Oregon Wolf Pup Calls To It’s Pack….

August 8, 2014

I love posting this video,  I do it almost every year.

Is there a more haunting, ethereal sound in nature than the howl of the wolf?  This sweet pup calls to its pack and they howl back!!

Remote camera photo from July 21, 2013, documenting three pups in the newly formed Mt Emily pack. Photo courtesy of ODFW

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Posted in: gray wolf pups, biodiversity, Oregon wolves

Video: Courtesy YouTube ODFW

Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Tags: Snake River Wolf Pack, ODFW, wolf pup, howling wolves, Oregon

Another Senseless Killing, Yearling Wolf, OR 16 Slain For Nothing…

OR 16 ODFW
Yearling Wolf OR-16, a member of Oregon’s Walla Walla pack , was slain January 19, 2013 in the bloody Idaho wolf hunt

Update: May 5, 2013

While we’re mourning the death of OR-5, remember Oregon’s Walla Walla Pack yearling wolf  OR-16, was also slaughtered in Idaho’s wolf hunt in January of this year. That makes three Oregon collared wolves wiped out in Idaho. Anyone think collaring wolves is a good thing? Interesting how collared wolves are targeted so easily. As Bob Dylan famously wrote, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows”!

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January 25, 2013

Here’s the convo from an anti-wolf Facebook page laughing about  OR-16’s death. This is what these freaks find funny, the death of a yearling wolf.

Too bad it didn’t get shot. So much for the whole family thing the wolf humpers claim.

  Larry O.
    Hopefully he will stay in Idaho long enough to get angel wings. With that black hide he will make a great rug.

    Bill K
    If us pushing that wolf back over to be shot in idaho works.. we willc ontinue to push many more back for the shooters. hell we will even pay for the ammo. ha ha ha ha.

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January 24, 2013

I might as well be a funeral director, that’s all I seem to be doing is reporting on dead wolves.

OR-16, a beautiful black yearling Oregon wolf, who made the terrible mistake of crossing the Snake River into the killing fields of Idaho, was slaughtered  for nothing last Saturday in the deadly Idaho wolf hunt. There was talk he and other collared Oregon wolves were being targeted.

I don’t know about you but I’ve had enough of this insanity. I’m not planning on sitting on my hands this year and watching the carnage continue. Enough is enough. The wolf killers are rubbing our faces in it  but their hubris will be their downfall because wolf advocates are more upset than I’ve ever seen them.

The anti wolf crowd thinks they hold all the cards but they forget they are the minority and we are the majority. It’s just a matter of waking up the sleeping masses. The killing of collared wolves, who many people identify with,  is mobilizing the troops. The killing of Yellowstone’s Lamar Canyon alpha female O6 and her beta male 754 and many other collared  wolves, including  OR-9, brother to famous wolf OR-7 and now OR-16,  has people hopping mad. Not because these wolves are more important than the almost 1000 wolves who’ve been slaughtered since August 30, 2012 but because they are well-known, have numbers and have been written about. People identify with them and their deaths are sparking outrage.  The pro-wolf movement is ready to stand and fight.

Rest in Peace OR-16, beautiful boy. You were just a yearling, never having a chance to live your life. But you will not be forgotten. This is a rallying cry to all who love wolves. The time for lamenting is over. It’s time to take action and work to see wolves relisted.  For all who are frustrated with the ineffective actions of the past, several other wolf advocates and myself are  plotting a new path, one we hope will change the dynamic of this fight.

For the wolves, For OR-16,

Nabeki

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Oregon Wolf Gunned Down in Idaho

Oregon conservationists lament killing, highlight contrasting approaches to wolf management and wildlife conservation.

http://www.oregonwild.org/about/press-room/press-releases/oregon-wolf-gunned-down-in-idaho

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Second Oregon wolf killed in Idaho by hunter

By Richard Cockle, The Oregonian
January 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM, updated January 24, 2013 at 7:12 PM

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2013/01/second_oregon_wolf_killed_in_i.html

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Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Oregon Wolves,

Tags: Bloody Idaho wolf hunt, OR !6, Walla Walla pack , Oregon wolves, wolf slaughter, relist wolves, Endangered Species act. wolves need protection, killing out of control, states cannot manage wolves, conflict of interest, trophy hunting sadistic

OR-7’s Sister Dies Grisly Death…..

