Think Of Wolves Over This Holiday Weekend!!

Bella, a husky that lost one of its hind legs in a snare meant for wolves, was a featured to help illustrate the argument of wolf supporters. (SHAWN GUST/Press}

A great pro-wolf  rally was held in Coeur d’ alene yesterday. It brought a huge crowd of dedicated wolf activists. Thanks to my friends Ann Sydow, Brett Havestick, Dr. Catherine, Nancy Taylor and so many others who worked  hard to make the rally a success.  Thanks to Bella the husky, who was a star of the rally.  Bella lost one of her legs due to a disgusting snare. She is a hero to all of us.

If the the wolf hating crowd thinks we are going away they are sadly mistaken. Yet today Wyoming wolves were officially delisted. This will  allow wolves to be shot on sight in 90% of the state.  Thanks to the Obama administration we now have wolf hunts in 5 states and Michigan just introduced a wolf hunt bill in their state House of Representatives.

Thinks may look bleak for wolves but this is only temporary. We will fight until our last breath to see their ESA protections restored. Take heart wolf advocates.

I will be off and on the computer until after the Labor day weekend. Think of the wolves in Montana who will be shot with arrows, dying gruesome, painful deaths.  Wolf bow hunting season starts in Montana tomorrow and runs into October. Pups are not off limits.  Think about Idaho wolves who are being hunted as I type this. Think about the wolves in the Great Lakes who will suffer the same fate.

We live to fight on. Do not lose hope. we are working behind the scenes to effect change for wolves!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

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Howling mad

About 70 rally in protest of Idaho wolf hunt

Posted: Friday, August 31, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 9:22 am, Fri Aug 31, 2012.

By BILL BULEY/Staff writer | 18 comments

COEUR d’ALENE – Idaho’s wolf management plan, said Dr. Catherine Feher-Elston, is not working.

That’s because, she said, “it’s not management.”

“It’s killing, it’s slaughter,” said Feher-Elston, a naturalist and wolf advocate who spoke at what was both a pro-wolf rally and protest of Idaho’s year-round hunting season on wolves Thursday at City Park.

“We have to fight to stop this,” she said.

About 70 people attended the gathering that included speakers, songs, a dog that lost a leg to a trap, and a presentation of how to release pets from traps. There were signs that read “Stop the Slaughter” and “Wolves Belong,” while many wore shirts with pictures of wolves.

And while folks, literally, were howling at times, the meeting was mostly calm, but for a few moments when a man who supported wolf management arrived and began recording some of the speakers.

http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_7a30dfb8-42ea-5820-8007-c34b66502851.html

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ALERT: Coeur d’ alene Wolf Rally and Memorial, Thursday, August 30, 2012

UPDATE: August 31, 2012

The rally was a tremendous  success!!  Between 80 and 100 people attended, with many wonderful speakers. Bella the Husky, who lost her leg to a trap brought a tear to everyone’s eye.  Thanks to everyone who attended.  This was the largest wolf rally crowd by far!!

Please keep our beloved wolves in your thoughts and prayers, the wolf hunt in Idaho started yesterday and Montana’s wolf /witch hunt begins  September 1, 2012 with wolf archery. Wolf families will be arrowed to death by black-hearted trophy hunters, who take pleasure in killing innocent animals.

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“Wolves Belong: Stop the Slaughter”

Rally & Memorial  set for  Thursday, August 30 in
Coeur d’Alene’s Fort Sherman/City Park, 3:30  to 7:30pm Pacific time

For Immediate Release

August 22, 2012
Contacts: Catherine Feher , Predator Defense 
Brett Haverstick, Friends of the Clearwater 
Ann Sydow, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance 

COEUR D’ALENE, ID. — A rally honoring the 379 wolves killed in Idaho, during the 2011-2012 wolf hunt, is set for Thursday August 30, 3:30 – 7:30pm at Fort Sherman/Coeur d’Alene City Park.  The rally will feature live music, guest speakers, a ceremony honoring wolves killed,  information tables,  and a trap-release workshop put on by Footloose Montana, aimed at educating citizens on how to identify traps/snares, and if necessary, how to release a pet from a trap.

Over 500 wolves have been killed in Idaho/Montana since the species was delisted via legislative rider from the Endangered Species List in 2011. The 2012-2013 wolf hunt on public lands in Idaho begins the same day of the rally. Hunting on private lands in the Panhandle region of Idaho has been occurring since July 1, making it a year ‘round hunt in some areas.

“It’s time to end fairy tale fantasies. Science clearly shows that healthy populations of wolves and other predator species are critical for a healthy environment,” said Brooks Fahy, Executive Director of Predator Defense. “The shooting, trapping, snaring and torture of wolves must stop. The slaughter of wolves in Idaho is being driven by a fanatical blood lust that has no place in modern wildlife management.”

Many conservationists in the Northern Rockies feel that the Obama administration has failed in their duties to protect the iconic species.

“Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar has utterly failed in his duties to keep federally endangered species like wolves from the blood-thirsty hands of our state fish and game agencies. What is happening in Idaho and Montana is about to happen in Wyoming. A lack of federal leadership and foresight is leading to a killing floor for wolves”, said Brett Haverstick, Education & Outreach Director for Friends of the Clearwater.

According to the 2011 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Progress report issued by Idaho Fish & Game and the Nez Perce tribe, there were 746 wolves in the state of Idaho last December.

