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NOTICE TO THE TWF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

TWF Board of Directors,

Michael Butler has abused his position as Executive Director for Tennessee Wildlife Federation numerous times and that will no longer be tolerated.

For at least the past five years, Mr. Butler has publicly bashed the Cervid Industry, hard working farmers across the U.S. that raise deer and elk, in newspapers, on public web-sites like http://www.tndeer.com and at public meetings. Mr. Butler spends much of his work time posting lies about the Cervid Industry when his work time could be better spent doing the job that he is being paid for by the TWF.

Mr. Butler tries to mislead the hunting public with his lies that state the Cervid Industry is responsible for wildlife diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). His lies do nothing positive for the TWF or the hunting public. He just stirs the pot trying to cause friction between the hunters and the farmers who raise deer and elk.

All CWD found in captive herds, that can be traced back to a source, traces back to a research facility controlled by the state wildlife agency in Colorado. This research facility spread CWD to other research facilities, to wildlife all over the state of Colorado and to many of the states that border Colorado, to public zoos and even to Cervid Farmer's herds. The cervid industry has tested and monitored their herds and now their herds are proven to be safe and healthy and can now freely move interstate while wildlife, controlled by state and federal wildlife agencies, are unable to meet state or federal regulations to move anywhere. An example of this is the Elk Island herd in Alberta Canada. This government run game farm can not meet state or federal regulations required in order to be imported into the U.S. or TN.

The Elk Island importation attempt was a failure due to Mr. Butler publicly bashing the cervid industry on http://www.tndeer.com last fall. Had it not been for him threatening the Cervid Industry again on tndeer, I would not have found out about this risky importation attempt in time to make a difference. TWRA has imported animals from the Elk Island herd before and would have again this time but thanks to Mr. Butler, the USDA officials in Washington DC were made aware of several problems with that herd and now that herd is unable to enter the U.S. At least two other states were also wanting elk from that herd as well but again thanks to Mr. Butler, those states will not be able to import those risky unsafe elk.

I would suggest that the TWF Board of Directors demand that Mr. Butler post a public apology on http://www.tndeer.com stating the following: I, Michael Butler, have wrongly accused the Cervid Industry of being the cause of wildlife diseases such as CWD when in fact the real cause of the problem traces back to wildlife held in a research facility in Colorado and controlled by that state's wildlife agency.

I would also suggest that you ask for Mr. Butler's resignation.

Any future attacks on the Cervid Industry from Mr. Butler or anyone connected to the TWF will result in legal action being taken against the TWF and the individual responsible for those attacks.

Sincerely,
David L. Autry

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NOTICE TO THE TWF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Butler, TWF mabutler@tnwf.org
16 Pointer
Member # 358

posted 11-05-2006 12:27 PM
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Just for those who are interested.

The elk we have introduced into Tennessee from Elk Island are probably the most disease monitored population of elk in north America.

The population is behind a large fence, but it is still a wild population. The area they live in is quite large.

The number of animals available this year is around 250 - and if we can get these animals then we will have accomplished our goals.

The vector for CWD is captive deer and elk herds. TWRA and others have demonstrated the safety of the Elk Island herd to the point of almost being ridiculous.

IF THE Department of Ag. won't approve impotation from Elk Island, then they won't approve it from anywhere else because no other herd has even been remotely monitored like the Elk Island population.

If we are prevented from bringing in elk and finishing the project, because of CWD fears, then we should probably consider a complete ban on ranching of elk and deer in Tennessee since they are the only known vector for transmission of CWD in the eastern US.

Deer ranching in Wisconsin is why they have the problem they have.

http://www.madison.com/tct/news/index.php?ntid=104754&ntpid=4

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NOTICE TO THE TWF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Attention:
Monty Halcomb
Secretary
Board of Directors
TN Wildlife Federation

Please send me the email addresses of all of the TWF Board Members including the President, Jean Maddox, so that I can forward information about Michael Butler's attack on the cervid industry and the damage that he has caused while representing the TWF as the Executive Director.

