America Needs Ryan Zinke To Head The                          Department Of The Interior!

     By now, as this is written, most Americans in the know already are familiar with just who Ryan Zinke is, and a bit about his past and current life.  For those who don't, Ryan is a Montana native who was born in Bozeman in 1961, and grew up in the Whitefish area of Northwestern Montana.  He played college football while attending the University of Oregon, followed by a stint in the U.S. Navy as a Navy Seal, leaving  a 22-year military career as a Commander with Seal Team Six.  He has been a lifelong outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman, and a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment.

     When running for the Montana State House of Representatives in 2008, Zinke contacted Lobo Watch seeking an endorsement.  Like most Montanans, he had grown a bit sick and tired of the wolf impact on the state's big game populations, and the inability of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks to get a handle on the predator situation.  Since January 2015, Ryan Zinke has been serving as Montana's one-and-only Representative  in the U.S. House of Representatives.  On December 15, 2016, President Elect Donald Trump chose the Montana sportsman to serve as his Secretary of the Interior - which must still be confirmed by the U.S. Senate. 

    America Also Needs Jim Beers To Head The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service!

     Now, there are surely a number of you scratching your head and asking..."Who Is Jim Beers?"  One answer would be that Jim Beers could possibly be the next Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  But, the best answer would be that "Jim Beers is likely the only hope we have for cleaning up that agency...and getting it back on track, and out of the clutches of radical environmental groups!"

     The following is a report I wrote on a lengthy presentation Jim Beers made in Bozeman, Montana back in May 2010 - it will tell you exactly who Jim Beers really is ... and what he stands for. - Toby Bridges, January 8, 2017 
Among those making the illegal release of wolves into Yellowstone National Park back in 1995 was then Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, wearing the blue jacket at far right.

    How Legal Was The Introduction Of Canadian Wolves Into The Northern Rockies?

                                                                                       By Toby Bridges
                                                                                                              June 12, 2010  

Jim Beers speaking on the illegal USFWS wolf introduction at a presentation in Bozeman,  MT. 
  
exclusively for bankrolling state wildlife habitat and fisheries improvement, to ensure hunting and fishing opportunities for sportsmen.  And the amount collected annually totals into the hundreds of millions of dollars.  (For 2009, the amount distributed back to state wildlife agencies amounted to more than $700-million.)

    In his presentation to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and Oregon sportsmen, guides & outfitters, media and politicians, Jim Beers shared how he worked his way up through the ranks.  And while working with the Pittman-Robertson funds, he was also appointed to work with U.S. Trade Representative groups and the State Department to address a European Union ban on furs taken with leg hold traps in the U.S. and Russia.
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     Beers has always considered himself a wildlife manager, holding a Bachelors Degree in Wildlife Resources.  He sees the use of leg hold traps as an effective tool for managing furbearers, such as raccoons, foxes, coyotes and mink.  And made an all out effort to get the European ban removed from U.S. furs.  And thanks largely to his efforts, it was.
 
    He says that he was fully aware of USFWS regularly meeting with "environmental" and "animal rights" groups in secrecy, and entering into under the table agreements with them.  After the defeat of the efforts to outlaw the use of leg hold traps in the U.S., he noticed a very different attitude toward him.  Beers feels that the outcome was not what USFWS may have agreed to with groups pushing for the elimination of leg hold traps in this country. 
  

  
      Later in the 1990s, while working with the distribution of sportsmen provided excise taxes, he began to question why the amount of Pittman-Robertson funds being distributed to state wildlife agencies had failed to increase over a several year period.  This was during the Clinton administration, and a fear that the administration would make it increasingly difficult to buy firearms and ammunition resulted in frenzy buying and stockpiling.  With such record sales, Beers rationalized that there should be a parallel increase in the amount of excise taxes collected - but he was not seeing that trend in the amount he had to distribute.  His probing of this issue must have hit a nerve or two with upper USFWS management, and he suddenly found himself put on administrative leave, and told to "Go Fishing...With Pay!"

​     He was also threatened, and told to not discuss the issue with anyone, or he could lose his job and health benefits.  However, while Beers was not officially "on the job", co-workers handling the distribution of Pittman-Robertson monies often asked him to take a look at this or that, and for advice.  While stepping into the office to "visit" on one opportunity, one of those co-workers asked him to look over a massive print out of the expenditures made with Pittman-Robertson funds,
  
​​and Jim was surprised to find numerous uses of the taxes collected to fund non-hunting and non-fishing related projects.  Those included funding for wildlife management lands used for the building of a prison, to fund park improvements, and for purchasing USFWS vehicles.  None of which qualify for funding under the Pittman-Robertson Act.

    So, what does all of this have to do with wolves?  Read on.

    Beers blew the whistle on the misappropriation of monies that were supposed to be used exclusively for wildlife habitat and fisheries improvement.  And Congress launched an official inquiry.

     What they discovered was that USFWS had embezzled as much as $60- to $70-million from the excise taxes collected on sportsman purchases of guns, ammo, archery and fishing tackle.  According to Beers, when USFWS Director Jamie Rappaport Clark was questioned about the unauthorized use of these monies, her comment was something to the effect of, "I was told the money was to be used where I felt it was needed."
 
     So, where did USFWS use "your" tax dollars...the money that was supposed to be for funding projects that ensure the health of the wildlife and fish resources sportsmen have worked so hard to build? 
  
