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.

Sincerely,

Jacob “Bud” Sonnentag

 

Published in Syndicated Articles

Reprinted from the Sparks Tribune

For 15 years in a row, here in the Tribune, I have written an annual column on the status of Nevada’s deer herd and, remarkably, the numbers have barely moved, with the herd remaining at rock-bottom levels: a little more than 100,000 animals. By comparison, we reached a peak in 1988, when 250,000 deer roamed the state.

 

That’s the bad news. But hope is on the horizon – at least the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is making major strides to, within its rather limited constraints, do something about it.

Published in HA Newsletter 33

Someone has to start telling the truth about predator control in Nevada. I guess that someone will have to be HUNTER’S ALERT. NDOW does not want to do any predator control. Let me repeat, unequivocally, without a doubt, NDOW refuses to do predator control without being forced into it.

 

In the 2001 legislative session, HUNTER’S ALERT and Nevada Hunters Association with the help of Assemblyman Jerry Claborn were responsible for the passage of A.B. 291 which gives NDOW $341,000 to $400,000 per year for predator control. By the way, no one from NDOW was there to support the predator bill. This alone should let you know how NDOW felt from the very beginning about predator control.

Published in HA Newsletter 34

We have lost the majority of our deer and the millions of dollars in revenue that go with that loss. In the 5 year period from 2001 to 2005, Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) has lost over $11 million in sales of deer licenses and tags. For over 25 years, NDOW and the Wildlife commissioners have closed their eyes to this problem.

 

Published in HA Newsletter 32
Monday, 19 June 2006 08:49

Wildlife Damage Control Works

In the 2001 legislative session, Assembly Bill 291 became law. The bill was sponsored by HUNTER’S ALERT and Nevada Hunters Association. Not another so-called sportsmen’s organization was there to support this bill. A.B. 291 enacted a $3.00 fee on all tag applications. This money was to be dedicated exclusively for wildlife damage control (wdc) formerly called predator control. This money has amounted to over $300,000 a year for wildlife damage control. Wdc is something that neither NDOW nor any of the Wildlife commissioners wanted. However, by law, they were in charge of how the money was to be spent.

Published in HA Newsletter 31
Sunday, 31 October 1999 17:00

More Coyotes than Ever

There are 750 coyote hunters working for a program called Wildlife Services (WS) under the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 17 western states.

Glynn Riley, 63, of Brownwood, Tex., is acknowledged by his peers as the best...."There are more coyotes today than I've seen in all of my 38 years with WS. And they're causing more problems than ever before."

Published in HA Newsletter 18

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