Imnaha pack female_wolf_pup OR 5
Sweet girl, OR-5,  being collared in February 2010. She was caught in a leg hold trap, in the wolf killing state of Idaho,  at the end of March 2013. She’s the second sibling of OR-7 to die in  Idaho.

Iconic Oregon wolf, OR-7,  made the right decision when he left his natal pack, the Imnaha’s,  and headed west, away from Idaho but his two siblings, OR-9 and OR-5 weren’t so lucky. His brother OR-9 was killed by an Idaho hunter with an expired wolf tag, in other words the wolf was poached. It’s always such a big deal when elk are killed out of season or with expired tags but wolves are treated as if their lives are worth nothing.

And so the sad story of OR-7’s family continues with the death of his sister OR-5,  pictured above. She originally dispersed to the Blue Mountains in Washington state, I wish she’d stayed there.

“A yearling female wolf from Oregon’s Imnaha Pack trotted into Washington’s Blue Mountains last month.

According to ODFW’s January wolf management update, OR-5, an animal that hadn’t been heard from since late November, “was discovered in the north Blue Mountains of Washington by WDFW personnel on 1/20/11.”

Five days later, “A subsequent flight by ODFW visually confirmed the young female wolf had dispersed and is now in Washington. This is the first evidence of dispersal from this pack,” says ODFW”…..northwest sportsmen

Unfortunately she left the Blue Mountains and ended up in Idaho during wolf trapping season. Another wolf life snuffed out in the cruelest of ways, caught in a leg hold trap. It’s heart breaking she had to suffer and die for nothing. Trapping is torture, banned in 89 countries but in the backward Northern Rockies, it claims the lives of innocent animals, like this little wolf.

    “Crossing the border into Idaho was a death sentence for this wolf,” said Amaroq Weiss, the west coast wolf organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity. “What a heartbreaking paradox — one wolf from this pack, OR-7, is world-renowned and beloved, while his sister OR-5 died a lonely, terribly painful death in a steel-jawed leghold trap.”….

The Idaho perpetual wolf hunt has now claimed the lives of two of OR-7’s siblings, who innocently don’t understand boundaries and crossed into that wolf killing state where their lives were taken.

As the USFWS prepares to delist wolves across the lower 48, we have to fight back against the tyranny being perpetrated against them.

OR-5 and OR-9 didn’t deserve what happened to them and neither did the thousands of wolves who’ve  lost their lives since the Obama Administration declared war against them.

Speak Out!

BOYCOTT IDAHO!!

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Sister of famous California wolf trapped, killed

April 30, 2013

The sister of California’s famous wandering wolf was killed by trappers in Idaho.

The three-year-old gray wolf, known as OR-5, left the Imnaha pack in Oregon just like her brother, OR-7, who roamed more than 2,000 miles through California before crossing back into Oregon on March 13. The sister went the other way, crossing into Idaho, where she got caught in a foothold trap March 30 on the next-to-last day of the Idaho trapping season.

This wolf skin was recovered by the Peninsula Humane Society

“Crossing the border into Idaho was a death sentence for this wolf,” said Amaroq Weiss, the west coast wolf organizer for the Center for Biological Diversity. “What a heartbreaking paradox — one wolf from this pack, OR-7, is world-renowned and beloved, while his sister OR-5 died a lonely, terribly painful death in a steel-jawed leghold trap.”

Federal Endangered Species Act protections were rescinded for wolves in the northern Rockies in 2011, prompting what Weiss characterized as a hunting frenzy. More than 800 wolves have been killed in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming since then, reducing the wolf population 7 percent.

The brother of the California wolf, OR-9, was killed last year by an Idaho hunter, one of several radio-collared wolves that, instead of providing valuable research, became hunting trophies.The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to remove protections for gray wolves over the rest of  the United States, including Oregon and California, according to a draft rule obtained by the Chronicle last week.

 http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2013/04/30/sister-of-famous-california-wolf-trapped-killed

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Oregon Wolf Dies In Idaho (Sister Of California Wolf)

Pup for Imnaha wolf pack, other members leave for Idaho and Wheeler County

http://www.lifewithwolves.org/home/?p=8291

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Pup for Imnaha wolf pack, other members leave for Idaho and Wheeler County

August 8, 2011

http://www.lifewithwolves.org/home/?p=8291

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Photo: Courtesy ODWF

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Oregon Wolves

Tags: OR-9, OR-5, OR-9, Imnaha Pack, Oregon wolves, Idaho wolf killing fields, leg-hold trap torture

Another Senseless Killing, Yearling Wolf, OR 16 Slain For Nothing…

OR 16 ODFW

Yearling Wolf OR-16, a member of Oregon’s Walla Walla pack , was slain  Saturday, January 19 , 2013 in the bloody Idaho wolf hunt

January 25, 2013

Here’s a convo from an anti-wolf Facebook page laughing about  OR-16’s death. This is what they find funny, the death of a yearling wolf.

