‘We have a very healthy elk population’: Idaho Fish & Game responds to concerns about 206 elk slaughtered in Magic Valley 

‘We have a very healthy elk population’: Idaho Fish & Game responds to concerns about 206 elk slaughter in Magic Valley

Idaho needs to stop blaming Wolves. IDFG killed more elk in 1 sitting then a Pack of Wolves would do in a very long time!!
IDFG officials said 206 elk were killed as part of a research project to prevent elk from damaging private property and crops.

JEROME, Idaho — A Facebook post claiming Idaho Fish and Game slaughtered 172 elk in the Magic Valley region is generating a heated debate on the social media platform.

With hundreds of comments and more than a thousand shares, the post has sparked some outrage with many questioning why Fish and Game would kill the elk. Others wondered if the post was true.

Terry Thompson, communications manager for Fish and Game Magic Valley region, tells KTVB that elk were killed but the number was actually 206 not 172.

According to Thompson, the elk were killed as part of a research project with a graduate student from the University of Idaho.

The research was looking at ways to help keep elk off private property and prevent them from damaging crops. The research identified four different methods to see which was most effective. One of those methods was sharpshooting – or the taking of elk on private property in areas that consistently had problems with elk damaging crops.

“Fish and Game is mandated by state law to work with land owners if there’s a situation where wildlife is going onto private property and damaging crops,” Thompson said. “That law specifically says we would work with landowners to help avoid depredation problems.”

If depredation can’t be avoided, the state is responsible for compensation for damages done by wildlife.

Fish and Game has received a lot of calls about the post. Thompson said one issue with it is that it makes it seem like all the elk were killed in one mass slaughter.

That is not true, officials said. As part of the project, the elk were killed between July and October and never in mass numbers.

“There were nights when we got zero – we didn’t kill any elk,” Thompson said. “The most we ever killed in one night was six.”

Those 206 elk were not taken from one specific area either. Fish and Game said they came from five different game management units, spanning from Weiser to Picabo to Minidoka.

Many commented on the social media post, asking about the meat and if it was wasted.

Thompson said the picture on the post is misleading and proper procedures to preserve the meat were followed.

“Each of those elk was field dressed, immediately put into a refrigerated trailer and then transported to Scarrow Meats in Jerome,” he said.

The meat then went to Idaho Hunters Feeding the Hungry, which distributed it to food banks across Southern Idaho.

While Thompson said he doesn’t want to minimize the 206 taken elk, the number doesn’t hurt the overall population. In fact, it helps with population control and management of elk numbers.

“Right now in the Magic Valley region, we have a very healthy elk population. Estimates are 15,000 to 20,000 elk,” he said. “We actually have more elk than we want to as defined by the elk management plan.”

Other methods for keeping elk off private property that were addressed in the research included spraying crops with a repellent that is unharmful to elk but tastes bad. Another method involved using dogs to scare elk away from getting into corn crops.

Thompson said anyone with questions or who sees a similar post is always welcome to call Fish and Game and ask about it.

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Farm Bureau says wolf sighting proves reintroduction is unnecessary 

Leave it up to the narrow minded Rancher 😉

The Colorado Farm Bureau might be opposed to wolves dining on livestock, but the state’s largest organization of farmers and ranchers heralded the news that six wolves and gnawed-up elk carcasses were spotted in Jackson County in northwest Colorado in October.

In the view of wolf opponents, that means there’s no need to reintroduce gray wolves to the state, the aim of an initiative that’s qualified for the November ballot.

“Just as predicted, wolves are making their way into Colorado on their own,” Chad Vorthmann, executive vice president of the Colorado Farm Bureau, said in a statement Friday. This measure is pointless and will only lead to wasted taxpayer dollars and increased bureaucracy. The proponents should let mother nature work its magic, stop trying to impose their will on the natural world, and retract their ballot measure.”

Vorthmann urged proponents to scrap the ballot measure “to leave nature alone.”

The wolf is believed to have wandered south from Wyoming, part of the Snake River Pack.

“It is inevitable, based on known wolf behavior, that they would travel here from states where their populations are well-established,” said JT Romatzke, Northwest regional manager for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “We have no doubt that they are here, and the most recent sighting…is further evidence of the presence of wolves in Colorado.”

