ACTION ALERT FROM OREGON WILD: Oregon Wolves Need Your Help! Time Sensitive!

OR3 Imnaha Pack, May 10, 2011 (ODFW)

Dear Oregon Wild Supporter,

Over the last month, thousands of Oregonians have spoken out against hysterical anti-wildlife measures in Salem. Thanks to overwhelming public opposition, the worst of the worst have been defeated. But dirty last-minute tricks by livestock industry lobbyists threaten to put wolves back in the crosshairs.

Make sure last-minute back-room deals don’t threaten wolves.

In just a few minutes, the legislature will vote on yet another tax break for the livestock industry. As bad as that sounds, that’s not enough for the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. They also want dead wolves.

There’s an old trick used by Salem lobbyists that allows bad bills to go through in the waning hours of the legislative session and avoid public scrutiny. It’s called gut and stuff. Until the session officially ends, it’s a very real threat, and it works like this: find a friendly legislator, get them to take language from an unpopular or otherwise dead bill and stuff it into a more benign bill that’s likely to pass. Done right, by the time anyone notices, it’s too late.

We learned late last night that OCA lobbyists are working furiously to broker a last second deal that would do just that and – stop me if you’ve heard this already – declare a state of emergency, circumvent the Endangered Species Act, and fast track the killing of endangered gray wolves.

It’s the same legislation you helped kill in the Senate earlier this week. I was hoping this morning’s e-mail would be a celebration of that victory, but rather than accept defeat, this dirty trick by the OCA is a credible threat to give life to a bill radically out of step with Oregon values.

Time is short. The stakes are high. Oregon’s wolves need your voice one more time. Take action to make sure dirty tricks don’t give new life to bad idea.

For wolves, wildlife, and playing by the rules,

Rob Klavins
Wildlife Advocate
Oregon Wild

PS – Hopefully we’ll be able to send out that victory e-mail soon and get back to talking about the good news about Oregon’s wolves. We’ll be sure to keep you in the loop if the threat grows, but please take action one more time so that good news will be possible. Non-Oregonians can call the Governor’s office at 503.378.4582.

Real Men Are Kind To Animals (and occasionally use the F word)

Wolf or coyote, it doesn’t matter. Empathy, pass it on!

(alert: F bombs)

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More acts of kindness. Young Humpback whale rescued from fish netting that was killing her.

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Video: Courtesy

Second Video: Courtesy

Photo: Courtesy “Real Men Are Kind To Animals” FB

Posted in: Positive wolf news, Random acts of kindness

Tags: random acts of kindness, empathy, good men, always carry wire cutters

Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill Is DEAD!!!

February 28, 2012

I guess the feds warning  scared the bejeezus out of the anti-wolf crowd.  USFWS made it clear that the Live Bait Kill Wolves Bill was unacceptable  and could cause Idaho wolves to be relisted, if  passed.

The wicked witch is DEAD!! The Idaho Senate sent S1305 back to committee, effectively killing it!! This is a victory for Idaho wolves, wolf advocates and bait animals. Thanks to everyone who signed the petition and called Idaho Senators!! You rock!!

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Senate sends wolf hunting bill back to committee; procedural move kills the legislation

BOISE, Idaho — A bill that would allow Idaho ranchers to use powered parachutes, helicopters and live-bait traps to hunt problem wolves has died in the Senate.

Senators agreed Tuesday to send the controversial legislation back to the Resources and Environment Committee — a move that likely ends the bill’s chances this year.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/99128b38140945d1bb2a150be4c6c49a/ID-XGR–Wolves-Helicopters/

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Unanimous Senate kills wolf-kill bill after sponsor’s emotional request

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2012/feb/28/unanimous-senate-kills-wolf-kill-bill-after-sponsors-emotional-request/

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Photo: Courtesy PETA

Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Idaho Wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: S1305 DEAD, Idaho Senate, Jeff Siddoway, Idaho wolves, Feds warn Idaho

Feds Warn Idaho About Wolf Baiting Bill…

Well we’ve all been talking about it and now the feds have issued a warning to Idaho concerning Senate Bill 1305, The Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill.  The vote on the bill has been halted until tomorrow, March 1, 2012.

Federal official warns wolf killing law could return predator to threatened listing

A federal wildlife official said Monday a bill that would allow ranchers to use live bait to lure marauding wolves to traps or shooters would make Idaho’s laws to protect wolves inadequate.

Brian Kelly, the Idaho state supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, told the Idaho Statesman that the bill, introduced by Terreton Republican Jeff Siddoway, would reverse a decade of work by the state and federal government to protect wolves and rancher interests. The major problem is that it allows people to kill any wolves within 36 hours of harassment of their livestock or family pets without approval of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

“What I’m telling people is anything that compromises or usurps the process or the management through the peer-reviewed plan of the department is a problem for us and we’ve been pretty clear about that,” Kelly said.

