Status Of Oregon’s Imnaha Wolf Pack

B-300, the alpha female of the Imnaha pack

The Imnaha wolves are still alive and none have been shot as of today.  That doesn’t mean a whole lot because the kill permits usually last for 45 days. Please keep these wolves in your thoughts this holiday weekend and hope no harm comes to them, that they are not baited or their radio collar signals tracked.

I dislike feeling so helpless and not being able to help the wolves except by writing to the very people that issued the wolf  kill permits to the ranchers.  But these agencies are sensitive to public opinion and especially tourist dollars coming into the state. Oregon has a reputation as being a progressive, forward thinking state.  Exposing this can’t be very pleasant for them, it’s shining a light on their actions. 

I would also urge people to give up eating beef. I’m not  proselytizing but it would be a healthy choice and  help wolves and the environment.  Cows do a lot of damage to range land, they trample stream beds and soil streams. They destroy native grasses and vegetation. Cows are also the single biggest obstacle to wolf recovery.  It’s something to think about. No cow makes it out alive in the cattle industry and it’s not wolves doing the killing.

Please visit this site for more information about Oregon’s wolves:

NE Oregon Wolves

http://trapfreeoregon.org/page25.html

Also don’t forget to send in your comments to ODFW on their wolf management plan, which as you can see,  is sorely lacking:  Here’s the link to the recent post I did on this, it has all the contact information included:

Imnaha Wolf Pack Under Assault In Oregon..TAKE ACTION!!

https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2010/05/18/imnaha-wolf-pack-under-assault-in-oregon-take-action/

May the Imnaha Pack be kept safe.  Please don’t stop emailing and calling ODFW to express your outrage over this situation.

For the wolves, For the wild oness

Nabeki

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EMERGENCY TAKE ACTION!! Oregon’s Imnaha Wolf Pack Goes Under The Gun Today!!

Imnaha alpha male…August 2009

The Imnaha wolf pack in eastern Oregon is going under the gun today. Five ranchers in Wallowa County have been  issued wolf  kill permits in the Imnaha pack’s territory.

The famed wolf B-300, who dispersed from Idaho, is the alpha female of the pack and has pups. Both she and the alpha male are collared. No collared wolves have been implicated in livestock depredations but she is most likely be killed because collared wolves are an easy target. Four of the wolves in the Imnaha pack are collared in including the alpha female and male.  How easy would it be to pick up the radio signal of any or all of the  four collared wolves.? Some ranchers have been given radio receivers.  This is one of the main ways Wildlife Services tracks down wolves.

The situation centers on two calf depredations in their territory. Now half  the Imnaha pack of ten wolves, could be killed. Oregon has 14 wolves in the entire state but they want to kill five of them for two calves? 

What the heck is going on in Oregon? 

Look at the stats below. Do you see how they have blown wolf depredation into a huge issue when the majority of cows die from other causes?  This has been done to demonize wolves, just like the first extermination in the West. Who do you think was responsible for pushing the feds to get rid of wolves then?  RANCHERS!!

One Year of Cattle Deaths in Oregon (NASS 2006)  Thanks for the stats Erin!!

Digestive problems: Cattle – 1,600. Calves – 9,700.

Respiratory problems: Cattle – 7,500. Calves – 12,600.

Metabolic problems: Cattle – 1,700. Calves – 300.

Mastitis: Cattle – 1,700.

Other diseases: Cattle – 1,600. Calves – 800.

Lameness/injury: Cattle – 1,600. Calves – 1,200.

Weather related: Cattle – 200. Calves – 1,400.

Calving problems: Cattle – 1,400. Calves – 6,900.

Poisoning: Cattle – 400. Calves – 600.

Theft: Calves – 100.

Other non-predator: Cattle – 2,200. Calves – 800.

Unknown non-predator: Cattle – 2,700. Calves – 3,500.

 

Please without delay call ODFW or email them to protest this horrible action!! Tell ODFW you won’t spend one dime on any Oregon business that supports wolf killing or you won’t visit the state unless they treat their wolves properly and mandate ranchers to practice sound animal husbandry practices!! 

What is the point of trying to recover wolves when they can’t take one step without the livestock industry playing the “gotcha game” with them, even though they know wolves kill very few livestock and their major losses come from non-predator related causes.

This has to stop. Issuing five wolf kill permits for two calf deaths is wrong!

Let’s raise our voices in defense of these wolves, who are just trying to raise their pups.

Here is all the contact information. This cannot wait, the entire pack is in danger and people know where their den site is.