Too bad it didn’t get shot. So much for the whole family thing the wolf humpers claim.

  Larry O.
    Hopefully he will stay in Idaho long enough to get angel wings. With that black hide he will make a great rug.

    Bill K
    If us pushing that wolf back over to be shot in idaho works.. we willc ontinue to push many more back for the shooters. hell we will even pay for the ammo. ha ha ha ha.

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I might as well be a funeral director, that’s all I seem to be doing is reporting on dead wolves.

OR-16, a beautiful black yearling Oregon wolf, who made the terrible mistake of crossing the Snake River into the killing fields of Idaho, was slaughtered  for nothing last Saturday in the deadly Idaho wolf hunt. There was talk that he and other collared Oregon wolves were being targeted.  I remember reading a convo between wolf haters  stating the plan was to try and shuttle as many Oregon wolves into Idaho as possible (wish I could find the quote, I’d gladly post it here.) That’s the mind-set we’re dealing with. Shame on the federal government for turning these wolves over to their mortal enemies to be tortured and killed.

I don’t know about you but I’ve had enough of this insanity. I’m not planning on sitting on my hands this year and watching the carnage continue. Enough is enough. The wolf killers are rubbing our faces in it  but their hubris will be their downfall because wolf advocates are more upset than I’ve ever seen them.

The anti wolf crowd thinks they hold all the cards but they forget they are the minority and we are the majority. It’s just a matter of waking up the sleeping masses. The killing of collared wolves, who many people identify with,  is mobilizing the troops. The killing of Yellowstone’s Lamar Canyon alpha female O6 and her beta male 754 and many other collared  wolves, including  OR-9, brother to famous wolf OR-7 and now OR-16,  has people hopping mad. Not because these wolves are more important than the almost 1000 wolves who’ve been slaughtered since August 30, 2012 but because they are well-known, have numbers and have been written about. People identify with them and their deaths are sparking outrage.  The pro-wolf movement is ready to stand and fight.

Rest in Peace OR-16, beautiful boy. You were just a yearling, never having a chance to live your life. But you will not be forgotten. This is a rallying cry to all who love wolves. The time for lamenting is over. It’s time to take action and work to see wolves relisted.  For all who are frustrated with the ineffective actions of the past, several other wolf advocates and myself are  plotting a new path, one we hope will change the dynamic of this fight.

For the wolves, For OR-16,

Nabeki

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Oregon Wolf Gunned Down in Idaho

Oregon conservationists lament killing, highlight contrasting approaches to wolf management and wildlife conservation.

http://www.oregonwild.org/about/press-room/press-releases/oregon-wolf-gunned-down-in-idaho

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Second Oregon wolf killed in Idaho by hunter

By Richard Cockle, The Oregonian
January 24, 2013 at 6:46 PM, updated January 24, 2013 at 7:12 PM

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2013/01/second_oregon_wolf_killed_in_i.html

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Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Oregon Wolves,

Tags: Bloody Idaho wolf hunt, OR !6, Walla Walla pack , Oregon wolves, wolf slaughter, relist wolves, Endangered Species act. wolves need protection, killing out of control, states cannot manage wolves, conflict of interest, trophy hunting sadistic

Wolf Pup Howls To Snake River Packmates….

This melted my heart. The wolf pup was howling for its pack and seemed so surprised when they howled back.  The pup is a member of Oregon’s Snake River Pack.

Click here for the rest of the story.

Wolf pups. Wenaha Pack, May 30, 2012

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Video: You Tube

Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Oregon wolves, biodiversity, gray wolf

Tags: Snake River Pack, wolf pup, biodiversity, Oregon

ACTION ALERT FROM OREGON WILD: Oregon Wolves Need Your Help! Time Sensitive!

OR3 Imnaha Pack, May 10, 2011 (ODFW)

Dear Oregon Wild Supporter,

Over the last month, thousands of Oregonians have spoken out against hysterical anti-wildlife measures in Salem. Thanks to overwhelming public opposition, the worst of the worst have been defeated. But dirty last-minute tricks by livestock industry lobbyists threaten to put wolves back in the crosshairs.

