To the editor:
This is in response to the Game & Fish Commission forming a wildlife task force.
Apparently Brian Nesvik and the department are not capable of handling the wildlife issues.
Doing this is a side-stepping of his responsibilities as director. Rather a “kick-the-can solution” and if it doesn’t work, the task force from the public sector can be blamed.
It is past time that the WY G&F director and the department be held responsible.
The legislature mandates that our game species herds be managed so they grow for all to enjoy, now and for future generations, perpetually.
The entire Big Horn Basin has seen a huge loss to our game herds, license numbers drastically reduced, and quality/quantity appear to be lost forever.
Large predator species are favored over our hoofed game and hunting opportunities disappear. We have lost over 6,000 draw elk tags, cumulatively, in just two areas, since 1998, taken from their data.
By their numbers, we have 331 wolves in Wyoming. Data shows to hold those numbers, to hold steady, instead of growing, 131 wolves a year need to be harvested and this number held from year to year to give our ungulate herds any chance.
Revenues for salaries, retirement and $30 -million-dollar offices seem to be more important. Instead of protecting the game herds, in the last 25 years I’ve watched the ruin of some of the greatest hunting on earth disappear. It’s disgusting. I’ve hunted 57 years here and you’ve allowed it to be ruined.
Either do the job you are paid to do or get the hell out and put people in place that are allowed to correctly take management seriously to protect hunting and restore the great game herds we once had. You are abusing it all by letting the game herds and ecosystems be destroyed.
(s) randy selby