Wolf Blood Soaks The Ground – Over 600 Dead…

Wolf Killed_Source FB Posted November 13

I can hardly believe the numbers. 605 wolves have been slaughtered in the combined hunts since August 30, 2012.  In 102 days or a little over three months, hundreds of wolves have been wiped out. Images of their mangled, bloodied bodies litter FB and hunting forums. The smiling, grinning wolf killers are gloating in their blood bath. AND this is only December. Montana opens wolf trapping season on December 15.  The Colville Tribes in Washington state are  hunting wolves on their reservation.

Seven collared wolves from Yellowstone National Park have been killed.

Killed late October: 824M of the Mollies pack.

Early November: 829F of the Blacktail Plateau pack.

November 10th in WY: 754M of the Lamar Canyon pack.

November 13th in MT: 823F of the Junction Butte pack (sole collar).

Date/location unknown: 762M and 763F of the Madison pack.

Date unknown, killed in WY: 793(?) of the Snake River pack.

December 6th: 832F. Iconic Alpha Female of  the Lamar Canyon pack.

Wolves are being gut shot, tortured, trapped, strangled in choking snares, arrowed and god only knows what they’re doing to them in Wyoming’s  predator zone, any method of killing is allowed, including poison.  Wisconsin wants to hunt wolves with dogs. A temporary injunction stopped it for now BUT  the issue is being revisited on December 20, 2012.

This is the state of “wolf management” as of December 9, 2012.

We can thank the Obama administration and its Interior Secretary Ken Salazar,  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D-N, for allowing the Northern Rockies wolf delisting rider to remain in the budget bill, Senator Jon Tester D-MT, for slipping the wolf rider into the Senate budget bill and the majority of  Senate Democrats who voted for it, USFWS for delisting wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes and the state game agencies of  Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Minnesota for allowing the hunts to take place. Everyone who is responsible for the massacre should hang their heads in shame but it’s fairly obvious they’re not ashamed. This will continue until wolf advocates come together and put pressure on the politicians and feds to stop to this insanity. Wolves must be relisted!!

WAKE UP AMERICA!

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Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Wolf slaughter, over 600 dead,  US Senate, Senator Harry Reid D-NV, 81 Senators voting to delist, Ken Salazar, Jon Tester D-MT, Mike Simpson R-ID, USFWS Dan Ashe, State game agencies

Wolf Rally – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (August 30, 2012)

Published on Sep 13, 2012 by

“One year after wolves lost federal protection, over 40% of the wolf population has been killed by trophy hunters and trappers in Idaho and Montana. A total of 545 wolves were killed for fun in these two Northern Rocky states. Watch this video to learn more about wolves and help stop the war on wildlife.

“Watch the story of Bella, a husky who lost her leg in a snare that was set in Idaho by a trapper from Wildlife Services at this link:”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxMlQA3V6A0&feature=relmfu

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Special thanks to Predator Defense, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Footloose Montana and all dedicated wolf advocates who made this rally a success. The rally was well covered by the media and made the Los Angeles Times, my good friend Ann Sydow (NIWA) was mentioned in the LA Times article.

It’s our hope this video, produced by Brooks Fahy of Predator Defense, will inspire you to hold your own rally in defense of wolves. They need our voices to save them from brutal state kill/management. While I type this wolves are being bow hunted in Montana and stalked in Idaho. In Montana an 83 pound male wolf was killed outside of Glacier National Park in the North Fork of the Flathead, arrowed to death. It made the front page of the Hungry Horse News ( a weekly Montana newspaper in the Flathead Valley.)

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C-Falls bowhunter takes wolf

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 8:15 am By CHRIS PETERSON Hungry Horse News |

http://www.flatheadnewsgroup.com/hungryhorsenews/article_464a30b6-fce4-11e1-9b89-0019bb2963f4.html

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Our wolves have been hijacked for blood sport. The wolf reintroduction has turned from a success story into a nightmare, thanks to the Obama Administration, his rancher Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the US Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid D-Nevada. They sold wolves out in the Northern Rockies to boost Sen. Jon Tester D-MT chances of re-election and hold onto their slim Senate majority.

During the contentious budget battle of Spring 2011,  Senator Tester slipped a wolf delisting rider, that prohibits judicial review, into a must pass budget bill. Every Senate Democrat voted for it save three, Wyden, Leahy and Levin.  The very same Democrats who pretend to be  supporters of the ESA weakened it, by stripping wolves of their Endangered Species protections and turning them over to hostile state management, all for a few votes.

