I received the following response from Dale Steele of CA DF&G. I asked Dale
for permission to post his message there, and he said okay. In the interest
of preventing a reverse reaction, I'm editing out the name of the collector
(hereafter known as C) and his institution (X). While the message was
addressed to Chris Howard, all of us who wrote to complain were Cc:ed.
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 16:15:18 -0800
From: "Dale Steele" <DSteele@...
Subject: Collection of two Black-backed Woodpeckers in Mono County
I am writing you in response to concerns expressed by you and a number of
people over an incident that happened earlier this year when C collected
several Black-backed Woodpeckers in Mono County. C is a research associate
at X and has a Scientific Collecting Permit issued by my agency. I have
looked into the matter and am now reporting what I have determined.
Although this collection was apparently legal under the terms of his
permit, very poor judgement was used by the collector. I have discussed
this matter with the Director of X and been assured that steps have been
taken so that such an issue will not occur again. I believe that the
collector has been properly reprimanded for his actions and that in the
future, all collecting activities by X staff will follow a protocol which
requires prior approval by the Director or head of the biological sciences
division. I am satisfied that these measures are appropriate and adequate
to avoid future problems like this. I also believe that this is an isolated
incident that does not reflect normal scientific collecting practices.
At this time, I believe that this unfortunate incident has been properly
resolved and I do not intend to take any further action. I would be happy
to try and answer any questions that may result from this information.
I also want to say that my agency appreciates and values the contributions
made towards conserving California's natural resources by all who work to
do so, either for recreation or as professionals.
Dale Steele, Supervising Biologist
Species Conservation & Recovery Program,
Calif. Dept. Fish & Game
1416 Ninth St, suite 1341
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 653-3444 office
(916) 653-2588 fax
(916) 698-1146 cell
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