“How To Howl Like A Wolf”

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Catching Up With Gudrun Pflueger

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We need more Gudrun’s in this world, what an incredible person and wolf activist!

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Videos: Courtesy YouTube Smithsonian Channel

Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity

Tags: Gudrun Pflueger, wolf biologist, battle with brain cancer, Canada, interacting with wolves, Smithsonian

“A Wolf Called Storm”

I love this documentary, it originally aired under the name “Cold Warriors”.  Jeff Turner does an amazing job filming the  Delta Pack in Canada’s Wood Buffalo National Park. Storm is the huge alpha male, an amazing leader, along with his mate Susie. These wolves are buffalo hunters. Watching the pack in action, how well-coordinated and cooperative they are, is truly inspiring. It’s also a pleasure to see wolf pups well cared for by their family, not under the threat of brutal hunts. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing wild wolves in their natural habitat.

A warning for the squeamish, there are predation scenes throughout the documentary.  Predation is a natural part of life, benefiting both predator and prey. As apex predators, it’s the wolves’ job to cull the buffalo herds, keeping them strong.  Only the interference of man upsets that delicate balance.

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Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity,  bison

Video: Courtesy of YouTube, Natural Kingdom

Photo: Courtesy pbs.org

Tags: Delta pack, Wood Buffalo National Park, Jeff Turner, Storm, Susie, buffalo hunters, Canada, beautiful wolves, BBC

“White Falcon White Wolf”……

It gives me comfort to view wolves in their natural habitat, unmolested by their greatest enemy, humans.

The Gyrfalcons, snowies, foxes, hares and all the wildlife on Ellesmere, are beautiful as well.

Interestingly the wolves got by on small prey, including lemmings,  for a while,  since they didn’t have a litter of  new pups to feed that year!

I seem to remember Arctic wolves eating lemmings in Farley Mowat’s iconic book, Never Cry Wolf!

Alert to the anti-wolf crowd…notice the raptors and foxes are hunting and eating prey, just like the wolves, as all predators do. Amazing how nature works!

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Video: Courtesy Black7Cloud YouTube

Photo: wolf wallpaper brothersoftdotcom

Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity

Tags: arctic wolves, Gyrfalcon , Ellesmere Island, Canada, arctic foxes, snowy owls

“CRY WOLF: An Unethical Oil Story”……

I know we are battling to save wolves in the lower 48 but we can’t ignore the terrible tragedy taking place in Canada. Alberta is waging war on its wolves. It’s the same story over and over, money, greed and power.

Tar Sands oil development is destroying caribou habitat in Alberta. Instead of  dealing with the loss of caribou habitat caused by industrial development, the Alberta government has decided to poison thousands of wolves to “increase” caribou numbers,  even though it’s been proven wolves consume mainly deer (80%) and just 10% caribou.

Strychnine laced bait is being used to poison the wolves. If anyone has ever witnessed an animal suffer from strychnine poisoning you will never forget it. My dog was poisoned with strychnine and suffered terrible Grand Mal seizures.  Luckily she survived but not without swift medical attention and even then she almost died. The Alberta wolves are not so lucky.

“Strychnine progresses painfully from muscle spasms to convulsions to suffocation over a period of hours.  The NWF paper says the poison will also put at risk animals like raptors, wolverines and cougars that eat the poisoned bait or scavenge on the carcasses of poisoned wildlife.” (The Wildlife Promise)

The following video exposes the Alberta government plan to slaughter wolves, distracting from the real killer of caribou, loss of critical habitat due to Tar Sands development.

Published on Apr 10, 2012 by 

“DeSmogBlog investigates the controversial decision by Alberta’s government to ignore the threat of rapid industrial expansion in the Alberta Tar Sands region, and instead kill thousands of wolves to appear to be doing something to save dwindling woodland caribou populations. Through interviews with scientists, wildlife experts and a First Nations chief, the myth of Canada’s “ethical oil” is further exposed as oil industry greenwashing.”

Learn more at:

http://www.DeSmogBlog.com/CryWolf

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Unethical Oil: Why Is Canada Killing Wolves and Muzzling Scientists To Protect Tar Sands Interests?

CAROL LINNITT

14 February 12 at 2:36am

In the latest and perhaps most astonishing display of the tar sands industry’s attacks on science and our democracy, the government of Alberta has made plans to initiate a large-scale wolf slaughter to provide cover for the destruction wrought by the industrialization of the boreal forest ecosystem.

In the coming years, an anticipated 6,000 wolves will be gunned down from helicopters above, or killed by poison strychnine bait planted deep in the forest. Biologists and other experts say the cull is misguided, and that their studies have been ignored or suppressed. Worse, they warn that although the government is framing the wolf cull as a temporary measure, it has no foreseeable end.

The Alberta government has already initiated the wolf cull in regions of Alberta heavily affected by industrial development. In the Little Smoky region, an area heavily affected by the forestry, oil and gas industries and just a few hundred kilometeres away from the tar sands region, a broad wolf cull has already begun, claiming the lives of more than 500 wolves.

Recently the Alberta government proposed a plan to open this brutal form of ‘wildlife management’ to other regions, suggesting an extensive and costly cull in place of more responsible industrial development.

