EMERGENCY ALERT: It’s Crunch Times For Wolves! Keep Calling US Senators!

The clock is ticking. On Friday the government is due to shut down unless the Democrats and Republicans make a deal to extend the date. There are murmurings an extension has been agreed upon.

Section 1713 still looms in the Budget Bill,  passed by the House of Representatives on February 19, 2011. Just to remind you how serious this is for wolves, it states:

Section 1713

“Sec. 1713. Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this division, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance (including this section) shall not be subject to judicial review.

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So once again I repeat, please continue to call, fax and email Senators everyday, especially Senator Barbara Boxer, Chair of The Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works.

When you call Senator Boxer, please ask her to give you assurances that section 1713  will be stripped out of the final budget bill. 1713 would delist wolves in the Northern Rockies, without judicial review and return them to brutal state management.

I posted the draft of the “Wolf Bounty Bill” they are waiting to introduce in Idaho, which would treat wolves like vermin and put a $500 bounty on their heads. Is there any doubt what would happen to wolves if they were returned to state management/killing?

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Here again are the contacts and talking points:

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Capital Switchboard Numbers - give the name of the Senator & you will be transferred to their office. You will then either speak to a staff member, or on the weekend – to voice mail.

1,866.220.0044
1.877.851.6437

Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works

Majority Members (10)

* CALL THESE SENATORS

Chair Barbara Boxer, CA*

Fax: 1-415-956-6701

Max Baucus, MT

Fax: 1-202-224-4700


Thomas Carper, DE

Fax: 1-202-228-2190

Frank Lautenberg, NJ

Fax: 1-202-228-4054

Benjamin Cardin, MD*

Fax: 1-202-224-1651


Bernie Sanders, VT

Fax: 1-202-228-0776

Sheldon Whitehouse, RI

Fax: 1-202-228-6362


Tom Udall, NM*

Fax: 1-202-228-3261


Jeff Merkley, OR*

Fax: 1-202-228-3997


Kristen Gillibrand, NY

Fax: 1-202-228-0282
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Minority Members (8) (Republicans)

James Inhofe, OK

David Vitter, LA

John Barrasso, WY

Jeff Sessions, AL

Mike Crapo, ID*

Lamar Alexander, TN

Mike Johanns, NB

John Boozman, ARK

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ALL US SENATORS CLICK HERE

 

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TALKING POINTS

 

-Let the Senators know you  support wolves and want them protected.

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-Tell Senators to strip  section 1713 from the House Budget bill. This section delists wolves in the Northern Rockies, without judicial review and requires that states only have to maintain a population of just 300 wolves in the entire region. This means over 80% of wolves in the Northern Rockies could be slaughtered.

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-The states of Idaho and Montana should not be allowed to “manage” wolves. Their prejudice against wolves is overriding good judgement and sound science.

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-Section 1713 of the House Budget Bill undermines the ESA and tampers with one of the most important pieces of environmental legislation ever written. Do they want this to happen on their watch?

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-Montana and Idaho politics are dominated by ranching and  hunting interests, effectively drowning out the voices of Wildlife Watchers.

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- The budget bill is no place to legislate the fate of wolves or any Endangered Species.

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We don’ t have much time, March 4  is days away.

STAND FOR WOLVES NOW!!!

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Editorial: Zeroing out wolves in the GOP budget

February 27, 2011

Talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing — the U.S. House has embedded an amendment to remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in its troublesome budget resolution that keeps the federal government in business after Friday. It’s one of many amendments the Senate needs to excise when it returns to Washington this week for work on the budget.

CLICK HERE To Read The Rest Of The Article

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Andrew Wetzler’s Blog

After wolves. Are bears next?

Posted February 27, 2011

CLICK HERE for the link to the article

 


Photo: top and bottom photo courtesy kewlwallpapers.com

Middle Photo Wolf Skin: Courtesy C.B. Verlag

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Endangered Species Act

Tags: Assault on wolves, Assault on the ESA, sneak attack section 1713, wolf persecution

Published in: on February 28, 2011 at 11:47 pm  Comments (23)  

Really, Really Bad News For Idaho Wolves!!

Well Wolf Warriors, the gloves are off in Idaho. They’ve drafted legislation that would treat wolves as “predatory wildlife, with a $500 dollar bounty on their heads.”

Frankly I’m so sick of this I have no words to express how I feel tonight. We’ve gone back to the 1900’s, when the feds were paying trappers to exterminate wolves in the West.

Please Stand For Idaho’s Wolves!!

From the Wildlife News:

Final Draft of Idaho Wolf Legislation

February 26, 2011 — Ken Cole

Legislation rescinds the 2002 Wolf Management Plan and calls for $500 per head bounty on wolves.

CLICK HERE to read the rest of the post.

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Read it and pray for wolves in Idaho!!  Get ready to cut and paste this “declaration of war against Idaho wolves”. Then email or fax it to the Senate Committee. Call them and let them know what’s in store for gray wolves under “state management”.

Capital Switchboard Numbers - give the name of the Senator & you will be transferred to their office. You will then either speak to a staff member, or on the weekend – to voice mail.

1,866.220.0044
1.877.851.6437
1.800.833.6354

Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works

Majority Members (10)

* CALL THESE SENATORS

Chair Barbara Boxer, CA*

Fax: 1-415-956-6701

Max Baucus, MT

Fax: 1-202-224-4700


Thomas Carper, DE

Fax: 1-202-228-2190

Frank Lautenberg, NJ

Fax: 1-202-228-4054

Benjamin Cardin, MD*

Fax: 1-202-224-1651


Bernie Sanders, VT

Fax: 1-202-228-0776

Sheldon Whitehouse, RI

Fax: 1-202-228-6362


Tom Udall, NM*

Fax: 1-202-228-3261


Jeff Merkley, OR*

Fax: 1-202-228-3997


Kristen Gillibrand, NY

Fax: 1-202-228-0282
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Minority Members (8) (Republicans)

James Inhofe, OK

David Vitter, LA

John Barrasso, WY

Jeff Sessions, AL

Mike Crapo, ID*

Lamar Alexander, TN

Mike Johanns, NB

John Boozman, ARK

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ALL US SENATORS CLICK HERE

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Talking Points:

-Call Senators to express your outrage over the radical “Idaho wolf bounty bill” listed below. Cut and paste the bill and fax it to Senators so they can read it for themselves. Or paste it into an email. Congress doesn’t accept attachments. You can link to my blog as well.

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-If the “Wolf Bounty Bill” passes the Idaho legislature there will be mass slaughter of Idaho’s 850 wolves. The  bill effectively nullifies the ESA in Idaho and places a $500 bounty on wolves heads.

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-Let the Senators know you  support wolves and want them protected.

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-Tell Senators to strip  section 1713 from the House Budget bill. This section delists wolves in the Northern Rockies, without judicial review and requires that states only have to maintain a population of just 300 wolves in the entire region. This means over 80% of wolves in the Northern Rockies could be slaughtered.

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-The states of Idaho and Montana should not be allowed to “manage” wolves. Their prejudice against wolves is overriding good judgement and sound science.

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-Section 1713 of the House Budget Bill undermines the ESA and tampers with one of the most important pieces of environmental legislation ever written. Do they want this to happen on their watch?

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-Montana and Idaho politics are dominated by ranching and  hunting interests, effectively drowning out the voices of Wildlife Watchers.

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-There is tremendous support for wolves in the Northern Rockies but many wolf advocates may be afraid to speak out due to the climate of fear and intimidation.

