Coastal Wolves of The Great Bear Rainforest…

“Wolves hunting for fish in British Columbia. Photo by Ian McAllister”


Videos: YouTube Courtesy

Photo: Courtesy Ian McAllister

Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity

Tags: Great Bear Rainforest, coastal wolves, British Columbia, salmon, Old growth forests, trophic cascade, habitat destruction

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words……..

Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings says the SSS raffle  stands for “Safety, Security and Survival”  not” Shoot, Shovel and Shut Up“, a term used to describe poaching wolves and then getting rid of the evidence by burying them and keeping quiet about it.

So why is the Sheriff of Idaho County holding a shovel? Is it for burying the truth about what’s really going on in that picture? Inquiring minds want to know?  We were born in the dark but it wasn’t last night!!

 When officers of the law seem to be mocking killing wolves illegally you know the entire situation in Idaho is  going to hell in a hand-basket.


Idaho County Sheriff”s photo with shovel angers wolf advocates

Submitted by Rocky Barker on Mon, 04/23/2012 – 9:00pm, updated on Wed, 04/25/2012 – 12:43pm

Idaho County Sheriff Doug Giddings told the Lewiston Tribune in March 2011 when the photo was first posted that the SSS in the raffle for a .308 rifle was not shoot, shovel and shut up, as the traditional answer to solving the wolf problem is portrayed in the rural West.

Instead, he said it stands for “safety, security and survival,” the Associated Press reported. So now this picture (from left, Giddings with shovel, rifle winner Norm Sonnen of Greencreek, and Undersheriff Jim Gorges), which they posted on Facebook, has gone viral. Wolf advocates aren’t getting the joke.

Read more here: 
“This was a raffle prize given out by the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office when wolves were still listed as endangered in the state. “SSS” is popular slang among wolf opponents which stands for “Shoot, shovel, and shut up.”
Top Photo: Courtesy Idaho Statesman
Bottom Photo: Idaho County Sheriff’s Office
Posted in: Wolf Wars
Tags:  SSS raffle, Shoot Shovel and Shut Up, Idaho County, Sheriff Doug Giddings
Published in: on April 28, 2012 at 3:52 am  Comments (48)  
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To My Dear Readers….

Wolf People Pup Nini November 2011

UPDATE: April 27, 2012

Thank you everyone for your support! It is greatly appreciated. You’re the best!


I want to apologize to you if I haven’t answered your comments directly or answered a question that you’ve asked. In the past I was able to respond to each comment directly but that is becoming more and more difficult, since the blog has grown and is much busier now then in the past.  I will try my best to answer as many comments as I can but unfortunately I’m not able to respond to every one. Please know that I value each and every one of you and will try my best to be as responsive as I can.

If your comment is held in moderation it’s usually because WordPress views any comments that contain links as possible spam. So if you include a link in your comment that is why it may be held up.

If you want to contact me or any  member of Wolf Warriors you can leave a message on the Wolf Warriors Facebook page. It’s a policy of the blog that I will not post anyone’s personal email or phone number. This is to protect your privacy.

Again thank you for your continued support and patience. We are traveling this road together and we will find a way to protect the wolves  from the vicious campaign of terror that is reigning down on them. At present I’m working behind the scenes with other wolf advocates to help and protect wolves.

For the wolves, For the wild ones,


Published in: on April 27, 2012 at 4:12 am  Comments (38)  

Wyoming Plans Wolf Hunt For Fall 2012…..

Now I’ve heard it all. Wyoming plans on having a trophy hunt this fall, allowing up to 52 wolves to be killed. This will be carried out in the “flex zone” around Yellowstone National Park, which means any Yellowstone wolves wandering out of the park can be legally shot.

“Under Wyoming’s plan, the state would allow trophy hunting for wolves in a flexible zone around Yellowstone National Park, beginning in October. The hunting would last until 52 were killed or until the end of the year”

Remember the Cottonwood Pack?  The alpha male, female and their daughter got blown away by hunters during Montana’s first wolf hunt in 2009 because the state brilliantly opened the hunt right outside of Yellowstone and the Cottonwood Pack, not knowing how to read boundary signs, left the safety of the park and walked into a shooting gallery. Hunters were waiting for the wolves to cross over. It was like blasting ducks in a barrel.  Must be fun to kill innocent animals and heck they didn’t even have to work at it.

Yellowstone wolves are partially habituated to humans because they are enormously popular with tourists, who regularly follow their every move. Yellowstone wolves are used to people and have lost much of their natural fear of them, bad idea. They’ll be easy targets for “hunters” and I use that word very loosely.  Its’ not bad enough Wyoming wants to decimate their approx. 340 wolves down to 100 animals and ten breeding pairs, due to the disgusting wolf management plan that was concocted back in the  nineties to placate ranchers. Since the USFWS didn’t bother to update the plan since the reintroduction, we are left with the wolf killing states using these low numbers to “pick off”  their wolf populations. This is why wolves need to be relisted. The states are proving over and over again they cannot be trusted with the welfare of wolves. As soon as they had the chance  they started persecuting and killing them and continue to do it.

