Back To Court….

UPDATE: November 8, 2011

No word from the Ninth Circuit yet!!

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Advocates seek stop to Idaho, Montana wolf hunts

APBy MATTHEW BROWN and NOAKI SCHWARTZ – Associated Press | AP

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Wildlife advocates appeared in federal court Tuesday seeking to stop gray wolf hunts that are already well under way in the Northern Rockies, arguing that Congress overstepped its authority in stripping federal protections from the canines.

Federal biologists say the wolf population is healthy enough to support the hunts in Idaho and Montana. The two states want to drive down the predators’ numbers to curb their attacks on livestock and big game herds.

But wildlife advocates say too many wolves are being shot too quickly, threatening to unravel the species’ decades-long recovery and killing animals closely followed by wolf watchers.

Almost 170 wolves have been shot since hunting began in late August.

“The longer the hunting season goes on, the more risk to the population in total,” said James “Jay” Tutchton, an attorney who spoke on behalf of WildEarth Guardians, one of the groups that sued Interior Secretary Ken Salazar after wolves lost their federal protections.

The hunts were allowed after Congress last spring took the unprecedented step of stripping endangered species protections from more than 1,300 wolves. That prompted a lawsuit from wildlife advocates who say Congress effectively reversed prior court rulings that favored protections for the animals.

Tuesday’s hearing was before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, Calif.

The 9th Circuit agreed to hear the case on an expedited basis. But several groups involved in the lawsuit requested an injunction to stop the killing of wolves while the case is pending.

Read More: http://news.yahoo.com/advocates-seek-stop-idaho-montana-wolf-hunts-220628246.html

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November 8, 2011 @ 5am

Today is a landmark day for wolves. The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals is hearing oral arguments on the wolf delisting lawsuit and considering the emergency injunction, to stop the brutal wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana. Wish we could be in Pasadena with everyone. Thanks in advance to all the dedicated wolf advocates who are taking the time to travel to the courthouse in a show of solidarity. Best of luck to the attorneys who are fighting the good fight for our wolves.

CLICK HERE to read the renewed emergency motion as filed.

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Death Toll November 8, 2011

167 Wolves Slaughtered In The Hunts

103 Killed By Wildlife Services and Ranchers (for ridiculously low depredations)

“Even without hunting, wolves are shot regularly in the region in response to livestock attacks. At least 103 of the predators had been killed this year by government wildlife agents and ranchers.”

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Total 264 dead wolves and it’s only November.

These numbers also don’t reflect poaching or general wolf mortality.

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Ranchers routinely lose thousands and thousands of cows every year to non-predation, IE: weather, disease, calving, theft.

2010 Cattle Loss Numbers Non-Predation (NASS)

Idaho: 86,900

Montana: 74,800

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Total: 161, 700

Yet wolves are dying because of extremely low depredations in each state. Why aren’t ranchers squawking about the 161,700 cows they lost in 2010 to non-predation?

This is a campaign to demonize wolves. The media glosses over or doesn’t report at all on the non-predation livestock losses.

Livestock are also lost to other predators. Feral dogs and coyotes are responsible for the majority of livestock  depredations but it’s wolves that garner the negative attention.

We can only hope the truth rings out loud and clear today in the Pasadena courtroom and the wolves plaintive howls of suffering are finally heard.

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Idaho and Montana state wolf hunts head to court

BILLINGS, Mont.—Wildlife advocates are due in federal court Tuesday seeking an injunction to stop gray wolf hunts already well under way in the Northern Rockies.

Federal biologists say the wolf population is healthy enough to support the hunts in Idaho and Montana. The two states want to drive down the predators’ numbers to curb their attacks on livestock and big game herds.

But wildlife advocates say too many wolves are being shot too quickly, threatening to unravel the species’ decades-long recovery and killing animals closely followed by wolf watchers.

More than 150 wolves have been shot since hunting began in late August.

Tuesday’s hearing is before a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena, Calif. The hunts were allowed after Congress last spring took the unprecedented step of stripping endangered species protections from more than 1,300 wolves. That prompted a lawsuit from wildlife advocates who say Congress overstepped its bounds by effectively reversing prior court rulings that favored protections for the animals.

