Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014

“Here’s the promotional video for the national event Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014, which is set to take place on June 28-29 at Arch Park in Gardiner, MT.

Hope you can make it!!”

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Video: Courtesy Speak For Wolves

Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity, activism

Tags: Speak For Wolves, Yellowstone 2014, Brett Haverstick, Arch Park, Gardiner Montana

Published in: on March 28, 2014 at 1:25 am  Comments (21)  

#KEEPWOLVESLISTED TWEETSTORM – Tuesday, March 25 @ 2pm PST/9pm GST

KEEPWOLVESLISTED

UPDATE: March 25 – Thanks to all who participated!!

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ERIPE LUPUS

 
#KEEPWOLVESLISTED TWEETSTORM
FINAL TWEETSTORM FOR #KEEPWOLVESLISTED
MARCH 25. 2014 
2 PM PST/ 9 PM GMT
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT RETWEETS  ( RT ) DO NOT HELP US!
JUST STEAL THE TWEET, 
DO NOT RETWEET . PLEASE 

http://keepwolveslisted.blogspot.co.uk/p/keepwolveslisted.html

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Please participate if you have a Twitter account!  Spread the word! This is our last chance to protest against the horrible USFWS national wolf delisting proposal.

If you haven’t commented yet please do. Click HERE to comment.

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Photo: Courtesy ERIPE LUPUS

Posted in: Action Alerts, Activism, Wolf Wars

Tags: TWEETSTORM, #KEEPWOLVESLISTED, March 25 @ 2pm PST,  USFWS, national wolf delisting proposal, fight for the wolves

Support Rep. DeFazio’s Efforts To Stop The National Wolf Delisting Rule

Imnaha Pack 5 wolf pups 2013 Oregon

“Five wolf pups from the Imnaha pack were photographed by a remote camera on July 7, 2013. The pups were approximately 2.5 months old in this photo. Photo courtesy of ODFW.”

Every day there is bad, very bad or really bad news about wolves. But “Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Peter DeFazio” is speaking out for wolves. He wants the national wolf delisting rule revoked.

Rep. DeFazio D -Oregon and 73 other House members, who oppose the national wolf delisting rule, are urging Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, to keep wolves protected under the ESA and to “rescind the proposed rule immediately”.

Thanks to Rep. DeFazio and the 73 House members who joined him. We must stop this rule.

Please comment by March 27, 2014 on the proposed national wolf delisting by clicking HERE!

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Natural Resources

Committee – Democrats
Ranking Member – Peter DeFazio

Press Release

Mar 19, 2014

DeFazio Leads 73 Members on Bipartisan Letter Urging Secretary Jewell to Maintain Critical Gray Wolf Protections

For Immediate Release: March 19, 2014

Contact: Jen Gilbreath (Resources), 202-225-4081

DeFazio Leads 73 Members on Bipartisan Letter Urging Secretary Jewell to Maintain Critical Gray Wolf Protections

Washington, D.C. – Today, Ranking Member of the House Natural Resources Committee Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released a bipartisan letter co-signed by 73 House members urging Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell to continue critical protections for endangered gray wolves. The letter comes on the heels of an independent peer review that found the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) failed to use the “best available science” when it drafted a  proposed rule that would remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states.

In the letter, the members write, “Because it is not based on the best available science, the proposed rule undermines decades of conservation work done to protect the gray wolf, and sets a bad precedent for future ESA delistings. Further, it would stifle gray wolf recovery at a time when conservation gains are only nascent in the Pacific Northwest, and recovery has yet to begin in California, Colorado, Utah, and the Northeast, where scientists have identified a significant amount of suitable habitat that would support wolf populations.”

The members ask Secretary Jewell and the Service to rescind the proposed rule immediately. In February, the Service released a long overdue peer review from an independent, objective panel of top experts in the fields of ecology, taxonomy, and genetics. These scientists were tasked with evaluating the proposed delisting and the science behind it. The reviewers unanimously found the Service did not use the “best available science” when they decided to remove the gray wolf from protections under the ESA. The reviewers said that the Service accepted unproven science uncritically while they disregarded conflicting data outright.

 “I’ve long said that ESA decisions should be based on science, not politics, and the experts who have reviewed the so-called science behind the proposed rule have spoken. The peer review leaves no option but for the Service to rescind the proposed rule and continue federal protections that are essential to the long-term survival and recovery of gray wolves. Continued protection under the Endangered Species Act is the only way that gray wolves will ever return to a significant portion of their range, and reclaim their place as a keystone species of American landscapes. I hope Secretary Jewell agrees,” said DeFazio

The Service’s proposed rule has generated over 1 million comments since 2013. DeFazio recently led a CREDO Mobile petition to urge the Service to rescind the rule that generated over 115,000 signatures.

A copy of the letter is below and attached.

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March 19, 2014

 The Honorable Sally Jewell Secretary U.S. Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20240

Dear Secretary Jewell:

Last week the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) released its peer review report for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) proposed rule to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for all gray wolves other than a small experimental population of Mexican wolves being reintroduced in Arizona and New Mexico. The findings of this independent scientific review validate concerns raised by Congress and the scientific community over the Service’s failure to use the best available science to support the gray wolf delisting proposal.  Specifically, the expert panelists noted explicitly that the rule does not currently represent the best available science, that there is not currently sufficient scientific basis for recognizing a separate “eastern wolf” as asserted in the rule, and that the rule presents no evidence excluding the gray wolf from an historic range in the eastern United States.