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DRAFT

LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO
Sixty-First Legislature

First Regular Session – 2011
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
HOUSE BILL NO.
BY REPRESENTATIVES ____________________________________________

AN ACT

RELATING TO WOLVES IN IDAHO; AMENDING TITLE 36, IDAHO CODE, BY THE ADDITION OF A NEW     CHAPTER 25, TITLE 36, IDAHO CODE, TO PROVIDE A SHORT TITLE, TO PROVIDE LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS,     TO STATE THE PURPOSE OF THE IDAHO WOLF MANAGEMENT POLICY, TO PROVIDE FOR AUTHORITIES ASSERTED AND CHALLENGED, TO PROVIDE FOR THE RESCISSION  OF THE IDAHO WOLF CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN, TO PROVIDE FOR THE RESCISSION OF ANY COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH THE UNITED STATES REGARDING WOLVES, DIRECTING THE DISCONTINUANCE BY STATE AGENCIES OF ALL WOLF RECOVERY EFFORTS, DIRECTING THE REMOVAL BY THE IDAHO FISH AND GAME DEPARTMENT OF ALL WOLVES REINTRODUCED INTO IDAHO FROM CANADA AND THEIR PROGENY TO THE EXTENT ALLOWED BY LAW, TO PROVIDE FOR THE CLASSIFICATION AND MANAGEMENT OF WOLVES AS UNPROTECTED PREDATORY WILDLIFE; ESTABLISHING A $500 BOUNTY FOR WOLVES TAKEN, REQUIRING COMPENSATION FOR PERSONAL PROPERTY DAMAGE BY WOLVES HELD IN CAPTIVITY OR WHICH HAVE ESCAPED FROM CAPTIVITY; REPEALING ALL PROVISIONS RELATED TO WOLF MANAGEMENT RESPONSIBILITIES OR AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF SPECIES CONSERVATION REGARDING WOLVES; REPEALING AUTHORITY OF THE IDAHO DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME TO PARTICIPATE IN FEDERAL WOLF DELISTING PROCEDURES AND INTERIM MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES WITH THE UNITED STATES; REMOVING WOLVES FROM PROVISIONS RELATED TO SPECIES CONSERVATION AND DELISTING MANAGEMENT PLANS, TO PROVIDE A POLICY FOR FUTURE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS WITH THE UNITED STATES AND ITS AGENCIES, TO PROVIDE FOR THE DUTY OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL TO file     and pursue claims against the United States for damages resulting from wolf predation or infestation, AND INRESPECT TO THE FOREGOING,  AMENDING SECTION 36‑201, IDAHO CODE, TO DELETE REFERENCE TO APPROVED MANAGEMENT PLANS; AMENDING SECTION    36‑714, IDAHO CODE, TO DELETE REFERENCE TO CERTAIN PROGRAMS AND TO MAKE A TECHNICAL CORRECTION; AMENDING SECTION 36‑715, IDAHO CODE, TO DELETE REFERENCE TO TERMS RELATING TO TRANSITION FROM FEDERAL MANAGEMENT OF WOLVES TO STATE MANAGEMENT, TO DELETE REFERENCE TO WOLF RECOVERY PROGRAMS, TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN DISCUSSIONS RELATING TO MONITORING OF WOLVES, TO DELETE REFERENCE TO THE IDAHO WOLF CONSERVATION AND     MANAGEMENT PLAN, TO DELETE THE REQUJIREMENT TO PROVIDE FOR AN ANNUAL REPORT RELATING TO THE STATUS OF WOLVES IN IDAHO AND TO DELETE REFERENCE TO DELISTING; AND AMENDING     SECTION 36‑1101, IDAHO CODE, TO DELETE REFERENCE TO MANAGEMENT PLANS, AND DECLARING AN EMERGENCY.

Whereas, in 1987, the final U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”) recovery plan for wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”) provided that when “the goal of 10 breeding pairs (approximately 100 wolves) in each of the recovery areas (Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming) was established,” the species would be removed from the endangered list. (USFWS 1987:19);

Whereas, in 1995 and 1996, the USFWS “reintroduced” Canadian Gray Wolves into Idaho;

Whereas, the USFWS determined that “in 1998, 12 packs (of wolves) produced 10 litters, and in 2000, 15 litters were produced” (Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management     Plan, page 7);

Whereas, the Findings, Statement of Purpose, and Resolutions of the First Session of the Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature in 2001 as set forth in House Joint Memorial No. 5, opposed the impostion of the grey wolf upon the citiizens of Idaho as an unconstitutional usurpation of federal power and provided as the official policy of the State of Idaho, inter alia, “that wolf recovery efforts in Idaho be discontinued immediately and wolves be removed by whatever means necessary.”

Whereas, in spite of its policy and in order to avoid conflict and achieve timely “de-listing”, the State of Idaho cooperated with the federal government regarding wolf management and in 2002 enacted the Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.

Whereas, the Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan states that its purpose is to protect the rights, safety and  property of the citizens of Idaho as provided under Article 1 Section 1 of the Idaho Constitution;  .

Whereas, now, 16 years after “reintroduction,” the official estimated wolf count wih spring repoduction by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (08-16-06 Resolution of IDF&G) exceeds 100 packs, over 1,000 wolves and the wolves continue to proliferate;

Whereas, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game has found (08-16-11 Resolution of IDF&G) that domestic livestock depredations continue to increase and has determined that the gray wolf predation is having an unacceptable impact on wild ungulate populations;

Whereas, the United States continues to fail and refuse to de-list the wolves, with the result that severe depredation of Idaho wildlife and domestic livestock continues and worsens, and that both humans and animals face a serious health hazard of over 30, wolf-borne diseases, pathogens and parasites, many of which are deadly and transmittable to other wild animals, domestic livestock, pets as well as humans.

Whereas, The Constitution of the United States sets forth enumerated powers vested in the federal government created thereby, and reserves all other powers to the people and the states pursuant to Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the United States Constitution;

Whereas, the Constitution of the United States, having delegated to Congress the power to “provide for … general welfare of the United States,” and separately a power “to regulate commerce … among the several states,” does not extend to forcibly mandating, in any form, the management of any game species, ungulate, carnivorous or otherwise in any state.

Whereas, this crisis that threatens the health and welfare of the Citizens of Idaho has been caused by federal actions that have evolved into transmogrifications unrelated to any legitimate exercise of the federal commerce power; and, now,

Therefore the State of Idaho is mandated to act, and does hereby act, under under and pursuant to the reserved powers of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the United States Constitution to protect those “inalienable rights, among which are “enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring posessing and protecting property; pursuing happiness and securing safety” preserved in Article 1 Section 1 of the Idaho Constitution, as follows:  .

Be It enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:

SECTION 1.   That Title 36, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby amended     by the addition thereto of a NEW CHAPTER, to be known and designated as Chapter 25, Title 36, Idaho Code, and to read as follows:

CHAPTER 25
IDAHO WOLF MANAGEMENT POLICY

36‑2501. . SHORT TITLE. Chapter 25, title 36, Idaho Code, may be cited as 15 the “Idaho Wolf Recovery Act.”

36‑2502. LEGISLATIVE FINDINGS. The legislature finds that:

(1)The United States has not dealt with the State of Idaho in good faith concerning  the reintroduction of gray wolves in Idaho;

(2) The United States has usurped unconstitutional authority to impose wolves on Idaho; and,

(3) The the Findings, Statement of Purpose, and Resolutions of the First Session of the Fifty-sixth Idaho Legislature in 2001 regarding wolves as set forth in House Joint Memorial No. 5, is and remains the official policy of the State of Idaho;

4) Multiple promises by federal officials regarding deadlines for wolf delisting and shift of full wolf management and control to Idaho have been made with no effective delisting or shift of full management authority;

(5) The continuing uncontrolled expansion of, and predation by, wolves are having an unacceptable impact on livestock production, and on the health and     safety of people engaged in outdoor work and recreation in Idaho, are drastically reducing hunting opportunities and revenues in Idaho, are deleteriously impacting the long standing hunting heritage and culture in this State, and are negatively impacting and threatening the Idaho economy; and,

(6) This is a federally created crisis that is rapidly worsening and threatens to have profound social and economic consequences for the people and communities of the State of Idaho, including the threat of worsening, severe depredation of Idaho wildlife and domestic livestock and the introduction of new, serious wolf-borne diseases, pathogens and parasites dangerous to both humans and animals; and,

(7) The United States is responsible for injuries and losses caused by federally released wolves in Idaho, including but not limited to, any injuries to persons living,     working or recreating in the State of Idaho, the injury to or loss of game animals, livestock, pets, and other injuries to animals in the State of Idaho, and economic damages to the people of the State of Idaho; and,

(8 The State of Idaho must withdraw from any association with federal management or control of grey wolves, rescind the Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, and avoid any complicity with the federal government in the mismanagement of this crises and the social, economic, and legal consequences.