Romatzke said there also are wolves across the West, including neighboring New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Wyoming.

Rob Edward, the president of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund, which supports the ballot measure, told Colorado Politics on Friday that a sighting doesn’t constitute a sustainable population, the aim of the ballot measure.

“It’s absolutely not true,” he said of the suggestion the wandering wolves negate the need for the wolf vote in Colorado. “It’s just the opposite.

“It shows that, number one, we have some responsibility to honor the nature of the Northern Rockies, so that when we have wolves wander down from other states we have some packs for them to hook up with to repopulate Colorado.

“But on a policy wonk note, those wolves wandering down are fully endangered and nothing can be done management-wise.”


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Wildlife officials find evidence of wolves in Colorado blame wolves for bones

Most likely a hunter that wounded the elk and wolves cleaned it up after the weak hunter because the Hunter couldn’t finish the Job. But wait for the Elk Herd Decimation fairytales!

Denver • Wildlife officials have discovered evidence of wolves living in northwestern Colorado after hunters reported a suspected pack and residents found a scavenged elk carcass.

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Department announced the discoveries Wednesday, suggesting a pack of gray wolves may be residing in the state, The Denver Post reports. The news was first reported Tuesday by the Craig Press.

“We have no doubt that they are here, and the most recent sighting of what appears to be wolves traveling together in what can be best described as a pack is further evidence of the presence of wolves in Colorado,” department regional manager J.T. Romatzke said in a statement.

The hunters provided a video shot in October of two wolves shown near the Wyoming and Utah borders, officials said. It was the first time in a few years multiple wolves were seen traveling together in Colorado, officials said.

“We will not take direct action and we want to remind the public that wolves are federally endangered species and fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As wolves move into the state on their own, we will work with our federal partners to manage the species,” Romatzke said.

The announcement comes days after state election officials placed a measure to reintroduce wolves on this year’s ballot, officials said. The ballot will ask voters whether to require state wildlife commissioners to reintroduce gray wolves by the end of 2023 on public land in western Colorado, officials said.

“The wolf ballot initiative would ensure that Colorado develops a science-based plan to jump-start the restoration of wolves,” said Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund president Rob Edward who is leading the reintroduction campaign.

State wildlife officials have studied the possibility of reintroducing wolves in Colorado and decided to oppose such efforts, officials said. Local leaders in 23 counties have also opposed reintroduction.

“The forced introduction of non-native gray wolves will be like throwing gas on a campfire,” Stop the Wolf campaign chairman Denny Behrens said. “It’s just not fair to the wolf to force them into inevitable conflicts with people when they are already thriving in remote parts of Canada and Alaska.”

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Full January wolf moon will be shining in the sky this week 

Get ready for the wolves to start howling. The first full moon of 2020 will shine brightly in the night sky on Thursday, Jan. 9, and Friday, Jan. 10 — the day it officially becomes full.

The full January moon carries a cool but scary-sounding nickname, the “wolf moon” — a monicker that was coined by Native American tribes that would often hear packs of hungry wolves howling on cold and snowy nights in the middle of winter.

That’s what many people believe. However, the Old Farmer’s Almanac has a different opinion on the nickname’s origin.

“It was traditionally thought that they howled due to hunger, but there is no evidence for this,” the publication says. “However, wolves do tend to howl more often during winter months, and generally howl to define territory, locate pack members, and gather for hunting.”

By the way, the January full moon will be one of 13 full moons appearing in 2020, because the month of October will have two full moons. And some sky watchers are calling this month’s full moon the “wolf moon eclipse,” because people in some parts of the world — not here in North America — will see a partial lunar eclipse as the moon turns full.

Best time to see the full January moon

Stargazers will have a few good viewing opportunities, as long as the clouds don’t interfere. The wolf moon will reach its fullest phase at 2:21 p.m. Eastern time on Friday, Jan. 10, which means it will appear nearly full Thursday night, completely full Friday night and very close to full Saturday night.

In the New York City region, the moon will rise in the east-northeast sky at 3:45 p.m. Thursday, at 4:45 p.m. Friday and 5:53 p.m. Saturday, according to TimeAndDate.com.