My email address is elk4sale@yahoo.com

Thanks,
David L. Autry

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NOTICE TO THE TWF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Date: Mon, 05 Mar 2007 14:54:54 -0600
From: "joel espe"
To: mabutler@tnwf.org
CC: bcox1940@aol.com, allen.m.knowles@aphis.usda.gov, dmeckes@avma.org, "joel espe" , gary.meyers@state.tn.us, john.dunn@state.tn.us, nick.todd@state.tn.us, phil.bredesen@state.tn.us, philip.gordon@state.tn.us, ron.fox@state.tn.us, ron.wilson@state.tn.us, terry.oliver@state.tn.us, ahope@tnwf.org, kmcdonald@tnwf.org, cwhittenburg@tnwf.org, elk4sale@yahoo.com
Subject: Response to your misleading information

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I have just read your post of 11-05-2006 on http://www.tndeer.com and am
astounded at you lack of truthfulness or stupidity.
If your first statement was true, that the Elk Island animals are the
most disease monitored population, why do they not meet the criteria
that thousands of herds around the U.S. have already met. They are not 5
year CWD monitored or TB or Brucellosis acredited. They fail to meet
many criteria for entry into the US. Wisconsin's Head of Animal Health
has told the WIDNR for the past 3 years not to import from Elk Island
because they do not meet the rules and regulation established. USDA has
told Tennessee the same thing, but Mr. Butler, you have chosen to
ignore everyone above you in the chain of command on this issue. The impact
on your Tennessee domestic livestock could be devastating if you
brought any of these diseases into the state. You are trying to will them
healthy without any proof. Follow the rules and regulations that
everyone else has to! Captive cervids are the most regulated animals in the
world. Unless you are fighting to drop regulations on all of these
animals, don't expect to have them dropped for elk that will be released
into the wild where you lose all control of them and any disease they
might carry.

The population is behind a large fence, but not one high enough to keep
the cervid population in place. Even the moose can jump this fence and
come and go as they wish. The fence height does not meet your
requirements for holding elk captive.

The vector for CWD is much more widespread in the wild than behind high
fence where it can be controlled and eradicated. What is ridiculous is
your claim of the safety of these animals without a monitored process.
Dead animals in Elk Island are seldom found to be tested in time. How
many animals have been tested in the past for CWD? What per cent of
the population is that.

The Dept. of Ag should not approve importation from Elk Island as they
are untested sufficiently to meet standards. In direct opposition to
your statement that no other herd has been remotely monitored like Elk
Island, every herd in the U.S. with 5 years CWD monitored status, TB and
Brucellosis Accredited, kept behind a 8 foot high fence, an annual
census conducted by a licensed veterinarian, and CWD tested on every elk
which is slaughtered or dies far exceeds your Elk Island animals.

Your statement of ..."consider a complete ban on ranching of elk and
deer in Tennessee since they are the only known vector for transmission
of CWD in the eastern U.S." is grounds for dismissal. No one in your
position can be that misinformed, that can only indicate that you are not
ashamed to openly lie to get results. "The end justifies the means"
was a communist philosophy that we fought against for decades.

Your quote of "Deer ranching in Wisconsin is why they have the problem
they have" is not shared by intelligent informed Wisconsinites. My
Mother's family are all from Tennessee and I live in Wisconsin. I have
been a speaker at 2 International CWD Symposiums and at many State CWD
conferences. I have hosted and guided representatives from all over
North America and Europe through the history and working solutions of CWD.
I have led Congressional Briefings in Washington D.C. for large groups
and along with private briefings for Sen. Hillary Clinton and Wisconsin
Senators Kohl and Feingold. I led the first CWD Summit Meeting for all
of the federal agencies which led to the passage of Uniform Methods &
Rules for the U.S. nationwide. I have more than a little knowledge on
the subjects of CWD and Deer Ranching in Wisconsin and your statements
are so far from the truth they would be laughable. You should and may
be sued for that statement alone. In condemning deer ranching as the
CWD problem in Wisconsin, you have ignored the following:
Escapes from Charmony Farms research center where CWD testing was
conducted.
No knowledge of where the carcasses of test animals were disposed at
the conclusion of research.
Max Rack deer blocks used road kill deer as the protein in mineral
block which was made and sold in the endemic area
The same professor from UW that designed Maxi Rack shipped carcasses
from the CWD research centers in Colorado be used as the protein
component for Maxi Rack II, when confronted by a Doctor on the implications
this could have on wildlife. He spread the mineral on a field in Mt.
Horeb (epicenter for CWD in Wisconsin) to be plowed under in the spring.
WI DNR had no plan in place to keep carcasses from hunts in Colorado
and Wyoming from entering the state.
WI DNR sold orphan fawns to game farms but kept no record of where in
the state they came from.
Taxidermist were not required to dispose leftover parts of animals they
were mounting which came form states with CWD.
Cervid farmers in Wisconsin started a voluntary CWD monitoring program
that was state approved many years before CWD was found in the wild,
many farmers had 5 year status before CWD was discovered in 2002.
I personally had requested CWD testing by the DNR long before it was
found in Wisconsin. I still remember them laughing at me and saying it
wasn't necessary.
Contrary to your statement, deer ranching has been the solution in
Wisconsin instead of the problem.