Read more here: 
http://voices.idahostatesman.com/2012/02/28/rockybarker/federal_official_warns_wolf_killing_law_could_return_predator_th#storylink=cpy

Let’s get ready to file a petition to relist Idaho wolves if this bill passes!!

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Photo: tristatechillers.com
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho Wolves, Animal Cruelty
Tags: S1305, Feds Warn Idaho, Idaho wolves, Jeff Siddoway, Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill, Idaho Senate, Brian Kelly, USFWS

ACTION ALERT: Idaho Senate Poised To Vote on S1305, “Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill”

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The Idaho Senate is poised for a vote on  S1305, the “Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill”. Please continue to sign the petition and contact the Idaho Senators. If it passes out of the Senate it will go to the House for a vote and then on to  Governor Otter’s desk, which I have no doubt he will sign.

We need an extra push today  for signatures  to reach 5000 and urge Idaho Senators to vote no on this very bad, cruel bill. Wolves are already dying  by the hundreds in the Idaho hunts, 332 dead as of today!!

Idaho: No Animals Used as Live Bait

CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION

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Idaho Senators

CLICK HERE TO CONTACT

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From the Humane Society of the United States

Idaho: Stop the Use of Dogs as Live Wolf Bait

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THEIR PETITION

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Live Bait Okay to Kill Idaho Wolves

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February 24, 20129:00 pm

Read more: http://www.care2.com/causes/live-bait-okay-to-kill-idaho-wolves.html#ixzz1niDlidbB

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Photo: Courtesy NPR Kristine Lokken Nilsen For the Northwest News Network

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves, Action Alert

Tags: defeat S1305, Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill, Idaho wolves, wolf persecution, animal cruelty, aerial gunning wolves, HSUS, Care2

Anti-Wolfers Worried Senate Bill 1305 Could Get Wolves Relisted…..

Update: February 28, 2012

Signatures are @ 4126, close to 5000. We can do this…just 874 to go!!!!

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The Care2 Petition against Idaho S1305, the Live Bait, Kill Wolves Bill has over 3300 signatures!!  We just need that little extra push to make it to 5000 before the Idaho Senate votes!! Keep signing Warriors!

Idaho: No Animals Used as Live Bait

CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION

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Contact Idaho Senators

Click here

Something interesting is happening. Unintended consequences are starting to dawn on the wolf hating community.  Some are worried 1305 has gone too far, even for them.

Rep. Mike Simpson R-ID  has spoken publicly about his concerns over the bill. I’m sure  he doesn’t want all his hard work helping to delist wolves, undone. He’s the US Idaho Representative who inserted the wolf delisting rider into the House of Representatives budget bill and helped remove wolves’ ESA protections, along with Tester over in the Senate. He knows 1305 is over the top. It could void the agreement Idaho has with the feds and put wolves right back under federal protection, where they belong.  It could open the door for environmental groups or even a private citizen to petition to have wolves relisted. The case most assuredly would end up on the desk of  Federal District Court Judge Donald Molloy. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate irony?

They may not be able to stop themselves despite the warnings. Idaho Wildlife Services just aerial gunned 14 innocent  Lolo wolves for breathing air. These wolves died on the altar of the elk god. It seems they will stop at nothing to try to recreate a phantom elk paradise in the Lolo, so hunters can once again become the top dog in that region, even going so far as to extend the wolf hunt in the Lolo and Selway zones through June 2012, all the way though wolf breeding, denning and pupping season. And we can’t forget the 321 wolves who’ve lost their lives in the ongoing Idaho wolf hunt, to say nothing of the untold number of wolves who’ve been poached, including Journey’s (OR7) brother OR9 who was killed by a hunter with an expired wolf tag and received just a slap on the wrist by IDFG. I wonder what charges would have been brought if he had killed a 7 point bull elk out of season?   But nothing will  rival the carnage and senseless slaughter Senate bill 1305 would bring down on wolves.

Idaho is like a kid with a twenty-dollar bill in a candy shop. They can’t be trusted  not to spend the entire twenty dollars and gorge themselves. They’re  gorging on wolf blood and don’t know when to stop.  It’s disgracing the entire state.  In their feeding frenzy to kill as many wolves as possible, they are actually helping the pro-wolf side show the world how irresponsible their “wolf management/killing” really is.

An Editorial by the Idaho Statesman:

Our View: Taking the bait? Wolf ‘control’ bill says a lot about the session

12:00am on Feb 26, 2012; Modified: 9:47am on Feb 26, 2012

Reflecting their constituents, many state legislators hold the wolf and the federal government in roughly equal contempt.

How ironic, then, that an over-the-top wolf “control” bill working its way through the Legislature could actually cost the state its ability to manage this predator.

