Deadline for filing briefs in federal wolf lawsuit closes

By ROB CHANEY of the Missoulian | Posted: Friday, January 29, 2010 4:15 am

If gray wolves need any winter reading material, there’s stacks of it in U.S. District Judge Don Molloy’s office.

Thursday was the last day for filing final briefs in a federal lawsuit over removing wolves from the Endangered Species Act protection. The main contenders, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, EarthJustice and the Greater Yellowstone Coalition all delivered their arguments in past weeks. Wildlife managers in Montana and Idaho, as well as the farm bureaus of both states, the Safari Club and the National Rifle Association all sent intervener briefs just before the deadline.

The case looks at whether federal authorities properly took away the wolf’s threatened status in Montana and Idaho, and whether it was legal to do so while keeping the wolf a protected species in Wyoming. Montana and Idaho instituted big-game hunting seasons on the wolf last fall, killing 72 and 145 wolves, respectively.

Molloy may call for oral argument or choose to rule based on the written arguments alone.

http://www.missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_eae1f720-0c83-11df-93ab-001cc4c03286.html

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, endangered species act,  howling for justice

Tags:  ESA lawsuit wolves, canis lupus, obama administration delisting wolves 

A WEST WITHOUT WOLVES……The Livestock Industry Hamstrings Wolf Recovery

On public lands in the great western ecosystem, livestock will not have priority. The grazing of livestock will and must be subordinated to the natural order of the bison and the predator……

 Former secretary of the interior Bruce Babbitt, speaking at Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, January 2001

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Ranching has tremendous power and influence in the West, shaping policy and politics in the region. This has effected wolves for over a  century and until the balance of power shifts, wolves will continue to be caught in the crossfire.  

Michael Robinson explains how the livestock industry has done everything in it’s considerable power to rid the West of wolves. Their influence hangs over wolf recovery like a shroud, hampering it’s progress and causing countless wolves to lose their lives.

The article is dated but it clearly makes the case wolves are considered pests by agribusiness to be eliminated not recovered.  He wrote this piece while he was finishing his ground breaking book,Predatory Bureaucracy: The Extermination of Wolves and The Transformation of the West, published in 2005

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The Livestock Industry Hamstrings Wolf Recovery

By Michael Robinson

In the early twentieth century, the livestock industry lobbied for a government-sponsored campaign to eliminate wolves from the West. Today, the livestock industry is the major obstacle to wolf recovery. Cases in the northern Rockies and the Southwest illustrate how wolf management remains highly biased in favor of stock growers, even on public lands. Wolf predation was once a significant ecological force in many western ecosystems; public lands livestock grazing is at odds both with full wolf recovery and with ecosystem restoration.

Wolves were exterminated from the American West by a concerted campaign mounted by federal hunters and funded with local, state, and federal revenues. Using poison, traps, and bullets, the government pursued each wolf with the avowed goal of wiping the species off the face of the Earth.

The livestock industry was the sole beneficiary of, and the greatest political impetus for, this campaign. Today, the livestock industry stands at the heart of the opposition to wolf recovery and has blocked, hampered, and sabotaged reintroduction programs throughout the West. Unfortunately, the industry’s political clout has profoundly shaped wolf recovery programs that are supposed to be guided by science. (*instead it’s guided by pressure from ranching and hunting lobbies)

The Northern RockiesWolf reintroduction in the northern Rocky Mountains of Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho was contested by the livestock industry and its supporters in Congress for over two decades. Under the Endangered Species Act, critical habitat for a listed species is supposed to be designated, and the species protected from being killed-whether it is reintroduced or recovering through natural recolonization. However, because of the power of the livestock industry, the plan to reintroduce wolves to parts of Idaho and Wyoming resulted in a compromise that designated the wolves as an “experimental, nonessential” population. This designation meant there would be no special protections for wolf habitat and that wolves that preyed on livestock would be killed or removed from the wild. Provisions were even made to allow ranchers themselves legally to kill wolves rather than waiting for government agents to show up and do the job.