If you are an early riser, check out the big moon as it sets in the west-northwestern sky at 7:12 a.m. Friday, 8:07 a.m. Saturday or 8:54 a.m. Sunday.

Other nicknames for the full January moon

All full moons have generated a variety of nicknames dating back to the days when Native American tribes and Colonial Americans would name each moon based on weather conditions, farming routines and hunting trends during that time of year.

Although the “wolf moon” is the most common nickname for the full January moon, it also has been known as the “cold moon,” the “old moon,” the “great spirit moon,” or the “moon after Yule,” according to the Farmers’ Almanac and the Old Farmer’s Almanac.

Some tribes referred to the full January moon as the “snow moon,” but that nickname is more common for the February full moon.

Flashback to January 2019: Very few people in the astronomy world referred to last year’s January full moon as the wolf moon because it coincided with a total lunar eclipse and also happened to be one of the year’s “supermoons.” As a result, the January 2019 moon had a few popular nicknames — “supermoon,” “blood moon” and “super blood moon.”

The blood nickname refers to the reddish tint given off by the moon as it is goes through an eclipse.

Next full moon of 2020

If you don’t get a chance to see the January full moon, you can look for next month’s full “snow moon” during the early-morning hours on Feb. 9.

In 2020, sky watchers will get a chance to see at least two “supermoons” — the exact number is under debate in the astronomy community — moons that appear slightly bigger and brighter than an ordinary full moon.

Most experts agree one supermoon will appear March 9, and another will follow April 7. Some say the February and May full moons will also be supermoons, based on the distance of their orbit around the Earth when they reach their fullest phase.

This year will also feature a “blue moon” on Halloween, because it will be the second of two full moons in October. The first will appear Oct. 1.


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Facts regarding Elk Populations before and after reintroduction


The correct information about Elk after wolves reintroduced

We grow weary from hearing the fairytales spread by hunters and Ranchers about elk herd decimation, this article will help set them straight with REAL numbers 😉

Dennis Smith (Jan. 1) offered much of the misinformation I heard before wolves were returned to the northern Rocky Mountains. After studying forestry and wildlife management at CSU, and beginning a 36-year career with the National Park Service at Rocky Mountain National Park, I had the privilege of serving on the Yellowstone Center for Resources team that restored wolves to the park. I helped put together two reports for Congress titled, “Wolves for Yellowstone” and the Gray Wolf EIS of 1994.

Here are elk harvest figures since wolf restoration.

Wyoming: 1995 elk population = 103,448; 1995 elk harvest = 17,695.
Wyoming: 2017 elk population = 104, 800 (31% over objective);  2017 elk harvest = 24,535; average hunter success rate = 35%.

Montana: 1995 elk population = 109,500; no harvest data for 1995.
Montana: 2018 elk population = 138,470 (27% over upper objective); 2017 elk harvest = 30,348.

Idaho: 1995 elk population = 112,333; 1995 elk harvest = 22,400.
Idaho: 2017 elk population = 116,800 (18 elk units at or above objective, 10 units below for a variety of reasons); 2017 elk harvest = 22,751.

There were about 6 million cattle in the northern Rocky Mountains in 2014. The 140 cattle taken by wolves made up 1 in 43,000, or 0.000023% of cattle in the states. There were about 825,000 sheep in the northern Rocky Mountains in 2014. The 172 sheep taken by wolves made up 1 in 4,800, or 0.000208% of sheep in the states.

From 1995 to 2018, Yellowstone hosted 101,070,722 visitors, none of whom was injured by a wolf. Among 2.7 million tent campers in Yellowstone from 1995 to 2018, no camper was injured by a wolf.

The effects of wolves on the park over 20 years are detailed in Yellowstone Science 24(1). You can get it at Yell_Science@nps.gov. A great book, “Wolves on the Hunt” (2015) rebuts many of Smith’s assertions.

Norman Bishop

Bozeman, Mont.

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U.S. offers reward to find killer of endangered wolf in CA 

Its finally coming out that someone shot and killed a Wolf in California  after initially it appears claiming it died from pneumonia ???

A reward has been offered in the 2018 killing of a wolf in Modoc County, CA. Federal officials provided new details including the gun used and the road on which it was killed.

Federal officials have issued a $2,500 reward for the unsolved 2018 killing of an endangered wolf in Modoc County, California’s first wolf poaching investigation since the predators returned to the state.

