The Force of the Horse

Disgraced Wyoming Congresswoman Takes Aim at Wolves after Missing Horses

(In My Humble Opinion) by R.T. Fitch ~ author/President of the Wild Horse Freedom Federation

Rep. Lummis Wants to Subvert Legal Safeguards to Serve Special Interests

Those things with fur just gotta go!

Last month Wyoming’s lone Representative Cynthia Lummis (R) attempted an ill planned and poorly executed effort to tack on a pro-horse slaughter amendment onto an agriculture budget bill in an attempt to appease big agriculture and ranching special interest groups.  Rep. Lummis was publicly called out by her own party leadership and was forced to withdraw her amendment.  She left the house floor in a flurry of righteous indignation and contempt.  Concerned American citizens were in high hopes that she would crawl back under her rock and disappear but with all that is evil and serves dark masters she has returned; and now it is the American wolf that she serves up on her menu of animal destruction.

Wednesday, the pistol packing politician announced that she wants to cut a deal with the feds to hand over wolf management in Wyoming to state authorities and she publicly declared that she has, once again, inserted language in a pending appropriations bill to bar any legal challenges or review from the courts over said management of state wolves.  God bless America, Cynthia, and welcome to the 16th century.

Environmental groups, animal advocates and even federal biologists have strongly opposed ending federal protection for wolves in Wyoming as the state has indicated that the reintroduced wolves would be declared predators which would allow the formerly near extinct animals to be shot on sight.

The feds have played this game with Idaho and Montana earlier this year and Lummis wants a piece of that lip-smacken, corrupt and collusive “Wolf Pie”, too.

In the statement that Lummis released on Wednesday it is glaringly clear, as always, who butters her bread and keeps her in office:

This provision is a crucial puzzle piece to the long-awaited conclusion of the delisting of the fully-recovered gray wolf. For more than eight years, wolves in Wyoming have met or exceeded the federal government’s recovery goals, and without proper management have thrived at the expense of Wyoming’s ranchers, farmers and big game herds,” Lummis stated.

Likewise, Wyoming’s rocket scientist Governor Matt Mead agreed and said that he wants to “ensure management of wolves returns to Wyoming.”  It appears that Lummis, Mead and state rep. “Slaughterhouse” Sue Wallis have all been sipping from the same pitcher of tainted Kool Aid.    Gitty-up Wyoming politicians, it’s time to pay off your campaign contributors.

So saddle up boys and girls, Wyoming politics is about to take us on yet another ride through mud, blood and horse poop as they reload their rifles and take aim at their own feet…because as we all know; when it comes to politics, it’s all about the money.

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  1. So Lummis wants to introduce legislation that bypasses the American process. Ya know that same process that got her elected, although for the life of me I don’t know why or how. O ya, her pocket pets, farmers (factory no doubt), ranchers and hunters.

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  2. Wyoming has some of the WORST elected officials anywhere – except Idaho! I worked in Wyoming for 2 years and it was dreadful! This woman is one of the poster children for bad bad bad politics, pandering to special interests! ALL of the politicians in Wyoming are in someone’s pocket – Enzi, Barasso, and on and on and on! She is a perfect example of why we should NOT vote party, but start voting people, even if you have to write them in! The greatest threat to this country are the Repugs (Like “Bummus”) and Dems (NObama) – in office!

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  3. “tHOSE THINGS WITH FUR JUST HAVE TO GO” – really??? This mental attitude is exactly why are rivers are nothing more than open sewers!

    IGNORANT, SHORT-SIGHTED, SPECIAL INTEREST POLITICIANS “JUST HAVE TO GO”!!! She is just like PALIN AND CANDACE MILLER WHO WANTS ALL WOLVES DEAD!

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  4. The Obama Administration and Congress have made it abundantly clear they care absolutely nothing about wildlife, whether it is WH&B, wolves or buffalo and bison. The message is loud and clear that the Executive Office, the House and Senate have been bought by the NRA, The Cattlemen’s Association, the hunters and outfitters and Big Oil. If the American people do not wake up and start speaking out, and voting people like Lummis, Wallis and Mead out of office, wild horses and burros and wolves aren’t the only Endangered Species that will be wiped out, the American Middle Class is on its way out too.