(9) the State of Idaho is mandated to act, and does hereby act, under and pursuant to the reserved powers of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments to the United States Constitution to protect those “inalienable rights, among which are “enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring posessing and protecting property; pursuing hapiness and securing safety” preserved in Article 1 Section 1 of the Idaho Constitution

36‑2503. PURPOSE. The purpose of the provisions of this chapter is to:

(l) Provide for the health and safety of the people of Idaho;

(2) Protect the stock growers of Idaho from economic loss because of wolf predation;

(3) Prevent the decline of wild game animal populations in Idaho as a result of wolf predation and
preserve the heritage and tradition of hunting and harvesting those game animals for Idahoans;

(4) Prevent the State of Idaho from becoming complicit in, and liable for, social and economic
consequences of the rapidly worsening federally created crisis that threatens to afflict the people and
communities of the State of Idaho, including, but not limited to, the threat of worsening, severe
depredation of Idaho wildlife and domestic livestock, the loss of hunting opportunities and related
revenue, and the introduction of new, serious wolf-borne diseases, pathogens and parasites dangerous
to both humans and animals;

(5) Assert the constitutional rights of the citizens of the State of
Idaho and of the State of Idaho in a federal system of government.

36‑2504. IDAHO WOLF CONSERVATION AND MANAGEMENT PLAN ‑­
RESCISSION. (1) Any gray wolf conservation and management plan heretofore adopted and
implemented by the State of Idaho and in existence on the effective date of this Act is
hereby rescinded, including, but not limited to the Idaho Wolf Conservation and Management Plan of  2002 and all amendments thereto.

36‑2505. COOPERATIVE WOLF MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT ‑‑ RESCISSION.

(1) Any cooperative agreement existing on the effective date of this act between the State of Idaho or any agency of the State and the United States or any agency of the United States for the conservation and management of the gray wolf in Idaho are hereby rescinded, including, but not limited to, the Memorandum of Agreement dated January 5, 2006.

36-2506  BOUNTY IMPOSED ON WOLVES TAKEN IN IDAHO

(1) There is hereby a bounty in the sum of five hundred ($500) per head imposed on wolves taken in the State of Idaho.

(2) The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will pay a bounty in the sum of Five Hundred dollars ($500 for each dead wolf presented to a regional office or the head office of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game with reasonable proof that the wolf was taken within the State of Idaho.

(3) Said bounty will be paid by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game from its General Operating Budget for each dead wolf so presented to Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

36‑2507. FUTURE COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT AND MANAGEMENT PLAN WITH THE
UNITED     STATES‑­   CONDITIONS. The following conditions must be met before the State of Idaho
or any agency of the State may enter into any gray wolf cooperative conservation, control and management agreement with the United States, or any agency of the United States:

(1) The gray wolf must be removed from the United States’ list of endangered or threatened wildlife and the state list of endangered species;

(2)The United States agrees in writing that wolves are an unprotected predator in Idaho wherever they are found, whether on federal, state, or private land;

(3)The means of effective management and control of wolves shall be under the supervision and control of the State of Idaho, including the application of appropriated federal funding for such control andmanagement;

(4) Achieving a so called “natural nonhuman predator/prey balance” shall not be a condition of any such cooperative agreement or management plan; and,

(5) The United States accepts the application of the provisions of Title 36 of the Idaho Code to any
such cooperative agreement or management plan.

36‑2508. NOTICE AND USE OF STATE RESOURCES.

(1) On passage and approval of this Act, the Idaho Secretary of State shall     send copies of this Act indicating the effective date to the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior, the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Secretary of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

(2) Subject to resources available, the Department of Fish And Game shall make a good faith effort to
bring the management and control of wolves into full compliance with this Act by all available means.

36‑2509. DUTY OF ATTORNEY GENERAL.

(1) The Idaho Attorney General shall file and pursue claims against the United States for damages resulting from wolf predation or infestation, including:

(a) Personal injury inflicted by a wolf or wolves on any person in Idaho.

(b) Economic losses incurred by the State of Idaho or any of its citizens arising from wolf predation,
from wolf-born diseases, pathogens, and / or parasites, or otherwise arising from the presence of gray
wolves in Idaho;

(c) Loss of wildlife, livestock, or pets; and

(2) Claims must be filed in the United States court of federal claims.

36-2510  CONFORMATION OF RULES OF DEPARTMENT.
The rules of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game shall be amended to conform to this Act.

36-2511  SEVERABILITY.
The provisions of this Act are hereby declared to be severable and if any provision of this act or the application of such provision to any person or circumstance is declared invalid for any reason, such declaration shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this act.

36-2512  EMERGENCY.
An emergency existing therefore, which emergency is hereby declared to exist, this act shall be in full force and effect on and after its passage and approval.

SECTION 2. That current Idaho Code Section 36-103 be, and hereby is, amended to read as follows:

36-103. WILDLIFE PDROPERTY OF STATE – PRESERVATION.

(a) Wildlife Policy.  All wildlife, including all wild animals, wild birds, and fish, within the state of Idaho, is hereby declared to be the property of the state of Idaho.  It shall be preserved, protected, perpetuated and managed.  It shall be only captured or taken at such times or places, under such conditions, or by such means, or in such a manner, as will preserve, protect, and perpetuate such wildlife, and provide for the citizens of this state and, as by law permitted to others, continued supplies of such wildlife for hunting, fishing and trapping. Notwithstanding the foregoing, all state agencies shall discontinue any and all wolf recovery efforts in Idaho, and all wolves and their progeny that were “reintroduced” into Idaho by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service shall be immediately removed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game at such time and to the extent allowed by law.  All other wolves shall be managed by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as unprotected predatory wildlife.

(b)  Commission to Administer Policy.  Because conditions are changing and in changing affect the preservation, protection, and perpetuation of Idaho wildlife, the methods and means of administering and carrying out the state’s policy must be flexible and dependent on the ascertainment of facts which from time to time exist and fix the needs for regulation and control of fishing, hunting, trapping, and other activity relating to wildlife, and because it is inconvenient and impractical for the legislature of the state of Idaho to administer such policy, it shall be the authority, power and duty of the fish and game commission to administer and carry out the policy of the state in accordance with the provisions of the Idaho fish and game code.  The commission is not authorized to change such policy but only to administer it.

SECTION 3.   That current Idaho Code Section 36-201 be, and hereby is, amended to read as follows:

36-201.  FISH AND GAME COMISSION AUTHORIZED TO CLASSIFY WILDLIFE.
With the exception of predatory animals, the Idaho fish and game commission is hereby authorized to define by classification or reclassification all wildlife in the state of Idaho.  Such definitions and classifications shall include:

(a) Game animals

(b) Game birds

(c) Game fish

(d) Fur-bearing animals

(e) Migratory birds

(f) Threatened or endangered wildlife

(g) Protected nongame species

(h) Unprotected wildlife


Predatory wildlife shall include:

1.  Wolf

2.  Coyote

3.  Jackrabbit

4.  Skunk

5.  Weasel

6.  Starling

Notwithstanding the classification assigned to wolves, all methods of take including, but not limited to, all methods utilized by the United States fish and wildlife service and the United States department of agriculture wildlife services, shall be authorized for the management of wolves in accordance with
existing laws or approved management plans.

SECTION 4.  That current Idaho Code Section 36-712 be, and hereby is, amended to read as follows:

36-712   TATOOING OF WOLVES – WHEN REQUIRED.

(a)  Any wolf that is captured alive to be later released or which is born or held in captivity for any purpose must be reported to the department within three (3) days of the capture or birth or commencement of captivity.  Any person found guilty of capturing or holding in captivity and failing to report the animal as required in this section, shall be punished by a fine not in excess of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for each animal the person possesses and which has not been reported as required in this section.

(b)  Each animal reported as required in subsection (a) of this section shall be permanently tattooed in a manner that will provide positive individual identification of the animal. No tattoo is required under this section if the animal is subject to a permanent individual identification process by another state or federal agency.

(c)  Any person holding a wolf in captivity shall immediately report to the department any death, escape, release, transfer of custody or other disposition of the animal.

(d)  Any canine exhibiting primary wolf characteristics shall be classified as a wolf for the purpose of identification. All such canines shall be tattooed, registered and licensed by the department of fish and game. The fee for the license shall be as specified in section 36-416, Idaho Code.

SECTION 5.  That current Idaho Code Section 36-714 be, and hereby is, amended as follows:

36-714. COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGE CAUSED BY ANIMALS HELD IN CAPTIVITY – EXCEPTIONS.

(1)  If any wolf that is held in captivity or that escapes from such captivity causes any damage to the personal property of another person, compensation for the damage shall be paid by the person holding or who held the animal in captivity.

(2)  The provisions of subsection

(1) do not apply to those animals captured and released as part of an ongoing game management       program, an ongoing predator control program or as part of a scientific, educational or research program as certified by the department unless the animals have been involved in livestock killing.

SECTION 6.  That current Idaho Code Section 36-715 be, and the same hereby is, repealed.