To add insult to injury the USFWS under the Obama administration delisted wolves in the Great Lakes (Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin). Minnesota and Wisconsin immediately planned wolf hunts for 2012/2013 but the Wisconsin hunt was challenged in court. Judge Anderson granted an injunction to stop the hunt because Wisconsin wanted to allow hunters to use up to six dogs to hunt to wolves to their deaths.  A Michigan state representative has introduced legislation to allowing wolf hunting. This is the dire situation wolves find themselves in. Wyoming is planning to allow wolves to be shot-on- sight in 80% of the state,  as of October 1, 2012 but faces legal challenges from two coalitions of environmental groups.

Please remember on November 6, 2012 what the US Senate Democrats did to betray wolves. If your Senator is not Wyden, Leahy or Levin  vote them out of office.  We cannot allow politicians to play fast and loose with our wildlife.

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Wolves not endangered in Rockies? Activists arm for fight

By Kim Murphy

September 4, 2012, 5:38 p.m

On Aug. 30, activists held a rally in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to memorialize the more than 540 wolves killed in Idaho and Montana wolf hunts since the species was removed from the endangered list in those states in 2011. Last year’s tally in Idaho alone was 379 wolves — not counting wolves killed by government wildlife agents seeking to prevent livestock predations.

“Of the 379 wolves killed in last year’s hunt, 40 were puppies, 56 suffered in leg-hold traps before being killed, and another 67 choked to death in snares,” Ann Sydow of the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, one of six organizations sponsoring the rally, said in a statement.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-wyoming-wolves-20120904,0,2035222.story 

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Video: Courtesy Brooks Fahy

Photo: Courtesy Hungry Horse News

Tags: Wolf Rally Coeur d’Alene Idaho, Predator Defense, NIWA, Friends of the Clearwater, Footloose Montana, trapping, wolf slaughter, Hungry Horse News,  Montana wolf hunt, Idaho wolf hunt

Innocent Lolo Wolves Sitting Ducks, Soon Death Will Rain Down On Them From The Skies….

  September 5, 2011. A stunning video of  a Wildlife Service’s Super Cub airplane, aerial gunning wolves on the Flat Top Ranch near Carey, Idaho. You can hear the gunfire in the video, it’s absolutely chilling. The is what awaits the Lolo wolves.

UPDATE: February 5, 2012

This is not the first time Idaho has targeted Lolo wolves.

It’s Pupping Season, Idaho Is Preparing To Aerial Gun Lolo Wolves….

May 4, 2011

http://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2011/05/04/its-pupping-season-idaho-is-preparing-to-aerial-gun-lolo-wolves/

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It’s coming,  just a matter of weather and opportunity before Wildlife Services revs up their aerial gunships and swoops down on the hapless Lolo wolves, chasing them with their planes, riddling their bodies with buckshot from twelve gauge shotguns. The wolves writhe in pain, it’s a brutal death, many experience prolonged suffering before finally succumbing. The gunners may run the wolves until they fall over from  exhaustion and then take the shot or land the plane and shoot them point-blank.

Death from the skies is real life horror. Lolo wolves are sitting ducks, unaware  death is coming for them.

Not too long ago it was reported federal Wildlife Service killers would decal their plane for each wolf they killed, a badge of honor? The practice has since been halted when outrage was expressed.

These are your tax dollars in action. You’re paying the salaries of federal agents whose job it is to kill not just wolves but any animal deemed inconvenient to agribusiness.  Anyone with an ounce of empathy could not do this  for a living.

And behind the curtain stands IDFG, ready to give Wildlife Services the order to destroy these wolves like they are nothing more than cockroaches. Just squash them because that’s what many of their hunting  customers want, NO DEMAND.  The wildlife watching public, who want to view wild wolves, be damned.

This is what happens when the majority of citizens of a state are locked out of wildlife decisions and a few special interests dictate wildlife “management”.  The system is broken and needs a serious overhaul!

Elk numbers in the Lolo  have been declining for years, long before wolves were reintroduced.  According to the RMEF there are approx 103,000 elk in Idaho. More than enough elk. In 23 of the 29 management zones, elk numbers meet target levels or exceed them.

Yet the slaughter will continue unless or until public outrage demands it be stopped. Idaho has taken off the gloves , 266 dead wolves in four months  prove that. Are we going to sit silently by while they trap, shoot, aerial gun and snare Idaho’s beleaguered wolves?   Or will you we make enough noise to be heard in Washington, DC?

