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SF Paper: Noem Uses Family Values to Hide Flaws of Unscientific Predator Trapping Program

That Sioux Falls paper pointedly critiqued the Noem Administration over the weekend for cloaking her unscientific pheasant habitat program in family values propaganda:

Faced with questions about whether a sprawling amateur trapping program will achieve positive results or whether it could adversely affect the ecosystem, GF&P officials responded not with scientific conclusions but broad declarations of trap-based family bonding.

“It’s amazing to hear some of those success stories of folks that are getting their kids out trapping and how excited these kids get when they have an animal in the trap,” said GF&P deputy secretary Kevin Robling [editorial, “Noem’s Pheasant Hunting Initiative Needs Better Aim,” that Sioux Falls paper, 2019.05.31].

A regime that truly cared about family values would be supporting Medicaid expansion, universal pre-kindergarten education, and other proven public policies that make a real difference in families’ well-being. Instead, we get ideologues like Noem who trot out homey imagery to cover up the fact that they haven’t done their homework to craft policies that efficiently achieve their stated goals.


  1. Terry Grimlie 2019-06-04 08:25

    Nothing like catching a small animal in a trap and then killing it to promote family values

  2. 96Tears 2019-06-04 09:25

    Check with Dan Lederman, but if I sent in 100 varmint tails, can I get my membership in the SDGOP Governor’s Club?

  3. David Newquist 2019-06-04 10:36

    And it is such a thrill and sense of accomplishment to watch entrapped animals in their death throes.

  4. Eve Fisher 2019-06-04 14:59

    “Teach your children family values as you kill and mutilate small animals!”
    Simply barbaric.

  5. Robert Kolbe 2019-06-04 22:25

    Stripped Skunks Guess some of our states legislators should be a watching
    Their tails, especially around Risky Cristy.

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