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My turn: DFW Director Bonham needs to go

From page A4 | November 27, 2013 | 21 Comments

Director of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Chuck Bonham is a nice guy, based on his friendly, outgoing demeanor.  But we don’t need a “nice guy” in charge of California fish and wildlife, we need a leader who has knowledge of fish and wildlife needs and how to manage them. Chuck Bonham is not that person.

Throughout his tenure at the DFW, Bonham has ignored the concept of sound resource management and tried to walk the political tightrope between pleasing the governor, legislative lefties and animal rights advocates and sportsmen. When it comes to sportsmen, he has failed on every front.

First, he remained silent during the debate on SB 1221, resulting in the banning of the use of hounds for hunting bear and bobcat. He knew full well that scientifically, the use of hounds for hunting bears was an important tool in keeping their numbers in check, but he never spoke up, showing his support of the bill, which was backed by animal-rights activists like the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).

Director Bonham also canceled the free DFW hunting clinics for the public, designed for introducing the young and new hunters to the sports, also through pressure by HSUS.

One of his greatest failures, and most obvious animal-rights move, was his new restrictions on handling of mountain lion attacks, sightings and killings, requiring staff to use “non-lethal” methods. In this, he put the general public, their pets and livestock and children in lethal danger.

His support of AB 711, the ban on the use of all lead ammo for hunting in California, and his letter in support of passage, was the final blow to sportsmen in California. AB 711 would not be law if he had not sent his letter of support with amendments. Even the DFW law enforcement branch was not in support of AB 711 — and said as much publicly.

The current direction of the Department of Wildlife under Director Chuck Bonham is not in support of sportsmen, but even worse, it is not in support of the fisheries and wildlife of this state. His direction is based on appeasing the animal-rights organizations, and not on science or proven wildlife management principles.

As such, DFW Director Chuck Bonham should resign, or failing that, he should be removed from office and replaced immediately, before California’s precious wildlife and resources suffer even more.

Bill Karr, a Placerville resident, is Northern California editor of Western Outdoor News.


Discussion | 21 comments

  • robertdnollNovember 25, 2013 - 6:30 pm

    you're right but i believe we need a larger voice.keep up the good fight

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  • MorrisNovember 25, 2013 - 6:55 pm

    Bill. Bill. Bill...your letter ran thru 3 entire slices of pizza from start to finish. I'm thinking we could have done it in less than one by simply stating ' incompetent and must go because be doesn't do what I want him to do'. Please don't get me wrong, I own a sweet compound bow and don't need a freaking semiauto to fill my tag. I'm a friendly. But the letter? Quite the hatchet job.

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  • Bill KarrNovember 25, 2013 - 9:01 pm

    Robert, Robert, Robert....if you have a paintbrush, are you an artist? A hammer, and you're a carpenter? I don't think that "I own a sweet compound bow" means that you hunt, or understand the outdoors or wildlife. If you didn't "get it" about the impact on wildlife as well as hunters and sportsmen, you will never "get it". But that's okay, I like your attitude!!

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  • robertdnollNovember 25, 2013 - 10:49 pm

    Mr Karr, you're chastising the wrong commenter,I hunt,i fish,i can't count how many fishing poles or rubber worms i own,I have plenty of ammo for my firearms,i read every issue of WON plus Sports Afield,OutdoorLife,Pacific Coast Sportfishing,National Geographic etc, again i say to you keep up your educational efforts

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  • Bill KarrNovember 26, 2013 - 6:23 am

    Robert, so very sorry, that was intended for apologies!!

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  • robertdnollNovember 26, 2013 - 6:50 am

    I know whom you meant it for,no big deal.Leaving now for the pond at Camanche.

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  • MorrisNovember 27, 2013 - 7:11 pm

    Mr. Karr: While I have yet to grow a duck commander beard and trade in my wranglers for a buckskin loin cloth and a hat fashioned from the hides of four possum and twenty feral kittens of questionable lineage, (the softness of their silky new bastard-fur adds a bit of personal luxury to those chilly mornings up in the tree stand) the cerebral ability of 'get it' has yet to suffer any impairment or otherwise proven detrimental to objectivity, analysis and big-picture reasoning. In fact, my mossy oak mentality has worked rather well in the significant amount of time spent in Wyoming for Elk, Montana for Bear, North Carolina for Turkey, California for Deer and Texas for Javalina and Boar. Ok, the Boar didn't go so well until applying the far more appropriate .45 while - I might add - running backwards thru brush from one very very large pissed off future fajita chasing one very very humbled hillbilly pissing his pants. I stand by my position (opinion) and restate my status as a friendly, do not wholly disagree with that of your own and do so within a framework much larger than our own hunting interests. Wildlife is not - nor ever should be - the sole domain and exclusive management of or by the sportsman. Knowing this makes me neither an inexperienced woodsman or an individual of less 'stature' to your own in comparing our respective dumbsticks. Better methods exist in establishing position within the pack. (that and I have no wish to shame you) We share the woods. We borrow the woods. But we do not own the woods.

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  • Courtney StoddenNovember 27, 2013 - 7:19 pm

    Oh Moe! I just luv it so when you launch off on one these pissyfits! Sigh!!!