Mr. Butler, I have never met you, but based on your statements, you
should consider resigning your position and find a different line of work
where you are not tempted to discriminate against hard working
Americans.

Sincerely,
Joel K. Espe

Legislative Liaison for North American Elk Breeders Association
President of Wisconsin Commercial Deer and Elk Farmers Association
Member of International Elk Research Council
Pilot Project Manager for Wisconsin Livestock ID Consortium (covers all
different livestock in the state)
Vice-President of United Special Sportsmans Alliance (donated over
3,500 hunting and fishing trips for terminally ill and disabled children
nationwide)

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From: BCOX1940@aol.com
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 16:06:04 EST
Subject: Re: Response to your misleading information
To: espejoel@mhasd.k12.wi.us

You, Autry and other "farmers" have such a blatant conflict of interest, you cannot possibly be taken as credible.

Please quit sending me this hooey!

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NOTICE TO THE TWF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Sun, 11 Mar 2007 21:29:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: "David Autry"
Subject: Michael Butler
To: boardsecretary@tnwf.org, bcox1940@aol.com, info@jcbyrd-rodsmiths.com, jfredd@aol.com, mabutler@tnwf.org, kmcdonald@tnwf.org, cwhittenburg@tnwf.org, ahope@tnwf.org, mlford@tnwf.org, dcarter@tnwf.org
CC: phil.bredesen@state.tn.us, ken.givens@state.tn.us, terry.oliver@state.tn.us, ron.wilson@state.tn.us, philip.gordon@state.tn.us, nick.todd@state.tn.us, dmeckes@avma.org, john.dunn@state.tn.us, gary.meyers@state.tn.us, ron.fox@state.tn.us, allen.m.knowles@aphis.usda.gov

To all TWF Board of Directors
Monty Halcomb
Secretary of the BOD

First of all, thank you, Monty, for finally furnishing me with an email address so that I can send some of the information that you requested in your letter. I have been experiencing some computer / copier problems and currently am unable to download the stored information from the computer to the copier and this is one reason why I requested email addresses.

Secondly, I have been hesitant to send this information to just the President of the TWF BOD, as you requested, because I do not intend for this problem to be ignored or swept under the rug and I feel that it is important for all of the TWF Directors be aware of this problem.

Please understand that I intend to see this problem solved either by negotiations between the TWF BOD and myself or in a court of law. Do not make the mistake of not taking this matter serious. I suggest that you check out my history over the past two or three decades before you proceed.

Please forward this email, in it's entirety, to the rest of the TWF BOD.

Below is part of a post made by Mr. Butler on tndeer:

"The vector for CWD is captive deer and elk herds. TWRA and others have demonstrated the safety of the Elk Island herd to the point of almost being ridiculous.

IF THE Department of Ag. won't approve impotation from Elk Island, then they won't approve it from anywhere else because no other herd has even been remotely monitored like the Elk Island population.

If we are prevented from bringing in elk and finishing the project, because of CWD fears, then we should probably consider a complete ban on ranching of elk and deer in Tennessee since they are the only known vector for transmission of CWD in the eastern US.

Deer ranching in Wisconsin is why they have the problem they have."

You will find the rest of Mr. Butler's post below in it's entirety.

This post of Mr. Butler's has damaged the cervid industry in reputation and in lost sales.

Mr. Butler states in his post that: "The vector for CWD is captive deer and elk herds."
Captive herds are not the only vector for CWD because it has been well documented that State Wildlife Agencies and Research Facilities controlled by State Wildlife Agencies were the first vector for CWD and these State Wildlife Agencies spread CWD to other research facilities, spread CWD to Zoos, spread CWD in the wild by releasing CWD exposed and infected animals back into the wild and spread CWD to cervid farmers when they traded pure elk to farmers for their elk hybrids. Mr. Butler's statement implies that the captive deer and elk herds are the only vector for CWD when in fact more CWD has been spread by State Wildlife Agencies and their Research Facilities than all of the cervid farmers put together. Cervid Farmers are the victim of this disease and not the cause of it.