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Federal use of aerial sharpshooters to kill wolves draws fire

December 14, 2011|By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times

A 2006 photo shows a U.S. agency plane covered with decals marking the number of wolves killed to protect other animals. With the practice set to resume soon, wildlife advocates cry foul.

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/dec/14/nation/la-na-idaho-wolf-20111

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It’s up to you. 

Flood Secretary Salazar and the IDFG commissioners  with calls and faxes. Let them know you DO NOT WANT YOUR TAX DOLLARS used to kill wolves. Demand they stop this  brutality. Let them know there are elections coming up in 2012 and you’ll remember the Obama administration rubber stamped the decimation of  wolves in the  Northern Rockies.  Don’t be rude but let them know you are outraged they would slaughter innocent Lolo wolves just to please special interests.  Idaho thinks they are immune and can do what they want but the world is watching. Who wants to visit a state that treats their wolves like vermin?

CONTACT

Department of the Interior: Secretary Ken Salazar

1-202-208-3100 PHONE

1-202-208-6950 FAX

http://www.doi.gov/feedback.cfm

Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

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Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/commission/?getPage=183

Video: Courtesy Raventracking (YouTube)

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Lolo wolves, aerial gunning of wolves, Idaho, IDFG, Idaho Wildlife Services, trapping expanded, IDFG commissioners, Ken Salazar, Tim Woody

Great Lakes Region Wolves Delisted….

Minnesota Gray Wolf

The never-ending bad wolf news just keeps on coming. The Grand High Poo-Ba, Ken Salazar, announced from on high that wolves in the Great Lakes Region (Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin) are no longer in need of ESA protection and will be delisted.

“The delisting rule will become effective 30 days after it has been published in the Federal Register. Official publication in the Federal Register is expected to take place next week.”

Truthfully I’m so tired and anguished over the endless quest to kill wolves. It’s expected wolves in the remaining Western states and Great Plains will also lose their protections in the near future. It doesn’t matter there are no wolves in these states.  This is a pro-active way of stopping wolf recovery in its tracks.  For example, if the dispersing Oregon wolf, OR-7 crosses over into California, he would automatically be federally protected BUT if USFWS is successful in ending federal protections for wolves around the country, a dispersing wolf like OR-7 could be shot.

Minnesota, long thought to be so tolerant of wolves, is already talking about holding a wolf hunt. For years Minnesota’s wolf plan included a five-year waiting period before initiating hunts, if wolves in the state were ever delisted. But this year Minnesota lawmakers repealed the “five-year waiting period”.

When Minnesota Wildlife Services lost their funding this year to trap and kill wolves, both Democrat Senators Franken and Klobuchar got busy. Franken wrote to USDA Secretary Vilsack, pleading for funding to be reinstated. And that’s exactly what happened. Senator Klobuchar made sure money was found to continue to trap and kill wolves.

“Klobuchar, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, has been a leader in the effort to immediately delist the Great Lakes gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act list in Minnesota and the western Great Lakes states. She worked with U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to speed up the delisting process and received a commitment from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that a final ruling to delist will be made before the end of 2011. When it became clear that funding for the Wolf Predation Management Program would expire September 30, Klobuchar worked closely with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to find funding for the program until the end of the year when the wolf is scheduled to be delisted and management will return to the state.”

This is what’s passing as tolerance of wolves in Minnesota. Pretty pathetic. Once again wolves will be turned over to “state management” and we all know what that means. WOLF HUNTS!!! I urge the Humane Society of the United States to take wolves back to court.

What terrible news  just 3 days before Christmas. Will the President and his minions ever stop their war against wolves?

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Gray Wolf Delisted From Endangered Species List

December 21, 2011 Updated Dec 21, 2011 at 3:04 PM CST

Washington D.C. (Northland’s News Center) — Gray wolves are no longer an endangered species in the Great Lakes area.

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that gray wolf populations have recovered enough that they no longer need federal protection.

READ MORE: http://www.northlandsnewscenter.com/news/local/Gray-Wolf-To-Be-Delisted-From-Endangered-Species-136002508.html

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US gray wolves rebound but face uncertain future

By JOHN FLESHER, Associated Press

ATLANTA, Mich. (AP) — After devoting four decades and tens of millions of dollars to saving the gray wolf, the federal government wants to get out of the wolf-protection business, leaving it to individual states — and the wolves themselves — to determine the future of the legendary predator.

