Second Bison Killed In Idaho…

Apparently its open season on bull bison in Island Park, Idaho.  Another bull, who migrated from Yellowstone, has been shot and killed there.

From The Island Park News

Published as part of the July 26, 2012 edition.

ISLAND PARK — A second bull bison was shot to death on Henry’s Lake Flat today (Sat. July 28). The first was killed on Thursday.

Both bulls were wandering around ranch land where cattle are grazing, but the bull killed today was first spotted near Mack’s Inn.

On Thursday, Yellowstone National Park and the Montana Department of Agriculture were contacted with requests to move the bison, but both agencies refused to help so the Idaho Department of Agriculture was called.

On Friday, Bill Barton, State Veterinarian, Division of Animal Industries, Idaho Department of Agriculture, issued this statement about Idaho’s bison policy: “The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is responsible for administering Title 25 Chapter 6 of Idaho Code. As stated in that statute, a significant potential exists for the spread of contagious disease to persons, livestock and other animals in Idaho, in particular, the spread of brucellosis to livestock, elk, moose and other susceptible animals from bison emigrating into Idaho from Yellowstone National Park and its environs. The statute requires that wild bison be removed from the state by one of two options: the live bison may be physically removed or hazed from within the state or, if removal/hazing is not feasible, the bison may be destroyed. To prevent potential property damage and mitigate public safety risks, this bison was humanely destroyed.”

It does not matter to Idaho that no bull bison has ever transmitted brucellosis to domestic livestock. Brucellosis is a disease that can cause livestock to abort their claves until they develop tolerance for the brucella organism. The organism is most active in the afterbirth of a bison calf for less than 48 hours after the birth. Bison births occur well before domestic cattle are brought to greater Yellowstone for summer grazing.

Elk have transmitted brucellosis to livestock, but since elk hunting is a major industry in Idaho and other Western states, the brucellosis issue is virtually ignored.

READ MORE: http://www.islandparknews.com/atf.php?sid=11835

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So let me get this straight, bison have to die because of  a threat of transmitting brucellosis to cattle, when there is not one documented incident of this happening,  yet elk have transmitted the disease to cattle but are  allowed to roam freely among  them,  apparently without any concern.  Yep makes perfect sense to me.

I also love the fact that Yellowstone National Park and the Montana Department of Agriculture were notified to help move the bison and both declined. Way to go Yellowstone and Montana.

The  brucellosis scare has been going on long enough. We all know what’s going on here. It’s not about brucellosis, it’s about competition for grazing land.  Ranchers don’t want bison competing with their precious cattle for grass so the brucellosis card is used to kill bison when this is basically a red herring. The proof of this is elk are known carriers of the disease and HAVE transmitted it to cattle.

The livestock industry needs to own up to this farce. Is there no end to the number of wildlife who must be  sacrificed on the altar of the sacred cow?

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Photo: Courtesy First People

Posted in: Bison

Tags: Island Park_Idaho, second bison killed, Yellowstone bison

Published in: on July 30, 2012 at 2:30 am  Comments (21)  

Confusion Concerning Facts Surrounding The Killing Of Bull Buffalo In Idaho…

UPDATE: July 28, 2012

This is most recent statement posted on the Buffalo Field Campaign’s website concerning the killing of the Yellowstone bull buffalo.

“This morning a bull buffalo that had migrated from the Yellowstone region into Island Park, Idaho was shot and killed. BFC patrols responded to the scene only to learn that the bull had been killed moments before we arrived by an Idaho Department of Agriculture official and the Fremont County sheriff’s office. The Nature Conservancy, who owns a ranch and grazes cattle in the area where the buffalo was killed–and at least one other resident–contacted the State of Idaho to notify them of the bull’s presence. According to what BFC learned, the Fremont County sheriff said they called Montana and Yellowstone National Park, neither of whom wanted the bull buffalo returned. The sheriff further claimed that the bull was a “danger” to campers in Idaho and posed a brucellosis “threat” to cattle, neither of which is true. Buffalo are gentle giants and have very clear ways of communicating, making it extremely easy to co-exist with them. Further, no wild buffalo has ever transmitted brucellosis back to the cattle they got it from, and it is basically impossible for a bull bison to transmit brucellosis. Idaho demonstrated this by leaving his guts and reproductive organs in the field after they killed him. BFC patrols responded that wild elk – who also carry brucellosis – roam freely throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and the sheriff’s response was that elk “bring in revenue.”