CONTACT:

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

3406 Cherry Avenue N.E. 

Salem, OR 97303

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ODFW WILDLIFE DIVISION STAFF DIRECTORY

http://www.dfw.state.or.us/agency/directory/wildlife_division.asp

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Main Phone (503) 947-6000 or (800) 720-ODFW [6339]

Comments:  odfw.info@state.or.us

To Enter Your Opinion About This Issue Into Public Record: Contact: odfw.comments@state.or.us

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Here is a video of wolf B-300 in northeastern Oregon. She is the alpha female of the Imnaha pack.

B-300 was the first wolf confirmed to have dispersed from Idaho, returning wolves to Oregon and now they want to kill her.

Here are the beautiful Imnaha wolves showing off their pups last November. 

PLEASE DON’T LET OREGON RANCHERS KILL THESE MAGNIFICENT WOLVES!!  ACT NOW!!

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Wolf kill permits issued to ranchers
 
http://www.lagrandeobserver.com/News/Local-News/Wolf-kill-permits-issued-to-ranchers

Imnaha pack alpha male, 2009

 

Photos: Courtesy ODFW 

Posted in: Howling For Justice, Oregon wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: Imnaha Wolf Pack, wolves under the gun, stop killing wolves for agribusiness

  

Apathy, Cowardice, and Ignorance are the Deadliest Weapons of All (Wolf Song Of Alaska)

This one of the best articles I’ve read on wolf persecution and it’s root causes. The author, Edwin Wollert/Wolf Song of Alaska/Education Coordinator, puts it all in perspective. 

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Apathy, Cowardice, and Ignorance are the Deadliest Weapons of All

by Edwin Wollert/Wolf Song of Alaska/Education Coordinator.

“Previous versions of this article have appeared on the Wolf Song of Alaska web site, and also been submitted to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

I tell my philosophy students on the first day of each semester in every course I teach that my job consists of helping them to become better thinkers. And in my studies of philosophy, I am often returning to the ancient Greeks, the creators of the first systematic rational philosophies as well as of the world’s earliest known democratic society, and there are some basic considerations in that part of history which are really the topic of this latest summary about wolf and wildlife education.

Democracy does not merely thrive and benefit from participation. It actually requires participation. And it must be active and ongoing. Apathy is precisely what kills a democratic organization, far more effectively than a hostile competitor or differing ideology could ever hope for. And this applies to all aspects of a democratic group: politics, policies, beliefs, and economics.

On the topic of economic interests, consider this: eleven years ago I went on a wildlife safari to the equatorial African nation of Kenya. Now I will not compare that ecosystem to Alaska’s, nor its wildlife to Alaska’s: vastly different climates, topographies, and species occupy each region. But what really stuck out, as we eagerly took to the field twice a day to look for the larger creatures, was the fact that during that trip I learned about a policy of the KWS, the Kenyan Wildlife Service, which is that country’s national agency for protecting and managing wildlife.

Field agents of the KWS are allowed to shoot poachers: on sight, without offering any warning. And when they shoot, it is not to scare or intimidate, but to kill. It is actually humans hunting other humans, legally. Poachers and rangers alike have been slain since Kenya first put its wildlife under such protection. The KWS would prefer to arrest and prosecute poachers, and frequently does, though more extreme measures have been deemed justifiable on some occasions.

How could a policy like this possibly be justified? you might wonder. This strong policy is based on Kenyans reaching a simple realization, in two parts: first, that Kenyan elephants, zebras, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, crocodiles, wildebeests, warthogs, rhinoceri, buffalo, hippopotami, various species of antelopes, and other “game” species are literally worth more, financially, alive than dead, and second, that the reason they are worth more is because people from other countries are willing to pay to visit Kenya for the specific purpose of seeing these creatures in their own habitats, bringing much needed wealth into the country by doing so.

Thus, there is no more legal trade in that nation in animal pelts, or horns, or, in the case of the elephants, in ivory. When the poaching policy was first instituted, the KWS invited CNN, the BBC, and the other major international news media to broadcast a live burning of millions of dollars worth of elephant tusks, to show that the organization was serious. That ivory could have been sold through illicit markets. It could have been turned into a hard currency, like dollars or euros or yen, which might have gone quite a long way in a country which is considered part of the “third world.”

So why would I share such a story with those of you who have already indicated at least a passing interest in Alaska’s wolves? I am not actually recommending that Alaska adopt a similar no-holds-barred approach to poaching intervention (although one might imagine that poaching would dry up rather quickly if we did, and yes, poaching does occur in Alaska). The reason for such an extreme measure is that a nation like Kenya is rather financially poor, and it needs the hard currencies brought in by visitors who are able to spare their disposable income on wildlife interests, while Alaska is instead part of the world’s wealthiest nation.