Congress should hang their heads in shame for what they’ve done. Especially the Senate Democrats who vowed they supported the ESA and wolves and turned around and threw Montana and Idaho wolves under the bus, sneakily slipping in a wolf delisting rider into a non-related budget bill, WITHOUT JUDICIAL REVIEW. In one fell swoop they doomed wolves in the Northern Rockies and gutted the ESA. Now any endangered species that becomes inconvenient can be kicked off the list by another “evil rider”. Who’s next? Grizzly bears? Salmon?

But get this, Governor Mead is hoping Congress will ride to Wyoming’s rescue and exempt them from the environmental lawsuits that are sure to ensue when they try to implement their “shoot on sight plan” in the rest of the state. Good luck on that one Wyoming during an election year.

Cynthia Lummis tried  to exempt Wyoming from legal challenges and that ” dog would not hunt”.


Wyoming plans wolf hunts this fall
Top Photo: Wolf wallpaper
Bottom Photo: Commons
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wyoming Wolves,
Tags: Governor Mead, shoot-on-sight, Wyoming wolf hunt, Yellowstone wolves at risk, decimating wolves

Tarra and Bella, Best Friends….




Unfortunately this beautiful story came to a sad end last year when Bella was believed to be killed by coyotes. Tarra actually carried Bella’s body back to the barn they shared together.

Tarra is in mourning for her beloved Bella and has turned to her sister elephants for comfort. Bella even visits the site where Tarra died. How incredible are elephants?

“It is with heavy hearts we honor the passing of Bella the Dog. Eight years ago, the white stray canine wandered into our habitat and befriended The Sanctuary’s founding elephant, Tarra. The inseparable friends were incredible in their devotion to each other and the story of their unique bond has been shared around the world. . . .We love and miss you, Bella, and will continue to take care of your friend Tarra.”


The End of an Amazing Friendship

Posted by: James Hathaway
Date: 11/02/11
A tribute page has been set up for Bella. You can leave your remarks about the amazing pair bond between Tarra and Bella. Please support The Elephant Sanctuary, they are doing wonderful work.

Your Tribute to Bella

Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in every way.
— John Muir


Photos: Courtesy The Elephant Sanctuary

Videos: Courtesy YouTube

Posted in: Animals

Tags: Bella and Tarra, Amazing pair bond, sentient animals, elephants, dogs

Published in: on April 25, 2012 at 2:28 am  Comments (10)  
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“Sorry For The Inconvenience We Are Trying To Save The WORLD”…Mato Woksabe

April 23, 2012

This is what a Wolf Warrior looks like.

Mato in front of IDFG in Boise, Idaho, protesting the slaughter of wolves.

Take heed Warriors. Every single one of us has the ability to do what Mato is doing.

Remember the Idaho hunt is not over. Lolo and Selway wolves are being hunted during denning and pupping season, through June 2012. The alpha females are sitting ducks in their dens. What kind of people kill pregnant wolves or newborn wolf pups? Ask yourself that question? Will we sit silently by as the slaughter continues?

The time for silence is over!!


Photo: Courtesy Mato Woksabe

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Activism, Wolf Warriors, Wolf Wars

Tags: IDFG, Mato Woksabe. STAND UP FOR WOLVES, wolf slaughter, wolf persecution

“Save The Wolf Protest” Boise, Idaho, Today…

 Public Event · By Mato Woksape

Save the wolf protest

Monday 3:00pm until 7:00pm

 Idaho Fish & Game

600 s. Walnut Blvd. Boise, Idaho

Non-violence protest including music and prayer as tools of protest.

We can’t put off another protest there is no time for the wolf. Please join me for another protest lets do it big lets do it right. Stand up for the wolf its time for us to fight.

Bring your drum bring your voice. Rainbow Warriors let us put our faith in actions.


Photo: Courtesy Mato Woksabe

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Activism

Tags: IDFG, Boise Idaho, Save the wolf protest, April 23, 2012

Published in: on April 23, 2012 at 3:56 am  Comments (26)  
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Love The Earth, Love The Wolves…

Looking back at a dream….1999

We can’t let the dream die.

Top Photo: Courtesy of

Bottom photo: Courtesy greentaxidotcom

Video: Courtesy (YouTube) (This video was originally released in 1999)

Posted in:  Biodiversity, gray wolf

Tags: Earth Day 2012, Nez Perce, Activism, wolf reintroduction, IMAX Wolves

Published in: on April 22, 2012 at 2:43 am  Comments (29)  
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Watered Down Justice For Lookout Pack..