This bull buffalo was a perfect example of natural restoration that wild buffalo will undertake if humans will only learn to relax their coveted control over all things wild and free, learn to co-exist, and welcome the rightful roamers of North America back on their native habitat.”

http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/update1112/072612.html

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UPDATE: July 27, 2012

On July 26 I posted information about a bull buffalo, who migrated from the Yellowstone area to a Nature Conservancy Ranch in Idaho. The buffalo was shot and killed. This information came directly from the Buffalo Field Campaign.  They stated:

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Update from the Field: Idaho Stops Wild Bison Dead in His Tracks

“This morning a bull buffalo that had migrated from the Yellowstone region onto the Nature Conservancy-owned Flat Ranch was shot and killed. The Nature Conservancy, who grazes cattle on their ranch, acted in gross contradiction to their name and purpose by calling authorities to request that the bull be removed. BFC patrols responded to the scene only to learn that the bull had been killed moments before we arrived by a USDA official and the Fremont County sheriff’s office.

According to what BFC learned, the Fremont County sheriff said they called Montana and Yellowstone National Park, neither of whom wanted the bull buffalo returned. The sheriff further claimed that the bull was a “danger” to campers in Idaho and posed a brucellosis “threat” to cattle, neither of which is true. Buffalo are gentle giants and have very clear ways of communicating, making it extremely easy to co-exist with them. Further, no wild buffalo has ever transmitted brucellosis back to the cattle they got it from, and it is basically impossible for a bull bison to transmit brucellosis. Idaho demonstrated this by leaving his guts and reproductive organs in the field after they killed him. BFC patrols responded that wild elk – who also carry brucellosis – roam freely throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, and the sheriff’s response was that elk “bring in revenue.”

This bull buffalo was a perfect example of natural restoration that wild buffalo will undertake if humans will only learn to relax their coveted control over all things wild and free, learn to co-exist, and welcome the rightful roamers of North America back on their native habitat. Instead of conserving nature as their name implies, The Nature Conservancy is shamefully responsible for ending the life of the only wild bison in the state of Idaho.

The Nature Conservancy is shamefully responsible for ending the life of the only wild bison in the state of Idaho. While Idaho would likely have taken lethal action anyway, The Nature Conservancy should have stood their ground in defense of wildlife, especially an ecologically extinct species. 

Please hold The Nature Conservancy accountable for this unforgivable and incongruent action.

You can call Ruth Harbaum of The Nature Conservancy’s Flat Ranch, who made the call that killed the bull, at 208-558-7629, and let her know how disappointed you are by her and her organization’s actions. You may want to also contact the Idaho and National offices of The Nature Conservancy.”

http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/media/update1112/072612.html

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Today The Wildlife News posted a retraction of their reporting of the story and the Nature Conservancy’s version of what happened. Here’s the link.

Nature Conservancy Statement Regarding Bison Killing in Idaho

http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2012/07/27/nature-conservancy-statement-regarding-bison-killing-in-idaho/

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There is no further information about this situation on the Buffalo Field Campaign’s website that I could find. In light of that, I decided to remove my post.

I will update you if new facts or clarifications come to light concerning this incident. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Bison

Tags: Yellowstone bison shot and killed, Idaho, Buffalo Field Campaign, Nature Conservancy

What Good Are Wolves by Norm Bishop

An  excellent article by Norm Bishop.

Now, more than ever, it’s imperative we continue to shout down the ignorant , the uniformed and the hateful who seek to  demonize one of natures perfect predators, the wolf.  It’s our job to defend and  fight for them.

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What Good Are Wolves?

A growing body of scientific research shows wolves are key to the ecosystems of the Northern Rockies. Here’s a condensed version compiled by a long-time wolf advocate.

By Norman A. Bishop, Guest Writer, 1-04-11

In 1869, General Phil Sheridan said, “The only good Indians I ever saw were dead.” Others said, “The only good wolf is a dead wolf.”

Barry Lopez wrote of an American Pogrom, not only of Native Americans and wolves, but of the bison on which both depended. Between 1850 and 1890, 75 million bison were killed, mostly for their hides; perhaps 1 million or 2 million wolves.