Rather, I relate the background of the KWS to point out one key detail: in Alaska, “our” wildlife is likewise worth more alive than dead. And this means all of it, not just the bears, or the moose, or the caribou, or the marine mammals, or the eagles and fish, but the wolves as well. With that in mind, there is an essential principle at work here which must be reiterated, since it keeps being ignored or glossed over by politics and the taking of sides, and which is non-economic even though it has economic considerations. The principle is this: an ecosystem must have predators.”

To read the rest of this excellent article: click here

 
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Photos: wolf wallpaper

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, Alaska wolves, Howling For Justice, Wolf Wars, wolf intolerance

Tags: aerial gunning of wolves, wolf persecution, wolves in the crossfire, Alaska wolves, Wolf Song Of Alaska

Thinking Like a Mountain …….By Aldo Leopold

A deep chesty bawl echoes from rimrock to rimrock, rolls down the mountain, and fades into the far blackness of the night. It is an outburst of wild defiant sorrow, and of contempt for all the adversities of the world. Every living thing (and perhaps many a dead one as well) pays heed to that call. To the deer it is a reminder of the way of all flesh, to the pine a forecast of midnight scuffles and of blood upon the snow, to the coyote a promise of gleanings to come, to the cowman a threat of red ink at the bank, to the hunter a challenge of fang against bullet. Yet behind these obvious and immediate hopes and fears there lies a deeper meaning, known only to the mountain itself. Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of a wolf.

Those unable to decipher the hidden meaning know nevertheless that it is there, for it is felt in all wolf country, and distinguishes that country from all other land. It tingles in the spine of all who hear wolves by night, or who scan their tracks by day. Even without sight or sound of wolf, it is implicit in a hundred small events: the midnight whinny of a pack horse, the rattle of rolling rocks, the bound of a fleeing deer, the way shadows lie under the spruces. Only the ineducable tyro can fail to sense the presence or absence of wolves, or the fact that mountains have a secret opinion about them.

My own conviction on this score dates from the day I saw a wolf die. We were eating lunch on a high rimrock, at the foot of which a turbulent river elbowed its way. We saw what we thought was a doe fording the torrent, her breast awash in white water. When she climbed the bank toward us and shook out her tail, we realized our error: it was a wolf. A half-dozen others, evidently grown pups, sprang from the willows and all joined in a welcoming melee of wagging tails and playful maulings. What was literally a pile of wolves writhed and tumbled in the center of an open flat at the foot of our rimrock.

In those days we had never heard of passing up a chance to kill a wolf. In a second we were pumping lead into the pack, but with more excitement than accuracy: how to aim a steep downhill shot is always confusing. When our rifles were empty, the old wolf was down, and a pup was dragging a leg into impassable slide-rocks.

We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view.

Since then I have lived to see state after state extirpate its wolves. I have watched the face of many a newly wolfless mountain, and seen the south-facing slopes wrinkle with a maze of new deer trails. I have seen every edible bush and seedling browsed, first to anaemic desuetude, and then to death. I have seen every edible tree defoliated to the height of a saddlehorn. Such a mountain looks as if someone had given God a new pruning shears, and forbidden Him all other exercise. In the end the starved bones of the hoped-for deer herd, dead of its own too-much, bleach with the bones of the dead sage, or molder under the high-lined junipers.

I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer. And perhaps with better cause, for while a buck pulled down by wolves can be replaced in two or three years, a range pulled down by too many deer may fail of replacement in as many decades. So also with cows. The cowman who cleans his range of wolves does not realize that he is taking over the wolf’s job of trimming the herd to fit the range. He has not learned to think like a mountain. Hence we have dustbowls, and rivers washing the future into the sea.

We all strive for safety, prosperity, comfort, long life, and dullness. The deer strives with his supple legs, the cowman with trap and poison, the statesman with pen, the most of us with machines, votes, and dollars,but it all comes to the same thing: peace in our time. A measure of success in this is all well enough, and perhaps is a requisite to objective thinking, but too much safety seems to yield only danger in the long run. Perhaps this is behind Thoreau’s dictum: In wildness is the salvation of the world. Perhaps this is the hidden meaning in the howl of the wolf, long known among mountains, but seldom perceived among men…….

Aldo Leopold

From: A Sand County Almanac 1949

“The seminal essay “Thinking Like a Mountain” recalls another hunting experience later in life that was formative for Leopold’s later views. Here Leopold describes the death of she-wolf killed by his party during a time when conservationists were operating under the assumption that elimination of top predators would make game plentiful. The essay provides a non-technical characterization of the trophic cascade where the removal of single species carries serious implications for the rest of the ecosystem.”

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Lessons from Aldo Leopold’s historic wolf hunt

The nation’s legendary conservationist saw the value of preserving wildness. Perhaps someday politicians will too.