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  5. ITS ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!! It’s really a bitch when you have to Pay the Piper! Is it any wonder our country is in the toilet. Companies are now considered individuals and can CONTRIBUTE WHAT EVER THEY WANT and to whom every they want. They do not need to be named. They have taken over and made it impossible for small companies to operate. They have shipped American jobs overseas and continually tell the American people that this is how you create jobs. What???? Many Americans have been asleep at the wheel…the take over was slient and now we are paying the price..No jobs, unemployment high, no one is getting loans to operate anymore..And now it is our environment including our beautiful Wild Mustangs & Burros who they wish to cull and kill. Again, these people are like a disease which needs eradication.
    I hate to say, but for all of us, 2012 elections maybe very important for animal conservation unless we can turn things around.

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  6. This woman is a perfect example of why we need term limits for our elected officials. Then maybe they would quit working for themselves and special interests and start representing the people for a change.

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  7. It’s not just the wolves that Ms. Lummis is betraying! I’ve been trying forever to have her help pass a law that would stop the cruel treatment of arena livestock at rodeos. I’ve not gotten one reply, but then again she is a past Miss Frontier. The whole elected gang comes home to Cheyenne for Frontier Days so why would she help pass a bill that would stop the torture of these animals if it ment losing tourists money!

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  8. This woman is nuts..seems the system as a whole has gone completely mad.. is this the twilight zone?

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  9. i have to disagree with all of you!!! i have to live with the wolf and the damage that they create and bring!! i have to be the one that have to watch my dogs, my livestock, and myself!! if you have never been stalked by a wolf then you have nothing to say! if you have not been the one that had to put animal down because of a wolf you have nothing to say!!! i am the one that has to live with them not you all!!! yes i feel the best wolf is a DEAD ONE!

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    • DBARJ, You are a crazy person, maybe the wolves sense crazy and want to protect themselves from you……they do not stalk humans, they are terrified of us due to all of the destruction that we do to them. If we humans would model our family life with the love and commitment to each other like the wild wolves do, we would have less divorces and less people in prison. We need to learn from these beautiful wild creatures instead of killing them off based on our own ignorance.

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      • Dear Sheryl, I agree with you wholeheartedly ,they are our future, we must learn from them, I cant believe some dont see their importance to us?????? To me it is so very clear, all the animals here have great significance it the big picture, everything has a reason it is up to us to study and learn, I have never met a horse or animal i didnt Love…………………….. and never met one that didnt teach to me something valuable…………..for life………….

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  10. Wolves are part opf a healthy ecosystem and humans have taken over their territory. They have as much right to live as anything does. Since wolves don’t attack humans I doubt if you were in any danger from a curious wolf. Good animal husbandry will prevent livestock losses and if they are killed Defenders of Wildlife and government programs will reimburse you. I guess you hate wild horses too. Maybe you are one of the welfare ranchers on public land being subsidized with tax dollars. Our tax money is used to kill wolves too. Farmers have livestock killed by dogs and sometimes by coyotes, and they furnish a much bigger percentage (97%) of beef than ranchers do.

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  11. you know, Barbara you have not walked in my shoes. and yes wolves do have and will attack humans!!! been there done and i don’t want the T-Shirt!as i said i am the one liveing with them i am the one that it hurts the most!! and i don’t think you get it!! you need to get real and your eyes to this killer!! and i have to say the media has left this out of the paper. what about that horse in Darby MT. what about the 10 yr old child that was chased by wolves???? what about the wolves that was in a neighborhood less then 3 miles from me and less then a mile from town? and he took on dogs in the yard with children right there?? i see you do not see very good!!!

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    • dbarj, you claim that wolves have attacked humans. Please links to your research on this matter. I believe there was 1 fatal attack in Alaska in decades. Other than that please cite a year and city or county and we will be more than happy to confirm your claim with the authorities in that locality. I personally live with the predators of nature and see them as a necessary part of the cycle of life. It is a risk you take when you bring in an attractive nuisance such as prey animals into predator territories. Just as stores lose inventory to thievery you lose inventory to predators and disease. Its the price of doing business.