“Before about 1878, cattlemen were more worried about Indians killing their cattle than they were about wolves. As the land filled up with other ranchers, as water rights became an issue, and as the Indians were removed to reservations, however, the wolf became, as related in Barry Lopez’s book, “Of Wolves and Men,” ‘an object of pathological hatred.’” Lopez continues: “The motive for wiping out wolves (as opposed to controlling them) proceeded from misunderstanding, from illusions of what constituted sport, from strident attachment to private property, from ignorance and irrational hatred.

In 1884, Montana set a bounty on wolves; in the next three years, 10,261 wolves were bountied. “In 1887, the bounty was repealed by a legislature dominated by mining interests. … By 1893 … desperate stockmen were reporting losses that were mathematical impossibilities. The effect of this exaggeration was contagious. The Montana sheep industry, which up to this time had lost more animals to bears and mountain lions than to wolves, began to blame its every downward economic trend on the wolf. … Men in a speculative business like cattle ranching singled out one scapegoat for their financial losses.”

Not until wolves were functionally extinct from much of the West did anyone begin to ask “What good are wolves?” to study wolves, and to report their beneficial effects on their prey species and on the ecosystems where they lived.

Adolph Murie realized that wolves selected weaker Dall sheep, “which may be of great importance to the sheep as a species.” His brother, Olaus J. Murie, thought predators may have an important influence during severe winters in reducing elk herds too large for their winter range. Douglas H. Pimlott pointed out that wolves control their own densities.

Yellowstone National Park wolf project leader Douglas W. Smith says that restoration of wolves there has added exponentially to our knowledge of how natural ecosystems work. It has also reminded us that predation is one of the dominant forces in all of nature, present in ecosystems worldwide over millions of years.

Bob Crabtree and Jennifer Sheldon note that predation by wolves is important to the integrity of the Yellowstone ecosystem, but we should realize that, before their return to Yellowstone’s northern range, 17 mountain lions there killed 611 elk per year, 60 grizzly bears killed 750 elk calves annually, and 400 coyotes killed between 1,100 and 1,400 elk per year.

P.J. White et al wrote that climate and human harvest account for most of the recent decline of the northern Yellowstone elk herd, coupled with the effects of five predators: wolves, grizzly bears, black bears, cougars, and coyotes. These are parts of a system unique in North America by its completeness.

Joel Berger et al demonstrated “a cascade of ecological events that were triggered by the local extinction of grizzly bears … and wolves from the southern greater Yellowstone ecosystem.” In about 75 years, moose in Grand Teton National Park erupted to five times the population outside the park, changed willow structure and density, and eliminated neotropical birds: gray catbirds and MacGillivray’s warblers.

Dan Tyers informs us that wolves haven’t eliminated moose from Yellowstone. Instead, burning of tens of thousands of acres of moose habitat in 1988 (mature forests with their subalpine fir) hit the moose population hard, and it won’t recover until the forests mature again.

Mark Hebblewhite and Doug Smith documented that wolves change species abundance, community composition, and physical structure of the vegetation, preventing overuse of woody plants like willow, and reducing severity of browsing on willows that provide nesting for songbirds. In Banff, songbird diversity and abundance were double in areas of high wolf densities, compared to that of areas with fewer wolves. Fewer browsers lead to more willows, providing habitat for beaver, a keystone species, which in turn create aquatic habitat for other plants and animals.

By reducing coyotes, which were consuming 85 percent of the production of mice in Yellowstone’s Lamar Valley, restored wolves divert more food to raptors, foxes, and weasels. By concentrating on killing vulnerable calf elk and very old female elk, wolves reduce competition for forage by post-breeding females, and enhance the nutrition of breeding-age females.

Wolves promote biological diversity, affecting 20 vertebrate species, and feeding many scavengers (ravens, magpies, pine martens, wolverines, bald eagles, gray jays, golden eagles, three weasel species, mink, lynx, cougar, grizzly bear, chickadees, Clark’s nutcracker, masked shrew and great grey owl). In Yellowstone, grizzly bears prevailed at 85 percent of encounters over carcasses, and they usurp nearly every kill made by wolves in Pelican Valley from March to October.

