Where is Washington’s Lookout Pack Alpha Female?

Lookout Pack Yearling Wolf 2008

Washington state is missing the mother of the first wolf pack in the state in seventy years. Apparently the Lookout pack alpha female has been missing since May, why are we just hearing about it now? This will be the fifth wolf  missing or dead in the last three months in four states, four of them alphas (parents of the pack). 

New Mexico and Arizona have been the hardest hit, losing three highly endangered Mexican gray wolves.  Two members of the Hawks Nest pack, who have seven pups, are dead. The alpha male or father was found shot to death in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest. Soon after a yearling Hawks Nest male was also found shot to death,  leaving the alpha female and a yearling female to raise seven puppies.  The San Mateo pack alpha male, was found dead under suspicious circumstances.

(update)The Paradise pack alpha male, who roams the Ft. Apache Indian Reservation, has been missing since April. He just turned up alive with a dead collar. Thank  you Jean for passing along the good news! 

(UPDATE) In Oregon, the Imnaha pack alpha male has been missing since May 31 but he was recently sighted. 

Now the Lookout Pack alpha female is missing in Washington.  

This has to be a concerted effort among wolf hating poachers to eliminate the leaders of each one of these packs. When is the federal government going to get serious about poaching? The reason these wolves are dead is because poachers know they can get away with it.  Clamp down on these people USFWS!!!  Is this 1910 or 2010?

This video is last years Lookout Pack pups howling in the Methow Valley. 

Here are  Lookout pups romping, caught on remote camera.

Lookout Pack Pups 2008


Mother wolf missing from state’s 1st pack in decades

Jul 29, 2010 at 4:44 PM PDT


Photo: Photos Courtesy Washington Department of  Fish and Wildlife

Posted in: Washington wolves

Tags: Lookout Pack, alpha female, wolf intolerance, poaching, USFWS


Published in: on July 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm  Comments (13)  
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Utah…”No Wolf Zone”?

I read an opinion piece in the Salt Lake Tribune concerning wolves return to the state. It’s been years since canis lupus roamed their native lands in Utah, they were extirpated from most of America, save a few pockets of wolves in Minnestota. But in order to make it to Utah they have to cross the “no wolf zone” in Idaho and Wyoming. No easy task since two wolves, trying to set up shop in Utah, were recently killed for livestock depredation. I always take these reports with a grain of salt because I know and the “wildlife managers” will admit, if asked, that wolves are a mere blip concerning livestock losses. But it always seems to make front page headlines in the local media, because people have a politcal agenda to advance.

The writer summed up their feelings about wolves in Utah this way:

We sympathize with ranchers in northeastern Utah who fear ongoing losses of livestock if wolf packs take up permanent residence. But we remind them that the state, upon investigation and confirmation that a wolf was the culprit, will pay depredation claims. And we encourage them to explore nonlethal methods of safeguarding flocks and herds, including alarm systems, fencing, lighting and the timely removal from the range of dead and dying animals that can attract wolves.

As for hunters, they’ll have to share their bounty with wolves if the animals gain a foothold here. But nimrods will also benefit from a healthier population of game animals, as wolves cull old, weak and sick specimens and improve the genetics of the herds.

For the rest of us, the return of the wolf promises a welcome return to the natural order — a healthy ecosystem, an apex predator in place, silent nights punctuated by eerie howls. The gray wolf should be allowed to reinhabit its old haunting grounds.

Basically the author is saying “suck it up hunters and stop whining”. You can’t get your way all the time, wolves belong to all Americans not just you and your cronies in the state game agencies.

Wolves remind us of places wild and free. None of us wants to think everything in the world has been tamed. We need apex predators to do their job and keep ungulate herds healthy and in so doing, bring a wildness to the places they inhabit.

I’m proud to say I live in wolf country. Wolf song piercing the night  gives me comfort, I’m lucky to be here where canis lupus calls home. But wolves are threatened by upcoming hunts in Montana, especially in Northwestern Montana, where 122 wolves are slated to die at the hand of a hunter’s bullet or arrow, more then any other area of the state.