The fact that cattle require huge quantities of water means they will always be vulnerable to wolves in the American West. For in this largely arid region, water and water-loving vegetation are so scarce, and scattered over such wide areas, that cattle must be similarly spread out, and that makes protecting them from wolves uneconomical; thus, as their forebears did, ranchers rely on federal agents to kill or remove wolves. Domestic sheep, much less numerous in the West than cattle, are even more vulnerable to predators, especially when flocks are not well protected. Thus, although wolves are a federally listed endangered species, their containment and control by the federal government constitutes one more subsidy that taxpayers provide the livestock industry in the West. (Some ranchers would no doubt happily dispense with this subsidy, as long as they were free to kill wolves at will, including putting out poison baits for them, as was common in the nineteenth century.)

Since gray wolves were released into Idaho and Wyoming in 1995, the federal government’s “Wildlife Services” has executed numerous “control actions” because of wolf-livestock conflicts, killing a few dozen wolves (now thousands of wolves) either known or suspected of attacking cows or sheep. Particularly egregious has been the capture or “lethal control” of wolves on public lands. Privately owned livestock grazing on public lands clearly take priority over endangered gray wolves, restored at public expense. In addition, somewhere between ten and twenty wolves have been killed illegally in the reintroduction areas. In most of these cases, the perpetrator was never identified or charged.

Read the rest of the article:

Wolf Photos: Courtesy SigmaEye Flickr

Cattle Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Public Land Degradation by Livestock, gray wolf/canis lupus, ranching and hunting influence, Wolf Wars

Tags: Wolves or livestock, wolf intolerance, Revised 10j rule bad for wolves, cattle, wolves in the crossfire

Utah Senator to Wolves….Do Not Enter Utah On Pain of Death (Alert Take Action)

Utah Senator Allen Christensen has introduced a bill, SB 36, that would allow any and all gray wolves that have the audacity to enter Utah’s borders, to be captured and removed or killed.  That’s right. He thinks wolves are not compatible with humans. Could a human being be more intolerant?  Does he realize how ridiculous this sounds?  Wolves don’t read signs, they don’t understand boundaries. Just when I thought wolf hysteria couldn’t get any worse, it does.

Even though this bill would likely be unconstitutional if passed, because federal law trumps state law, Christensen states they would fight it all the way to the Supreme Court.  

Sportsmen For Fish and Wildlife and the Cattlemen’s Association’s Utah chapter are supporters of the bill.  Big surprise. Apparently the “Sportsmen” and I use that term lightly, will bankroll the court battle, if the bill passes. Here’s a quote from The Salt Lake Tribune, showing the absolute arrogance of this man and the organizations that support this disgusting  bill.

“Wolves are out of control, says Utah Sen. Allen Christensen, and the state’s policy should be to kill them. Heck, he did. Went to Canada to bag one. It’s at the taxidermist.

And besides, Christensen says, passing a bill to declare Utah’s policy to destroy or remove all wolves is a simple case of states’ rights.

The North Ogden Republican’s goal is spelled out in SB36, which has caught the attention of legislative attorneys who attached a rare warning that the bill, if passed, probably would be found unconstitutional.

“Will it be a fight? Absolutely,” Christensen concedes. “We have enough money to take it all the way to the [U.S.] Supreme Court.”

The Utah chapters of the Cattlemen’s Association and Sportsmen for Fish & Wildlife support the bill. The Sportsmen will contribute to litigation costs, says Byron Bateman, president of the Utah chapter.

“We’ve been in the fight from the get-go,” Bateman said, “and we’ll be in it to the end.”

SB36 is for people who enjoy wildlife, Christensen says, adding he knows wolves are wildlife, too. But they were exterminated in this region in the 19th century “for good reason,” he says. “They were simply not compatible with humans anymore.”

I have news for the Senator. Wolves are protected under ESA (Endangered Species Act) in much of Utah and it would be a federal crime to kill a wolf. 

An area in Utah east of Interstate 84 and Interstate 15 and north of I-80 is in the northern Rocky Mountain gray-wolf recovery area. This is the only area now where the state has any kind of management jurisdiction. Wolves are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act in the rest of Utah.