  
      According to Jim Beers, one use was to fund the introduction of those Canadian wolves into the Northern Rockies.  That's right, they used "your" money to fund dumping wolves into one of the richest wildlife areas of North America - unleashing the wildlife equivalent of cancer to destroy the past hundred years of sound wildlife conservation efforts (at the cost of hundreds of millions of sportsman dollars).  And those wolves are now at out-of-control numbers, and they are dealing a death blow to elk, moose, deer and other big game populations in many areas of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

     Beers says another use of "your" excise tax dollars was to construct a new Regional USFWS Office in California. 

​     Congress had already turned down funding for both these projects - so USFWS took it upon themselves to dip deeply into Pittman-Robertson funds to finance these projects...without any authorization whatsoever.  And if 
  
   Wolves killing an elk calf - destroying a new generation of elk.
these two misappropriations of funds are not enough of a slap in the face to the sportsmen who provided those monies, USFWS also used "your" money to establish a "slush fund" to provide bonuses for Director Jamie Rappport  Clark, division chiefs, and managers at federal and regional levels.  And they rewarded themselves well.  Those who had excelled at their jobs generally received $25,000 to $30,000.  But even those who only mustered a mediocre rating in how they performed their responsibilities usually received a bonus of around $5,000.  What the heck, it was free money...so why not?

    (I followed all of this back in the late 1990s, and I remember that some of the Pittman-Robertson monies that were wrongfully taken from hunters and fishermen were even used to reimburse USFWS employees for relocation expenses.  T.B.)
  
      So, what did Jim Beers receive for being so honest and forthright?  How about a forced retirement, and once again the threat of losing benefits if he kept the spotlight on this issue.  In fact, he was offered a payoff to keep quiet about it for three years.  He took the money.  Still, he kept researching elements of the Wolf Recovery Project that were handled improperly.   Following are some issues which he says are in violation of the law:

    *Unauthorized taking of Pittman-Robertson funds to finance projects (and bonuses) that did not qualify.

​     *That Wolf Recovery Project coordinator Ed Bangs failed to file an appropriate and accurate Environmental Impact Statement.  Beers says Bangs purposely ignored all established wolf science and research, dismissing known wolf depredation impact to wildlife & livestock, and he ignored the dangers of the parasites and diseases carried which are a threat 
  

Illegal Wolf Introduction criminals even included President Bill Clinton and daughter Chelsea - shown here helping to feed sacrificed big game to Canadian wolves that were smuggled into the U.S.
to other wildlife, livestock, pets and to humans (Beers claims that wolves carry 30 known parasites & diseases - most of which are a danger to humans).  He says Ed Bangs ignored published historic record of wolf impact and health/safety issues.

    *Ed Bangs failed to file Form 3-177, which is required for importation of any wildlife or fish species, including wolves.  The form requires declaration of the number being brought into the country, and the species/subspecies being brought into the country.  Beers says there is no record of the mandatory form ever being filed.

    *That for USFWS to go ahead and "find funding elsewhere" for constructing the California Regional Office, and to fund the introduction of wolves even after the projects had been turned down by Congress is a violation of the agency's authority.  

Exhausted from fighting off a wolf pack for hours, protecting her calf ... this cow moose stands helplessly while two wolves kill her offspring.  It is this loss of newborn rectruitment that is destroying big game populations.
     Beers also claims that for USFWS to allow Defenders of Wildlife to reimburse livestock producers for the loss of stock to wolves, but for them not to reimburse for the loss of wildlife or not to reimburse for the loss of a pet or not to reimburse for losses/injury to humans caused by wolves violates the equal treatment outlined by the Constitution.

     During his Bozeman presentation, Jim Beers did not mince words when he stated that those responsible for the wolf disaster must be held accountable.  And a large number of those in attendance voiced that former USFWS Director Jamie Rappaport Clark (now Executive Vice President of Defenders of Wildlife) and Wolf Recovery Project coordinator Ed Bangs both need to do time behind bars.





      Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd sponsored Beers' presentation, which was videoed and will be offered for sale in the near future.  More on Jim Beers' talk will be published right here on Toby's website, at www.lobowatch.com, before the end of May, along with details on how to order a copy of the presentation.  All money from the sale of this CD will go into a legal fund.  It is the goal of Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd to take USFWS to court to ensure they stand accountable for the theft of $60-$70 million from Pittman-Robertson funds, the manner in which the money was used, and other failures to adhere to the law - as well as some of their own regulations. - Robert Fanning, Founder of Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd    



The Above Article Was Written & Published In May 2010.  To learn more about Friends of the Northern Yellowstone Elk Herd, go to the following link -   http://www.fotnyeh.org/index.php

                                                         What Now?

     Jim Beers has witnessed first hand just how dirty, how corrupt the United States Fish and Wildlife Service has become.  When it comes to fulfilling its mandated mission of protecting and conserving wildlife resources, that agency is now worthless.  Their "Service" is for sale to the highest bidders.  With a new Presidential administration moving into office, perhaps, just perhaps, many of those USFWS officials who stole from Pittman-Robertson Funds...who accepted under the table money from radical enviromental groups...who violated the basic laws of wildlife conservation...will be held accountable.

     Maybe some of President Trump's "Drain The Swamp"  campaign promise can be extended to the "Swamps" within state government and within the less than genuine state game and fish departments or the faculty of institutes of higher learning.  Let's hope and pray, that we are on the threshold of a New Dawn For Wildlife Management. - Toby Bridges, Lobo Watch 2