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  12. What is with the voters in Wyoming?? This is the BEST they have there? Surely there are civilized people in Wyoming that show up at the polls to cast their votes.

    And people that live in areas where there are wolves, and bears, do so by choice. The wolves and bears have no choice. This is a huge country and most of it doesn’t have wolves and bears. We had a woman (from the city) terribly mauled by a bear the other day in Pinetop, Az, at a country club:

    http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/2011/06/30/20110630bearattack0630.html

    All the northern Arizona campgrounds post warnings about bears. Like I said, people have a choice, predators do not. You live in their territory by choice, dbarj, so I guess that means they must die.

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    • Please do not let Dbarj come to Africa,all the Lions,Cheetahs leopards etc.would have to be taken out.Good thing he has not heard about the most dangerous of all living creatures,us the Humans.

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      • We have wild boar, coyotes, large cats (in fact I think one is living in our hay loft judging by the size of the turds I have been finding) deer, raccoon, possum, rats, killer jack rabbits, copperheads, rattlers, scopions and humans living in and around our farm and I do NOT see the need to kill the animals onto whose home I am encroaching. They all work in balance as the coyotes eat the pigs and so on and so on…it is the abject fear of the unknown, or misunderstanding, that drives humans to want to kill everything that they cannot control. Have Terry tell you the story how I stood off a pack of coyotes in our back pasture at 2 AM with nothing more than a flashlight, iPhone and my skives…it’s one of those around the campfire tales….boohahahaha

        And a word of warning dbarj; I edited all of the profanity out of your comment and the bulk of your flaming. Neither of those low-life attributes are allowed, here. If you can’t be civil then head back to your scary cave with all the dangerous wild animals. Out of fairness, I allowed you to respond. So keep it clean if you want to stay as we seasoned blog rats recogonzie your such behavior as the last card played by those who lack the intelligence, morale fortitude and the facts to respond to a comment/question with a civil tongue…full stop.

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  13. Thanks, R.T. for the reply and editing . We have all of the critters you do too except for wild pigs or wild cats although the stray tom was acting like a bob cat at first. He’s neutered and tame now. We’re feeding two raccoon families with six adorable babies at the bird feeders.
    Don’t forget spiders–I’ve been bitten twice this summer.

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  14. HEHEHEHEHEHEH i APOLOGIZE FOR THE THE LAUGHTER, BUT i COULDNT HELP MYSELF, The Part about the turds, which you are right thats a definite sign they are there, as for the other, yes, man has to learn to live with creatures other then himself, they are all here for the Perfect Balance , ……………..there are no mistakes here, all have reasons to be here…….Instead of Kill everything learn from everything……….Yes Man is the Most dangerous creature here , he is the one we need to watch, animals do not suffer from greed !!!!!!

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  15. this is a very hot botton to me. as i said the media has kept way to quiet about the problems of wolves. the ranchers in the Big Hole of MT are not talking, let alone let anymore FEDS on there places they are takeing care of the problems themselves. so no i have no media reports to give, just the ranchers point of view and what he and his family are dealing with on a daily basics. but i guess that is not good enough. i am haveing to leave my dogs home when i ride on the west side of this valley because of wolves. and the horse that was killed in Darby go to Missoulia paper and you will see how they gutted the horse while it was still alive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! there is so much documations that the ELK FOUNDITIONS has that it is sicking! all on the wolves and their kills. the one thing that everyone has FORGOTTEN is these are not natived Timber Wolves these are Canada wolves that were PLANTED HERE! we had no say what so ever in this! we were told when there were 30 breeding pairs in ID, WY and MT that they would be taken off the endanger list. well that goal was reach in 2002!! it is now 2011. what part of that do you all not understand!!

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    • In the Great Scheme and cycle of life…wolves are not the problem; humans are by their arrogance and self-servitude.

      I suggest to you…that your human wants are disregarding the basic premise of life and eco-systems. Find a new line of income.

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    • p.s. by your uneducated comments on “native” species anything….you don’t KNOW SQUAT. Therein lies your current dilemma and angst.