Anyone who kills a wolf without proper cause in most of Utah still could land in big trouble — to the tune of a $100,000 fine, a year in prison and loss of the gun that killed the beast and the truck the hunter rode in.

BUT, this awful bill, if passed, would supersede Utah’s wolf plan, which is almost as bad as the bill, allowing only two breeding pairs to produce two pups for two consecutive years.  Is Utah enamored with the number two?  What the heck kind of wolf plan is that? 

If this “legislation” passes I will never even fly into the Salt Lake airport again, let alone vacation or buy anything that is remotely connected to the state.

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Here is an Alert from Ralph Maughin’s website, with information about this deplorable bill and what you can do.

Alert on Utah wolves

January 28, 2010 — Ralph Maughan

What you can do if you oppose Utah state senator Allen Christensen wolf killing bill-

Wolves urgently need your help.  Please send the following alert to as many people as you can.  Use your organization’s email list if you can!  Do it right away, then act on it yourself!

The organization Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife has a bill before the Utah legislature that would require the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources to prevent wolf packs from becoming established in the Utah portion of the Rocky Mountain gray wolf recovery area.  This part of the recovery area is where dispersing wolves from the Yellowstone country have been entering Utah, some of them traveling on to Colorado.  If this bill passes, any wolves entering Utah in this area will be subject to capture and return or death.

This egregious bill, identified as S.B. 36 first substitute, would supplant the Utah Wolf Management Plan – a plan which would at least tolerate up to two breeding pairs producing at least two surviving offspring for two consecutive years.  I know, this plan is really lame, but it is better than what the bill would require.  Furthermore, it was created through a public process that began with and ended with the Utah legislature – a process that involved 13 representatives of a diverse group of stakeholders, including ranchers and sportsmen, working for a year and a half.  Even then, the ranching and hunting interests on the working group violated the mutually agreed-upon protocols in order to ensure that the resulting plan is really weak.  Not satisfied with that, now they want to lord over the rest of us to ensure that there are never any wild wolves in Utah.  At bottom this is a moral issue: We must stand up for wolves and wild nature and for ourselves.  Here’s what you can do, but please do it quickly as this bill is on a fast track – do it NOW if you can: 

If you are a Utah resident, go to the following web-site and click on ‘Senate’ and ‘House’ to find your senator and your representative, then contact each and let him or her know in no ambiguous terms that you want this bill to fail.  This will be particularly important for those of you who live in the Republican-dominated rural parts of the state: http://www.le.state.ut.us/

If you live outside Utah and you want to exert influence on this, you might contact the Utah Office of Tourism and express your displeasure over this bill and tell them that, if it passes, it will make you less interested in vacationing and recreating in Utah: http://travel.utah.gov/contactus.html
 

If you would like to be added to the Utah Wolf Forum list serve to receive periodic updates on this and other wolf-related issues, contact lynx@xmission.com and state your request.  It is our policy that you also briefly state your reason.

Sincerely,
Kirk Robinson, PhD, Director of Western Wildlife Conservancy
Allison Jones, M.S., Conservation biologist with Wild Utah Project

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Please take action and stop the persecution of wolves!!  They have no voice, they need ours!!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

Posted in: Wolf Wars, graywolf/canis lupus, howling for justice

Tags: Utah wolf killing bill, wolves in the crossfire, wolf intolerance, wolf myths

 

Isle Royale Wolves Cautionary Tale For Beleagered Northern Rockies Wolves?

What damage has been done to the Northern Rockies wolf population? 

For starters there are more then 500 dead. Killed for no reason other then hatred and persecution of a species, hunted by the states of Idaho and Montana, mere months after their delisting in the Spring of 2009.  Wolf advocates knew this would happen if wolves were delisted. We knew the states wouldn’t be reasonable once “wolf management” was handed over to them by the Obama Administration. The feds (WS) have been killing wolves for years in the name of agribusiness, keeping a low profile but now wolves are being slaughtered on two fronts, the hunts and Wildlife Services.  Don’t forget WS gets their marching orders from the state game agencies, ie: IDFG and Montana FWP.  

