“Hidden Wolf Optical Illusion”

UPDATE: May 31, 2011

Good job, almost everyone got it right. It’s 10 wolves and 1 lynx!!

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Just for a change of pace I found this great optical wolf illusion. See how many wolves you can find in the picture. 

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Illusion Photo: Courtesy Mighty Optical Illusions

Posted in: gray wolf

Tags: mind games, wolf illusion photo

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Published in: on May 30, 2011 at 8:37 pm  Comments (20)  
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Friends Of Animals Petitions Court To Join Lawsuit Challenging Wolf Delisting Rider…

This is terrific news!! With Friends of Animals joining the lawsuit there will be four highly respected conservation groups going to bat for wolves.  If you noticed The Safari Club,  NRA and Montana Farm Bureau have also asked to intervene in the wolf delisting lawsuit for the other side.

Friends of Animals, a staunch supporter of animal rights, has filed a motion in Montana District Court to join the lawsuit brought by Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians, that challenges the constitutionality of the wolf delisting rider. The rider was slipped into a must-pass budget bill by Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) . 81 Senators then voted yes to delist wolves in a budget bill. Only three Democrats voted against it: Leahy, Levin and Wyden. Bernie Sanders of VT, an Independent, also voted no. President Obama signed the bill into law, which is no surprise since his administration has now delisted wolves twice and he hasn’t even completed his first term.  We can’t blame the Republicans for everything.

Here’s the press release Friends of Animals posted on their website:

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Friends of Animals Challenges Unconstitutional Wolf Delisting Rider

May 27, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 27 May 2011

Contact: Dustin Rhodes
Phone: (202) 906-0210

Darien, Connecticut—Friends of Animals filed a Motion to Intervene in the case Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Salazar, which challenges the constitutionality of Section 1713 of the Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act of 2011, P.L. 112-10 (also called the “budget rider” or the “wolf rider”). The budget rider directed the USFWS to reinstate the 2007 wolf delisting rule, which removed gray wolves in all areas of the Northern Rocky Mountains Distinct Population Segment (DPS) from protection under the Endangered Species Act. The original complaint was filed by Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians on May 5, 2011 and the case was recently consolidated with another case, Center for Biological Diversity v. Salzar. The complaints challenge constitutionality of this legislative enactment.

Friends of Animals’ president Priscilla Feral says,

We must do everything in our power to undo the deadly disservice that was done to gray wolves; taking them off of the Endangered Species List was not only unethical and unjust—it was unconstitutional.

The wolf delisting rider, which was included in the 2011 federal budget, was sponsored by Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and was passed with a bipartisan vote of 81-19 on April 14, 2011.

http://www.friendsofanimals.org/news/2011/may/friends-of-animals-c.html

PLEASE VISIT ALL FOUR GROUP’S WEBSITES (I linked to them in this post) AND GIVE GENEROUSLY TO HELP THEM WIN THIS LAWSUIT FOR THE WOLVES!! 

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Photo: Courtesy All About Wolves

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags:  Friends of Animals, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater, WildEarth Guardians, Wolf Delisting Lawsuit

Published in: on May 29, 2011 at 4:32 am  Comments (24)  
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Elk Herds Thriving in Montana! Pretty Ironic Isn’t it?

After all the whining and complaining about wolves and elk it turns out many of  Montana’s elk herds are increasing and doing just fine. In fact they’re doing so fine, they’re causing problems. Looks like a job for the wolves. Oh no, wolves have to be “managed”, we can’t allow them to do the job they were born for, now can we??

For years we’ve listened to complaints about wolves decimating elk in the Northern Rockies even though overall numbers have remained consistently high in the tri-state area of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, almost 400,000 elk according to the 2009 25th anniversary press release  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. 2010 numbers were just as rosy.

There was the very harsh winter of 96/97. wiping out the white tail deer in Montana and many of the elk but they’ve rebounded nicely. Interesting how nature works, isn’t it?

Now wolves are facing brutal hunts because they were caught up in a ridiculous campaign to demonize and blame them for all human ills. I guess wolves caused the war in Iraq,  the bad economy,  they  probably are responsible for the collapse of the housing market.  Apparently what they weren’t doing was killing all the elk.   How ironic

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Record elk herd above Missoula

Posted: Feb 16, 2011 2:56 PM by Mark Holyoak (KPAX News)
Updated: Feb 17, 2011 9:44 AM

MISSOULA – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists recorded the highest amount of elk ever in their latest aerial survey of Mount Jumbo.

