426 Wolves Wiped Out in 2014 and It’s Not Over…

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Update: November 21, 2014

443 wolves killed 2014

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 November 18, 2014

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426 wolves have been wiped out since the beginning of 2014. Pups, alphas, whole packs, gone. The majority have been slaughtered in the ongoing  Idaho, Montana, Minnesota and Wisconsin wolf hunts. 17 wolves were killed in Wyoming’s “predator zone” before a federal judge recently relisted them. 3 wolves were killed in Washington state, even though they’re “protected” there. The Huckleberry Pack alpha female was shot by a WDFW sharpshooter from the air, the alpha female of the Teanaway Pack and a female wolf from the Smackout Pack, were both poached.  And I’m not even counting wolves killed by Wildlife Services this year or wolves killed in the 2014 part of the 2013/2014 hunts. That would push the total much higher.

The saddest part of all this are the hunts are far from over. Wildlife Services killings are not over.

This has to stop, we are traveling down that long, dark road of wolf eradication.

Please don’t give up on wolves, be their voice!  Speak out for them, they’re suffering, in the cold, in traps, shot, snared, torn from their families! We must work to end this nightmare! We are their only voice!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

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Wildlife Services Brutality Exposed, WildEarth Guardians Sues….

“An Arizona wildlife official photographed these heads of mountain lions killed to “protect” cattle in 1989 by Wildlife Services, formerly Animal Damage Control, and provided to the state agency for research. In 2005, Wildlife Services killed 330 mountain lions nationally.”

UPDATE: May 6, 2012

I’m pulling this post back up to the top of the blog because the SacBee posted the third part of their expose on Animal Damage Control  Wildlife Services today.  Please scroll down for link.

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It’s been a long time coming.  Animal Damage Control, better known by the misnomer Wildlife Services,  is finally getting their due.  WildEarth Guardians is suing  the agency and it couldn’t come any sooner.

From the Washington Post:

“They are asking in a lawsuit filed Monday that a federal judge in Nevada shut down the agency that spent $127 million in 2010 to exterminate more than 5 million animals.”

At the same time, in a three-part series,  the Sacramento Bee is exposing the agencies’ dark, dirty secrets.

Wildlife Services is a barbaric federal agency, the extermination arm of the USDA. They relentlessly kill America’s wildlife because agriculture considers any animal that gets in its way to be collateral damage.  This federal  goon squad shoots, traps, poisons, snares and slaughters millions of animals every year and no group of animals has suffered more than predators. The war on wolves, bears, coyotes and mountain lions has been merciless. The suffering this agency causes is immeasurable.

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The Sacramento Bee’s Exposé On Wildlife Services

Deadly Poison 1080 Compound 

The killing agency: Wildlife Services’ brutal methods leave a trail of animal death

By Tom Knudson

Published: Sunday, Apr. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 2, 2012 – 10:52 pm

First of three parts

The day began with a drive across the desert, checking the snares he had placed in the sagebrush to catch coyotes.

Gary Strader, an employee of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, stepped out of his truck near a ravine in Nevada and found something he hadn’t intended to kill.

There, strangled in a neck snare, was one of the most majestic birds in America, a federally protected golden eagle.

“I called my supervisor and said, ‘I just caught a golden eagle and it’s dead,’ ” said Strader. “He said, ‘Did anybody see it?’ I said, ‘Geez, I don’t think so.’

“He said, ‘If you think nobody saw it, go get a shovel and bury it and don’t say nothing to anybody.’ ”

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/28/4450678/the-killing-agency-wildlife-services.html#storylink=cpy

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Wildlife Services’ deadly force opens Pandora’s box of environmental problems

By Tom Knudson

Published: Monday, Apr. 30, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 2, 2012 – 10:52 pm

Second of three parts

Like the prow of a ship, the Granite Mountains rise sharply from the creamy-white playa of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada.

Here, in rugged terrain owned by the American public, a little-known federal agency called Wildlife Services has waged an eight-year war against predators to try to help an iconic Western big-game species: mule deer.

With rifles, snares and aerial gunning, employees have killed 967 coyotes and 45 mountain lions at a cost of about $550,000. But like a mirage, the dream of protecting deer by killing predators has not materialized.

“It didn’t make a difference,” said Kelley Stewart, a large-mammal ecologist at the University of Nevada, Reno.

For decades, Wildlife Services, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has specialized in trapping, poisoning and shooting predators in large numbers, largely to protect livestock and, more recently, big game.

Now such killing is coming under fire from scientists, former employees and others who say it often doesn’t work and can set off a chain reaction of unintended, often negative consequences.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/30/4452212/wildllife-services-deadly-force.html#storylink=cpy

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Unforgiving Snares and How They Work

http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/30/4452212_a4452108/wildllife-services-deadly-force.html

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Long struggles in leg-hold device make for gruesome deaths

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By Tom Knudson
tknudson@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, Apr. 29, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 15A
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 2, 2012 – 10:52 pm

No tool in Wildlife Services’ arsenal kills more nonselectively – or slowly – than the leg-hold trap.

