Letter to the editor
To Whom It May Concern:
I was recently charged and pled guilty in federal court in relation to a fraudulent letter that I wrote bearing the seal of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. I am writing this letter to offer an apology for my actions.
In the spring of 2010, I sent a letter to the tribal councils in the AVCP region using U.S. Fish and Wildlife letterhead. The letter falsely asserted that Fish and Wildlife had certain priorities relating to springtime waterfowl hunting. The letter was based upon my own misunderstanding of Fish and Wildlife’s priorities.
I sent the letter in a misguided effort to stir up the villages. I was wrong to lead others to believe that the letter was from Fish and Wildlife, and wrong to send the letter without fully understanding the issues at stake.
I apologize to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for my actions. I apologize also to the tribal councils to whom I directed the fraudulent letter and anyone else who may have been misled. I regret my actions, I have learned from my mistake, and I hope that others will learn from it as well.
— John J. Owens