And how fitting, in a 2012 session long on bluster and blatantly bad legislation.

State law already allows ranchers and pet owners to kill wolves that kill or harass livestock or domestic animals, without a permit. But that isn’t enough for Sen. Jeff Siddoway, R-Terreton, who is leading this misguided measure to put the wolf control law on legislative steroids.

Click here to read more

During the last wolf  extermination, that left almost every wolf dead in the lower 48, except for a tiny population in Minnesota. the wolf killers employed any means necessary to kill wolves no matter how brutal. One of the most effective and disgusting practices used was denning, killing wolf puppies, still tied to their dens. They would often use a small child to aid them in ferreting out the pups, since they were  small enough to crawl into the dens. I guess they weren’t too worried about those children getting attacked by a wolf mother, whose babies were being systematically murdered before her eyes,  with her fate sealed as well.

“One of the most successful ways professional wolfers removed pups from their dens involved employing the services of a young child. The child, small enough to crawl into the den space, would grab a pup. Once the child possessed the pup, the wolfer, standing outside the den, would pull the child and pup out. This was done repeatedly until all of the pups were removed and killed (Young and Goldman 1944). One trapper relates his experiences denning with a small child, “My son often took hold of a young wolf that was extremely difficult to handle, and…occasionally he got hold of an old adult female, but never suffered any disastrous results” (Young and Goldman 1944:319). 

Yes wolf advocates,  that’s just a tiny part of the ugly legacy of wolf decimation foisted upon these long-suffering, persecuted animals. It looks like we are sinking back into that dark period once more.  Everyone who understands the history of wolf eradication in the lower 48 predicted this holocaust if the  states were ever given control of wolves again.  Sadly it’s all coming true, thanks to that singular act by President Obama, in the Spring of 2009, when he and his rancher Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, delisted gray wolves in the Northern Rockies.

 Top Photo: kewlwallpapers

Bottom photo: Wikimedia commons

Posted in:  Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves, Animal Cruelty

Tags: S1305, Jeff Siddoway,  live bait, animal cruelty, ultralight, aerial gunning of wolves,  wolf persecution

ACTION ALERT: Care2 Petition “Idaho: No Animals Used As Live Bait”…PLEASE SIGN!!!!

Update: February 25, 2012 signatures are at 1700 @ 11:35 am!!

care2 petitionsite

Idaho: No Animals Used as Live Bait

Idaho Senate Bill S1305 passed committee and will go to the Senate for a vote as early February 29, 2012.  This bill allows for slaughter of wolves found molesting livestock by any means.  It specifically allows for baiting wolves with live animals.  State Senator Jeff Siddoway said “even dogs” could be used as bait.

Using any sentient being as bait to kill another is cruel and inhumane.  It causes undue stress to the bait animal and puts them in harms way to be killed by wolves before a gunman kills the wolf.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN

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We need to go all out on this Warriors and get behind this petition. 5000 signatures are needed and I know we can do it.

Friends of the Clearwater, NIWA, Wolf Warriors and Howling for Justice are adamantly supporting this petition. The vote in the Idaho Senate can come as early as next week and then it’s on to the House. If  it’s voted out of the Idaho House I  have no doubt Governor Otter would sign it. If this bill becomes law it would decimate the already beleaguered Idaho wolves.

Remember what this bill would allow:

“The bill would let livestock owners whose animals are molested by wolves shoot the wolves from motorized vehicles, powered parachutes, helicopters or fixed-wing planes, by night or day, using rifles, pistols, shotguns, or crossbows, night scopes, electronic calls, and traps with live bait.”

Let’s get our signing fingers out for the wolves and achieve the 5000 signatures!!  Share this with everyone you know!!

The wolf haters might have gone too far this time. In their eagerness to slaughter wolves it could have the opposite effect and put wolves back under the protection of the ESA. Wouldn’t that be the ultimate irony?

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

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CONTACT

Idaho Senate

http://legislature.idaho.gov/senate/membership.cfm

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President Obama

http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

OR

President Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

White House Phone Numbers: 202-456-1414 and 202-456-1111

comments@whitehouse.gov

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Department of the Interior: Secretary Ken Salazar

1-202-208-3100
E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

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USFWS

Wolf Issue Comment Line

1-800-344-wild.

Mailing Address:
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240

Phone: (202) 208-3100
E-Mail: feedback@ios.doi.gov
Web: Feedback form

http://www.doi.gov/public/contact-us.cfm

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Live Bait Okay to Kill Idaho Wolves

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  • February 24, 2012
  • 9:00 pm
  • Idaho State Senator Jeff Siddoway introduced bill S1305 into the statehouse this week.  The bill will allow slaughter of wolves found molesting livestock, by any means.  This includes shooting wolves from motorized vehicles, powered parachutes, helicopters or fixed-wing planes.  Rifles, pistols, shotguns, crossbows, night scopes, electronic calls — day or night.
  • In Idaho, livestock consists of mainly sheep and cattle. The bill specifically includes the use of live bait. It’s not just wolves in Idaho that are in danger; any living creature could become bait if bill S1305is passed.