      Recommendation…educate yourself and buy a dictionary.

      Now wonder you have problems.

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    • again since you claim to have personal knowledge of wolf attacks name me a date, year, city, county or state. I will be more than happy to follow up on your claimed attacks. I’m willing to find that there will be the same results when we follow up on all the “abandoned” horses that were picked up by the authorities. When we contact them they state there was never any such incident and that this is fiction. Again, if you claim something be willing to back it up with research. To just state that the ranchers are taking care of the problem themselves just doesn’t cut it. Certainly if wolves were attacking humans there would be injuries, tests on the animal done by authorities to determine rabies, reports on the bites, the wolf in question being hunted and a doctor’s or hospital visit. You are supplying none of this, just seeking to get me to take your word. I’m not.

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  16. WOW!! I am almost speechless! The “nerve” & the apparent ignorance (meaning, lack of education, or lack of knowledge), of “dbarj”, based on this persons comments, unbelievable! This person sounds very opinionated, &, one-sided, as though even if the truth smacked them right in the face, they wouldn’t budge. I agree with the other comments regarding the nature of wolves, made by other people. Mankind, “dbarj” being the prime example, IS the REAL “problem”, for all wildlife, wild places, all creatures great or small, anything that “they” don’t really understand, or that “they’re” afraid of. Even if they did have a personal encounter, or even a personal loss of an animal, that single wolf or that single pack, does not mean they all are “bad”. That’s being way too prejudiced against an entire species of animal, that is extremely vital to having & maintaining a balanced & healthy environment.

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    • I really believe humans like “dbarj”(?) are not about anything outside of their own wants, usually based on money.

      When the wolves, bison, wild equines are gone…they will go after humans with the same tired, antiquated arguments…usually their neighbors, of which if they are not of the same mindset….they are already experiencing problems (with or without the wolves….or equines…or bison…or coyotes…yahduyahduhi).

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  17. Then i sugust that you might want to do some reserch yourselfs. and yes i am a very bad speller. i had no problem with the Timber wolves coming back on their own. and they were doing that just fine. that was when it was a true thrill and amazing sight to see. there had been a pair up Mill Creek canyon for over 15 years before the Canadian wolves were planted. put a call in to the State Trapper and talk to him, get his take on the problems! start looking up facts from us common people and get our take on it. we are the ones that have to live with them. a wolf can easily do 100 miles and should have their home range a circle of 100 miles. but here in this valley that is just 100 miles long there is over 16 packs!! some the Fed’s will say are here and the rest they say are NOT HERE cause those DO NOT HAVE A COLLAR ON! so they really do not know how many wolves there are out there. talk to the people in ID and get their take on them. a whole different story then what you all believe. talk to outfitters, hunters, ranchers, the people that are out there and having encounters with them. the Newspapers are not leting any of this out. please do look into this and quit thinking how great these wolves are and get the true facts. they are killing machines.
    would you not want this money that is being wasted here be given to the wild horses and burros? the Gov’t spent thousands of dollars on this! why? look how the BLM is wasting money! in the wild horse act they were given the job to overlook and care for the wild horses and burros. and look how they have mess up on that. we did not need the Canadian wolves here! we already had the true Timber wolves coming back and doing it on their own. is that not what is important!

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    • Question…do US timberwolves and Canadian timberwolves carry passports? How just exactly do you tell the difference? Are they different?

      Do you have expertise in biologic wildlife species genetics?

      Frankly, it is very easy for me to overcome your lack of blog posting savvy. It is another matter for me to get over your “wipe ’em ALL out” mindset and rhetoric.

      But drone on…it’s a free country, except for wild equines, bison, wolves, the poor, the sick, the disabled, the………..

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      • Thats easy if the wolf has a club in its paw and is looking for baby seals to bash their heads in,then it is Canadian also known as a Harper Wolf,if it is clutching an injection needle and looking for pitbulls to Murder,that is the US version also known as the Hinklehooper Wolf.
        The Human /being is never and will be never happy unless they are Killing something., but fortunately for them they VOTE.