The Service’s claim in the proposed rule that the gray wolf has recovered and should no longer be listed as endangered hinged on the purported existence of a distinct eastern wolf. The peer review report found that the existing scientific literature provides absolutely no basis for this conclusion. Therefore, we are again asking you to direct the Service to rescind the proposed rule. As you said when speaking at the Children, Conservation, and the Future of the Great Outdoors event last June, deciding whether or not to remove ESA protection from the gray wolf “is about science, and you do what the science says.”

While we are troubled by the certainty with which the Service proceeded in this instance, even in the face of clear scientific disagreement, we are pleased that the agency finally heeded our calls for an independent peer review of the rule.  Still, we have serious concerns regarding the initial attempts to exclude top wolf experts from this process, and the resurrection of a long-dormant government journal to “publish” the study (written by four FWS employees) used to justify the rule. These actions cast doubt on Service Director Dan Ashe’s recent statement that his agency has no “desire to wring our hands and walk away from wolves.”[1]

Because it is not based on the best available science, the proposed rule undermines decades of conservation work done to protect the gray wolf, and sets a bad precedent for future ESA delistings. Further, it would stifle gray wolf recovery at a time when conservation gains are only nascent in the Pacific Northwest, and recovery has yet to begin in California, Colorado, Utah, and the Northeast, where scientists have identified a significant amount of suitable habitat that would support wolf populations.

The ESA does not charge the Service with restoring only as much of the endangered species as it deems politically convenient. In fact, the purposes of the Act “are to provide a means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved [and] to provide a program for the conservation of such endangered species and threatened species.”[2] The Service should rescind the proposed rule immediately, and continue to review the taxonomic history of wolves in the eastern United States, and other factors related to the status of endangered gray wolf populations and their associated ecosystems before removing federal protection.

Sally Jewell Letter Signatures 2http://democrats.naturalresources.house.gov/press-release/defazio-leads-73-members-bipartisan-letter-urging-secretary-jewell-maintain-critical

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Please contact Representative DeFazio and thank him for leading the charge to stop national wolf delisting. Ask what you can do to help.

Rep. Peter Defazio

Washington DC Office

2134 Rayburn Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

phone: 202-225-6416 hours: M-F 9-5:30pm

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Contact Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

1. Ask the proposed national wolf delisting rule be revoked immediately!

2. Explain wolves are being persecuted and killed in 6 state wolf hunts AND by Wildlife Services and poachers.

3. Wolves inhabit just 5% of their historic range.

4. If wolves lose their ESA protections it will stop wolf recovery in its tracks.

5. The proposed wolf delisting rule is NOT based on the best available science but driven by the political agenda of ranching and hunting interests.

Phone: (202) 208-3100

E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov

Web: Feedback form

Mailing Address:

Department of the Interior

1849 C Street, N.W. Washington DC 20240

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Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Activism, Wolf Wars

Tags: stop national wolf delisting, Rep. Peter DeFazio, Secretary of the Interior, Sally Jewell, Dan Ashe, USFWS, gray wolves in danger, comment on wolf delisting

How To Kill A Wolf: An Undercover Report from the Idaho Coyote and Wolf Derby

Salmon Wolf and Coyote Derby From left to right Bryan Walker_Brian Ertz and Natalie Ertz

“From left to right: Bryan Walker, Brian Ertz, and Natalie Ertz”  (going undercover)

This is a much-needed expose on what wolves are being subjected to in the worst of the worst wolf killing state of Idaho. Four brave souls went undercover to shine a light on this horrific “contest”. I want to thank them for their courage and dedication to the wolves and the coyotes. Predator derbies go on all over the country, often including bobcats and foxes as well. When wolves were delisted, they became a target for these “killing contests”. California is considering a ban on predator derbies.

Warning: Graphic Photos Below

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How to Kill a Wolf

An Undercover Report from the Idaho Coyote and Wolf Derby

By Christopher Ketcham

The best way to fatally wound a wolf without killing it instantly is to shoot it in the gut, preferably with armor-piercing ammunition. Unlike soft lead-tipped bullets, which mushroom inside the body cavity and kill quickly, heavy-jacketed AP ammo pierces the target and blows out the other side.

This has two advantages: The first is that, especially with a gut shot, the animal will suffer. It will bleed out slowly, run a mile or so in terrified panic, and collapse. Then it will die. The second advantage is that, if you’re hunting illegally (out of season, at night with a spotlight, or on land where you shouldn’t), there is little forensic evidence for game wardens to gather. No bullet will be found in the cadaver. Most importantly, the animal will have traveled some distance from where it was shot, so that tracing the site of the shooting is almost impossible.

I gleaned these helpful tips from a nice old man at a saloon in Salmon, Idaho, which last December was the site of the first annual Coyote and Wolf Derby. I had come to this rural town—population 3,000—to enter as a contestant in the derby. Over the course of two days in late December, several hundred hunters would compete to kill as many wolves and coyotes as possible. There were two $1,000 prizes to be had, one for the most coyotes slain and the other for the largest single wolf carcass. Children were encouraged to enter, with special awards for youths aged 10–11 and 12–14 listed on the promotional flyer. The derby’s organizer, a nonprofit sporting group called Idaho for Wildlife, advertised that the event was to be historic: the first wolf-killing contest held in the US since 1974.

