TAKE ACTION: Brutal Wisconsin Wolf Hunt Bill Comes Up For Vote….

Update: March 13, 2012

You are having an effect, people are hopping mad over this hunt and the legislators are hearing from them! Keep it up!!!

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Lawmakers seek to amend bill on proposed wolf hunt

Legislators concerned that a proposed wolf hunt goes too far are hoping to amend a bill scheduled for a vote before the state Assembly on Tuesday, seeking to shorten the season to protect pregnant wolves and eliminate night hunting.

“I’m getting emails from all over the state about this,” said state Rep. Brett Hulsey, D-Madison, one of the legislators who will try to amend the bill.

The bill, which already passed the Senate, calls for the state Department of Natural Resources to establish a hunting season for wolves, which were just removed from the endangered species list. The proposed season would run from October through February. It also allows night hunting and the use of hunting dogs.

Hulsey said the length of the proposed season means hunters would potentially be shooting wolves that are carrying young in January and February. He said shortening the season so that it runs from October to December would solve the problem.

The bill passed by the Senate included several amendments that addressed at least some concerns expressed by state wolf experts during hearings on the original bill. Those changes, for example, give the DNR more authority to establish hunting zones and control the number of wolves killed, targeting the hunt in areas where depredation is a problem.

Wisconsin is now home to about 1,000 wolves thanks to a recovery program that started in the 1980s after wolf populations in the state dropped to near zero due to over-hunting and bounties.

But a number of experts remain concerned about the length of the season, especially because of the threat to pregnant females. Randle Jurewicz helped manage the state’s wolves for years in the DNR’s Bureau of Endangered Resources before his recent retirement. He said the shorter season would be an improvement.

Jurewicz is also concerned, however, that the bill that was passed by the Senate allows the use of dogs to hunt wolves. He said he is concerned because the hounds most Wisconsin hunters use, mostly to hunt bear, are no match for wolves and that the bill requires the state to pay hunters if their dogs are killed by wolves.

Allowing the use of dogs, Jurewicz said, would turn the wolf hunt into a giant dog fight with the edge definitely going to the wolves.

“It’s still a big problem,” Jurewicz said of using dogs. “These are not raccoons. These are not rabbits. They aren’t even coyotes. They don’t run away from a lot.”

Because more dogs are likely to be killed, Jurewicz said, the state probably will not have enough money to cover both the payments on dogs and on livestock or pets killed by predatory wolves, Jurewicz said. That money, under the bill, is supposed to come from license fees.

Late Monday, it was uncertain whether Democrats were going to propose an amendment that would remove the use of dogs from the bill.

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Update: March 11, 2012

Please don’t forget to call or fax the Wisconsin Assembly before the vote this Tuesday, 3/13. They want to hunt wolves with dogs, hunt them at night, club them to death in traps, shoot across roads, use almost any type of weapon including muzzle loaders, handguns, shotguns, bow and arrows, crossbows, traps and snares, predator calls and baiting. The bill has already passed the Senate. This is the most brutal hunt yet proposed.

The war on wolves has been declared. Wisconsin apparently believes they live in a vacuum and nobody will notice the “wolf torture” bill cooked up by the trophy hunting crowd. It only reinforces what the non-hunting public already knows, “thrill killing” our wildlife for sport is animal cruelty.

Wisconsin will no longer be famous just for its cheese but for Assembly Bill 502/S411. The Wisconsin Assembly should  re-think their stand on this horrific bill and vote NO. There are plenty of other places to buy cheese and vacation, places where dogs won’t be chasing wolves around the woods to their deaths, for some “cheap thrill kill game”. Shame on you Wisconsin legislators.

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Contact Wisconsin State Assembly Representatives

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/contact/legislatorslist.aspx?house=assembly

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Sample letter/Talking points

Dear Wisconsin Legislator,

I’m writing to let you know how disturbed I am that Wisconsin would consider a wolf hunt so soon after wolves were removed from the ESA but specifically one that allows wolves to be hunted with dogs, night hunting, shooting across roads, steel jaw traps, baiting, predators calls, muzzle-loading firearms, handguns, shotguns, bow and arrows and crossbows. Why not just bring out the artillery?

This bill is so egregious to so many Americans who care about wolves and want to see them protected. It is unconscionable that Wisconsin would treat a newly delisted species in this way. This hunt is obviously motivated by special interests who have no love for the wolf. From the outside it looks like a “revenge hunt”.