The killing has been out of control and deadly.  Idaho’s wolf hunt extends to March 31, 2010, right through wolf breeding  and denning season. A SEVEN MONTH LONG HUNT!!  Is this responsible wolf management?  Of course not. Did anyone doubt this would happen?  No!

Wolves lost a large gene pool with the demise of the 500. Entire packs were eliminated in 2009 and Wildlife Services is still out gunning for them. 

Yellowstone wolves, already isolated, suffered a 27% decline by the end of 2008, their numbers dropping from 171 to 124 wolves, with high pup mortality.  For the first time since their reintroduction, their numbers did not rebound the following year.  It didn’t help that Montana opened their misguided wolf hunt right outside of Yellowstone, decimating the famous and studied Cottonwood Pack.

 Will Yellowstone’s wolves deteriorate on their “island”?   “Hunting in key dispersal corridors could disrupt the ability for wolves to move around, colonize new areas and breed with other wolves.”

With the loss of such a large gene pool will this further fragment their population?  It’s anyone’s guess because wolves have been reduced to numbers. They are relentlessly, tracked, darted, collared and killed, packs destroyed, the numbers reported BUT I have yet to read one scientific study on what all this wolf killing has done to the Northern Rockies gray wolf?  With their diminshed numbers will they be plagued by inbreeding, as has happened to the Isle Royale wolves, their tiny population isolated, suffering from spinal deformities.

“Scientists found that 58 percent of the wolves on Isle Royale exhibit a congenital malformation that can cause full or partial paralysis of the rear legs and tail”

Is this the future of the Northern Rockies wolf population? 

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Isle Royale Wolves’ Inbreeding Spells Caution for Northern Rockies Wolves

The gray wolves of Isle Royale in Lake Superior are suffering from backbone malformations caused by genetic inbreeding, wildlife biologists from Michigan and Sweden report in the May 2009 issue of the journal Biological Conservation.  While this discovery threatens the long-term survival of wolves on Isle Royale, it also heightens the importance of ensuring genetic connectivity among the three subpopulations of wolves in the Northern Rockies.

http://www.ecosilly.com/2009/04/08/isle-royale-wolves%E2%80%99-inbreeding-spells-caution-for-northern-rockies-wolves/

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Bone Deformities Linked To Inbreeding In Isle Royale Wolves

ScienceDaily (Apr. 11, 2009) — The wolves on Isle Royale are suffering from genetically deformed bones. Scientists from Michigan Technological University blame the extreme inbreeding of the small, isolated wolf population at the island National Park in northern Lake Superior.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/04/090402171440.htm

Posted in:  Wolf Wars, graywolf/canis lupus

Tags: wolf inbreeding,   wolves in the crossfire, genetic diversity,  ken salazar delists wolves, Wildlife Services

The Birth of Lily’s Black Bear Cub – Jan. 22, 2010

This is a wolf blog but I thought this was such an amazing video of Lily the black bear giving birth to her little cub, I wanted to post it.  A chance to see life brought into this world.  Enjoy and listen for the little bear cub crying.  Beautiful.

From The Buzz Log:

Lily the bear gives birth
“The Minnesota black bear is the subject of a research study — and fascination on the Web. Lily may live in a cave, but she’s also very much present on Facebook and Twitter. The three-year-old has been trying to hibernate — and gestate — while her daily activities were caught on tape 24/7. So when she gave birth to cub number one, the Web went wild. You can see the video, below.  Biologists who noted her contortions concluded that congratulations were in order. Although Lily is pretty private, you can hear the first sounds of her baby. Searches in the last week for “lily the bear” shot up over 1,600%. Those searching for Lily’s bundle of joy wanted to know “did lily the bear have cubs yet” and how to access the “bear cam.”

Posted in: biodiversity

Tags: Lily the black bear, black bear cub birth, bear cam

Published in: on January 24, 2010 at 2:49 am  Comments (4)  
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The Odd Couple….Wolves And Pronghorn Antelope

Here’s another repost honoring National Wolf Awareness Week.