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      • Thats easy if the wolf has a club in its paw and is looking for baby seals to bash their heads in,then it is Canadian also known as a Harper Wolf,if it is clutching an injection needle and looking for pitbulls to Murder,that is the US version also known as the Hinklehooper Wolf.
        The Human /being is never and will be never happy unless they are Killing something., but fortunately for them they VOTE.

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  18. i said look go to the Big Hole of Mt. Wisdom and Jackson. go to Dillion MT. go to Deerlodge, go to Phillisburg Mt. read about the slaughter of 20 years of rams being rasied and being gone in less then 2 hours. over 100 rams killed by wolves and facts do back this up! and left not one eaten! all you need to do is get on the ground and listen to people talk. not what the newspaper says but the people that have to deal with this.

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    • You were asked to provide links and official reports…not here-say.

      I’m sure there are losses…let’s just make sure the victims are telling the “gospel” truth and it really is wolves. Which still doesn’t excuse the sloppiness of ownership that looses 20 years (really?…not yarnin’?) of ovines in a short period of time.

      BTW…whens the last time you consulted (amicably) with your state’s extension service?….188?

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    • I will investigate the links to communities that you claim are so troubled by wolves. Will I listen to people talk? I doubt it. These same ranchers are the ones that state there is not room enough for a few horses over millions of acres. In fact Wyoming has a seek and remove policy on the wild horse based on completely non-existent science and range management principles. I will make certain to inquire when was the last attack on a human by a wolf. We have coyotes and mexican grey wolves and mountain lions here. We protect our pets or if we get careless expect to lose them to the principles of Nature. As far as elk being killed, that’s the cycle of nature. Of course they are attacked and eaten while alive, predators don’t carry syringes. Many ranchers in Europe employ dogs to guard their flocks, I can’t remember the breed that is esp good at this, its a large white dog. It astounds me that this so called killing spree went on for 2 hours in an area that is supposedly known for wolf populations and that no one noticed or had a plan to protect their animals in the first place. If that was the case I’m surprised they were in business for 20 years.
      Does memory serve me dbarj or were you on this blog in the past supporting wild horse roundups? I might be mistaken but seems we’ve met before. Maybe RT would know. Apparently your abuse of profanity is something that might stick out in his mind.

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  19. The ranchers taking care of the wolves means they shoot and bury them . They shoot our wild horses and donkeys too.

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  20. Wow, again!! Or, let’s see, I could use the now popular teen phrase, “whoa there!” All I can say is that our government will not “use” any money from killing one animal, to save another. Nor will they spend a dime to actually help any animal. They themselves, save for a few passionate animal lovers among them, hate animals, hence the almost extermination of the bison, wolves, elk, wild horses, etc., etc. Instead, our government likes to spend OUR money, in the form of tax dollars, to do all their dirty work. To “dbarj”, I’m very sorry for your personal losses, whatever they might have been, had it been livestock, you would have been reimbursed, otherwise, if you hate wolves so much, sell your home & move the heck OUT of wolf country!!

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  21. talk to the people up 9 mile west of Missoula. there were timber wolves there for a long time. and really very little problems. they did what all the books, etc said that they would do. then the planted Canada wolves were released. it was terrify up there. more animals, horses,llamas, dogs. cats etc were killed in less then a year then the timber wolves had done for 10 yrs or more. the actress that played Love Story talk to her. that is why she does not live there anymore. yes there are a lot of stories here, not all by ranchers. how can you look into your mules’s eyes as the wolves get closer and say it is ok??? i have been less then 20 feet from them, kept up all night with my animals as close to the fire til daylight. all from the PLANTED CANADA WOLVES!!! what part of that do you all not get. these are PLANTED WOLVES FROM CANADA THAT OUR GOV’T PAID FOR!! yes i have been around the timber wolves, the Bob Marshall Wilderness as one place before the Canada wolves, at first i thought it was a husky ? he was young about 1 1/2 old. we have lived with wolves awhile, were dealing with it. really not a problem. nature was coming back on her own and the grizzly bear was. which is the way you want it to do. when you over poputlate that is where the problem comes.

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