ACTION ALERT: New Assault On The ESA! Wolfgate?

UPDATE: Nothing so far reported in the media about this, other than what I’ve written. It’s as if it didn’t happen. Curiouser and Curiouser!

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Fasten your seat belts Wolf Warriors, the battle to strip gray wolves of their ESA protections, just got uglier.

Marc C., a founding member of Wolf Warriors, went to Rehberg’s wolf meeting in Hamilton yesterday. Marc told me a lobbyist for the cattle industry, stated there was a recent attack on the ESA in Congress, that almost passed! He said Senator Tester stopped it. I told him that couldn’t be true because there wasn’t any news coverage about it. How could an attack on the ESA, just a few weeks ago, go unnoticed? Well guess what, Marc was right! And the story is true, if my research is correct.

According to the “not friendly to wolves” Black Bear Blog, there was a plan by some members of Congress to tack the anti-wolf bill, HR 6028, onto a Continuing Resolution (CR), therefore by-passing a vote on it. Apparently Senators Baucus and Tester stopped it or we would have awoken to find wolves had been stripped of their ESA protections.

Here’s the link to the sordid tale.

Sens. Baucus And Tester Accused Of Derailing Wolf Bill

September 30, 2010

http://mainehuntingtoday.com/bbb/2010/09/30/sens-baucus-and-tester-accused-of-derailing-wolf-bill/

*Note: Even though Senators Tester and Baucus stopped the recent sneak attack on the ESA, which we are grateful for, they have now introduced their own legislation in the Senate, which would “remove Rocky Mountain gray wolves from the federal threatened or endangered species lists in Montana and Idaho

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I have not spoken to Don Peay, SFW to confirm the accuracy of his email, on the Black Bear Blog but it looks legit. If it’s true this could turn out to be Wolf Watergate. 

I will keep you posted as new facts come to light. The battle to protect wolves is getting nastier by the minute.

Hang onto your seats Wolf Warriors, this is going to be a bumpy ride!!

  

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Tags: sneak attack on the ESA. Some in Congress try “end round” the ESA, dirty tricks

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  1. Dear Nabeki how in hell that happens? how they come to close on that decision? My God that was a nightmare please keep us informed.
    Congrats to Senators that say NO…

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    • Vasileios…I am as shocked as you? It gets crazier by the day. What I’m even more shocked about is that people aren’t taking this more seriously. I feel like standing on the tallest building in the world and shouting this at the top of my lungs. “Some in Congress were pulling dirty tricks to strip wolves of their ESA protections, what are we going to do about this? Ignore it?”

      N.

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  2. God in heaven I feel like I am living a total nightmare!! I simply cannot believe that this almost happened. I guess Tester and Baucus woke up and realized what was happening, and thank god for that. This is an outrage. How on earth could this have gotten so close? I am going to contact the Center of Biodiversity and Western Watersheds.

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    • Okay so why did Tester and Baucus stop this? They want their own version of wolf killing legitimized?

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      • Maybe they didn’t want to be part of stripping ALL wolves from the ESA, only Montana and Idaho wolves? Who the heck knows, this whole thing is creepy to say the least. The scary thing is why didn’t any of the big environmental groups catch wind of this? They have lobbyists in DC. There is much to this story that has not come out yet. That’s why I called it Wolf Watergate? Will we have to find Deep Throat to get all the info?

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  3. Speaking of Don Peay….here’s a quote of his from the Idaho Mountain Express Oct 6th: (

    An undated letter on the Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife’s website from founder Don Peay suggests adopting shelter dogs and buying sheep, staking them out in wolf areas and waiting for the wolves to kill them. Wolves involved in such incidents could then be legally killed by federal agencies.
    “When the wolves killed these dogs, [we’d] get the wolves killed,” the letter reads

    “Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife.” Another hook and bullet organization with no class.

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    • This man is truly, truly sick. I am at this point in a daze and cannot really think properly. Don Peay needs psychological help, the man is totally deranged. I have volunteered in shelters for years and I know all about animal abuse and neglect, but quite frankly this is certainly some of the most twisted views I have heard of.

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    • How horrible Jerry. Who thinks up stuff like this? Mindblowing??

      N.

