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1,274 Captive Cervids Killed in NC

Posted by RiseNC on November 24, 2011

Mr. Gordon Myers, Director of North Carolina Wildlife Response Commission says “As of September 23, 2010, 1,274 captive cervids have been tested for CWD.”  ” CWD has not been detected in any of the samples.”

According to the article 3,243 free ranging white tail deer have been killed and tested for CWD as of September 13, 2011.   Again CWD has not been detected in any of the tested white tail deer.

Please note cervids include fallow deer, elk, moose and  mule deer.

NC Regulations at the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance policy.stateRegulations?state=NC

Mrs. Perdue’s Beautiful Elk destroyed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission

CITIZENS BEWARE

Newspaper add purchased by Mrs. Perdue Watauga Democrat May 22, 2006

Dear friends, family and community,

On March 29, 2006 ”MY RIGHTS TO FARM” were taken away by the North Carolina Wildlife Department when they arrived and SLAUGHTERED AND WASTED  my 23-year-old bull, three pregnant cows and 10 month old female calf. All animals were tame, healthy and my source of food – and enjoyment to the community. These animals were born and raised here, always fed year-round and received the best of care.

The Wildlife Department arrived without notice and handed me a warrant, which said nothing about killing the animals.  I told them they could be released in the wild where the state has established elk in the wild in the Cades Cove area. I was told to get out of the way that I could do nothing to keep them from slaughtering the elk! Of course they treated me like a third-class citizen since I was a woman. During the four to five hours they were here, the enforcement officer Sgt. Blackwell repeated four or five times to stay out of the way or I was next. I asked my housekeeper Sherry Reese to come outside as a witness to our TAX DOLLARS at work! The cost to the tax payer was 10  to 20 thousand dollars! The entourage included three new SUV’s, a trailer, a new 4-wheeler, a fork lift, a dump truck, two wildlife enforcement officers, (Sgt. B. Blackwell) and Kelly Rogers the captive Cervid Program leader, Brad Howard the Min. Technical Guidance Supervisor, David Sawyer a wildlife biologist. Dennis Thomas, the game Warden, the two vets, another biologist, three men doing the poisoning and shooting, the forklift operator and dump truck driver refused to give their names and addresses.  They took bolt cutters, and cut my chain locked gate and entered without my permission and told me to stay away and repeated that I would be NEXT. They tried to stop me from taking pictures by refusing me access to my pasture. They grabbed me by the arm repeatedly and told me to stay away or they would take me with the elk.  I stood by the fence and watched as they darted the animals repeatedly and then shot them. Each animal moaned and kicked when shot!  An experience hunter can drop an animal with one shot and without a sound. They were so scared and I reminded me of the scenes of our American Indians being gathered and slaughtered!

Before the slaughter I told them if they were determined to kill the elk do not waste the meat. It could be donated to the hospitals, prisons, The Hungry Coalition, or Salvation Army. They said they were poisoning the meat and no one would be able to eat it! I do not know the law, but I have been told that the WILLFUL WANTON WASTE WHEN HUNTING IS UNLAWFUL. This waste amounted to approximately 5,000 lbs. of the healthiest meat in the world, which is rated by the US government as THE HEALTHIEST MEAT YOU CAN CONSUME and is sold from $10 to $35 a lb.

I am a 71-year old widow trying to lead a peaceful life. My heart was beating so fast as I stood at the fence watching this tragic scene and being treated as an invader on my property. I have not been able to sleep and am having chest pains and feel my health will never be the same. I have been extremely healthy and vigorous, doing my gardening, walking two miles or more and having a 12-year-old grandchild living with me and attending Bethel School. My daughter has let her come to school the last quarter in order to have the opportunity of living in a lovely community filled with caring neighbors. Since this incident my granddaughter, Sami-Jo said “She does not feel the same about North Carolina”. I have always been a law-abiding citizen, love my Bethel Baptist Church, Rotary Club, and my friends and neighbors have been the best I have ever known. Now I feel like a violated person, unable to trust my future here.

