Update: February 25, 2014
Have you commented yet? I’m going to keep this post up for a while to remind everyone!
February 22, 2014
I can’t say this enough, we must stop USFWS from delisting wolves nationally, it will be the final nail in their coffin. Please act now and voice your disdain over the political “not based on the best available science” campaign the service is waging against America’s wolves.
“This month, following a brief hiatus, arguments have reignited with the release of an independent review paper from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California-Santa Barbara. It finds that the delisting proposal is not, in fact, based on the “best available science.”
The review vindicates critics who say the Fish and Wildlife Service is trying to de-list the wolves prematurely, finding “problematic conclusions” in the proposal that treat contentious genetic and ecological theories as fact.
The review got at least one big result: the Fish and Wildlife Service responded by reopening its proposal to public comment. You now have until March 27 to weigh in on wolves’ future. (Last year the proposal attracted more than 30,000 comments, ranging from passionate personal pleas to analytical legal responses.) The Fish and Wildlife Service has indicated it will make a final determination on the proposal by the end of the year….Slate
(Actually there are over a million comments concerning the proposal, not 30,000. Click on image to enlarge)
American gray wolves are barely hanging on, hunted in six states, they need you and every wolf and wildlife advocate to speak for them RIGHT NOW!!
In August 2013 the New York Times stated: “the Fish and Wildlife Service prematurely proposed to end federal protection for gray wolves in the lower 48 states in the belief that wolves had fully recovered from near eradication in the early 20th century. This was politics masquerading as science.”
“I think probably over the decades at least a few of us were lulled into this sense of acceptance, that everything was getting better and that people now understood the importance of predators like wolves,” Don Barry said. But the debate over the delisting proposals has been a reminder of the residual anger towards wolves in the rural West, where influential ranchers have long fought wolves for depredating livestock. “Merge that in with the whole Tea Party fervor against government, and what you end up with in the state legislatures is this race to the bottom to see who can be more anti-wolf. The biology of the thing gets thrown right out the window.”….Slate
I agree with everything stated in the above paragraph except “influential ranchers have long fought wolves for depredating livestock”. It’s not about wolf depredation on livestock, ranchers lose tens of thousands of cows and sheep every year to non-predation. “In 2009, sheep producers reported losing 56,000 animals for reasons other than predators, such as disease and weather.”
The wolf predation argument is a red herring and one I wish wildlife advocates would stop repeating. The war against wolves has nothing to do with predation. Wolves are scapegoats for anti-government sentiment that dominates the Northern Rockies and to some extent the Great Lakes region.
For example, in 2005 Montana ranchers lost a total of 63,000 cattle to non-predation, which includes respiratory problems, mastitis, lameness/injury, other diseases, weather, poisoning and theft. 10,200 calves died due to weather alone in the state that year. In 2010 Montana ranchers lost 74,800 cows to non-predation with just 87 wolf related losses and I wouldn’t trust even those small numbers since they have to be confirmed by Wildlife Services and you know that agency is no friend to the wolf. To add insult to injury ranchers are actually compensated for tiny wolf livestock losses and they’re still complaining. All the hype surrounding wolf predation is just that, HYPE. It’s used to divert attention away from the real issue, which is the undue influence ranchers, hunters and anti-government forces have on wolf recovery in the lower forty-eight. Their voices are the only voices listened to and most want wolves eradicated from the continental US AGAIN! We cannot allow wolf hating groups to dictate wolf recovery, no matter how much USFWS trys to accommodate them by pushing to nationally delist wolves with questionable science.
So please, drop whatever you’re doing and comment before the USFWS midnight deadline on March 27, 2014.
Do it for truth, do it for what’s right, do it for the wolves before it’s too late!
Wolves May Be Losing a Nasty Political Battle
USFWS Using Jedi Mind Tricks In Place Of Science
September 10, 2013
Confused you are? Worried you are?
Is Yoda working for USFWS, have they hired him to play Jedi mind tricks on us? Don’t they know we’ve all seen Star Wars?
Does USFWS believe Yoda can hypnotize us? We’re not “weak-minded fools” falling for the BS they routinely dish out about wolves!
We’re on to you USFWS and your wolf hating friends in high places. You’d like nothing better than to see wolves gone from the lower 48 as you plan to remove the grizzly bear’s protections. C’mon, stop pretending your wolf delisting nonsense is based on science. Isn’t your real goal a predator free landscape for Agribusiness?
Photos: USFWS, Regulationsdotgov
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Action Alerts
Tags: USFWS War on Wolves, Ranchers influence, Hunters influence, Tea Party influence, twisting ESA into a pretzel, dirty pool, Comment USFWS , national wolf delisting proposal