December 13, 2009|By James William Gibson

http://articles.latimes.com/2009/dec/13/opinion/la-oe-gibson13-2009dec13

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Photos: Kewl Wallpaper

Posted in: Biodiversity, gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags: Thinking Like A Mountain, Aldo Leopold, trophic cascades, apex predators

Imnaha Wolf Pack Under Assault In Oregon..TAKE ACTION!!

Imnaha alpha male…August 2009

Does the persecution ever end?  

The Imnaha wolf pack, in Eastern Oregon, is under increasing pressure from…..wait for it….ranchers!!  Isn’t that shocking?  Do they ever stop whining?

Apparently hysteria is building to blame multiple cattle deaths on the pack to get them killed. 

I had hoped Oregon was more forward thinking and tolerant  but apparently not. It’s the usual suspects screaming to get rid of wolves. And surprise of suprises the media coverage has been mostly one sided, very similar to what we get in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming. 

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Wallowa County Ranchers Endanger Oregon’s Wolves

author: Wolf Howl

Constant and escalating hysteria against wolves in NE Oregon has put more than half of Oregon’s wolves in danger of being exterminated.

“A relentless and dishonest media campaign by the Oregon Cattlemens’ Assoc. in Wallowa County is aimed at exterminating the Imnaha pack near Joseph. This pack of 10 accounts for more than half of our known wolf population of 14. Ranchers are claiming many calves killed despite only ONE confirmed case of depredation from a population of 36,500 cattle county-wide.

A recent story (link to www.wallowacountychieftain.info) implying yet another wolf kill was proved wrong when an ODFW investigation showed no bite marks, no signs of struggle, no characteristic wounds. The local media continue to print completely unbalanced stories and editorials misrepresenting wolves while seriously limiting opposing views. Mounting political pressure at state and local levels is aimed at exterminating this pack. The Oregon Wolf Plan is up for review this year and the OCA and its allies are pushing hard for permission to shoot wolves at their own discretion, which means a slaughter.

Many Wallowa County ranchers have taken no proactive non-lethal measures to protect their livestock, such as the use of fladry, range riders, or burying their dead animals deep enough so as not to attract wolves. Money to pay for these measures and others are available from Defenders of Wildlife and the ODFW. Defenders compensates all confirmed losses at market prices.

In Idaho last year, where wolves are most numerous in the West, less than 1% of cattle losses were attributed to wolves. Livestock operators can adapt to the presence of wolves, as has been shown in the West and in northern Minnesota, where 3,000 wolves co-exist with cattle and sheep operations, but in Wallowa County they are opting to go all-out for extermination.

Contact the ODFW at ODFW.Comments@state.or.us and support our wolves:

1) Don’t allow ranchers to kill wolves;

2) Raise the breeding pair limit from the current level of 3 to 12. As it stands now, once there are 3 breeding pairs, Oregon wolves loose their protected status.

Public comment period lasts until June 30.

Without a groundswell of support, these wolves, and their pups, could be killed this year.”

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/05/399524.shtml?discuss

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Please support Oregon’s Imnaha wolf pack by writing to ODFW!!  ODFW.Comments@state.or.us

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Here are the beautiful Imnaha wolves showing off their pups last November. 

Imnaha Wolf Pack….Eastern Oregon!!

https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/imnaha-wolf-pack-eastern-oregon/

Below is footage of wolf B-300 in northeastern Oregon. She is the alpha female of the Imnaha pack.

B-300 was the first wolf confirmed to have dispersed from Idaho, returning wolves to Oregon. What a great adventurer she is!  She passed her powerful genes to her pups.

Wolves are apex predators, essential for the health of ungulate herds. They play a vital role keeping ecosystems healthy.

Don’t let ranchers dictate their fate!!  You can help save the Imnaha wolf pack by speaking out for them and sending comments to ODFW before June 30ODFW.Comments@state.or.us  

Here is a comment sent to ODFW from a  wolf supporter. 

You could reference these talking points in your comments to ODFW!

Dear Commissioners:

The constant and escalating hysteria against wolves in NE Oregon has put more than half of Oregon’s wolves in danger of being exterminated.

This relentless and dishonest media campaign by the Oregon Cattlemens’ Assoc. is aimed at exterminating the Imnaha pack near Joseph. This pack of 10 accounts for more than half of our known wolf population of 14. Ranchers are claiming many calves killed despite only ONE confirmed case of depredation from a population of 36,500 cattle county-wide.

Many NE Oregon ranchers have taken no proactive non-lethal measures to protect their livestock, such as the use of fladry, range riders, or burying their dead animals deep enough so as not to attract wolves. Equipment and help to pay for these measures and others are available from Defenders of Wildlife and the ODFW. Defenders compensates all confirmed losses at market prices.

The OCA was responsible in 2005 and 2007 for blocking passage of the legislation called for in the OR wolf plan that would have, among other things:

1. amended the Ag Damage statute to allow take of wolves by private citizens under certain circumstances

2. established a compensation/proactive non-lethal fund.