Wolves have an important ecological role to play. They cull ungulate herds, keeping them healthy and free of disease. There is no reason for such heavy-handed tactics against them. They are not eating all the deer or killing all the cattle. To quote Ed Bangs ( retired Federal Wolf Recovery Coordinator),  “To the livestock industry, wolf losses are so small, you can’t even measure them.” March 2012

Please vote no on this very bad bill. It gives Wisconsin a black eye and will have a negative effect on the state’s vital tourism industry. There may be a small, vocal minority that dislikes wolves but the majority of Americans love wolves and will not want to visit a state that uses such barbaric practices against them.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

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Assembly Bill 502

http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/related/proposals/ab502

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TESTIMONY
of
JAMES E. ZORN
EXECUTIVE ADMINISTRATOR
GREAT LAKES INDIAN FISH AND WILDLIFE COMMISSION

Please read the important testimony of Jim Zorn, Executive Administrator Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, speaking out against S411, the Senate companion bill to Assembly Bill 502, which passed the Senate on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 by a vote of 24-9 , without debate.

http://www.glifwc.org/upload/SB_411_written_testimony_fnl.pdf

The tribes are against this assault on the wolf, they call Ma’iingan.

The commission represents these tribes:

WISCONSIN
Bad River Band
Lac Courte Oreilles Band
Lac du Flambeau Band
Red Cliff Band
St. Croix Chippewa
Sokaogon Chippewa

MINNESOTA
Mille Lacs Band
Fond du Lac Band

MICHIGAN
Bay Mills Community
Keweenaw Bay Community
Lac Vieux Desert Band

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Care2 Petition

Say No To Wisconsin Wolf Hunt

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March 6, 2012

Wisconsin Assembly Delays Wolf Hunt Vote Until Next Week….

A break? The Wisconsin State Assembly has delayed a vote on the brutal wolf hunt bill until next week. That gives us much-needed time to lobby Representatives into rethinking their vote. I know it’s a long shot, the Assembly is more conservative on this issue than the state Senate but I see this as a positive. Please take the time to call Wisconsin Representatives until they take up the bill next week. If  they hear from us in great numbers there is a chance they may reconsider their vote.

If you live out-of-state let them know you will boycott all products from Wisconsin and will not set foot in the state if they vote for this wolf hunting bill, that allows up to six dogs per wolf hunter to chase wolves down. Wolves do not need to be hunted, they regulate their numbers according to their prey base, that is simple biology. They certainly don’t need dogs chasing them through the woods, terrorizing them and other wildlife.

If you’re  a Wisconsin resident,  make sure they understand you will make it a priority to vote anyone out of office who supports this inhumane and cruel legislation.

The war on wolves has spread from the Northern Rockies to the Great Lakes. The usual suspects are behind the onslaught, the ranching and hunting lobbies, who are scapegoating and demonizing wolves, once again.

Enough is enough. It’s time to fight back!!

Assembly delays action on bills legalizing wolf hunt, lifting Family Care cap

Last Updated: March 07, 2012 – 2:41 am

The Assembly planned to vote on the measures Tuesday. But at about 1:30 a.m. early Wednesday morning Republican leaders decided instead to adjourn and take up the unfinished bills next week, its final week in session.

Read more : http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/39a90a18e4ab4e35af7608eccd81f0a4/WI-XGR–Assembly

Photos: Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wisconsin Wolves, Animal Cruelty

Tags: Defeat AB 502, Wisconsin Assembly delays vote, hunting wolves with dogs, animal cruelty

We Want Justice For Polar Bears Too!!

This petition , created by my friend Linda Camac, sheds light on the brutal slaying of a magnificent polar bear. Chased by dogs until exhaustion, shot full of arrows, he finally succumbs. And as per usual we have the gruesome photo of the trophy hunter grinning over the corpse of their victim.  This outrage was carried out by a Delta Airline’s Hostess named Michelle Leqve. Please read and sign this petition to show your utter disgust over the barbaric killing of this majestic animal.

Click here to read “the story” behind the brutal slaying of this polar bear.  Be warned it is NOT easy to read!!