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The Odd Couple….Wolves And Pronghorn Antelope

January 22, 2010

Wolves are Yellowstone’s Pronghorn antelopes best buddy because they control coyote populations, who prey heavily on Pronghorn fawns. The irony is wolves rarely prey on the fawns themselves. There is a symbiosis between wolves and the antelope. When wolves are around the survival rate of  Pronghorn fawns goes up.

Sometimes nature creates strange bedfellows. HOWL for biodiversity!!

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Are Wolves The Pronghorn’s Best Friend?

ScienceDaily (Mar. 4, 2008) — As western states debate removing the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act, a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society cautions that doing so may result in an unintended decline in another species: the pronghorn, a uniquely North American animal that resembles an African antelope.

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080303145300.htm

Posted in: biodiversity, gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: Pronghorn Antelope, wolves, biodiversity

Published in: on January 22, 2010 at 12:44 am  Comments (11)  
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“We listened for a voice crying in the wilderness. And we heard the jubilation of wolves!” -Durwood L. Allen

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: wolf howl,  Canis Lupus, stand up for wolves,

Published in: on January 21, 2010 at 1:47 am  Comments (1)  
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Missoulian Article Admits Wolves Kill Few Livestock…So Why No Love For Wolves?

 

A recent Missoulian article stated:

“Wolf attacks account for only a small fraction of sheep and cattle losses in the Northern Rockies. Disease, weather and coyotes each take more”

You would think that would be the title of the article,  instead it was:

“Gray wolves killed 1 stock animal per day in 2009, depleting compensation program”

So after admitting wolf kills were responsible for a tiny fraction of livestock deaths. the article went on to say,

“But wolves attract particular disdain because of their viciousness – many killed animals are left uneaten – and because of historic prohibitions against hunting the predators.”

First, I take strong issue with wolves being termed vicious, a predator’s job is to kill and survive. Look at the ugly pictures on FB and the Internet of grinning hunters with the bloodied, battered, beheaded bodies of wolves they’ve killed with high-powered rifles, to find out which predator enjoys killing!!  They look like they’ve just won the lottery instead of taking the life of a beautiful animal for no reason other than blood lust.

Read Predatory Bureaucracy, The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West, by Michael Robinson, if you want to learn about the viciousness of man toward the wolf.

Secondly, was the reference to wolves leaving prey uneaten directed at the Dillon sheep  incident?  That story has been sensationalized and beaten into the ground. In my opinion, all the facts are not known and may never be known concerning Dillon but some of the answers may be explained here:

Sheep and cattle, unlike their wild ungulate cousins, lack any kind of defense against wolf attacks. This mismatch can lead to the occasional slaughter, raising outcries from Western ranchers who demand greater measures to prevent wolf attacks. However, wolves only turn to livestock when their natural prey is unavailable, so these killings are infrequent. In 2008, wolves are known to have killed fewer than 200 cattle and sheep in Montana, and 100 wolves were hunted down in response.

Dogs are the only animal that definitely kills for sport, but that’s only because humans taught them to do so. When a farmer finds a few dead chickens killed during the daylight hours with no missing body parts, the neighbor’s dog is almost always the culprit.”

The Missoulian article goes on to say there is disdain for the wolf because of :

“historic prohibitions against hunting the predators”

What?  So people hate wolves because they weren’t allowed to legally kill them?  Who is the one that enjoys killing again?

Wildlife Services blows wolves away every year for agribusiness.

The SSS crowd has been in full force. There may not have been a legal wolf hunt until now but there’s been plenty of wolf killing since their reintroduction. All we have to do is look to the past to see what the future could hold for wolves.  They were exterminated in the West by the federal government working hand in hand with ranchers. The state of Montana introduced sarcoptic mange into the wolf population in the early 1900’s to get rid of wolves. The reason wolves made it back from the brink  is because of the Endangered Species Act, passed in the 1970’s.  The protection of ESA was the single most important factor in wolf recovery. It will be their downfall if their ESA protections are not reinstated.  Wolves need help and they need good press, not constant reporting of minimal livestock depredations. Or to be fair let’s have media coverage of every cow that’s stolen or dies giving birth.  Sound ridiculous?  It is.  Just as the wolf coverage has been ridiculous and unfair.