Read more: http://www.kaj18.com/news/record-elk-herd-above-missoula/

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Growing elk population spurs debate near Eureka

Posted: May 19, 2011 10:52 AM by KPAX/KAJ Media Center
Updated: May 19, 2011 10:53 AM

KALISPELL- Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials are taking a look at several issues that have stirred debate among hunters and landowners in far Northwest Montana.

A growing elk population north of Eureka has landowners concerned about the number of hunters shooting near their homes and worry about stray bullets and illegal trespassing while hunters are concerned with increased hunting pressure and safety while hunting on public land according to FWP’s John Fraley.

Read More: http://www.kaj18.com/news/growing-elk-population-spurs-debate-near-eureka/

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Bitterroot Valley elk numbers increase in annual count

By PERRY BACKUS – Ravalli Republic | Posted: Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologist Craig Jourdonnais spotted around 400 more elk in the Bitterroot Valley this spring than during the annual monitoring flight last year.

Read more: http://ravallirepublic.com/news/local/article_a3348de8-7b72-11e0-9ce4-001cc4c03286.html

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Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Hypocrisy, irony, elk thriving, sick of talking about elk, wolves demonized once again, Mount Jumbo, Bitterroot Valley, Missoula, Montana, Northern Rocky Mountains, Ravalli County Montana

Letter to President Obama regarding Wolves and the Endangered Species Act

By Rhonda Lanier · Wednesday

May 25, 2011

 Dear President Obama,

 This is a very hard letter to write. I hope it is as equally hard for you to read. I have been getting a lot of mail from you lately, asking for my help in your reelection efforts and how much you need my help in order to win a second term. This is not surprising after all the support I gave to your campaign in 2008.

 It is interesting President Obama. I have been writing to you for the last two years saying that I needed your help. No, not for me personally; you see I am very lucky in that I have a good job and good health, for which I am very, very grateful. That part of my life is just fine.

 What I have been begging and pleading for your help for over two years is to stop the slaughter of our wildlife by the very governmental agencies who are supposed to protect them (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services and the Bureau of Land Management springs to mind). As a very concerned citizen and wildlife and environmental advocate I have called the White House, and sent you emails and faxes many, many times. I never heard from you. I never even heard you respond to the issues and concerns I contacted you about. You see President Obama, wolves are one of my passions in life.

 Yes, that’s right wolves. Wolves have been in the news a lot lately. Ever since you allowed Ken Salazar and Senators Baucus and Tester to cut a backroom deal to delist Wolves from protection under the Endangered Species Act. As you are well aware, this is the very first time an endangered species was removed from protection in this manner.

On March 30, 2011 1,293 Scientists with Expertise in Biological Systems wrote to the entire Senate “to urge them to vote against any legislation that would undercut the best available science as the basis for adding or removing any particular species from the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Allowing Congress to remove or add protections for particular species would set a dangerous precedent, as the fate of every species on the endangered species list (or any candidate for that list) would then be subject to political interference.”

 Mr. President this was not just a bunch of “wolf lovers” who “just don’t have the same understanding of the wolf problem that we have” according to Max Baucus in an AP press release dated April 14, 2011. This was from almost 1,300 scientists with the expertise and education qualified to make such decisions.

 Your administration allowed this cowardly backroom deal to remain attached as a rider in a must pass spending bill in order to support Jon Tester’s bid to hold on to his seat in Montana. Was one Democratic seat worth this? The words of Section 1713 are seared into the minds of every wolf advocate in this country:

 “SEC. 1713. Before the end of the 60-day period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of the Interior shall reissue the final rule published on April 2, 2009 (74 Fed. Reg. 15123 et seq.) without regard to any other provision of statute or regulation that applies to issuance of such rule. Such reissuance (including this section) shall not be subject to judicial review and shall not abrogate or otherwise have any effect on the order and judgment issued by the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming in Case Numbers 09–CV–118J and 09–CV–138J on November 18, 2010.”

 You allowed this Mr. President, after promising on the campaign trail in the 2008 election that you were going to bring back science based politics to the White House. Sir, you and your administration now have the dubious distinction of delisting wolves not once, but twice. The Republican Party was responsible for creating the Endangered Species Act, and now the Democratic Party has severely crippled and gutted the ESA for all endangered species. I simply do not see how this is something that you could be proud of.