The Obama administration Wednesday declared more than 4,000 wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin have recovered from widespread extermination and will be removed from the endangered species list.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5h0Ggca4ZV8nLzsvL56OpnxRAoG7Q?docId=4881f3a096ce48ac8af68b38844b2f0f

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Gray wolves coming off endangered species list in western Great Lakes

Updated: 12/21/2011 10:52:52 PM CST

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials said wolf hunting and trapping could begin as soon as next fall. However, they said it was premature to discuss details of the season, limits and regulations because they were still drafting ideas.

DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr said the department has the authority to implement a hunting season on its own but might need legislative approval for various aspects, such as charging for special permits.

And Landwehr added, “We will not implement a season without an opportunity for public comment.”

State lawmakers this year repealed a law that would have forced a five-year waiting period.”

http://www.twincities.com/news/ci_19597312?source=pkg

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Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: gray wolves Great Lakes, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Obama administration, Ken Salazar, USFWS, wolf persecution

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEN NEARY  Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lummis clause preventing wolf lawsuits survives challenge

 By JEREMY PELZER Casper Star-Tribune The Billings Gazette

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

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

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

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

Feds plan public meeting on Wyoming wolves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Talking Points

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•Be polite but firm.

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

Video: Courtesy immywolf

Photo: Courtesy mythwallpaper.com

Posted in: Wyoming wolves, Wolf Wars

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

Priscilla Feral Speaks Out For Wolves On CNN!!

Priscilla Feral, President, Friends of Animals appeared on Issues With Jane-Velez Mitchell, Friday, August 12th. For once we heard the truth spoken on national television about the absolutely atrocious situation wolves are facing in the Northern Rockies.

Unless the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals grants an Emergency Stay to stop the hunts, wolves will face the tortures of the damned, starting August 30, 2011 when the Idaho hunts begin.

Priscilla slams the Obama administration for appointing a rancher to head the Interior. She speaks about the upcoming hunts in Idaho and Montana AND the awful  unregulated killing of wolves proposed by Wyoming. If Wyoming has their way haters could kill wolves in the most horrendous ways.

Friends of Animals is calling for a boycott of all the wolf states.  Economic boycotts are one of the ways we can push back against this brutality. All three states are  dependent on tourism and losing tourist dollars could make a difference.

The nightmare started with Obama’s appointment of Ken Salazar to head the  Interior. Obama has the distinction of being the only President to delist wolves twice and he hasn’t even served a full term. With the Presidents blessing  Western politicians were able to insert a wolf delisting rider into a must-pass budget bill, which stripped  gray wolves of their ESA protections. This never would have passed as a stand alone bill, the only way the anti-wolf lobby could accomplish the dirty deed was by sneaking into an appropriations bill, without the knowledge of most Americans. Every Democrat Senator voted yes, except three, even though many of them professed to support the ESA and wolves.  Senators like Boxer, Feinstein, Kerry, the Udall’s all voted to delist the gray wolf.   We can’t blame the Republicans this time. Our Democrat President signed the budget bill into law with the wolf delisting rider intact. Now wolves are facing extirpation AGAIN,  if the wolf states have their way.  And why is the USFWS going along with Wyoming’s “shoot-on-sight” policy, when they fought it in court before? It is vile and will damage Wyoming’s reputation. Who will want to visit a state where the iconic wolf is treated with such brutality?

If we don’t speak out now, if we don’t protest these terrible policies, wolves could disappear once again from the Western US.

HOWL ACROSS AMERICA!!

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IDAHO

Governor Butch Otter

Office of the Governor
State Capitol
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720

Phone: (208) 334-2100
Fax: (208) 334-3454

Comments: http://gov.idaho.gov/ourgov/contact.html

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WYOMING

Governor Matt Mead

By Mail:
State Capitol, 200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0010

By Phone or Fax:
307.777.7434 (phone)
307.632.3909 (fax)

Comments: http://governor.wy.gov/contactUs/Pages/default.aspx

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MONTANA

Governor Brian D. Schweitzer

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

Comments: http://governor.mt.gov/contact/commentsform.asp

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PLEASE DON’T KILL ME!!

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Photo: Courtesy First People

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags:  wolf wars,  Friends of Animals, Priscilla Feral, HLN/CNN, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, wolves under fire, Ken Salazar

Wyoming Wants “Unregulated Killing” Of Wolves In Most of the State….Speak Out!!!

