Thursday, 11 July 2013 10:45

NV Senator Smith and NV Assemblyman Bobzien out of touch. Featured

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Is it any wonder why ravens and other predators are a problem when we have politicians such as Senator Debbie Smith and Assemblyman David Bobzien who don't believe in predator control? This information was sent to every state senator and assemblyperson with the exception of the two mentioned above:

Dear Senator:

Please review the enclosed information from Wildlife Services monthly newsletter. Wildlife Services is a federal agency which does predator control for all states.

Doesn’t this picture make you sick? Well, it certainly didn’t have any effect on Senator Debbie Smith. In 2001, AB 241 was passed into law. The intent of the bill was to reduce predators in order to restore declining game animals and birds which will, in turn, produce revenue for the state.

In the latest issue of Muley Crazy Magazine, one area in Nevada (Unit 014) where predator control is being done, there was a 69% increase in mule deer and almost a 300% increase in allotted tags resulting in more state revenue. Nevada deer numbers have declined almost 70% since 1988. In addition, sage grouse numbers are declining. If the sage grouse is listed by the federal government in 2015, millions of acres will be lost to ranching, mining, hunting and all multiple land use activities.

There are many studies showing that ravens are the chief predator in the decline of sage grouse. Sportsmen’s money is available to reduce raven numbers because of AB 241. With that said, what did Senator Debbie Smith propose? She was one of the sponsors of AB 345 in the just completed legislative session. Her intent was to completely eliminate predator control and have that money spent on studies.

We don’t need more studies. Studies have proven that predators such as lions, coyotes and ravens are decimating game birds and animals, not only in Nevada, but throughout the west. What is needed is to utilize sportsmen’s money derived from AB 241 to reduce predators as the bill was intended. It is obvious that Debbie Smith was not enlightened about what would happen if this money is used for more studies and no action.

Thankfully, Governor Sandoval vetoed this bill. However, it would not be surprising if Senator Debbie Smith had one of her cohorts attempt this in the next session. She has proven that she is no friend to Nevada sportsmen who fund 97% of Nevada Department of Wildlife.


Jacob “Bud” Sonnentag


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