SECTION 7.  That current Idaho Code Section 36-2401 be and hereby is amended as follows:

36-2401.  DEFINITIONS. As used in this title, the following terms have the following meanings unless the context indicates otherwise:

(1)  “Best scientific and commercial data available” means that where this chapter requires the use of the best scientific and commercial data available, the state, when evaluating comparable data, shall give greater weight to scientific or commercial data that is empirical or has been field tested or peer reviewed.

(2)  “Candidate conservation agreements” means agreements, entered into with the fish and wildlife service or the national marine fisheries service (services), to implement mutually agreed upon conservation measures for a proposed or candidate species, or a species likely to become a candidate or proposed candidate in the near future, that include assurances from the services that additional conservation measures above and beyond those contained in the agreement will not be required, and that additional land, water or resource use restrictions will not be imposed upon them should the species become listed in the future.

(3)  “Candidate species” means a species, except wolves, for which the secretary of interior or secretary of commerce has on file sufficient information on biological vulnerability and threats to support a proposal to list the species as an endangered species or a threatened species, but for which listing is precluded because of pending proposals to list species that are of a higher priority.

(4)  “Endangered species” means those species, except wolves, listed as endangered pursuant to 16 U.S.C. section 1532(6).

(5)  “Habitat conservation plan” means a plan submitted pursuant to a permit as provided in 16 U.S.C. section 1539, et seq.

(6) “Listed species” means threatened or endangered species.

(7)  “Rare and declining species” means those species, except wolves, in need of additional management consideration due to natural rarity, downward trends in populations and habitats, or other factors, natural or human, that, without additional management, might be listed as threatened or endangered species under the ESA in the future.

(8)  “Recovery plans” means federal plans or conservation programs, referenced in 16 U.S.C. section 1533(f), that set forth the actions designed to assure the continued survival and recovery of the species listed, except wolves, as “endangered” or “threatened” pursuant to the endangered species act.

(9)  “Species conservation assessment” means a state analysis, based on the best scientific and commercial data available, about the status of a rare or declining species, except wolves, throughout its range which describes current and anticipated factors limiting the viability of the species  as it relates to desired goals and objectives and identifies specific research needs relative to the species.

(10) “Species conservation strategy” means a state strategic plan for the management or conservation of a rare or declining species, except wolves, that describes the species needs in terms of habitat needs, population size, distribution and connectivity. The strategy shall include voluntary, landowner-based incentives and measures to achieve the management or conservation goals.

(11) “Species management plan” means a plan which provides for the consideration and management of a species, except wolves, upon its being delisted.

(12) “State conservation programs” means the programs developed, pursuant to 16 U.S.C. section 1535(c), for the conservation of endangered species and threatened species, provided that no such state conservation programs shall be applicable to wolves.

(13) “Threatened species” means those species listed as threatened pursuant to 16 U.S.C. section 1532(20), except wolves.

SECTION 8.   That current Chapter 24, Title 36 of the Idaho Code be, and the same hereby is, amended by the addition thereto of a new Section to be known and designated as Section 36-2401A, to read as follows:

36-2401A  EXCEPTION FOR WOLVES.
Nothing in this chapter shall relate to or be applicable to wolves.

SECTION 9.  That Section 67-818 of the Idaho Code be, and hereby is, amended by the addition thereto of a new Section to be known and designated as Section 67-818A, and to read as follows:

67-818A  EXCEPTION FOR WOLVES.
Wolves are excluded from the jurisdiction of the Office of Species Conservation, and nothing in Section 67-818 shall relate to or be applicable to wolves.

 

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Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves

Tags: vicious wolf persecution, relentless attacks on wolves, Idaho, removing wolves protections, predator status, $500 bounty on wolves proposed

ACTION ALERT: HOWL AGAINST Simpson’s Sneak Ax Attack on Wolves & the ESA

SAVE ME! Salmon River wolf
Copyright Lynne K Stone 2008


Dear Friends,

Wolves need our help once again. The U.S. House “Continuing Resolution” budget bill goes to the U.S. Senate on Monday, Feb 28th.

Please pick up the phone and call the Senators (list below) TODAY, THIS WEEKEND, MONDAY, TUESDAY, or whenever you can … . Please speak up for wolves.

Buried deep in the bill is Section 1713, that forever would strip wolves of any federal protection in Idaho, Montana and parts of Oregon, Utah and Washington. This sneaky maneuver put forth by Idaho Rep. Mike Simpson doesn’t even mention the word “wolf” or Endangered Species Act. Guess he thought no one would notice.

While there are dozens of terrible provisions in the House “Continuing Resolution” budget, this ALERT focuses on Section 1713 – Simpson’s ax attack on wolves and the Endangered Species Act. I urge you to call members of the Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works where the House budget will be debated starting March 1, Tuesday. Ask the Senators to remove Section 1713.

This committee is chaired by Barbara Boxer (D-CA). She is waffling on her support of wolves, apparently because she doesn’t want to upset Democratic Senators from Montana. Idaho’s Senator Mike Crapo is a minority member of this committee – he’s not a friend of wolves, either, but he still needs to hear from us.

Thank you,

Lynne

Lynne K Stone, Director
Boulder-White Clouds Council
Box 6313
Ketchum ID 83340
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TAKE ACTION

FOCUS ON CALLING MAJORITY SENATORS – AS MANY AS YOU CAN. YOU’LL HAVE ABOUT A MINUTE. IF YOU LIVE IN ANOTHER STATE, PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS, ESP IF ONE IS ON THIS COMMITTEE. If you would rather send an e-mail, go to the Senator’s website and write your comments.

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Suggestions on what to say:

- Calling regards to the House budget bill.

- Urge that the Senate remove Section 1713 – Rep Mike Simpson’s attack on wolves and the ESA. As an Idaho resident he does not speak for me.

- Section 1713 would strip wolves in Idaho & Montana of all their protection and hundreds of wolves will be killed.

- I like wolves and want them protected.

- The budget bill is no place to legislate the fate of wolves or any Endangered Species.
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Capital Switchboard Numbers - give the name of the Senator & you will be transfered to their office. You will then either speak to a staff member, or on the weekend – to voice mail.

1,866.220.0044
1.877.851.6437
1.800.833.6354

Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works

Majority Members (10)

*ESPECIALLY CALL THESE SENATORS

Chair Barbara Boxer, CA*

Max Baucus, MT

Thomas Carper, DE

Frank Lautenberg, NJ

Benjamin Cardin, MD*

Bernie Sanders, VT

Sheldon Whitehouse, RI

Tom Udall, NM*

Jeff Merkley, OR*

Kristen Gillibrand, NY

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Minority Members (8) (Republicans)

James Inhofe, OK

David Vitter, LA

John Barrasso, WY

Jeff Sessions, AL

Mike Crapo, ID*

Lamar Alexander, TN

Mike Johanns, NB

John Boozman, ARK
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House Republicans Move against Wolves

Friday, February 25, 2011

Buried inside a U.S. House budget bill to keep the federal government operating past March is a controversial provision that would remove the endangered species classification for wolves in the Rocky Mountains.

Pushed by Republicans, the plan would allow the wolf population to be reduced to only 300 in the Northern Rockies, an area covering Idaho, Montana and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah. Currently, about 1,700 wolves roam the region, meaning the legislation would allow for the slaughter of 82% of the animals.

Andrew Wetzler at the Natural Resources Defense Council insists 300 wolves is not a sufficient number for the long-term survival of the species, which nearly went extinct in the 20th century.
Twice before, lawmakers tried to end the wolves’ endangered species designation, only to have a federal judge intervene. The new attempt includes language designed to prevent the courts from getting in the way, by stating the rule “shall not be subject to judicial review.”

Wolves would still be protected in Wyoming, the southwestern desert and the upper Great Lakes.
Representative Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), chair of the appropriations subcommittee overseeing the Interior Department, speaking on behalf of ranchers, justified the renewed killing of wolves. “Not only do wolf populations far exceed recovery goals, but without proper management those populations have grown to the point where they are adversely impacting other wildlife populations in the region and wreaking havoc for ranchers, hunters, and public land users in Idaho,” he said in a statement.
-Noel Brinkerhoff
CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO ARTICLE

Top Photo: Courtesy Lynne Stone Copyright 2008
Bottom Photo: Courtesy fanpop

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Endangered Species Act

Tags: Assault on the ESA, Assault on gray wolves, Mike Simpson, Section 1713, bad wolf delisting bill,

EMERGENCY ACTION: Stand Up For Wolves Now!! Time is Short!! Call Your US Senators!!


