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In response to ‘kill permits’ article

Posted: Thursday, September 19, 2013 9:00 am

Whatever the solution is to the elk eating farmers’ corn (which is a natural thing for them to do), I question the validity of “kill permits” for farmers involved.

How about extending elk bull and cow seasons so the hunters who pay for the privilege to shoot one of these animals? This would naturally cut down the size of the herd and put fresh meat on the table.

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  • fauna posted at 3:43 pm on Tue, Sep 24, 2013.

    fauna Posts: 25

    If there is any question of mishandling justice in this case, one could call OSP and express those concerns and request that another officer investigate. Or the OSP Division Director, Captain Jeff Samuels, could be contacted and facts could be presented to him at 503-934-0221. He oversees the natural resource law enforcement programs within the state. I called the courthouse and the clerk informed me that this man pled "no contest" and did not have an attorney. So the "State" requested the fine of $435. be waived. The "State" would have been the officer who issued the citation and I believe that was Todd Hoodenpyl. I believe that ODFW was involved, because the representative who issued this man the "kill permit" would have not wanted a backlash from the public. Unfortunately, quite the opposite is true. There is a backlash and people are upset and angry over this issue. It's obvious that this is a bad policy, can't be properly overseen by the limited staff, and should be ceased until there is an overview with public input. A "Kill Permit" by ODFW's own definition, (found in the section under "Nuisance Wildlife") should only be issued in the most extreme cases after all other methods have been tried for a period of time, and evaluated! There's an entire list of ways to reduce wildlife conflicts in this section of ODFW's website. LOP (landowner preference permits)are already being issued to landowners who have tried every other means to avoid property damage and, according to my reading of the website, up to 10 can be issued!! The catch is the landowner has to pay for LOP permits and the "Kill Permits" are issued "free," compliments of the taxpayers.

    The planting of the corn is another area the dairy farmers must examine. According to ODFW, one of the first steps to prevent wildlife damage is to not feed animals outdoors. Yes, food, especially corn, does indeed attract a whole variety of animals, including elk. So a case could be made by ODFW when called with a complaint about wildlife damage on private property, that in order to reduce wildlife conflicts, stop providing the food source for them! There, it's so easy and it doesn't involve slaughtering animals, unsafe gun shooting, taxpayer subsidies, or extra stress on law enforcement personnel. And the added bonus is the coastal residents do not have to worry about the possible long-term effects of GE (genetically engineered) corn. Or as Department of Agriculture calls it the "Pioneer Variety" of Round-Up-Ready corn.

    The Department of Justice could be notified, as well, at doj.state.or.us or by calling 503-378-4400. The Attorney General is Ellen Rosenblum.

    The most important thing to do right now is to keep calling ODFW and request they stop the "kill permits" until a review can be conducted.

  • fauna posted at 11:58 am on Sun, Sep 22, 2013.

    fauna Posts: 25

    I'm sure as time goes on and the word about TCCA spreads regarding their cruel and unhealthy practices, such as blatantly killing wildlife and growing Round-Up-Ready corn (GMO) to feed their cows, they'll be offering more "deals." If a news outlet in Portland or Salem picks up this story, that's when they'll feel the pinch.
    I called Dept. of Ag. for confirmation of the growing of GMO corn and they confirmed it.

    Now, all we can do is tell everyone we know what's going on here, in Tillamook, with the dairy farmers. Until we can stop the inhumane practice of "Elk Kill Permits," the farmers will have a field day funded by taxpayer subsidies and they're laughing all the way to the bank. Keep the calls flooding in to ODFW and the Creamery.

  • fauna posted at 3:50 pm on Fri, Sep 20, 2013.

    fauna Posts: 25

    I cannot believe the farmer who shot 2 bulls and a cow will not have to face any penalty whatsoever!! And he'll look forward to shooting even more elk with his kill permits and additional hunting permits as well, I suppose. He should have been prosecuted for poaching, plain and simple and had his guns confiscated. He should have had to pay that $450. fine and more. Would any one else, but a Tillamook dairy farmer be treated to such a deal? Shame on the DA and ODFW! Well, we know who rules this county, now, don't we? As consumers, we have the power to not purchase their products and that's what I intend to do from now on.
    If there's any humor, at all, in this horrific massacre in a farmer's cornfield, or the "cornfield massacre" as it will be known, it's the fact that a dairy farmer couldn't tell the difference between a bull and a cow.

    I'm just sickened by this case of injustice to such regal animals as our resident elk herds. Everyone I spoke with regarding this matter agrees that there's something very wrong with this Tillamook County picture. It stinks!

  • coastdigger posted at 10:43 am on Thu, Sep 19, 2013.

    coastdigger Posts: 1

    Well said! After checking with the court house, said farmer was issued a fine.... of approximately $450.00. The fine was dismissed. On what grounds?? The local ODF&W representative that issued the kill permits stated at an OHA meeting that it is not a hunting issue...and that what happened was an accident. 20-30 shots fired after dark in a cornfield is not an accident... it is negligent and should be treated as such. The only way I can see it is not a hunting issue is that hunters follow a code of ethics and would not stoop to such a level. Said farmer holds a current hunting license and has purchased deer & elk tags for the upcoming season. Justice was thrown out the window on this one. Shame on those involved.


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