Wolf Warriors FundRazr For Northwest Montana Murdered Wolves

Wolf Warriors created a reward fund for the two murdered wolves that were found in Northwest Montana on November 6, 2010. One was discovered near Olney and the other in the North Fork of the Flathead.

From New West:

Two Wolves Shot in Northwest Montana; Reward Offered

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials are looking for information about two wolves found dead in the Flathead National Forest.

By New West Staff, 11-16-10

   
 
 
 

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service:

On Nov. 6, 2010, two wild gray wolves were found dead in separate locations on the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana. One wolf was found dead along Coal Creek Road, while the body of the other dead wolf was recovered in the Miller Creek area. Both animals appeared to have died as a result of gunshot wounds.

Killing a wolf is a violation of the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency responsible for enforcing the Endangered Species Act, is investigating the wolves’ deaths. There is a reward of up to $2,500 is for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the person or persons involved in the killing of these wolves. If you have information regarding this case, please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Great Falls, Montana at 406-761-2286 

http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/two_wolves_shot_in_northwest_montana_reward_offered/C41/L41/

Poaching has been increasing due to the toxic atmosphere surrounding wolves in the Northern Rockies. The fire has been stoked by the anti-wolf crowd.
 
Idaho stopped their “management” of wolves turning everything over to the feds.  Maybe they hoped USFWS wouldn’t be able to handle the workload for the law enforcement end of things, which means wolves could be killed and there wouldn’t be the man power to investigate each incident.

Wolf Warriors wants to send a message, with this fund-raiser, that wolf supporters are behind our federally protected wolves and want the poachers caught. We hope this money will lead to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible. It’s also our way to show support for wolves. It’s egregious beyond belief that wolves are being shot and left in plain sight.  Apparently whoever is doing this is confident they won’t get caught and want to thumb their noses at law enforcement and wolf supporters, thinking they can get away with this without any consequences. Lets prove them wrong and show that wolves have tremendous support in the Northern Rockies and around the world.

Thanks to everyone who’s donated and shown support and care for wolves, we really appreciate it!

To donate to the reward fund please visit Wolf Warriors on FB. Here’s the link:

http://www.facebook.com/WolfWarriors

Then Click On FundRazr…which I’ve circled in red.

OR

CLICK HERE and it will take you directly to the FundRazr Page:

Here’s to catching, prosecuting and convicting the poacher(s)!!

PS. I’m going to be offline starting tomorrow for the next couple of days but will be back soon. HOWLS

 

Posted in: Wolf Warriors

Tags: Wolf Warriors Reward Fund, murdered wolves, ESA

Published in: on November 29, 2010 at 8:34 pm  Comments (13)  
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Wolf Wars Video

This post is dedicated to one of our loyal readers, who lives in New Zealand and is only fourteen years old. She made a wonderful video dedicated to wolves and  Howling For Justice.

Thank you so much, Michaela!! You are a true Wolf Warrior!

Video: YouTube: WOLFBABE

Photo: myspacelayouts

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: New Zealand, Michaela, Wolf Warrior, Wolf Wars Video

Published in: on November 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm  Comments (11)  
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Remembering the Basin Butte Pack Thanksgiving Week Massacre….

Basin Butte wolf “Little Sis”

It’s been a year since the Basin Butte pack was gunned down during Thanksgiving week, in Stanley, Idaho.

I posted this last December, with the help of an Idaho friend, who provided much of the detail and pictures.

I hope you will remember these wolves and how cruel an agency Wildlife Services is. They do horrific damage to gray wolves and other native wildlife, in the name of Agribusiness.

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Thanksgiving Week Massacre of The Basin Butte Wolves

A Basin Butte wolf pup, 6 months old.

All Photos by Idaho WildWolf Images Copyright 2008.

This is an account of Idaho’s popular Basin Butte wolves and their tragic end, as told to me by Idaho friends.

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Thanksgiving week 2009, everyone was busy planning their holiday with family. It was a time for reflection and thanks. But over a two-day period, November 23 & 24, in Stanley, Idaho, Wildlife Services launched a covert operation that is now known as the Thanksgiving Week Massacre. Wildlife Services (WS) is a misnamed federal agency that kills wildlife for the benefit of agriculture, mainly the livestock industry.

Locals watched in horror as WS agents, in a plane and red helicopter, chased down and shot dead seven members of the Basin Butte wolf pack. Two wolves were killed on a rancher’s private property, the rest on National Forest land.  Among the Thanksgiving week victims were the pack’s mother, B171 “Alpha Fe”, her three seven-month old PUPS and three other wolves. A total of ELEVEN Basin Butte wolves have been killed since late July.

Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountain country, called the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (SNRA), was once in line for National Park status. Instead, in 1972, it became an “NRA” (National Recreation Area). As a result, cattle and sheep graze across much of the 756,000 acres. Cattle ranchers have tremendous political power in this area, which is the reason for the Basin Butte wolves demise on that fateful Thanksgiving week shoot-out.

Background:

The Basin Butte wolf pack was formed in 2006 with three adults and five pups. Wolf supporters stepped in to keep the wolves away from the thousands of cattle that summer in the high country around Stanley, Idaho. This continued for the next three years. There were no depredations in 2007, but some close calls. Sick or injured cows and calves are easy targets for wolves. Things started going to hell in 2008 after a ranch hand shot a Basin Butte wolf called “Little Sis”. She was hunting squirrels 200 yards away from a herd of cows. The cow hand was given a warning by Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game (IDFG) law enforcement, which apparently upset the hand’s boss, a powerful rancher.

Next, the pack, now consisting of 13 wolves, were seen moving toward a remote area, behind private property. Suddenly the wolves were accused of killing cows and calves belonging to the irate rancher. In July 2008, Wildlife Services convinced IDFG to give the ok to spring into their deadly trapping and killing mode. Before the 2008 grazing season was over, up to 8 Basin Butte wolves were dead. One beautiful wolf, “Uncle” – the babysitter to the pack’s pups, was mangled and crippled, shot by a Wildlife Services agent using an automatic 12 gauge.

One last winter:

The wolves had one last winter in the scenic country they called home. Many locals and visitors alike, delighted in seeing the wolves and hearing them howl. The pack was highly visible, as the Druids are in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone. The wolves were known by their given names: Alpha Fe, Papa, Bobtail, Red, Marymag, Smoky and more.

Tourists come in winter to Stanley, a tiny town of 100 people and one of the coldest places in the Lower 48, to ski, wildlife watch, snowmobile and see the Basin Butte wolves. But, it’s still tough for businesses to make it, and many locals were hoping wolf viewing would eventually bring more tourists and their dollars. Summer is the only time when tourists come in numbers, over two million people, according to SNRA staff. Wolf watching is the untapped golden egg that could make Stanley boom in the winter months, especially since much of the terrain around town is wide open. It’s perfect for setting up spotting scopes and watching wolves. But in 2009, the ranchers and Wildlife Services had other plans.  When wolf supporters scared the wolves away from cattle on public land, the ranchers went to law enforcement and complained. Surveillance cameras were set up by the local deputy to try to catch anyone driving by or stopping near the cattle, even on PUBLIC land!

The wolves were accused of killing a calf and a cow in July. Wildlife Services, who had been lurking around Stanley waiting for action, trapped and shot two yearling wolves. The angry rancher allowed WS to cross his private property, so they could access a remote area where traps could be set, mostly out of view of the public.

Then on September 1, Idaho opened their seven month-long hunting season, adding to the Basin Butte Pack’s problems. Two pack members were shot by hunters. One was the Basin Butte alpha male, and another was a pup. The little pup was shot by an employee of the rancher.

October arrived, the weather turned freezing cold, with rain and snow. The pack was accused of killing two more cows. The cows may have been sick or hurt, no one knows. With thousands of cattle, some are always on the decline but now the stage was set for an aerial massacre. You know the rest of this tragic story. Two wolves are said to have survived. They have been heard howling mournfully for their pack.

Basin Butte ”Uncle Wolf”

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There are 71 million wildlife watchers in the United States., who generate 45 billion dollars in revenue.. Wildlife viewers come to Idaho to watch wolves and other wildlife, not livestock. Slaughtering wolves is bad for Idaho’s reputation and hurtful to state tourism.

We don’t control what ranchers do on their private land BUT the American public has the right to demand fair PUBLIC LAND policy.. This land belongs to all our citizens, not just ranchers.

Americans do not want wildlife eradicated for the livestock industry. Ranchers must be held accountable for managing their livestock.

Like any business venture, ranching has risks. If ranchers aren’t willing or able to care for their investment, without using the federal government as their own wolf extermination service, they should get their cattle off our public lands. 66% of Idaho is public land. Wolves are native to the SNRA, not cattle. Why should the wolf pay the ultimate price because of sloppy ranching practices, or be subjugated to cattle?