We are witnessing a repeat of the first Western wolf extermination. The ranching and hunting lobbies teamed up with Congress and the Interior Department, headed by rancher Ken Salazar.  Wyoming wants  “unregulated killing” of wolves in most of the state.  Of course this is nothing new, it’s been their position all along. It’s what won the delisting lawsuit because the USFWS rejected Wyoming’s radical stance on wolves.  But that has all changed.

The Governor of Wyoming, USFWS and Ken Salazar reached a  “deal” on wolves. The main “stakeholders” (being the anti-wolf and ranching interests) got to have their say, with conservationists being mostly excluded.

Apparently the opinion of the majority of Americans who support wolves and the ESA doesn’t matter. Please speak up for Wyoming’s wolves!!! They are voiceless!!

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Mead, top federal officials agree ‘in principle’ to wolf deal

By JEREMY PELZER Star-Tribune capital bureau | Posted: Thursday, July 7, 2011 1:14 pm

CHEYENNE-Wyoming and the federal government have reached “an agreement in principle” on a deal to remove the state’s roughly 340 wolves from the endangered species list and put them under state control.

Following a meeting at the Wyoming State Capitol on Thursday, Gov. Matt Mead, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said they hoped to reach a deal by the end of the month and ratify it by the end of September.

Wyoming has been fighting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for years to accept the state’s wolf management plan, which allows unregulated killing of the animals in all but the northwest corner of the state. Fish and Wildlife, on the other hand, wants wolves to be classified as “trophy game” throughout the state, meaning they could only be hunted with a license.

The three said they agreed on a deal under which Wyoming would be required to maintain 100 wolves, including 10 breeding pairs, outside Yellowstone National Park. That’s about a third of current wolf numbers outside Yellowstone, Mead said.

Read more: http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/article_c54c1882-a8cd-11e0-9399-001cc4c03286.html#ixzz1RVGHIBlg
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USFWS

Wolf Issue Comment Line

1-800-344-wild.

Mailing Address:
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

Phone: (202) 208-3100
E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Web: Feedback form

http://www.doi.gov/public/contact-us.cfm

USFWS Director Dan Ashe

Phone: (202)-208-4717

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Wyoming Governor Matt Meade

By Mail:
State Capitol, 200 West 24th Street
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0010

By Phone or Fax:
307.777.7434 (phone)
307.632.3909 (fax)

By Email:

http://governor.wy.gov/contactus/Pages/default.aspx

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Wyoming Office of Tourism

http://wyomingofficeoftourism.gov/

Sample Letter to Wyoming Office of  Tourism

Dear…….

As much as I enjoy the beauty of Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, the Bridger Teton National Forest, the Bighorn Mountains and the many other natural wonders your state has to offer, I cannot in good conscience consider Wyoming as a tourist destination due to the states policy concerning  gray wolves.

It has come to my attention that Wyoming wants “unregulated killing of wolves in all but the Northwest corner of the state”.  This is something I find abhorrent and morally wrong. Wolves are apex predators, vital to healthy ecosystems. They were reintroduced back into Wyoming in 1995,  at great cost of time and expense,  because they had been exterminated in the West by federal trappers. I see the same pattern of scapegoating and persecution developing, that caused the first extermination.

For these reasons I nor my family will consider visiting Wyoming or spend money in the state if you adopt this brutal policy concerning gray wolves.  Americans overwhelmingly support wolves. They generate millions of dollars to the GYA because people want to view wolves in the wild.

These animals are a national treasure and belong to ALL Americans not just  ranchers and hunters, who may have the ear of  Western politicians, interested in pandering to special interests.

If and when Wyoming decides to change its policy toward gray wolves,  I will once again be happy to visit your beautiful state.

Sincerely, ……..

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Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wyoming Wolves, Animal Cruelty

Tags: war on wolves, Wyoming, Cynthia Lummis, Matt Mead, USFWS, Ken Salazar, US Dept of the Interior

ACTION ALERT FROM AGRO….STAND UP FOR WOLVES!!

Thanks to WildEarth Guardians and Wendy Keefover-Ring for allowing me to post the AGRO (A Coalition To End Aerial Gunning of Wildlife) alert.

This alert reminds people the battle to strip gray wolves of their ESA protections is still looming.

Wolves won’t be safe until this lame-duck Congress adjourns. When the new Congress is sworn in next month, the fight to save wolves will begin all over again. Wolves cannot lose this battle. Please stay vigilant!!

Again, thanks to WildEarth Guardians and Agro for all they do for wolves and other wildlife!!