Hunting for food is one thing, and in some cases hunting helps to keep overabundant species like deer in ecological check. But the reason we have too many deer in the US in the first place is simple: the steady decline of big predators like the mountain lion and—you guessed it—the wolf. The fact is that we need wolves in ecosystems. So why a killing contest to rid the land of them?

After digging into the wolf-hate literature featured on Idaho for Wildlife’s website, I wondered whether the residents of Salmon were looking to kill wolves out of spite. They hated these creatures, and I wanted to understand why.

Besides killing wolves, one of the group’s core missions, according to its website, is to “fight against all legal and legislative attempts by the animal rights and anti-gun organizations who are attempting to take away our rights and freedoms under the Constitution of the United States of America.” The website also suggested that media coverage of the event was not welcome. The only way I’d be able to properly report on the derby, I figured, was to go undercover as a competing hunter. So I showed up in Salmon a few days before the event, paid the $20 sign-up fee, and officially became part of the slaughter.

The derby called for hunters to work in two-person teams. In the weeks leading up to the competition I recruited pro-wolf activists Brian Ertz and his sister Natalie Ertz, native Idahoans who have worked for local conservation groups. Rounding out our teams was Brian’s friend Bryan Walker, a gnarled former Marine and an Idaho lawyer who has studied shamanism and claims to have an ability to speak with animals.

The nice old man in the bar, whose name was Cal Black, bought the four of us a round of drinks when we told him we were in town for the derby. Cal had grown up on a ranch near town, and his thoughts on wolves reflected those of most other locals we met. Salmon is livestock country—the landscape is riddled with cows and sheep—and ranchers blame wolves for huge numbers of livestock deaths. Therefore wolves needed to be dispatched with extreme prejudice. The derby was a natural extension of this sentiment.

“Gut-shoot every goddamn last one of them wolves,” Cal told us. He wished a similar fate on “tree huggers,” who, in Cal’s view, mostly live in New York City. “You know what I’d like to see? Take the wolves and plant ’em in Central Park, ’cause they impose it on us to have these goddamn wolves! Bullshit! It’s said a wolf won’t attack you. Well, goddamn, these tree huggers don’t know what. I want wolves to eat them goddamn tree huggers. Maybe they’ll learn something!”

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“Proud derby contestants displaying a pair of coyotes”

We all raised a glass to the tree huggers’ getting their due. I fought the urge to tell Cal that I live in New York part-time, and that in college Natalie trained as an arborist and had actually hugged trees for a living. Her brother, who is 31 and studying to be a lawyer in Boise, Idaho, had warned me about the risks of going undercover when I broached the idea over the phone. As a representative for the nonprofit Western Watersheds Project, which has lobbied for wolf protections, he’d attended numerous public meetings about “wolf management” in communities like Salmon. “Salmon is the belly of the beast,” he told me. “There is not a more hostile place. It’s Mordor.”

Brian’s former boss at the Western Watersheds Project, executive director Jon Marvel, has received death threats for speaking out in favor of wolves and against the powerful livestock industry. Larry Zuckerman, a conservation biologist for the pro-wolf environmental nonprofit Wild Love Preserve, suspects that it was pro-wolf-hunting residents from Salmon who fatally poisoned his three dogs. Many pro-wolf activists across the American West, especially those who have publicly opposed the ranching industry, have reported similar threats and acts of aggression—tires slashed, homes vandalized, windows busted out with bricks in the night. Idaho for Wildlife’s opinion on the situation is made clear on its website: “Excess predator’s [sic] and environmentalists should go first!”

more dead coyotes

“more dead coyotes”

Prepping for the derby, we disguised ourselves according to the local style: camo pants and jackets, wool caps, balaclavas, binoculars, and heavy boots. When he wasn’t mystically communicating with elk, Walker enjoyed hunting them. He didn’t look out of place in Salmon, carrying his M4 rifle with a 30-round magazine and a Beretta .45 on his hip. He loaned me his bolt-action .300 Win Mag with a folding bipod, while Brian carried a .30-06 with a Leupold scope. Natalie, who is tall and good-looking, was armed only with a camera and played the part of a domesticated wife “here for the party,” as she put it.

At the derby registration the night before the killing was to commence, we were so convincing that the organizers didn’t even bother to ask for our hunting licenses or wolf permits. Instead they suggested spots in the surrounding mountains where we could find wolves to shoot illegally.

READ MORE: http://www.vice.com/read/how-to-kill-a-wolf-0000259-v21n3

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Photos: Courtesy Christopher Ketchum

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Activism, Predator Derby

Tags: Salmon_Idaho, Wolf and Coyote Derby, Undercover Report, Wolf Activists, killing animals for fun and prizes, dead coyotes, wolf wars

Marius, the baby Giraffe’s Last Peaceful Moments Caught On Surveillance Camera

Here is beautiful Marius, so graceful and calm, having no idea a death sentence is hanging over his head. What a sweet baby. This hurt me to the core, it’s the senseless murder of an innocent, just like the wolves are slaughtered every day, for absolutely no reason. RIP Marius!

