Oregon Cougar Action Team

P.O. Box 2682

Corvallis, OR  97339

OreCat@yahoo.com

EIN:  26-2492196

 


Letter from Jayne Miller, Director Oregon Cougar Action Team:


Oregonians spend over $800,000 in taxpayer and federal grants to protect over 2 million cattle from 112 wolves. ODFW refuses to disclose how much money they spend to protect Oregon's cattle from cougars. But because ODFW has a "political population" of 6000 cougars (impossible, do the math, landmass, and biology of the lion), they benefit from grants and taxpayer dollars to "manage them."  Because of conservation and political "branding," the budget for wolves is transparent, but not so cougar. It costs over $800,000 to manage 112 wolves, how much does it cost to manage 6000 cougars, for which ODFW target kills for sports profits and "public safety; hundreds every year?" 

 

Before I became an ecologist, I worked for the pulp and paper industry and Saudi Arabia Oil Cartel as a purchasing manager. It was my job to evaluate the financial steadfastness of potential contractors and service providers. I would assess their balance sheets, looking for bankruptcies, fraud, embezzlement, and racketeering. If any of their financial assets suggested an inkling of such issues, I would not do business with them.  After evaluating ODFW's lack of transparency and missing hallmarks of science; I would recommend taxpayers, and other financial supporters, no longer do business with ODFW.

 

Ranchers and "hunters" have not been held accountable for their environment crimes against Oregonians, it is time to reduce both hunting and ranching in Oregon.  Don't eat beef, and don't shop at stores that support Oregon's hunting industry. Demand your tax dollars no longer go towards killing cougar and wolves for private livestock protection.






ODFW moral, ethical, and ecological management plans are nonexistent

 Nobody knows how many wolves or cougar are needed to sustain Oregon's ecologies.

No one is thinking about that.



 

The earth is changing, and due to nature’s innate elements, she is responding. 

 

The most efficient landscapes are collectively managed by the wolf, the cougar and the bear; protective mechanisms, that during a time of climate change help retain resiliency of Oregon’s vast and diversified ecosystems. Apex predator guild relationships have evolved over millennia and are critical for the health of Oregon’s soil, water, plant base and forest ecoservices. 

 

Humans cannot kill with the ecological synergy of the wolf, cougar and the bear and O.D.F.W.’s irrupted numbers of ungulates managed for sports hunting and invasive species cattle industry;  have for the last one hundred and fifty years, compromised Oregon’s soil crusts, plant base, stream channels, and ecological wildlife and plant diversity.

 

 

Reliable science and decision-making processes are better tools when peer reviewed by a diverse panel of scientific experts and supports a transparent government and the inclusion of social, economic and ecological considerations and the higher ecological services of the apex predator guild.  These elements appear missing from ODFW’s apex predator management plans. 

 

American Lions, the cougar, are facing unprecedented species selection eradication TROPHY HUNTING programs across the Nation. These are not just killing programs, they are extinction programs selecting one apex predator the wolf over another, the cougar. Wildlife managers in Utah, Oregon, New Mexico and other States are implementing plans to increase the killing of America’s lions as a way to “protect” wolves and make room for game hunting and invasive cattle operations. 

 

 

 




P.O. Box 2682
corvallis, OR 97339

ph: 503-743-2318

 

 

 

 

 


P.O. Box 2682
corvallis, OR 97339

ph: 503-743-2318