“Of the 379 wolves killed in last year’s hunt, 40 were puppies, 56 suffered in leg-hold traps before being killed, and another 67 choked to death in snares,” said Ann Sydow with the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance (NIWA). “Special interest groups refuse to share their hunting grounds and their grazing allotments, even in publicly owned National Forests.”

Predator Defense, Friends of the Clearwater, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Footloose Montana and Center for Biological
Diversity are co-sponsoring the event.

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From Boise Weekly

Event to Honor Slain Idaho Wolves

POSTED BY GEORGE PRENTICE ON TUE, AUG 28, 2012 AT 9:50 AM

http://www.boiseweekly.com/CityDesk/archives/2012/08/28/event-to-honor-slain-idaho-wolves

US Representative Raul Grijalva Speaks Out For The Fox Mountain Pack….

Mexican gray wolf  (USFWS)

Lets give US Rep. Raul Grijalva D-NM a hand. In a letter addressed to Dr. Benjamin Tuggle, Southwest Regional Director USFWS,  Rep Grijalva took the USFWS to task for their handling of  Mexican gray wolf recovery or lack thereof and the fate of the Fox Mountain wolf pack.

Click here to read Representative Grijalva’s letter.

He pointed out removing the Fox Mountain alpha female from the wild was the wrong thing to do when there are no new releases of Mexican gray wolves planned. He raises concerns that by attempting to remove this wolf mother serious injury or death could befall her, her pups or other pack members.

In 2006 the Hon Dah Pack was decimated when USFWS intervened.

12-Wolf Pack Is Down to Two

May 25, 2006
By Tania Soussan

http://www.abqjournal.com/news/state/462778nm05-25-06.htm

Taking a breeding female from the wild, when there have been no new releases of Mexican gray wolves since 2008, is absurd. The Fox Mountain pack is just one of six breeding pairs living wild.

Mexican gray wolves are the most critically endangered land mammals in North America. Their present day genetics descend from just seven wolves who were saved from poisoning and death during the tragic gray wolf extermination of the 1900’s. The wolves are in-bred because of this.

Remember the Mexican gray wolf female who was shot when she bred with a dog. The poor little wolf probably couldn’t find another male wolf to mate with. Wolves are social animals, so she was seeking out the company of other canines. She lost her life because of it and her pups were also killed.

From the LA Times:

Rare Mexican Wolf shot for mating with dog

Posted by Graham_Land in Conservation, Wildlife & Flora, 20 Dec 2011

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this week ordered the death of a female Mexican gray wolf after the animal was discovered hanging around a group of domestic dogs.

The lone 4-year-old female was shot and killed in New Mexico’s Gila National Forest on Wednesday after she was apparently attracted to domestic dogs at a private residence. The female had earlier this year mated with a dog and given birth to a litter of five hybrid pups. Four of the pups were euthanized and the fifth has not been found.

 The five-year Mexican wolf reintroduction program has so far failed to recover the animals, and more wolves are being held in captive facilities than are free in the wild. Wildlife biologists say that when female wolves fail to find a male wolf as a mate, they pair with domestic dogs, producing wolf-dog hybrids that are usually put down by wildlife authorities.”

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There are so few Mexican grays in the wild, last count just 58, that it’s a miracle they even find each other to breed. As with all wolves in the lower forty-eight and around the world they suffer from severe persecution, poaching and the heavy hand of state and federal controls.

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Visit Lobos of the Southwest for further information.

Congressman Grijalva Sends Letter to Director Tuggle of the Fish and Wildlife Service

Arizona Congressman Speaks Up in Support of Mexican Gray Wolves, August 16, 2012 (posted 08/23/12)

http://www.mexicanwolves.org/index.php/news/754/51/Congressman-Grijalva-Sends-Letter-to-Director-Tuggle-of-the-Fish-and-Wildlife-Service

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Increase Wolves’ Genetic Pool by Releasing More to Wild

By

Wed, Aug 22, 2012

http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/08/22/opinion/increase-wolves-genetic-pool-by-releasing-more-to-wild.html

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KEEP THE FOX MOUNTAIN ALPHA FEMALE WILD!!

Mexican gray wolf and pup (National Geographic Wallpaper by Joel Sartore)

Continue the pressure to save this alpha female from a life in captivity. It looks like they’re ignoring our pleas and are still trying to catch her.

“Service spokesman Tom Buckley said the agency would not change course and allow the wolf to remain in the wild, despite the ongoing public pressure.”

Taking this mother from the wild is wrong!! Either remove the cattle from the wolf recovery area or  recover these critically endangered wolves in a cow free zone, where they don’t face continual persecution over cattle. This is why after 14 years the wolf program has been a failure. It’s the same story repeating itself, wolves are either poached or get in trouble over cattle.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again, expecting a different result.

The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park would be perfect for the wolves. No ranchers, no cows and lots of mule deer. Is that too sensible of a solution?? Of course people have been calling for this for years but sadly it’s fallen on deaf ears.

This appeared in the Albuquerque Journal

Wolf Will Live, But Maybe Not In Wild

By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012

LAS CRUCES – Conservationists were thrilled when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week rescinded a two-day-old order to kill a Mexican gray wolf blamed for killing four cattle in recent months, but they continue to press federal officials to let the wolf remain in the wild.

Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity said removing the Fox Mountain pack’s alpha female, the mother of at least four pups, is bad policy for a recovery project that has only 58 wolves in the wild in southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico.

Fish and Wildlife’s acting regional director rescinded the kill order on Aug. 10 after the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., stepped forward and offered to house the alpha female for the rest of her life.

Service spokesman Tom Buckley said the agency would not change course and allow the wolf to remain in the wild, despite the ongoing public pressure.

Before the first release of wolves in a national forest in Arizona in 1998, federal officials projected there would be 100 wolves in the wild by the end of 2006. However, illegal shootings and strict management of cattle-killing wolves have slowed the population’s growth.

Removal, Robinson said, “will have the same results ecologically on the wolves that are remaining as if they killed her.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service’s regional office in Albuquerque was inundated by hundreds of phone calls and emails protesting the Aug. 8 kill order, the first such order issued by the Service in four years. Killing the wolf, advocates said, would decrease the wolf pups’ chances for survival.

Federal agents on Wednesday afternoon were continuing the efforts they started last week to capture the Fox Mountain alpha female.

READ MORE:

http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/08/16/news/wolf-will-live-but-maybe-not-in-wild-2.html

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KEEP CALLING AND EMAILING.

Don’t give up on her. We need increased pressure on USFWS to do the right thing!!

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US Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Regional Office: 505-761-4748 or 505-363-2797

USFSW Regional Director Tuggle: RDTuggle@fws.gov

White House (202) 456-1111

Senator Tom Udall (202) 224-6621, (505) 988-6511 or (505) 346-6791

Senator Jeff Bingaman (202) 224-5521 or 1-800-443-8658

Congressman Ben Ray Luján (505) 984-8950 or (202) 225-6190

Congressman Martin Heinrich (505) 346-6781 or (202) 225-6316

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Photo: National Geographic Photo by Joel Sartore

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Mexican Gray Wolf

Tags:  Keep her wild, no legholds, retire grazing leases, remove cows near den site, Fox Mountain Alpha Mother, USFWS, Dr. Tuggle

Alert: Montana Proposes To Turn Day-To-Day Wolf Management Over To Wildlife Services!!!

Just when you think things couldn’t get any worse for Montana wolves, with the approval of trapping and no quotas during the upcoming 2012/2013 wolf hunt, now the state is proposing to turn the day-to-day management of wolves over to Wildlife Services!!

I’m speechless!!

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From Center For Biological Diversity

For Immediate Release, August 23, 2012

Montana to Give Wolf Management to Federal Agency With Legacy of Wolf-killing

SILVER CITY, N.M.— The state of Montana is proposing to turn most day-to-day management of wolves over to Wildlife Services — the same U.S. Department of Agriculture agency responsible for exterminating wolves throughout the West before they gained federal protection in the 1970s.

In a draft protocol released this month to address wolf-livestock conflicts, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks proposes transferring its authority to decide which wolves will be killed for livestock depredations to Wildlife Services, the federal agency that has killed millions of animals — including thousands of wolves — as part of its work to eradicate and suppress animals considered livestock predators or agricultural pests. The state would retain jurisdiction over public hunting seasons; unlike citizen hunters, Wildlife Services is not limited in where, or how many wolves, it can kill.

“Montana proposes to hand over key decisions on wolves, including how many will survive above a barebones minimum number, to the very federal agency that originally wiped out the West’s wolves,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity, a group that has advocated for western wolves for more than 20 years. “With no one looking over its shoulder, a secretive branch of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, partially funded by the livestock industry, will once again serve as prosecutor, judge and, most especially, executioner.”

According to the proposal, Wildlife Services will respond directly to ranchers’ complaints of cattle killed by wolves and could initiate aerial gunning of the animals it deems guilty, informing Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks of how many it has killed only later. Wildlife Services is funded not only by federal appropriations but by matching funds from livestock associations and/or the state and local counties.

Wildlife Services’ only constraints would come if the wolf population drops below 150 animals or 15 breeding pairs. At the end of last year, 653 wolves, including 39 breeding pairs, survived in the state.

A series of investigative articles this spring by Sacramento Bee reporter Tom Knudson found that just since 2000, Wildlife Services has killed millions of animals using methods that are inhumane, illegal and ignore science. In his 2005 book Predatory Bureaucracy: the Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West, the Center’s Michael Robinson documented multiple instances of the agency circumventing or outright breaking rules intended to protect wildlife.

“Putting Montana’s wolves fully in Wildlife Services’ hands will mean two things,” said Robinson. “More wolves will die, and fewer people will know why.”

Background
As a result of hunting and trapping in Idaho and Montana that was intended to drastically reduce wolf numbers, 545 of the 1,900-plus wolves in the two states have been killed over the past year. Additional wolves have been killed by Wildlife Services under criteria loosened since the removal of wolves from the endangered species list in May 2011.

In its decision last year to circumvent the Endangered Species Act and delist wolves by attaching a rider to a budget bill, Congress bypassed the Act’s requirement to adhere to the best available science. Federal courts had previously ruled that wolf delisting was illegal because the Fish and Wildlife Service disregarded scientific findings that wolves in Yellowstone National Park could become genetically isolated and that the wolf population still occupied only a small portion of its historic range.

