Here’s to 2011. May It Be A Better Year For Wolves!!
Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus
Tags: 2011, Happy New Year, gray wolf
This wonderful video was created by Wolf Warrior Diane’s sixth grade class.
Diane is an amazing New York middle school teacher, who is educating her students about wolves. Her efforts have paid off. look what these children have created.
I’m so proud to post it on New Years Eve. Enjoy!!
Posted in: Wolf Warriors
Tags: Tribute to Wolves, Diane’s sixth grade class, little wolf warriors, education is key
Photo: Courtesy kewlwallpapers.com
Album Cover: Zango Music
Posted in: Spiritual, Native American, gray wolf
Tags: Southwest, gray wolves, Grand Canyon, Native American
“7 lions spotted along the road in the Maasai Mara National Park in Kenya.”
Big cats are losing ground in Africa. Lion numbers have plummeted to just 25,000 animals in the wild, from a high of 450,000 lions thirty years ago. Poaching, habitat loss and conflicts with humans have decimated not only lions but the entire range of big cats.
Lions in the Maasai Mara National Reserve, in south-western Kenya, are in conflict with livestock owners. When lions kill cattle the pastoralists have retaliated by killing lions, resulting in more downward pressure on the already beleaguered lion population.
Human encroachment around the reserve has contributed to huge losses of hoofed animals the big cats prey on. Hence the cats may turn to cattle.
“A study funded by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and conducted by ILRI between 1989 and 2003 monitored hoofed species in the Maasai Mara on a monthly basis, and found that that losses were as high as 95 percent for giraffes, 80 percent for warthogs, 76 percent for hartebeest, and 67 percent for impala.
The study blames the loss of animals on increased human settlement in and around the reserve. The article claims, “The study provides the most detailed evidence to date on the declines in the ungulate (hoofed animals) populations in The Mara and how this phenomenon is linked to the rapid expansion of human populations near the boundaries of the reserve.”
But National Geographic has stepped in to help:
Big Cats Initiative Grant
Grantee: Anne Kent Taylor
Project: Construction of predator proof livestock enclosures in prime big cat habitats in Kenya’s Maasai Mara region
Geographical Area Served: Africa\Kenya\Maasai Mara National Reserve
Field Work: 7/14/2010 – 7/11/2011
Big cat populations in East Africa are crashing due to retaliatory killings by pastoralists. In the Maasai Mara, the problem threatens one of Africa’s most famous and important lion populations as pastoralists are increasingly intolerant of livestock predation. This project expands an existing successful project in the Mara that has effectively reduced human/lion conflict by preventing predation through securing livestock enclosures.
Maasai elder building his boma (photo by Mark Goss)
“For those who are unfamiliar with this project, we fortify existing Maasai livestock enclosures (bomas) with chain-link to prevent predation, which has been 100 percent successful to date.”
There are now about 200 fenced enclosures protecting the Maasai livestock, with more to come. It’s amazing what people can do when they work together. The fencing project has been a giant success with no reports of lions killing even a single cow protected by the enclosures.
Yet in America many ranchers are reluctant to perform even minimal pro-active animal husbandry. They would rather blame wolves and other predators, calling Wildlife (Dis)Services demanding wolves be removed, as if somehow they own them. But on the other side of the world, in Kenya, something entirely different is going on. Kenya values its wildlife and is finding ways to resolve conflicts and reduce poaching. Kenya is setting an example for the world. Ecotourism and the dollars it brings to Kenya’s economy, is a driving force in that country. Literally, the Kenyans have realized their animals are worth more alive than dead and have adopted strong measures to protect them. Poachers can be shot and killed. They take it that seriously.
I salute National Geographic for their efforts to save “big cats” and for finding real solutions to help lions in the Maasai Mara.
Please visit “Cause An Uproar”and do whatever you can for these vital apex predators. Can you imagine a world without the “Big Cats”?
Continuing her blogging from the field, in the Maasai Mara in Kenya, National Geographic Big Cats Initiative grantee Anne Kent Taylor reports that to date some two hundred livestock enclosures have been fenced against predators–and thus far there has not been a single report of a protected animal taken by a big cat.
