ACTION ALERT: Wyoming Wolves In Grave Peril From “Old West Style” Politics…

Video by immywolf, who is a young, Australian teenager. Thank you immy for caring.

You may think we’re living in 2011 but it’s 1911 in the Northern Rockies. Wolves are under siege on all fronts from the Old West mentality, “the only good wolf, is a dead wolf“.

Ken Salazar and Wyoming’s Governor Matt Meade, struck a deal on wolves this summer that would allow unregulated killing of Wyoming wolves in most of the state. Wolves are still protected under the ESA in Wyoming but things are moving very quickly to delist them and push forward with the “wolf extermination plan”.

On November 8, 2011, Wyoming lawmakers made it even easier for the “plan” to move forward.

Panel of Wyoming lawmakers recommends approval of wolf plan that could lead to delisting

BEN NEARY  Associated Press

First Posted: November 08, 2011 – 12:50 pm

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A panel of Wyoming lawmakers voted Tuesday to recommend approval of a plan that could remove federal protections from gray wolves in the state as soon as next year.

Members of the Joint Travel, Recreation, Wildlife and Cultural Resources Interim Committee voted unanimously in Thermopolis to approve a bill that would change the state’s existing wolf-management plan. The full Legislature will consider the issue when it meets in February. Revising the state plan is a key step in getting wolves in the state off the federal list of endangered species

Read more: http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/6ebeed86c9a44f51baf43b5d93535805/WY–Wolves-Wyoming/

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Meanwhile Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) has been busy pushing to delist wolves by applying the same tactics Congress used on wolves last spring.

“U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., successfully inserted a no-litigation rider into a 2012 congressional appropriations bill, as well as a clause that would immediately put Wyoming wolves under state control. It’s similar to a budget rider Congress passed in April preventing court action against the delisting of wolves in Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah.”

Lummis clause preventing wolf lawsuits survives challenge

 By JEREMY PELZER Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette

Read more:http://saovanews.blogspot.com/2011/07/lummis-clause-preventing-wolf-lawsuits.html

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On Tuesday, November 15, there will be a public hearing held by USFWS on this issue. Comments will be accepted. If you live in Wyoming or if you can travel out-of-state,  please make it your business to attend the hearing and speak out on the “wolf slaughter” proposal.

 If we allow wolves to be treated in this manner it will set a precedent that a wolves’ life means next to nothing and other states could follow suit. Their lives are already being devalued, as they suffer through Idaho and Montana hunts. On Tuesday, Idaho will allow trapping and snaring of wolves, something that hasn’t happened since the last Western wolf extermination. We can’t sit silently by.

“The public hearing is from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15, at Central Wyoming College (Riverton, Wyoming). There will be an informational meeting beforehand, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.”

Feds plan public meeting on Wyoming wolves

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Some environmental groups say they intend to press the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to expand protections for wolves in Wyoming when the federal agency takes public comment next week on a wolf management plan.

The federal agency plans to hold a meeting Tuesday in Riverton to collect public comment on a plan that Gov. Matt Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reached this summer that could see an end to federal protections for Wyoming wolves as soon as next year.

Under the agreement, Wyoming would classify wolves as unprotected predators that could be shot on sight in most areas. Wolves would be protected as trophy game animals in a flexible zone outside Yellowstone National Park.

Daryle Murphy of Riverton, conservation chairman for the Wyoming chapter of the Sierra Club, said Friday he intends to hammer on the point that the deal Mead and Salazar struck is very similar to a plan to delisting plan the Fish and Wildlife Service rejected a few years ago.

“It’s not really a wolf-management plan,” Murphy said. “It’s more of a wolf-killing plan from our perspective. Our concern is that almost 90 percent of the state, wolves will have no protection whatsoever, and are susceptible to killing by anyone at any time without even requiring a license since they’ll be listed as predators for the most part.”

Read more: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20111113/NEWS01/111130303/Feds-plan-public-meeting-Wyoming-wolves?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Frontpage

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You can also comment on the plan until January 13, 2012 by using the link below.