Make sure last-minute back-room deals don’t threaten wolves.

In just a few minutes, the legislature will vote on yet another tax break for the livestock industry. As bad as that sounds, that’s not enough for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. They also want dead wolves.

There’s an old trick used by Salem lobbyists that allows bad bills to go through in the waning hours of the legislative session and avoid public scrutiny. It’s called gut and stuff. Until the session officially ends, it’s a very real threat, and it works like this: find a friendly legislator, get them to take language from an unpopular or otherwise dead bill and stuff it into a more benign bill that’s likely to pass. Done right, by the time anyone notices, it’s too late.

We learned late last night that OCA lobbyists are working furiously to broker a last second deal that would do just that and – stop me if you’ve heard this already – declare a state of emergency, circumvent the Endangered Species Act, and fast track the killing of endangered gray wolves.

It’s the same legislation you helped kill in the Senate earlier this week. I was hoping this morning’s e-mail would be a celebration of that victory, but rather than accept defeat, this dirty trick by the OCA is a credible threat to give life to a bill radically out of step with Oregon values.

Time is short. The stakes are high. Oregon’s wolves need your voice one more time. Take action to make sure dirty tricks don’t give new life to bad idea.

For wolves, wildlife, and playing by the rules,

Rob Klavins
Wildlife Advocate
Oregon Wild

PS – Hopefully we’ll be able to send out that victory e-mail soon and get back to talking about the good news about Oregon’s wolves. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop if the threat grows, but please take action one more time so that good news will be possible. Non-Oregonians can call the Governor’s office at 503.378.4582.

“Activists Take Over OCA Meeting, Call Attention to Anti-Wolf Legislation”….

As we plan our response to the Siddoway “Live Bait, Kill Bill“, I want to share a video of activists standing up for wolves against the livestock industry, protesting HB 4158. The bill died in the Oregon Senate Committee today but it could be back.

On February 10, 2012 the Seattle and  Portland Animal Defense Leagues along with  Cascadia Earth First took over a Oregon Cattlemen’s Assoc. meeting.

Click here to watch the vide0 on a larger screen and read Portland Animal Defense League’s statement:

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Video: Courtesy Portland Animal Defense League

Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Oregon Wolves, Activism

Tags: OCA meeting, Oregon wolves, Portland Animal Defense League, Seattle Animal Defense League, Cascadia Earth First, HB4158

ACTION ALERT: Oregon Wolves Need Your Help! Little Red Riding Hood Syndrome Epidemic!

Little Red Riding Hood Syndrome

Update:February 19, 2012

As I discussed in a previous post, Oregon HB 4158, would make it easier to persecute and kill  Oregon’s tiny wolf population for supposed livestock depredation.

The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association is pushing hard for this legislation. Unfortunately the bill was passed by the Oregon House on Friday, February 17, by a vote of 42-15. It now moves to the Senate for a vote. It has a better chance of being voted down in the Senate.

“HB4158 now goes to the Senate, where Democrats hold a 16-14 advantage.”

If the bill passes the Oregon Senate the only thing stopping it from becoming law is a veto by Oregon Governor Kitzhaber.

Please continue to call Governor Kitzhaber and let him know America supports Oregon’s fledging wolf population and does not want them  slaughtered on the altar of the sacred cow.

As I’ve stated over and over, 51,000 Oregon cattle were lost to non-predation causes in 2010, including disease, weather, calving and theft. Compare those numbers against the 20 cow deaths blamed on the Imnaha pack and you can see the hysteria driving the persecution of Oregon’s wolves. Anyone who possesses the power of reason knows that in a state with a million cows, 20 cattle deaths blamed on wolves would not even register as any kind of threat. Why are Oregon ranchers so silent about the thousands and thousands of cattle losses to non-wolf causes? I’ll tell you why, it doesn’t fit into their wolf demonization campaign.

The Imnaha pack is the iconic Journey’s (OR7) natal pack. They want to kill his father and sibling. This would effectively destroy the Imnaha pack and leave the alpha female, Sophie (B-300) and her offspring, as the only surviving members.

Conservationists believe the bill is a response to the Oregon Court of Appeals stay of the kill order issued against the Imnaha alpha male and sub-adult.