Warning Disturbing Image

Zoo visitors, including young children, look on as Marius is skinned Picture AFP_Getty
“Zoo visitors, including young children, look on as Marius is skinned (Picture: AFP/Getty)”

Now another zoo in Denmark is considering repeating this terrible tragedy with a giraffe, named of all things, Marius. Apparently they see nothing wrong with the way Marius was treated and are just as defiant as the Copenhagen Zoo, despite outrage from around the world over the baby giraffe’s brutal slaying. Sounds like they’re circling the wagons over there, stubborn to admit what happened to Marius was reprehensible!

“Jyllands Park zoo has announced that it might have to kill Marius 2, the Guardian reports, because he could be unsuitable for the European breeding program that the zoo participates in.

Zookeeper at Jyllands Park Janni Løjtved Poulsen says that the zoo will not let the controversy sparked by Marius 1’s death affect their decision. After that young giraffe was euthanized at Copenhagen Zoo to avoid inbreeding, staff at the zoo received death threats and Danish embassies around the world received angry messages.

“It doesn’t affect us in any way. We are completely behind Copenhagen and would have done the same,” Poulsen says, stressing that it would be difficult for the zoo to find a new home for Marius 2. His fate now lies in the hands of  the coordinator of the European breeding program.”…..Time World is thinking about repeating the same horror at their zoo?”

Notice the reactions of the children in the video, that’s included in the article below. As the  zoo is killing and chopping up Marius, to feed to the lions. I see sadness and confusion reflected in their gaze, one little boy was covering his face. This is such a travesty and now Jyllands Park zoo is thinking about repeating the same horror, with a giraffe with the same name? Has the world gone nuts? I think I’d scratch Denmark off of the list of places to visit.

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Danish Zoo Considers Killing a Second Giraffe Who Is Also Called Marius

Are you getting déjà vu?

By Michelle Arrouas @Michelle Arrouas Feb. 12, 2014

http://world.time.com/2014/02/12/marius-second-giraffe-killing-denmark/

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PLEASE SIGN!
  • Petitioning Jyllands Park Zoo

Spare the life of Marius the giraffe at Jyllands Park Zoo

Another giraffe named Marius may be killed changedotorg

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CLOSE THE COPENHAGEN ZOO AND JYLLANDS PARK ZOO

author: Carol Wilson

target: Helle Thorning-Schmidt Prime Minister Denmark

signatures: 101,814
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Top Photo: Courtesy Metro
Bottom Photo: Courtesy Changedotorg
Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Action Alert
Tags: Marius, Copenhagen Zoo, exposing children to violence, Jyllands Park Zoo, Denmark, Marius 2 slated for death?, giraffe, human cruelty

Western Australia Slaughtering Great Whites, Tiger and Bull Sharks in “Catch and Kill” Policy

Great White Shark
Great Whites are listed as VULNERABLE in Australia and are also protected by the International Convention of Migratory Species but Western Australia did an end run around those protections. Sound familiar wolf warriors?

We’re not the only brutes in the world killing predators. Western Australia has adopted a “Catch and Kill” policy to slay Great Whites, Tiger and Bull sharks, over 3 cm in length, in some crazy scheme to “safeguard beachgoers”. I’m sure the 3cm or under sharks will automatically know not to get hooked by a drumline. What the hell? All this because shark attacks increased from 1 per year to 2-3 in all of Western Australia,   from 2010-2013.  That’s how the WA government is justifying this outrageous scheme?  Hey, here’s an idea,  if  there are sharks in the water, stay out!  Does the ocean belong to humans? Are sharks not allowed to live in their home because humans like to splash around in the surf? Besides, baking in the sun at the beach causes premature aging of the skin, staying away will keep the wrinkles at bay.

“ENVIRONMENTAL activists warned public anger is building over Western Australia’s catch-and-kill shark policy which snared a large shark in the state’s southwest at the weekend just hours after baited drumlines were set.

A contracted fisherman pulled a shark more than 3m long from a drumline off Meelup Beach shortly after 7am yesterday.t

The shark was then shot in its head up to four times and towed out to sea where it was dumped.

Early reports indicated it was a tiger shark but late yesterday The Australian was told it was believed to have been a bull shark.”….The Australian

 Sharks are apex predators, vital to healthy oceans but we’re losing them. 100 million sharks are  killed each year and most of the slaughter is directly linked to  finning. The sharks are caught, their fins cut off and then they’re  thrown back in the ocean to suffer and die. And all this to feed the “shark fin soup“> demand.

“100 million sharks are killed each year-by longlines, by “sport” fishermen, or by a barbaric practice known as shark finning. Hooked sharks are hauled onto boats; their fins are sliced off while they are still alive. These helpless animals are then tossed back into the ocean where, unable to swim without their fins, they sink towards the bottom and die an agonizing death.”…Sea Shepherd

Sharks are under tremendous pressure just to exist. Now the WA government is making it even harder for them? You can add Western Australia to your “do not visit” list!

If they’re trying to increase tourism there by slaughtering sharks, then they’ve made a huge miscalculation. Boycott Western Australia until they stop their “Catch and Kill” shark policy.

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Contact Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt in Western Australia. He authorized this slaughter. Tell him killing sharks isn’t going to entice tourists to Western Australia but quite the opposite.