 I have of course written to Senators Boxer and Feinstein, as they are my representatives. I have also written to Sheldon Whitehouse, John Kerry, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tom Udall, Mark Udall and Chuck Schumer, as they had the reputation of standing up for our wildlife and our environment, asking them to please be the one to draft an Amendment to reinstate the Wolf’s protection under the Endangered Species Act. So far, no one has stepped up to the plate. I would urge you in the strongest manner possible President Obama to get together with these and other Democratic leaders in the Senate and  put forth a plan to restore wolves protection under the Endangered Species Act, and to make right what has so wrongfully been done here.

Until this is done Mr. President, you will not have my support or my vote.

 This issue is not going to just fade away as I am sure you all hoped it would. On May 5, 2011, a lawsuit was filed by three conservation groups challenging the delisting rider, stating in their complaint that it “violates the U.S. Constitution because it specifically repeals a judicial decision. While Congress has the right to make and amend laws, the wolf delisting rider (Section 1713 of the budget law, PL 112-10) does not amend the Endangered Species Act — it circumvents the judicial process by ordering the reinstatement of the 2009 rule that delisted wolves.”

 There are approximately 72 million wildlife advocates Mr. President, most of whom vote. I and thousands of wolf advocates are committed to make sure this is a hot topic in the 2012 Election. Sir, we are waiting for someone to take the leadership in this so that we can all move forward and correct the sell out of the Gray Wolf, the Endangered Species Act and what we once thought the Democratic Party stood for.  As you know 2012 is just around the corner.

 Yours truly

 Rhonda Lanier

Published in: on May 27, 2011 at 4:45 am  Comments (57)  

The Druid Peak Pack, Gone But Not Forgotten….

I originally posted this in September 2009, just as the wolf hunts were starting. It’s the story of Yellowstone’s Druid Peak Pack, who no longer exist, told by Bob Landis, the famous wildlife photographer.

As of January 09, there were still thirteen members of the pack.Bob Landis talks about the making of “In the Valley of the Wolves”, and the Druids, who were very special to him.

I miss the Druids and think of them often. It’s hard to believe they’re gone. Their bloodline lives on, which gives some comfort but there will never be another wolf pack as iconic as the Druids. I wanted to repost this in their memory.

September 26, 2009

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In the Valley of the Wolves
The Druid Wolf Pack Story

The original five members of the Druid Peak pack — #38 and #39, the alpha male and female, and female pups #40, #41, and #42 — were captured near Fort St. John in British Columbia and relocated to Yellowstone’s acclimation pens before being released in April 1996 in the Park’s scenic Lamar Valley. The nearly treeless Lamar Valley is often considered Yellowstone’s most prized hunting grounds, and the most visible wolf territory in the Park.

On this public stage, the Druids displayed early signs of the upheaval and drama that would eventually come to characterize the group. During that first year in Yellowstone, a yearling male, #31, dispersed from the nearby Chief Joseph pack and joined the group, while alpha female #39 left the pack completely to become a lone wolf — perhaps driven off by #40, her own ruthless daughter, who began a terrible reign as the pack’s alpha female.

In 1997, pups were born to #41 and #42, the subordinate females, but none to the aggressive alpha female, #40. Lone wolf #39 reunited with the pack briefly, then left once again in November — this time with her daughter, #41 (who also may have been driven off by #40). The pack’s two males, #31 and #38 were shot and killed in December, setting the stage for the dominance of a new male, #21, dispersed from the Rose Creek Pack. By the end of 1998, the Lamar Valley Druids had seven members, and a growing reputation for conflict. The constant harassment of beta female #42 by her sister, #40, earned #42 the nickname “Cinderella” by the Yellowstone researchers. The put-upon Cinderella created a den and gave birth to pups in 1998, but none survived; the following year #40 attacked #42 in her den, and she again produced no offspring.


Casanova

Cinderella finally reached the ball in 2000, after a violent turn of events that put her at the head of the pack. She and the other female members of the pack, perhaps tired of #40’s iron-pawed leadership, turned on the alpha female, and killed her. At least three litters were born to the liberated females; 20 of the 21 survived. The Druids, 27 strong, became the largest pack in Yellowstone. In 2001, another 10 pups were added to the group, and the 37-member Druid pack became perhaps the largest wolf pack ever documented.

Like all dynasties, however, the Druids were destined for a fall. In 2002, the massive pack reached critical mass, and splintered. Three new packs, the Agate Creek, Geode Creek, and Slough Creek packs, were created, each anchored by a former Druid female born at the same den in Lamar Valley in 1997. The Druids were left with 11 members by 2002’s end, including the matriarch, Cinderella, and the long-time alpha male, #21. The pack expanded to 17 members by the end of 2003, aided by the arrival of a lone black male, #302, formerly of the Leopold pack. #302 may have fathered all of the pups not born to the alpha female. To wolf researchers, he was “Casanova” — a lover, not a fighter, who wooed the females in the group while staying appropriately submissive to alpha male, #21.