I have no doubt, wolves being the tenacious creatures they are,  will one day inhabit Utah and hopefully the rest of their native habitat, lost to them by the brutality of man.

Now if only they can run the gauntlet though Idaho and Wyoming.


Wayward wolves

Updated Jul 28, 2010 03:25PM

Salt Lake Tribune Opinion


Photo: Top photo courtesy dcofotom.
Bottom Photo Courtesy kewl wallpapers
Posted in: Utah wolves, biodiversity, Wolf Wars
Tags: No Wolf Zone, Utah, gray wolf, disperse, wolf intolerance
Published in: on July 30, 2010 at 1:48 pm  Comments (22)  
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New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson Suspends Trapping in Wolf Recovery Area

Middle Fork Pack alphas both  missing their front legs, Alpha male AM871 lost his limb to a leg hold trap.

What a breath of fresh air. Positive wolf news for a change.  Governor Bill Richardson has suspended trapping on the NM side of the wolf recovery area for six months.  He wants to know what effect trapping has on the highly endangered Mexican gray wolf population and has ordered New Mexico Fish and Game to study the issue.

Actually they don’t have to do a study, I can tell you trapping is devastating to all animals, including gray wolves. The alpha male of the Middle Fork pack lost his front leg to a trap. He and his mate are both missing their front legs. The alpha female lost her front leg to a bullet.

Even though this is a suspension for six months and not a permanent ban it certainly is a step in the right direction. We need to get traps and snares off all public lands. 

I commend the Governor for doing something pro-active for wolves. We should write and thank him for his efforts.

Contact Governor Bill Richardson:



NM governor suspends trapping in wolf area

Associated Press – July 28, 2010 4:55 PM ET



Photos: Courtesy USFWS

Posted in: Mexican gray wolf

Tags: trapping suspension, New Mexico, traps and snares, Governor Bill Richardson


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.”


Photo: Manifest Destiny Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, biodiversity

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

America’s Wild Horses Under Attack! Take Action!!

This is a wolf blog but sometimes there are injustices perpetrated against other animals I feel compelled to speak out about, the plight of America’s wild horses is such an example. I’m so concerned about what’s  happening to them I felt I had to post these videos and information so you could take action to help them. 

The feds are persecuting our wild horses and getting away with it.

There are only about 25,000 wild horses left in America, the rest are in horse jail or as the  BLM  likes to call their new homes, holding pens. The horses are rounded up with helicopters, frightened, running for their lives, pregnant mares have aborted their foals, stallions are separated from their mares.

In a particularly brutal round-up in Nevada twenty two horses died.

Please watch the videos and read the articles about what is happening to our mustangs. They are being run off their land that was given to them by Congress. The bogus excuse the BLM gives for rounding up these horses is they are starving. That is not true, the horses are doing fine. The government  just wants to get rid of them to make room for more cows. Or now it’s alleged they are running them off their land because of oil and gas leases. Will Big Oil and cattle ranching destroy our last remaining wild horses? Please don’t let this happen. 

The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 is supposed to protect these horses but the ranchers and oil companies have so much power, it’s being ignored.

Shame. Ken Salazar needs to go!!


Disappointment Valley


Saving America’s Mustangs – CNN News Report – Deadly Round-up’s


BP Killing Off Horses On Public Land To Get Oil Leases



Tell President Obama to Suspend ALL Summer Round-Ups Immediately!  TAKE ACTION!!



Please visit the following websites to learn more about what is happening to our national treasure, the wild horses and how you can help.




• The Cloud Foundation



• Save America’s Mustangs


Photo: Courtesy Alexander Higgins blog

Posted in: Wild Horses

Tags:  stop BLM roundups, Ken Salazar,  mustangs, give mustangs back their land

Twin Baby Moose in Sprinkler

I just can’t get enough of this video, this is my second time posting it.

It’s sure to lift any ones spirits and leave no doubt how senescent animals really are. They are our brethren, love them, respect them.


Published in: on July 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm  Comments (9)  

“License To Kill”…Must Read NYT Article on Northern Rockies Wolf Hunts

This article says it all.