This is just part of what’s  in store for wolves if they are delisted without judicial review. Idaho was considering trapping, calling and baiting wolves for their upcoming 2010 wolf hunt, before it was cancelled,

February 24, 2011

I will update this post daily but I want to keep it on the front burner. There is no other issue to talk about. This is the fight we have to win to save the Northern Rockies  gray wolf. We are their only hope for survival.  If the anti-wolf provision, 1713, is not stripped out of the final budget bill gray wolves will be doomed in the Northern Rockies.

Remember, wolves were delisted by the Obama administration in April 2009, by September 09 Montana and Idaho had wolf hunts in place. The haters are itching to get their Remingtons out and start blasting. We could lose everything we’ve worked for the last fifteen years. Wolves cannot survive in this environment without the protection of the ESA. Please convey to the Senators the hate that is being spewed against wolves in the Northern Rockies. The lies and half-truths that are spread. This is all out war on an animal that was exterminated once in the West.  We can’t let them slip away again without a fight!!

Please continue to call and write your Senators. After you do that,  contact the Senators I’ve listed that would be most influential in stopping this horrible provision from becoming law.  Then finish calling, emailing or faxing the rest of the US Senate. I know it’s a tall order but if we don’t do this we’ll lose this iconic animal forever in the Rockies.

The Senate needs to hear from the American people. We do not want a politician from Idaho sneaking an anti-wolf provision into a budget bill. They can’t win in the courts so they’re mounting a legislative sneak attack. The haters want to dismantle the ESA and strip gray wolves of their protections. Make no mistake, if this happens wolves will die.

Please continue to fight for wolves and the ESA. We need everyone that can pick up a phone and dial or write an email. I will keep you updated on this fight. We don’t have much time.  Scroll down this post for Senate contacts.

We stand as one united for the gray wolf. We can’t let them down.

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

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February 23, 2011

This is where the rubber meets the road Wolf Warriors.  The House budget bill, passed on February 19, 2011, has been sent to the Senate, It has a sleazy trick included in it. Rep.Mike Simpson (R-ID) attached anti-wolf delisting language (section 1713) to this must pass budget bill, which funds the government. It states:

Section 1713

“Sec. 1713. Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this division, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance (including this section) shall not be subject to judicial review.”

What in the world do wolves have to do with the federal budget? Absolutely nothing but Section 1713 is buried deep in the text of the bill. Maybe Simpson was hoping nobody would notice? By the amount of coverage this deeply destructive provision has gotten, maybe he’s right. Where were the wolf advocates in the House of Representatives on Saturday? The bill passed with section 1713 intact.

Of course the budget has nothing to do with wolves but this is the only way the haters can destroy wolves and the ESA, by sneak attack.  Now that the  damage has been done in the House, this horrible budget bill has been sent to the Senate for debate and passage. If section 1713, which would delist Northern Rockies wolves in Montana, Idaho, Eastern Oregon, Washington and parts of Utah, is not stripped out of the final budget bill, wolves are finished in the Northern Rockies. They could be subjected to mass slaughter by the states, which would only have to maintain a population of 300 wolves. There are 1700 wolves roaming the Northern Rockies, this could mean the demise of over 80% of this population.

The Senate will begin deliberations on this bad bill on February 28, 2011.  It must be passed by March 4, 2011, that’s just 7 business days away.  But Congress is considering a two week extension:

“Fearing shutdown, GOP considering deal with Dems to fund government for two more weeks

But that’s not a done deal, so we have to operate on the premise that the bill will be voted on and ready for President Obama to sign by March 4, 2011,  to avoid a government shutdown. As it stands now we have barely a week to turn this around. Just one week people!! Please get busy calling Senators.

This would be the first time the ESA has been tampered with in this way. If wolves lose their protections because of political expediency, then no endangered animal is safe. This would set a very dangerous precedent. Are grizzly bears next?

Politicians have no business meddling in science. The Endangered Species Act is tailor-made for a species like the wolf who has been subjected to one of the most vicious campaigns of half-truths and persecution I’ve ever witnessed. All this has been done to please the powerful hunting and ranching lobbies.

This is it wolf advocates. We need to make a lot of noise. This not the time to be silent or meek. If you care about wolves, please call every single US  Senator to voice your total and complete outrage at what is happening to wolves and the ESA. I will NEVER in my lifetime vote for another Democrat if they allow wolves to slip away, after over fifteen years of hard work and care to bring them back from the brink.

We have to speak out.

Keep calling, faxing and writing emails. Keep the capital switchboard busy. We cannot allow politicians to run an end round the ESA and destroy wolves in the Northern Rockies, with no judicial review.

Capital Switchboard Numbers:

1-866-220-0044
1-877-851-6437
1-800-833-6354

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Key Senators To Contact:

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Bennet, Michael F. – (D – CO) Class III
(202) 224-5852
Fax: (202) 228-5036
Web Form: bennet.senate.gov/contact/ 

Boxer, Barbara – (D – CA)
(202) 224-3553
Web Form: boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/

Bingaman, Jeff – (D – NM)
(202) 224-5521
Web Form: bingaman.senate.gov/contact/
Email: senator_bingaman@bingaman.senate.gov

Cardin, Benjamin L. – (D – MD)
(202) 224-4524
Fax 202-224-1651
Web Form: cardin.senate.gov/contact/email.cfm

Gillibrand, Kirsten E. – (D – NY)
(202) 224-4451
Fax (212) 688-7444
Web Form: gillibrand.senate.gov/contact/

Kerry, John F. – (D – MA)
(202) 224-2742
Web Form: kerry.senate.gov/contact/

Lugar, Richard G. – (R – IN)
(202) 224-4814
Web Form: lugar.senate.gov/contact/

Merkley, Jeff – (D – OR)
(202) 224-3753
Fax: (202) 228-3997
Web Form: merkley.senate.gov/contact/

Murray, Patty – (D – WA)
(202) 224-2621
Fax: (202) 224-0238
Web Form: murray.senate.gov/email/index.cfm

Reed, Jack – (D – RI)
(202) 224-4642
Fax 401- 464-6837
Web Form: reed.senate.gov/contact/contact-share.cfm

Reid, Harry – (D – NV)
(202) 224-3542
Fax 202-224-7327
Web Form: reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm

Schumer, Charles E. – (D – NY)
(202) 224-6542
Fax 202-228-3027
Web Form: schumer.senate.gov/new_website/contact.cfm

Udall, Mark – (D – CO)
(202) 224-5941
Fax 202-224-6471
Web Form: CLICK HERE

Udall, Tom – (D – NM)
(202) 224-6621
Web Form: CLICK HERE

Whitehouse, Sheldon – (D-RI)
(202) 224-2921
Fax 202-228-6362
Web Form: whitehouse.senate.gov/contact/

The Whitehouse
www.whitehouse.gov/contact
Comments: 202-456-1111 Switchboard: 202-456-1414 FAX: 202-456-2461

If you live in Montana, please contact
Tester, Jon – (D-MT)
(202) 224-2644
Web Form: tester.senate.gov/Contact/index.cfm

 

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LIST OF ALL US SENATORS CLICK HERE
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Here’s a pre-written letter for you to send. You can also use it for talking points when contacting Senators.

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Dear Senator —
As a wildlife conservation advocate, I am deeply disturbed by Section 1713 (p. 266) of the House’s Continuing Resolution – 2011 which was passed on Feb. 19, 2011. This… section states, “Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this division, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance (including this section) shall not be subject to judicial review.”

Please be advised that I vehemently oppose this section of the House’s version of the Appropriations bill. Buried deep within the text of the bill, it covertly voids US District Judge Donald Molloy’s ruling that returned wolves on the Endangered Species List as of August, 2010. In addition, Sec. 1713 seemingly precludes judicial review of any decisions related to de-listing the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in the future.

It’s not the role of Congress to decide which species should or should not receive protection from the ESA. The ESA is one of our most respected environmental laws. Its power lies in the independent, scientific consultation at its heart. In fact, Congress has never successfully legislated a species-specific decision under the ESA. Wolves should not be the first. That is a decision that should be made by independent science. The ESA, and issues related to wolf restoration, requires clear thinking, strategic planning and science-based decision-making. To legislate such a decision would weaken the Act and set a dangerous precedent that could lead to more native fish, wildlife, and plants being wrongly stripped of protection.

