Glacier National Park – Gray Wolf – NPS
December 17, 2015
Wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes are safe for now. The sneaky procedure of slipping wolf delisting riders into budget bills didn’t work this time for the congressional wolf haters and their ranching and hunting backers. The behemoth budget bill was supposed to be a vehicle to go around the courts and delist wolves in the Great Lakes and Wyoming via delisting rider. Supposedly it was not included due to a warning from the White House the bill would be vetoed if there were any changes to the Endangered Species Act. This is shocking since it was the Obama administration who delisted wolves in Montana and Idaho in 2009. He also supported the wolf delisting rider in 2011, that was slipped into an appropriations bill, which delisted wolves in Montana, Idaho and parts of Oregon, Utah and Washington state, without judicial review. Obama is also challenging Judge Berman’s December 2014 relisting of wolves in the Great Lakes and Wyoming. So it was big surprise the wolf rider was not included in the budget bill but it was certainly a welcome change.
Here’s the evil wolf delisting rider that was stripped out of the funding bill.
Updated 19 hrs ago
Peterson said budget negotiators dropped the provision from the final bill, which was unveiled late Tuesday, because the White House had threatened a veto if the bill contained any changes to the Endangered Species Act.
“Obviously I’m disappointed,” Peterson said. “We thought it wasn’t going to be a problem because the Fish and Wildlife Service was supporting it.”
Peterson, the ranking Democrat on the House Agriculture Committee, said supporters will have to regroup and decide on their next step. He said a stand-alone bill probably could pass the House but he’s not sure about the Senate. It’s also possible an appeals court could overturn the lower court decisions, he added.
While livestock interests supported removing federal protections for wolves, wildlife groups lobbied against it.
“It certainly was a pleasant surprise,” said Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director with the Center for Biological Diversity.
Backers of the rider were trying to use a tactic that succeeded in 2011 when Congress removed wolves in Idaho, Montana and sections of Utah, Washington and Oregon from the list.
The combined wolf population in the western Great Lakes region is estimated at 3,700, including about 2,200 in Minnesota, while Wyoming has around 333.
U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled last December that the western Great Lakes states didn’t have suitable plans to safeguard wolves, and that the animals haven’t come close to repopulating their former range. Her decision prevented Minnesota and Wisconsin from holding sport wolf hunting and trapping seasons this fall. Michigan hasn’t held a hunt since 2013. Another federal judge issued a similar decision in September 2014 in a Wyoming case.
The Obama administration, Michigan, Wisconsin and Wyoming are appealing the two decisions. Minnesota is not formally a party to the Midwest case, but the state attorney general’s office filed an amicus brief Tuesday supporting a reversal.
The brief says Minnesota’s wolf management plan will ensure the animals continue to thrive in the state. It says Minnesota’s wolf population and range have expanded to the point of saturating the habitat in the state since the animals went on the endangered list in 1973, creating “human-wolf conflict that is unique in its cost and prevalence.”
A similar appeal is pending in the Wyoming case. Pacelle said his group, which filed the lawsuit in the Midwest case, will keep up the fight.
“This is not the end of the process, but it’s a good outcome because Congress is showing restraint and not trying to cherry-pick a species and remove it from the list of endangered animals,” Pacelle said.
Photo: Courtesy wolf wallpaper
Posted in: gray wolf, Endangered Species Act, biodiversity
Tags: No delisting rider, wolves safe in Wyoming and Great Lakes for now, ESA, budget bill, gray wolf, Great Lakes, Wyoming
Update: September 7, 2015
Thanks so much everyone for the get well wishes! Your kind words boosted my spirits <3
I would have liked to answer each one of you individually but since I’m one-finger-typing it’s easier to give a singular shout out to y’all :)
By now I’m sure you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting. It’s not because I’ve given up on wolf advocacy but I broke my dominant hand and can only type with one finger, VERY SLOWLY. Already this post has taken me awhile to type. So forgive me but I will be back as soon as my hand heals. For now I’ll have to keep my posts short or reblog posts from some of the excellent sites like Exposing the Big Game.