Myself and my friends, are BOYCOTTING Idaho products, businesses, including big game outfitters until this wolf killing madness stops.

SPEAK UP AND PROTEST THE THANKSGIVING WEEK SLAUGHTER!

Idaho Wildlife Services has a long list of wolf packs in their sights, will the killing be repeated this winter with a green light from IDFG?

Please E-Mail Idaho Governor Butch Otter and the IDFG wolf managers:

http://gov.idaho.gov/WebRespond/contact_form.html

cal.groen@idfg.idaho.gov

jon.rachael@idfg.idaho.gov

jim.lukens@idfg.idaho.gov

jim.unsworth@idfg.idaho.gov

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STOP WOLF KILLING

Petition From change.org…Please sign.

http://www.change.org/actions/view/stop_wolf_killing

Posted in: Idaho wolves, Wildlife Services War on Wildlife, aerial gunning of wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: aerial gunning of wolves, wolves in the crossfire, wolf extermination, Stanley, Idaho

Published in: on November 26, 2010 at 1:39 am  Comments (9)  
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The Rise of Black Wolf…Tonight on Nat Geo

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Jon reminded us that “The Rise Of Black Wolf” is on Nat Geo tonight. The National Geographic Channel on Direct TV is 276.

Thursday, November 25 8pm EST, 6pm MTN.

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Nat Geo: The Rise of Black Wolf

Thursday November 25 8pm EST, 6pm MTN.

http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/nature-untamed/5167/Overview#tab-Videos/09001_

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More Info on Casanova, Black Wolf

Black Wolf: Casanova

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Photos: Top photo: Courtesy Nature Online, Second Photo: Courtesy Nat Geo

Posted in: Yellowstone Wolves

Tags: Casanova, Iconic Druid Peak Pack

Published in: on November 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm  Comments (36)  
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving dear readers, Wolf Warriors. 

Remember the wolves and give thanks they are still protected under the ESA. Vow to fight for them this year and defeat all challenges to weaken their protections!!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

Photos: Courtesy kewlwallpapers.com

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: Happy Thanksgiving, ESA, holiday

Published in: on November 25, 2010 at 1:53 am  Comments (9)  
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Why Are Our Predators Being Sacrificed On The Ranching Altar?

George hits it out of the park on this one. I have asked myself this question so many times. Why do ranchers think our native carnivores should be killed to benefit them? And why should they be paid compensation for tiny livestock losses?

Predators share this landscape and have every right to be here. If ranchers want to do business in wolf country, then practice sound animal husbandry. Enough coddling of ranchers!

Do Ranchers Have The Right To A Predator Free Landscape?

by George Wuerthner  11/22/10

LIVESTOCK AND PREDATORS

One of the unquestioned and unspoken assumptions heard across the West is that ranchers have a right to a predator free environment. Even environmental groups like Defenders of Wildlife more or less legitimize this perspective by supporting unqualified compensation for livestock losses to bears and wolves.  And many state agency wolf management plans specifically call for compensation to livestock producers—but without any requirements that livestock husbandry practices be in place to reduce or eliminate predation opportunity.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the story.

Cattle Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Public Land Degradation by Livestock, Wolf Wars

Tags: welfare ranching, wolves, taxpayers paying for “predator control”, cattle barons

The Dire Wolf…..

CANIS DIRUS

“Artistic rendition of 2 possible appearances of the dire wolf, one based on a North American origin and the other on a possible South American origin.”

Skeleton of Dire Wolf

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Posted in: Dire Wolf

Tags: Canis Dirus, extinct, Pleistocene epoch

Published in: on November 21, 2010 at 2:46 am  Comments (18)  
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Holy Crap, My Head Is Spinning Around Backwards…

The daily, relentless attacks against wolves continues. It’s causing my head to spin around like Linda Blairs.

Now Judge Johnson has sided with Wyoming in their lawsuit against the USFWS. Wyoming wants to classify 90% of wolves in the state as predators, which means they can be shot on sight. A small buffer zone around Yellowstone would be the only place wolves would have any protection. USFWS originally helped Wyoming draft the plan and thought it was just peachy until Judge Molloy shot it down. Now they are being ordered by Judge Johnson to revisit the issue and decide if putting 90% of wolves in Wyoming in imminent danger of death is sufficient to provide connectivity of the wolf population in Yellowstone with just that small buffer zone outside the park. I hope he’s kidding? That is just ridiculous. USFWS has the option to appeal his decision. Who knows what they’ll do? It will be heard by the 10th Circuit, who is not nearly as liberal on environmental issues as the 9th Circuit.

