It’s Likely SFW Founder Will Be Paid $300,000 Taxpayer Dollars To Lobby Against Wolves….

See Above: Big Game Forever Got The Same Amount Last Year To Lobby Against Wolves…Salt Lake Tribune

Update: March 10, 2013

It looks like SFW founder, Don Peay, will be getting a nice fat check, $300,000 to be exact, of taxpayer money,  thanks to the Utah Legislature’s ” natural resources budget committee”,  to lobby against wolves. Don Peay is also a founder of Big Game Forever.

The Democrats tried their best to remove the money from the spending plan, but to no avail.

Last year, $300,000 was awarded to Big Game Forever to lobby against wolves.  Deja vu’?

And where’s the accountability?

“After hearing a similar pitch from Big Game Forever co-founder Ryan Benson, the Legislature last year appropriated $300,000 to fund wolf-related lobbying, with virtually no oversight of precisely how the money was used or what it accomplished.“…Salt Lake Tribune


“The wolf-lobby contract does require Big Game Forever to submit a report to DWR summarizing its accomplishments and giving an update on wolf-related legislation — but it is not due until June 30, 2013.

Now the Legislature is moving toward appropriating an additional $300,000.

There are no Washington lobbyists currently registered for Big Game Forever and have been none since April 1, 2011.

At a Feb. 21 appropriations hearing, Peay gave a vague response when asked about the work his group has accomplished with this money.

“It’s been used to do a very complex, political, legal, grass-roots effort,” he said. The current line item comes at the request of Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, who did not respond to an email request for comment.”….The Salt Lake Tribune

I’ll be waiting with baited breath to read the June 2013 report showing BGF’s  “accomplishments” pertaining to the $300,000 award.

How is this not a conflict of interest?  How can the Utah legislature condone these kind of shenanigans by giving taxpayer money to openly anti-wolf advocates? Is Utah in the wolf hating business, where few if any wolves reside?  It’s absolutely outrageous.

Over a quarter of a million dollars will likely be paid to an anti wolf  advocate,  so he can turn around and lobby for wolf delisting across the country?



If you live in Utah please contact Governor Gary Herbert and ask him why large sums of your taxpayer dollars are being handed out to anti-wolf advocates with little oversight, when few if any wolves reside in Utah?

Governor Gary R. Herbert


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Just cry wolf

The Salt Lake Tribune Opinion

Your cash for the asking

First Published 5 hours ago • Updated 1 hour ago
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary — H.L. Mencken

One of those imaginary hobgoblins is being trotted about on Capitol Hill by legislators and a sportsmen’s group who are pointing at it and sounding the alarm, which goes something like this: Citizens of Utah, the wolf is at the door. But don’t be alarmed. We’re going to make sure he stays there. We just need to take $300,000 of your tax money and hand it over to this sportsmen’s group. They’ll know what to do with it, and you’ll all be safe, at least until next year.

This the second year in a row that someone from Big Game Forever, a Utah-based nonprofit hunting advocacy group, has shown up at the Utah Legislature with his hand out, spouting dire, wholly suspect warnings that the federal government is considering reintroducing the gray wolf to the Beehive State.

The group’s founder, Don Peay, told the Legislature’s natural resources budget committee last week that the money is needed to lobby the feds against such a move. “They want to put Mexican wolves in Utah because the Mexicans don’t want them,” he told lawmakers. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says such claims are overblown.

But Peay’s pitch for public money to fight this four-legged hobgoblin doesn’t require much more from him than to cry wolf, just as the organization did last year and was promptly handed $300,000 with virtually no questions asked. At an appropriations hearing last month, when someone had the temerity to ask Peay what last year’s $300,000 had bought the state, he saw no reason to get specific.

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Legislators steering another $300,000 to anti-wolf crusade

Politics » Private group says it needs the money to lobby federal officials against the predator’s reintroduction.
First Published Mar 07 2013 06:41 pm • Last Updated Mar 08 2013 05:15 pm

By Brian Maffly

| The Salt Lake Tribune

Although no one is proposing to reintroduce the gray wolf in Utah, lawmakers want to spend $300,000 for the second consecutive year to lobby federal officials against such a move, arguing that the return of wolves, extirpated almost a century ago, would wipe out big game.

The line item, listed among priority one-time spending requests from the Legislature’s natural resources budget committee, has drawn ridicule from conservationists and citizens who say these expenditures are a silly misuse of tax dollars that could be invested in education or other worthy programs.

“Utah is not overrun with wolves, but it is overrun with children in classrooms,” said Marlene Foard, a 33-year Salt Lake City school teacher dismayed that Utah remains at the bottom among states in per-pupil spending. But Don Peay, the influential anti-wolf advocate seeking the money, says the Utah economy could take a massive hit should wolves, protected in Utah under the Endangered Species Act, gain a foothold.

“It’s destroying jobs, private property and rural economies,” said Peay, a founder of Big Game Forever,a Salt Lake City-based nonprofit organization told the Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environmental Quality budget committee, referring to what he claims is unfolding in Idaho since the successful wolf reintroduction in the Yellowstone region. “We want to keep Utah a great place to hunt and fish.”

After hearing a similar pitch from Big Game Forever co-founder Ryan Benson, the Legislature last year appropriated $300,000 to fund wolf-related lobbying, with virtually no oversight of precisely how the money was used or what it accomplished. Big Game Forever submitted the only bid to do this lobbying on July 28, 2012, and won the one-year contract four days later.