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  • MorrisNovember 27, 2013 - 7:39 pm

    Therein, my dear Courtney, is found the beauty between being possessive of a handful and being one.

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  • rodNovember 27, 2013 - 8:25 am

    Bill Karr, no question about it. When OR7 (the Oregon wolf) entered CA in Dec 2011, Bonham said , “We have no wolf management plan and no intention to actively re-introduce the animals to the state.” Then 6 months later CDFW published a WOLF PLAN in perfect alignment with USFW. The fact is the wolf is NOT an ‘endangered species’, not on THIS planet, but declaring it as such gives FWS complete control of your land and my land, our private property. And Bonham did a TERRIBLE job on the yellow legged frog versus the gold dredging wars also. An existing perfectly valid EIR allowing dredging in CA was challenged by the Center for biological Diversity (yeh, those a$$holes again) and Bonham completey caved to them by creating a new EIR excluding dredging. This guy is a real peach. Here’s more on the wolf. “In the guise of ‘endangered species,’ the gray wolf (which is prolific in Canada and Alaska) has been re-introduced to Montana, Idaho and Wyoming from the wilds of Canada, the objective being to re-populate the United States with this species. The problem is the wolf is a highly invasive species, eating other ‘endangered species’ along with sheep, goats, cows, buffalo, horses, mustangs, donkeys, cats, dogs, deer … and anything convenient. Wait a minute, the FWS has knowingly imported wolves from Canada known to eat other ‘endangered species’ like pronghorn antelope, blackfooted ferrets, sage grouse, Aleutian Canada geese, Columbian white tailed deer… and many other species. What kind of logic is that? How can imperiling many listed species NOT be in complete conflict with the paradigm of saving them? To import, nurture and protect a highly invasive predator is to facilitate the destruction of other purported ‘endangered species’ they have been charged with protecting. Either the FWS is completely incompetent, or they covertly recognize that most of these species are not really endangered at all. Perhaps it is both.Wolves have no natural enemies, no mechanism to keep them in check except man. To list the wolf as ‘endangered’ is not just a misnomer, but an egregious misrepresentation of the truth. In fact, the wolf is so invasive and destructive that FWS is now selling hunting tags to kill them, and pocketing the money.” (from the book Envirologion)

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  • cookie65November 27, 2013 - 8:41 am

    What would you expect from an environmental lawyer?

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  • CourtneyNovember 27, 2013 - 7:48 pm

    Darlin' Moe, did the Amoxicillin turn th' trick? It shore did work good on me.

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  • MorrisNovember 27, 2013 - 10:33 pm

    I'm clean Courtney. Glad it turned the trick for you tho. Perhaps it was the trick you turned?

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  • cookie65November 28, 2013 - 6:55 am

    The full frontal assault the radical left is engaging in has only just begun. The Marxist-in-chief along with the communist EPA is marching towards abolishing prosperity. The dumbdown masses are in a collective coma. When and if they ever wake up they will ask the same question asked repeatedly by people who have found themselves living under tyranny... "how did we get here?"

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  • rodNovember 28, 2013 - 9:17 am

    Cookie, That link defines the word “Enviroligion”. “The EPA’s draft water rule is a massive power grab of private property across the U.S.” How much more confiscation of private property rights can this nation endure? All Western Democracies are based on the RULE OF LAW and private property rights. Even ARABS recognize property rights. We now have Ojamba directing the EPA through ‘regulation’ trumping Constitutional law! Its outrageous. Somehow someway this diabolic freak bastard Constitution hater has to be dealt with. He has turned this beautiful country into a third world tyranny. I can only suspect his childhood was incredibly traumatic. Growing up in Jakarta as an abandoned little barefoot chigger learning to hate prosperity because it was “unfair”.

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  • PatriceNovember 28, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    rod, and how would you deal with him? "Somehow someway this diabolic freak bastard Constitution hater has to be dealt with" What is a chigger? You are full of hate and possibly a danger. To bad. Hmmmm....what shall I do?......

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  • R.j. CarterNovember 28, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    Chigger:....NOUN: Any of various small, six-legged larvae of mites of the family Trombiculidae, parasitic on insects, humans, and other vertebrates. The chigger's bite produces a wheal that is usually accompanied by severe itching. Also called chigoe, harvest bug, harvest mite,

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 28, 2013 - 6:42 pm

    R.J. - You are far too generous.

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  • PatriceNovember 28, 2013 - 7:38 pm

    And a happy Thanksgiving to you, Mr. Veerkamp.

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  • Phil VeerkampNovember 28, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    And it was indeed, Patrice. A feast in the Ozarks at one of my son's in-laws was followed by a most wonderful surprise. At the end of the feast the Hostess reached around the corner, pulled out a jug of whiskey, pulled a couple of swallers, ducked under a guitar strap and gave us an old fashioned hillbilly hootenanny. All the memories from 65 years ago at the Veerkamp home ranch at Gold Hill flooded back. It was a piano back then. It was more "refined" music back then. But it was real today. My eyes leaked.

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  • PatriceNovember 28, 2013 - 9:30 pm

    Mr. Veerkamp, sounds like a lot of fun. I am glad you were with your family.

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