In 2004, the Druids once again suffered terrible losses; longtime alpha female #42 was killed by members of a rival pack, and the aging patriarch was found dead in the summer. At the same time, however, the neighboring Slough Creek pack began to spend more time on the northwestern boundary of Druid territory. Their incursions into Druid turf culminated in a decisive battle in 2005 that ousted the formerly dominant Druid wolves from the Lamar Valley. Two adult female Druids died that year — one killed by the Sloughs — and no pups survived. The pack was reduced to just four members, and looked to be nearing its end.

In true soap opera fashion, however, the Druids’ epic tale does not conclude with their exile. In 2006, from their new location in an area called Cache Creek, aided by Casanova and #480, the new alpha male, the pack began to rebuild. Both of the pack’s adult females successfully bred, producing eight surviving pups. The Druids pushed back against the Slough Creek pack — which suffered its own losses earlier in the year after a run-in with an unknown pack from the north — and reclaimed their traditional territory in the Soda Butte and Lamar Valleys; six pups were born there in 2007. The Druids, for now, are home.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/in-the-valley-of-the-wolves/the-druid-wolf-pack-story/209/

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In The Valley of the Wolves

(click to watch the full episode)

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/in-the-valley-of-the-wolves/video-full-episode/4678/

Posted in: Yellowstone wolves

Tags: Druid Peak Pack, Bob Landis, Lamar Valley, Slough Creek, iconic wolves

Published in: on May 26, 2011 at 3:09 am  Comments (19)  

Where Wolves Howl….

I chose to live where wolves howl. To be close to these amazing animals is where I want to be.

One particular incident illustrates the love I have for wolf country.  My dog and I were hiking at twilight near a stream several years ago. I won’t say where, because I  live a private life but it was not too far from my home.  My dog was on high alert and I knew wolves were afoot. I could feel their presence before the howling began.  A lone howl rang out across the stream bed, joined very quickly by another, then another. Very soon we were surrounded by howls. My dog joined in, connecting with his primal self. Soon I decided to join the fray. It was my idea of wolf heaven.

The wolves were communicating with each other the way they’ve done for thousands of years and my dog and I were allowed  to be part of it.  The wolves did not show themselves physically.  They are shy animals due to persecution by man. All the bold wolves have been selected out. The ones that remain usually want nothing to do with the two-legged creature who walks upright and kills them and their families. But on this particular twilight I like to think they knew we meant them no harm and were willing to share a little part of themselves with us.  I will always remember that evening, even though I’ve had other encounters with wolves over the years. I don’t own a spotting scope and wolves are notoriously hard to spot without one, except of course in Yellowstone, where they are habituated to humans, making them doubly vulnerable should there be another wolf hunt this fall. The mighty Yellowstone Cottonwood pack fell to hunter’s bullets precisely because they did not view humans as a threat. Big mistake.

I  think about what will happen if the wolf hunts proceed this fall.  We are once again facing the loss of hundreds of wolves to human blood lust. I want to tell my wolf friends to run for cover to the national parks and stay there until the shooting stops but wolves have territories and they will defend them. They don’t understand the danger they’re  in. Right now they’re raising their pups, being the best parents and family members they can possibly be. Many of those pups will never live to adulthood.

The people that are bent on wolves’ destruction are robbing me and others of the joy of hearing and seeing wild wolves. If they are allowed to kill off  wolves in the Northern Rockies, we may never hear the howl of a wolf again. The thought makes me sad beyond measure. I treasure my encounters with wolves. I want to have many more, as I know other wolf advocates, conservationists and wildlife advocates do as well.

Where wolves howl we can feel truly free!

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Photo: Courtesy kewlwallpapers

Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity

Tags: wolf howl, howl for freedom, where wolves howl, Howl Across America

The Wolf Science Center’s PUPPIES!

A little change of pace to put a smile on your face. This is a video of hand-reared wolf pups from the Wolf Science Center in Germany.

Click Here To Visit Site

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From their website:

Meet our wolves and witness scientific research at the Wolf Science Center.

This research center and exceptional wolf keeping facility is the place where the similarities between wolves, dogs and humans are explored.

