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ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT: FLAWED LAW

Few Species Saved -- Millions Spent -- Thousands of Jobs LostBy T.R. Mader, Research Director

 

 

We believe care and concern for the environment and our wildlife isimportant. Due to that importance, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) waspassed into law with the best of intentions - to save endangeredspecies of animals and plants from extinction.

 

Unfortunately, it's had little success.

 

However, the ESA has become a most effective tool in the hands of thepreservationist and those intent on destroying the livelihoods ofmillions of Americans.

 

DID YOU KNOW:

 

> the desert tortoise is listed on the (ESA) when there are an estimated 3 million tortoises in the desert and another 100,000 in captivity?

 

> government reports stated the decline of the desert tortoise was due to raven predation? They stated, "Raven predation will be to the extirpation [total extermination] of the tortoise population." The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) decided to kill 1500 ravens. An environmental group immediately sued the BLM. The BLM settled out of court and agreed to kill only 56 ravens providing it could be shown that the ravens killed were "habitually preying on tortoises."

 

> a pond weed, which was found on private land in Texas, was petitioned for listing on the ESA without the knowledge of the land owner. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) workers simply trespassed to conduct their research studies.

 

> a snail prevented a retired veteran in Kanab, Utah from building a recreational vehicle park and tourist site on his own property? The FWS alleged an endangered snail (kanab amber snail) was found on his property. An "emergency" listing of the snail was obtained. The veteran was told he could not use his property and has no option but to sell it to the government.

 

> shrimpers in the gulf coast states of Texas and Louisiana are being harassed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) over a non- native sea turtle? Yes, that's right, the Kemp's Ridley sea turtle does not nest in the United States, but in Mexico. Government biologists bring the eggs to the U.S., hatch them in Texas and release them in the Gulf of Mexico. The NMFS has conducted over 1,100 indiscriminate searches of shrimper's boats under the guise of turtle protection. Not one turtle has been found on these boats. Fines for not having a Turtle Excluding Device (TED) range from $8000 to $25,000.

 

> a $240 million ($240,000,000) dollar world class telescope was stopped by a small squirrel? The University of Arizona wanted to build this observatory on Mount Graham in southeastern Arizona, but the Mount Graham red squirrel (genetically a common red squirrel) is listed as endangered on the ESA. It was claimed that if the telescope was built, the squirrel would become fixated with human activity, forget to collect nuts and fall prey to the goshawk.

 

> the sockeye salmon is listed as endangered on the Colombia, Snake and Salmon Rivers? This ESA listing affects 900 miles of rivers systems. This recovery program will cost between $200 million and $1 billion dollars in the next five years - a price to be paid by electricity ratepayers, farmers, river operators and commercial fishermen.

 

> the Clarkea Australia, a small one to two inch high plant, has shut down logging in parts of California? It's not because the plant is in the logging areas per se, but because the jobs were located in areas where the Forest Service said there "might" be Clarkea Australia. Mind you, this tenacious little plant will grow in skidder tracks, but that doesn't matter.

 

> The USFWS spent over $102 million in fiscal year 1990 on threatened and endangered species? The 10 species with the highest reported expenditures were: northern spotted owl ($9.7 million); least bell's vireo [small, green bird similar to the warbler] ($9.2 million); grizzly bear ($5.9 million); red cockaded woodpecker ($5.2 million); Florida panther ($4.1 million); Mojave desert tortoise ($4.1 million); bald eagle ($3.5 million); ocelot ($3 million); jaguarundi [slender, short-legged wildcat] ($2.9 million); American Peregrine falcon (2.9 million). The highest costing bug was the valley elderberry longhorn beetle ($952,000) and the highest plant was the northern wild monkshood ($226,000). Note: These figures are not the total cost, only what can be itemized by species.

 

> the snail darter, which was used to hold up construction of Tennessee Valley Authority's (TVA) Tellico Dam, was known to exist in other areas and yet the FWS listed it on the ESA, claiming it was nearly extinct?

 

> four trash fish in Colorado - the squawfish, two types of Chub and a sucker, which, until a few years ago were poisoned by the USFWS, are now listed on the ESA? Their recovery is estimated to cost $60 million dollars and impacts costs are over $650,000,000. Meanwhile, in the state of Washington, anglers are paid $3 by the USFWS for every squawfish caught that measures over 11 inches.

 

> two California condors were released in January 1992? What did recovery cost? Nearly 30 years preparation and $25 million dollars!

 

> a Texas man killed an endangered whooping crane and was imprisoned for six months and fined over $200,000?

 

> a Maryland couple could not prevent erosion to their home, which was built on a 60 foot cliff overlooking Chesapeake Bay, because it might harm a bug? That's right - the Puritan Tiger Beetle to be exact. An official from the Maryland Natural Heritage Program stated that protecting bug habitat was more important than protecting the couple's home. A letter to the governor changed nothing, the beetle's rights came first!

 

> a $100,000,000 golf course and resort complex was stopped by a butterfly - the Oregon silverspot butterfly? A man sought to turn a fenced cow pasture and an area strewn with beer cans and vehicle tracks on the Oregon coast into a world class golf course. To help save the butterfly, he met with USFWS personnel and even hired a butterfly expert. To no avail. Construction could not be done unless the man could guarantee he could build the golf course without killing a single endangered silverspot butterfly.

 

> the USFWS wants to save hybrid animals? Examples are the dusky seaside sparrow. When efforts (costing millions of dollars) failed to save the sparrow, a hybrid program was tried. It failed. The red wolf (a hybrid cross between the grey wolf and coyote) is another example.