The 9th Circuit has agreed to hear the case on an expedited basis. But several groups involved in the lawsuit requested an injunction to stop the killing of wolves while the case is pending.

“We perceive a continuing threat not just to the population in total but to particular individual wolves. Even if the court is going to delay another three months, we would like them to stop the hunt while they consider the case,” said attorney Jay Tutchton with plaintiff WildEarth Guardians.

Read more: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/articles/2011/11/08/idaho_and_montana_state_wolf_hunts_head_to_court/

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Photo: Lawyer Mohawk Courtesy A.S.

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: US Ninth Circuit, emergency injunction, Pasadena, brutal wolf hunts, wolves suffering

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Howl Across America, Bozeman Rally A Success!!

The Howl Across America rally held in Bozeman on Sunday, organized by Jenny Hane, was a success. It garnered a lot of media attention and brought much-needed focus to the brutal, ongoing wolf hunts in Montana and Idaho.

Here’s Jenny’s summary of Sunday’s events.

“Hi folks, so I’m sure you all want to know how the rally went.

Even though the event was fairly small, it created something of a media storm. I got interviewed by three different reporters, and I will probably end up on TV (and someone from the other side probably will too). There was also a photographer — I think he said he was with the New York Times (no, seriously, I can hardly believe it but that’s what I think he said!) who followed us all the way to the courthouse and took a ton of pictures. The counter-protest didn’t follow us when we marched; we left them behind in the park, and they were all gone by the time we got back. So while they had greater numbers, I suspect that we ended up being more visible. Some of them came over and argued with us when we were in the park, but nobody got nasty. We had a couple of people (not associated with the counter-protest, just random Bozemanites) yell and swear at us in passing while we were marching, but no worse issues than that. I congratulate all my attendees on their good behavior. When we got back Billy set his equipment up in the band shell and gave us a nice little concert, and since we basically had the park to ourselves we got some time to relax. Two of our attendees came all the way from Utah to be there, which was pretty cool. (They want a healthy wolf population in the NRM so that wolves can disperse into Utah — once they get their own politicians to allow wolves in the state, that is.) And, um, those are the highlights, I guess. For every person who “booed” us when we were marching, it seemed like there was another one who honked and waved or said a friendly word when we passed them on the sidewalk. I suppose only time will tell the effects of this. And now, I’m going to spend the next week sleeping and catching up on other work and sleeping some more. Thank you for all your support and encouragement.”

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Howl Across America is planning more rallies in the upcoming months to protest the slaughter of wolves in Montana and Idaho. We cannot forget Wyoming is pushing forward with their plan to have unregulated killing of wolves in most of the state, which could happen as soon as next year. Wolves in Wyoming would then be at the mercy of a horrific plan to shoot-them-on-site, or they could be run over by a snowmobile. Yes it’s that bad.

I want to thank Jenny for her hard work and dedication to wolves. She did a wonderful job planning and organizing the Bozeman rally!!

For the wolves,

Nabeki

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Dueling wolf rallies held in Bozeman

Posted: Sep 18, 2011 8:58 PM by Dennis Carlson (KBZK Bozeman)
Updated: Sep 19, 2011 6:48 AM

http://www.kpax.com/news/dueling-wolf-rallies-held-in-bozeman/

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Strong opinions shared at opposing wolf rallies

Posted: Monday, September 19, 2011 12:15 am

JOLENE KELLER, Chronicle Staff Writer

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/city/article_11289946-e26d-11e0-bba0-001cc4c002e0.html

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Photo: Courtesy Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Howl Across America

Tags: Howl Across America Rally, Bozeman, Mt., Jennifer Hane, wolf advocate, protest brutal wolf hunts

NIWA Holds Howl Across America Rally in Spirit Lake, Idaho

This is what Howl Across America is all about. NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance) held a pro-wolf rally in Spirit Lake, Idaho where Governor Otter was “meeting with constituents”.

They brought wolf ambassadors NIWA and Maya from Wolf People. The wolves  represented their species with grace and beauty, even though it looked like the Governor wished he was miles away from them.