“This is so exciting for me to report, as the lions are now so much safer from revenge killings and the livestock owners are not suffering from their terrible losses to predation, which are financially and emotionally devastating,” she writes.
Photos Big Cats: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
Posted in: Biodiversity
Tags: Maasai Mara National Reserve, poaching, Human big-cat conflicts, National Geographic Big Cats Initiative, Kenya fencing project, Saving the Big Cats, Kenya, pro-active animal husbandry
All the bad wolf bills are pretty much dead in this lame-duck Congress but I’m still uneasy about any last-minute stunts the wolf haters may try to pull. Still with the holidays fast approaching wolves may finally have a few weeks reprieve from the relentless assault that has been going on since the Obama admin. delisted them back in the Spring of 2009. It’s been a long year and a half.
So let’s relax a little and recharge our batteries because these bills will be back next year!!
Photo: Courtesy kewlwallpapers.com
Posted in: Wolf Wars
Tags: anti-wolf bills, Congress, ESA
Gray wolves are under siege and the most vulnerable population, struggling for survival, are the Mexican gray wolves. They’ve been decimated by poachers this year. Their Blue Range Wolf Recovery Area is teaming with cattle. It’s heartbreaking.
A letter to the editor of the Azdailysun.com, by the Director of the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, pretty much says it all.
Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 5:00 am
July 16, 2010
July 17, 2010
July 19th 2010
Third wolf found dead in region this summer
July 30, 2010
October 27, 2010
Top Photo: Courtesy of the Spanish language Wikipedia
Bottom Photo: kewlwallpapers.com
Posted in: Mexican gray wolf, Wolf Wars
Tags: gray wolf, canis lupus bailey, Endangered Species, Arizona, New Mexico
“Throughout the centuries we have projected on to the wolf the qualities we most despise and fear in ourselves.” -Barry Lopez
What’s a bigger threat to elk: wolves or slob hunters?
by Matt Skoglund, Guest Writer, 12-17-10
by Nick Gevock mtstandard.com | Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2010 7:00 am
The media reported this week that Interior Secretary Salazar is taking a sledgehammer to the Endangered Species Act and wolf recovery efforts, vowing to support federal legislation to strip wolves in the Northern Rockies of ESA protections. He also plans to eliminate safeguards for grizzly bears in Yellowstone.
With this move, Salazar is surpassing James Watt, Gale Norton, and Dirk Kempthorne as the worst Secretary of Interior. Ever.
Mr. Salazar has lost court cases over wolves and grizzly bears and is now willing to play dirty tricks to get his way.
Mr. Salazar is ignoring federal court rulings that order him not to substitute politics for science. He is forgetting – or exposing as fraud – his pledge to scientific rigor and house-cleaning at Interior.
The tragedy here is that the nation’s foremost protector of endangered species, the Interior Secretary, is choosing instead to cater to the likes of Governor Butch Otter of Idaho, an infamous wolf-hater.
It’s worse, though, as legislative stripping away of federal protection for wolves and grizzlies in the Northern Rockies would be a blow not only for these important apex carnivores, it would set a dangerous precedent for wolves and grizzlies elsewhere – and any other animal considered “inconvenient.” It would also undermine the Endangered Species Act’s very foundation.
We can’t overstate how bad this legislation – and administrative support of it – would be. Not even the trio of previous anti-nature Interior Secretaries have gone this far. Never before has Congress enacted an amendment to the Endangered Species Act stripping a single species of federal protection.
In addition to Obama, your U.S. federal legislators also need to oppose legislation that removes necessary safeguards to protect our wildlife.
The Endangered Species Act is supposed to safeguard species based on biological need, not political favor. Every day WildEarth Guardians sees the wisdom in this firewall, as the most endangered types of wildlife are often the most persecuted. The list of animals reviled by ranchers and extreme hunting groups is long: wolves and grizzlies would soon be joined by prairie dogs, kangaroo rats, massasauga rattlesnakes, and carnivores of all stripes.
Tell President Obama that he must stand up for wolves, grizzlies, and the Endangered Species Act. His administration must not back efforts for a legislative end-run of the courts. Rather, his Interior Secretary should focus on coming into compliance with the law, in defense of endangered species.
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