I STILL DO NOT KNOW WHY THEY KILLED THOSE MAGNIFICIENT ANIMALS

Joseph Wood Perdue

Both sides discuss dispute over elk shooting By Jerry Sen  Watauga Democrat  Posted 5/22/2006

A full-page newspaper ad purchased by a Bethel elk rancher has revived a controversy over official efforts to contain a potentially devastating disease among the state’s wild elk and deer herds.

Wildlife enforcement officers served a search warrant March 28 on Joey Perdue, owner of Beaverhorn Elk Ranch.

The search warrant, signed by Superior Court judge James Baker, allowed wildlife management officials to “seize” five elk, the last remnants of Perdue’s herd, after a citation accused her of failing to comply with state regulations.

By “seize,” however, the warrant was really empowering officials to kill the elk. Officials disposed of their carcasses in a pit at the Wilkes Wildlife Depot.

Perdue said she never believed her animals would be killed while Wildlife officials could not cite any documented instance where the threat of death is explicitly stated.

Perdue said wildlife officials never told her the violations would end in the death of her elk, which included a 23-year-old bull and three pregnant cows.

What’s worse, she said, is the animals, which officials say were killed as part of the state’s effort to keep a mysterious brain ailment known as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from infecting wild herds, were rendered inedible when two veterinarians tranquilized them before euthanizing them with a bolt-gun shot to the brain.

“This waste amounted to approximately 5,000 pounds of the most healthy meat in the world,” an infuriated Perdue wrote in the March 31 letter to the Democrat.

Much of the letter appeared in a paid advertisement by Perdue in the Friday, May 19 edition of the Watauga Democrat.

Perdue had been involved in a running dispute with state Wildlife Management officials who said they’d been after the rancher since 2004 to bring her operation into what they called compliance with state law.

When contacted by the Democrat in April, Brad Gunn, assistant chief of the Wildlife Management Division of the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission, said, “The agency has gone to great lengths to try to accommodate her and been unsuccessful. In my opinion she was given ample warning and opportunity to work something out.”

Perdue acknowledged she’d failed to comply with strict rules adopted by the state in 2002 when CWD, or transmissible spongiform encephalopathy – an affliction biologists have compared to Mad Cow Disease in cattle – appeared to leap the Mississippi River into eastern regions it had never infected before.

Gunn said the emergency rules were enacted in 2002 following discovery of “pretty reliable information” that deer infected with CWD had been imported from Wisconsin to North Carolina’s captive herds.

Perdue’s elk tested negative for CWD and no sign of the disease has ever been documented in the state, though. Gunn said wildlife officials have maintained an aggressive program to see that it stays that way.

The rules have undergone “challenges and tweaks along the way,” though, Gunn explained. And the legislature has passed laws allowing certain animals to be grandfathered in.

Perdue’s herd was among those given special consideration, Gunn said, when it was excepted from new rules requiring fences be raised from eight to 10 feet in height.

But Kelly Douglas, who leads the state’s captive herd program, said Perdue had failed to keep proper records. When officials showed up last month to kill her elk, one animal, a 10-month-old calf, had never been accounted for.

Douglas said Perdue’s animals had not been tagged according to the 2002 rules, either. And a shed inside the animals’ enclosure was required by law to be walled on three sides.

Perdue said state officials are “…ignorant. They know absolutely nothing about elk.” Enclosing the animals on three sides goes against their instinct for open spaces, she insisted.

“If it’s snowing outside, the elk want to be right out there laying down in the snow. They don’t want to be inside a building,” she said.

Perdue said she’d refused to tag her elk because doing so would have required she tranquilize the massive animals, an action she deemed too risky, especially for the 23-year-old bull she and her late husband had owned since the ranch’s 1983 founding.

Douglas said Perdue should have known that seizing the animals was the equivalent of a death sentence.

She said all participants in their captive elk and deer programs are informed repeatedly of the necessity of killing the animals to test for CWD. They’re also informed that all animals seized by Wildlife are required to be tested for the disease.

The animals are tested whether or not they show any symptoms of CWD, which can have an incubation period as long as five years during which the infected animal may spread the disease to others it contacts, Douglas said.

