Happy Howling New Year Warriors!!

 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

Published in: on December 31, 2010 at 8:16 pm  Comments (12)  
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A Tribute To Wolves….

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

Published in: on December 31, 2010 at 3:33 am  Comments (21)  

Voices Of The Wind….


Spirit of the Canyon

~Let the wolves run free~


Photo: Courtesy kewlwallpapers.com

Album Cover: Zango Music

Posted in: Spiritual, Native American, gray wolf

Tags: Southwest, gray wolves, Grand Canyon, Native American

“Native American ~ Words of Wisdom”

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Native Americans, gray wolf

Tags: Native American wisdom, biodiversity, circle of life

Published in: on December 27, 2010 at 8:25 pm  Comments (12)  

Livestock Owners Pro-Active in KENYA!!

“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

Project Description:

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)

From Anne Kent Taylor (grantee):

 “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”?


Cause An Uproar



Kenya Fencing Project Stops Lion Attacks on Livestock

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.

Read on: http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/news/chiefeditor/2010/10/kenya-fencing-project-stops-lion-attacks.html


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

Edwin Wollert / Wolf Song of Alaska / Education Coordinator



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

Merry Christmas Wolf Warriors!!

Published in: on December 23, 2010 at 9:44 pm  Comments (23)  

Anti-Wolf Bills Dead But I Won’t Feel Comfortable Until This Congress Goes Home…..

UPDATE: December 23, 2010. Congress has adjourned. We can breathe a sigh of relief and live to fight another day when the new Congress is sworn in!!


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!!


Crapo, Risch: Wolf legislation fails, won’t come up again this year


Photo: Courtesy kewlwallpapers.com

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: anti-wolf bills, Congress, ESA

Published in: on December 21, 2010 at 10:09 pm  Comments (8)  
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Gray Wolves Under Siege, Especially Mexican Grays!!

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.

Arizona’s wolves need a break 

Posted: Monday, December 20, 2010 5:00 am



2010 A Deadly Year for Mexican Grays:

Poachers Beneath Contempt: ANOTHER Mexican Gray Wolf Found DEAD!!

July 16, 2010



Poachers Tracking Mexican Grays With Radio Receivers?

July 17, 2010



Poachers take out another of the rarest wolves in the world: Lobo poached

July 19th 2010



Reward Offered in Another Endangered Mexican Wolf Killing

Third wolf found dead in region this summer

July 30, 2010



Arizona Tribe Offers Tours to See the Endangered Mexican Gray Wolves Ranchers Are Poaching



Another Tragic Loss for Mexican Gray Wolves, Something MUST Be Done!!

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

Slob Hunters…..

Deer bust on St. Martin Island  http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/sports/79440617.html
DNR raid on St. Martin’s Island off the Michigan U.P., Nov. 19th, 2009.  31 Bucks and 9 Does on the pole, nothing smaller than a 7-point. Approximately 10 more deer, antlers, and heads found around the ground in the camp. There were a smaller mix of bucks and does. 10 deer without tags, another 10 with wives/girlfriends tags.

Finally people are speaking out about slob hunting. It’s a dirty little secret that doesn’t get much play in the press. It takes many forms from poaching to shooting into a herd of ungulates, not caring who or what you hit,  just to “get your elk”, shooting animals from your rig drunk or sober. Basically it’s unethical behavior by some hunters, who don’t follow the rules and think they can do whatever they want to our wildlife.

Matt Skoglund, a wildlife advocate, who blogs for the NRDC,  wrote a great article posted on New West called Wolves, Elk and Slob Hunting..What’s a bigger threat to elk: wolves or slob hunting? 

It’s time someone talks about this. I’m sick and tired of wolves being blamed for elk declines. The subject of bad hunting practices doesn’t get enough press. Thanks Matt for speaking out and shedding light on this disgusting practice.

Wolves hunt to live, they don’t have the luxury of going to Safeway to pick up a snack. Yet the anti-wolf crowd loves to throw out their wolf hating rhetoric, blaming wolves for everything from the bad economy to high divorce rates. 

Look in your own backyard wolf haters, before you blame innocent animals. Take a gander at these slob hunters and the damage they do to elk, deer and other wildlife. Who’s the cruel one? Yeah, uh-huh!

Matt states “he writes because two recent news stories made me want to throw my computer out the window” Me too Matt, me too.

I included the links below to the two heartbreaking stories Matt mentioned, plus Matt’s article. 

What a waste of our precious wildlife, these people have no empathy and no redeeming qualities. None!

“Throughout the centuries we have projected on to the wolf the qualities we most despise and fear in ourselves.” -Barry Lopez


Wolves, Elk and Slob Hunting

What’s a bigger threat to elk: wolves or slob hunters?

by Matt Skoglund, Guest Writer, 12-17-10

 “If you live in the Northern Rockies, you have either read or heard someone claim that wolves have decimated elk populations and thus ruined elk-hunting in the region.  The wolves are killing all the elk has become the battle cry against wolves these days, and you hear it or see it everywhere. For a minute, let’s forget that more than 350,000 elk currently inhabit Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho.  And let’s forget that there are only about 1,700 wolves. “



(Slob) Hunters play wolf blame game

by Nick Gevock mtstandard.com | Posted: Thursday, November 25, 2010 7:00 am



Bloody November

December 02, 2010 By: Blake Maxwell

Photo: Courtesy  Tony Rodgers.com

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Slob hunters

Tags: Slob hunters, poaching, unethical hunting practices, cruelty, scapegoating wolves


Thanks to WildEarth Guardians and Wendy Keefover-Ring for allowing me to post the AGRO (A Coalition To End Aerial Gunning of Wildlife) alert.

This alert reminds people the battle to strip gray wolves of their ESA protections is still looming.

Wolves won’t be safe until this lame-duck Congress adjourns. When the new Congress is sworn in next month, the fight to save wolves will begin all over again. Wolves cannot lose this battle. Please stay vigilant!!

Again, thanks to WildEarth Guardians and Agro for all they do for wolves and other wildlife!!

A Coalition To End Aerial Gunning of Wildlife

Stand Up for Wolves

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.

Tell President Obama to stand up for wolves, grizzly bears, science, and the rule of law.

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.

President Obama must act.

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.

P.S. United States legislators generally only accept emails from their constituents.  To send an email to your Senators and  Representatives  click here.


Photo: Courtesy First People

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Endangered Species Act

Tags:  WildEarth Guardians, AGRO, gray wolves, Assault on the ESA, Ken Salazar, Butch Otter,  scapegoating wolves

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