Suspect Tom D. White (Photo Courtesy and WDFW)

For  poaching and decimating the first wolf pack to roam Washington State in 70 years, William White and his son and daughter-in-law Tom D. & Erin White of Twisp, Washington are expected to receive no jail time, getting off with probation and fines. They could have faced HUGE fines and jail for killing endangered wolves. They were tripped up when Erin White attempted to FedEx a box dripping blood, which contained  a poached wolf pelt from one of the Lookout wolves. (I think it was a pup.)

The Whites should have had the book thrown at them. Watered down justice for the  Lookout Pack.


Washington wolf killer pleads guilty, wife admits role in scheme


Posted on April 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 18 at 4:59 PM

 It started when workers at a private shipping company in Omak discovered a box bound for Canada was bleeding. It ended Wednesday when Twisp rancher Tom White and his wife pleaded guilty to federal felony charges of killing and conspiring to export the pelt of a protected species.

White’s father William had already pleaded guilty to charges involving the killing of at least two members of the first known wolf pack in Washington State in 70 years.

Tom and his wife Erin agreed to pay $35,000 in fines and both face up to a year in prison when sentenced in July.

Sources say the pair is more likely to face three years of probation. The three still face State charges in connection with the killings that biologists say set back the Lookout Mountain Pack that was discovered in the Okanogan Valley in 2008.




WA couple plead guilty in wolf killing case

Originally published Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:14 PM

A Twisp, Wash., couple have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the killing of a protected gray wolf and an attempt to ship its bloody pelt to Canada.

SPOKANE, Wash. —

A Twisp, Wash., couple have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the killing of a protected gray wolf and an attempt to ship its bloody pelt to Canada.

Tom White, 37, pleaded guilty to killing two endangered gray wolves, in May and December 2008. His wife, Erin White, also 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export an endangered species, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors are expected to recommend that the couple be sentenced July 11 to three years’ probation. Tom White agreed to pay fines and restitution of $30,000, with his wife paying $5,000.



In happier times.

“Uploaded by on Jul 15, 2009

When Conservation Northwest Executive Director, Mitch Friedman, his children, and nephew joined state and federal biologists to check in on the Lookout Pack, Washington’s first pack in over 70 years, they were treated to quite a chorus! for the whole story.”


Photos: Courtesy, Conservation Northwest and WSFW

Posted in: Washington wolves, Wolf Poaching

Tags: Lookout pack, Tom D. White and Erin White, evils of poaching, Washington wolves

George Wuerthner To Speak On Predator Ecology: the Ecological Niche of Wolves On the Landscape

Wolves/Trophic Cascades

April 12, 2012

Groups Sponsoring Predator Ecology Program Next Week

Moscow- ID – Friends of the Clearwater, the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, and the Kootenai Environmental Alliance are each sponsoring events next week with ecologist, author, and wildland photographer George Wuerthner. The title of the program, Predator Ecology: the Ecological Niche of Wolves On the Landscape will focus on why some scientists believe that robust wolf populations increase biodiversity production and are important for ecosystem health, and how hunting and trapping the iconic predator may lead to social disruption within the pack, potentially causing conflicts between wolves and humans. Wuerthner will be delivering a program in Moscow on Tuesday April 17, 7pm, at the 1912 Center 116 E. Third Street, in Sandpoint on Wednesday April 18, 6pm, at the Sandpoint Community Hall 204 South First Avenue, and in Coeur d’ Alene on Thursday April 19, 12pm, at the Iron Horse Bar & Grill 407 E. Sherman Avenue.

“The more we study predators, particularly wolves, the more we realize that they are essential to maintaining resilient ecosystems,” said Brett Haverstick, Education and Outreach Director for Friends of the Clearwater. “This is a great opportunity for members of the public to learn why wolves are so important to have on the landscape.”

With over five hundred wolves killed in Montana and Idaho since federal delisting, the groups are concerned that wolves are not being allowed to fill their natural order.

“Predators like grey wolves keep ungulate populations on the move, which helps prevent over browsing in riparian areas and leads to an increase in biodiversity,” said Ann Sydow, lead organizer with the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance. “We need our state agencies to stop demonizing wolves and instead give them a chance.”

Questions abound on what type of impact hunting and trapping wolves will have on the animal. Some people think the management model employed by Idaho will have a negative effect.

“Wolves are socially dynamic animals. When older wolves are removed from a pack, that can lead to social disruption, possibly causing younger, less experienced wolves to kill livestock,” said Adrienne Cronebaugh, Conservation Advocate for the Kootenai Environmental Alliance. “The more wolves we kill, the more conflicts we may see in the future. It doesn’t make sense.”


Photo:  Courtesy Wyo/File

Posted in: Biodiversity, gray wolf

Tags: Friends of the Clearwater, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance,  Kootenai Environmental Alliance,  George Wuerthner, trophic cascades,  predator ecology

Published in: on April 14, 2012 at 2:07 am  Comments (17)  
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