Capt. Bill Townsend, supervisor for District 7, which includes Watauga County and Beaverhorn Elk Ranch within its borders, said his office tries not to use blunt language because often the owners have come to see their animals as pets.

“Of course we’re dealing with people who are very emotional,” he said. “I’m not trying to conceal what’s going to happen. I wouldn’t have driven up there into her driveway and told her, ‘Mrs. Perdue, we’re going to shoot a bolt through the head of your deer.’”

Gunn said he would be “astounded” if enforcement officials had failed to inform Perdue of the consequences of non-compliance.

“We’ve had a number of individuals who decided not to comply — whether for financial or other reasons  — they voluntarily surrendered their animals and there was no problem.”

Editor’s Note:  Some readers believed a full-page advertisement appearing in the Friday, May 22, edition of the Watauga Democrat which concerned the elk shooting was a news story. All paid advertisements which are of a political nature, or which comment on a news-related issue, will always include a notice that it is a paid advertisement.

http://www.wataugademocrat.com/2006/0522web/bothsidesdiscussdisputeoverelkshooting.ph

LETTER FROM JAMES l. BAKER, JR. SR. RESIDENT SUPERIOR COURT JUDGE

I did not sign any document statements with the intention or understanding that your animals would be destroyed.

Please click for full letter  Vilas NC Elk 1

 

 

Another Sad Story NCWRC Kills Deer in 2007

Posted by RiseNC.org on October 31, 2011

Shelby Star Cleveland County NC
Wildlife officials force man to shoot his deer
Friday, Mar 30 2007, 8:24 pm
Amanda Millard
Freedom News Service

CROUSE — A lone buzzard circled over a pasture that used to hold fallow deer. Tufts of white hair, a salt lick and some footprints were the only things left behind after the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission shot them with rifles and shotguns and hauled the carcasses away.

“I had 13 today,” said Carroll Johnson, 76, who raised the deer. “They killed 12 of them, but one of them managed to get over the fence.” Wildlife officers came to seize the animals because Johnson did not have a permit to keep deer captive. That’s illegal in North Carolina. The state stopped granting new licenses for fallow deer in 2002 when Wisconsin discovered cases of chronic wasting disease, said Brad Gunn, assistant chief in the state wildlife management division. Chronic wasting disease is a contagious neurological disease that affects deer and elk. It causes emaciation, abnormal behavior, loss of bodily functions and death in animals that contract it.
So far no cases of chronic wasting disease have been reported in the region.

“What happens if this disease gets out in the white-tailed (deer) population?” Gunn asked. Deer hunting in North Carolina brings in $300 million annually, Gunn said. That amount comes to half a billion dollars when costs for hunting equipment, food and lodging are included.
“They don’t want these animals — as beautiful as they are — to distract hunters and take funds from the wildlife department,” Johnson said.

Johnson said he knows he didn’t have a permit, but said the animals shouldn’t be considered with other wildlife. He also says there’s no proof that fallow deer can contract chronic wasting disease.
A Department of Agriculture research project inoculated fallow deer with chronic wasting disease, and those deer have not contracted the disease after four years, according to the study. Johnson said that study shows fallow deer aren’t vulnerable to contracting the disease.

“Kill my livestock, but for God’s sake give me a reasonable excuse for doing it,” Johnson said.

N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission contacted Johnson in the fall about having fallow deer. He was given the option to kill the deer himself so he could use the meat, N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission officials said. “I killed 18,” Johnson said. “I just got sick of it. So I quit.” Johnson said he used to be able to come within three feet of his deer. After he started shooting them to comply with the Wildlife Commission, the deer stayed away until sundown. Wildlife officials charged Johnson with holding wildlife in captivity without obtaining a license, a class III misdemeanor with a fine of up to $200. Johnson has a scheduled court date of April 24 and said he will fight to get reimbursement for the animals he lost.

Mr. Johnson shared his story in an email to us. These are his words to the events of the raid.