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Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt

Phone: (02) 6277 2276 or (03) 5979 3188
EmailGreg.Hunt.MP@aph.gov.au

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Environment Minister allows Western Australia to kill sharks to protect swimmers

http://www.smh.com.au/environment/conservation/environment-minister-allows-western-australia–to-kill-sharks-to-protect-swimmers-20140122-317ky.html#ixzz2s0lI3ayB

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Sharks caught hours after WA drumlines set

Shark supporters were given more ammunition against Western Australia’s controversial catch-and-kill policy, after undersized sharks were hooked and released within hours of baited drumlines being set off Perth beaches.

Using large hooks that the state government said would not catch smaller sharks, Fisheries officers placed bait off five of Perth’s busiest beaches at Friday’s first light.

Read more: http://au.news.yahoo.com/a/21190639/richard-branson-lashes-wa-shark-killing/

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Tiger Shark Shot and Dumped at Sea as Cull Begins in Western Australia

The policy is opposed by scientists, conservationists and a majority of Australian voters
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/tiger-shark-shot-and-dumped-at-sea-as-cull-begins-in-western-australia/
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Tiger Shark – juvenile Bahamas
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Photos: Courtesy Wikipedia Commons
Video: Courtesy You Tube
Posted in: Activism, Biodiversity, Action Alert, Animal Cruelty
Tags: Great White Shark, Tiger Shark, Bull Shark, shark slaughter, Western Australia, international protest over shark killing, speak out for sharks, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt, stop killing sharks in Western Australia

Good News….Idaho Halts Wolf Extermination In “The Frank”…

Nature Cold Warriors_pack traveling through snow

From Center For Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, January 27, 2014

Contact: Tim Preso, Earthjustice, (406) 586-9699
Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity, (971) 717-6403
Ken Cole, Western Watersheds Project, (208) 890-3666
Suzanne Stone, Defenders of Wildlife, (208) 424-9385

State-sponsored Wolf Killing Ends in Idaho

Faced With Looming Court Challenge, Idaho Halts Unprecedented Program

POCATELLO, Idaho— Faced with a looming deadline to defend its actions before a federal appeals court, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) announced this afternoon that it is halting its wolf extermination program in the Middle Fork region of the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness as of today.

The announcement represents a stay of execution for the remaining wolves that constitute the Golden Creek and Monumental Creek wolf packs, which inhabit the Middle Fork region. To date, nine wolves from the two packs have been killed by IDFG’s hired hunter-trapper, who entered the wilderness and began his wolf extermination program in mid-December. It is unknown how many wolves remain in the two packs.

“IDFG’s hunter-trapper killed nine wolves and we are happy to report that the rest no longer face the same threat,” said Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso. “We are sorry it took an emergency injunction request to the court of appeals to get Idaho to halt this illegal program, and we hope that the federal government in the future will take more seriously its public trust responsibility to protect the wilderness from state efforts to exterminate native wildlife.”

IDFG’s action comes in the midst of an emergency proceeding before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in which conservationists were seeking an injunction to halt the wolf extermination program. The conservationists, represented by Earthjustice, sued IDFG and the U.S. Forest Service earlier this month, arguing that the state wolf extermination program would degrade the largest forested wilderness in the lower-48 states. After a federal judge in Idaho rejected a request to stop the program on Jan. 17, the conservationists took their fight to the court of appeals, where they filed an emergency request for an injunction on Jan. 23.

IDFG is halting trapping in the Middle Fork starting today and the trapper will take a few days to remove traps and snares from the area. Additional trapping in the area will cease, at least through the end of the state fiscal year, which is June 30.

This is bittersweet news,” said Ken Cole with the Western Watersheds Project. “I am happy that IDFG has relented but it is unfortunate that so many wolves have been taken in this senseless plan to manhandle wildlife in an area that Congress recognized as a wilderness ‘where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man.’ “

In mid-December 2013, IDFG hired a hunter-trapper to pack into central Idaho’s 2.4-million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness to eradicate two wolf packs, the Golden and Monumental packs, in the interest of inflating elk populations for outfitters and recreational hunters. The U.S. Forest Service, which administers the wilderness, approved the extermination program by authorizing use of a Forest Service cabin and airstrip to support wolf extermination activities.

“It’s a tragedy that nine wolves had to die before the state of Idaho finally pulled the plug on its needless effort to eradicate two whole wolf packs from one of America’s largest wilderness areas,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “The wolves were only playing the role they play in nature and should never have been killed. It should not take court action to stop such cruel, unnecessary and wasteful killing, but I’m glad it has stopped.”

The region of the Frank Church Wilderness where IDFG’s hunter-trapper was killing wolves is a remote area around Big Creek and the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Even though this region hosts one of the lightest densities of hunters in the state, IDFG prioritized elk production over protection of the area’s wilderness character. The Forest Service failed to object to IDFG’s plans and instead actively assisted them.