Some 445 species of beetle scavengers benefit from the largess of wolf-killed prey. In Banff and Yellowstone, no other predator feeds as many other species as do wolves. Wolf-killed elk carcasses enhance local levels of soil nutrients, adding 20 percent to 500 percent greater nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium.

Dan Stahler and his colleagues saw an average of four ravens on carcasses in Lamar Valley pre-wolf. Post-wolf, that increased to an average of 28, with as many as 135 seen on one carcass. Eagles seen on carcasses increased from an average of one per four carcasses to four per carcass.

P.J. White and Bob Garrott observed that, by lowering elk numbers, wolves may contribute to higher bison numbers; decreasing coyote populations result in higher pronghorn numbers. They also said wolves may ameliorate ungulate-caused landscape simplification.

Daniel Fortin and others saw that wolves may cause elk to shift habitat, using less aspen, and favoring songbirds that nest in the aspen.

Christopher Wilmers and all tell us that hunting by humans does not benefit scavengers the way wolf kills do. Carrion from wolf kills is more dispersed spatially and temporally than that from hunter kills, resulting in three times the species diversity on wolf kills versus hunter kills. Wolves subsidize many scavengers by only partly consuming their prey; they increase the time over which carrion is available, and change the variability in scavenge from a late winter pulse (winterkill) to all winter. They decrease the variability in year-to-year and month to-month carrion availability.

Chris Wilmers and Wayne Getz write that wolves buffer the effects of climate change. In mild winters, fewer ungulates die of winterkill, causing loss of carrion for scavengers. Wolves mitigate late-winter reduction in carrion by killing ungulates all year.

Mid-sized predators can be destructive in the absence of large keystone predators.  In the absence of wolves, pronghorn have been threatened with elimination by coyotes. Wolves have reduced coyotes and promoted survival of pronghorn fawns. Pronghorn does actually choose the vicinity of wolf dens to give birth, because coyotes avoid those areas, according to Douglas W. Smith.

Mark Hebblewhite reviewed the effects of wolves on population dynamics of large-ungulate prey, other effects on mountain ecosystems, sensitivity of wolf-prey systems to top-down and bottom-up management, and how this may be constrained in national park settings. Then he discussed the implications of his research on ecosystem management and long-term ranges of variation in ungulate abundance. He cites literature that suggests that the long-term stable state under wolf recovery will be low migrant elk density in Western montane ecosystems, noting that wolves may be a keystone species, without which ungulate densities increase, vegetation communities become overbrowsed, moose and beaver decline, and biodiversity is reduced. But as elk decline, aspen and willow regeneration are enhanced. In this context, wolf predation should be viewed as a critical component of an ecosystem management approach across jurisdictions.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) could wipe out our elk and deer. Tom Hobbs writes that increasing mortality rates in diseased populations can retard disease transmission and reduce disease prevalence. Reduced lifespan, in turn, can compress the time interval when animals are infectious, thereby reducing the number of infections produced per infected individual. Results from simulations suggest that predation by wolves has the potential to eliminate CWD from an infected elk population.

Wildlife veterinarian Mark R. Johnson writes that wolves scavenge carrion, such as aborted bison or elk calves. By eating them, they may reduce the spread of Brucellosis to other bison or elk.

Scott Creel and John Winnie, Jr. report that wolves also cause elk to congregate in smaller groups, potentially slowing the spread of diseases that thrive among dense populations of ungulates.

John Duffield and others report that restoration of wolves has cost about $30 million, but has produced a $35.5 million annual net benefit to greater Yellowstone area counties, based on increased visitation by wolf watchers. Some 325,000 park visitors saw wolves in 2005. In Lamar Valley alone, 174,252 visitors observed wolves from 2000 to 2009, where wolves were seen daily in summers for nine of those ten years.

Wolves cause us to examine our values and attitudes. Paul Errington wrote, “Of all the native biological constituents of a northern wilderness scene, I should say that the wolves present the greatest test of human wisdom and good intentions.”

Aldo Leopold, father of game management in America, said, “Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left. That is to say, you cannot love game and hate predators. … The land is one organism.”

Leopold also pointed out that the first rule of intelligent tinkering with natural ecosystems was to keep all the pieces. Eliminating predators is counter to that advice. Wolves remind us to consider what is ethically and esthetically right in dealing with natural systems.