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About the Petition

Why This Is Important

“Scientists say polar bears are on the fast track to extinction due to climate change. The satellite photos are indisputable that every year the Arctic sea freezes less, and polar bears must hunt on solid ice. The bears are forced to swim to ice floes that are too few and very far between; in this quest many drown with their cubs. It is predicted that within 15-20 years the polar bear will be no more.
Yet Ms. Michelle Leqve, airline hostess for Delta airlines, finds pushing a member of an endangered species toward extinction not to be a problem. This bear was chased for days, to the point of exhaustion by her team of dogs. Finally the bear stopped running and tried to hold the dogs at bay as they attacked him. During the attack Ms. Leqve pierced this poor bear to death with arrows. As you can see she is very proud to be the first woman to kill a polar bear with a high-powered bow; one of her goals is to attract the attention of Sarah Palin. The beautiful terrified and tortured bear now stands in a doorway of a business in Canada.
This kind of despicable act is truly a black eye for Delta Airlines who employ a person of this caliber.  For the bear who suffered a horrific death for ego, glory”, money and/or attention – please sign.”

 CLICK HERE TO SIGN

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Polar Bears Sow and cub (Ursus maritimus) in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.

This is how Polar bears should look, wild and free, not laying on the ice  dead with a trophy hunter grinning over their corpse.

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Top Photo: Petition Change.org

Bottom Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons, Author Alan D. Wilson

Tags: Animal cruelty, chasing bears with dogs, trophy cruelty  hunting, animal suffering, Polar bear, Delta Airlines

Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Trophy Hunting, Activism

 

Wisconsin Assembly Delays Wolf Hunt Vote Until Next Week….

A break? The Wisconsin State Assembly has delayed a vote on the brutal wolf hunt bill until next week. That gives us much-needed time to lobby Representatives into rethinking their vote. I know it’s a long shot, the Assembly is more conservative on this issue than the state Senate but I see this as a positive. Please take the time to call Wisconsin Representatives until they take up the bill next week. If  they hear from us in great numbers there is a chance they may reconsider their vote.

If you live out-of-state let them know you will boycott all products from Wisconsin and will not set foot in the state if they vote for this wolf hunting bill, that allows up to six dogs per wolf hunter to chase wolves down. Wolves do not need to be hunted, they regulate their numbers according to their prey base, that is simple biology. They certainly don’t need dogs chasing them through the woods, terrorizing them and other wildlife.

If you’re  a Wisconsin resident,  make sure they understand you will make it a priority to vote anyone out of office who supports this inhumane and cruel legislation.

The war on wolves has spread from the Northern Rockies to the Great Lakes. The usual suspects are behind the onslaught, the ranching and hunting lobbies, who are scapegoating and demonizing wolves, once again.

Enough is enough. It’s time to fight back!!

Assembly delays action on bills legalizing wolf hunt, lifting Family Care cap

Last Updated: March 07, 2012 – 2:41 am

The Assembly planned to vote on the measures Tuesday. But at about 1:30 a.m. early Wednesday morning Republican leaders decided instead to adjourn and take up the unfinished bills next week, its final week in session.

Read more : http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/39a90a18e4ab4e35af7608eccd81f0a4/WI-XGR–Assembly/

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Contact Wisconsin State Assembly Representatives

http://legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/contact/legislatorslist.aspx?house=assembly

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Sample letter to use if you live out-of-state. If you live in Wisconsin you can change the wording to suit you. Hope this helps.

Dear Wisconsin Legislator,

I’m writing to let you know how disturbed I am that Wisconsin would consider a wolf hunt so soon after wolves were removed from the ESA but specifically one that allows wolves to be hunted with dogs, night hunting, shooting across roads, steel jaw traps, baiting, predators calls, muzzle-loading firearms, handguns, shotguns, bow and arrows and crossbows. Why not just bring out the artillery?

This bill is so egregious to so many Americans who care about wolves and want to see them protected. It is unconscionable that Wisconsin would treat a newly delisted species in this way. This hunt is obviously motivated by special interests who have no love for the wolf. From the outside it looks like a “revenge hunt”.

Wolves have an important ecological role to play. They cull ungulate herds, keeping them healthy and free of disease. There is no reason for such heavy-handed tactics against them. They are not eating all the deer or killing all the cattle. To quote Ed Bangs ( retired Federal Wolf Recovery Coordinator),  “To the livestock industry, wolf losses are so small, you can’t even measure them.” March 2012

Please vote no on this very bad bill. It gives Wisconsin a black eye and will have a negative effect on the state’s vital tourism industry. There may be a small, vocal minority that dislikes wolves but the majority of Americans love wolves and will not want to visit a state that uses such barbaric practices against them.