Respectfully submitted,
Sign your name

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From Defenders of Wildlife:

Section 1713…..”effectively boots the Northern Rockies gray wolf off the list of endangered wildlife, leaving them at the mercy of states poised to undertake massive wolf killing programs. In all, the bill reads like an anti-environmental lobbyist’s ‘wish list’ – one that when enacted would leave the American people to pay the price with their health, welfare and natural heritage.”

PLEASE TAKE ACTION FOR WOLVES, THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT, AND ALL WILDLIFE
If Northern Rockies gray wolves can be taken off the endangered species list through an act of Congress, so can Mexican gray wolves, and so can any species of wildlife that becomes politically inconvenient to special interests. This is an outrageous precedent that will have devastating impacts to wildlife. Please contact your Senator today and ask them to oppose any Continuing Resolution Bill that contains language to reduce protections or funding for wolves.”

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Andrew Wetzler’s Blog

Republican Budget to Wolves: Drop Dead

Posted February 12, 2011

“Last night the Republican controlled House Rules Committee released a “continuing resolution” to fund the federal government past March.  As I thought, the bill contains cuts to funding for endangered species (for those of you following at home, see section 1704).  But it goes far beyond that.

The Committee has decreed, without a hearing and in defiance of the best and most up-to-date science, that wolves will lose all of their Endangered Species Act protection in Idaho, Montana, and parts of Washington, Oregon, and Utah (section 1713). The bill reinstates a plan that would legally allow states to kill all but 300 wolves in the Northern Rockies, a number that is not sufficient to sustain wolves over the long term. More than 1,700 wolves now roam the Northern Rockies.  That means those who support this provision are content to see as much as 82% of the population wiped out.

How is this possibly related to the budget of the United States of America?  When the Republican Party swept to power last November the repeatedly promised a new day–a day in which, among other things, budget bills would no longer contain extraneous policy provisions inserted to avoid the normal legislative process.  In their words: “We will end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with ‘must-pass’ legislation to circumvent the will of the American people. Instead, we will advance major legislation one issue at a time.” It looks like that new day doesn’t include wolves.

We need to fight this provision.  Stand up and be counted here.“

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Please pass this on to everyone you know. Contact newspapers, radio stations any one that can help. Wolves are going to die in huge numbers if we don’t stand together.

STAND UP FOR WOLVES NOW!!!

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Wolves in the crosshairs once again: Politicians attempt to sidestep the Endangered Species Act

Attempts to fast track delisting wolves crosses party lines and ignores science

Published on February 21, 2011
Once again Northern Rocky Mountain wolves find themselves the hapless target of ranchers and politicians, including Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who ignore science and the need to place these magnificent animals back on the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This latest essay about the plight of wolves begins with a hunter shamelessly calling in a female wolf using his hunter’s call resembling a coyote in distress, who he then dispassionately shoots and kills. To quote this brave man: “‘You don’t have a lot of time to think,'” says [Robert] Millage, an estate agent in Kamiah, Idaho. … ‘She went down in her in her tracks …'” As is often the case when media wants to attract attention to a non-problem, and make a mountain out of a molehill, they resort to sensationalism and hype.  

To read the rest of the article CLICK HERE


Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Dirty tricks, Section 1713, House of Representatives, Senate, Mike Simpson, Assault on the ESA, Assault on wolves

House Passes Bad Budget Bill 243-189, Sent to Senate. Government Shut Down Looms…

I could not find the anti-wolf resolution in the list of amendments that passed. It’s late and I’m tired but I don’t think it made the final cut!!

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House approves dramatic cuts in federal spending

After all-night debate, House votes 235-189 to approve plan to cut $60 billion in federal funding in what’d be the largest cut of its kind since WWII.


Posted at 7:13 PM ET, 02/18/2011

What budget-cutting amendments has the House passed this week?

By Felicia Sonmez

Updated: Saturday, 5:10 a.m.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE AMENDMENTS THAT PASSED

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House Votes to Cut $60 Billion, Setting Up Budget Clash

CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY


Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 5:10 am  Comments (9)  

Who Killed The Weneha Wolf?

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This post was written in August 2010, then updated when it was confirmed he was dead. So incredibly sad.

Beautiful Boy! UPDATE: It’s Confirmed, He’s Been Shot Dead!

October 6, 2010

http://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2010/08/09/beautiful-boy/

Posted in: Oregon wolves, Wolf Wars, Howling For Justice

Tags: Wenaha wolf, poaching, reward, wolf persecution, Oregon wolf

Published in: on February 19, 2011 at 3:34 am  Comments (4)  
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Montana Governor States He Will Defy Federal Protections For Gray Wolves….

UPDATE

February 17, 2011

Backtracking?? Looks like Montana FWP is trying to defuse the mess the Governor unleashed yesterday?

From the Missoulian:

“Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s statements notwithstanding, Montana’s wildlife wardens aren’t preparing for war on wolves any time soon.

On Wednesday, Schweitzer announced he was done waiting for federal permission to manage wolves in Montana. He encouraged ranchers to kill wolves that prey on livestock throughout the state, including the northern portion where federal rules prohibit that. He also said he wanted Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials to start killing wolves that threaten elk herds.

On Thursday, FWP spokesman Ron Aasheim said the department was still pursuing a formal request to shoot some wolves in the Bitterroot Mountains, but did not have larger plans.

That involves what’s known as a 10-j petition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to manage wolves that are still protected under the federal Endangered Species Act. It would only apply to an area of the Bitterroots along the Idaho border where elk populations have fallen sharply.

Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman Chris Tollefson said on Thursday that application was still under review.

“It continues to be a high priority for us, and we continue to proceed on it,” Tollefson said of the 10-j application. “We expect to have a draft decision available within the next six weeks.”

Schweitzer also encouraged livestock owners throughout Montana to defend their animals against wolves, including those in the northern half of the state. While wolves south of Interstate 90 are considered part of a “experimental, nonessential” population that was transplanted in Yellowstone National Park in the 1990s, the packs north of the freeway naturally migrated down from Canada and have a higher level of protection. Ranchers are allowed to shoot threatening wolves in the southern zone, but are not supposed to harm those in the north.

Aasheim said that after Schweitzer’s announcement, FWP wardens would continue monitoring wolf populations and activity, but would not be investigating livestock depredations in the northern zone.

“The Fish and Wildlife Service will have responsibility for any prosecution in those cases,” Aasheim said. “North of I-90, Montana wardens will not be involved in cases where livestock producers kill wolves.”

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To remind everyone what the Schweitzer said:

“First, for Montana’s northwest endangered wolves (north of Interstate 90), any livestock producers who kill or harass a wolf attacking their livestock will not be prosecuted by Montana game wardens. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) wardens will be directed to exercise their prosecutorial discretion by not investigating or citing anyone protecting their livestock.

Further, I am directing FWP to respond to any livestock depredation by removing whole packs that kill livestock, wherever this may occur.

Still further, to protect the elk herds in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley that have been most adversely affected by wolf predation, I am directing FWP, to the extent allowed by the Endangered Species Act, to cull these wolves by whole-pack removal to enable elk herds to recover.”

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Montana FWP: Aside from Bitterroot request, agency not gunning for wolves

http://m.missoulian.com/news/local/article_6477fb6e-3b15-11e0-a1a9-001cc4c03286.html

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This is just getting more horrific as the days go by. Now the Governor of Montana is going to defy wolves ESA protections and shoot wolves that “have been hurting elk herds?”  So in other words wolves will be killed for eating!! And this is the state that wants to “manage” wolves. This is scary!!

What message is the Montana Governor sending? That it’s alright to obey some laws but not others? That it’s OK to defy federal law, if it’s inconvenient?

The claim he’s protecting Montana cattle ranchers from wolves is ridiculous.  Out of 2.6+ million cattle in Montana, wolves were responsible for 97 cow losses in 2009. That’s it, 97.  Yet ranchers lose thousands and thousands of cattle due to disease, weather and reproduction every year. Coyotes are the main predator of cattle yet those numbers are also tiny. I defy anyone to tell me 97 cattle losses, out of millions of cows,  is an emergency.

I think this is a calculated move to keep the pressure up on wolves. There are so many anti-wolf bills in Congress right now, they are being printed faster than money. I really hope this action by the Governor backfires and finally opens people’s eyes to the persecution wolves are suffering under. To blame wolves for eating elk, which is their natural prey, just to save them for a hunters bullet, rings hollow. What is the next move in this sorrowful game of chess being played with the lives of wolves for political expediency?