Wolves are vital to their ecosystems. By deterring elk from browsing on cottonwood sprigs in low-visibility areas alongside rivers, the return of wolves has resulted in more stream side trees, benefiting beavers, fish and songbirds. By controlling the numbers of coyotes, the presence of wolves has led to increased numbers of foxes and pronghorn. Wolves also provide carrion from their leftovers, which is relied upon by scavenging animals such as badgers, eagles and bears.

The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 375,000 members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.

http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2012/wolves-08-23-2012.html

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The Sacramento Bee’s Exposé On Wildlife Services

Deadly Poison 1080 Compound 

The killing agency: Wildlife Services’ brutal methods leave a trail of animal death

By Tom Knudson tknudson@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 2, 2012 – 10:52 pm

First of three parts

The day began with a drive across the desert, checking the snares he had placed in the sagebrush to catch coyotes.

Gary Strader, an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, stepped out of his truck near a ravine in Nevada and found something he hadn’t intended to kill.

There, strangled in a neck snare, was one of the most majestic birds in America, a federally protected golden eagle.

“I called my supervisor and said, ‘I just caught a golden eagle and it’s dead,’ ” said Strader. “He said, ‘Did anybody see it?’ I said, ‘Geez, I don’t think so.’

“He said, ‘If you think nobody saw it, go get a shovel and bury it and don’t say nothing to anybody.’ “

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/28/4450678/the-killing-agency-wildlife-services.html#storylink=cpy

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Wildlife Services’ deadly force opens Pandora’s box of environmental problems

By Tom Knudson tknudson@sacbee.com
Published: Monday, Apr. 30, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 2, 2012 – 10:52 pm

Second of three parts

Like the prow of a ship, the Granite Mountains rise sharply from the creamy-white playa of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

Here, in rugged terrain owned by the American public, a little-known federal agency called Wildlife Services has waged an eight-year war against predators to try to help an iconic Western big-game species: mule deer.

With rifles, snares and aerial gunning, employees have killed 967 coyotes and 45 mountain lions at a cost of about $550,000. But like a mirage, the dream of protecting deer by killing predators has not materialized.

“It didn’t make a difference,” said Kelley Stewart, a large-mammal ecologist at the University of Nevada, Reno.

For decades, Wildlife Services, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has specialized in trapping, poisoning and shooting predators in large numbers, largely to protect livestock and, more recently, big game.

Now such killing is coming under fire from scientists, former employees and others who say it often doesn’t work and can set off a chain reaction of unintended, often negative consequences.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/30/4452212/wildllife-services-deadly-force.html#storylink=cpy

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Unforgiving Snares and How They Work

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/30/4452212_a4452108/wildllife-services-deadly-force.html

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Long struggles in leg-hold device make for gruesome deaths

By Tom Knudson
tknudson@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 15A
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 2, 2012 – 10:52 pm

No tool in Wildlife Services’ arsenal kills more non selectively – or slowly – than the leg-hold trap.

Since 2000, more than 90 species of wildlife have died by mistake in agency traps, including pronghorn antelope, mule deer, river otters, swift foxes, badgers, porcupines and federally protected bald eagles, government records show.

But whether animals are caught accidentally or not, they often struggle for days and die of exposure, injuries and other causes long before a trapper returns to the site.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/28/4450686/ex-trapper-leg-hold-device-probably.html#storylink=cpy

And this is the agency  Montana is going to entrust Montana wolves?

I’m proposing a write-in campaign to the 81 Senators who sold wolves out in the Northern Rockies and delisted them via budget rider. All US Senate Democrats voted for this horror except three, Wyden, Leahy and Levin. I will have more on the write-in campaign soon. We must hold them accountable for what they did and let the world know that Democrats, who say they support the ESA, betrayed wolves, while President Obama signed the bill into law. Obama has delisted wolves twice since he took office, a feat even George Bush couldn’t accomplish.

Now is the perfect time to hold them responsible for throwing wolves under the bus. There’s an election in just 2 1/2 months. We must demand they correct the terrible wrong perpetrated against wolves, letting them know wolves must be placed back on the Endangered Species list, where they won’t be subjected to wolf hunts and brutal state management.  We can remind them if they choose to do nothing we won’t pull  be pulling the lever for them come November.

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Photo: Courtesy James Balog

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Montana wolves, Wildlife Services War on Wildlife

Tags: Wildlife Services, persecution of Montana wolves, MFWP, stand up for wolves, Michael Robinson, Center for Biological Diversity

Keep Calling and Emailing To Save The Wedge Pack….

May we all never be judged by anything so harshly or hold to as strict a life or unremitting of borders as the ones we try to place on and around wolves”…Rick Bass 1992

UPDATE: August 24, 2012

No wolves have been killed as of today but there is still a kill order out on four members of the pack. There are nine pack members, including four puppies. I was told they are not targeting the alpha male and female but that’s all conjecture because there is a virtual blackout on what Wildlife Service sharpshooters are up to. Are they laying traps for four of the wolves in this pack? The answer is probably yes. Are they going to kill them when they trap them? Again the answer is yes but public pressure can make a difference. It’s the wolves only hope!

The fact the Director of WDFW is no longer taking phone calls is telling you they’ve been deluged with calls. As I said before, they may not admit your calls are making a difference but they are.  Washington state has a reputation for being progressive and this will give them a big black eye if these wolves are killed. The problem is the Wedge Pack choose eastern Washington as their home, which is more like Western Idaho, with some of the same anti-wolf sentiment.