As Leopold wrote in his essay “The Land Ethic,” “A land ethic … does affirm (animals’) right to continued existence … in a natural state.” He concluded, “A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”

Norman Bishop lives in Bozeman, Montana, and is a member of the advisory board of Living With Wolves, a group which raises awareness about wolves and their importance to healthy ecosystems. He worked for 36 years for the National Park Service, which included leading and supporting wolf restoration interpretation in Yellowstone National Park from 1985 to 1997. He was a reviewer of the 1990 and 1992 reports to Congress, “Wolves for Yellowstone?” and contributed to the 1994 Environmental Impact Statement, “The Reintroduction of Gray Wolves to Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho.”

http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/what_good_are_wolves/C41/L41/

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Large carnivores promote healthy ecosystems by keeping browsers on edge

http://oregonstate.edu/terra/2007/04/high-alert/

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Photo: Courtesy OSU Terra The Power of Research

Video: YouTube: ripple wolves aspen

Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity

Tags: gray wolf, apex predator, biodiversity

Published in: on July 26, 2012 at 3:02 am  Comments (16)  
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Murie Family Schools Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation…

“Olaus and Mardy Murie by their home in front of Grand Tetons, 1953”

The Murie family knows a thing or two about conservation, they are icons of the wilderness movement, specifically Olaus and Adolph Murie and their wives Margaret and Louise.  These were remarkable people who cared deeply about wild places and stamped their indelible mark on conservation history. Their name has never been associated with anti-wolf rhetoric, quite the contrary.

“Poisoning and trapping of so-called predators and killing rodents, and the related insecticide and herbicide programs, are evidences of human immaturity. The use of the term ‘vermin’ as applied to so many wild creatures is a thoughtless criticism of nature’s arrangement of producing varied life on this planet. – Olaus Murie”

“Based in Grand Teton National Park, the Muries were active throughout the twentieth century. The Murie Family was strongly committed to maintaining the biodiversity of Jackson Hole and during the lifetimes of Mardy and Weezy helped establish the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.

Olaus Murie was a talented artist and a pioneering field biologist for the U.S. Bureau of Biological Survey. He left federal service in 1945 to become the president of The Wilderness Society, which helped establish the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and was influential in the passage of Wilderness Act of 1964.

Adolph Murie, an ecologist, was a pioneering advocate of bio-diversity and was a major promoter of the Denali National Park.

Margaret Murie (married Olaus, 1924) helped bring about the passage of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, the greatest land preservation act in U.S. history, and was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1998.

Louise Murie (now MacLeod), a botanist, accompanied her husband Adolph (married 1932) on twenty-five expeditions to Mount McKinley (now Denali) National park. She served on the board of directors of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance and the Murie Center.”….Wikipedia

 Donald  Murie , son of Olaus Murie, wrote an open letter to the  Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation  concerning their virulent anti-wolf rhetoric and use of the Murie name.

Donald Murie’s Letter to the RMEF:

“Dear Mr. Allen:

“Some years ago your organization established the Olaus Murie Award, given to indviduals who have done exemplary work establishing and protecting habitat, for elk and of necessity other animals and plants. The Murie family approved the use of my father’s name on an award of that nature. Olaus and his brother Adolph spent their lives studying wildlife and especially wildlife habitat. Their careful and meticulous studies led to publications and scientific papers that have been used by students and established scientists as a solid, proven foundation for further research and policy making.

“Now, we find that your organization has declared all-out war against wolves; unreasonable, with no basis in science at all, wholly emotional, cruel and anathema to the entire Murie family. We cannot condone this. It is in total opposition to the findings of careful independent research by hundreds of scientists. Wolves have always been a necessary part of a functional habitat for elk and other game animals. They have been re-introduced into areas where their absence has resulted in ecological imbalances. Now you are determined to exterminate them once again.

“We cannot accept this. We must regretfully demand that unless you have a major change in policy regarding wolves that you cancel the Olaus Murie Award. The Murie name must never be associated with the unscientific and inhumane practices you are advancing.”