My wildlife nightmare first started in the fall of 2006. I lost twenty-six fallow deer simply because I did not have a permit to keep wildlife. Twelve were females within a few weeks of birthing their young. An unknown number of wildlife officers stormed unannounced onto my son’s side yard posting two guards within 100 feet of his wife’s bedroom window to insure no witness or photos of the carnage. I might add that they did not have a warrant or any other justification for being on his property, and also add that fallow deer are not and never have been considered a wild species, certainly not in N.C. They have been farmed throughout their two thousand year history. My daughter-in-law awoke when the killing started and panicked when she seen the two officers than called me but I was not permitted to answer my phone until the dirty deed was complete and the bloody carcasses removed.

When myself and my son who had rushed home from work when his wife called him reached the deer pasture it resembled a battle field with trails of blood where the wounded deer had tried to crawl to safety. Large bloody plastic sheets trashed my pasture grass, one wide section of fence had broken off at the post and was on the ground. They ran my cows through one corner, my neighbor called several days later informing me that they were in with his cows. When I finally received a letter from wildlife they informed me that they left my farm just as they found it.

My son and I sat down near the blood smeared pasture and he asked, “just who do they think they are?”
My reply was, “Just where do they think they are.”

I will never get over it simply because it was cruel, inhumane and so unnecessary. I visited nine lawyers afterwards and only one would touch the case, he wanted ten thousand up front. North Carolina Wildlife has conducted a covert search out and destroy mission against the domestic fallow deer for the past eight or ten years. They slaughtered my herd of twenty six fallows using shot guns and buck shot while detaining myself and wife until the deer were dead and hauled off to landfills. My fallows are just the tip of the iceberg, however it will never be known just how many fallows were killed state wide or the number which were actually tested for Chronic Wasting Disease, the DNR director brags of testing 2800 deer and since they stole the identity from fallows in 2004 when regulations scratched through the word fallow and than referred to all N.C. deer as cervids. My fallows and hundreds of others were killed just for the purpose of ridding the state of the species, proven by allowing many owners to kill their herds without testing the animals than telling local newspapers that the fallows were killed because no live test was available to determine if the deer had contracted Chronic Wasting Disease. I had received correspondence from USDA, APHIS, and the Fallow Deer Alliance stating that fallows had been removed from the list of animals which could contract the disease long before my deer were shot.

Since when did we start killing healthy farm animals simply because the owners do not possess a wildlife permit?

My fallows meant a lot to me but what I consider worse is the fact that one of North Carolina’s largest state departments has flat out lied from the man in the field to the director himself.
Telling local news reporters that fallows could contract CWD and indicating that a case was found as close as VA. and worse by stating that my deer would be checked and I would be notified if the meat was unsafe as food. Local processors would not take fallows after that. The raid on my farm was conducted on Mar.30, 2007.

Carroll Johnson

 

MOTHER BEAR KILLED LEAVING 2 CUBS WANDERING AROUND THE AREA

The mother had two cubs and one yearling.    She was not aggressive and had been seen many times at night in our yard (apple tree) and at our bird feeder.     I never saw her during the day.   The night before this happened on Oct 15 she was at our birdfeeder right outside the door shaking it for the cubs, and I had gone outside to hang up a towel late – around 11 pm.     From the door I saw her big furry hand and said “You know you’re not supposed to do that” like I would a dog,  and she backed away and left with the cubs.     I don’t go outside if I know a bear is out there, esp with cubs.

So early Oct 2009 an elderly neighbor died and his widow put the food given to her in trash bags on an outside screened porch.   Mother bear got into the porch –  duh!.   The NC natural resources (I’m assuming these are the same people –  look like wardens with green uniforms) came and shot the mother as she was in a big dawn redwood tree next to the house with the cubs.     They did not tranquilize her and orphaned the cubs which they said they took away.   They didn’t catch the yearling who wandered the neighborhood looking for its mother for a long time — very sad.    All of the neighbors were upset about them killing the mother.    My mail man told me about the bears being in the tree, so when I walked several streets over to investigate this (while the ranger was still there) he was very swaggering in saying something like “I missed the fun” and he had to shoot her because she had broken into a house.     A porch is not a house and she was shot while in the tree.      It just made me sick.