 

> government officials designated 6.9 million acres of forest in the Pacific Northwest to be set aside for the spotted owl? (6.9 million acres is larger than the states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined.) The government's estimate of job loss is 33,000 jobs. Private sources say 60,000 jobs is more accurate. Additionally, landowners of some three million acres in the Pacific Northwest were told they could not harvest timber on their own land due to the presence of the northern spotted owl, even though seven million acres of wilderness already exists for the owl.

 

> an elderly couple in Georgia, needing money for medical expenses, sought to sell timber on their private land only to be stopped by a bird, the red cockaded woodpecker? No, the bird doesn't live on their land, but FWS and Georgia Forestry Commission officials reportedly found 17 trees with "possible" abandoned red cockaded woodpecker nests. Nobody, including the FWS, has ever seen this woodpecker on the property. And the family has lived there for 80 years. Nonetheless, a temporary ban on timber harvest was imposed.

 

> the Colombia white-tailed deer has been listed as endangered for years and millions have been spent on its recovery? Studies reveal that the deer is "genetically a plain jane whitetail deer."

 

> the difference between the California spotted owl and northern spotted owl? Neither do we! Both are genetically the same bird, yet the northern spotted owl is listed as endangered.

 

> in spite of the best intentions and million upon millions of dollars spent, the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is a dismal failure, in terms of species recovery?

 

> that of the 600 species listed on the ESA, over half are listed in the eastern half of the U.S.? What does the future hold for the east?

 

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) has been used to:

 

1) Lock up vast areas of land from commodity use, i.e. the northern spottedowl used to shut down timber harvest in the Pacific Northwest.

 

2) Deprive an individual of their constitutional right of protection ofprivate property, i.e. threat of $100,000 fine and mandatory prisonsentence for killing an endangered wolf killing ones' livestock.

 

3) Deprive one of their property without just compensation, i.e.restriction on use and/or acquisition of land as critical habitat forendangered species.

 

The following changes, in order to bring balance and to put the humanfactor back into the ESA, are necessary:

 

1. Use only a biological and numerical definition of endangeredspecies.

 

Biological Definition: Only pure species can be listed. No listingbased solely upon sub-species, distinct populations or hybridization.

 

Problem Example: In 1944, Stanley Young and Edward Goldman listed 24sub-species of the gray wolf. Today biologists feel there are no morethan 5 sub-species of the gray wolf. Even these 5 sub-species should beviewed with caution as the biologists cannot tell them apart. The samecan be said of the northern spotted owl and California spotted owl.

 

Numerical Definition: Only those species actually threatened withextinction (very few animals) can be listed.

 

Problem Example: The gray wolf population of North America numbersbetween 40,000 and 60,000 wolves. Due to national boundaries and"distinct populations" listings, wolves in Alaska and Canada are notconsidered in wolf population counts. Thus, the wolf, while in nodanger of extinction, is "endangered" throughout the continental U.S.,with the exception of Minnesota where it is listed as threatened. Thesame problem exists with bald eagles and grizzly bears (note: there areover 40,000 grizzlies in North America).

 

2. The socio-economic impacts of a listing must be considered. Thecurrent law makes no such consideration.

 

Problem Example: Land values in an area of Texas fell an estimated $300million dollars due to an ESA listing of a songbird - the golden-cheekedwarbler.

 

Also, the impacts of spotted owl listing on the timber industry in thePacific Northwest. The Wall Street Journal reported a 25% cost increasein wood products which was directly related to the listing of thespotted owl. Thus, the nation, not just loggers, are impacted by theESA listing of the spotted owl.

 

3. There must be just compensation on any taking of private property.The constitutional rights of citizens must be protected.

 

4. Individuals must have the right to protect their livelihoods andcontrol endangered species threatening their livelihoods.

 

Problem Example: Endangered wolves, grizzly bears or eagles killinglivestock cannot be killed by the owner of the livestock. A federaljudge has ruled that a person does not have the constitutional right toprotect their property from an endangered species. In 1990, over 7,500sheep and lambs were killed by eagles in the states of Wyoming, Montanaand Colorado alone.

 

5. The ESA must recognize that extinction is a normal part of thenatural evolutionary process. The fossil record makes this abundantlyclear. Failure to recognize this phenomena will result in wastingexpertise and money on recovery programs doomed to failure by thisnatural process while people lose their jobs and go hungry.

 

6. Time and Expenditure limits must be placed on studies and recoveryplans. The American taxpayer is entitled to fiscal responsibility ofgovernment agencies directed to saving endangered species.

 

Problem Example: In 1990, figures released on the Bosque Del ApacheWildlife Refuge in New Mexico revealed that the whooping crane recoveryhad more than one million ($1,000,000) in each bird.

 

7. Accountability must be required of government agencies charged withsaving endangered species. This is in two areas: 1) Standards must beset for best scientific and commercial data. 2) Agency personnel mustwork with the average citizen and not against them.

 

Prepared by: T. R. Mader, Reseach Director

Abundant Wildlife Society of North America

 

WE NEED YOUR HELP! The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is up forreauthorization. Help spread the word! Photocopy this informationand give it to your national and state legislators, friends, students,teachers, media people, game biologists, and others. Write articles and letters to the editor and expose the problems with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the need for change.

 

Is the ESA impacting your area? Write us with the information and we'llget the word out for you. ABUNDANT WILDLIFE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICAwill do it with your help.

 

ABUNDANT WILDLIFE SOCIETY OF NORTH AMERICA is a unique and distinctlydifferent wildlife organization. ABUNDANT WILDLIFE SOCIETY OF NORTHAMERICA advocates Conservation - the management of wildlife by maninstead of Environmentalism - the cyclic "balance of nature" also knowas feast and famine.

 

HELP BRING A POSITIVE CHANGE FOR MAN, ANIMAL AND THE ENVIRONMENT!

 

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