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  4. Nabeki I just called Tester’s office in D.C. The person I spoke to said he didn’t know anything about it but that didn’t really mean anything because he is not working on that particular legislation. He said he was going to put me through to an assistant and that I could leave a voicemail but when he transferred me, I was cut off.

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    • I went through the same thing SCWG…couldn’t find anyone that would listen. They didn’t know what I was talking about. This is maddening. We need someone in the press to investigate this. But then where were they when these back room deals were going on?

      N.

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      • I checked the Center for Biological Diversity, but they have so many people I got confused as to who to call. It is crazy here at work and I haven’t had a chance to contact Watershed Projects. What do you think about them? I still cannot get over Don Peay and his shelter dog solution. This man is truly sick and demented.

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      • The Center is great, in fact I think they are the best.

        We have to get to the bottom of this because if they tried to sneak this through once, they’ll do it again. I’m stunned there is not more of an outcry. I was expecting people to be be shocked about this. All wolves almost lost their ESA protections last week and that includes the Mexican grays…yet there seems to be silence? What is going on?

        N>

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  5. I don’t like the way nothing can be confirmed, nothing is being said. I’ve never heard of anything like this before. It’s just plain weird.

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    • SoCalWolfGal,That is what is scaring me.I can’t any comfirmation either.

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  6. Don’t expect Congress to delist wolves

    http://trib.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_0bb59cae-002c-5166-8e6d-0aa5eec75a73.html

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    • Congress may not delist wolves through the front door but one week ago they almost did it through the back door. People should not be complacent at all. Tester and Baucus had there own reasons for not participating in the back room deal but what if they hadn’t? We would have started our day by reading about wolves stripped of their ESA protections. There is no reason to think they won’t try this again. That’s why I felt the need to sound the alarm on this. None of the environmental groups said one word about this. Did they even know? That’s the scary part. There was no reporting of it until Peay’s email was posted on the BBB.

      Baucus and Testor have introduced their own legislation just recently to remove wolves protections in Idaho and Montana. Who knows what else the politicians are doing? I’m worried. They’re expecting people to have short memories and forget what just happened. Remember Conrad Burns did the exact same thing to our wild horses in 2005. I advise everyone to call and complain bitterly about this. Especially the senators who were ready to tack the anti-wolf bill onto a Continued Resolution. That’s the worst case scenario and it actually happened right under everyone’s noses.

      N.

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      • The fact that this could happen with any bill being tacked on to legislation that can be passed without a vote or public knowledge is truly a sign how corrupt and self serving our government, those elected by us, have become. I am now convinced that the ONLY thing 95% of them care about is holding on to the own office and what they can get out of it.

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      • It seems now our biggest worry is the thirteen environmental groups meeting with Montana behind closed doors, playing “let’s make a deal”. Why would they do that when wolves are clearly not recovered in the Northern Rockies? This is very disturbing.

        N.

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  7. This story is chilling. I was afraid that one of the only ways to get this bill through was to attach to a CR which would have been signed by Obama. This would have not been democracy. I am disturbed by Sen Reid not sticking up for the ESA, and also by Sleazeball Don Peay who has some influence with western senators. Everyone here should call or write the White House to make Obama aware of some of Peays comments concerning using shelter animals as bait- what a scumbag asshole. It shows these people will do almost anything to kill wolves. Chilling

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  8. I already called senators Tom and Mark Udall to ask for them to protect wolves. It only takes one senator to block legislation, you know how coburn and deminted have been objecting to legislation. Both Udall’s have a long history of environmental protection dating back to when the elder udall was in Interior. This is about Wyoming and their archaic and outdated hatred of predators, as Nabeki said wolves are easy scapegoats because they can’t defend themselves. I called Bourasso’s office and this airhead that had no knowledge of the situation tried to defend Wyomings position. I remember when Bourasso was whining about backroom deals and business as usual in Wash, he is a hypocrite

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    • Not one word of their dirty tricks meetings in the press William. Silence!! Pretty sad. I’ve called many in Congress pro and con. I can’t get a straight answer from anyone.

