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Opinion: Investigation needed of Maine Fish & Wildlife agency, committee
Opinion: Investigation needed of Maine Fish & Wildlife agency, committee

Maine Senate President Michael Thibodeau
Maine House Speaker Mark Eves
Senator Roger Katz

Gentlemen:

This is an addendum to my earlier email to which I am still awaiting a response. In addition to the legislature’s IFW committee, the Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is a corrupt, captured agency. Please read the Wikipedia definition for Regulatory Capture attached. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regulatory_capture

By definition, regulatory capture is political corruption and government failure. Both the executive and legislative branches have allowed this to occur with regard to management of Maine’s fish and wildlife resources. What, if anything, do you intend to do about it?

I respectfully request a thorough investigation of both the Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (to include the process for selecting its members) by the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability (OPEGA). Both entities are rife with political favoritism for consumptive users of Maine’s fish and wildlife resources at the expense of nonconsumptive users and the resources themselves. A current example is the appointment of members to IFW’s Big Game Planning Steering Committee. There is not a single representative of an animal advocacy organization or of non-consumptive wildlife users. I understand that OPEGA is greatly limited with regard to its resources and authority. Maine’s legislative branch, in my opinion, does a poor job of maintaining the checks and balances necessary to insure that the executive branch does its job. Maine needs an equivalent of the federal government’s Office of Inspector General. I would encourage you look into the shortcomings of our State government’s system of checks and balances and work to improve them.

Again, I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,
John M. Glowa, Sr.
30 Meadow Wood Drive
South China, ME 04358



From: John Glowa
Sent: Wednesday, November 11, 2015 2:54 PM
To: rkatz@lipmankatz.com ; Mark.Eves@legislature.maine.gov ; mike@mainesenatepresident.com
Subject: Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Gentlemen:

I’m writing again to discuss the IFW committee in the legislature. My concern is that the committee is unanimously stacked with consumptive users-hunters, trappers, fishermen or supporters of hunting, trapping and fishing. There are NO committee members who advocate on behalf of non-consumptive users and on behalf of non-consumptive use of Maine’s fish and wildlife resources. For your information, wildlife watchers spend some $800 million annually in Maine, far more than is spent by hunters and fishermen combined.

A chilling effect of this stacked deck is the almost complete lack of pro-wildlife bills in the legislature. Most wildlife related bills promote the killing of Maine’s fish and wildlife. It is way past time for Maine’s legislature to take into account the public’s attitudes towards fish and wildlife. Just ten percent of Mainers hunt and the number of wildlife watchers in Maine (resident and non-resident) outnumbers the number of hunters (resident and non-resident) by nearly five to one.

It is time for an IFW committee that represents ALL Mainers. It is time for laws that balance the needs and wants of consumptive and non-consumptive users.

I urge you to closely monitor the activities of the current IFW committee for compliance with legislative rules including conflict of interest issues. I urge you to fill vacancies on the IFW committee with individuals who represent and are knowledgeable of non-consumptive wildlife use.

I look forward to your reply.

Sincerely,

John M. Glowa, Sr.
30 Meadow Wood Drive
South China, ME 04358

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