Earthjustice represented long-time Idaho conservationist and wilderness advocate Ralph Maughan along with four conservation groups — Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project, Wilderness Watch, and the Center for Biological Diversity — in the lawsuit challenging the wolf extermination program.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2014/wolf-01-27-2014.html

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Photo: Courtesy Nature (Cold Warriors)

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho Wolves, Activism, Biodiversity

Tags:  Frank Church/River of No Return Wilderness, Ralph Maughin, WWP, CBD, Wilderness Watch, DOW, Golden wolf pack, Monumental wolf pack, a victory for the wolves

Speak For Wolves: Yellowstone 2014

Speak for wolves Yellowstone 2014

Roosevelt Arch – North Entrance Yellowstone National Park (Gardiner, Mt)

Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014 is essentially about hope. It’s an opportunity for the American people to unite and demand wildlife management reform and restore our national heritage. On June 28-29, 2014, thousands of Americans will meet in Arch Park in Gardiner, Montana to hear why we need to reform wildlife management, at both the state and federal level, and how we can do it.

There are five main principles behind reforming wildlife management:

1. No killing of predators–period. The best available science suggest that predators, including wolves, are a self-regulating species. In other words, predators don’t overpopulate; instead their populations naturally fluctuate, as do prey or ungulate populations. “Managing” predators is code word for killing them, and it is not necessary, and no longer to be tolerated. Non-lethal measures can be effective in rare instances where there are actual human/predator conflicts.

2. Removal of all livestock from federal public lands. It is well documented the damage that cows/cattle/livestock cause across our wildlands. They are non-native and invasive and are responsible for soil compaction, a decrease in water retention and aquifer recharge, erosion, destruction of wetlands and riparian areas, flooding, and a net-loss of biodiversity. They enable invasive plant species to proliferate, which effects the West’s historic fire regime.

3. Banning trapping/snaring on all federal public lands. We must evolve as a society and move away from this barbaric, unethical, cruel and tortuous method(s) of killing native wildlife. Leg-hold traps, conibear traps and other devices are indiscriminate killers. In other words, anything and everything can walk into them, including humans and dogs. Trappers are currently required to check their traps once every 72-hours.

4. Abolishing Wildlife Services. Hidden within the US Department of Agriculture, is a rogue agency that is essentially the wildlife killing-arm of the federal government. For over 100-years this federal tax-payer supported agency has largely worked on behalf of the livestock industry and is responsible for the death of tens-of millions of native wildlife. Methods of killing include trapping, poisoning, and aerial gunning of native wildlife.

5. Restructuring the way state Fish & Game agencies operate. Politics: western governors currently appoint agency commissioners, which essentially, tell the state departments what to do. This is cronyism at its worst. Economics: state agencies are mostly funded by the sale of hunting/fishing tags or permits. They are binded into serving the interest of “sportsmen” because it’s the hand that feeds them. Science and democracy are sorely lacking in these departments.

Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014 is about taking an important step towards stopping the wolf slaughter that is currently taking place across the United States. We must look the real problem in the eye, however, and take bold measures. The status quo is broken, in both, how wildlife is being “managed” at the state and federal level, and how the public is dealing with it: public meetings, appeals, litigation, etc. We can continue to attempt to stop the bleeding or instead, address the real causes of the problem, which are the 5 principles.

Come to Arch Park in Gardiner, Montana June 28-29, 2014. The event is family friendly and will feature prominent speakers, live music, video production crews, education and outreach booths, food and drink vendors and the screening of wildlife documentaries. This is going to be the event of the year in the northern Rockies. Together we can make history and restore our wild national heritage!

Brett Haverstick
Organizer
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Posted in: Wolf Warriors, Gray Wolf, Activism, Biodiversity
Photo: Courtesy Brett Haverstick
Tags: Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014, stand up for wolves, effect change, paradigm shift, grass roots movement, Arch Park, Gardiner Mt., North entrance Yellowstone National Park

Navarre The Wolf, Shot, Paralyzed, Rescued From Freezing Waters

January 8, 2014

Revisiting Navarre’s story is a renewal of faith.  There are good people in this world who care deeply for animals like this sweet, little wolf. I hope you find comfort in this, even though it wasn’t a happy ending.

We love you Navarre!!

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Kindness and love in action, saving a wolf from certain death. This beautiful video is narrated in Italian but really needs no translation. It’s heartfelt, moving and incredibly uplifting to watch  wonderful people working so hard to save a wolf’s life. To them I say:

“May flowers always line your path and sunshine light your day. May songbirds serenade you every step along the way. May a rainbow run beside you in a sky that’s always blue. And may happiness fill your heart each day your whole life through.”…..Irish Blessing

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Saving Navarre: The Dramatic Rescue of a Paralyzed Shot Wolf

Good news: due to the selfless efforts of rescuers Navarre is slowly recovering
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Following up on the dramatic and risky rescue of an entrapped female humpback whale named Valentina I just learned about another most amazing rescue of a wolf named Navarre from the icy waters of a river in Italy. Here’s the heartwarming story that may just move you to teears of joy.

“On January 9, 2012 the wolf Navarre was recovered from the icy waters of a river in very dramatic conditions: undernourished, with a paralysis of the hind limbs and with 35 lead pellets in his body.

“After several diagnostic tests, two weeks of intensive care in the infirmary, monitored 24 hours 24, Navarre started to walk. He was transferred to another enclosure of the Centre, suitable for his rehabilitation, which requires a gradual recovery of motor function without subjecting him to excessive physical effort. Thanks to a video camera placed in the enclosure Navarre is monitored day and night without being disturbed.

“It’s still a long way, various diseases have weakened him a lot, but Navarre, thanks to his incredible will to live and care he received, started to walk improving gradually and giving good signs of recovery.”