The OCA argued then that folks should be allowed to take wolves under extremely broad circumstances and that they would accept nothing less.They succeeded in killing passage of the very legislation that would have helped them.

Allowing the language OCA wants to introduce to the Wolf Plan would not only take management decisions out of the hands of biologists and wildlife managers, but it would make it next to impossible to enforce poaching laws.

In Idaho last year, where wolves are most numerous in the West, less than 1% of cattle losses were attributed to wolves. Livestock operators can adapt to the presence of wolves, as has been shown in the West and in northern Minnesota, where 3,000 wolves co-exist with cattle and sheep operations.

I earnestly urge the ODFW to:

* Keep wolf management in the hands of biologists and wildlife managers. Allowing individuals the license to kill wolves on their own initiative would lead to widespread and indiscriminate slaughter of our wolves, in many cases of wolves not involved in livestock predation.

* Establish a state fund to assist in providing non-lethal deterrents to wolf depredation including both the necessary hardware and subsidies for the employment of range-riders, and to compensate ranchers for confirmed wolf depredations.

* Raise the breeding pair limit from 3 to 12 to ensure the survival of a healthy wolf population in Oregon.

Thank you.

 

 HOWLS for making a difference for wolves!

 

Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Oregon wolves, Wolf Wars, Howling For Justice, gray wolf/canis lupis

Tags: Imnaha wolf pack, Oregon wolf pack under fire, persecution of wolves, biodiversity

Lessons From The Wolf

Wolves may be “unwitting restoration biologists” states Jim Robbins, a freelance  journalist out of Helena, Montana.

He explains the positive effects wolves have on the ecosystem. Playing russian roulette with wolves’ lives only serves to marginalize this vital apex predator.

Wolves can work their magic outside of Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, if only wildlife managers would allow them to live in peace, instead of killing them to please two, small interest groups.

If only……

Lessons from the Wolf
  
 
Several scrawny cottonwood trees do not usually generate much excitement in the world of ecology. But on a wind-whipped August afternoon in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley, William J. Ripple, a professor of botany at Oregon State University, stands next to a 12-foot-high cottonwood tree and is quietly ecstatic.

 
“You can see the terminal bud scars,” the bespectacled Ripple says, bending the limber tree over to show lines that mark a year’s growth o f a foot or more on the broom-handle-size trunk. “

 
You can see that elk haven’t browsed it this year, didn’t browse it last year and, in fact, haven’t browsed it since 1998.”

To read the rest of the story CLICK HERE:

  

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, biodiversity

Tags: “Lords of Nature”, appreciating wolves, wolves and trophic cascades

States Prove Why Wolves Need Endangered Species Protection…TAKE ACTION!!

Montana and Idaho are proving why wolves need ESA protection. The Endangered Species Act was specifically created for a species like wolves who are subject to such horrific persecution, that without the ESA umbrella, they may be headed for a second Western extermination.

The states just can’t be trusted with the welfare of wolves.They are apparently too vested in the wants and needs of two, small but vocal interest groups, hunters and ranchers. It’s economics really. Wolves don’t purchase hunting licenses, they don’t vote, they compete for the same prey that humans want to kill, so they lose all the way around. Hunters are blaming them for not being able to “get their elk”. They want elk to stand around, complacently, easy targets. I guess getting out of your truck and actually exerting energy to find the more elusive elk is too much for them.

Montana & Idaho are aggressively “managing” wolves, a euphemism for killing them.

Head of a slaughtered wolf

Barely a year off the Endangered Species List, wolves are being targeted by both states.

Montana has proposals waiting to be adopted that would push the wolf hunting quota from 75 to between 150 and 216. Montana also wants to introduce a wolf archery season. Is there anything more brutal then being shot full of arrows? The state has also given Wildlife  Services full responsibility to make decisions on the ground about which wolves to kill for depredation. 

Meanwhile, Idaho is being just as aggressive. IDFG just gave four outfitters and their guides the authority to kill up to five wolves each in the Lolo zone THIS SPRING!!  That’s 20 wolves between the outfitters alone. Are the unknown number of guides allowed to kill up to five wolves as well? And of course it’s all about elk. Apparently enough wolves weren’t killed by the Idaho hunt and Wildlife Services, now they want to kill more.

A department news release described the authorization as a predator control action in response to concerns that wolves in the zone are preventing chronically low elk numbers there from rebounding. The wolf control measure was approved in the department’s predator management plan for the Lolo and Selway zones.