WDFW Spokane

360-902-2515

Please don’t give up on these wolves, the more pressure that’s applied the more they’ll think twice about killing them!!

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Pro-wolf groups ask Gregoire to stop plan to kill wolves

Posted by Rich

Aug. 24, 2012 12:52 p.m.

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2012/aug/24/pro-wolf-groups-ask-gregoire-stop-plan-kill-wolves/

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CLICK HERE TO READ LETTER FROM ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS TO GOVERNOR GREGOIRE 

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Investigators find dead wolf in northern Stevens County

Posted by Rich

Aug. 24, 2012 5:57 p.m.

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2012/aug/24/investigators-find-dead-wolf-northern-stevens-county/

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UPDATE: August 23,  2012

No word yet, silence on what is happening? They are determined to kill four Wedge pack wolves but keep up the pressure!! Washington is acting like Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Oregon,  Wisconsin, Minnesota and now Michigan.

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It looks like WDFW is digging in their heels and determined to kill the Wedge Pack and orphan their pups. They may be talking tough but you can believe your phone calls and emails are making a big difference! If this pack is killed it will leave a black eye on Washington’s supposed progressive reputation. I will personally add Washington to the list of wolf states I won’t visit if they kill this pack. If you call from out-of-state please reinforce this sentiment. Here’s the contact info  for Washington’s tourism bureau.

You can reach a Washington State Travel Counselor at  1-866-964-8913. 

tourisminfo@watourismalliance.com

The entire situation is surrounded by controversy, no agreement between experts has been reached  concerning whether any cow injuries were even caused by wolves but it doesn’t seem to matter to WDFW, it’s blame wolves first and ask questions later.

I stated in my previous post that Washington ranchers  lost over 30,000 cows to non-predation in 2010. I have no doubt the number of losses to non-predation have remained constant or even increased. Compare 30,0000  to a handful attributed to wolves and you can see this is a non-issue blown up by ranchers to garner bad publicity for wolves. It’s the same story repeated over and over again. It’s been going on for hundreds of years. Why are Americans allowing a handful of ranchers and hunters to drive policy that impact our native wildlife and rob us of our heritage? They have no right to demand these wolves  be killed but are acting in confidence that fish and game will support them fully.  A paradigm shift is needed to stop these wildlife killing policies. We can either be part of the solution or part of the problem.

From Conservation Northwest:

WDFW takes aim at Wedge Pack wolves

Posted by Jasmine Minbashian at Aug 22, 2012 05:10 PM | Permalink

Wedge pack pups: will Washington pass its first major test for recovering wolves?

Washington State is facing its first major test when it comes to wolf management. And so far, it’s looking like a failing grade. One of Washington’s newly confirmed wolf packs, the Wedge Pack, may not survive the end of the week.

Claiming that the pack has repeatedly preyed on livestock, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has already killed one wolf and plans to kill up to four more wolves to break apart the pack permanently.

However, independent experts with decades of experience in identifying wolf attacks on livestock say much of the evidence is inconclusive. They have questioned WDFW’s conclusions that wolves are the culprit, stating that the calves’ injuries are not typical of a wolf attack.

Despite this uncertainty, WDFW officials are refusing to take a more measured approach as laid out in Washington’s recently adopted Wolf Conservation and Management plan.

http://www.conservationnw.org/news/scat/wdfw-takes-aim-at-wedge-pack-wolves

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KEEP UP THE PRESSURE. THEY ARE LISTENING!!

Governor Christine Gregoire

Phone:  360-902-4111 | FAX: 360-753-4110

Email the Governor

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Phil Anderson

Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

Phone:  360-902-2200

director@dfw.wa.gov

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Photo: mythwallpaperdotcom

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Washington wolves

Tags: Wedge Pack, orphaned pups???, stop the killing, keep up the pressure, Governor Christine Gregoire, Phil Anderson, WDFW, Washington State

URGENT ACTION ALERT: There’s A Hit Out On Washington’s Wedge Pack….

UPDATE: August 22, 2012

Great response everyone, keep calling and emailing.  Let’s try and save this pack! This is an outrage!

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So much for Washington State being progressive on wolves. As soon as a wolf looks sideways at a cow the ranchers start squawking and fish and game comes running. No matter ranchers lose thousands and thousands of cows each year to non-predation.

In 2010 for example, 37, 300 cows keeled over or were stolen in Washington.  But of course ranchers don’t get reimbursed for any of the following conditions that regularly claim the lives of cattle and calves every year.

Digestive problems …………………………………………………..
Respiratory problems ………………………………………………..
Metabolic problems …………………………………………………..
Mastitis …………………………………………………………………..
Lameness/injury ……………………………………………………….
Other diseases ………………………………………………………..
Weather related ……………………………………………………….
Calving problems ……………………………………………………..
Poisoning ………………………………………………………………..
Theft ………………………………………………………………………
(NASS)

 “The “Wedge” pack was named for the wedge-shaped part of Stevens County between the Kettle River to the west and the Columbia River to the east.  The pack is Washington’s eighth.”  (Spokesman-Review)

The state has already killed a Wedge Pack  sub-adult female, now WDFW is  ready to take out all the adult wolves as soon as tomorrow over a few questionable depredations involving one rancher.  Where’s the proof? Oh that’s right we have to believe whatever the rancher and fish and game says.  There are pups involved who will be orphaned or worse, since both of their parents will be DEAD!