Thank you for your time.

Sincerely,

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Assembly Bill 502

http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2011/related/proposals/ab502

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Sign Care2 Petition

Say No To Wisconsin Wolf Hunt

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Photos: Courtesy Wikipedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wisconsin Wolves

Tags: Defeat AB 502, Wisconsin Assembly delays vote, hunting wolves with dogs, animal cruelty

Wisconsin Senate Approves Wolf Hunt, Allowing Wolves To Be Hunted With Dogs

March 6, 2012

Just horrible news. I’ll write more about this tonight.  Wolf hunters can chase wolves with up to six dogs. This is a very dark day!!

UPDATE: Wisconsin Senate approves wolf hunt bill

Updated On: Mar 06 2012 04:07:56 PM CST
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The Senate voted to pass the bill 24-9 with no debate Tuesday. The Assembly was expected to take up the bill later Tuesday or early Wednesday.
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Photo: Courtesy Wikipedia Commons
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Animal Cruelty, Wisconsin wolves
Tags: Wisconsin Senate, wolf  hunt bill approved, hunting wolves with dogs, animal cruelty

 

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

(NPR Photo)

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

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

Idaho: No Animals Used as Live Bait

CLICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION

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Idaho Senators

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From the Humane Society of the United States

Idaho: Stop the Use of Dogs as Live Wolf Bait

CLICK HERE TO SIGN THEIR PETITION

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Live Bait Okay to Kill Idaho Wolves

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February 24, 20129:00 pm

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

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

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves, Action Alert

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

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

Update: February 28, 2012

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

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

Idaho: No Animals Used as Live Bait

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Contact Idaho Senators

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

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

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

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

An Editorial by the Idaho Statesman:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Top Photo: kewlwallpapers

Bottom photo: Wikimedia commons

Posted in:  Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves, Animal Cruelty

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

ACTION ALERT: Idaho Senate Bill 1305, “Live Bait Wolf Kill Bill” …

LIVE BAIT????? 

How low have things sunk in Idaho? Well, Senator Jeff Siddoway, a Idaho sheep rancher,  has introduced Senate bill 1305,  one of the most disgusting  anti-wolf bills yet and that’s saying something.

“Under Sen. Jeff Siddoway’s plan introduced Thursday, ranchers whose livestock are molested or killed by wolves could employ powered parachutes, as well as traps baited with live animals, to target the predators within 36 hours without a permit.

After that, they could get permits giving them up to 60 days to pursue offending wolf packs.”

It’s not bad enough hunters have killed over 300 wolves in Idaho since September or that the state wants to swoop down on the innocent Lolo wolves and aerial gun them for some perceived threat to elk, who’ve been declining in the Lolo since before wolves were reintroduced. Now this.

So live bait? That could be a dog, a horse ANYTHING that’s alive.

Ranchers going up in ultra-lights to aerial gun wolves??

This bill has to be fought with everything we’ve got.  The Senate Resources  & Environmental Committee is holding a hearing tomorrow in Boise @ 1:30pm with live streaming

They are accepting public comments.  I know this is short notice but please be there if you can and speak out against this travesty of a bill!

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SENATE RESOURCES & ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE

1:30 P.M.

Room WW55

Monday, September 20,  2012

S 1305

Control of/depredation of wolves

Senator Siddoway

If you have written testimony, please provide a copy of it to the committee secretary to ensure accuracy of records.

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Bill Status 1305

http://www.legislature.idaho.gov/legislation/2012/S1305.htm

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Idaho rancher’s bill would OK ultralights, use of live bait for wolf control

Last Updated: February 09, 2012 – 1:21 pm

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/5b5563875c5945a3b96ba75e85ab0327/ID-XGR–Wolf-Control/

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From The Wildlife News

Idaho Bill Targets Wolves “By any Means Available”

http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2012/02/13/idaho-bill-targets-wolves-by-any-means-available/

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Idaho Man Shoots At Wolf Pack….FROM THE SKY!!

October 2,  2009

https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2009/10/02/idaho-man-shoots-at-wolf-pack-from-the-sky/

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I’ll have more on this tomorrow after the hearing. I’m still working on the new feature for the blog but there is so much going on I haven’t had a chance to finish.