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Wolf snaps up spotlight

Protestors, citizens come out for Gov. Otter’s visit to Spirit Lake

Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 1:35 am, Fri Sep 2, 2011. By TOM HASSLINGER/Staff writer

SPIRIT LAKE – The two sides stood apart in the drizzling rain, one holding signs protesting Idaho’s second wolf hunt, the other the state’s governor, about to honor Spirit Lake residents Rod and Nancy Erickson.

“He doesn’t want to talk to us,” said Bill Ross, one of 12 members from the wolf advocacy and education group, Wolf People, out of Cocolalla, who made the trip to Spirit Lake to protest the wolf season during Gov. Butch Otter’s Capital For a Day celebration. “He wants to avoid us like the plague.”

A few feet away from the demonstration, which included two caged wolves that licked their handlers’ hands, stood Otter, fielding questions about his position on wolf management.

READ MORE: http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_8d27110f-a5c1-5456-af06-9652ba474a2e.html

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Wolf advocates in North Idaho protest against grey wolf hunts

http://www.krem.com/news/local/Wolf-advocates-in-North-Idaho-protest-against-grey-wolf-hunts-128849008.html

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Video: Howl Across America

Photo: Courtesy JEROME A. POLLOS/Press

Posted in: Howl Across America, Howling For Justice

Tags: NIWA, Howl Across America, NIWA and Maya wolf, stop killing wolves, peaceful protests, brutal wolf hunts, Idaho, Montana, wolf persecution

National Wolf Awareness Week…October 17-23

It’s National Wolf Awareness Week. A time to celebrate wolves AND expose the hateful persecution they live under.

I begin with the ugly face of wolf hunting, if you don’t already know how hideous  it is. This video is very graphic but necessary. Only when we’re confronted with the horrors wolves suffer, will we truly understand and want to commit ourselves to protecting them.

This is why Howling For Justice and Wolf Warriors are fighting to keep wolves protected. No wolf should suffer this fate. Wolf hunting is cruel, causing immense suffering both to wolves and their families. It makes orphans of little wolf pups like the ones in the video.

Montana and Idaho legislators and their fish and game agencies are working overtime to strip wolves once again of their ESA protections and hold brutal wolf hunts. This must not be allowed to happen.

Please speak out for wolves. Call your legislators and tell them wolves need protection of the ESA. They are not recovered and only inhabit 5% of their historic range. They must not fall back into the hands of the Western states who are clamoring for wolf hunts. This will allow them to profit from wolves’ deaths by selling wolf tags. State fish and game agencies should NOT be “managing” predators, because it creates a conflict of interest.

Hunters pay licensing fees, directly contributing to fish and game agency budgets. Since wolves and humans hunt the same prey animals, whose side do you think “wolf managers” will come down on? Wolves or hunters? I think you know the answer.

State game agencies operate under a 19th century paradigm that seeks to keep predator numbers low, under the misguided premise of inflating game animal numbers. This is politically driven policy, not science based. These tactics have no place in modern society.

There are powerful forces who want wolves dead outright or their numbers depleted to unsustainable levels. Please speak out for wolves and vow to be pro-wolf active this year!! Tell your legislators hands off the Endangered Species Act or they won’t have your vote. If they think we don’t care, then they’ll do what’s politically expedient for them. We have to make our voices heard loud and clear!! The wolf haters winning the war of words. We must get our message out and let people know wolves are suffering, even though the hunts have been halted for now. Wildlife Services continues its relentless war on wolves!!

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Celebrate Wolf Awareness Week 2010

http://www.discoverycenter.net/twa_awareness_week.htm

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Contact:

US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW_by_State.shtml

US SENATE

http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Montana State Legislators

http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/61st/roster.asp?HouseID=0&SessionID=94

Idaho State Legislators

Senate: http://legislature.idaho.gov/senate/membership.cfm

House: http://legislature.idaho.gov/house/membership.cfm

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Photo: Courtesy kewlwallpapers.com

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, Wolf Wars

Tags: National Wolf Awareness Week, celebrate wolves, biodiversity, wolf recovery, brutal wolf hunts

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