This is clear evidence of the fact that Alberta’s tar sands oil is unquestionably conflict oil, despite the propaganda spouted by the “ethical oil” deception campaign. Aside from its disruptive affects on wildlife, tar sands oil is dirty, carbon intensive and energy inefficient from cradle to grave.

And that’s without mentioning the role the tar sands boom has played in Canada’s slide from climate leader to key villain on the international stage. Beyond its environmental consequences, tar sands extraction has negatively affected local tourism and recreation-based economies, impacted public health and torn at the rich fabric of cultural diversity and pride among Albertans and all Canadians.

Behind the Harper administration’s unbounded drive to drown Canada’s reputation in tar sands oil pollution lies the political corruption characteristic of the classic petro-state. Free speech is being oppressed, while respected members of the scientific community claim they are being muzzled, ignored and intimidated.
Conservation and environmental groups are being falsely attacked as ‘radical ideologues’ and ‘saboteurs’. Neighbors are pitted against each other while important decisions about the future prosperity of all Canadians are rigged to favor the interests of multinational oil companies and foreign investors.
The wolf cull is ostensibly designed to protect northern Alberta’s woodland caribou, a species that in recent years has become critically threatened. But scientists have ridiculed the plan, saying this sort of ‘wildlife management’ turns the wolf into an innocent scapegoat, while the real culprit – the province’s aggressive timber, oil and gas development – is spared any real scrutiny or accountability.
According to this strategy, caribou and wolf alike fall prey to another kind of predator: multinational corporations.

Read more: Unethical Oil: Why Is Canada Killing Wolves and Muzzling Scientists To Protect Tar Sands Interests?
Desmogblog (http://s.tt/199RS)

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Wolves to be Poisoned Over Tar Sands in Canada

from Wildlife Promise

 2/6/2012 // Tony Iallonardo

“Wolf pups are likely innocent victims of Canadian oil and gas development.”

Late last week, internal documents went public showing Canada is fretting over its sullied reputation for unfettered fossil fuel development, while resorting to poisoning wolves rather than fixing the problem. NWF released a paper today showing tar sands, oil and gas development in Canada is contributing to the decline in caribou herds.  Rather than improve environmental practices to protect and restore caribou habitat, Canadian wildlife officials are poisoning wolves with strychnine-laced bait.  The news comes as Alberta and Canadian officials scramble to address environmental monitoring failures that are wreaking havoc up north.

The highly controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposal would move this Canadian dirty oil through the heartland of the U.S. to export, making the U.S. complicit in causing excruciating wildlife culling.

Strychnine progresses painfully from muscle spasms to convulsions to suffocation over a period of hours.  The NWF paper says the poison will also put at risk animals like raptors, wolverines and cougars that eat the poisoned bait or scavenge on the carcasses of poisoned wildlife.

Here’s what Canada’s Minister of Environment Peter Kent said in September:  “Culling is an accepted if regrettable scientific practice and means of controlling populations and attempting to balance what civilization has developed.  I’ve got to admit, it troubles me that that’s what is necessary to protect this species,” Kent commented. Simon Dyer of the Pembina Institute estimates that many thousands of wolves could be destroyed over five years.

Instead of resorting to euphemistic descriptions of a repugnant method of killing, Mr. Kent and Canadian officials should be stopping the habitat destruction in the first place.  Destroying and fragmenting caribou habitat to produce one of the dirtiest fuels on the planet means fewer caribou and fewer wolves just to line the pockets of Big Oil.

It’s increasingly par for the course in Canada, as the nation continues its slide from “Green to Gray.” What’s disturbing is that Keystone XL commits the U.S. to a decades-long partnership in these ”crimes” against wildlife.

http://blog.nwf.org/2012/02/wolves-being-poisoned-over-tar-sands-in-canada/
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Maps Show Tar Sands Sprawl in Caribou Habitat: Could Resolve Problem with 1% of Industry Profits, says Scientist

26 June 12 at 5:00am

http://www.desmogblog.com/maps-show-tar-sands-sprawl-caribou-habitat-could-resolve-problem-1-industry-profits-says-scientist

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Wolves are persecuted world-wide.  The pain and suffering inflicted upon them is beyond imagining.

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Posted in: Wolf Wars, Alberta Wolf Slaughter, Activism

Tags: Alberta, wolf cull, wolf persecution, Tar Sands development,  caribou habitat loss, strychnine, Alberta Caribou Committee, Alberta Department of Energy, Canada

The War On Wolves by Chris Genovali and Camilla Fox

What a terrific article by Chris Genovali, executive director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Camilla Fox, executive director of Project Coyote. It’s a must read!

They absolutely nailed it, describing the culture of death that’s destroying our wolves and other apex predators and diminishing their quality of life. It’s hard enough being a wolf without having to endure the continuing persecution and destruction of their families by humans. We need a top down change in wildlife “management”.

Thanks Jon for supplying the link!