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Photos: Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho Wolves

Tags: Wolf Wars, Jeff Siddoway, Idaho wolves, wolf persecution, wolf/witch hunt

Lab Chimps Held Prisoner For Thirty Years, Set Free, Feel Sunshine On Their Faces, Hug Each Other…

We can be such a cruel species.

Chimps in an Austrian lab were help prisoner for thirty years, subjected to cruel and painful experiments, infected with HIV, never knowing a moment of freedom, or a kind touch, were finally freed. They smiled, hugged each other and marveled at the sun. It was glorious to watch and oh so hearbreaking and heatwarming.

I know this is a wolf blog and our precious wolves are being slaughtered at an alarming rate but I had to take just a minute to share this with you. We must stop experimentation on  great apes and all animals. It is torture, cruel and unneccsary.

Please support

The Great Ape Protection and Cost Savings Act (H.R.1513/S.810)

Read more: http://www.releasechimps.org/mission/change-laws/the-great-ape-protection-act/#ixzz1lxsKOYjx

Chimp Haven

Support Chimp Haven who provides refuge for lab chimps, discarded pet chimps, circus chimps, chimps in need.  It’s located in Louisiana, a 200 acre compound that houses over 130 rescued Chimpanzees. Please give generously to them. Visit their website, adopt a chimp, donate or send them items on their “wish list” needed to care for these wonderful animals, who for the first time in their lives know what freedom feels like.

http://www.chimphaven.org/

Thank you!!
For All Suffering Captive Chimpanzees,
Nabeki
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Middle Photo: Courtesy Project R & R
Bottom Photo: Courtesy Chimp Haven
Video: Courtesy YouTube 
Posted in: Animal Cruelty
Tags: Save the Lab Chimps, HIV, Hepatitis C, Animal Cruelty , Lab experimentation on animals, Great Apes,  H.R. 1513/S.810, Chimp Haven

Snaring, Killing Wolves With A Smile, Part II

Here they are again, snaring wolves,  laughing their heads off. Killing animals is so much fun isn’t it? I mean what’s not to love about a wolf being strangled to death?

This, video,  shot in Canada, gives you a frightening  glimpse into a snared wolves fate.  It’s very hard to watch but a necessary window into the trapping world. Even hunters are speaking out against this cruelty.

You saw the damage coyote traps did to B412’s paws. Imagine what’s happening to wolves right now in Idaho.  The ones that are trapped and aren’t going to get loose. They are either choking to death, freezing to death, starving without food or water, exhausted from trying to “get away from the trap”,  waiting to die when the trapper comes back, who may stomp them to death to protect the pelt.  Remember these traps only have to be checked every 72 hours, that’s three days and who is counting really? Aren’t trappers  on the honor system? Is someone official in the woods checking to see when traps are laid?

In a recent article in the Magic Valley Times, there’s talk of how popular the trapping classes were, just full to the brim. Isn’t that a comforting feeling? Trapping wolves is only allowed in Northern Idaho FOR NOW but southern Idaho trappers are itching to get going down there.

From the Magic Valley Times

“Rusty Kramer, a director for the Idaho Trappers Association, expects trapping to expand across the state by next year.”

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“It is important to handle trapping responsibly, since other states are watching Idaho as they decide if they will include trapping in their own wolf management plans, Kramer said. He cited both Montana and Wyoming as possible states that might include the use of snares and traps.”

Responsible trapping? That’s an oxymoron. What is responsible about mangling and choking animals to death? Could someone answer that question? Trapping is cruel, barbarous and torture.

You see how this works. First there was wolf delisting and the subsequent hunt in 2009. Idaho set a quota of 220 wolves, Montana 75. No trapping or bow-hunting of wolves allowed in either state. Fast forward to 2011. Wolves delisted the second time by Congress. The gloves come off. Montana raises it’s quota of dead wolves to 220 and allows bow-hunting. Idaho has no quota in most of the state and extends the wolf hunt in the Lolo and Selway through June 2012, a 10 MONTH LONG HUNT”. They allow trapping and snaring through March 31, 2012 in Northern Idaho but now there is talk of including the entire state and maybe Montana and Wyoming will want to adopt traps and snares too. Do you see the escalation? This is what happens when wolves are delivered to their enemies. This isn’t a wolf hunt it’s a slaughter. Shame on Congress and Obama for allowing this to happen. SHAME!!