The wolves are hand-raised by scientists and therefore have a close and trustful working relationship with us. They regularly participate in cooperative and cognitive tasks to study their mental abilities and to keep them physically and mentally busy which also benefits their welfare.

Come and watch some of our scientific activities and interactions with the wolves!”

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Wolf Science Center’s YouTube Channel

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Posted in: gray wolf, wolf education

Tags: Wolf Science Center, Germany, black wolf pups, beauty of wolves, puppies at play


Why The Heck Was Anyone Celebrating the Endangered Species Act Day??

It boggles the mind. Wolves were sold out for votes. The ESA was recently gutted by Congress when 81 Senators voted to delist wolves in a  BUDGET BILL, which Obama signed into law.  Yet on May 20th we witnessed celebrations of the Endangered Species Act Day?

HUH?

Wolves are facing two wolf hunts in the Northern Rockies. High powered rifles, archery, baiting, calling, steel leg-hold traps and snares are just some of the tortures awaiting them and we’re supposed to be celebrating ESA day? Is this a joke?

There is NOTHING to celebrate. One of the greatest pieces of environmental  legislation ever written, tailor-made to protect a persecuted species like the wolf,  was weakened by political games and maneuvering.  Congress didn’t do what it should have done, remove the wolf delisting rider from the budget bill, where it should NOT have been in the first place.

Here’s a quote from Senator Baucus (D-MT), one of the supporters of the wolf delisting rider, speaking about convincing other Democrat Senators to vote for it.

“It was a little hard persuading Sen. Boxer and Sen. Cardin that we’re not gutting the Endangered Species Act,” Baucus said in an interview. “They don’t have the same understanding of the wolf problem that we have.”

Pretty shameful!

The very Senators who voted to delist wolves in a budget bill and in turn WEAKEN the ESA, were celebrating the Endangered Species Act Day. That, dear readers, is the ultimate in hypocrisy. I guess they think the American people are blind, stupid or both?

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How Democrats Gutted The ESA And Sold Wolves Down The River

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The 112th Congress will be remembered for two things. Selling out wolves for votes and gutting the ESA. This legacy will follow them throughout history. I hope they enjoy the notoriety.
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April 14, 2o11

How federal budget-makers cut wolves from the endangered-species list

After years of legal wrangling over the issue, why was Congress able to take such swift and irrevocable action, all within the framework of a budget deal?

By Daniel Jack Chasan

The last-minute budget deal that Democrats and Republicans worked out last Friday night may be, as President Obama said, “historic” for more reasons than one. Language in the legislation that may keep the federal government afloat “basically overturns the moral imperative that drove the passage of the Endangered Species Act,” says Doug Honnold, managing attorney of Earthjustice’s Northern Rockies office.

Read More: http://crosscut.com/2011/04/14/animals-wildlife/20817/How-federal-budget-makers-cut-wolves-from-the-endangered-species-list/


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Top photo: Courtesy All About Wolves

Bottom Photo: kewlwallpaper

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Assault on the ESA, hypocrisy, US Senate, ESA day not a day to celebrate, wolves politically delisted, Northern Rockies gray wolf

Wolves Scapegoated: “Less Than 1% of Cattle Killed by Native Carnivores and Domestic Dogs”

Wendy Keefover-Ring wrote a terrific piece for the Huffpost, Denver about the government’s war on our native carnivores, specifically wolves. She writes:

“Less than a quarter of one percent, 0.23%, of the American cattle inventory was lost to native carnivores and dogs in 2010, according to a Department of Agricultural report released last week. These findings call into question the tens of millions per year taxpayers and livestock growers spend on lethal control of native carnivores.

“The government’s own data show that the real killers of cattle are not a few endangered wolves or other wildlife — they’re illness and weather. Yet, the predation myth has directly contributed to a federal, 100-year, paramilitary assault on millions of native animals and birds in America. Despite governmental evidence about miniscule livestock losses, ongoing covert federal wildlife-killing operations are conducted each year on our most treasured wildlands and forests.”

  The  numbers are from the NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) the sister agency of the USDA Wildlife Services. Every five years, the number of cattle deaths, due to non-predation and predation, are compiled, excluding Alaska.

Number of Head and Total Value of Cattle and Calf Death Loss by Cause – United States: 2010

http://www.nass.usda.gov/Publications/Todays_Reports/reports/catlos11.pdf

As you can see coyotes and domestic dogs are the number one and two predators of cattle BUT the real news is respiratory illness is the main killer of cattle, claiming over a million cows in 2010.

