Former Elko assemblyman lobbied for Mayer's ouster

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Updated: 1/30/2013 7:00 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A former state assemblyman says he and others lobbied Gov. Brian Sandoval for the removal of Ken Mayer as director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

John Carpenter tells The Associated Press rural interests were upset with Mayer over the agency's perceived lack of predator control in managing deer herds and its efforts involving protection of sage grouse.

Mayer announced his surprise resignation Wednesday in an email to staff. He said he was leaving at Sandoval's request.

In a letter to Sandoval, Carpenter criticizes the wildlife agency for wasting money on "questionable studies" rather than predator management.

He also says the agency is too cozy with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management in efforts to protect sage grouse, and claims Mayer has an "extreme bias" against livestock grazing.


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Speed - 1/31/2013 1:46 PM
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I'm glad John hasn't forgotten his people. Next thing to do is eliminate the BLM,and return Nevada's land TO Nevada. We can also do without having all of Nevada's unoccupied lands declared "Wilderness Areas",as Sierra Harry is doing his best to do. National Parks are one thing-they represent the best of Nature and should be protected. Wilderness Areas are a whole different thing. The ONLY reason for stopping public access of these areas is-well,there IS NO logical reason. There are businesses all over America that would like to build in Nevada,hire a lot of employees here,build factories,develop housing and other supportive businesses here,but thanks to this Wilderness BS,they have to look elsewhere for a place to begin prosperity in a Community.

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