On Dec. 2, 2018, Oregon wildlife biologists notified California officials that a black-furred yearling male they’d labeled OR-59 had traveled from a pack in northeast Oregon and crossed the state line into Modoc County.

The biologists were able to track its movements because the yearling male wolf was wearing a GPS collar, which biologists had put around its neck a few months earlier when they’d trapped it for study in northeast Oregon.

Three days later, the wolf was spotted by a rancher feeding on a calf, which investigators later determined may have died from pneumonia.

Then, on Dec. 9, 2018, Oregon biologists received a “mortality signal” from its collar indicating the wolf had died, according to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.

In the year since, California’s wildlife officers have revealed little about the case, including where OR-59’s body was found, how the wolf died or why they found its death suspicious.

In a news release this week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided more details.

The wolf was shot once with a .22 caliber center-fire rifle along County Road 91 near the small communities of Lookout and Bieber, the wildlife agency said. Officials urged anyone with information about the killing to call 916-569-8444.


OR-7 was the first known wolf to return to California after they were killed off early last century. OR-7, a 2-year-old gray male, had left Oregon’s Imnaha Pack and traveled hundreds of miles to California’s northern border.

He spent months wandering the state before returning to Oregon, finding a mate and starting his own pack. OR-7’s appearance prompted the California Fish and Game Commission to grant gray wolves endangered species protections, over objections from ranchers and big game hunters who fear the predators will harm livestock operations and deer and elk herds.

In the years since OR-7 arrival, around 30 wolves have either passed through, settled or been born in a remote, five-county region about the size of West Virginia in California’s northeastern corner.

Some, like OR-59, wander in as they disperse from packs in Oregon and elsewhere looking for a mate. Most of the wolves have either died or wandered back out of state. But a couple of packs have settled.

The state’s first wolf pack — the Shasta Pack — had pups in Siskiyou County in 2015, but the wolf family disappeared before officials were able to put tracking collars on them.

Just one wolf family — the Lassen Pack — is confirmed to reside in the state. Officials have put tracking collars on two members of the Lassen Pack, the matriarch female and one of her young female progeny.

Meanwhile, there have been at least 15 confirmed or probable cases of wolves preying on livestock so far in California, including by members of the Lassen Pack.

In Oregon, wolves have been responsible for more than 130 confirmed livestock “depredation events” since the late 1990s, according to Oregon’s wildlife agency.

OR-7’s family group — the Rogue Pack — has killed several cows and a rancher’s guard dog, according to the agency and local media reports.

Wolves tend to have few fans in the cattle-dependent regions they’ve resettled — and poaching cases are common.

In Oregon alone, wildlife officials say at least 15 wolves have been killed illegally in recent years. Environmentalists estimate around two dozen wolves have been illegally killed in Washington since 2008.

Under the federal Endangered Species Act, anyone convicted of deliberately harming an endangered wolf faces up to a year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

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Colorado rancher George Raftopoulos spreads Fear and Fairytales


Colorado Rancher already spreading fear and most likely fairytales after bragging “Our ancestors spent a long time getting rid of the wolves,” Raftopoulos, a cousin of FOX31’s Aristea Brady, said.

MOFFAT COUNTY, Colo. – State wildlife officials are trying to figure out if Colorado is once again a habitat for wolves.

Newly released video from October shows gray wolves in the northwest corner of the state on land managed by rancher George Raftopoulos and his family.

“Our ancestors spent a long time getting rid of the wolves,” Raftopoulos, a cousin of FOX31’s Aristea Brady, said.

An elk carcass was discovered in the same area last week. State wildlife officers say the predators are likely gray wolves.

“They’re dang sure not a big pet,” Raftopoulos said. “They’re so big.”

Raftopoulos worries about the future of sheep and cattle in the area. He’s also concerned over the toll wolves could bring to the local ranching economy and the economies of small rural towns.

The animals haven’t lived in Colorado for more than 70 years. Some have been spotted occasionally passing through Colorado from the north.

“There are established packs up in Wyoming,” said Colorado Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Rebecca Ferrell.

CPW says wolves offer potential benefits to the ecosystem, but the agency also recognizes the concern for cattle.