Editorial New York Times

License to Kill

Published: July 21, 2010

In Idaho and Montana, in early 2009, gray wolves were removed from the endangered species list and left to the mercy of state “management plans.” Those plans have been crafted to satisfy hunters rather than protect the wolves or the ecosystem in which they play an essential role. They all but guarantee the slow extinction of the roughly 1,700 wolves left in the Rocky Mountain West.

The wolf-hunting quota in Montana was 75 animals last year. This year it is 186 out of an estimated 524 wolves in the state. Idaho, which is expected to announce its quota next month, will allow wolves to be trapped, then shot, and it will let hunters use electronic calls.

These plans are the extension of a weak and outdated recovery plan (approved by the federal government in 1987) that requires each state to maintain only 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs — far below what’s necessary to guarantee genetically healthy populations. And since that is the only official minimum on the books, it is an invitation to Idaho and Montana to keep killing wolves, until they approach that number. (In Wyoming, wolves are still on the endangered list because the state has yet to develop even a minimally acceptable management scheme.)

To read the rest of the article CLICK HERE


Posted in: Wolf Wars, gray wolf/canis lupus, Montana wolves, Idaho wolves

Tags: license to kill, politics drive wolf hunts, wolf persecution, bad wolf management plans

Wolf Recovery Sought Across US…Please Support This Plan!!

I’m reposting this because I think it’s the future of wolf recovery in this country. Wolves must be allowed to reclaim their historical home range, not be boxed in by brutal state management plans. USFWS should scrap the outdated wolf plan and give serious consideration to the Center For Biological Diversity national wolf plan!!  We have to take the lead on this people. Start writing USFWS, in support of this plan. It’s the only thing that makes sense for wolves.


For Immediate Release, July 20, 2010

Contact:  Michael Robinson, (575) 534-0360

Wolf Recovery Sought Across Country: West Coast, New England, Colorado and Great Plains

Silver City, N.M.— Gray wolves should be recovered in multiple, connected populations throughout the United States, according to a scientific petition filed today by the Center for Biological Diversity with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The petition asks for development of a national recovery plan for the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act to establish wolf populations in suitable habitat in the Pacific Northwest, California, Great Basin, southern Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and New England.

“Existing recovery plans for wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains and upper Midwest are out of date and apply to a small fraction of the wolf’s historic range,” said the Center’s Michael Robinson. “It’s time to develop a national recovery plan to facilitate true recovery of the gray wolf.”

Currently, gray wolf populations are limited to the northern Rocky Mountains, western Great Lakes and Southwest, which makes up less than 5 percent of their historic range. In part, this reflects the fact that the gray wolf has never had a national recovery plan, though it has been listed in the entire conterminous United States since 1978. Instead, individual recovery plans have been developed for only the three areas that now harbor populations. These plans were developed in the late 1970s and 1980s and are now outdated. Besides failing to recognize that wolves can be recovered to other areas, the plans set population goals well below what are now considered necessary for population health and survival. In the northern Rocky Mountains, for example, the recovery plan only called for 30 breeding pairs, split between three subpopulations.

“Small, isolated wolf populations are a recipe for extinction,” said Robinson. “Science teaches us that we need far more wolves that range across a much wider swath of the continent than the current minimalistic approach.”

The Center’s petition starts a process in which the Fish and Wildlife Service must make a determination on whether to develop such a recovery plan based on the science in the petition and the requirements of the law. The Endangered Species Act requires recovery of endangered animals and plants throughout all significant portions of their range.

“Wolves are an engine of evolution,” said Robinson. “They help feed bears, eagles and wolverines with the leftovers from their kills; they help pronghorn antelope and even foxes survive by controlling coyotes. A continent-wide approach to wolf recovery is necessary both to save the wolf and to restore ecosystems across the United States.”



Finally someone is calling for a national wolf recovery plan. I think the Center is seizing the opportunity to propose true wolf recovery in this country. 