      Now it seems the thirteen environmental groups that won the wolf lawsuit are playing “lets make a deal with Montana”. The sticking point is they want assurances the state will manage for a viable wolf population..Uh-huh. That means if they give away the farm to Montana, we’ll have wolf hunts again. Why in the world would they bring the lawsuit to stop the hunts in the first place, if they’re going to give away the farm? Wolves are clearly not recovered in the Northern Rockies. Again the public is shut out of these “private meetings”. I’m getting more and more discouraged with the entire situation. What gives them the right to barter wolves lives away just to satisfy the wolf killing crowd in the state? It makes no sense whatsover?

      N.

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      • Nabeki is right, it does look like the 13 enviromental groups are meeting with Montana about the wolves and,I feel the wolves will lose out.I guess,the 13 groups fear there is a chance, of some kind ,that a bill could be passed that would stripe the protection from the wolves anyway.Cowards all of them.

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      • Why would these groups want to compromise with a state that desperately wants to hunt and kill wolves? I’m very upset by this.

        OTOH, none of the conservation groups are quoted in the article so that is comforting at least. I just don’t want wolves sold short, especially returning them to state management where they would be used to make the states money with wolf hunts and appease all the wolf hating groups.

        Montana Says Settlement Possible in Wolf Lawsuit
        Page Last Updated: Thursday October 7, 2010 12:19pm MDT
        http://www.kpvi.com/story.php?id=29245&n=15207

        N.

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      • Nabeki, I worry about wolves whether they are protected or not because you will always have those hunters out there who have a very deep hatred for wolves and want them dead. Wolves stand no chance against these cowards and their high powered rifles.

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  9. This anyone else see the comments Don Peay made about wolves? Here it is for those that haven’t seen his comments.

    http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005133546

    An undated letter on the Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife’s website from founder Don Peay suggests adopting shelter dogs and buying sheep, staking them out in wolf areas and waiting for the wolves to kill them. Wolves involved in such incidents could then be legally killed by federal agencies.
    “When the wolves killed these dogs, [we’d] get the wolves killed,” the letter reads.
    Idaho hunters may not be eager to follow Peay’s advice. Ken Enslinger, spokesman for the Magic Valley Chapter of Idaho Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, dismissed the suggestion entirely.
    “That’s totally ridiculous,” he said.
    Peay’s letter states repeatedly that the suggestion is not just “idle talk,” but pro-wolf groups seem to find the letter as “ridiculous” as Enslinger does.
    “I bet the American Humane Society would be totally into that,” Dutcher joked. “That’s almost not even worth comment.”
    Steven Silvers, spokesman for the Humane Society, said that the threat of hunters being able to adopt shelter dogs as wolf bait is not terribly serious.
    “This sounds like more of a political statement than an actual proposal,” Silvers said. “No shelter would let a dog go to any group or organization in the first place, especially one that would use the dogs as bait.”
    Stone said a similar situation occurred in the Yellowstone National Park area five years ago, when a calf was staked out in a wolf zone and killed. She said the plan failed because the Fish and Wildlife Service found out that the calf had been intentionally abandoned with the intent to get a wolf pack killed.

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    • To think Peay is actually the founder of Sportsmens for (Killing) Fish and Wildlife. What will they come up with next. Baiting wolves with puppies? This is such a sick suggestion it’s almost impossible to believe this guy is serious but unfortunately I think he is.

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  10. My God what kind of people are they i hate them. Please Wolf Warriors have you check recently the voting on Bozeman Chronicle poll the results so far is really heartbreaking see for your self they are so much Wolf haters out there…

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  11. I am suspicious of this deal with environmental groups. It would be more logical to continue lobbying the support of the more reasonable members of congress like the Udalls, Dick Durbin, and Levin. Remember all it takes is one vote to derail legislation in the senate through objection. remember the ESA is law, so who are any groups whether for or Against to shortchange the law? Think about it. By making deals you nullify the scientific integrity of the ESA statute and turn it into a political tug of war

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    • http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/7237017.html

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      • That’s good news Jon but I’m more worried about the conservation groups compromising with Montana FWP.

        N.