Please tell me why the state game agencies should be in charge of wolves welfare?  This is absolutely egregious. The SEVEN MONTH LONG IDAHO WOLF HUNT just ended and now IDFG has given special authorization to these outfitters and their guides to kill wolves in the Lolo while wolf pups are just weeks old?  This is wolf “management” at it’s most disgusting.  What about public comment? It seems the only public comment the state is listening to is hunters and outfitters whining about the Lolo elk herd, which has been declining since the early nineties, long before wolves were reintroduced. Even so, IDFG has decided to target wolves for death in the Lolo. When is the slaughter of wolves going to end? Is it now going to be year round killing? Since when is an entire species managed for certain groups of people? What about wildlife watchers? We don’t shoot elk, we don’t pay hunting licensing fees but we are the majority. Is anyone listening to our concerns?

Plus Idaho wants to raise their already high wolf hunting quota of 220 to an even higher number and allow trapping. The Idaho wolf hunt is SEVEN MONTHS LONG, running right through wolf breeding and denning season. Could the situation be more vile?

What is being lost in all this is the wolves.They have been completely marginalized, reduced to numbers.They are counted, collared, chased, killed, their every move documented in media headlines but there is a complete vacuum on what effects all the killing has had or will have on them. Oh there are weekly wolf reports documenting which wolves or entire packs have been killed for livestock depredation but where oh where is the information from the wolf biologists concerning loss of alphas, loss of entire packs, wolves left without families, pups orphaned or killed?  Where is the information about a species freshly off the endangered species list that is being hunted on two fronts. Guess what? You won’t find the scientific studies because there aren’t any.

This is from Doug Smith, the Yellowstone wolf biologist, speaking about the decimated Yellowstone Cottonwood pack. He apparently doesn’t have a problem with all the wolf hunting, which I find disturbing.

No one knows how the hunt will affect the survivors’ behavior and prospects. “You shoot four out of 10 in a pack, what will they do? Nobody knows,” says Smith. “We know that disperser wolves (those that pioneer new territory and start new packs) usually come from large, stable packs, and dispersers are the ones that provide genetic connectivity and eventually keep the animals off the endangered species list. The Cottonwood Pack probably won’t be pumping out any dispersers. They are going to stay home, regroup somehow.”

Wolves are now the enemy. Do any of these so called state game agency wolf managers care one whit about wolves and how they are suffering? In my opinion, ABSOLUTELY NOT!!  

We did get a breathless account from a  Montana wolf biologist & manager on the joys of killing a wolf. Maybe if they would spend more time actually studying a species they are responsible for instead of coming up with new and deadly ways to kill them, wolves might actually benefit. Isn’t it their job to look out for wolves welfare  or were they just hired to kill off the wolf population to please hunters and ranchers? They don’t seem to be worried about wolves one bit. Here’s an example of what they do seem to be worried about:  

People are concerned about losing opportunity to hunt elk, especially antlerless elk. 

On killing wolves in the Lolo:

“So this an effort to improve on calf survival and cow elk survival and elk recruitment levels that will result in a population increase. It has been a downward decline for several years.”

There you have it folks. Please read Predatory Bureaucracy, The Extermination of Wolves and The Transformation of the West, by Michael Robinson. He lays out the first extermination pretty clearly. Is it a roadmap for the second one?

So wolf warriors, it’s time to wake up and start thinking about what you can do for wolves every single day because the people in charge of wolves fate only seem to care about increasing deer and elk populations and killing wolves for agribusiness. 

I beg you to start writing to the contacts I have listed below. Tell them you won’t do business with anyone in either state that supports the wolf slaughter. Please stand up for wolves before they are gone.

War has been declared on the Northern Rockies Gray Wolf.

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Take Action For Wolves, CLICK HERE  Start writing, faxing and phoning. Let your voices be heard!! 

Wolf advocates our message is being drowned out by the small groups of wolf haters that want to see wolves annihilated.  If we remain silent that only tells the states we approve of what they are doing, we have to make it clear to them that wolf advocates say enough wolf killing, this is outrageous!!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

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Breaking News

Idaho Fish and Game authorizes wolf kills in Lolo Zone

May 14, 2010, 4:28 pm

http://www.lmtribune.com/breaking-news/1327/

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FWP decision: Montana to at least double ’09 wolf-hunt quota

By MATT VOLZ Associated Press | Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 6:30 am

http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/article_0f2a18c2-5ec0-11df-a9b6-001cc4c03286.html

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Proposal more than doubles Bitterroot wolf harvest

PERRY BACKUS and The Associated Press –

Ravalli Republic | Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010 12:00 am |

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Posted in: Montana wolves, Idaho Wolves

Tags: wolf persecution, Wolf Wars, IDFG, Montana FWP, second western wolf extermination?

Published in: on May 15, 2010 at 2:35 pm  Comments (52)  
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Killing Wolves To Save Wolves? What?