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A special thank you to wildlife biologist Tom Meier and veternarian Dr. Myer for tracking down and helping the wolf . If it wasn’t for them this wolf would be dead. How sad the other wolf, with it’s face swollen horribly by the choking snare, disappeared. This happened in 2008. More proof of the terrible pain and suffering caused by snares and traps.

Vet Removes Snare From Neck of Wolf in Denali National Park and Preserve

Dr. Denise Albert was able to remove a snare from around a wolf’s neck and treat the animal with antibiotics. NPS photo.

Submitted by Kurt Repanshek on May 5, 2008 – 12:58pm

A volunteer effort has been able to remove a trapper’s snare from around the neck of a wolf in Denali National Park and Preserve. Unfortunately, a second wolf that also was caught up in a snare has not been seen.

The wolves, their faces swollen, grotesquely so in one, were snared earlier this winter outside the park. Somehow they broke part of the cable and escaped, but the tightened loops around their necks remained. They recently returned to Denali.

The freed wolf, a large, gray male, had been spotted by several National Park Service employees last Thursday near Denali’s Savage River Campground. On Friday park wildlife biologist Tom Meier and a local veterinarian, Dr. Denise Albert, were able to track the wolf from the air thanks to a fresh snowfall. The two located the wounded wolf on a ridge near the Savage River bridge, which is about 15 miles up the park road.

The animal was immobilized with a tranquilizer dart, and Dr. Albert cleaned the wound and administered antibiotics. While the snare was deeply embedded in the wolf’s neck, the wound was not badly infected and Dr. Albert believes the wolf will survive its injuries. Afterwards the wolf rejoined the smaller wolf that it was traveling with, which may be its mate. The pair of wolves was seen along the park road on Saturday and Sunday, and the injured wolf seems to be recovering.

The Park Service took this action as the injury to the wolf was not due to natural causes.

Park staffers had been attempting to locate and treat the animal since the injury was first reported in late February. There had been several sightings, but the animal would be gone by the time staff could get to the site.

The second wolf with a snare around its neck had been traveling with the East Fork wolf pack, but has not been seen recently.

http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com/2008/05/vet-removes-snare-neck-wolf-denali-national-park-and-preserve

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Idaho Allows Wolf Hunting Season With Traps, No Kill Quota

July 28, 2011 | Northwest Public Radio

SALMON, Idaho – The Idaho Fish and Game Commission voted Thursday for a plan that sets hunting and trapping season for the Northern Rocky Mountain gray wolf. The state hopes sportsmen will help keep the wolf population in check. But critics object to Idaho allowing hunters to use traps for the first time since the wolves were reintroduced.

The night before Fish and Game commissioners voted on the plan, there was a raucous public meeting, dominated by wolf foes. Mike and Irene Popp, a father and daughter anti-wolf team from Kamiah, testified Idaho isn’t going far enough to cut down the wolf population. 9-year-old Irene made a particular splash.

Irene Popp: “Can anyone tell me what’s good about the wolves?”

After that, the actual vote on the wolf hunting plan by the Fish and Game Commission seemed a little … anti-climactic.

Opinion on Wolves

Idaho’s Fish and Game officials tried to gauge public opinion on the hunting plan through an online poll. But the agency threw out the results after it appeared most of the people taking the poll were from other states – including California, New York and Florida. They were against it. The agency is also taking the results of a mailing campaign with a grain of salt. Most of the people who returned the postcards were hunters. They were for it.

But Idaho’s wolf management plan would do a couple of unprecedented things. For most of the state, there would be no quota – that is, no upper limit to how many total wolves are killed. It would also allow wolf trapping in the lower 48 for the first time in modern history. As an added incentive, commissioners also voted to dramatically lower the price of a wolf tag for out-of-staters from 186 dollars to about 31 dollars.

Jon Rachael is Idaho Fish and Game’s big game manager.

Jon Rachael: “You know, this proposal is for this season. We do not expect that this will bring us to some sort of magical or mystical balance that will make wolf lovers and wolf haters happy and make the elk come back, but it’s a step.”

Under the plan, trappers would be able to take up to three wolves. But because wolf trapping is new to Idaho sportsmen, they’ll first have to take a class on the subject. Toby Boudreau may be teaching some of the classes. He recently left Alaska to join Idaho Fish and Game. He’s trapped wolves himself.