If Judge Molloy relists the Northern Rockies wolf population there will be a chance to rewrite the rules and wolves would no longer be under state controlled death sentences, following outdated management plans.  This is the only hope for wolves to make a full and complete recovery in America. 

I applaud the Center for their bold plan!! 

Read the full petition submitted to the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar and Rowan Gould, Acting Director, USFWS.

Petition to the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for  Development of a Recovery Plan for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the Conterminous United States Outside of the Southwest.


Take Action For Wolves, Support This Plan!!



Photo: Courtesy Tambako the Jaguar Flickr

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, Positive wolf news, Wolf Recovery

Tags: bold wolf recovery plan, gray wolf, biodiversity, Lords of Nature

“Don’t give wolf opponents tracking frequencies”

Mexican gray wolf pups Lobos of the Southwest

July 2o, 2010

That’s the title of a recent letter to the Arizona Star.

Telemetry devices were given out to Southwestern ranchers when Mexican gray wolves were first reintroduced, apparently so ranchers would use them to keep track of any wolves approaching their cows. The USFWS handed out the telemetry to people who were no friend to the wolf. No wonder Mexican gray wolves have been so heavily poached. Did USFWS ever think for one minute this could be a disaster for the very wolves they were supposed to protect, making it easier to  find and kill them?  Apparently not.

The USFWS  should IMMEDIATELY AND WITHOUT DELAY collect every single one of those radio receivers. It’s not as if they haven’t known about this problem for years.

KTAR.com reported on the suspected abuse of radio telemetry to hunt down Mexican gray wolves back in 2008.  Fifteen conservation groups called for an investigation into  a wolf baiting incident concerning a ranch hand from the Adobe-Slash ranch, which is owned by a Mexican businessman. Cows from the ranch heavily graze the Gila National Forest, part of the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area. One of their ranch hands was accused of baiting wolves to trigger the  “three strikes rule”. The rule was scraped last year but it meant if a wolf was implicated in three cattle deaths, they would be killed.

From KTAR.com: Updated Jan 3, 2008 – 1:48 pm

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been looking into a December report in High Country News _ an online, independent biweekly news magazine _ that quoted an employee of Adobe-Slash Ranch in Catron County, Mike Miller, as saying, “We would sacrifice a calf to get a third strike.” The article alleged ranch hands branded cattle near the wolf’s den.

Miller denied the allegations in the article, written by contributing editor John Dougherty. High Country News editor Jonathan Thompson said the magazine stands by its story.

The conservation groups also asked for an investigation by law enforcement, with prosecution if warranted.

They also asked that radio telemetry receivers “that may be used to facilitate illegal baiting” be taken away. Telemetry receivers let ranchers know where certain radio-collared wolves are.

The high rate of wolf poaching and suspicious disappearances strongly suggests that the federal take of wolves, the telemetry receivers and other substantial steps taken by the (Fish and Wildlife) Service to conciliate the livestock industry have not resulted in reducing illegal take _ they may have contributed to the opposite result,” the letter said.”

The Center for Biological Diversity released this statement:

For Immediate Release, January 3, 2008

Contact: Michael Robinson

Conservationists Request Investigations of Reported Wolf Baiting

SILVER CITY, N.M.— Fifteen conservation groups wrote Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne today requesting an independent inspector general investigationinto a reported baiting of endangered Mexican gray wolves. The baiting scheme, in which vulnerable cattle were allegedly left near a wolf den, resulted in a rare wolf being shot by the federal government.

The letter to Kempthorne states in part: “The possibility that illegal take was perpetrated through abuse of government-provided telemetry radio receivers and through taking advantage of SOP 13, the rigid predator-control protocol applied to Mexican wolves, merits thorough investigation.”

Conservationists are also requesting a law enforcement investigation, retrieval of radio telemetry receivers that may be used to facilitate illegal baiting, and release back into the wild of trapped wolves that may also have been baited on the same ranch. In addition, in separate letters to the  Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, the concerned groups request the cancellation of grazing permits.