Can you imagine all the nut jobs lining up in the kill zone in Wyoming, just waiting to make their anti-government “statement”, using wolves as scapegoats once again? It would be a real bloodbath. It makes me shudder just to think about it. What makes these people tick?

This is a circus, what did wolves ever do to anyone to deserve this?

Meanwhile the Senate Tester/Baucus bill is looming. It would strip gray wolves of their ESA protections and turn their management back over to Montana and Idaho.  Then the states can have their precious wolf hunts and make money off wolves’ lives, while still allowing Wildlife Services to kill wolves for agribusiness.  Great scheme huh?

I’m living on a strange planet where an animal has been demonized by a bunch of backward thinking wolf haters. The rest of the world must be stunned by this. Oh wait, the rest of the world hasn’t said a word except for a few lone voices crying in the distance. Where are all the big money celebs that profess to care so much about the environment and wildlife? I’m hearing this:

My soul is hurting from the daily barrage of horrible wolf news. I just want to say how much I can’t stand the wolf haters and their minions. I hope they all come back as wolves. No wait, I don’t want to insult wolves. They are made of  better stuff then that. How bout they all come back as elk being chased by wolves. Now that would be justice!!

Meanwhile back to reality:

CALL EVERY SINGLE SENATOR AND LET THEM KNOW YOU DO NOT SUPPORT THE TESTER/BAUCUS ANTI-WOLF BILL.

LET THEM KNOW YOU WILL  NEVER VOTE FOR ANY SENATOR THAT SUPPORTS THIS BILL, ESPECIALLY BAUCUS OR TESTER IF YOU LIVE IN MONTANA!!

CALL YOUR SENATORS AS MANY TIMES AS IT TAKES TO GET YOUR POINT ACROSS. TELL THEM YOU WILL NOT STAND FOR ANYONE TAMPERING WITH THE ESA!!

Senate Contacts:

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

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Federal judge sides with Wyoming over wolf management plan

http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_611f9968-f38a-11df-b115-001cc4c03286.html

Sad, sad, sad!!

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Carousel Photo: Courtesy the Offside Celtic

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Judge Johnson, Wyoming ruling, wolves in the crossfire, again, USFWS

Published in: on November 19, 2010 at 12:37 am  Comments (11)  
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I Have A Boo Boo

Hi to all my wonderful readers, Wolf Warriors,

Just wanted to let you know I had an accident and fractured a bone not too long ago, so I’m a little under the weather. I may take a little longer to answer comments then normal but feel free to talk amongst yourselves. Wanted to let you know so you don’t think I’m ignoring anyone or not on top of things.

For the wolves, For the wild ones,
Nabeki

Published in: on November 18, 2010 at 12:32 am  Comments (17)  

More Dead Wolves…

Does it ever end? I’d like to wake up someday and hear good news about wolves. That all the haters had a change of heart and realized wolves were a vital part of our ecosystem, just like our other apex predators. But alas that would take a miracle.

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Two Wolves Shot in Northwest Montana; Reward Offered

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials are looking for information about two wolves found dead in the Flathead National Forest.

By New West Staff, 11-16-10

   
 
 
 

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service:

On Nov. 6, 2010, two wild gray wolves were found dead in separate locations on the Flathead National Forest in northwestern Montana. One wolf was found dead along Coal Creek Road, while the body of the other dead wolf was recovered in the Miller Creek area. Both animals appeared to have died as a result of gunshot wounds.

Killing a wolf is a violation of the Endangered Species Act.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the agency responsible for enforcing the Endangered Species Act, is investigating the wolves’ deaths. There is a reward of up to $2,500 is for information leading to the identification and prosecution of the person or persons involved in the killing of these wolves. If you have information regarding this case, please contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Great Falls, Montana at 406-761-2286.

http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/two_wolves_shot_in_northwest_montana_reward_offered/C41/L41/

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Wolf Warriors will be taking donations for a reward to catch these wolf killers. We will be posting the information on how to donate very soon.

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

This little Oregon Wenaha male wolf was shot dead soon after he was collared.

In Memory Of All The Wolves Killed For Nothing.

Photo: Courtesy Defenders of Wildlife

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: wolf poaching, North Fork of the Flathead, USFWS, ESA, apex predators, reward

Published in: on November 17, 2010 at 11:19 pm  Comments (35)  
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