“Sincerely,
Donald Murie”

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Press Release: Murie Family Cautions Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Over Anti-Wolf Rhetoric

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 18, 2012
Murie Family Cautions Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation over Anti-Wolf Rhetoric—America’s first family of natural history asks RMEF to return to science and reason
http://www.cascwild.org/rocky-mountain-elk-foundation-changes-name-of-conservation-prize-over-wolf-dispure/
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Predictably the RMEF decided to change the name of the Murie Award rather than back down from their hateful anti-wolf stance.
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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Changes Name of Conservation Prize Over Wolf Dispute

July 19, 2012

Associated Press
HELENA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation removed the name of Olaus J. Murie from a conservation award after the family of the man known as the father of modern elk management objected to what they called an all-out war against wolves.

http://www.cascwild.org/rocky-mountain-elk-foundation-changes-name-of-conservation-prize-over-wolf-dispure/

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I applaud the Murie family for speaking out with courage and conviction.  They deserve our support for standing up to the RMEF and schooling them on what true conservation is all about. It’s certainly not about demonizing an apex predator like the wolf. who’s only crime seems to be existing and breathing oxygen. Apparently wolves are not allowed to pursue their natural prey without permission of the RMEF. Does Mr. Allen believe elk belong to him and his organization? Inquiring minds want to know?
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Loss of top predators causing surge in smaller predators, ecosystem collapse

October 1, 2009

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“The caribou feeds the wolf, but it is the wolf who keeps the caribou strong.” -Keewation (Inuit) Proverb
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Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Biodiversity, Wolf Wars

Tags: David Murie, Adolph Murie, Olaus Murie, Margaret Murie, Louise Murie, Murie Family, conservation, Wilderness Society, Jackson Hole, Arctic National Wildlife Preserve, biodiversity, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, wolf wars, David Allen

Always Time For Baby Moose In Sprinkler!

Here’s a break from the sorrow and daily bad wolf news. I’ve posted this video many times but it never gets old.

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Video: YouTube

Posted in: Biodiversity

Tags: baby moose in sprinkler, cow moose, sweet video

Published in: on July 16, 2012 at 4:20 pm  Comments (16)  
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A Dark Day For Montana, FWP Commissioners Approve Wolf Trapping!!

Wolf Caught In Leg Hold Trap (Nature Crusaders)

A day of infamy. Four commissioners voted to allow wolf trapping. Commissioner Rusty Stafne of Wolf Point abstained.

I’m utterly disgusted and angry. These wolves were railroaded by the trophy hunting cabal. There is no reason to be trapping or killing wolves!!! Shame on Montana FWP for approving legalized animal cruelty.

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FWP Commission approves wolf trapping, higher limit for hunters

HELENA – The state Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission on Thursday approved Montana’s 2012-13 wolf hunting season, allowing trapping of wolves for the first time and raising the limit from one to three wolves per hunter.

Commissioners said while many people objected to the trapping of wolves as inhumane and a “radical departure” from previous hunts, they did not see trapping or the higher limits as a threat to maintaining wolf populations in the state.

“The idea that we’re going to wipe out wolves through hunting is fairly far-fetched,” said Commissioner Dan Vermillion of Livingston. “All of this is consistent with Montana’s wolf-management plan. … The goal is not to exterminate wolves, it’s to manage them.”

Montana’s wolf hunting season is scheduled to start Sept. 15 and run through Feb. 28, but trapping won’t be allowed until Dec. 15. Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said they would conduct an early December review of the wolf harvest to see if any adjustments should be made for the rest of the scheduled season. Archery hunters can start two weeks before the Sept. 15 opening.

The commission voted 4-0 in favor of the new hunting rules, with Commissioner Rusty Stafne of Wolf Point abstaining.

READ MORE:

http://missoulian.com/news/state-and-regional/fwp-commission-approves-wolf-trapping-higher-limit-for-hunters/article_2a336572-cc52-11e1-976f-0019bb2963f4.html

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Photos: Top Photo Nature Crusaders dot wordpress dot com

Bottom Photo: By Mccoshk

Posted in: Trapping Cruelty, Animal Cruelty, Wolf Wars

Tags: Montana Just Like Idaho, Montana FWP Commissioners, Trapping Allowed. Trapping is Animal Cruelty

Published in: on July 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm  Comments (57)  

Montana FWP Commissioners, Say NO To Trapping Wolves!!