Toby Boudreau: “You know, hunting’s a challenging way to get fur bearers because of their nocturnal nature. They often can’t be found during the day or found easily, whereas traps, you know, operate 24 hours a day.”

Idaho’s new wolf management rules allow traps that clamp the animal’s foot. They also allow snares. Boudreau brought a wire snare to the Fish and Game meeting to demonstrate how it would work on a wolf …

Toby Boudreau: “His head goes through and then the snare closes. Jessica: Cuz he’s still walking. Toby Boudreau: “Yes, he feels the restraint and pulls away, and um …”

Well, and he asphyxiates.

http://earthfix.opb.org/flora-and-fauna/article/idaho-allows-wolf-hunting-season-with-traps-no-kil/

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USA – Ban Trapping on Public Land

http://wolfarmy.net/petition/ban-trapping-on-public-and-federally-owned-land/

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Do not remain silent on this issue. Sign the petition and use the contacts below. Wolves are dying brutal deaths. Do not let them slip away.

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CONTACT

Governor Butch Otter

Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454

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Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/about/commission/members.cfm

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott
mcmule@msn.com

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Clearwater Region

Fred Trevey
fred.trevey@idfg.idaho.gov

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Southwest Region

Bob Barowsky
bbarowsky@fmtc.com

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Magic Valley Region

Wayne Wright
2wrights@cableone.net

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Southeast Region

Randy Budge
rcb@racinelaw.net

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Upper Snake Region

Kenny Anderson
kenny.anderson@idfg.idaho.gov
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Salmon Region

Gary Power
gpower@centurytel.net

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Idaho Fish and Game

IDFG Director Virgil Moore:

(208) 334-3771

virgil.moore@idfg.idaho.gov

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Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept.

(208) 334-2920  

jon.rachael@idfg.idaho.gov

Idaho Fish and Game General Numbers Click Here

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Idaho tourism office

http://www.visitidaho.org/contact/

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Write the Potato Commission

http://contact.idahopotato.com/

Video: YouTube proguide66

Photo Snared Wolf Courtesy NPS

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Evils of Trapping and Snaring, Idaho wolves

Tags: Idaho wolves, choking wolves to death, animal cruelty, trapping is evil, sociopathic behavior, snaring sadistic

ALERT: Idaho Wolves Trapped….

warning graphic videos

Idaho’s wolf trapping season starts today in the Lolo, Selway, Panhandle, Dworshak-Elk City and Middle Fork zones and runs through March 31, 2012.

I cannot express  in words how I feel about trapping wolves. My heart breaks daily when I check the number of  wolves slaughtered in the Idaho and Montana hunts. The Montana wolf archery season was particularly horrific BUT nothing is going to decimate wolves like trapping and snaring.

The blame for this tragedy lays solely at the feet of those  81 Senators who voted to delist wolves via budget rider and the President, who signed the bill into law, with the wolf rider intact.

“Animals caught in leg-hold traps will endure a slow and excruciating death. Some chew off their own leg in an attempt to escape. Others may freeze or bleed to death before the trapper returns. Those who don’t will be strangled, stomped or bludgeoned. The traps used kill not only their intended victims, but also injure or kill endangered species and domestic companion animals.”

I wonder if most people understand how evil trapping really is? Do you know trappers will often stomp their victims to death so they don’t incur damage to the “pelt”?

 Trapping is medieval and doesn’t belong in a civilized society. Several years ago an Alaskan female alpha wolf, who had been trapped outside Denali National Park, died a particularly brutal death. She spent fourteen horrific days in the trap, without food or water. Her pack-mates were frantic to help but they could only watch her suffer. In the end she was so hungry, she tried to eat rocks, her teeth were broken in the effort.  Her world was reduced to being caught in a painful trap, meant to deprive her of her family, deprive her of food and shelter, and ultimately deprive her of her life.  Her story has brought  me to tears more than once.

This is trapping. It is barbaric, it is torture and should be outlawed. The fact Idaho is using traps and snares, in an already brutal hunt,  is egregious beyond measure. Trapping has terrible connotations connected to wolves because it was the trap that wiped them out in the West.

This bloodbath is going unreported by the mainstream media and shame on them for it.  I wonder when the death toll reaches into the hundreds will they suddenly pay attention or will the iconic wolf, brought back to Yellowstone and Central Idaho a mere sixteen years ago, now abandoned to their enemies, will slowly slip away, unnoticed.