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    • I don’t like it all William. This undermines the process IMO, especially since this is taking place in secret. It’s turning the whole process on it’s head. A huge victory was won in court, then compromise it away? Why? Especially with Montana FWP, who have been horrible stewards of wolves. How many wolf packs have they ordered killed by WS since last year? I can’t even count them all. Does anyone remember the twenty seven member Hog Heaven Pack, Montana FWP gave the order to WS to kill them all, including killing fifteen pups and two breeding females? I’m worried.
      N.

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      • Sport killing of wildlife should banned Nabeki and wildlife services needs to go. I looked at the number of animals that ws has killed in 2009 and years before that and I am just astonished and very disgusted. The american public are not aware of wildlife services. Whether wolves are protected or not, I will worry about them because there will be some hunters who will take the law into their own hands and will try to kill wolves using the sss method. Ws are also an obvious threat. A few red wolves were just recently shot in North Carolina.

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      • WS is a scouge. They need to be defunded and I agree trophy hunting should be banned. It’s sick and cruel. The Safari Club is one of the worst trophy hunting groups out there.

        N.

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  12. Federal officials deny Montana’s wolf hunt request

    HELENA, Mont. — Federal officials have denied Montana’s request to hunt endangered gray wolves in response to the predators’ increasing attacks on livestock and big-game herds.
    The state hoped to exploit a loophole in the federal Endangered Species Act and hold a “conservation hunt” for up to 186 wolves this fall.
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Daniel Ashe denied the request Thursday, saying that his agency supports sport hunting of wolves, but would not expect approval of Montana’s proposal to survive a legal challenge.
    A federal judge in August restored wolves in Montana and Idaho to the endangered species list following a lawsuit from environmentalists.
    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/7237017.html

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  13. This is all I have to say about Montana and their constant claim that they can manage wolves. Earlier this summer Jerry B. and I attended the “We can kill wolves because we want to!) public information and listening gathering at the Double Tree in Missoula. You do the math and tell me if you honestly believe that MTFW&P can manage wolves in Montana.

    525 wolves currently in Montana.
    186 would be slaughtered in the hunt.
    145 wolves killed by Wildlife Service.
    050 Die of natural causes (This is my estimate and I am not
    a biologist.) Conservative estimate.

    Now!!! Someone please produce an argument based on merit that MTFW&P can be trusted to manage wolves. I speak only for myself. I don’t believe a word Maurier, Lane, McDonald and Sime say anymore. These folks are to desperate and pathetic for me to believe. When I first jumped into this issue I was naive and gullible. Those days are gone!
    NO COMPROMISE!!!!

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    • I totally agree Marc but for some reason the environmental groups feel the need to compromise with these people. Why? They won the court battle, wolves are under the protection of the ESA. What compromise could they possibly come up with that would be acceptable? Montana FWP has made it clear any compromise would include wolf hunts and managing wolves like game animals. That is totally not acceptable. Any compromise would include delisting wolves again because there can’t be hunts of an endangered species. So the only thing a compromise would garner is some promise from Montana FWP to maintain wolf numbers at some level. That is not worth giving wolves back over to them. They were horrible managers of wolves. This is completely frutrating and upsetting.

      N.

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  14. That’s right, Marc,NO COMROMISE.MTFW&P only serves the few and not the whole.They are game wardens that makes sure that there is game to be had for the hunters and to guard the cows which no longer have the ablitity to defend themselves because of breeding(no horns like the bison or buffalo)so the owners, in order do as little as possible, call their hetchmen.

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    • Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have proven their inability to control -themselves- when it comes to grey wolves…and coyotes….and bears…ect. They were given the opportunity to prove us wrong that their values had changed, that they lived in the present rather than the 1800s. They failed. Miserably.
      If game agencies want to blame anyone for the relisting of wolves, they can point the finger at themselves, the relisting is simply the consequence for their arrogant stupidity.

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      • So well said John. They couldn’t wait to kill wolves as soon as they were delisted, just mere months off the endangered species list, they organized a hunt. These are not the people we want to turn wolves back over to. It’s chills me thinking about it.

        N.

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  15. Thank god for this senator who is finnaly agnolging the stupid nonsense that currupts America today.

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    • I….I’m not giving Baucus and Tester much credit because they then turned around and introduced their own legislation in the Senate that would strip wolves of their ESA protections. So they cancelled whatever good they did out, IMO.

      N.

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