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A Coalition To End Aerial Gunning of Wildlife

 
Stand Up for Wolves

The media reported this week that Interior Secretary Salazar is taking a sledgehammer to the Endangered Species Act and wolf recovery efforts, vowing to support federal legislation to strip wolves in the Northern Rockies of ESA protections. He also plans to eliminate safeguards for grizzly bears in Yellowstone.

With this move, Salazar is surpassing James Watt, Gale Norton, and Dirk Kempthorne as the worst Secretary of Interior.  Ever.

Tell President Obama to stand up for wolves, grizzly bears, science, and the rule of law.

Mr. Salazar has lost court cases over wolves and grizzly bears and is now willing to play dirty tricks to get his way.

Mr. Salazar is ignoring federal court rulings that order him not to substitute politics for science. He is forgetting – or exposing as fraud – his pledge to scientific rigor and house-cleaning at Interior.

The tragedy here is that the nation’s foremost protector of endangered species, the Interior Secretary, is choosing instead to cater to the likes of Governor Butch Otter of Idaho, an infamous wolf-hater.

It’s worse, though, as legislative stripping away of federal protection for wolves and grizzlies in the Northern Rockies would be a blow not only for these important apex carnivores, it would set a dangerous precedent for wolves and grizzlies elsewhere – and any other animal considered “inconvenient.” It would also undermine the Endangered Species Act’s very foundation.

President Obama must act.

We can’t overstate how bad this legislation – and administrative support of it – would be. Not even the trio of previous anti-nature Interior Secretaries have gone this far.  Never before has Congress enacted an amendment to the Endangered Species Act stripping a single species of federal protection.

In addition to Obama, your U.S. federal legislators also need to oppose legislation that removes necessary safeguards to protect our wildlife.

The Endangered Species Act is supposed to safeguard species based on biological need, not political favor. Every day WildEarth Guardians sees the wisdom in this firewall, as the most endangered types of wildlife are often the most persecuted. The list of animals reviled by ranchers and extreme hunting groups is long: wolves and grizzlies would soon be joined by prairie dogs, kangaroo rats, massasauga rattlesnakes, and carnivores of all stripes.

Tell President Obama that he must stand up for wolves, grizzlies, and the Endangered Species Act. His administration must not back efforts for a legislative end-run of the courts. Rather, his Interior Secretary should focus on coming into compliance with the law, in defense of endangered species.

P.S. United States legislators generally only accept emails from their constituents.  To send an email to your Senators and  Representatives  click here.

 http://goagro.org/
 
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Posted in: Wolf Wars, Endangered Species Act

Tags:  WildEarth Guardians, AGRO, gray wolves, Assault on the ESA, Ken Salazar, Butch Otter,  scapegoating wolves

URGENT!! TAKE ACTION!! WOLVES COULD LOSE THEIR ESA PROTECTION IN LESS THEN TWO WEEKS..

 

Wolf Warriors the time is now. There isn’t a more important moment to save wolves then right now. The anti-wolf forces in Congress are lining up to strip gray wolves from the endangered species act. We must stop this!! Please call your US Senators and Congressman but don’t stop there, call EVERY US Senator and Congressman. Flood the capital phone lines. Here’s the number. (202) 224- 3121

Everything we’ve worked for to protect wolves could be gone in a flash. Wolves will be left to the mercy of the states, there will be slaughter.

Not only call Senators and Congressman but President Obama. His Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, is supporting western governors who want to bypass the courts and press for legislation that will strip gray wolves of their ESA protections FOREVER.

We must rally the way wolves do to show confidence in our knowledge that we can win this battle. Powerful forces are behind this latest assault on wolves. The usual suspects ranchers, hunters and outfitters are involved but behind the scenes Sportsmen For (Killing) Fish and Wildlife and The Safari Club to name just a few, I’m sure are the pulling strings. We’ve known for some time the Safari Club would love to see the ESA gutted .

A View To A Kill

How Safari Club Int’l Works To Weaken ESA Protections
By Michael Satchell
The Humane Society of the United States
11-25-3

http://www.rense.com/general45/view.htm

We know what we’re up against. We can’t let them kill America’s wolves. Wolves don’t belong to them, neither do grizzlies or any of our wildlife. Our wildlife belongs to no man. What right do these people have to take away wildlife watchers ability to view animals in their natural state, meaning not dead.

