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    issue scientific I understand they are seeing it from an emotional or belief system perspective, and you or anyone else is certainly entitled to believe whatever you wish to believe, but the scientific community of wildlife management doesn't operate that way.

    Predator management has been a part of responsible wildlife science since at least the time of Aldo Leopold. He wrote and taught on the subject extensively.

    Olaus Murie did not remove his award from the RMEF, nor did his family, one, very elderly, daughter did after much guidance from Bob Ferris, another disgruntled former employee.

    Bob, and David, and perhaps others I'm not aware of are bitter. For a long time the RMEF just coasted along, they did no harm and raised some money. If you could string ten words together in a sentence about elk hunting they were real glad to have you. Some worked there who truth be told weren't realy interested in hunting. Going out a couple days a year with a bow and coming back empty handed is barely hunting. They wrote feel good nature articles that were fun to read amongst the rifle advertisements.

    When the idea of wolf reintroduction first took root RMEF and many others (myself included) said "cool". It sounded like fun, more animals in the woods. We were terribly wrong. Some of us have owned up to our mistakes, others, for whom hunting elk wasn't that important anyway, clung to disproven ideas. History is what it is.

    The damage that wolf reintroduction did to elk populations in Wilderness and public lands across the Northern Rocky Mountains is undisputed amongst scientists or the public of the states or the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Unhuntable elk out on private land farms don't count. State programs from endangered species to enforcement have been devastated along with elk herds. Decades of careful stewardship have been destroyed in a few very short years.

    A once lethargic club for old hunters and spouses was suddenly faced with declining opportunities to hunt the very species they were formed to protect. The RMEF hired an extremely competent manager, former rodeo promoter David Allen has done a terrific job. That's why the FWS chose him twice to be on the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council, he guides the FWS in making the decisions that are important to hunters.

    By any measure the RMEF of 2013 is far superior to the one David Stalling left in a hissy fit. (or maybe he was shown the door) Much more funding for research, many more acres protected, a much more public and influential image, membership is increasing at an accelerated rate. The RMEF represents elk hunter conservationists, not dilettantes.

    “Conservation… is a positive exercise of skill and insight, not merely a negative exercise of abstinence and caution…” Aldo Leopold

    by ban nock on Sun Aug 25, 2013 at 08:47:48 AM PDT

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