Since 2000, more than 90 species of wildlife have died by mistake in agency traps, including pronghorn antelope, mule deer, river otters, swift foxes, badgers, porcupines and federally protected bald eagles, government records show.

But whether animals are caught accidentally or not, they often struggle for days and die of exposure, injuries and other causes long before a trapper returns to the site.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/04/28/4450686/ex-trapper-leg-hold-device-probably.html#storylink=cpy

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Environmental group sues to halt killing practices of federal wildlife agency

By Tom Knudson

Published: Wednesday, May. 2, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A
Last Modified: Wednesday, May. 2, 2012 – 10:37 pm

The federal government’s wildlife damage control program is based on outdated science and indiscriminate tools that kill many non-target animals, including protected species, according to a lawsuit filed Monday by WildEarth Guardians, a Colorado-based environmental group.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/02/4458430/environmental-group-sues-to-halt.html#storylink=cpy

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Suggestions in changing Wildlife Services range from new practices to outright bans

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By Tom Knudson
tknudson@sacbee.com
Published: Sunday, May. 6, 2012 – 12:00 am | Page 1A

Last of three parts

Like many ranchers, Bill Jensen drives a pickup, shoots a high-powered rifle and loves to talk about sheep, cattle and the outdoors.

But unlike many ranchers, he no longer relies on the federal government for predator control.

Nor does the Marin County rancher have a choice. Ten years ago Marin, known for its environmental activism, halted lethal federal control and launched a program emphasizing nonlethal methods. Jensen, initially skeptical, has turned the program into a success with miles of electric fencing.

“We’ve pretty much learned how to control coyotes on our own,” said Jensen, whose losses to coyotes have declined 60 percent to 70 percent – from about 50 lambs a year when a federal trapper worked there to 15 to 20 today. “Anything that can help you 24 hours a day, like electric fencing, is a good thing.”

What’s happening in Marin County shows that ranchers can co-exist with predators without lethal federal control. It is part of a broader and varied spirit of reform aimed at finding new, less destructive ways to live with predators and other wildlife.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/05/06/4469067/suggestions-in-changing-wildlife.html#storylink=cpy

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Wildlife Services At Work

Thanksgiving Week Massacre of  Basin Butte Wolves

December 6, 2009

https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2009/12/06/thanksgiving-week-massacre-of-basin-butte-wolves-stanley-idaho/

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Remembering The Hog Heaven Wolf Pack

October 23, 2009

https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/hog-heaven-or-hog-hell/

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Sage Creek Pack Wiped Out By Aerial Gunners In Montana

October 10, 2009

https://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/sage-creek-pack-wiped-out-by-aerial-gunners-in-montana/

Thank you WildEarth Guardians and The Sacramento Bee for shining a very bright light on this gruesome agency that should be defunded or eliminated altogether.

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Top Photo: Missoula Independent

Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wildlife Services War on Wildlife, Wolf Wars

Tags: USDA, Animal Damage Control AKA Wildlife Services, Sacramento Bee, WildEarth Guardians, war on wildlife, traps, snares, 1080 compound, M-44’s, Sage Creek Pack, Hog Heaven Pack, Basin Butte Pack

ALERT: Full Wolf Moon Candlelight Vigil, Monday, January 9th, 2012. Where? Across America and the World!!

UPDATE: January 8, 2012 (6:00 pm)

I have an idea that will bring more exposure to this event. You can call local media to tell them you plan a vigil for wolves slaughtered in the Montana/Idaho hunts, now totaling  337 wolves and ask them to cover your event OR you can take your own pictures of your vigil and if you feel comfortable,  post them in the comment section of this blog or post the link to the  pictures and I’ll make a montage of everyone’s pics.  That would be another way to draw attention to the wolves’ plight.

Post your pics on your Facebook or Twitter accounts and Howl Across America as well!

UPDATE: January 8, 2012

I’m very gratified for the terrific response we’ve gotten for this vigil. Thank you and I know the wolves would  thank you if they could. There is only one thing that we ask. If you can please try to gather in groups in a public place, with a few friends or with many friends. I know people will light candles in their homes and that’s wonderful but there are two reasons we are holding this vigil.  One is to honor the wolves who have fallen and continue to die but also to bring attention to their plight. We were hoping that when you gather you would notify the local media and let them know you will be holding a candlelight vigil for wolves in the Northern Rockies, who are dying.  This is a way we can truly get the word out to the rest of the country, since the mainstream media refuses to do it. So please make a special effort to pass the word along to gather in groups, they don’t have to be large. Notify your local media and make sure they know where you’ll be and what you’re doing.

Please notice the picture in the middle of this post. It was taken of two wolf advocates in Nampa, Idaho, in November. They contacted the local newspaper and the Tribune came and covered their event. That picture made it to the LA Times. They were just two people, trying to make a difference and they did.

The old adage “a picture is worth a thousand words” is so true. Imagine hundreds or even thousands of pictures like that in newspapers around the country. Think what an effect that would have!