“Conservation groups sued the state last year to stop plans to kill the wolves. They say the legislation is an attempt to get around their lawsuit and the state Endangered Species Act. Ranchers say the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife should make decisions about wolves, not judges, based on a wolf management plan already in

This bill is reminiscent of the infamous wolf delisting rider, attached to a spending bill last year, which ultimately passed the US Senate and was  signed into law by President Obama, stripping ESA protections from wolves in the Northern Rockies.  Due to that betrayal of wolves by the Democrats, the anti-wolf forces have learned they can circumvent the court system by turning to friendly pro-ranching state legislatures to get what they want. If the courts don’t rule in their favor, as in the case of the Oregon Court of Appeals stay, then they’ll just take their case to politicians to get it done. When wolves were delisted by budget rider last year,  I knew it would open the flood gates to do an end-round the court system. Now any endangered species can be delisted if  they become inconvenient to special interests.

Please act now for Oregon wolves.

Contact the Oregon Senate and Governor Kitzhaber.

Continue to sign the petition to the Governor!!

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The Governor of OR: SAVE OREGON’S 29 WOLVES, oppose HB 4158

Petition Letter

Greetings,

We, the undersigned, urge you to oppose HB 4158, a bill proposed by the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, which allows killing of wolves to address livestock depredation and declares a “state of emergency.” With less than 30 wolves in the entire state, we find this declaration absurd. We, and most Oregonians, highly value our wildlife and strongly support endangered species protection and the return of wolves to Oregon, and their strong recovery.

Oregon has less than 30 confirmed wolves in the entire state and approximately 1.3 million cows. We feel that a Bill establishing a “state of emergency” over the presence of a tentatively recovering endangered wolf population is an attempt to bypass the Oregon Endangered Species Act and would set a dangerous precedent which could be used to circumvent protections of other endangered species at the behest of special interests. Furthermore, we believe it is an effort to short-circuit current litigation which aims to clarify the relationship of the state Endangered Species Act with the Oregon Wolf Plan.

Statements by Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members and officers constantly stress the aim of lethal removal over the use of non-lethal measures and tools, which they routinely disparage. As quoted in the Lewiston Tribune Online, 7/2/11, OCA Wolf committee Chair Rod Childers said, “To be able to move to lethal control we as producers have to show we tried nonlethal actions. I can’t say if it works or not, it is just things we have been told we have to do, and the whole key to me is getting them to move to lethal control,…” With this in mind, we believe HB 4158 to be an attempt to weaken the commitment to non-lethal measures.

With so many critical issues before this short session of the legislature, devoting precious time to this controversial and unnecessary Bill is a mistake.

Please oppose HB 4158.

Thank you.

[Your name]

Click Here To Sign Petition

Alpha male of the Imnaha pack. He was slated for death until the Oregon Court of Appeals stayed the “kill order”.  If this bill passes the Senate and is signed into law by Governor Kitzhaber, this  wolf will be killed.  He is OR7’s father.

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CONTACT

Gov. John Kitzhaber

Governor’s Citizens’ Representative Message Line
503-378-4582

Fax: 503-378-6827

Governor Kitzhaber
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, Oregon 97301-4047

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Oregon Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources

503-986-1751

Chair

Sen. Jackie Dingfelder

Vice-chair

Sen. Alan Olsen

Members

Sen. Mark Hass

Sen. Floyd Prozanski

Sen. Chuck Thomsen

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Senator Jackie Dingfelder 

Party: D  District: 23
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1723
District Phone: 503-493-2804
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-407, Salem, OR, 97301
District Office Address: PO Box 13432, Portland, OR, 97213
Email: sen.jackiedingfelder@state.or.us
Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/dingfelder

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Senator Peter Courtney

Party: D  District: 11
Capitol Phone: 503-986-1600
Capitol Address: 900 Court St NE, S-201, Salem, OR, 97301
Email: sen.petercourtney@state.or.us
Website: http://www.leg.state.or.us/senate/senpres

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Oregon State Senate

http://www.leg.state.or.us/senate/

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State House Votes To Ease Killing Of Ore. Wolves

JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press

POSTED: 11:42 am PST February 17, 2012

http://www.ktvz.com/news/30485212/detail.html

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September 27, 2011

Oregon’s wolves are more important than cattle

http://hinessight.blogs.com/hinessight/2011/09/oregons-wolves-are-more-important-than-cattle.html

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Top Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Bottom Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Oregon Wolves

Tags: Urgent action needed, sign petition, HB 4158, Oregon House of Representatives, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, Imnaha pack, Oregon tiny wolf population, B-300, Oregon Cattlemen’s Assoc., OR-7’s natal pack

No Justice For Journey’s Brother, OR9?