May 13, 2010

I was reading the sermon, I mean article, in High Country News, on why wolf hunters are doing wolves a favor by killing them. It’s called  “One Way to Save the Wolf? Hunt It. Montana wildlife managers deem the first wolf season a success, for both hunters and hunted”

I can tell you without hesitation that the wolves slaughtered in Montana’s hunts would much rather be alive then dead. I’m positive that being blasted in the guts, dying an agonizing death is not preferable to running through the woods, alive and breathing with your pack mates. Seriously, was this written for anyone but trophy hunters, who derive pleasure from killing beauty?

The article suggests that somehow the hunts have shifted people’s perceptions of wolf hunting and the only way to build a  constituency for wolves is to hunt them. Oh the hypocrisy!  Here’s our wolf manager in chief, Carolyn Sime, warning that if we don’t kill wolves to save wolves we’re playing a dangerous game.

Sime believes that those who oppose the wolf season are playing a dangerous game. “You can have wolves as game animals, and hunters who pay to hunt them, or you go with Wildlife Services, and have the taxpayers pay for the control,” she says. Wildlife Services is the federal agency tasked with killing “nuisance” animals, including everything from feral dogs that attack people, to coyotes that threaten livestock, to birds that hang out around airports. Federal shooters killed about 145 wolves in Montana last year, out of an estimated population of 524.

So Wildlife Services is going to stop killing wolves if the state allows continued wolf hunts? Yeah right, that will happen. The truth is wolves now have to dodge bullets from wolf hunters AND Wildlife Services, who act as the ranchers private wolf extermination service.

Between the “wonderful, helpful wolf hunts” and Wildlife Services slaughtering them for agribusiness, 220 wolves lost their lives in Montana in 2009 and that’s not including poaching or SSS.  Now the state wants to almost triple the hunt quota from 75 to  216 wolves for the 2010 hunt. That means if  Wildlife Services kills as many or more wolves in 2010 and the hunts take 216 wolves, plus poaching and general wolf mortality, that could reduce the wolf population to between 100-150 wolves from the current population of 524 by the end of this year. Isn’t that great? Wolf Extermination Part Two but I digress.

Just to set the record straight, I’m outraged about what is happening to wolves and I know I speak for other wolf advocates. We haven’t given up or thrown in the towel. We’re waiting to see if Judge Molloy relists wolves and puts a stop to the hunts. I do not and will never condone killing wolves for sport. I think it’s disgusting, brutal, unnecessary blood lust. Anyone that kills animals for sport has my utter contempt.  The only thing in the entire “Love a wolf/Kill a wolf” article I agree with is the second paragraph.

From the High Country News:

“Montana’s first-ever wolf season was viewed with horror by many environmental groups, and by many people who have celebrated the charismatic predator’s return to the Northern Rockies. The hunt was simply too much, too soon, they said; it would kill off the alpha males and females that are the primary breeders and break the slowly building matrix of genetic diversity that is key to the long-term health of the returning populations. They predicted that leaderless wolf packs would go after even more livestock, leading to more wolf-killing by the federal Wildlife Services. The wolves’ positive effects on the ecosystem — keeping coyote numbers in check, scattering elk that were overgrazing their winter ranges — could be reversed.”

Hunting a species mere months off the endangered species list?  That’s responsible “management”?  The state of Montana rushed to sell wolf tags and make a buck off wolves lives, they sold 15,603 tags which generated $325,916 for state coffers. All this to kill 75 wolves.

Now Montana is proposing to increase the wolf hunt quotas after only recently giving Wildlife Services full discretion  to kill wolves for agribusiness.

Is there any doubt wolves need ESA protection in this hostile environment?  This is why states should NOT be “managing” wolves. It’s an obvious conflict of  interest because the state game agencies, that are in charge of wolves, receive money from hunter’s licensing fees. Get it?

Oh but wait, I forgot, we’re killing wolves to save wolves. Yeah right. Tell that to the wolves.

The most disturbing part of this piece was the Montana FWP wolf manager and wildlife biologist, Mike Ross’s account of killing a six year old male wolf.  That couldn’t be construed as exploiting  his position as a wolf manager? I mean he doesn’t study Montana’s wolves for a living and know where every single wolf pack resides in the state or anything.  He’s just a hunter having a hell of a good time killing a wolf.  Nobody should be outraged by this? Right?  Uh-huh.