We don’t have much time warriors. Wolves are dying at an alarming rate and we could lose them forever. We need your help.  The grass roots wolf movement is what will turn this around. We have the power of numbers, if we would only use them!!

For the wolves, For the wild ones

Nabeki

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Monday, January 9, 2012,  is the night of  the Full Wolf Moon.  The date changes every year, it’s the first full moon in January. Legend surrounding this moon is rooted in Native American culture.

Wolf Moon 2012

December 27th, 2011 by Nannette Richford

“The wolf moon, sometimes referred to as the “snow moon,” occurs on January 9, 2012. Although the full moon won’t look any different from other full moons during the year, it conjures up images of wolf packs howling at the moon. In fact, that is exactly how the wolf moon got its name. According to Native Americans, January is the time of year when wolves are often heard howling over the snow-covered landscape.

According to the Binghamton University  Newsroom, whether wolves actually howl at the moon is unknown. Its belief is likely connected to the fact that wolves howling travels great distances in the still of the night. It may be more noticeable during the full moon because man is more likely to be outside to gaze at its beauty or take advantage of the light.

Wolves howl for several reasons: to reassemble the pack, to warn nearby wolves of their territory, to celebrate a kill and to express joy when new cubs are born. The thought that wolves may also howl out of sheer loneliness – or at the beauty of the full moon – is not farfetched, but simply has not been verified.

Some tribes refer to the January full moon as the snow moon – but most reserve that name for the full moon in February when snow is often deeper in northern climates.

Whatever you call it, a full moon in the midst of winter often appears so bright that the night takes on an mystical glow from the light of the moon as it reflects off  the snow-covered landscape.

Although the moon isn’t technically “full” until 2:30 am, moonrise occurs at 5:04 – less than an hour after sunset – and will be visible in the night sky until just before sunrise the following morning. Moonset occurs at 7:10 am only 4 minutes before the sun returns – promising a spectacular display if the weather remains clear.”

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Howling for Justice, NIWA, Wolf Warriors and Howl Across America are asking wolf advocates to  honor the fallen wolves, who continue to die in the Montana and Idaho hunts, by holding candlelight vigils across this country on Monday, January 9, 2012.

NIWA is holding a candlelight vigil in downtown Coeur d’ alene on Monday, twilight @ 4:30pm, timed to watch the Full Wolf Moon emerge. They will be playing Louise Du Toit’s beautiful music, Howl Across America and For Every Fallen Wolf .

Please visit Howl Across America for further details.

Wolf Warriors, if you can gather a group of advocates together, we suggest you find a public place in your home town for this peaceful vigil.  It’s imperative you notify the local media or if you live in a larger city, the national media. Let them know you will be holding a candlelight vigil to protest the wolf hunts in Idaho and Montana and  honor the  fallen wolves dying brutal deaths,  now numbering 335!! You can also stand outside your home or a place of your choosing, if you cannot find a group to gather with, to honor the fallen wolves on this special night.

You may  post your vigil on Howl Across America, to allow other advocates who live in your area to organize with you.

Wolf advocates around the world, please feel free to join us, when the Full Wolf Moon rises!

Candle Light Vigil Held To Honor Wolves in Nampa, Idaho on November 29, 2011

We hope this event will take place across America and the world.  Please make every effort to attend the vigil,  wherever you may be, to protest the ongoing, brutal, political witch/wolf hunts in the Northern Rockies.

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

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Videos: YouTube-Courtesy Louise du Toit and immywolf

Top Photo: Wolf Moon Courtesy greenmanblogdotcom

Middle Photo: Candlelight Vigil Courtesy Idaho Press Tribune

Bottom photo: Wolf gif Courtesy layoutsparksdotcom

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho wolves, Montana Wolves

Tags: Wolf hunts, 332 fallen wolves, traps, snares, firearms, candle light vigil, honoring dead wolves

The New War On Wolves…

As soon as federal protection ended, the slaughter began.

By J. William Gibson

December 8, 2011

Congress removed wolves in Montana and Idaho from the protection of the Endangered Species Act in April. And this fall, the killing began.

As of Wednesday, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reported that 154 of its estimated 750 wolves had been “harvested” this year. Legal hunting and trapping — with both snares to strangle and leg traps to capture — will continue through the spring. And if hunting fails to reduce the wolf population sufficiently — to less than 150 wolves — the state says it will use airborne shooters to eliminate more.In Montana, hunters will be allowed to kill up to 220 wolves this season (or about 40% of the state’s roughly 550 wolves). To date, hunters have taken only about 100 wolves, prompting the state to extend the hunting season until the end of January. David Allen, president of the powerful Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, has said he thinks hunters can’t do the job, and he is urging the state to follow Idaho’s lead and “prepare for more aggressive wolf control methods, perhaps as early as summer 2012.”

 Read more: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/la-oe-gibson-the-war-on-wolves-20111208,0,822158.story?track=rss

Photo: wolf wallpaper
Posted in: Wolf Wars
Tags: J. William Gibson, LA Times, wolf scapegoating, wolf slaughter, Idaho wolf hunt, Montana wolf hunt, snares, traps
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