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RGENT: The California Department of Fish and Wildlife seem intent on solidifying the existence of wolves in the state of California!

In other States where wolves have established themselves under the management of similar government agencies, the impact upon resident deer and elk populations (as well as livestock) has been devastating, and has led to declines in those populations, and in many cases, they are no more (many counties across America no longer have deer populations as a result of Lions).

The severe decline in deer that we are already experiencing in California is arguably a result of the poor (some say reckless) management of mountain lions by the same agency that now wants to establish wolves in our State.

Wolf, courtesy of Google
Wolf, photo courtesy of Google

Even without the wolves, the deer population in California is on the brink of imploding... CA state's own population numbers are as follows:

  • 'The Department of Fish and Wildlife estimates there are currently only 445,000 deer in California, down from 2 million in the 1960s and 850,000 in the 1990s.'
  • Since the passage of California S.B. 132 in 1990 which designated mountain lions as a ‘specially protected mammal’, deer populations have sequentially fallen-off to a point where they are in very serious decline, possibly leading to moratorium on deer hunting! (more on that in the PDF attached)

The mathematics of predation is alarming; each lion kills on average 70 deer each year. According to the California Dept. of Fish & Wildlife, there are about 6,000 Mountain Lions in our State... that means that 420,000 deer are eaten by lions each year. And with a current population of just 445,000, that leaves only 25,000 deer in the entire State remaining, which are then subject to vehicle accidents and disease... not many left for deer tag drawings!

Now, as if that is not bad enough, the same geniuses want to introduce yet another apex predator (the Wolf), which also eats deer (and elk) at almost the same rate, and multiplies much faster than lions.

And just as they did when they protected lions in 1990, they want to make readers (of their propaganda) falsely believe that 'their plan' was created by, and supported by a broad coalition of 'stakeholders', when California hunters and family Ranchers and farmers are the real stakeholders.

And then they solicit for input in areas where most people have no idea what's happening in Northern California, let alone anywhere else (like in Long Beach, CA), except for what they see on National Geographic TV. Of course, there is a strategy behind having public meetings in places far away from where the problems exist on the ground; when nobody shows up for, in this case, the Long Beach public input meeting, it is 'assumed' by the agency that their plan must be fine with the public.

Of course now, decades later and nearly half a million less deer later, we see how well 'their plan' worked out! Today, a hunter is lucky to get a tag these days only because the deer are growing more scarce by the day.

If you like hunting, and this lunacy is allowed to continue, get ready to be really disappointed.

All of that said, we can make a difference if we make our voices heard loud and long, with a resounding 'No Wolves'... and while we're at it, open the hunting season on lions!

There is a Critical Meeting for public input to the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife on the Wolves coming up! (Locations Below)

If you enjoy hunting deer and elk, then this may be the last chance to keep that sport alive in California.

Please plan on attending these public input meetings (see below), and bring your friends! The more the better! It's important to PACK THE ROOM. Emails and phone calls are mysteriously lost and or forgotten. Attendance should be video taped and placed on so it can be used across social media sites.

In Liberty, Bill

CDFW News Release

CDFW Releases Draft Gray Wolf Conservation Plan

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) has released the draft Conservation Plan for Gray Wolves in Californiaand is soliciting input about the draft.

The plan is the product of collaboration between CDFW scientific and wildlife experts, and a diverse stakeholder group that has spent many hours since 2012 to develop it. The group includes Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Natural Resources Defense Council, California Farm Bureau Federation, Defenders of Wildlife, California Woolgrowers Association, California Deer Association, California Cattlemen’s Association and the Center for Biological Diversity, among others.

Interested parties are encouraged to review CDFW’s website with information about gray wolves in California, including the legal status of wolves under federal and state law, the migration of the first documented wolf in the state in nearly 100 years and CDFW’s announcement about the Shasta pack this summer. The website also features procedures for contacting CDFW for those who may experience wolves in the wild.

Informational workshops will be held to provide information and hear views about the plan in early 2016. All meetings will be held from 5-8 p.m. Dates and locations are as follows:

  • Yreka: Jan. 21, 2016,
    Miner’s Inn Convention Center/Best Western
    122 E. Miner St., Yreka 96097
  • Long Beach: Jan. 26, 2016
    Pointe Conference Center at CSU Long Beach
    Walter Pyramid (entrance on Merriam Way)
    1250 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, 90840
  • Sacramento: Feb. 1, 2016
    Double Tree Hotel
    2001 Point West Way, Sacramento, 95815

Comments will also be accepted via e-mail at, and regular mail at:

Wolf Plan Comments
P.O. Box 26750
San Francisco, CA 94126

William E. Simpson spent his formative years growing up on a working ranch in the Applegate Valley of Southern Oregon. William (aka: 'Capt. Bill') is a retired U.S. Merchant Marine Officer with decades of boating and expedition sailing experience, having logged more than 150,000 miles at sea. Capt. Bill has successfully survived long-term ‘off the grid’ at sea and at remote uninhabited desert islands with his family for years at a time. In early 2013, he appeared on National Geographic’s hit TV show Doomsday Preppers (Season-2 ‘A Fortress At Sea’) and received the highest score in two seasons for disaster preparedness and survival, earning the title of ‘Best Prepper’.

Capt. Bill is also a commercial airplane and helicopter pilot and a PADI DiveMaster. Simpson is an accomplished writer covering all aspects of disaster preparedness, including a recent book ‘The Nautical Prepper’ (Ulysses Press). His articles have been featured via numerous magazines and websites and he has been a featured guest on various disaster preparedness radio talk shows. More info at
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