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APNewsBreak: Mont. to kill wolves that prey on elk

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press

“BILLINGS, Mont. – Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer says the state will defy federal protections for gray wolves and kill packs that have been hurting elk herds.

Schweitzer also told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he is encouraging livestock owners north of Interstate 90 to shoot wolves that harass their animals. He says state game wardens would stop investigating wolf shootings in that part of the state.

Livestock owners in southern Montana already have authority to shoot wolves that harass their animals.

The Democratic governor says he is fed up with years of litigation that have kept wolves on the endangered species list even as their population has grown to more than 1,700 across the Northern Rockies.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110216/ap_on_re_us/us_endangered_wolves_montana

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Governor Notifies Interior of New Wolf Management Directives

2/16/2011
Sarah Elliott 406-444-9725
Jayson O’Neill 406-444-9844
selliott@mt.gov

(HELENA) – Governor Brian Schweitzer today sent a letter to Department of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar notifying Interior of new directives regarding wolf management in Montana. Text of the letter below (and attached):

February 16, 2011

The Honorable Ken Salazar
Secretary
U.S. Department of the Interior
1849 C Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20240

Dear Secretary Salazar:

I write to you today regarding wolf management in Montana.

While almost everyone acknowledges that the Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf population is fully recovered, as the Governor of Montana I am profoundly frustrated by the lack of any actual results that recognize Montana’s rights and responsibilities to manage its wildlife. Montana has for years done everything that has been asked: adopting a model wolf management plan; enacting enabling legislation; and adopting the necessary implementing rules. Our exemplary efforts have been ignored. I cannot continue to ignore the crying need for workable wolf management while Montana waits, and waits, and waits. Therefore, I am now going to take additional necessary steps to protect the interests of Montana’s livestock producers and hunters to the extent that I can within my authorities as governor.

First, for Montana’s northwest endangered wolves (north of Interstate 90), any livestock producers who kill or harass a wolf attacking their livestock will not be prosecuted by Montana game wardens. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) wardens will be directed to exercise their prosecutorial discretion by not investigating or citing anyone protecting their livestock.

Further, I am directing FWP to respond to any livestock depredation by removing whole packs that kill livestock, wherever this may occur.

Still further, to protect the elk herds in Montana’s Bitterroot Valley that have been most adversely affected by wolf predation, I am directing FWP, to the extent allowed by the Endangered Species Act, to cull these wolves by whole-pack removal to enable elk herds to recover.

At this point, I can do nothing less and still maintain my commitment as Governor to uphold the rights of our citizens to protect their property and to continue to enjoy Montana’s cherished wildlife heritage and traditions.

Sincerely,

Brian Schweitzer
GOVERNOR

http://governor.mt.gov/news/pr.asp?ID=880

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Wolves are fully protected under the ESA North of  1-90. Is the governor of Montana directing people to break federal law? What other conclusion could a reasonable person come to?

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Mont. governor: State will ignore U.S. protections and kill gray wolves

http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/02/mont-governor-says-state-will-ignore-us-protections-and-kill-gray-wolves/1

Photo: kewlwallpapers.com

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Montana wolves

Tags: Brian  Schweitzer, Montana governor, wolf persecution, defying wolves esa protections?

Yellowstone Bison Slaughter Given Green Light…..

UPDATE: February 16, 2011

Schweitzer halts bison slaughter

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/article_891762e0-3979-11e0-a85a-001cc4c002e0.html

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2006 Bison Slaughter (BFC): Yellowstone Kills 758 of Last 4000 Wild Bison [Jan '06]…from BFC

2008 Bison Slaughter: Yellowstone Bison Being Shipped to Slaughterhouse

“On Mar. 18, another 62 bison were loaded onto cattle trucks and sent to slaughter. This video, taken by Tim Stevens of the National Parks Conservation Association, shows federal and state agents loading these majestic beast like cattle.”…from GreaterYellowstone

2008 Bison Slaughter: “Montana Dept of Livestock and Yellowstone National Park are engaging in inhumane and cruel corralling of wild buffalo from their safe haven of Yellowstone. These buffalo are too large for the alleyways they are prodded through, tear skin from their bodies, rip horns from their heads, flip over, get trampled and die through this process. Get involved. Take action. Write your Senators, Congressmen and Yellowstone. Keep up with the latest through Buffalo Field Campaign”…from buffalomatter

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Do you want to see this? Bison grazing in the Lamar Valley.


Or This?

From The Buffalo Field Campaign: Two calves at risk for injury – Captured bison in first holding pen. 08-JUN-2007

“The cropped photo was taken soon after the group of approximately 40 bison including calves had been hazed and herded into the capture facility’s holding pen on National Forest land just east of Yellowstone National Park. This photo is yet another documenting of the fact that hazing and penning is risky for bison calves. When Yellowstone National Park was created, its western and northern borders cut through natural areas wherein bison move freely and forage. The capture facility is near habitat quite natural for the buffalo and stands as the major reason they migrate from the Park in winter and spring. These not large locales are mostly in National Forest adjoining Yellowstone, and should be codified as bison sanctuary.”….from the BFC
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Yellowstone’s bison lost in court, a federal judge cleared the way for 217 bison, who tested positive for brucellosis, to be sent to slaughter, out of the 525 that have been penned so far. That’s Monday’s count. It could go higher. Environmental groups are expected to appeal this decision. The bison’s only hope lies with the appeal.

The bison are hungry and leaving the park for their lower elevation feeding grounds. That’s what they’ve been doing for thousands of years before there was a Yellowstone National Park or The Montana Department of Livestock or cattle. Cattle are a non-native species that trample native grasses, pollute watersheds and are the cause of untold suffering. Wolves and bison are being sacrificed on the “sacred cow altar”.

The videos show what shipping our iconic bison to slaughter looks like. Why is the guy smiling while prodding bison, in the third video @ 1:14?

These videos from 2006 and 2008 are gut wrenching to watch. But please share them with everyone you know who cares about wildlife. As unpleasant as they are, they need to be seen by as many people as possible. How many more years are we going to allow this to go on? Isn’t it time to put these archaic, brutal policies to bed? Those bison are descended from the last of the great buffalo herds, that once roamed this country by the millions and we’re letting the cattle industry kill them.  Why???

Slaughtering Yellowstone’s bison is a tragedy that plays out year after year yet nobody has been able to stop this madness. “Is this the Year of  the Bison”?  Will it stop this year? Not according to U.S. District Judge Charles C. Lovell.

“Distasteful as the lethal removal may be to some, it is clearly one of the foremost management tools - time honored – necessarily utilized to protect the species, the habitat, and the public,” the judge wrote.

Time honored?  Time honored by whom? Certainly not the people who care about the iconic bison and certainly not by the bison themselves, who’s only crime is to live in a world where you are killed for being hungry. Does this make any sense to you?

What image is conjured in your mind when you think of  Montana? Beautiful mountains, parks, wild rivers or bison sent to slaughter for the crime of being hungry? Or is it the hundreds of dead wolves sacrificed for the sacred cow?

Montana is shooting its tourism industry in the foot. People from all over the world come to see Yellowstone’s wild free-free roaming bison. They are clearly worth much more alive than dead but the Montana Department of Livestock and their minions  would rather round them up like cattle for slaughter in the name of their red herring excuse, brucellosis.

There has not been one single documented case of bison transferring brucellosis to cattle. BUT there have been cases by the other brucellosis carrying animal,  that’s allowed to roam freely in Montana, ELK!! Why aren’t elk rounded up, tested and slaughtered? Because the hunting lobby would scream to high heaven. Oh FWP announced they’re going to carry out a brucellosis study on elk but elk are still allowed to range freely, NEAR CATTLE. How in the world is the bison slaughter justified when there is a double standard between elk and bison? It’s a selective crisis and it’s killing Yellowstone’s iconic buffalo.

WAKE UP AMERICA!! THESE BISON ARE A NATIONAL TREASURE. THEY ARE ALREADY THREATENED WITH A GENETIC FLAW THAT COMBINED WITH SLAUGHTER COULD DOOM THEM!!

The real reason bison are prisoners in Yellowstone National Park and  are sent to slaughter if they dare leave,  is the cattle industry does not want bison competing with cattle for grass. That’s it. Forget brucellosis.  It’s all about precious cattle and competition for grazing land.