Since wolves kill so few livestock, why does the media continue to report wolf depredations like its big news?  What’s behind this obsession?  It only feeds into myths and stereotypes about wolves. Lets look at the facts:

“The governments own figures again show that mammalian carnivores kill very few livestock (0.18%)  Of the 104.5 million cattle that were produced in 2005, 190,000 (or 0.18%) died as the result of predation from coyotes, domestic dogs, and other carnivores (USDA, 2006). In comparison, livestock producers lost 3.9 million head of cattle (3.69%) to all sorts of maladies, weather, or theft, respiratory problems, digestive problems, calving, unknown, other, disease, lameness, metabolic problems, poison (USDA, 2006)

Coyotes were the primary cattle predators — they killed 97,000 cattle in 2005, followed by domestic dogs — which killed 21,900 cattle. Wolves killed remarkably few cattle, 4,400 head, as did the felids (USDA, 2006)”

Yet the drumbeat of media coverage on wolf  kills seems to have no end. Here’s a tiny sampling of headlines from different news outlets. From the headlines it looks as if wolves are on a livestock killing spree. That is simply not true,  as the Missoulian article admits.

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Kill order placed on Ore. wolves killing livestock

September 01, 2009

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Wildlife agencies kill 19 wolves in three days

Wolves Killed as Tensions Rise

12-17-08

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Wolf Pack Killed near McCall, Idaho

July 22, 2004

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Idaho’s Whitehawk wolf pack killed

September 01, 2009

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Feds OK killing of wolf pack

March 5, 2004

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Feds kill 7 wolves in Stanley Basin

December 5, 2009

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I’d like to see the numbers of cattle and sheep losses from other causes, specifically disease, weather, theft, reproductive issues even altitude sickness.  It will show the majority of cattle die from causes unrelated to predation, over ninety percent. So why no love for the wolf, when wolves show remarkable restraint when it comes to livestock?  Why aren’t ranchers complaining about livestock losses from other causes?

Well for one thing, ranchers aren’t compensated for losing cows or sheep to lightning.  That’s why I don’t believe ranchers should be compensated for wolf kills.  They aren’t reimbursed for coyote kills or losses from calving or disease. When you’re in business there is no guarantee against risk, if there were, every business person in the country would be eligible for handouts.

The idea behind paying ranchers for miniscule wolf kills is thought to increase their tolerance of wolves. Well, how’s that policy working out?  Not very well because paying ranchers for wolf kills only gives them a vested interest in reporting them.  It also increases scrutiny of wolves.  We have entire state and federal programs dedicated to hounding wolves as if they’re deadly criminals or terrorists.  They are darted, collared, tracked, trapped and gunned from helicopters.  All a wolf has to do is look at a cow sideways and ranchers will be on the phone to the state game agencies, looking for a kill permit (shoot on sight) or getting Wildlife Services involved to kill wolves, sometimes entire packs. This is happening now in Montana with kill orders out on the Miner’s Lake Pack, The Battlefield Pack, The Mitchell Mountain Pack, The Elevation Pack and Horse Prairie Pack.

500 wolves died in the Northern Rockies in 2009 and almost 300 of them were killed for livestock depredation.  Eight Montana wolves have already been killed for livestock in 2010 and the new year is barely over two  weeks old.

Making wolves out to be the bad guys is an old tactic that’s worked for hundreds of years. It caused their extermination in the West the first time. Wolves are predators, just like the grizzly or mountain lion. It doesn’t make them bad. It doesn’t make them vicious. Wolf kills provide food for other predators and scavengers, especially in winter. Grizzlies feed on wolf kills, so do coyotes, foxes, ravens and eagles. Wolves provide for others by providing for themselves.