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Photo: Care 2 Petitions

Posted in: Action Alerts, Idaho Wolves

Tags: S1305, Live Bait Kill Wolves Bill, Siddoway, bad bill, wolves scapegoated, wolf slaughter, Idaho Senate, Care2 Petition

ALERT: Full Moon Vigil For Wolves, March 8th and 12th….

 By Mato Woksape

Warriors there will be two vigils organized by Mato W0ksape  to protest the continued slaughter of wolves in Idaho. They will be held at Eastside Park, Ontario, Oregon on March 8th and March 12th.

March 8th-Full moon Vigil

March 12thVigil For The Fallen

https://www.facebook.com/events/244497638968441/

If you are unable to attend because of distance you can hold your own vigil where ever you are.  Please take a photo of your vigil and upload them to:

Howl Across America

https://www.facebook.com/HowlAcrossAmerica

We will add them to the vigil post here on the blog. It’s important that we document each vigil to draw attention to the wolves plight.

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Photo: Courtesy Ann Sydow
Posted in: Action Alert, gray wolf
Tags: Full Moon Vigil, Ontario_Oregon, Mato W0ksape, stand up for wolves

14 Wolves Aerial Gunned In The Lolo….

Idaho can’t seem to stop killing wolves.  In early February, according to an IDFG press release,  Idaho Wildlife Services swept down in their aerial gunships and slaughtered 14 innocent Lolo wolves. Their excuse?  What else? Blaming wolves for elk declines in the Lolo, even though elk have been declining in the Lolo long before wolves were reintroduced.

This is the height of wolf breeding season. How many of those fourteen wolves were pregnant?  Killing two birds with one stone? Did they wait until breeding season to wipe out the next generation of Lolo wolves along with their mothers?

From The Wildlife News

Idaho Department of Fish and Game Spends $22,500 to Kill 14 Wolves in the Lolo Zone

By On February 22, 2012

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game issued a press release this afternoon stating that in early February, USDA Wildlife Services killed 14 wolves from helicopters in the Lolo Zone.

READ MORE: http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2012/02/22/idaho-department-of-fish-and-game-spends-22500-to-kill-14-wolves-in-the-lolo-zone/

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Is this killing spree ever going to end? Just yesterday the Idaho Senate Resources and Environment Committee voted to send Siddoway’s “Wolf Killing Live Bait” bill to the full Senate for a vote.

“The bill would let livestock owners whose animals are molested by wolves shoot the wolves from motorized vehicles, powered parachutes, helicopters or fixed-wing planes, by night or day, using rifles, pistols, shotguns, or crossbows, night scopes, electronic calls, and traps with live bait.

On top of that we have the latest horror of 14 dead Lolo wolves. 321 wolves have been killed in the hunt, which doesn’t end until March 31, 2012 and stretches until June 2012 in the Lolo and Selway zones.

Idaho is a killing zone for wolves.  The persecuted animals need their federal protections back and the way Idaho is killing wolves, it won’t be long before wolves are relisted.  The state is proving it CANNOT and SHOULD not be allowed to “manage” wolves.

February 23, 2012 in OutdoorsIdaho

Aerial gunners kill 14 wolves in North Idaho

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2012/feb/23/aerial-gunners-kill-14-wolves-north-idaho/

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Senate Resources Committee endorses night, aerial wolf kills, live bait use for ranchers

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/boise/2012/feb/22/senate-resources-committee-endorses-night-aerial-wolf-kills-live-bait-use-ranchers/

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Photo: Courtesy the Missoulian

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves, Aerial Gunning of Wolves

Tags: Lolo wolves, Aerial gunning, 14 Lolo wolves dead, Wolf Wars, wolf scapegoating

“Activists Take Over OCA Meeting, Call Attention to Anti-Wolf Legislation”….

As we plan our response to the Siddoway “Live Bait, Kill Bill“, I want to share a video of activists standing up for wolves against the livestock industry, protesting HB 4158. The bill died in the Oregon Senate Committee today but it could be back.

On February 10, 2012 the Seattle and  Portland Animal Defense Leagues along with  Cascadia Earth First took over a Oregon Cattlemen’s Assoc. meeting.

Click here to watch the vide0 on a larger screen and read Portland Animal Defense League’s statement:

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Video: Courtesy Portland Animal Defense League

Photo: Courtesy ODFW

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Oregon Wolves, Activism

Tags: OCA meeting, Oregon wolves, Portland Animal Defense League, Seattle Animal Defense League, Cascadia Earth First, HB4158

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