On May 7, 2012, Senator Baucus forwarded to Mr. James Martin, EPA Regional Administrator, studies, photo documents, and data I provided, concerning birth defects and health problems consistent with fetal thyroid hormone disruption on children and multiple species of wildlife throughout Montana. Mr. Martin’s April 24 letter to Senator Baucus said there’s no problem with birth defects in white-tailed deer in Western Montana. (Data sent to Senator Baucus concerned multiple species of grazing animals, rodents, birds and most importantly newborn children.) Mr. Martin told Senator Baucus, “My staff contacted Montana
Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MFWP) regarding Mrs. Hoy’s concerns with these developmental malformations, and MFWP reported that they have been unable to determine any adverse effects on white-tailed deer populations in Western Montana. MFWP further noted the rate of these malformations does not appear to exceed the normal variation within the population, and the productivity and fawn recruitment in the Bitterroot Valley deer populations are considered good by wildlife managers in the area.”
First, there is no normal variation in white-tailed deer populations concerning underdeveloped facial bones resulting in underbite. Studies of large numbers of white-tailed deer in other states and in Ravalli County prior to 1995, when the birth defects began, produced no deer with underbite. Second, news reports quoted the MDFWP as saying white-tailed deer (mule deer, elk, moose and mountain goat) productivity and populations are in decline in much of Montana. Third, soon after completely dismissing our concerns, Mr. Martin resigned because of alleged chemical company ties. No testing was done.
I have only been able to examine a few big game animals and male rodents in 2013, but the birth defects appear to be increasing, especially underbite and overbite on grazing animals, no scrotum on male rodents (especially the squirrels that live on sprayed lawns where children play), and autism, diabetes, asthma, enlarged hearts and others on human newborns.
Are there any parents out there who care? Maybe you could also contact your Senators and Representative. Maybe you can convince them do something to find the cause of the birth defects. On some species, the changes to newborns are so severe we may be running out of time. The doubling of autism in newborn children the last 5 years, being just one example. Autism is a birth defect and it is similar in cause during development in the womb to underbite and overbite, except, a portion of the brain is affected by lack of calcium rather than the facial bone/s, according to recent studies.