Colorado voters will decide if wolves should be re-introduced to the state on a November 2020 ballot. But the carnivores may not wait to be invited.

“We have a very likely suspicion of what we’re dealing with up in the northwest corner, but at this point, we’re still doing some investigative work,” Ferrell explained.

CPW is asking anyone who spots wolves to take note and report what they see.

The animal is considered an endangered species. Ranchers and hunters are not allowed to kill them. Management of the gray wolf must be done on the federal level.

Those who support bringing wolves back to Colorado say a big benefit is controlling the spread of wildlife disease. Wolves are known for killing vulnerable animals afflicted with illnesses such as Chronic Wasting Disease. Those on the other side of the debate say wolves will actually spread the disease. They also warn of conflict between wolves and people.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife: First pack of wolves reported in Colorado


Just watch, now the livestock Industry will most likely file lawsuits to prevent reintroduction says Protect The Wolves™

One day after a measure to reintroduce wolves was placed on this year’s ballot, Colorado Parks and Wildlife says a likely wolf pack was confirmed in the state.

CPW said an eyewitness reported six large canids — a term that can describe wolves, jackals, foxes, coyote and domestic dogs — traveling together. Plus, a scavenged elk a few miles from the sighting in northwest Colorado ”strongly suggests a pack of gray wolves may now be residing in Colorado.”

“The sighting marks the first time in recent history CPW has received a report of multiple wolves traveling together,” CPW Northwest Regional Manager JT Romatzke said in a Wednesday release.

Romatzke said in the days prior to the late October sighting in Moffat County, the eyewitness reported hearing “distinct howls coming from different animals. In my opinion, this is a very credible report.”

The eyewitness said his hunting party observed the wolves near the state’s Wyoming and Utah borders. One of the party caught two of the six animals on video.

Previous coverage: Wolf reintroduction group submits 200,000 signatures in support of adding issue to ballot

November election: Initiative to introduce gray wolves makes Colorado ballot

After learning of the scavenged elk carcass, CPW initiated an investigation. At the kill site, officers observed several large canid tracks from multiple animals that are consistent with those made by wolves. The condition of the elk carcass was consistent with known wolf predation, according to CPW.

Romatzke said the most recent sighting of what appears to be wolves traveling together is what can be best described as a pack and adds “to other credible reports of wolf activity in Colorado over the past several years.”

The Craig Daily Press filed an inquiry with CPW in early January, citing a report from hunters in Irish Canyon who said they found a bull elk carcass “ripped to pieces.”According to that report, filed in late December, the hunting party found large, dog-type tracks around the carcass, leading the hunters to believe it was from wolves.

Previous reports of wolves in Colorado include tracks, howls, photos and videos. DNA testing confirmed the presence of one wolf a few years ago, and “in a recent case, we have photos and continue to track a wolf with a collar from Wyoming’s Snake River pack,” Romatzke said.

A person captured photos of that radio-collared wolf north of Walden in July, which was the first credible wolf sighting in the state in four years, according to CPW.

“It is inevitable, based on known wolf behavior, that they would travel here from states where their populations are well-established,” Romatzke said. “We have no doubt that they are here, and the most recent sighting of what appears to be wolves traveling together in what can be best described as a pack is further evidence of the presence of wolves in Colorado.”

This week’s news about a wolf pack comes as Colorado voters get ready to decide whether to direct the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission to devise a plan to introduce wolves on public land west of the Continental Divide before 2024.

The ballot measure, championed by the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund, will appear on the November ballot. Advocates have said they would like to eventually see 250 wolves in Colorado. Details of the reintroduction are left to be ironed out by the state.

“Wolves are in grave danger, looking at social media comments (regarding the recent announcement), and why it is even more urgent to pass initiative 107,” said Rob Edward, president of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Action Fund board. “The bottom line is this shows a connectivity to the Northern Rockies and why reintroduction is the right thing to do. We need a planning process to get on with recovering wolves.”

Colorado ranchers and some sportsmen organizations oppose the initiative to reintroduce wolves into Colorado. One rancher previously told the Coloradoan he doesn’t oppose a natural return of wolves to the state.

Wolf reintroduction proponents “have falsely claimed that there are no wolves present in Colorado. … The news from CPW today implodes their propaganda,” said Denny Behrens, co-chairman of the Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition.