President Obama do you want to go down in history as the President who gutted the ESA? What political advantage will this accomplish for you, besides firing up the environmental community to never vote for you ever again and tarnish your legacy? Think about what you will be doing to our wildlife if you let your rancher Interior Secretary team up with the anti-wolf forces? You have the ability to stop this insanity. Please do!!!

White House Contact Information: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/?ec=7

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FROM WESTERN WATERSHEDS PROJECT:

Take Action for Wolves & the ESA Now:  

Contact Your U.S. Senator 

Tell them to protect the Endangered Species Act 

Contact the White House

Tell President Obama to protect the Endangered Species Act

Friends,

According to a November 29 article in the Washington Post, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made a back-room pledge to Western governors yesterday that the administration will back congressional efforts to strip gray wolves of their endangered species status.

Salazar also issued a public statement yesterday that he supported legislative delisting for gray wolves. The Endangered Species Act requires that decisions on delisting be based on the best available science, and never before has a species been taken off the endangered species list by an act of Congress that would amend the act.

This hugely disappointing idea coming from an administration that has made promises to base decisions on science violates the integrity of the Endangered Species Act by setting a destructive precedent for removing endangered species protections from any animal that faces political opposition.

Supporters of wolves and other wildlife need to flood the White House and their U.S. Senators with protests against the Secretary’s plan to use Congress for an end-run around the Endangered Species Act.

Please, call or write right away and tell everyone you know to do the same. None of our wildlife is safe if the Obama administration is willing to let political considerations trump science and law.

Click to Enter Your Comment into a White House Form

The White House phone line for comments is: 202-456-1111 

Please Contact Your U.S. Senator

Forward this message to a friend

Thank you!

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FROM THE NRDC:

 
 RED ALERT ON WOLVES
 
 
The US Senate is moving legislation that would bypass the courts and lead to the mass killing of endangered wolves. It could pass in the next two weeks.

Please call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at: (202) 224- 3121. Ask to be connected to the offices of your two senators. Staffers in your senators’ offices will be happy to register your opinion.

Urge your senators to protect wolves by opposing the Baucus-Tester bill (S.3864: “Restoring State Wildlife Management Act of 2010”) — and any other bill that would remove wolves from the Endangered Species List.

Be sure to tell your senators to oppose any attempt to attach the Baucus-Tester bill to a spending bill.

These calls will take only a few minutes of your time but could help spell the difference between life and death for wolves across the Northern Rockies.

Do NOT assume that your senators will defend wolves because they are pro-wildlife or pro-environment. Many such senators will be under tremendous pressure to support this measure if it is attached to a spending bill.

This bill is a blatant attempt to bypass court orders and good science, which say that wolves should remain on the Endangered Species List, protected from mass killing, until they’re fully recovered.

Congress has never before removed an animal from the Endangered Species List. The Baucus-Tester bill will not only lead to the slaughter of wolves, it will set a terrible precedent by replacing scientific judgment with political calculation — undermining the very basis of the Endangered Species Act.

The return of wolves to Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies is one of America’s greatest conservation success stories. Don’t let Congress turn that success into slaughter.

Please stand up for wolves by calling your senators today!!

Sincerely,
Peter
Peter Lehner
Executive Director

Please call your two senators today and register your opposition — for the sake of wolf survival!

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FROM DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE:

Take A Stand Against Anti-Wolf Proposals in Congress

Members of Congress like Texas’s Chet Edwards and Montana’s Denny Rehberg have introduced legislation aimed at limiting federal efforts to ensure a healthy future for wolves.

These lawmakers are threatening not only the viability of wolves in the Northern Rockies, but the very foundation of the Endangered Species Act.

Sign our petition now and let Congress know that science, not politics should guide management of America’s wolves….

https://secure.defenders.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1931

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PLEASE ACT IMMEDIATELY, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE.

WOLVES NEED US IN THIS DARK HOUR!! WE MUST STOP THIS!! NO PROTECTED ANIMAL WILL EVER BE SAFE AGAIN. STAND FOR WOLVES!!

