Donny Martorello Invited us to Join WAG last August as the first Native American Voice, when we showed up to the meeting in September, he tried to tell Us that he didn’t invite Us. Guess what Martorello, there were multiple people on our call, including 3 staff, Protect The Wolves President and 2 Directors. Lets also not forget that Martorello has refused for Over a year to contact the BIA based on their requests for a meeting until just recently. They have not posted any information regarding their tribal IWC meetings since November 18, 2015. All of which were ways to push through their Lethal Removal Protocol without Public, BIA or Tribal Input.
These are blatant Violations of the Trusts folks. Along with the initial slaughter of the Smackout Pack last year…. Their lethal protocol requires that 2 deterrents be implemented, please see their kangaroo lethal removal policy below. We have highlighted the appropriate sections towards the bottom. However they have modified the policy to include multiple loop holes that we need to close you will soon see.
Please also do not forget that they pushed through this Lethal Slaughter policy without “Public or Tribal” comment. Or even working within the IWC as evidenced by Martorellos refusal to respond to the BIA for well over 1 1/2 years as we were informed by the BIA Biologist who has been requesting meetings without response.
Further, Protect The Wolves™ put in multiple Calls to James Unsworth in June 2017, requesting that they be allowed to assist the Range Rider Program, as well as followed it up with a Formal Email Request.
Now Let’s talk about some of the members of the WDFW Wolf Advisory Group (WAG), shall we? There are supposed to be 18 members, but 2 positions have been vacant for at least 1 year. In March, 2017, when the final decisions were made for the lethal removal protocol only 12 members were present, and 8 of those members have an anti-wolf perspective.
It is apparent with an elected official like Donald Dashiell on WDFW’s Wolf Advisory Group (WAG) that they are allowing an individual with a vested interest in the issue to potentially wield undue power over the process. As the Stevens County Commissioner and a livestock rancher, he has made it quite clear he is strongly anti-wolf. Donald Dashiell Today on our Facebook has made it quite clear that he is not only a Wolf Hater, (see above screenshot) and he truly knows nothing about being a Good Steward to the Land. His personal opinion that they leave the land better than they found it…. couldnt be farther from the truth, not only evidenced by our own personal Viewing of Grazing Allotments last September, but also by our Volunteer Staff in N.E. Washington.
Jack Field is also a member of WAG, and was the director of the WA Cattlemen’s Association; he now heads up Cattle Feeders of WA. He is also a well-known lobbyist in Olympia for the cattle industry. His name is on the WAG list, but he hasn’t been present since a phone conference in April of 2016. Why is he still holding a position? Is he influencing the group behind the scenes?
Then we have Dave Duncan, who represents Washingtonians for Wildlife Conservation (Really? – Ted Nugent is a member), and at the August WDFW Commission meeting he was witnessed disparaging wolf advocates and stating he wants wolves delisted state-wide.
There are other members who represent the Washington Farm Bureau, the Mule Deer Foundation, the Hunters Heritage Council, and the Washington State Sheep Producers. Additionally, there is an independent cattle rancher and a hunter in the group. These organizations and individuals are pro-livestock production or pro-wild ungulate hunting, and wolves are not on their “friends” list.
The mentality of these WAG members is NOT appropriate for an advisory group whose mission states it seeks to provide “high quality recommendations on wolf recovery, conservation, and management.” It is high time for Washington State residents to stand up and demand a fair and balanced WAG membership!
People, it is very clear that with Special Interest Elected Officials on WDFWs wolf advisory group Like the above listed, that they are clearly violating trust mandates. Our Elected officials ethically should work for the benefit of “ALL” public opinion and not just those of their lil special interest Rancher Buds.
Protect The Wolves ™
Patricia and Roger