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Removal of Gray Wolf in Wyoming from Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, etc.

http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=FWS-R6-ES-2011-0039-0001

Please Act NOW. You can either attend the meeting in Riverton or use the above link to comment.

I’m not asking for your money,  just your time. Please act to help save Wyoming wolves from this terrible assault.

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Talking Points

•Wolves are vital to a thriving ecosystem. They keep elk healthy by culling the old, sick and weak. Having wolves on the landscape push elk and other ungulates to keep moving (ecology of fear), preventing over-browsing of young trees,  specifically ash and cottonwood along stream beds. This is called a trophic cascade.

•Wolves are accused of effecting rancher’s bottom line by preying heavily on cattle. In fact this couldn’t be further from the truth.  In 2010, Wyoming ranchers lost 37,100 cows to non-predation. Wolves were responsible for just 26 cows and 33 sheep losses, yet 40 wolves were killed in response.

•Wolves are blamed for decimating elk numbers in Wyoming. The truth is in 2010 there were 120,000 elk in the state up from 95,000 in 2009, plenty of elk by any standards. There are close to 400,000 (371, 000) elk in the tri-state area Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

•Assigning “predator status” to wolves, in 90% of the state, is essentially a death sentence for Wyoming wolves.

•Wolves in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National park will be in grave danger from this “plan”

•Wolves are an economic bonanza for the Greater Yellowstone Area or GYA. They generate 35 million annually to the area. Tourists flock from all over the world to Yellowstone,  just to get a glimpse of a wild wolf. They are the rock stars of the park. Yet Wyoming is willing jeopardize  park wolves and all wolves in the state just to please a small, vocal group of hunting and ranching interests.

•”Predator status” means wolves can be killed at any time for any reason in 90% of the state. They can be run over by ATV’s and snowmobiles or chased by these vehicles until they drop dead. They can be tortured and nobody will be the wiser, because a license won’t be needed to kill a wolf. The only requirement is the wolf killer report the killing to the state.  Sort of like being on the buddy system with no incentive to report.

•This “plan” will destroy wolf families and leave wolves unprotected from the fierce hatred of anti-wolf factions. They could suffer unimaginable torment.

•The current plan is almost identical to the one USFWS rejected for years as insufficient.  What has changed?

•Let them know you will be boycotting Wyoming, specifically Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP,  until they stop the push to exterminate wolves in the state.

•Be polite but firm.

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It’s our job to convince Wyoming this would NOT be in the best interest of their state to enact the “wolf killing plan”.  Wyoming’s reputation and Yellowstone National Parks is at stake, as well as huge monetary losses, since wolves bring in millions of dollars annually to the GYA. Who will want to visit a state that advertises the wonder and iconic beauty of Yellowstone wolves, while  outside the park a giant death zone awaits canis lupus?

Video: Courtesy immywolf

Photo: Courtesy mythwallpaper.com

Posted in: Wyoming wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: USFWS, public comments, meeting Riverton, Wyoming, Wyoming’s deadly wolf plan, Ken Salazar, Governor Matt Meade, Cynthia Lummis

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23 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. THANK YOU SO MUCH, IMMYWOLF! YOUR VIDEO IS HEARTBREAKING, BUT THE SADLY TRUTH…. IT’S REALLY NOT EASY, DEAREST NABEKI, BE POLITE….GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL WOLVES!

  2. Brutal; unconscienable.

  3. These wild-west yahoos don’t belong in this century!!!
    It’s not the 1800′s or 1900′s anymore!
    This is 2011 A.D.!!
    A hundred years from now will be the 22nd Century
    200 years from now will be 2211 A.D, the 23rd Century, etc. etc. etc.
    Hunting and trapping is not popular anymore.
    Those are activities of the past and has no place in the 21st Century!
    It’s barbaric and outdated!!!

