10 red wolves.” 4/4/13 letter USFWS to RWC
I can provide this letter when necessary.
Officer Wayne, I take these alleged violations seriously and request to be updated regularly on their status.
Also, are you comfortable that the deer used to feed the wolves in the acclimation pens and also the deer that are laced with medications and wormers for the "wild" wolves are taken legally (all required permits and landowner permissions)? Thank you for your help.
Greenville, NC 27834
Re: USFWS Red Wolf Recovery Team Reported for Alleged Wildlife Violations
From: Toomey, Keith <email@example.com>
To: Jett Ferebee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: d_m_ashe <email@example.com>; dan_ashe <firstname.lastname@example.org>; Secretary_jewell <Secretary_jewell@ios.doi.gov>; Cynthia Dohner <email@example.com>; leopoldo_miranda <firstname.lastname@example.org>; tom_mackenzie <email@example.com>;
Date: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 8:44 am
Thank you for your referral. The Service takes all allegations of misconduct very seriously. On March 26, 2015, this office initiated an investigation into allegations made by another concerned party into the Red Wolf Program. The case number for this matter is FWS-2015-24. I would ask your patience as we look into this sizable program. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at the below numbers. -Keith