"Managing Virginia's wildlife to maintain optimum populations of all species to serve the needs of the Commonwealth";
Mission Statement, website of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF).
"Humans have killed off about half the world's nonhuman vertebrate animal population since 1970";
World Wildlife Fund report, "Living Planet Index, September 2014.
Recent alarming developments and reports concerning our environment, climate change and a faster and more dangerous warming of the planet, as well as a 40-year overall die-off of the majority of wild animals on the planet, have had most thoughtful citizens feeling understandably anxious and alarmed over the expanding prospects for a very insecure and uncomfortable future on the planet for their children, grandchildren, and the animal kingdom.
Many of these concerned Americans are merely anxious and hoping, others working actively and politically, some loudly demanding in the streets of New York City (see 300,000 attend Climate March, NYC Sept 2014), that governments, corporations, and business communities respond far faster and deeper in forming sane agreements and binding commitments to try and limit and lessen any further destruction to their world.
But, should you choose to turn to the state of Virginia's primary wildlife conservation agency, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), for guidance on these dire issues, you'll be sadly disappointed. I turned to their website for some pertinent, up-to-date, information about global warming and about how these massive die-offs of wildlife fit in with this alarming trend. I came up totally empty handed. Not a single word, line, or paragraph could I find on these literally burning current environmental topics. Nor will you detect any sense of alarm coming from these orange-vested "conservationists" of Richmond.
Honestly I was not surprised. I know why traditional "game" wardens are not out in front on these crises. The answer is that they're too busy promoting hunting, trapping, and fishing. In particular, they're keeping deer hunters very happy.