OR9’s mother B-300 (Sophie) and  one of OR9’s brothers (ODFW)

 Oregon wolf advocate, Taz Alago, had something to say about the way OR9’s death was handled:

“The picture of OR9, bloody and dead, is a punch to the stomach… unless you’re like his killer. Then the ugly picture is something to brag about.

For those following the troubled saga of the Imnaha Pack, the image of this dead wolf was something half-expected ever since he swam the Snake into Idaho, a dread fear come true.

Idaho is one of the worst states for predators, a hell-hole for anything but elk, deer, moose and cows. In Idaho you can kill wolves with huge leghold traps, neck snares, neck-breaking Conibear traps, arrows, guns, even
snowmobiles.

You can hunt coyotes and foxes from ultra-light aircraft. A bill is proposed to allow the same for wolves, with the added treat of allowing live bait for wolf trapping (dogs are mentioned).

OR9 was the brother of Journey (OR7), now famous for his long trek to California, first wolf there since 1924. His natal pack has produced some intrepid wolves, although now it’s diminished through dispersal and death, and it’s always under threat from the inexorable pressure of area ranchers to kill wolves for their depredations.

The way he holds OR9′s body shows his contempt for this wolf and I guess he feels the same about all predators – these vermin who challenge his “dominance.” Rifles and traps against flesh and blood.

There’s no way to adequately punish this killer because hunting wolves in Idaho is legal, but make no mistake this person was a poacher: his $11 wolf tag had expired. Idaho Fish & Game let him off with a warning but I think we should hold their feet to the fire and treat him the same as they would an elk poacher.

I think IDF&G shrugs off any action as long as it kills wolves.

So let’s all call Virgil Moore of the IDF&G at 208-334-3771 and tell him to prosecute OR9′s killer.

It’s the least we can do.”

Taz Alago, NE Oregonian

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For my two cents, the excuse this person gave, for killing OR9 with an expired tag, was lame and didn’t hold much water.  There is something called “Ignorantia juris non “, which is Latin for  “Ignorance of the law is no excuse”.  What if this had been a 7 point bull elk instead of a wolf? Would he have gotten off with a warning? 

  Idaho’s governor, Butch Otter,  is making a joke out of this, so apparently the state isn’t taking Or9’s death seriously.

“Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter feels so bad about an Oregon gray wolf killed in Idaho that he has offered to repay his neighbors 150-fold.

In a tongue-in-cheek letter this week to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, Mr. Otter “apologized” for the loss of the wolf and said he would happily replace it with 150 wolves from Idaho, just to make things right.

“In an effort to be a good neighbor and help Oregon maintain and increase its wolf population for the preservation of the species in your state, I am offering to send you 150 wolves from Idaho,” said Mr. Otter, a Republican. “Idaho has more than a sufficient number, in fact many more than the federal government originally required we have, and can spare a few.”

Mr. Kitzhaber, a Democrat, hasn’t taken him up on his offer. Asked whether the Oregon governor had a response, spokesman Tim Raphael said, “No, we don’t.”

Idaho gives Oregon ‘apology,’ gets no snarling over wolf

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/feb/14/idaho-gives-oregon-apology-gets-no-snarling-over-w/

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Prosecute poacher for illegal killing of Oregon wolf OR-9

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/2/prosecute-poacher-for-illegal-killing-of-oregon-wolf-or-9/

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Male wolf OR-9 from Imnaha pack killed by Idaho hunter with expired tag

Published: Friday, February 10, 2012, 1:22 PM     Updated: Saturday, February 11, 2012, 10:40 AM

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2012/02/male_wolf_from_imnaha_pack_kil.html

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Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Oregon wolves, Wolf Poaching, Wolf Wars

Tags: OR9, wolf poaching, Taz Alago, Oregon wolves, Imnaha pack , wolf dispersal, IDFG, Virgil Moore

URGENT: Please Sign Petition To Governor Kitzhaber Opposing The Anti Wolf Bill HB 4158….