 

 U.S. wants to lift protections for wolf and grizzly

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20101202/us_nm/us_endangered_usa_rockies

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Governors seek ‘road map’ for N. Rockies wolves

 By BEN NEARY and MATTHEW BROWN

The Associated Press
Monday, November 29, 2010; 7:59 PM

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/29/AR2010112902681.html

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Photos: Courtesy Western Watersheds Project, NRDC, kewlwallpapers.com

 Posted in: Wolf Wars, Endangered Species Act

Tags: Dire Emergency for wolves, Attack on the ESA, stripping gray wolves of their Esa protections, Ken Salazar, Western Governors, Obama Administration letting wolves down

Manifest Destiny and Ken Salazar

I recently stumbled across Barbara Clarke’s blog, she operates Dreamcatcher, a wild horse sanctuary. Her excellent post speaks about Ken Salazar and his attitude toward wolves, wild horses and other wildlife. I thought it was worthy to repost her take on why the Secretary of the Interior, who is charged with the care of our wild lands and the animals who inhabit them, is practicing the opposite of good stewardship.

It was Ken Salazar, a fifth generation rancher, appointed by the Obama administration, that delisted the gray wolf in the Northern Rockies, which caused the death of hundreds of wolves in state sponsored wolf hunts. Over five hundred wolves died in the Northern Rockies in 2009 and more brutal hunts are planned if Judge Molloy doesn’t relist them.

It’s Ken Salazar who is directing BLM to round-up our mustangs, chasing them with helicopters in the blazing heat, literally frightening some of them to death, than squeezing them into holding pens (horse jail). Why is this being done?  Barbara Clarke answers that question.

by Barbara Clarke
February 8, 2010

“In a recent documentary about the problems involved with the reintroduction of the nearly extinct Mexican wolf, a rancher was quoted as saying “we don’t want them”. No science. No statistics. No reason or clear argument. Just “we don’t want them”.

That statement is the crux of the whole problem facing animals in the west today and the basis for Ken Salazar’s opinions as to how to manage the dwindling herds of wild horses. The ranching community still believes in the notion of manifest destiny: the right to claim the west for human endeavors.

And this is no small notion. For Salazar, a product of five generations of ranching, the belief that the west belongs to ranchers and by extension cattle, is deep and pervasive. For over one hundred fifty years the livestock industry, by sweat and blood, has clawed its way across the continent in search of the ever needed forage for hungry cattle and sheep. This neo-exploration was and still is backed by the government through subsidies and ridiculously low grazing fees.

And even though the prairies and rangelands had once supported millions of grazing wildlife including buffalo and mustangs, by the beginning of the twentieth century the once lush rangeland west of the Mississippi had been reduced to stubble, with native grasses obliterated and alarming damage done to waterways.

Anything and anyone that threatened this quest for manifest destiny or was seen as competitors for forage, was soon eliminated. Native Americans were pushed off of ancestral lands and whole species were slaughtered in the name of protecting livestock and grazing. Wolves, coyotes, eagles, bears, ground squirrels and wild horses all found themselves in the cross-hairs of powerful weapons with the full support of our nation’s leaders.

The American government wanted the west. The ranchers gave it to them. And in no small way this has made cattle and all the issues surrounding them, politically untouchable.

So it is no surprise that with the appointment of a fifth generation rancher to head the Department of the Interior, the president, who espouses change – but is granting a $26 million dollar increase in budget for Salazar to remove horses – has opened the door to an increase in the agonies that accompany manifest destiny. Wolves, coyotes, ground squirrels and wild horses are fighting for their very lives.

Wild horses, which have a clear fossil and DNA linage to our continent, are being pushed off of lands set aside for them by congress in unprecedented numbers in the dubious name of saving them from starvation or protecting eco-systems. Yet observers at roundups continue to see healthy horses being captured, thriving rangeland and most notably, no decrease in the number of cattle allowed to graze the same supposedly sensitive areas.

This rush to sweep the wild horses off the rangeland has the full support of Salazar. And why not? When he looks at the mustang, he sees them through a hundred and fifty year lens of ranching. Wild horses are competitors for forage, inhabit areas wanted for mining, the powerfully backed Ruby Pipeline and California Heliostat projects, and do not generate hunting fees. So Salazar wants them removed. But not only removed, he wants them transplanted back east……somewhere, on pseudo-sanctuaries, at a cost of $96 million dollars, where he believes people will actually pay to watch once wild horses eat grass all day.

His plan, therefore, to move them to areas in the east, is not surprising, nor is his revisionist view of wild horse history. It is the final chapter in the long saga of claiming the west. Soon the horses, like the buffalo and the wolf and so many other beings, will be mere shadows of the species they once were. And our president, and his appointees, can go down in history as those who stole the magnificence of the west from our children.”

http://dreamcatcher.typepad.com/my_weblog/

Photo: Manifest Destiny Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, biodiversity

Tags: Ken Salazar, gray wolves, wild horses, Manifest Destiny

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