It won’t be hard to track and kill these wolves, the alpha male and one other wolf  in the pack is already radio collared. It will be like picking off fish in barrel. There pups will have to watch as their family is chased and killed.

Please speak out for them, they are voiceless and at the mercy of state management that was supposed to be so different. It’s looking like Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is bending to the same pressure from the livestock industry that has a strangle hold on all the wolf states.

Please call Governor Christine Gregoire today and tell her to put a stop to the massacre of the Wedge Pack!!

Phone:  360-902-4111

You can also contact the Phil Anderson, Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildife

Phone:  360-902-2200

director@dfw.wa.gov

This is very urgent, please make those calls!! If you live out of state let them know you won’t be visiting Washington any time soon if they kill this wolf pack and orphan their pups.  Tell them you’ll be spending your tourist dollars elsewhere.

How much more wolf killing does there have to be until the American people rise up and say enough?????

Gray wolf captured on remote camera in Washington State

First sighting of  a member of the  Wedge Pack,  January 29, 2012

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Video: WDFW

Photo: Photobucket

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Washington wolves

Tags: Wedge Pack, kill over, orphaned pups or worse, stop killing wolves, WDFW, Columbia River, Kettle River, Christine Gregoire, Phil Anderson

Bolivia and Ecuador Grant “Rights Of Nature” To Mother Earth…

Chimborazo volcano (Ecuador), the farthest point from the centre of the Earth..Wiki”

Animal and plant species around the world are in terrible trouble.

“For the first time since the dinosaurs disappeared, humans are driving animals and plants to extinction faster than new species can evolve, one of the world’s experts on biodiversity has warned.

Conservation experts have already signalled that the world is in the grip of the “sixth great extinction” of species, driven by the destruction of natural habitats, hunting, the spread of alien predators and disease, and climate change.”

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Bolivia and Ecuador have taken the threats to our natural world seriously and granted “Law of Rights” to Mother Earth.

“Ecuador rewrote its Constitution in 2007-2008 and it was ratified by referendum by the people of Ecuador in September 2008.” Wiki

Bolivia passed their bill on Earth Day, April 22, 2011.

“Rights of Nature is the recognition and honoring that Nature has rights.  It is the recognition that trees, oceans, animals, mountains have rights just as human beings have rights. Rights of Nature is about balancing what is good for human beings against what is good for other species, what is good for the planet as a world.  It is the holistic recognition that all life, all ecosystems on our planet are deeply intertwined. “

The earth is not ours to exploit and ruin but to treasure and nurture.

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Bolivia and Ecuador show how we should treat animals

“In the 20th century, the glory of the human has become the desolation of the Earth, and now the desolation of the Earth is becoming the destiny of the human.” — Thomas Berry, eco-theologian

Nature is a self-regulating system that knows how to govern herself. This government-organized war on nonhumans must end now to be replaced with a healthy relationship, manifesting love for the natural world.

A paradigm shift is rising from the indigenous people of the Southern hemisphere. Ecuador and Bolivia, both countries suffering severe effects of climate change, have written the rights of nonhumans into law. Such laws also recognize the authority of people and communities to defend those rights. This is explained by Cormac Cullinan, author of “Wild Law.”

Bill and Lynne Twist, who co-founded the Pachamama Alliance in 1995, worked with Ecuador to establish this precedent. Lynn affirms, “It changes the legal paradigm from property where you can do anything you want because you own the earth, to understanding that the earth is a living system, a living being with legal rights. That is a gigantic breakthrough… and now it’s being replicated and we are a secretary for a global movement to give rights to nature all over the world. And it’s clear that this is the future.”

They offer “Awakening the Dream” workshops across the country. One will be held in Racine on Oct. 6. It costs $10. The workshop penetrates pervasive denial to discuss the destruction of the environment and biodiversity, and the crises we face. “The picture is pretty confronting. People move from what I will call denial up to despair. That sounds terrible but it is up. Going from numb to despair means you really start to face the crises you’re living in,” explains Lynne.

Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources just sent out an alert that their Learn to Hunt efforts last year increased recruitment into killing wildlife by 23 percent, surpassing their goal of 2,000, to teach 2,136, mostly children, to kill animals for fun. Rather than include the wildlife-appreciative public, the DNR is throwing more killing at their funding problems with more sadistic methods. Breaking into the school system to teach bow hunting and trapping, luring kids with a special $4 first kill fee (including unlimited trapping), the hunter-controlled DNR is working aggressively to keep its special-interest power base.

The planned assault on 800 wolves proves again that the DNR, as an extension of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, will harvest Wisconsin to depletion.

Thomas Berry admonishes that the Earth is primary and humans are derivative. Instead of treating the Earth and all nonhuman life as a collection of objects, we must recognize a community of subjects. Human hubris espouses hierarchy and oppression. Exploiting and harming the rest of life is as perverse as if we thought we could enhance one part of our body by destroying the rest. No other species on Earth hoards other species by the billions solely for slaughter, or poisons their food supply, blows up mountains, empties aquifers, destroys the climate, the oceans, and life itself for recreational kill quotas.

“We’ve gone mad, stark raving mad, destroying the planet, but more specifically we’re terminating 65 million years of life development,” laments Berry.