Don’t do it! Don’t become Idaho! Montana has two national treasures in the state where wolves roam, north Yellowstone (where most park wolves call home ) and Glacier National Park. Why would you be willing to put those fragile populations of wolves at risk? It’s bad enough wolves are being hunted in Montana in the first place but to add trapping as a weapon against such  a small population of wolves, in the third largest state in the lower 48 , is madness!!

Don’t listen to the radical fringe who think the only good wolf is a dead wolf. You forget wildlife watchers in Montana and around the world who want to view wild wolves. You only have to look to Yellowstone, where wolves generate 35 million dollars annualy to the GYA. Wolves are the rock stars of Yellowstone, the animals most people want to see.  By allowing trapping you will certainly put the wolves of Yellowstone and Glacier National park at terrible risk. Yellowstone wolves are habituated to humans. Remember the Cottonwood Pack disaster? Can you imagine the carnage when hunters start laying traps right outside the borders of Yellowstone, where wolves routinely cross over to hunt?

 Don’t go the way of Idaho, whose reputation has taken a huge hit because of the state’s cruelty directed at wolves.

There is no wolf crisis!! Only one dreamed up in the heads of the wolf hating zealots. Elk numbers have been @ 150,000 in Montana since 2009.  Livestock losses to wolves are miniscule.  Ed Bangs (retired USFWS Wolf Recovery Coordinator) recently stated  “To the livestock industry, wolf losses are so small, you can’t even measure them.” 

So why the heavy hand? Why the persecution? You know the truth and you know trapping is barbaric, cruel and completely unnecessary. Do the right thing! DO NOT APPROVE the trapping of wolves in Montana.

The FWP Commission begins at 8:30 a.m. Thursday in Helena at the Montana Wild Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave., west of Helena near Spring Meadow Lake State Park.

Be there to support wolves and say no to trapping them!!

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Wolf trapping: It’s like traditional stoning

I was reading the article this morning regarding the large number of comments about proposed changes to wolf hunting and trapping. I remembered a guy explaining to me awhile back about how the “old timers” go about trapping wolves.

“First ya take yerself a piece of cable and fray it so’s that the broken strands are a pointin up. Then you hang the other end a yer cable in a tree so’s that the frayed end is far enough off of the ground so’s a wolf gotta jump to git to it. Then you put yerself some bait on the frayed end of the cable and when the wolf jumps up to get it his mouth becomes hooked on the barbs and he hangs there til he’s dead.”

Yep, that’s just part of our good old Montana heritage. When can we expect the traditional stoning to begin?

Jim Rolando, Missoula

http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/mailbag/wolf-trapping-it-s-like-traditional-stoning/article_f4f0c2da-cb5f-11e1-a7b0-0019bb2963f4.html

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I definitely don’t agree with the Missoulian that wolf hunting is necessary but I applaud the editorial staff for taking a stand against  trapping wolves.

Wolf trapping is cruel and unnecessary

Missoulian Editorial

July 11, 2012

http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/editorial/wolf-trapping-is-cruel-and-unnecessary/article_febd699c-cb61-11e1-9e72-0019bb2963f4.html 

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The Ugly Face Of Wolf Trapping and Snaring

Warning Graphic Videos

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Photo: Courtesy All Creatures

Videos: YouTube

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Trapping Cruelty, Trophy Hunting

Tags: Montana FWP, say no to trapping wolves, Helena Meeting July 12, stand up for wolves

OUTRAGE! Lennox Killed!

AP: Lennox

A dog was euthanized killed in Ireland because he LOOKED like a Pitt Bull!! I’m broken-hearted for poor Lennox and his owners. He was killed for nothing, he  never bit anyone or did anything wrong.  There was even a Facebook campaign to save him,  with over 112, 000 Likes but in the end nothing could save Lennox from the Irish Court System.  RIP Lennox, sweet Lennox!

The Save Lennox Campaign

https://www.facebook.com/TheLennoxCampaign

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Outrage over Lennox: Dog put to sleep for looking like a pit bull in Northern Ireland

Despite a global outcry from animal rights activists, a dog was put to sleep in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on Wednesday because city officials said he looked like a pit bull.

The 7-year-old pug-nosed dog, Lennox, was at the center of a two-year legal battle between his owners and the Belfast City Council. The city’s dog wardens seized Lennox in 2010, claiming he was a dangerous “pit bull-type dog,” according to The Associated Press. Pit bulls are illegal in the United Kingdom.