 Wolves barely make a dent in cattle losses, yet Wildlife (Dis)Services relentlessly hounds and kills them. WHY?? It’s a boondoggle, a red herring and your tax payer dollars are contributing to the pogrom against wolves.

Write to Ken Salazar, Interior Secretary and demand Wildlife Services be de-funded. Aside from persecuting and slaughtering wolves WS  kills millions of our wildlife every year.

Ask yourself why were wolves underhandedly delisted by Congress? Why are two wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana being planned? Why are wolves being hounded in the Lolo zone in Idaho? Why is Oregon’s tiny wolf population being targeted when ranchers know they lose thousands of cattle to other causes?

Why is this happening? Because a small, vocal minority of haters are influencing wolf policy. This is all trumped-up hysteria.

The media contributes to the demonizing of wolves by writing about miniscule depredations, as is happening now in Oregon, while non-predation is the main killer of cattle.  I guess talking about cows dying from pneumonia, metabolic disease and weather doesn’t sell papers.  Giving the extreme wolf haters a forum to vent their hate, in a barrage of “wolf news” makes the situation even more volatile.   Try and find a positive article written about wolves in Northwestern newspapers, you’ll have to do some serious digging.  The old adage, if you don’t learn from your mistakes you’re doomed to repeat them fits this newest wave of wolf persecution, with deadly results.  Wolves are once again the ultimate scapegoats.

We can also thank Congress, especially the 81 Senators who voted for the budget wolf delisting rider, which gutted the ESA and stripped wolves of their protections in the Northern Rockies, literally giving them no place to hide from the hate.

Government Report: Less Than 1% of Cattle Killed by Native Carnivores and Domestic Dogs

Wendy Keefover-Ring

WildEarth Guardians Carnivore Protection Director

Posted: 05/18/11 04:35 PM ET

Less than a quarter of one percent, 0.23%, of the American cattle inventory was lost to native carnivores and dogs in 2010, according to a Department of Agricultural report released last week. These findings call into question the tens of millions per year taxpayers and livestock growers spend on lethal control of native carnivores.

The government’s own data show that the real killers of cattle are not a few endangered wolves or other wildlife — they’re illness and weather. Yet, the predation myth has directly contributed to a federal, 100-year, paramilitary assault on millions of native animals and birds in America. Despite governmental evidence about miniscule livestock losses, ongoing covert federal wildlife-killing operations are conducted each year on our most treasured wildlands and forests.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/wendy-keefoverring/native-carnivore-controls-unnecessary_b_863717.html

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Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wildlife Services War on Wildlife

Tags: wolf depredation a boondoggle, wolf depredation miniscule, wolf myth, wolf persecution

I’ll Be On “Wild Clearwater Country” Radio Show Today, Talking Wolves….

UPDATE: May 19, 2011

Thanks for you support everyone and thanks to Gary for being such a knowledgable great host. Please give generously to all three organizations who brought the lawsuit to challenge the wolf delisting rider on Constitutional grounds. Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians.

I hope to have both shows up with in the next two weeks.  I have to buy a new digital recorder and then I’ll be able to get a good clear quality sound you’ll enjoy.

HOWLS to All

Nabeki

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I’m back on the Wild Clearwater Country radio show today, Wednesday, May 18, with their wonderful host Gary Macfarlane. We’ll be talking wolves, wolves, wolves.

This will be my second appearance on the show. I want to personally thank Gary for inviting me again.

It’s called Wild Clearwater Country on KRFP,  Radio Free Moscow  (Moscow, Idaho)

Click on this link to listen:

 http://www.krfp.org/

On the upper right hand side of the page it says “Listen Online“.  You can choose Windows Media Player or select another media player to listen on. The show runs from 4pm-5pm Pacific, 5pm-6pm Mtn, 6pm-7pm Central or 7pm-8pm Eastern. Pick your time zone.

Friends of the Clearwater is one of the four non-settling groups. Please visit their website and give them your support!!

We’ll be talking about the plight of the Lolo zone Idaho wolves, the 2010 National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) numbers. which shows predators are responsible for less than 1% of cattle losses in this country, aerial gunning, the lawsuit filed by Friends of the Clearwater, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and WildEarth Guardians, wolf hunts, what effect killing wolves has on their social structure and much more.

Tune in and enjoy the show!!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

Photo:  Top Photo Courtesy Ray Rafiti

Bottom photo Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wild Clearwater Country (KRFP. Radio Free Moscow), gray wolf

Tags: gray wolf, Wild Clearwater Country (KRFP. Radio Free Moscow)

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