READ MORE:

http://host.madison.com/ct/news/opinion/column/patricia-randolph-s-madravenspeak-bolivia-and-ecuador-show-how-we/article_082d1478-e8db-11e1-9206-0019bb2963f4.html

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Ecuador & Bolivia Grant Mother Earth Strong Constitutional & Legal Rights

http://wakeup-world.com/2011/06/07/ecuador-bolivia-grant-mother-earth/

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The Pachamama Alliance

Transformative Workshops

http://www.pachamama.org/

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Humans driving extinction faster than species can evolve, say experts

Conservationists say rate of new species slower than diversity loss caused by the destruction of habitats and climate change

“The IUCN lists west African giraffes as an endangered species. Conservationists say the rate of new species is slower than diversity loss.”

Photograph: Graeme Robertson

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/mar/07/extinction-species-evolve

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Top Photo: Wiki Commons

Bottom Photo: Graeme Robertson

Posted in: Biodiversity, Activism, Wolf Wars, Animal Rights

Tags: Bolivia, Ecuador, Rights of Nature, The Pachamama Alliance, Transformative Workshops, Sixth great extinction, protecting biodiversity, Wisconsin

Feds Poised To Allow Open Season On Wyoming Wolves – Let The Lawsuits Commence…

The feds are surrendering the hapless Wyoming wolf population to brutal state management at the end of August 2012.

From NBC Montanadotcom

“The federal government plans to announce an end to protections for wolves in Wyoming later this month.

Spokesmen from some environmental groups say they plan to review the final wolf delisting rule carefully when it’s issued Aug. 31. They say legal challenges are likely over the state’s plan to classify wolves as predators that can be shot on sight in most areas.”

Wolves will be classified as predators so they can be shot on sight at any time of the day or night, in 90% of the state. Sickos  can run them over with snowmobiles, hang them from fence posts, chop them to pieces, tortured in unimaginable ways….whatever a perverted mind can come up with. This is how low “wolf state management” has sunk. The USFWS put their stamp of approval on this proposed wolf massacre. Wrong is right and up is down.

Wolves must be reilisted. There is no other solution to this madness. It’s the 1900’s all over again and the agency that is supposed to be watching out for a newly delisted species seems fine with the horrific wolf policies of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  Shame on the USFWS, Secretary of the Interior and the Obama administration.

The successful wolf reintroduction has turned into a nightmare. Wolves will now be hunted in FIVE states: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Minnesota.  The Montana and Idaho hunts begin in two weeks. Wyoming leads the pack as the wolf persecutors in chief. If they have their way wolves will be treated like vermin, killed for no reason other than hatred, blood lust and stupidity.

 I hope this is tied up in the courts for years. Thankfully  Cynthia Lummis R-WY didn’t get her budget rider passed so environmental groups are free to challenge the frightening Wyoming wolf “management/killing plan”.

Let the lawsuits commence!!

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Feds prepare to end wolf protections in Wyoming

Associated Press
POSTED: Aug 14 2012 02:02:16 PM MDT
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From Center For Biological Diversity

Don’t Let Wyoming’s Wolves Be Sacrificed

(click above to sign)

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Photo: Public Photobucket
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wyoming Wolves
Tags: Wyoming wolves, predator status, USFWS, speak out, commence lawsuits, shoot on sight

 

KEEP THE FOX MOUNTAIN WOLF MOTHER WILD!!!

Mexican gray wolf and pup (National Geographic Wallpaper by Joel Sartore)

Continue the pressure to save this alpha female from a life in captivity. It looks like they’re ignoring our pleas and are still trying to catch her.

“Service spokesman Tom Buckley said the agency would not change course and allow the wolf to remain in the wild, despite the ongoing public pressure.”

Taking this mother from the wild is wrong!! Either remove the cattle from the wolf recovery area or  recover these critically endangered wolves in a cow free zone, where they don’t face continual persecution over cattle. This is why after 14 years the wolf program has been a failure. It’s the same story repeating itself, wolves are either poached or get in trouble over cattle.  The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again, expecting a different result.

The North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park would be perfect for the wolves. No ranchers, no cows and lots of mule deer. Is that too sensible of a solution?? Of course people have been calling for this for years but sadly it’s fallen on deaf ears.

This appeared in the Albuquerque Journal

Wolf Will Live, But Maybe Not In Wild

By on Thu, Aug 16, 2012

LAS CRUCES – Conservationists were thrilled when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week rescinded a two-day-old order to kill a Mexican gray wolf blamed for killing four cattle in recent months, but they continue to press federal officials to let the wolf remain in the wild.

Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity said removing the Fox Mountain pack’s alpha female, the mother of at least four pups, is bad policy for a recovery project that has only 58 wolves in the wild in southeast Arizona and southwest New Mexico.

Fish and Wildlife’s acting regional director rescinded the kill order on Aug. 10 after the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale, Ariz., stepped forward and offered to house the alpha female for the rest of her life.

Service spokesman Tom Buckley said the agency would not change course and allow the wolf to remain in the wild, despite the ongoing public pressure.

Before the first release of wolves in a national forest in Arizona in 1998, federal officials projected there would be 100 wolves in the wild by the end of 2006. However, illegal shootings and strict management of cattle-killing wolves have slowed the population’s growth.

