The Oregon preservation network was stunned for the appointing of a major hunter to the state’s Fish and Wildlife Commission, saying the chosen one has demonstrated a despise for animals and has irreconcilable situations.
James Nash, a resigned marine, hunting guide and farmer who lives in Wallowa County, was nominated by Gov. Kate Brown to fill in as one of seven commissioners who supervises the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
His nomination and conservation organizations’ resistance to it was first announced by Willamette Week.
The conservation groups — which included Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Defenders of Wildlife, and the Sierra Club, among others — wrote an emphatic letter to the senator saying Brown had neglected to follow through on confirmations she’d given the groups to designate a “diverse, science-oriented” slate of candidates for the commission.
“Our organizations were stunned to learn that the proposed slate of appointees to serve on the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission Commission follows the same broken model that has repeatedly failed wildlife and failed Oregonians,” the letter read.
“Appointments have long adhered to an unofficial ‘one seat per interest group model’ that allows industry and special interests to drive fish and wildlife policy at the expense of science and the public interest.”
Among the five nominees up for commission seats, Nash’s nomination was particularly alarming, the letter says. Not long after his nomination was made open, Instagram posts surfaced indicating Nash presenting beside a large group of dead animals in what seems, by all accounts, to be major game trophy chases.
“If you consume prey species, you have an obligation to hunt the predators of that species,” Nash wrote in the subtitle to a post.
In Idaho a year ago, a Fish and Game Commissioner resigned after photos of him posing with dead exotic animals were made public, as indicated by the New York Times. Nash changed his Instagram profile to private after conservation groups began bringing up issues about them.
Like most different things concerning state wildlife life controllers, wolves add another layer of the dispute to Nash’s nomination.
James Nash is the child of Todd Nash, who fills in as a Wallowa County Commissioner and treasurer of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, organization that advocates for farmers, of which James Nash is additionally a part.
The commission is set to cast a ballot on the disputable wolf management plan June 7.