Lennox’s owners argued he was not only not dangerous—he was not even a pit bull. In court, Lennox’s owner Caroline Barnes said the dog had never bitten anyone, but that she would muzzle him around strangers.

[Related: Pit bulls’ surprising past–nanny dogs]

The case sparked outrage among animal rights groups, inspiring a “Save Lennox” campaign and an online petition that collected more than 200,000 signatures. Some people—including celebrity dog trainer Victoria Stilwell—offered to adopt the dog in the United States, where pit bulls are legal.

But last month, a senior appeals court in Northern Ireland upheld a lower court ruling that called for Lennox to be put down.

In a statement, the City Council said an expert “described the dog as one of the most unpredictable and dangerous dogs he had come across,” and that it had no choice but to euthanize him.

City Council members said they have received death threats, part of what they called “a sustained campaign of abuse.”

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http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/lennox-dog-put-sleep-belfast-145939624.html

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Photo: Courtesy AP

Posted in: Animal Cruelty

Tags: Lennox, not a pitt bull, innocent dog killed, Belfast Ireland

Published in: on July 11, 2012 at 12:28 pm  Comments (30)  
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Double Standard: Cattle Rustlers and Wolves

January 4, 2010

It seems cattle rustling is a problem in the Great Basin, where three states converge (Oregon, Nevada and Idaho)  Cattle are being stolen but ranchers have been reluctant to point fingers.  Hmmmm. That seems odd.  When wolves are accused of killing livestock, Wildlife Services is called in to remove so called “depredating wolves” quicker then you can say holy cow…BUT when ranchers lose cows to theft…mums the word?

“Out of pride and a reluctance to point a finger at neighbors, ranchers in the vast Great Basin outback where Oregon, Idaho and Nevada come together have been slow to admit that someone in their midst, perhaps even someone they know from barbecues and brandings, has been stealing cattle. Just who is doing it, and how they have gotten away with it for at least three years, remains a mystery.”

It wasn’t until last summer that ranchers overcame their reluctance to talk to the law and each other about the problem.  It was discovered that 1200 cattle have disappeared, who can’t be accounted for from natural mortality.  

Ranchers don’t seem to have a problem reporting wolves for cattle losses.  I guess there’s a double standard going on here.

“Ranchers are keeping closer watch on their cattle, even with hidden cameras, and taking counts every time a herd moves through a gate, so they can report a theft sooner.”

So ranchers will take steps to keep a closer eye on their cattle when rustlers are involved and spend the money needed to protect their investment.  Interesting isn’t it?

And they admit turning their cows loose on the wide open range, unsupervised.  What a surprise.

“Bred cows are turned loose on rangeland far from home and left on their own for months at a time. The only good count of what the weather, predators, disease, poisonous weeds and now rustlers have left comes at the fall gather.”

“Jordan Valley ranchers Rand and Jane Collins swim their cows across the Owyhee River to get them to their federal allotment in February, and don’t see them again until June or July, when they brand the new calves.”

So let me get this straight.  Rustlers are stealing cattle on large open ranges, where cattle are left unsupervised but it wasn’t until recently that ranchers were willing to admit to the problem?  Yet there is no reluctance to report suspected wolf predation?

“It’s not the kind of thing you like to admit,” Rand Collins said. “There’s always the chance as the season goes along that the cattle will turn up, and then you look like a fool for crying wolf.”

Crying wolf seems to be what many ranchers can’t stop doing.

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Updated: Fri 6:43 PM, Jun 03, 2011

Cattle Rustlers Causing Big Problems for Ranchers

http://www.kbtx.com/news/headlines/Cattle_Rustlers_Causing_Big_Problems_for_Ranchers_123136068.html?storySection=story

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Rustlers ride wideopen range of Great BasinRustlers ride wideopen range of Great Basin

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100103/ap_on_re_us/us_cattle_rustling_spree

Rustlers take advantage of vast empty Great Basin country to plague cattle ranchers

http://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-us-cattle-rustling-spree,0,3642978.story

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, public land degredation by livestock

Tags: cattle rustling, wolves or livestock

Happy Independence Day ~ Remember The Wolves…

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Photo: Courtesy Ann Sydow and Enapay (Wolf People)

Published in: on July 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm  Comments (30)  
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