I made many phone calls after that and got to the NC state organization in Raleigh where I spoke to the supervisor who pandered to me and tried to tell me they did not have the federal permits to use tranquizers.   I’m retired federal govt and worked systems planning for USDA APHIS in the 90’s so I know all about permits and thought that was BS if I ever heard it.      I also called Heath Shulers office and got some good old boy (Bryce somebody) who did nothing about this and I never heard from him again.

I didn’t see anything in the ACT or Black Mountain newspapers,  but I’ve got lots of witnesses including the mail man.  George Lemieux died on October 11, 2009 and the bear incident/shooting was the 15th.  BTW his widow (Mrs. George Lemieux)  was very upset that they shot the mother bear.   Apparently she thought the standard operating procedure was to tranquilize, or she probably wouldn’t have called the wardens.

Even Montreat College in Black Mountain has the authority to tranquilize bears when they get into stuff around the campus.  I’ll see if I kept the notes of who I spoke to in Raleigh but it was whomever was in charge in Oct 2009.    I called the governor’s office who was very helpful in getting me that number.

I’ll be here whenever you want to get more info.    I know both Patsy Keever and Susan Fisher who represent portions of Buncombe Co in the State Legislature – both nice ladies who would be appalled at this as well.    I am also the head of the Edward Buncombe DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) chapter.

Just to clarify,  we do not feed the bears but have the old fruit trees in adjacent lots and have several very large oak trees that produce huge quantities of acorns that I imagine the bears eat at night.     The house across the street is rented to college students from Montreat who like to sit outside on the big deck late at night.   They said they saw the mother and her cubs come down our driveway on a regular basis, probably to eat those acorns.   I don’t think anyone in the neighborhood was feeding her but Grovemont has many fruit trees (the Lemieux had some in their back yard) and many oak trees.    And many, including my husband like to feed the birds.   He has made many versions of bear proof birdfeeders —  best one is the one with the removable cookie sheet bottom tray that slides in and out so you can take it down at night.

Terri Kennedy

 

Elizabeth’s Tragic Story

Elizabeth and her daughter own and live on an inholding in the national forest in McDowell County, NC.  The U.S. Forest Service has acknowledged that the agency had made a prior error by misrepresenting the ‘No Trespassing’ easement pertaining to the property.  However, it has failed to enforce the easement and make the necessary corrections so that further acts of illegal trespass do not occur.   Rather, the agency has allowed hunters to freely trespass upon her property to kill bears and kill her own pets on her own land.

While the county sheriff has tried to intervene, he is 45 minutes away and not able to vigilantly monitor the heavy influx of hunters trespassing on her property.

These hunters have criminally invaded her poultry barns and killed her chickens, geese and ducks.  They have permitted their hunting dogs to frighten her horse and have beaten it several times to subdue it. She presently has no animals on her land because the hunters have killed whatever she has owned year after year.  Elizabeth had no choice but to give away her daughter’s horse because she feared it would soon enough suffer a tragic ending to its life.

To add insult to injury, there have been concomitant attacks on free speech aside from being denied her right to defend her own property.  A Forest Service officer had issued a ticket to Elizabeth for “harassing hunters” when she was merely defending the boundaries of her domain.  A $75 fine was charged and although it was later dismissed, it was replaced by a $4,000 fine based on the Forest Service’s false allegation that Elizabeth blocked a road.  This latter charge and fine have been contested in court.  Most unfortunately, her appeal was recently denied in the 4th Circuit Federal Appeals Court.

Additionally, the 1897 land grant deed that is in her name has been drastically cut from 150 acres to only 89 acres by the surveying done by the U.S. Forest Service.

How is any of this possible?
When will justice prevail in Elizabeth’s case?