Here’s the breathless account of  shooting a wolf to death:

“I’m 48 years old, and I’ve been hunting since I was 9, and I’ve never had a more exciting day of hunting in my life,” Ross says. Ross had a coveted permit, one of only five issued, drawn by lottery to hunt bull elk in what may be the world’s best elk country. “My girlfriend, Colleen, and I saw some pretty good bulls, but I was looking for at least a 340 (Boone and Crockett). We heard wolves howling in the morning, and after lunch … 10 wolves came out on an open ridge, flopped down in the sun, kind of belly-up. Colleen said, ‘Let’s go after them.’ “

The two hunters crossed the river and climbed up to where they could see across to the ridge. “But they were gone,” Ross says. The wolf pack was hidden in a patch of timber above them when Ross “howled them up.” “The woods just opened up,” Ross says, “howls everywhere, coming down on us, just wild, and I thought for a second, ‘How many bullets do we have?’ Then there were wolves below us, too.” Ross howled again, and a big male wolf stepped from the timber above them. “He moved around us, and when he came out in the open, I shot him.” The 6-year-old male wolf was black and weighed 117 pounds. Ross remains awed by the experience. “If you went out there a hundred times and tried to do something like this, you couldn’t do it. It was hunting, you know, where everything comes together all of a sudden. I think those wolves were in a competitive situation with another pack, and they came in like coming into a gang fight. I’ll never forget it.” Ross says that he “got quite a bit of flak for shooting a wolf, people saying I exploited my job. I don’t want anybody to think that. I was out hunting, I had a wolf tag, and we got into them. That’s all.”

Wow that was thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat reading that. That wolf should be so grateful that Ross killed him and had such a great and awesome time doing  it.

Excuse me but should one of Montana’s wolf mangers be bragging  about his special moment killing a wolf? Does anyone else find this concerning?  After all isn’t his job “managing”, studying and tracking wolves, supposedly looking out for them? Yet he describes killing a wolf as if he’d just had an out-of-body experience. Is this who we want managing wolves in Montana? I feel so much better knowing one of Montana’s wolf managers enjoys killing wolves.  That’s just swell.

“If you went out there a hundred times and tried to do something like this, you couldn’t do it. It was hunting, you know, where everything comes together all of a sudden. I think those wolves were in a competitive situation with another pack, and they came in like coming into a gang fight. I’ll never forget it.” Ross says.”

Epic Fail…

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Posted in: Montana wolves,  Howling for Justice, Wolf Wars

Tags: cavemen, chest thumping, trophy hunting, wolves in the cross fire, wolf persecution, Montana wolf hunts

Finally Common Sense On Wolves & Elk….

I can always count on George Wuerthner to speak the truth about  wolves…..

We need wolves to be wolves.

By George Wuerthner, 5-11-10

If the published comments and quotes of David Allen of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) are accurate reflections of his attitudes (and I don’t know that they are), one might get the impression that the only reason hunters and anglers helped to recover elk and deer populations was to enable them to claim all future elk and deer as their private property to shoot and consume. Allen even used a bit of hyperbole to declare the restoration of wolves to the Rockies as “one of the worst wildlife management disasters since the destruction of bison herds in the 19th Century.”

RMEF and other prominent pro hunting organizations are demanding that wolves be “managed” so they will have little effect upon elk numbers which hunters’ desire. This is not to suggest that wolves cannot influence ungulate numbers. Thankfully they can. Nor am I worried that wolves will go extinct if managed. But I do worry that wolves may not be permitted to exert their top down ecological footprint upon the land if they are managed to minimize their influence upon ungulate populations. 

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, biodiversity

Tags: wolves and trophic cascades, wolves and elk

Published in: on May 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm  Comments (6)  
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In Case You Missed This…..A Kid With A 50 Cal. Who Wants To Kill Wolves In Idaho!

I was completely shocked when I saw this. Is it even legal for a kid to own or possess a BMG (Browning Machine Gun) let alone hunt wolves with it?

Why does he want to come to Idaho and kill wolves? Because he states the wolves are killing all the elk and deer so if he kills a whole bunch of wolves then there will be more deer and elk to hunt. He’s asked how many wolves he’s going to kill with that 50 cal. and he says, “quite a few”.

From left:.50 BMG, 300 Win Mag, .308 Winchester, 7.62x39mm, 5.56x45mm NATO, .22LR

Unbelievable. Take a look at the rounds that thing takes. This video was shot in September 09, did this KID use this gun to kill wolves?  I believe the rounds used in this BMG are armor-piercing, can go through brick walls.  Why would anyone allow a child to shoot something like this at an animal?  Or why would ANYONE use a gun like this to “hunt” anything.

Is it any wonder wolf advocates are horrified at the unconscionable things happening to wolves, when you see a video like this?

Things are much worse than I thought. Much worse. Who kills for fun and teaches their children to kill for fun with a weapon so brutally powerful?  Is this supposed to be hunting?  It’s disgusting.

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Posted In: Wolf Wars, wolf intolerance, gray wolf/canis lupus

Tags:  50 caliber, wolves in the crossfire, children using guns

Published in: on May 10, 2010 at 12:27 pm  Comments (31)  
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