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Death Cults Among Us

The War on Wolves

By Chris Genovali and Camilla Fox

The world-renowned Royal Canadian Mint recently announced its new silver coin series, which is dedicated to wildlife in Canada; the initial offering features a wolf on the $5 denomination. Although the wildlife dedication is laudable, the irony of this announcement is inescapable given the level of persecution wolves endure across the country.

This is especially the case in the western province of British Columbia where an estimated 800 wolves are killed annually, primarily for the frivolous entertainment of hunters and trappers. The province takes a laissez faire approach in administering the hunting and trapping of wolves in BC, which is based simply on the reproductive potential of the species, and shockingly, without knowledge of wolf numbers. In addition, BC wolves are regularly subjected to government-sanctioned culls and lethal predator control actions.

Canadians love the iconography of big wildlife, like wolves, grizzly bears and cougars. Unfortunately, this fascination with animal symbolism fails to translate into policies that further the conservation and welfare of these large carnivores.

But the disconnect between symbolic adoration and on-the-ground reality isn’t limited to Canada; the phenomenon is clearly North American-wide.

With state wildlife managers having proposed the perversely titled “conservation hunts” for wolves in Montana and Idaho, government administrators in the Northern Rockies are approaching the same level of disingenuousness and depravity as Japanese policy makers who have perpetuated the truly Orwellian concept of “scientific whaling.” Fortunately, Montana’s request to hunt endangered gray wolves has just been turned down by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; not that the federal agency is opposed to the sport hunting of wolves, of course, but because in their estimation the Montana proposal would not survive a legal challenge.

The ongoing exploitation of wolves in Montana and Idaho strikes a chord amongst wildlife advocates in Canada as the wolves targeted for extermination originate from north of the 49th parallel. Many Canadians had a sense that, on balance, NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) was likely going to be a net loss for Canada in a variety of ways, but had no idea that free trade meant allowing Canadian wolves to be exported to the Northern Rockies and then subjected to the fear and loathing of reactionary American ranchers and sportsmen’s groups, as well as regressive Intermountain West government agencies.

If Canadians wanted to persecute their wolves, there was no need to ship them south; Canis lupus is sufficiently under siege in the “great white north,” with provincial governments scapegoating wolves for everything from the precipitous decline of mountain caribou to the near-extinction of the Vancouver Island marmot.

The aforementioned points reflect a disturbing but common trait among provincial, state and federal “environmental” agencies in jurisdictions throughout North America – specifically, an obsessive predilection that drives wildlife managers to reflexively default to the oxymoronic tactic of conservation-by-killing. Given the evidence (i.e., the body count), coming to the conclusion that government agencies which “manage” wildlife essentially operate as death cults is not difficult. Countless policies are designed to harm or kill wildlife, particularly large carnivores. The euphemisms used to describe and camouflage such killing – e.g., “cull”, “harvest,” “control” – speak volumes about the underpinning philosophy (i.e., the so-called North American Wildlife Management Model) of these agencies.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation large carnivore scientists Drs. Paul Paquet and Chris Darimont have written that “wolves have complex social traits . . . they are keenly sensitive and caring animals and are known to mourn for extended periods when a group member is killed. Hunting of wolves by humans likely has severe ecological effects that are difficult for scientists to study and may take generations to become evident.”

The direct killing of wolves, whether by trophy hunting, trapping, or lethal control, is a harsh addition to the numerous and significant challenges Canis lupus already faces in a human-dominated landscape.

In their seminal new paper,Wildlife conservation and animal welfare: two sides of the same coin?,” published earlier this year in the journal Animal Welfare, Paquet and Darimont write that “In most parts of North America where wolves persist, human disturbance has already, or is now, displacing wolves from favourable habitat. Additional disturbances, additive to current background disruption, may surpass the level of habituation or innate behavioural plasticity that allows wolves to cope with human encroachment.”

The recreational and institutional killing of wolves also adds to the myriad human activities Paquet (also an advisor to Project Coyote) and Darimont describe as creating a diminishment of the species’ quality of life:

“Given a choice, wolves prefer to avoid humans. However, extensive and growing convergence of human activity and wolf habitat has seriously compromised the availability and effectiveness of wolf habitat worldwide, reducing the distribution of wolves to a fraction of their original geographic range. Accordingly, disruptions resulting from human influence combined with unrelenting and lethal antipathy have created an impoverished environment that may not sustain surviving wolf populations into the future. Fuller et al (2002) summarize all the various means by which humans purposely cause harm and (typically, but not always) death to wolves. These include but are not limited to aerial hunting, deadfall traps, large fishhooks, guns, poisoning, snares, and traps. If wolves do persist, we wonder what diminished quality of life must be endured to survive in a human-dominated landscape.”

We are at a pivotal time in our planet’s history with regard to species diversity and conservation in the face of ever-increasing human expansion and exploitation of what remains of “nature.” How we conserve large carnivores – and in particular wolves, which have been such an iconographic species for so long- may bode to the future of how we are able to coexist with other sentient beings with whom we share this earth- and ultimately with each other.

Chris Genovali is executive director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation. Camilla Fox is executive director of Project Coyote. 

http://www.projectcoyote.com/

Photo: Courtesy kewlwallpapers.com

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: wolf persecution, culture of death, wildlife “mismanagement”, Canada, US

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