For the wolves, For the wild ones,
Photo: Courtesy ODFW
Speak for Wolves is an opportunity for the American people to unite and demand wildlife management reform and take steps to restore our national heritage. The five principles to management reform can be found at http://www.speakforwolves.org/about/
Posted in: gray wolf, Activism
Tags: Speak for Wolves, 2nd annual event, West Yellowstone, gray wolf, Brett Haverstick
ODE TO MAGNIFICENCE
(Louise du Toit — 02-24-2012)
I am wolf
the true spirit
a perfect creation
walking beside you
guiding your senses
the delicate balance
a sentient being
no more evil or righteous
than any other creature
born with everything
I need to survive
a true survivor
devoted to my family
loyal to my pack
the defender of my territory
has chosen me
as its enemy
lack of knowledge
in a dark cloud
of demonic imagination
I am shamelessly
My true destination
will only become visible
to seek the truth
Video: Courtesy Louise Du Toit
Photo: Courtesy Earthjustice
Posted in: Biodiversity, gray wolf
Tags: Ode To Magnificence, Animal Rights, gray wolf, Louise du Toit, biodiversity
Top photo: Courtesy Speak for Wolves
Bottom photo: Courtesy ODFW
Posted in: gray wolf, Biodiversity, Activism
Tags: Speak for Wolves, Reforming Wildlife Management, state fish and game agencies, gray wolf
Update: November 21, 2014
Putting this all together, adding the current 2014 wolf mortality numbers of 443, plus the 1827 wolves killed during 2013/early 2014, minus the 11 wolves who died of natural causes, adds up to 2256 wolves killed between January 2013 and November 21, 2014. They were wiped out by hunters, poachers, Wildlife Service control actions, ranchers and accidents. I believe the numbers are much higher than this. Many more wolves have been killed illegally and will never be counted, so we can only speculate on those numbers but I’m sure they’re not insignificant.
In less than 23 months over 2200 wolves have been killed! This is an absolute outrage. Wolves cannot sustain these high mortality rates. Something must be done to stop the carnage.
In the coming days I’ll be exploring a way in which wolf advocates may be able to challenge this slaughter. It’s been written about and discussed but hasn’t been tested.
November 20, 2014
My previous post dealt with the ongoing number of wolves killed in 2014. This post deals with total 2013/early 2014 wolf mortality in the Northern Rockies/Great Lakes. It’s a huge number! A slaughter! What’s behind this madness? It’s certainly not because wolves are harming humans or are a threat to the livestock industry.
From Wildearth Guardians:
Myth: Wolves, coyotes, mountain lions, bears, and others kill lots of cattle.
Truth: Less than a quarter of one percent, 0.23%, of the American cattle inventory was lost to native carnivores and dogs in 2010, according to a Department of Agriculture report.
The government’s own data show that the real killers of cattle are not a few endangered wolves or other wildlife – it’s illness and weather. Yet, the predation myth has directly contributed to a federal, 100-year, paramilitary assault on millions of native carnivores.
The livestock predation myth is a big lie imposed on the American public. While lethal predator control does little to help the fat cats of agribusiness, it ensures that the USDA-Wildlife Services stays in business. While the feds assault millions of our native wolves, bears, cougars, and coyotes, the true cattle killers are illness and weather. The Wildlife Services’ lethal predator control program must end, and the taxpayers, wildlife, and wildlands will reap the benefits.
Read the full report here
Wolves are being wiped out in record numbers, driven by a hate filled anti-wolf movement . Their numbers are small but unfortunately for wolves, the haters dominate policy in wolf states. They also have powerful allies, like The Safari Club, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Sportsman for Fish and Wildlife, Cattlemen’s Association, etc. The profit motive is also driving the killing machine. State fish and game agencies win in two ways, a top predator is killed off to inflate ungulate numbers for their customers, the hunters and the state makes money off the sale of wolf hunt tags. Wolves are also the target of ranchers, Wildlife Services and poachers. Anywhere wolves turn, they’re in danger. Even Yellowstone National Park wolves aren’t safe. Many collared park wolves have been shot by hunters when they step one toe outside the park. The most famous wolf in the world, the Lamar Canyon alpha female, better known as O6 (her birth year), was killed by a hunter’s bullet.