“The forced introduction of non-native gray wolves will be like throwing gas on a campfire,” Behrens said.

In regard to the wolf pack, Romatzke said CPW will continue to operate under the agency’s current management direction, which is to not take direct action.

“We want to remind the public that wolves are federally endangered species and fall under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,” he said. “As wolves move into the state on their own, we will work with our federal partners to manage the species.”

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Seattle Judge expects to rule soon on wolf issue

SEATTLE — A King County judge says he expects to rule in a week on a motion to dismiss claims that Washington Fish and Wildlife has been breaking the state’s fundamental environmental law every time it kills a wolf.

Slap Mcgillis: fish and game know more about this states wildlife than a Seattle judge those wolves are killing everything turkey, deer, elk and pheasant.. sometimes you gotta put them down .. all of you overnight Hawks fans that moved here a year ago from California need to worry about your own state and stop ruining mine 🖕

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 91  Groups Demand Pendley’s Resignation – Protect The Wolves™

Conservationists call for temporary BLM lead William Perry Pendley to step down

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, 91 conservation, sportsmen, and faith-based groups concerned with public lands management, representing more than 3.9 million Americans, submitted a letter to Interior Secretary Bernhardt calling for William Perry Pendley to resign or be removed from office. Pendley lacks Senate approval to lead the agency. The letter cites Pendley’s direction to implement the agenda of public lands extremist groups, his conflicts of interest relating to his former law firm’s continued representation of opponents of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalate National Monuments designations, the movement of BLM headquarters personnel from Washington to western offices without congressional authorization, and his skewed leadership towards extractive industry.

“William Pendley is implementing his goal to eliminate federal public lands by directing his department to hand over control to local government entities, including those that seek to crush environmental protections and throw the door wide open to commercial exploitation,” said Erik Molvar, Executive Director of Western Watersheds Project. “Pendley’s direction to defer  BLM’s law enforcement to local officials explicitly implements the policy agenda of the Constitutional Sheriffs, an organization affiliated with the Bundy movement that seeks to supplant federal laws and regulations on our western public lands.”

Pendley authored an op-ed in November directing federal laws enforcement to allow local law enforcement to take the primary role in enforcing federal laws on federal public lands, in a major derogation of BLM law enforcement’s authority and a page out of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association playbook. He has also directed a mandatory relocation of senior BLM career employees from the agency’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

“Pendley has pushed hard to move scores of HQ staff to Grand Junction in the heart of natural gas production in Western Colorado,” said Peter Jenkins of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility. “With no direct flights to DC it makes no sense – except to strengthen BLM’s ties to oil and gas production, harm oversight by Congress, and weaken the influence of the agency. Even worse, he is scattering other professional support staff all over the West.”

In October of 2019, Pendley issued a controversial statement that wild horses were the primary issue facing the BLM, angering conservationists who pointed to real crises facing the agency, including sage grouse declines, livestock overgrazing, cheatgrass spread, climate change, and many other problems.

“Putting Pendley in charge of the BLM is like the fox guarding the henhouse,” said Judi Brawer, Wild Places Program Director with WildEarth Guardians. “He will destroy the agency and the irreplaceable public lands in his charge.”

Pendley’s former law form, Mountain States Legal Foundation, continues to represent local governments fighting to defend the gutting of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments by the Trump Administration, and Pendley himself had been an attorney representing these groups prior to being appointed to lead the BLM. Pendley’s BLM has continued to pursue Monument management plans advancing the interests of his former clients.

“William Perry Pendley has essentially infiltrated the Bureau of Land Management to serve the corporations who want to dig, drill, and destroy our public lands for profit. He should have immediately removed himself from any decisions relating to the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monuments decisions, but instead shielded his former clients and big polluters from environmental protections.” said Blaine Miller-McFeeley, Senior Legislative Representative for policy and legislation at Earthjustice. “Congress should remove Pendley from office as soon as possible if he won’t leave on his own.”

Pendley’s current appointment as Deputy Director by Secretary Bernhardt expires on January 3rd. The BLM Director, who would have full authority to exercise the responsibilities of that position once confirmed by the Senate, has not yet been nominated by the Trump Administration.

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