Read more: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201301/saving-navarre-the-dramatic-rescue-paralyzed-shot-wolf

The Wolf Navarre – Two months after

Sadly Navarre died on June 5, 2012.


From: CentroTutelaFauna (Wildlife Protection Center)

“We will continue to carry forward the ” Project Wolf” more certain than ever that this species should be protected, known and respected , stronger than we have had the privilege of learning to date and aware of what we still have to learn about these amazing animals … and for this reason grateful to Navarre .”

http://www.centrotutelafauna.org/appr/La_storia_di_Navarre.xhtml

Please give to this wonderful organization Centro Tutela Fauna (Wildlife Conservation Center -Protection Center for Exotic Wildlife Mountain Search and Rescue) That’s my poor Italian translation but the link below should get you to the right place (:

Click here for their website

Click here for their YouTube channel

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Wolf : Navarre’s rescue story: Video: Courtesy Dario Cingolani

All other videos: Courtesy YouTube CentroTutelaFauna·

Posted in: gray wolf, Activism, Positive wolf news

Tags: acts of kindness, rescued wolf, shot wolf, paralyzed, Navarre’s brave rescue, kind wonderful people, Italy

22,000 Plus Signatures And Counting…Please Sign To Stop The Slaughter Of Montana’s Wolves

Dead Wolf Pup_Jay Mallonee

Jay found this 3 – 4 month old pup shot dead and thrown into a ditch, deep in the forest where the Fishtrap pack lived.  The pack no longer exists because Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks had them killed them,  which ended Jay’s 10-year study of these wolves.  This action also ended the longest behavioral study of wolves in the state’s history, outside of YNP.

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Stop the unjustified killing and hunting of Montana’s wolves. Use science

(Petitioning Montana Governor Steve Bullock (responded)

Petition by

Jay Mallonee – Wolf and Wildlife Studies

Kalispell, MT

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Click HERE To Sign The Petition!! 

If you would like to collect signatures on behalf of this petition, please click here for more information.

Written signatures are beginning to come in now.  I’ll keep a running total below that can be added to the number of online signatures to give the total number of petition signatures:

829 written signatures as of 9/9/13 (add to number of online signatures).

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As of September 7, 2013, our wolves are again being hunted and killed for the next six months.  Below, I present you with the evidence that documents the systematic “genocide” of a species and what you can do to prevent it.  No one scientist or environmental group will stop this.  Only when humanity decides that the lives of animals are important will this unscientific and senseless policy cease.  Please step-up and help these beings whose lives are an intrical part of healthy ecosystems.  The truth is right in front of you.

Overview:

Currently, there are two wolf issues that people find confusing:  1)  The removal of all gray wolves from the federal government’s Endangered Species Act (ESA); and 2)  Their management by the states.  The ESA designates U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) as the agency responsible for determining what species are endangered and place them on the Endangered Species List (ESL).  After this happens, USFWS is responsible for removing species from the list and the ESA gives them the power to do so.  The wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming were removed from the ESL in 2009, but currently the ESA still provides minimal protection:  it only requires the states to maintain 100 wolves with 10 breeding pairs.  They can kill the rest which is exactly what Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho are doing or have done (in Wyoming’s case).  If the few remaining protections are lifted, then the states are free to kill ALL of their wolves with no intervention from the federal government.  Nevertheless, the remaining federal protection doesn’t help much because the wolves are being slaughtered anyway.

My fight is at the management level where the real problems are.  Even if the public “wins” and wolves remain protected by the ESA, then the status quo will remain – hundreds and hundreds of dead wolves.  Until the states are held accountable for their deplorable management practices that do not follow scientific protocols, wolves will die, thus my petition.  Please continue reading to learn more about my research and published scientific review of FWP’s flawed data, and how this petition will help wolves.

Background:

For over twenty years I have researched and taught about wolves. Having had the longest running behavioral study of these animals in Montana’s history, outside of Yellowstone National Park, my interactions with wolf management agencies has been extensive. I have found that most managers have an appalling lack of knowledge about these animals, along with a disregard for science.

At the end of 2011, I published a paper in a peer-reviewed scientific journal that analyzed the data found in the annual reports published by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP).  This agency is responsible for wolf management.   Their information was filled with fabricated numbers used in making management decisions, such as determining the hunting quota.  In summary, my review found:

1. The scientific method was not used during data collection which makes management decisions based on this information highly questionable.  Kent Laudon, one of the Wolf Management Specialists who collects the data, informed me that no protocols are used during data collection.  This is important because the conclusions derived from the data cannot be any better than the quality of data collected. In other words, wolf management is not based in science as FWP has claimed.

2. There is no accountability for the repercussions of management decisions, such as killing wolves without proper scientific assessment.  I took my paper to the Governor’s Office and met with Mike Volesky, the Environmental Policy Advisor to the Governor at the time.  Among other topics, I asked him about the procedures FWP used to collect their flawed data, because they claimed that wolf hunts were based in science.  He said he would “investigate.”  In subsequent emails, I was passed from one person to the next throughout the FWP hierarchy and never were my questions answered completely or even intelligently in some cases.  On my website, you can read some of my email exchanges with FWP and judge for yourself.