No wolf is safe in America.
Northern Rocky Mountain Wolf Recovery
Program 2013 Interagency Annual Report
Northern Rockies or NRM -2013 Wolf Mortality
In 2013, 922 wolves were killed in the Northern Rockies. This USFWS chart, shows the breakdown of wolves mortality in each state. Hunting (Harvest), Control, Human (Poaching/Accidents), Natural Causes, Unknown.
Idaho – 335 wolves
Montana – 473 wolves
Wyoming – 109 wolves
Oregon – 3 wolves
Washington – 2 wolves
Unlike the Northern Rockies, the Great Lakes states combine 2013/2014 wolf mortality numbers. In my previous post I did not include the 2013/2014 wolf hunt mortality numbers in that total.
2013/2014 Hunt 238 wolves (previous hunt in 2012 killed 413 wolves)
2013/2014 Control Actions 127 wolves killed (previous control actions in 2012 killed 295 wolves)
*No numbers for poaching, accidents or natural mortality
Total wolf mortality Minnesota 2013/2014: 365 wolves
Wolf hunt 2013/2014: 334 wolves
Control actions 2013/2014: 65 wolves
Total wolf mortality Wisconsin 2013/2014: 429 wolves
Wolf hunt 2013 : 23 wolves
Control actions: Since there’s no breakdown on the number of wolves killed in control actions between 2012-2013 I’m going to half the 73 control action numbers to 36 for 2013.
*No numbers for accidents, poaching or natural mortality.
Total wolf mortality Michigan 2013: 109 wolves
March 2013, 1 radio collared female wolf, from Wisconsin, found dead
1 year old male wolf killed by a deer hunter -2013
Top photo: USFWS
Bottom Photo: Idaho Wild Wolf Images Copyright 2011
Posted in: gray wolf, Wolf Wars, Animal cruelty
Tags: Idaho, Montana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Illinois, North Dakota, Washington, Oregon, wolf hunts, wolf poaching, wolf persecution, wolf slaughter
Today, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson denied Wyoming’s desperate attempt to change her ruling, so the state could proceed with their precious wolf hunts! Too bad, hunters are going to have to get refunds on their wolf tags!
As of this moment it’s still illegal to kill a wolf in Wyoming. Thank you Judge Jackson, it feels so good to have a victory for wolves, even though I’m saddened that wolves in Montana and Idaho are being hunted and Minnesota and Wisconsin hunts are just around the corner. But today we can celebrate that Wyoming wolves will be safe from hunter’s bullets and will no longer be treated as vermin, to be shot on sight in 80% of the state.
For all the wolves, For Wyoming wolves,
Article by: BEN NEARY , Associated Press Updated: September 30, 2014 – 4:15 PM
CHEYENNE, Wyo. — A federal judge has denied requests from the state of Wyoming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, and pro-hunting groups to change a decision last week that reinstates federal protections for wolves in the state.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday denied requests to change her ruling.
Wyoming had requested fast action on its reconsideration request because the state had planned to allow hunters to begin killing wolves Wednesday in an area bordering Yellowstone National Park. The judge’s ruling bars any hunting.
Conservation groups sued in 2012, saying the state’s management plan failed to protect wolves adequately. The state plan classified wolves as predators that could be shot on sight in most areas.
A lawyer for the state says officials haven’t decided whether to appeal.
Photo: Courtesy Wiki
Posted in: Wyoming wolves, gray wolf, Wolf Wars
Tags: Wyoming, gray wolf, Judge Jackson, Wyoming wolves remain listed, Judge denies Wyoming request, good news, Wyoming wolves remain safe from hunts