U.S. News

Utah budget to support anti-wolf measure

Published: March. 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM
SALT LAKE CITY, March 10 (UPI) — A $300,000 Utah budget line item that would finance efforts to prevent the reintroduction of gray wolves to the state is headed for final votes, officials said.

The funding is being pushed even though federal officials say no wolf-reintroduction program is being proposed for Utah, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Sunday.

On Friday, Democratic lawmakers tried fruitlessly to strike the money from the spending plan. The measure, which the Tribune said was little-scrutinized, was adopted by the Legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee.

“It seems like a waste. It’s another challenge to federal authority to protect wildlife. The problem isn’t even here,” said Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City, the Senate minority leader.

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Anti-wolf group likely to get second $300,000 Utah payment

Politics » Money is included in budget despite Dems’ insistence project is a “waste.”

By Brian Maffly

The Salt Lake Tribune

First Published Mar 10 2013 01:01 am • Last Updated Mar 10 2013 01:01 am

A $300,000 line item to fund efforts to prevent wolves from being “reintroduced” in Utah as part of a federal gray wolf-recovery effort will be included in the budget headed for final votes in the next few days.

Democratic lawmakers on Friday unsuccessfully attempted to strip the money from the spending plan. Without debate, and on a party-line vote, the little-scrutinized project was adopted by the Legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee, made up of leaders of the House and Senate.

“It seems like a waste,” said Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City. “It’s another challenge to federal authority to protect wildlife. The problem isn’t even here.”

The $300,000 appropriation — the second in as many years for the anti-wolf campaign — was recommended by Senate Majority Leader Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe.

An outspoken critic of wolves — who also was sponsor of last year’s so-called “Mule Deer Protection Act,” more than doubling the $20 bounty on coyotes — Okerlund received $6,500 in campaign donations last year from the two men requesting the funding.

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URGENT: SFW Founder Requests Taxpayer Money To Lobby For Wolf Delisting…

March 6, 2013

Photo: Courtesy Salt Lake Tribue
Posted in: Wolf Wars
Tags: Don Peay,  SFW, Big Game Forever, $300,000 to lobby against wolves, Utah legislature, wolf wars, tax payer money

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  1. What a warped sense of priorities and values.i see,hear ,feel no concern for others from these folks in high places outside themselves.What selfish people.That’s all i have to say.obviously money talks ,but mostly to the greedy .


  2. The entire scenario can be summed up in a nutshell. We have a corrupt government.


    • Exactly. As far as “democracy” goes, we can vote to elect representatives, but they can then sell out to the highest bidder for campaign contributions. The pro-wolf group has little access, meaning we do not have big organizations with a lot of money for lobbyists and for appointments with the guys in Congress to tell them what we want. We do not get the attention of the representatives who will make decisions for wildlife. Hunting groups and gun groups and ranchers have that power, money, and access, and the wolves and bison and horses, etc., etc., are dying.


  3. Politic’s & Greed.


  4. Another state added to my boycott list.


  5. Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game and commented:
    “It seems like a waste,” said Senate Minority Leader Gene Davis, D-Salt Lake City. “It’s another challenge to federal authority to protect wildlife. The problem isn’t even here.”


    • Jim..they have been battling this non-battle for years. Big Game Forever is well organized and were one of the groups pushing Congress to delist wolves via budget rider. Interesting how a founder of that org is asking for the same amount of money this year, that BGF got last year, with little accountability?

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,


    • Well, maybe good sense will prevail this time – but I wouldn’t count on it. People seem to be brainwashed by this, even the school budgets take second place to wolf hysteria, I was reading.


  6. About six years ago, I was up in Anchorage for the Ididarod. This was after Alaska started to bump off it’s wolves big time thanks to Palin. My niece and her family and I took a boat ride in the Bering Sea. I met this guy who was wearing a Big Game jacket. I asked him what it means. He said “controversy.” How right he was.


  7. once again the politicians of this country are crooks with suits, when are the citizens of the US going to have enough of this kind of abuse of our money and wildlife, come on people – big business and politicians are ruining this great country.


  8. Reblogged this on Carinas space and commented:
    Of course there are large sums of money involved, not only ego-boosting.



    Hi Fernanda,

    I wrote to Word Press about the problems you’re having with your email. Do you have a Facebook page where I could leave you a message, to let you know what Word Press said to correct the problem?



    • Fernanda…I’ll try to help you with your email problems. I’ll have to write to Word Press to find out what the problems is. Will get back to you on this!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,


  10. Evil use of money. Evil employers and employee.


  11. As a neighbor to Utah, this about does it for me – no visits in the State, for any reason, any time. I “Howl for Wolves”.


  12. I pulled up their site and was sick – “Ted” is one big nut case – god, country & family in that order all the time decimating the land – I would love to catch him and the rest of these assholes in a leg hold trap or snare and let them dangle from a fence post


  13. This is insanity at it’s worst. I don’t live in Utah, but I think I speak for many when I say that we want a good education, not dead wolves!!!


  14. […] It’s Likely SFW Founder Will Be Paid $300,000 Taxpayer Dollars To Lobby Against Wolves…. […]


  15. It’s amazing and sickening too that the Utah taxpayers for the second year have donated $300,000 to help a lobby group who want to destroy any wolves in the state.Another state i’ll put on my don’t visit and don’t spend money in.Some bloodthirsty people live in Utah.


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