  4. OK…just wrote to the site above about the grey wolf in Wyoming. You have to write quickly on the gov’t comment site, as time runs out. Thanks for helping us gather thoughts beforehand with your speaking points. I will encourage others to write as well

  5. It sickens me how many people, could run up and slaughter these creatures… not only does it point that out in the document above. I play on a site were you can draw pictures, my sister makes drawings about saving wolves (we do anything to save them). Nobody listens, and as one of the comments read, “If I got the chance to go wolf hunting, I would gladly accept. and I don’t care if there ‘helpless’, I would slaughter one with joy.”

    That comment set me on fire. tears filled my eyes, and I might have broken a couple of things. In my point of view, humans really are heartless killers. we do everything we can to help them. My sister and I even made a ‘club’ for saving wolves, and we’re trying to come up with a way to raise money for them. (just thought I’d let you know we are trying)

    • Don’t ever give up on the wolves. Only the people who care about them and all animals can be the voice for them. Also know that there are alot of people who feel the same as you do. There are also alot of mean, heartless and cruel people out there too unfortunately which is why we need to keep fighting back and protect these beautiful, inteligent creatures Got created and that have been here on this planet a heck of alot longer than humans have and deserve to be here. I am also continuously looking for ways to speak out and save out wolves and all wildlife. Thank you so much for caring and dont ever give up.

  6. Heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time – curse these murderers!

  7. I cannot believe this is happening. I have wolfdogs and they are absolutely wonderful, creative, intelligent beings that everyone we come in contact with love to pieces…Rancer types and rednecks are ruining this world.

  8. Nabeki,

    Do you know how many people are planning to attend the meeting in Riverton, WY on Tuesday? I’ve written my comment on above link to regulations.gov but I am wondering if I can do any good by attending the meeting there. It would be a 6 hour drive for me to get there so I am wondering if my presence would matter.

    • Gretchen, I don’t know how many people will attend but I believe it will be packed. Conservation groups will be there pressing Wyoming on this. If it were me I would go to the meeting. They are taking public comments, you might have a chance to speak. If not you can hand them your comment. This is so important. The idea of shooting wolves on sight and treating them like their lives are worth less then a cockroach is going to do more damage to wolves then anything so far and what Idado is doing, specifically starting tomorrow using traps and snares is unconscionable. I can’t dwell on it too much because it’s so upsetting. Trapping and snaring is torture plain and simple. To think our iconic wolves are being subjected to this horror makes my blood boil

      If you go to the meeting tomorrow I would be willing to post your account of what happened on the front of the blog.

      For the wolves, For the imperiled Wyoming wolves,
      Nabeki

  9. I HATE Ken Salazar – I just do

    • Me too….I would say more but the Secret Service would be at my door in 5 minutes…..

    • Ditto…you and me both.

  10. Sent my letters yesterday and shared…so sick of these heartless, inhumane people!

  11. I’m fast reading Rick McIntyre’s War Against the Wolf: America’s Campaign to Exterminate the Wolf, index and chapter titles as a guide. There’s no posting a timeline here. In the first place there’s no end to entries. An information/promotion booklet has been suggested, so no more a letter, a photo essay/promotion booklet to raise an international claim on Yellowstone as a world heritage site, banning sports hunting, and returning Yellowstone to federal jurisdiction. There are more parts to it. Implied, does the international community have a say in the governance of a wilderness heritage site? Do first nations people have the right to bring an action against these three states. Money will be found to print and mail it. I read at this site while I work and I feel every one’s pain so acutely. McIntyre records a conversation with Marshall about the successful reintroduction of the wolves. He cited Marshall’s On Behalf of the Wolf and the First Peoples As a boy Joseph Marshall knew why there were no more wolves. Europeans, over centuries had wiped out millions. The fate of the wolves paralleled his peoples’. He was angry and he longed for wolves. His grandfather Isaac Bear Looks Behind told him of a prophecy. ‘The spirits of all the dead wolves had traveled to some far-off mountains. They would wait until the time was right for them to walk again on the earth.’ ‘Wolf Spirits are waiting until it is safe to be reborn as new wolves. Bounty hunters, wolfers, ranchers, and government predator control agents killed the physical bodies of those wolves, but their spirits lived on, patiently waiting in the mountains until the time was right for them to return.’ The two men compared references. James Willard Schultz lived with the Blackfeet nation. He heard a respected medicine man Morning Eagle describe the current location of the Chief Wolf, the Wolf Spirit who is the guardian of the Wolf Nation.:
    “In these late days, the old gods – Chief Wolf, Chief Bear and others – no longer come and talk with us in person; we know that they still roam the earth, that they live in some far part of it which the white men have not yet found and desecrated, and we have assurance that they still visit us in the spirit, unseen and unheard except as they appear to us in our dreams. Yes. And we know that they still heed our prayers and intercede for us with the sun, ruler of all, for her mercy and aid.”
    I hope you go to the hearing. I think you make a difference where ever you are.
    CMM
    For the Wolves

