Originally published March 16,th 1995
The date is March 8th, 1995 as three armed federal agents enter the property of Eugene Hussy suspected of murder. They are looking for a shell casing that will link the notorious Hussy to the victim these brave defenders of a federal government agency, are sworn to protect.
As they approach Hussy asking questions they serve him with a search warrant. Hussy then demands that the local sheriff be a witness to the search. What arrogance this probable murderer has, they must have thought.
When Sheriff Bret Braslou arrives the brave federal agents treat both he and Hussy in a manner “bordering very close to the use of excessive force.”
The agents must have thought, why doesn’t this sheriff understand we are investigating a murder? After not finding any evidence, the agents agreed to go back to headquarters.
This is how this story would probably be broadcast on the national dominant media, if it got that far. Most likely the media would just censor the story by not reporting it at all.
The actual story is about Eugene Hussy, a 74-year-old rancher in central Idaho and a dead wolf.
On January 29th, one of 15 wolves that were part of the wolf reintroduction program was found shot and killed apparently while eating a newborn calf.
Opponents of the wolf reintroduction tried to tell government officials the wolves would feed wherever they could easily do so. The government had previously stated the wolves would not feed on livestock because of an abundance of wild game.
In support of this claim US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) in Portland released a statement stating the autopsies “Indicate that the dead wolf did not kill the calf,” and that the calf “is believed to have been stillborn or to have died from natural cause shortly after birth.”
After hearing this claim by FWS, Dr. Robert Cope stated the calf could not have been still born as its’ lungs were inflated. Dr. Cope, who performed the initial autopsy on sight, stated the calf died of multiple lacerations inflected by the wolf.
This is an important point because the law permits ranchers to shoot the reintroduced wolves if they are caught attacking the ranchers stock. It must have been on the strength of the FWS autopsy that the search warrant was obtained.
After the confrontation with the armed agents an apology was requested. During an interview with a local radio station, Senator Larry Craig (R-ID) said “I’m mad as H… that this agency or any agency, would treat people in this manner.”
During a meeting with Idaho’s two congressmen and two senators, FWS Director Millie Beattie, “did not deny claims by Lemhi County commissioners and Sheriff Braslou that the rancher may have been intimidated and that Braslou was not consulted. She also admitted that her agents made a mistake earlier in serving a search warrant as part of their investigation into the wolf killing.
The regional office in Portland, Oregon, however, took a different less apologetic position issuing a statement that the agents conducted themselves in a professional manner (apparently because they said so) and when it became evident they would be unable to gain cooperation at the site, “the officers prudently withdrew from the area and returned to the office.”
All this for a dead wolf. A single dead wolf that cost the taxpayers $250,000 to place it in Idaho because a few feel good green liberals wanted to. To quote Helen Chenoweth (R-ID) when she told Secretary of Interior, Bruce Babbitt during a House committee meeting, “Not only have your wolves trespassed in my state, but your actions have trespassed on the constitutional rights of Idahoans.” §