Wolves also influence their surroundings in a positive way. After they were exterminated in a vicious- campaign in the West, elk and other ungulates over-browsed the landscape, stunting willow and ash. The trees could never make it past a few feet before they were grazed down. Years after wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone in 1995, scientists discovered something amazing. The ash and willow trees rebounded. The elk were no longer standing around browsing, they were on high alert, With the ash came the beaver, songbirds and other animals. It was a rebirth. All because the wolf came home to Yellowstone.

I’d like to see more positive articles about wolves. They have many altruistic qualities people could aspire to. They mate for life, they live in large close families, they have tight social bonds, they show an exuberance for life, they have a unique playfulness, a healthy wolf rarely attacks people. Aside from those admirable qualities wolves are also smart, smarter than dogs. A dog’s brain is 30% smaller than a wolf. Wolves solve problems, they cooperate with each other, there is order in the pack.

Wolves are the super stars in Yellowstone, even though for the first time since their reintroduction,  their population is in decline, down 33 percent.  The wolf hunt had something to do with that, since Montana opened the hunting season right outside Yellowstone’s boundary. which decimated the famous, studied Cottonwood Pack.  Still people come from all over the world to view Yellowstone wolves, which brings in 35 million annually to the GYA.  If the states would think outside the box, they’d be  promoting wolf viewing in the Northern Rockies, which has the potential to be a huge money-maker, if Yellowstone is an indicator.  Instead they’re killing them. How short-sighted and tragic.

I challenge Western media to stop sensationalizing wolf kills. It serves no purpose but to inflame passions and cause wolves to be demonized more than they already have been.  It’s a fact, “wolf attacks account for only a small fraction of sheep and cattle losses in the Northern Rockies” By concentrating on cows and sheep it shifts the focus away from wolves welfare to wolves elimination.

If more people cared for their families the way wolves do, it would be a better world.  Show some love for wolves!

Posted in:  Wolf Wars, wolf intolerance

Tags:  wolves in the crossfire, wolf myths, trophy hunting wolves, Wildlife Services

Published in: on January 19, 2010 at 1:31 am  Comments (25)  
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Graphic Photo: This Is What They’re Doing To Wolves

What’s left of wolf B341.

I’m sorry to show you this photo but this is what they’re doing to wolves.  This is the ugly face of the wolf hunts. These are the mangled bones of a wolf, once beautiful, once breathing and alive, now left like garbage to rot, killed for no reason except the enjoyment of killing a magnificent animal.

This is the story of wolf B341, whose bones are pictured above:

September 1, 2009 in Central Idaho:

A beautiful three-year old wolf from Idaho’s Archery Mountain Pack, is walking through a meadow and sniffs the smell of cooked meat. The wolf comes toward a hunter’s camp where there is a barbecue (hibachi) setting on a stump next to a horse. The hunter tears out of tent, fumbles for his rifle and shoots the wolf, which has moved 100 yards away. The man, Jay Mize of Emmett, Idaho, posts a video on the internet and claims the “wulf was tryin’ to eat muh hoss”. Mize shows the dead wolf stuffed into the cargo basket of his ATV. Mize then proceeded to skin, behead and take B341 home as a “trophy” – the second wolf to be killed in Idaho’s infamous hunt. Mize was interviewed by the Idaho Statesman and his story appeared in an article written by Rocky Barker.

Trees where horse was tied and stump that hibachi was setting on.

 


The wolf was shot here, some 100 yards from the hunter’s tent. He used his ATV to haul the wolf back to camp.

 

A startled hiker finds B341’s carcass in the woods.

 


What’s left of wolf B341.



I said a prayer for wolf B341 and the over 500 wolves killed  in 2009.  Wolves are still dying!! Please share this story with everyone you know!!

How many more wolves have to be slaughtered to satisfy this blood lust?  We must have our voices heard!!  Please scroll down for contact information, write and express your outrage!!  Stand up for wolves!!

LIVE BY THESE WORDS!!