3. There appears to be no quality control of the data which makes FWP seem as if they do not understand or are unaware of what their numbers say.  After years of interacting with these officials, I can say that they are a club.  Their concept of wolf management acts more like a belief system rather than a set of rational guidelines.  They are entrenched in their conviction that what they do is right, despite evidence to the contrary.  As a result, FWP uses other peoples’ hatred of wolves to make and save money.

4. Wolves are managed without regard to their top-down influence throughout ecosystems, by ignoring other areas of science such as animal behavior, emotions, intelligence, interactions among life forms, and some basic ecological principles.  Although some management may be necessary, hunting wolves remains scientifically unjustified.  In regards to emotions, you can read my published scientific study about a captive wolf from the wild that developed PTSD from her abuse by wolf managers and subsequent captivity.  She had been shot (tranquilizers via guns) four times and chased by aircraft twice.

5. When the state of Montana created revenue by killing its own wolves, hunting them became a self-serving process, as with the hunting of all managed wildlife. Hunting wolves can save the state money by reducing costs, creating revenue, and collecting opportunistic data from hunters. Therefore, money and convenience are some of the reasons to hunt wolves, which implies conflict of interest, especially when no scientific protocols were followed.

6. The actions of FWP bring up the moral issue of how a government agency can use flawed data to make management decisions, kill hundreds of wolves, and be allowed to do so.  Even when FWP conducted studies on elk populations, their own data demonstrated that their justifications for killing wolves was wrong. Click here for a summary of that information and current policies.

I have come to realize that I cannot expect FWP to act responsibly because they do not know what that means. I am responsible for wolf management. So are you. If you want wolves you will have to fight for them. Use what science knows about these animals and understand the data.  Use the provided links to educate yourself about the insanity of wolf management and to email FWP officials directly.  This is crucial because managers at FWP create a facade with their numbers. It will take some effort to unravel this illusion to reveal the truth.

Through my ten-year study of the Fishtrap pack, and from the results of other scientific studies, there is at least one truth science has learned about wolves:  the pack is an intricate design of almost infinite complexity.  I have learned that rather than a “thing,” a wolf pack is a dynamic process.  It is greater than the sum of its parts.  The parts consist of pack members interacting with each other and with their surrounding environment.  The net result is a force that changes over time as the pack reacts to endless environmental variations such as increasing or decreasing prey populations, prey migration, climatic changes, or when pack members come and go.

The picture above shows a pup who was a member of the Fishtrap pack.  I found her shot and thrown into a ditch, and this was when wolves were still endangered.  Nevertheless, entire packs could always be removed as part of wolf management control actions.  Despite the science, my study of the Fishtrap wolves came to an abrupt end several years ago when FWP killed all of them for apparently killing someone’s cow.  There was no warning, no call, nothing.  They just vanished.  I had even found wolf pack behavior never before documented, but wolf management is not about enlightenment.  It is about killing, because they don’t seem to know what else to do, and it is convenient.

Currently, FWP continues to let the public kill more and more wolves, without knowing how many wolves actually live in the state and without scientific justification.  As of September 1, 2013, another hunting season on wolves has commenced and will last over six months.  Hunters and trappers are now allowed to kill up to five wolves each.  As added incentive, out-of-state hunting fees have also been reduced.

Following is a list of the officials involved in wolf management. They are arranged from the highest political level to the lowest, top to bottom. I urge anyone interested in this subject to email these people and demand the truth about wolf management and clarification as to what is really going on.

Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana, governor@mt.gov.

Jeff Hagener, FWP Director, jhagener@mt.gov.

Mike Volesky, FWP Deputy Director, MVolesky@mt.gov.

Jim Satterfield, Regional Supervisor, jsatterfield@mt.gov.

Jim Williams, FWP Wildlife Program Manager, jiwilliams@mt.gov.

Kent Laudon, Wolf Management Specialist, klaudon@mt.gov.

Please visit my web site for more specific and additional information about wolves in Montana and my interactions with the government to end the killing of these animals. My scientific publications and the magazine articles I have written about this issue are available as free PDF downloads. You will see that FWP has no scientific justification for killing our wolves. Until the public as a whole tells wolf managers to stop, this process will continue indefinitely.

The goal is 100,000 signatures:  a good representation of different people and cultures from around the world.  Make FWP listen.  Every signature is emailed to the officials listed below.  However, when the goal has been reached, I will travel to the captiol and present a copy of your signatures and comments to the Governor, with the media present.  Enough of this killing.  It needs to stop.

Please share this petition with family and friends using Facebook, Twitter or other social media.  These are your wolves, the world’s wolves.  Don’t let them die for the agenda of only a few misguided and bigoted people.

Thank you for your concern,

Jay Mallonee
Wolf and Wildlife Studies
www.wolfandwildlifestudies.com

This petition began on 3/29/13.

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If you would like to collect signatures on behalf of this petition, please click here for more information.

To:
Montana Governor Steve Bullock, Governor of Montana
Jeff Hagener, Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Mike Volesky, Deputy Director of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Jim Satterfield, FWP Regional Supervisor
Jim Williams, FWP Wildlife Program Manager
Kent Laudon, Wolf Management Specialist
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Stop the unjustified killing and hunting of Montana’s wolves. Use science to guide wolf management!

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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Click Here To Sign The Petition!!

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