From the Endangered Species Handbook, Wolves, Wild Dogs and Foxes:  (Page 4)

“One study on wolves taken in various types of traps was published in the Journal of Wildlife Management (Ballenberghe 1984). It investigated injuries and mortality of 126 wolves trapped in northeastern Minnesota and Alaska. Traps used included steel jaw leghold traps of various types, some with teeth, others with smooth offset jaws; steel cable foot snares; and cable neck snares equipped with devices that prevented the loop from fully closing (Ballenberghe 1984). The results confirmed that steel jaw leghold traps caused the greatest number of injuries and mortalities: 41 percent of 109 adults, yearlings and pups caught in these traps incurred serious foot and leg injuries, defined as lacerations, damage to tissue, bone breakage, and joint dislocations (Ballenberghe 1984). Three wolves, including a pup, had broken leg bones; two others lost front feet after they were nearly amputated by the trap. One young male with broken radius and ulna bones in his foreleg was released in this study to stumble off; this wolf was caught by a trapper several months later (Ballenberghe 1984).

Other injuries resulted when trapped animals gnawed their own feet off and chewed on the traps, breaking teeth and splitting lips. The steel jaw leghold traps caused tissue, muscle and tendon injuries, even when checked daily” (Ballenberghe 1984).”

Aside from leg hold traps, there are snare traps. These are equally horrific. In  1992 there was a mind-boggling “research project” conducted in Alaska, involving the use of thousands of wire snares laid to kill wolves in a misguided attempt to increase ungulate populations.  The ESA Handbook further describes the horror that ensued.

“In 1992, such a wolf “research” program, involving the setting of thousands of wire snares, was carried out south of Fairbanks. Gordon Haber, a conservationist and wolf biologist who has worked for decades on behalf of Alaska’s
wolves, brought television crews to film the snaring operation in December 1994.

They were shocked by the scene that awaited them. Four wolves had been caught in wire snares, two of them pups. One was dead, and three were still alive, terrified and in great pain. A 6-month-old pup, with its paw caught in a neck snare, had chewed off its foreleg in a futile effort to escape. Another had been snared around the chest, causing deep wounds. The other two had been snared by the leg. All these snares had been set to catch the wolves by the neck and kill them, yet none did. Members of the pack milled about nearby, unwilling to leave their fellows. Two snared Caribou were lying dead nearby. A trapper was filmed as he attempted to shoot the wolves, repeatedly missing or wounding them because he used the wrong caliber ammunition in his gun. He shot one pup five times in the head and body at point-blank range with the wrong gauge ammunition. The pup, wounded, remained standing. The trapper then reloaded with other ammunition, and this time shot all three wolves fatally.”

Read more: http://www.endangeredspecieshandbook.org/persecution_wolves4.php

Today is the opening day of wolf trapping in Idaho. Please contact Governor Otter, the Idaho Commissioners, IDFG, Idaho Tourism and the Potato Commission. Let them know how you feel about trapping wolves. Use the facts in this post to convey your message. Be polite but to the point.

The war on wolves continues in the Northern Rockies. Tell everyone you know. Who is going to speak for wolves if not us?

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CONTACT

Governor Butch Otter

Mailing Address:
Idaho.gov
999 Main St, Suite 910
Boise, ID 83702

 Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454

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Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/about/commission/members.cfm

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott
mcmule@msn.com

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Clearwater Region

Fred Trevey
fred.trevey@idfg.idaho.gov

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Southwest Region

Bob Barowsky
bbarowsky@fmtc.com

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Magic Valley Region

Wayne Wright
2wrights@cableone.net

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Southeast Region

Randy Budge
rcb@racinelaw.net

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Upper Snake Region

Kenny Anderson
kenny.anderson@idfg.idaho.gov
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Salmon Region

Gary Power
gpower@centurytel.net

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Idaho Fish and Game

IDFG Director Virgil Moore:

(208) 334-3771

virgil.moore@idfg.idaho.gov

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Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept.

(208) 334-2920  

jon.rachael@idfg.idaho.gov

Idaho Fish and Game General Numbers Click Here

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Idaho tourism office

http://www.visitidaho.org/contact/

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Write the Potato Commission

http://contact.idahopotato.com/

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Videos: Courtesy YouTube

Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves

Tags: cruel trapping, animal suffering, ban trapping, animal cruelty, wolf persecution

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