  12. Nabeki,

    Thank you for providing us all with a way to voice our thoughts about the pending actions in Wyoming. I sent a message this morning to regulations.gov but I don’t know if it went through. I have been contacting people in the government about keeping wolves safe for years and was crushed when I found out about the congressional ryder. I don’t understand it. I never will. I wish there was some way we could keep them safe. Thank you for all your efforts.

    Janet

    • Thank you so much Janet for taking the time to speak out for the voiceless. This is exactly what the wolves need, advocates being pro active. And you’re so welcome, I’ve been writing for so long sometimes my fingers feel like they’re going to fall off but we’ve built a wonderful community here of wolf and wildlife advocates and that is worth everything to me. I know we can make a difference, you just did.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

  13. Wyoming : please put a stop to this tragedy. Why would tourists come to a state that approves of this slaughter? Remain who you are,Wyoming! Be true, honest, love nature. Protect the Wolves. They are a part of who we are. Work this out NOW. Do NOT kill our animals in order to make money from people who do not care about anything other than lining their pockets!! HELP – PROTECT OUR BELOVED WOLF POPULATION. HAVE NO BLOOD ON YOUR HANDS OR IN YOUR HEART FOR KILLING THE WOLF!!

  14. http://www.animalrescuesoc.org/Legalizedcruelty.html viewer discretion
    Anyone who wants to know what we’re dealing with can, I won’t say should, it’s awful, paste the the address above into a browser, the dairy industry in Ohio, a video from animal rescue.org. What you will see at this address is indistinguishable from most other U.S. operations, dairy farm or cattle ranch and end game abattoir. Horrific as it is, it’s important to know where milk comes from. You can’t expect people who make money doing this to ‘provide milk’ and make a living to be anything other than, and in a very real quantifiable way, psychotic. No one prosecuted or jailed lynch mobs of the early 20th century. Their descendants hunt trap and ranch, some in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming. There are extremely effective non lethal means to avoid predation, public grazing or no. Alberta is vast with open distances as great as anything found in these states. What’s lacking is sense and care and respect for wildlife and for the animals in their care, might as well add, for other people and the land. Government that will support non lethal means is another requisite. Salazar Baucus et al prefer sanctioned violence and lethal means. Alberta is not land of the good. But Alberta is better to its sheep by far. There’s not a lot else to point to in Canada, seal hunts, sports hunting and a dairy industry as gross and cruel as the operation on this clip. But the Sheep Growers Association knows electric fence works well. Not to use it means licences. Sports hunting and trapping must be recognized as animal cruelty and made indictable. More and more literature appears on the relationship of animal cruelty to violent crime ‘in society’. When we drop the parentheses we’ll be somewhere.
    CMM
    For the Wolves

  15. Thank you Immywolf!

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  18. I live in wyoming and DO NOT approve of whats happening to the wolves. How can I get my voice heard and make lawmakers listen? Their comments in the newspaper make it sound like everyone in Wyoming is all for the wolf slaughter, but we’re NOT! I am not the only one here in Wyoming that feels this way either so what can we do???


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