Removal, Robinson said, “will have the same results ecologically on the wolves that are remaining as if they killed her.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service’s regional office in Albuquerque was inundated by hundreds of phone calls and emails protesting the Aug. 8 kill order, the first such order issued by the Service in four years. Killing the wolf, advocates said, would decrease the wolf pups’ chances for survival.

Federal agents on Wednesday afternoon were continuing the efforts they started last week to capture the Fox Mountain alpha female.

READ MORE:

http://www.abqjournal.com/main/2012/08/16/news/wolf-will-live-but-maybe-not-in-wild-2.html

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KEEP CALLING AND EMAILING.

Don’t give up on her. We need increased pressure on USFWS to do the right thing!!

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US Fish and Wildlife Service Southwest Regional Office: 505-761-4748 or 505-363-2797

USFSW Regional Director Tuggle: RDTuggle@fws.gov

White House (202) 456-1111

Senator Tom Udall (202) 224-6621, (505) 988-6511 or (505) 346-6791

Senator Jeff Bingaman (202) 224-5521 or 1-800-443-8658

Congressman Ben Ray Luján (505) 984-8950 or (202) 225-6190

Congressman Martin Heinrich (505) 346-6781 or (202) 225-6316

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Photo: National Geographic Photo by Joel Sartore

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Mexican Gray Wolf

Tags:  Keep her wild, no legholds, retire grazing leases, remove cows near den site, Fox Mountain Alpha Mother, USFWS, Dr. Tuggle

WildEarth Guardians Urges Fox Mountain Alpha Female Remain Wild…

August 14, 2012
Ken Salazar
Secretary of the Interior
Department of the Interior
1849 C Street, N.W.
Washington DC 20240
Dr. Benjamin Tuggle
Regional Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 1306
Albuquerque, NM 87103

Re: Request to Stay Order to Capture and Remove Mexican Wolf AF1188 from the Wild

Dear Secretary Salazar and Dr. Tuggle:

Thank you for rescinding the August 8, 2012, kill order for Alpha Female 1188 of the Fox Mountain Mexican wolf pack, who has five pups, including four young of the year. We now request that you also stay your subsequent order to capture and remove AF1188 from the wild to a permanent holding facility.

AF1188 is one of six breeding females in a population of less than 60 Mexican wolves. It is essential to preserve breeding females in the wild to support recovery of the species.1

Wolf packs that lose one or more their alpha animals typically disband, which leaves pups and yearlings to strike out on their own and they may likely starve (Creel and Rotella 2010). Wolves, highly sentient beings, suffer emotional trauma from the loss of members of a pack (Mallonee 2011), and in this instance, placing a wild wolf into captivity away from her pack will cause her to suffer as well.

After consultation with a former USDA-Wildlife Services official, we believe the Fish and Wildlife Service will use leg-hold traps to capture AF1188. This creates a crisis for two reasons: wolves captured during the height of summer can die from exposure.

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1 While the Fish and Wildlife Service claims that AF1188 is genetically similar to her mate, it has done nothing to
further genetic diversity within the population; the agency has also not released new lobos into the Blue Range Wolf
Recovery Area in more than 1366 days to diversify the population. Yet, the Service has also not hesitated to remove
multiple wolves from the population in the past.

Second, leghold traps do not discriminate between animals. There is no way to target AF1188 specifically, and her young pups, who are naïve, will most likely will be the subjects caught in traps set out for AF1188 (see e.g., Iossa et al. 2007).

Wolves caught in traps can suffer feet and leg injuries, which can compromise their future ability to course after their swift-moving prey (Iossa et al. 2007). Already, too many Mexican wolves have suffered trapping injuries or death from traps – at the hands of both governmental entities (one mortality in a trap) and non-governmental entities (14 wolves in 15 different trapping incidents with these results: 2 died, 7 sustained injuries, of which 3 had amputation surgeries) (Turnbull et al. 2011).

The Service has ordered the capture and removal of AF1188 because she presumably led her pack to prey upon domestic livestock. But the livestock producer has been compensated for his losses and removing individual wolves from the wild will not resolve future livestock conflicts. Livestock operators should be required to keep livestock away
from the wolf dens and rendezvous sites, and the federal government should retire grazing allotments in Mexican wolf range.

After years of drought in the Southwest, it makes good sense to remove domestic livestock from the range for a myriad of reasons including the fact that cattle consume forage needed by native herbivores – the species preferred by wolves. AF 1188 may have killed four domestic stock animals, but she is only doing what any mother would do in distress: provision for her pups to keep them alive. Through no fault of her own, she has domestic stock in her territory, and those livestock push out native wildlife through forage competition and leave few menu options for hungry wolves.

Please stay your order to remove AF1188 from the wild and immediately implement solutions to prevent future negative wolf-livestock conflicts in the Southwest.

Respectfully requested,

Wendy Keefover, Carnivore Protection Director
WildEarth Guardians

cc:
President Barack Obama
Senator Jeff Bingaman
Senator Tom Udall
Congressman Martin Heinrich
Congressman Ben Ray Luján

Top Photo: Courtesy WildEarth Guardians

Bottom Photo: USFWS

Posted in: Mexican Gray Wolf, Wolf Wars

Tags: Fox Mountain alpha female, keep her wild, no capture, remove cows, WildEarth Guardian

Published in: on August 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm  Comments (26)  
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