“If the wolf is to survive the wolf haters must be outnumbered. They must be outshouted, out financed, and out voted. Their narrow and biased attitude must be outweighed by an attitude based on an understanding of natural processes.” ~ L. David Mech

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Department of the Interior: Secretary Ken Salazar

202-208-3100
E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

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Write to Carolyn Sime:

Carolyn Sime, Helena
Montana Statewide Wolf Coordinator
(406) 444-3242 (work)
(406) 461-0587 (cell)

Write to Idaho Fish and Game:

Idaho Fish and Game…click here

Jim Lukens 1-208-756-2271 IDFG Salmon Region Supervisor in Central Idaho

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Governor Butch Otter:

208.334.2100
http://gov.idaho.gov/WebRespond/contact_form.html

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Write or call the Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners:

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/about/commission/members.cfm 

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Write or call Idaho Fish and Game:

Headquarters Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 25
Boise, ID 83707

Headquarters Street / Walk-in Address:

600 S. Walnut
Boise, ID 83712

Telephone: (208) 334-3700
Fax: (208) 334-2148 / (208) 334-2114

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Write the Idaho tourism office:

http://www.visitidaho.org/contact/

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Write the Potato Commission:

http://contact.idahopotato.com/

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Write to Idaho Newspapers:

Post-Register, Idaho Falls           

www.postregister.com

Letters over the 300 word limit will be subject to editing. 
Send letters by e-mail to taulcore@postregister.com
(Note: This is the abbreviated name of the person who handles letters)

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Idaho State Journal

Pocatello and SE Idaho        

305 S. Arthur, Pocatello ID  83204

Press Release E-mail: pressrelease@journalnet.com
Letters to the Editor E-mail: letters@journalnet.com 

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The Times-News       

http://www.magicvalley.com

Box 548, Twin Falls ID  83303

Phone: 733-0931
Limit letters to 400 words. Longer letters will be shortened. The Times-News reserves the right to edit all letters. 

E-mail  letters@magicvalley.com

READER’s CORNER – 600 words – has to be approved by editorial dept. * Each letter should include the writer’s signature, mailing address and telephone number. Typewritten letters are preferred, because they allow faster handling with less chance of error.
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Idaho Statesman

1200 N. Curtis Road Boise, Idaho 83706

Editorial@idahostatesman.com
MAILING: Rocky Barker, Environment; Pete Zimowski (?) outdoor editor P.O. Box 40 Boise, ID 83707

News (main office)  (208) 377-6449 FAX 208/377-6449

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Write or Call 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

Send comments:

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

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MONTANA NEWSPAPERS

Billings Gazette

Phone: (406) 657-1200

Toll Free: 1-800-543-2505

Postal Mail: P.O. Box 36300,

Billings, MT 59107-6300

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BOZEMAN DAILY CHRONICLE

(406) 587-4491

2820 W College St

Bozeman, MT

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The Daily InterLake

727 East Idaho, PO 7610-59904,

Kalispell MT, 59901

Tel:406-755-7000

FAX:406-752-6114

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MISSOULIAN

PO Box 8029
Missoula, MT 59807
Newsroom: newsdesk@missoulian.com
Phone: (406) 523-5240
Toll free: 1-800-366-7186
Fax: (406) 523-5294

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Bozeman Daily Chronicle

bozemandailychronicle.com

newsdesk@missoulian.com
Phone: (406) 523-5240
Toll free: 1-800-366-7186
Fax: (406) 523-5294

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Independant Record

HelenaIR.com

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 4249
Helena, MT 59604

Newsroom:

irstaff@helenair.com

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Posted in: Wolf Wars, Montana wolf hunt, Idaho wolf hunt, wolf

Tags: wolves in the crossfire, dead wolf, Montana wolf hunt, Idaho wolf hunt, wolf hatred

For The Fallen 500….You Are Not Forgotten

Over 500 hundred wolves died in the Northern Rockies in 2009 and the killing continues. Hunted, persecuted, eliminated for livestock, we who love you won’t forget you and will continue to fight for the rights of your brothers that remain

For The Wolves, For The Wild Ones,

Nabeki

 

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