According to the December 24, 2007 High Country News article that broke the wolf-baiting story, ranch employee Mike Miller “branded cattle less than a half-mile from the wolves’ den, the enticing aroma of seared flesh surely reaching the pack’s super-sensitive nostrils. Miller was, in essence, offering up a cow as a sacrifice.” In fact, the article quotes Miller as saying: “We would sacrifice a calf to get a third strike” — referring to depredations in the so-called “three-strikes-and-you’re-out” rule governing the Mexican wolves, formally known as SOP 13. Miller is quoted in a subsequent Albuquerque Journal article as denying that he made such an admission.

The conservationists’ letters specifically seek the following actions:

• A law enforcement investigation of the incident described in the magazine High Country News, along with prosecution if merited.

• An independent inspector general investigation of whether wolves were removed from the same ranch subsequent to the Fish and       Wildlife Service learning about the alleged baiting, the granting of government telemetry receivers to the livestock industry and/or rogue county governments, and related questions.

• Cancellation of grazing and outfitting permits held by any person found to have baited wolves. (The foreign-owned ranch where the incident is alleged to have taken place holds multiple Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and state grazing permits.)


It’s been two years and the USFWS still hasn’t addressed this issue, which threatens the lives of endangered wolves under their care.  AND cattle still roam in the Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area? Isn’t it time to start pulling grazing leases?

America is in danger of losing a wolf sub-species forever, due in part to prior misguided policies. These wolves belong to all Americans, not just a few wolf haters who want them gone from the Southwest.

Please keep the Hawks Nest alpha female in your thoughts. She is alone, in that vast landscape, with seven pups and one female yearling wolf to help raise them. Her mate and a yearling male from the pack were shot to death by a heartless, brutal poacher.  This is a war on Mexican gray wolves and it must be stopped.


Don’t give wolf opponents tracking frequencies

Letters to the Editor

Posted: Sunday, July 18, 2010 4:00 am



The Humane Society of the U.S. and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust are offering a reward of up to $2,500 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the party responsible in the shooting death of the Hawks Nest wolf. Coupled with the government’s reward, the total amount offered is now up to $54,500.

$50,000 REWARD

For information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone illegally killing a Mexican Gray Wolf.

Or transporting Mexican wolf hides or parts.

Contact U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

at any of the following numbers:

(480) 967-7900 [Mesa AZ]

(928) 339-4232 [Alpine, AZ]

(505) 346-7828 [Albuquerque, NM]

Or call your local state Game and Fish office:

Arizona (800) 352-0700 New Mexico (800) 862-9310




Photo: Courtesy Lobos of the Southwest

Posted in: Mexican gray wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: radio telemetry receivers, poaching/pond-scum, Hawks Nest Pack, Paradise Pack, San Mateo Pack

Run Wolf Warrior Run

July 18, 2010

Run, wolf warrior, to ends eternal
Through the wreckage of the death of the day
Scent of silence under starlight spinning
A captured beast within a human skin

Are you searching for long lost landscapes
Lit by flowers and crystal cascades?
Where the lamb lies down with the lion
Where the wolf is one with the wild

Run, wolf warrior, through kingdoms’ chaos
Senseless cities and ghost towns towering
Howl, O hunter, though few know you’re crying
Face upturned into that midnight moon

Are you hunting for mystic mountains
Where the air is like liquid laughter?
Where the beasts inherit the earth
Where the last again will be first

Run, wolf warrior, to hide your hunger
The rain will wash away the pains of the day
In your eyes there are cold fires burning
Tongues of flame that can never be tamed

Are you running from Man’s delusion
Majestic madness and your exclusion
To where the lamb lies down with the lion?

Are you running down ancient pathways
Through this dark and deserted land
To where man is once more a child?

Are you running to freedom’s fortress
By the side of wide open seas
Where the wolf is one with the wild?

Run, run, run…

Run, run, run, run, run, run on, run on through the rain…

Vocal: Joyce
Music: Yoko Kanno
Words: Chris Mosdell

Photo: Courtesy kewl wallpapers

Video: Wolf’s Rain

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, Wolf Wars

Tags: anime, wolf warriors, Lords of Nature, gray wolves

Published in: on July 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm  Comments (22)  
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