Mr. Butler states in his post that: "If we are prevented from bringing in elk and finishing the project, because of CWD fears, then we should probably consider a complete ban on ranching of elk and deer in Tennessee since they are the only known vector for transmission of CWD in the eastern US." Mr. Butler's post states that elk and deer ranchers in Tennessee are the only known vector for the transmission of CWD in the eastern U.S. and this is a complete lie. No TN elk or deer rancher has ever been connected to CWD in any way. This is a very damaging statement and has resulted in the loss of sales for cervid ranchers. Mr. Butler made this statement representing TWF as Michael Butler, TWF mabutler@tnwf.org 16 Pointer Member # 358 so according to legal consul Mr. Butler and TWF are both liable for damages caused by Mr. Butler since he was representing TWF.

Mr. Butler states in his post that: "Deer ranching in Wisconsin is why they have the problem they have." While there have been some cervid farmers show up with CWD, most of the CWD found in WI has been in wild deer. No one has been able to prove how CWD found it's way to Wisconsin so Mr. Butler's post may have damaged WI cervid farmers as well. If this situation keeps dragging on being aired on the Internet, I feel sure that some of those WI cervid farmers will realize that they have been damaged from Mr. Butler's post on tndeer.

I have other proof of Mr. Butler's reckless actions but I have supplied more than enough to prove my case.

It would be best for all concerned to come to an agreement and settle this issue because while cervid farmers continue to be damaged from Mr. Butler's post containing lies and misinformation, I am sure that this problem will eventually, if it hasn't already, damage TWF in loss of donations so again I suggest that Mr. Butler make a sincere apology on tndeer to the captive cervid industry and then the TWF Board of Directors should ask for Mr. Butler's resignation.

Sincerely,
David L. Autry

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ATTENTION TWF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

3-10-07

I need your email addresses in order to supply you with evidence. TWF is at risk and liable for damages caused by someone within your organization. It is in your best interest to cooperate and come forward to deal with me or we can take this a step further and let someone else decide TWF's fate. The choice is yours.

You can either post your email addresses here or send it to me at lmtdla@netzero.com

You have ten days!

David L. Autry

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President - Jean Maddox, Nashville
Secretary - Monty Halcomb, Wartrace
Treasurer - Dana Holmes, Nashville

Region I Director (VP) - Nick Crafton, Memphis
Region I Director - Bill Cox, Collierville
Region I Director - Vacant

Region II Director (VP) - Albert Buckley, Franklin
Region II Director - Dan Hammond, Brentwood
Region II Director - Loring Helfrich, Nashville

Region III - Vacant
Region III - Vacant
Region III - Vacant

Region IV Director (VP)- Terry Lewis, Knoxville
Region IV Director - Mark Benko, Greeneville
Region IV Director - Sam Mars, III, Harrogate

At-Large - John Jakson, Dickson
At-Large - Tom Rice, Nashville
At-Large - Sam Mars III, Harogate

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Michael Butler, TWF mabutler@tnwf.org
16 Pointer
Member # 358

posted 11-05-2006 12:27 PM
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Just for those who are interested.

The elk we have introduced into Tennessee from Elk Island are probably the most disease monitored population of elk in north America.

The population is behind a large fence, but it is still a wild population. The area they live in is quite large.

The number of animals available this year is around 250 - and if we can get these animals then we will have accomplished our goals.

The vector for CWD is captive deer and elk herds. TWRA and others have demonstrated the safety of the Elk Island herd to the point of almost being ridiculous.

IF THE Department of Ag. won't approve impotation from Elk Island, then they won't approve it from anywhere else because no other herd has even been remotely monitored like the Elk Island population.

If we are prevented from bringing in elk and finishing the project, because of CWD fears, then we should probably consider a complete ban on ranching of elk and deer in Tennessee since they are the only known vector for transmission of CWD in the eastern US.

Deer ranching in Wisconsin is why they have the problem they have.

http://www.madison.com/tct/news/index.php?ntid=104754&ntpid=4

MAB

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