There is something pro-active you can do to help bison and wolves right now.  Stop eating beef.  That would be a powerful way to hit the livestock industry in its wallet, where it hurts. It may sound radical but it’s not as hard as you might think. Evey time you enjoy a steak or grab a hamburger at McDonald’s think about the untold suffering and destruction the cattle industry has wrought, not just in this country but around the world. Even if you slowed your consumption of beef it would help. The bison would thank you, the cows who suffer greatly would thank you and the wolves would definitely thank you. Think about it.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO WRITE TO GOVERNOR SCHWEITZER. IF YOU’RE PLANNING A TRIP TO MONTANA LET HIM KNOW YOU’VE DECIDED TO SPEND YOUR TOURIST DOLLARS ELSEWHERE, UNTIL THEY STOP SLAUGHTERING YELLOWSTONE’S FREE ROAMING WILD BISON.

Governor Brian Schweitzer
Office of the Governor
Montana State Capitol Bldg.
P.O. Box 200801
Helena MT 59620-0801
(406) 444-3111, FAX (406) 444-5529

Comments: CLICK HERE

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Judge clears way for Yellowstone bison slaughter

By Laura Zuckerman Mon Feb 14, 8:55 pm ET

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) – A federal judge on Monday denied a request from environmentalists to halt the execution of buffalo at Yellowstone National Park, a ruling that clears the way for hundreds of buffalo to be shipped to slaughter.

To read the rest of the story CLICK HERE


Videos: Courtesy GreaterYellowstone, BFC, buffalomatter

Photos: Courtesy Buffalo Field Campaign, Public Domain Images

Posted: Yellowstone’s Wild Free-Roaming Bison, biodiversity

Tags: Bison slaughter, archaic brutal management tools, brucellosis red herring, Yellowstone’s iconic bison, Montana Tourism


Wise Wolf, Forgive Man’s Ignorance….

“Wolf is the Grand Teacher. Wolf is the sage, who after many winters upon the sacred path and seeking the ways of wisdom, returns to share new knowledge with the tribe. Wolf is both the radical and the traditional in the same breath. When the Wolf walks by you – you will remember.”

Robert Ghost Wolf

Photos: Courtesy All About Wolves

Posted in: gray wolves, biodiversity

Tags: gray wolves, beauty, wildlife, wolf is teacher

Published in: on February 14, 2011 at 1:46 am  Comments (16)  
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Take Action:”Republican Budget to Wolves: Drop Dead”, Section 1713 Passed!!

UPDATE: FEBRUARY 21, 2010

The House  did sneak this section through.

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from page 266, Sec. 1713 of the House’s Continuing Resolution (passed 2/19/11).

SEC. 1713. Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this division, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other …provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance (including this section) SHALL NOT BE SUBJECT TO JUDICIAL REVIEW.

This means that this bill throws out Judge Molloy’s ruling and states, “the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009″ – which was when Obama delisted wolves.

They buried the delisting rule in the text of the resolution, hoping no one would see it. Now, this Continuing Resolution goes on to the Senate. If they pass it, it is all in Obama’s hands for signature. If he signs it, the wolves of the Northern Rockies are back in the hands of the states for “management.”

PLEASE CONTACT ALL US SENATORS NOW – tell them you want Section 1713 of the House’s Continuing Resolution stricken from the bill!   Please consider cutting/pasting and/or modifying the letter below in “comments” to send to every member of the Senate.

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Dear Senator —
As an wildlife conservation advocate, I am deeply disturbed by Section 1713 (p. 266) of the House’s Continuing Resolution – 2011 which was passed on Feb. 19, 2011. This… section states, “Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this division, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance (including this section) shall not be subject to judicial review.”

Please be advised that I vehemently oppose this section of the House’s version of the Appropriations bill. Buried deep within the text of the bill, it covertly voids US District Judge Donald Molloy’s ruling that returned wolves on the Endangered Species List as of August, 2010. In addition, Sec. 1713 seemingly precludes judicial review of any decisions related to de-listing the gray wolf from the Endangered Species List in the future.

It’s not the role of Congress to decide which species should or should not receive protection from the ESA. The ESA is one of our most respected environmental laws. Its power lies in the independent, scientific consultation at its heart. In fact, Congress has never successfully legislated a species-specific decision under the ESA. Wolves should not be the first. That is a decision that should be made by independent science. The ESA, and issues related to wolf restoration, requires clear thinking, strategic planning and science-based decision-making. To legislate such a decision would weaken the Act and set a dangerous precedent that could lead to more native fish, wildlife, and plants being wrongly stripped of protection.

Respectfully submitted,
Sign your name

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CONTACT US SENATORS

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

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Here’s a list of Senators that may be helpful on this issue:

Barbara Boxer (D-CA)

Benjamin Cardin (D-MD)

John Kerry (D-MA)

Jack Reed (D-RI)

Richard Lugar (R-IN)

Harry Reid (D-NV)

Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
 


 

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UPDATE: FEBRUARY 15, 2011

Please don’t forget what the Republican controlled House Rules Committee is trying to do. They’ tacked a provision onto the Budget Bill that would strip gray wolves of their ESA protections in Montana, Idaho and parts of Oregon, Washington and Utah.

The anti-wolf crowd couldn’t win in court. Now they want to mount a sneak attack on the ESA by hiding this provision in a Budget Bill, shades of the Burn’s Amendment.

We cannot allow this to happen. Please sign the NRDC petition. Continue to call, email and write Congress to protest this underhanded assault on gray wolves. Politicians SHOULD NOT be meddling with the Endangered Species Act, in the name of political expediency.

TELL THEM TO STOP THESE SHADY TACTICS. WOLVES HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THE BUDGET.

STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT FOR WOLVES!!!!

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Members of the Committee on Rules, 112th Congress

(click on their names to contact)

David Dreier, CA
Chairman

Pete Sessions, TX
Vice-Chairman

Louise Slaughter, NY
Ranking Minority Member

Virginia Foxx, NC James P. McGovern, MA

Rob Bishop, UT Alcee Hastings, FL


Rob Woodall, GA Jared Polis, CO

Richard Nugent, FL


Tim Scott, SC


Daniel Webster, FL
TBD

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GOP budget bill lifts wolf protections

By MATTHEW BROWN

Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. —

A Republican budget bill would strip gray wolves of Endangered Species Act protections across most of the Northern Rockies – an indication the new Congress intends to move swiftly to settle the long-running legal skirmish over the predators.

To read the rest of the article CLICK HERE

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February 13, 2011

There is a very serious threat to wolves occurring on Capital Hill RIGHT NOW. More dirty tricks. This is straight from NRDC Andrew Wetzler’s Blog.

PLEASE TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY!!

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Andrew Wetzler’s Blog

Republican Budget to Wolves: Drop Dead

Posted February 12, 2011

“Last night the Republican controlled House Rules Committee released a “continuing resolution” to fund the federal government past March.  As I thought, the bill contains cuts to funding for endangered species (for those of you following at home, see section 1704).  But it goes far beyond that.

The Committee has decreed, without a hearing and in defiance of the best and most up-to-date science, that wolves will lose all of their Endangered Species Act protection in Idaho, Montana, and parts of Washington, Oregon, and Utah (section 1713). The bill reinstates a plan that would legally allow states to kill all but 300 wolves in the Northern Rockies, a number that is not sufficient to sustain wolves over the long term. More than 1,700 wolves now roam the Northern Rockies.  That means those who support this provision are content to see as much as 82% of the population wiped out.

How is this possibly related to the budget of the United States of America?  When the Republican Party swept to power last November the repeatedly promised a new day–a day in which, among other things, budget bills would no longer contain extraneous policy provisions inserted to avoid the normal legislative process.  In their words: “We will end the practice of packaging unpopular bills with ‘must-pass’ legislation to circumvent the will of the American people. Instead, we will advance major legislation one issue at a time.” It looks like that new day doesn’t include wolves.

We need to fight this provision.  Stand up and be counted here.

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FROM THE NRDC:

Stop the Congressional Attack on Endangered Wolves

Wolves in Yellowstone and across the United States are facing a grave new threat — this time from Capitol Hill. Urge your lawmakers to oppose any legislative attempt — including a must-pass spending bill — to strip wolves of their endangered species protection, leaving them at the mercy of states that plan to slaughter hundreds of them. Tell your elected officials that managing our endangered species should be based on sound science, not political calculation.

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Please sign this petition immediately and let these legislators know they are not going to get away with stripping gray wolves out of the ESA and allowing the slaughter of 82% of wolves in the Northern Rockies!!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN

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Posted in: Wolf Wars, gray wolves

Tags: Congressional dirty tricks, gray wolves in peril, wolf persecution, tampering with the ESA for political gain

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