The following are personal accounts made by Elizabeth of some of the infractions she has suffered at the hands of the U.S. Forest Service:

In addition to murdering our poultry and attacking our horse, hunters have locked us inside by cutting our lock and replacing it with their own on Christmas Eve.  They have left dead dogs by our gate and dead bears in the creek which provides the water for our well.  Recently they left a pile of beer cans, toilet paper and feces at our gate.  They repeatedly would stuff our lock at the gate with dirty men’s underwear.  They would stalk us near our home to see when we left so they could trespass which would upset our horse and now our inside dogs.  The hunters would stare inside our home all day and once came up and peeked in my bedroom window at 7AM on a Sunday morning saying they wanted to ask where my property line was located so they would know how close they could shoot.
In addition to these attacks on our peace and free speech, the US Forest Service by simply surveying my property has cut my 150 acre 1897 land grant deed to 89 acres and confiscated an easement that has been used to access this property since before the Forest Service was established by the Weeks Act in 1911.  I have found many of my neighbors have had their land stolen from them by the Forest Service in the same manner.  I would imagine that anyone with land that borders forest service land would have lost land in this manner.  They have moved my boundary line at least 3 times now placing it at present very near my home.  If they move it again, the hunters will be marching through my living room.I pray that something can be done to rein in this terrorist behavior by hunters and those who serve them in the Forest Service, the NC Wildlife Commission and others who protect their bad behavior.

The only appeal I have left is the Supreme Court.  It seems obscene that I have languished in court since my ticket in Dec. 2009, only to be told that my case did not merit hearing and I would not receive a court-appointed attorney.  I was very fortunate that at last the Thomas Jefferson Center believed in me and helped me.
Unfortunately, I am not alone.  Women all over the country are being abused because they object to hunters trespassing and killing animals.  Several have even been thrown in jail for objecting to these horrors.  We truly need some publicity to stop the abuse of women by hunters and their protectors in the US Forest Service, NCWRC, sheriff’s offices and the curtailment of women’s civil rights, property rights, and the right to prevent the killing of animals on their own property.

When all of this started, I felt abused because of the hunters killing our pet chickens, ducks, and geese and hurting our horse.  I didn’t want the wild animals on my property harmed, but felt as long as it was legal, I could not do anything about hunting.  Now I feel that all hunting on any public property should be stopped.  Why should the 90% of us who enjoy hiking, bird watching, and other non-killing recreations on public land be endangered by the 10% who want to kill things with guns?  Something has to be done.  We must occupy our forests and stop the hunting, logging, mining and other destructive practices.  The public forests are for our children and the children of our future and should not be exploited for sport or profit.  I don’t think oil/gas/nuclear companies should be allowed despoil our land or oceans or air either.  My case is very complicated and the Forest Service tries to confuse things by changing the names on the roads.  The issue boils down to their wanting to trespass across private property to access a small segment of Forest Service (FS) road so they can trespass on my property.  They actually told us we should not be living in the middle of the FS land.  They don’t care that we are here for health reasons.  They have reduced my 150 acres of land to 89 and stolen my easement by surveying over and over again and taking more land with each survey until I no longer own the road in front of my home.

The Forest Service is mandated to respect private property and yet they routinely abuse and threaten owners of “inholding” property and in this area of Western North Carolina, the FS has stolen thousands of acres from private property owners.  While the FS is appropriated a large permanent fund of federal money each year to purchase land to expand the National Forest, it appears from my research that they are using this money to pay their one special surveyor, McMahan Surveyors, that expand their land by simply moving private land owners property lines.

I do think that a well worded petition would be of help to present to my fed. reps. Heath Shuler, and Senators, Kay Hagan, and Richard Burr.  Kay Hagan has been of some help, Senator Burr, has never responded.  Heath Shuler has actually sponsored legislation on behalf of the bear hunters to open new access to the forest in my area and reverse the roadless area laws and reopen roads that ban vehicular traffic such as those on shown on the Fed. Forest Service Motor Vehicle Usage Map.  I have put a Google search below regarding the various committees over the Forest Service.

If I had my wishes, I would ask that the Forest Service stop harassing me, return all 150 acres of my land, and also that the FS establish a Human Sanctuary for citizens disabled by Toxicant Induced Loss of Tolerance (TILT) within FS areas that are difficult to supervise (such as my property) all across the US so that humans that are endangered by the ubiquitous exposures in ordinary life can have a safe haven as well as the other many species of animals.  As continual chemical exposures cause degenerative neurological, immune, and endocrine injuries in citizens disabled by TILT, the provision of a safe haven human sanctuary potentially will save millions in medical costs and suffering by preventing unnecessary degenerative illness.  This should be done because it is right.

 

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