This is B-300 (Sophie), alpha female of the Imnaha pack.  Here she is making history, just like her famous son OR7.  “Aerial footage of wolf B-300 in northeastern Oregon. B-300 was the first wolf confirmed to have returned to Oregon from Idaho since 2000. Photo taken January 23, 2008″ (ODFW)

UPDATE:February 9, 2012

Nothing to report so far on todays  HB4158 hearing BUT everyone has done such a wonderful job signing the petition. There are over a thousand signatures now!! Thank you so much, you are truly special people!! Please continue to sign and share this petition, it would be amazing to reach the 5000 goal to show Governor Kitzhaber how valued Oregon wolves are. We have to put the brakes on the deadly game the cattle industry is playing with wolves. The persecution continues. Who would have thought a state as progressive as Oregon would be so controlled by ranching interests, that is truly shocking to me.

Another horrific anti-wolf  bill was just introduced in  Idaho:

Idaho rancher’s bill would OK ultralights, use of live bait for wolf control

BOISE, Idaho — A Senate bill would give ranchers more freedom to kill wolves that attack their sheep and cows, including letting them use ultralight aircraft and live bait such as dogs to help lure the predators.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5b5563875c5945a3b96ba75e85ab0327/ID-XGR–Wolf-Control/

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I’m calling on all wolf advocates who read this blog to please sign the petition urging Governor Kitzhaber to oppose the anti-wolf bill 4158. This is time sensitive!!  Do it today, please do it now. Signatures stand at 700,  up 100 from yesterday but we can do much, much better. The goal is  5000!!

There is a public hearing tomorrow concerning HB 4158 and wolves’ enemies will be pushing hard for this bill.  Let’s gather as many signatures as we can to show Governor Kitzhaber and Oregon legislators that Americans care about Oregon wolves. They are a tiny, fragile, 29 wolf population, targeted by the cattle industry for destruction.

Remember the alpha female of the beleaguered Imnaha pack is the iconic OR7’s mother. We can’t allow them to destroy these wolves and their families.  There wouldn’t be a wolf in California, for the first time since 1924, if it wasn’t for the Imnaha Pack and Oregon’s wolf recovery.

Please sign now and share this with everyone you know. Send this far and wide!!

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The Governor of OR: SAVE OREGON’S 29 WOLVES, oppose HB 4158

Petition Letter

SAVE OREGON’S WOLVES, oppose HB 4158

Greetings,

We, the undersigned, urge you to oppose HB 4158, a bill proposed by the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, which allows killing of wolves to address livestock depredation and declares a “state of emergency.” With less than 30 wolves in the entire state, we find this declaration absurd. We, and most Oregonians, highly value our wildlife and strongly support endangered species protection and the return of wolves to Oregon, and their strong recovery.

Oregon has less than 30 confirmed wolves in the entire state and approximately 1.3 million cows. We feel that a Bill establishing a “state of emergency” over the presence of a tentatively recovering endangered wolf population is an attempt to bypass the Oregon Endangered Species Act and would set a dangerous precedent which could be used to circumvent protections of other endangered species at the behest of special interests. Furthermore, we believe it is an effort to short-circuit current litigation which aims to clarify the relationship of the state Endangered Species Act with the Oregon Wolf Plan.

Statements by Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members and officers constantly stress the aim of lethal removal over the use of non-lethal measures and tools, which they routinely disparage. As quoted in the Lewiston Tribune Online, 7/2/11, OCA Wolf committee Chair Rod Childers said, “To be able to move to lethal control we as producers have to show we tried nonlethal actions. I can’t say if it works or not, it is just things we have been told we have to do, and the whole key to me is getting them to move to lethal control,…” With this in mind, we believe HB 4158 to be an attempt to weaken the commitment to non-lethal measures.

With so many critical issues before this short session of the legislature, devoting precious time to this controversial and unnecessary Bill is a mistake.

Please oppose HB 4158.

Thank you.

[Your name]

Click Here To Sign Petition

For Oregon Wolves, For the Wild Ones,

Nabeki

Imnaha Pack Alpha Male, OR7’s father. He was slated for death until the Oregon Court of Appeals stayed the “kill order”.

Continue to call Oregon’s Governor as well.

Gov. John Kitzhaber 

Governor’s Citizens’ Representative Message Line
503-378-4582

Fax: 503-378-6827

Governor Kitzhaber
160 State Capitol
900 Court Street
Salem, Oregon 97301-4047

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Photos: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Oregon Wolves

Tags: Urgent action needed, sign anti wolf bill petition, HB 4158, Oregon House of Representatives, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber, Imnaha pack, Oregon tiny wolf population, B-300, Oregon Cattlemen’s Assoc.

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