A Little Good News, California Extends Deadline On Wolf Protection Decision!

Five wolf pups from the Imnaha pack July 2013 courtesy ODFW

Thank you wolf advocates for speaking out for the protection of wolves in California.

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Fish and Game Commission gives California gray wolves 90-day reprieve

April 22, 2014

Gray wolves finally caught a break last week when an overflow crowd gave testimony and provided 2,600 comments to the California Fish and Game Commission in Ventura. The commissioners voted to delay their decision on extending Endangered Species Act protection to gray wolves for an additional 90 days, according to a press release from Center for Biological Diversity.

“This is a huge victory for gray wolves who are clearly trying to return to California where they lived for generations,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf organizer for the Center. “It gives me great hope that rather than simply rubber-stamping the state’s recommendation not to protect wolves, the commissioners wisely decided to take a broader look at making sure wolves get a chance to recover here. I think the Commission realizes that’s what’s right, that’s what Californians want and that’s what the law says.”

On the federal level, wolves, a species that was pushed to the brink of extinction in the mid-70’s, have been under attack since 2011 when the US Fish and Wildlife Service began removing ESA safeguards and delisting them as state management plans were being created.

Far too often, say wildlife conservationists, decisions relating to wolves as top apex predators in their ecosystems are based on political pressures and flawed science without a clear understanding of the beneficial role they play in every aspect from controlling deer and elk populations to having an influence on the flow of rivers.

There is a rare, but extraordinary influence on rivers caused by the presence of wolves in the ecosystem. It is called a Trophic Cascade, which is explained by George Monbiot, in a YouTube video featured by National Geographic.

When wolves are reintroduced to an area it causes deer and elk populations to avoid places where they could easily be trapped. Over time, it allows regeneration of vegetation and trees attracting more wildlife back into the regions that play critical roles in healthy riparian habitats.

Moreover, strong wolf populations are clearly important for economic reasons.

Yellowstone National Park disperses $70 million a year into the surrounding Northern Rockies communities from wildlife tourism, of which wolves are a vital attraction.

READ MORE: http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/16933779-fish-and-game-commission-gives-california-gray-wolves-90-day-reprieve

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Photo: Five wolf pups from the Imnaha pack July 2o13 Courtesy ODFW

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Tags: California Fish and Game, gray wolf, wolf advocates speak out, 2600 comments, 90 day extension on wolf decision

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10 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Progress . . .

  2. They should have nothing to do about decisions on any animals.  Their decisions are always killing, & this is not the way.

  3. Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game.

  4. A step in the right direction! Fingers crossed!

  5. Let’s hope that the California Fish and Game Commission decides to protect the gray wolf in the state!

  6. Hey, I’ve been reading your blog for a while and I love what you’re doing. I have a question. Do you know of any causes that I can donate to that do work (other than publicity work) to protect wolves? Please don’t say PETA though, I know what they actually do with their resources and I’m not impressed. Livestock animals are some of the dumbest mammals there are, they just exist to feed predators like humans and wolves. They don’t have the capacity for emotion like some animals do. I know because I live around them. I know that sounds hypocritical, but my family of farmers and ranchers understand the importance of all of God’s creatures (except them damn mosquitos) and can build better fences than ranchers and farmers who are part of the GOVERNMENT FUNDED food machine (notice the caps).

    Oops, there I went. So yeah, some names of causes would help!

    • Hi Ben,

      I think a good cause would be to donate to Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014. Please visit their website to learn about the rally. http://www.speakforwolves.org.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

  7. Did you guys hear the news? They think that Journey (OR7) might of found a mate – and they may have pups! You can read about this extremely exciting news here: http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2014/05/oregon_wolf_or-7_finds_a_mate.html

    • Yes WildlifeWarrioress…just posted the news. What a beautiful lady he’s found, I can’t imagine how amazing his pups will be and to think they are the first breeding pair in the Oregon Cascades since the early 1900’s. So proud of our hero OR7, he managed to travel so many miles on his search for a mate and now it looks like he’s found her. Just goes to show, perseverance pays off (:

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

      • I know, this is just so exciting! OR7 has been an inspiration for me, a wolf whose story gives me hope for a better future for all wildlife, and to see that he may finally have a mate now just warms my heart! I wish OR7, his mate, and their pups all the best luck in the years to come!


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