Watered Down Justice For Lookout Pack..

Suspect Tom D. White (Photo Courtesy King5.com and WDFW)

For  poaching and decimating the first wolf pack to roam Washington State in 70 years, William White and his son and daughter-in-law Tom D. & Erin White of Twisp, Washington are expected to receive no jail time, getting off with probation and fines. They could have faced HUGE fines and jail for killing endangered wolves. They were tripped up when Erin White attempted to FedEx a box dripping blood, which contained  a poached wolf pelt from one of the Lookout wolves. (I think it was a pup.)

The Whites should have had the book thrown at them. Watered down justice for the  Lookout Pack.

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Washington wolf killer pleads guilty, wife admits role in scheme

by GARY CHITTIM / KING 5 News

Posted on April 18, 2012 at 4:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 18 at 4:59 PM

 It started when workers at a private shipping company in Omak discovered a box bound for Canada was bleeding. It ended Wednesday when Twisp rancher Tom White and his wife pleaded guilty to federal felony charges of killing and conspiring to export the pelt of a protected species.

White’s father William had already pleaded guilty to charges involving the killing of at least two members of the first known wolf pack in Washington State in 70 years.

Tom and his wife Erin agreed to pay $35,000 in fines and both face up to a year in prison when sentenced in July.

Sources say the pair is more likely to face three years of probation. The three still face State charges in connection with the killings that biologists say set back the Lookout Mountain Pack that was discovered in the Okanogan Valley in 2008.

READ MORE: http://www.king5.com/home/Washington-wolf-killer-pleads-guilty-wife-admits-role-in-scheme-148017955.html

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WA couple plead guilty in wolf killing case

Originally published Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at 9:14 PM

A Twisp, Wash., couple have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the killing of a protected gray wolf and an attempt to ship its bloody pelt to Canada.

SPOKANE, Wash. —

A Twisp, Wash., couple have pleaded guilty to federal charges in the killing of a protected gray wolf and an attempt to ship its bloody pelt to Canada.

Tom White, 37, pleaded guilty to killing two endangered gray wolves, in May and December 2008. His wife, Erin White, also 37, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to export an endangered species, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.

Under a plea agreement, prosecutors are expected to recommend that the couple be sentenced July 11 to three years’ probation. Tom White agreed to pay fines and restitution of $30,000, with his wife paying $5,000.

READ MORE: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2018003762_apwawolfkills1stldwritethru.html

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In happier times.

“Uploaded by on Jul 15, 2009

When Conservation Northwest Executive Director, Mitch Friedman, his children, and nephew joined state and federal biologists to check in on the Lookout Pack, Washington’s first pack in over 70 years, they were treated to quite a chorus! http://conservationnw.org/scat/news-of-nature-rebounding for the whole story.”

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Photos: Courtesy King5.com, Conservation Northwest and WSFW

Posted in: Washington wolves, Wolf Poaching

Tags: Lookout pack, Tom D. White and Erin White, evils of poaching, Washington wolves

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Ground Hog Day….

It’s Ground Hog day in the Northwest, as Wolf Wars plays out over and over. Oregon and Washington’s tiny wolf populations are being subjected to the same “wolf hysteria” that plagues the rest of the Northern Rockies.

Here’s a good article from the NYT on the state of wolf wars in the Pacific Northwest.

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Conflict Over Northern Rockies Delisting for Wolves Extends to Pacific Northwest

By LAURA PETERSEN of Greenwire
Published: June 16, 2011

While the battle over Northern Rockies gray wolf management has been most visible in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, wolf issues are also heating up in the Pacific Northwest as Washington and Oregon strive to manage small but growing packs.

Environmentalists are blasting Oregon wildlife managers for killing two wolves last month, dropping the state’s wolf population to 17. The state also has issued 30 permits authorizing land owners to kill wolves caught attacking livestock or dogs.

Meanwhile, Washington is struggling to develop a recovery and management plan that satisfies both wolf advocates and opponents as wolves move back into the state, which is now home to three confirmed packs.

Gray wolves in the eastern third of Washington and Oregon were removed by Congress from the federal Endangered Species List in May along with wolves in Montana, Idaho and parts of Utah. The Northern Rockies delisting measure was inserted into a last-minute budget deal funding the federal government through the rest of the fiscal year (Land Letter, May 5).

However, wolves are still protected by federal law in Wyoming and in the western two-thirds of Oregon and Washington. State law also protects wolves in the two Pacific Northwest states, where the animals were once abundant before being extirpated as ranching and farming expanded in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

But as Rocky Mountain wolves slowly recovered after the late 1970s, some of the animals began to trickle into the Pacific Northwest, giving rise to conflicts between ranchers, property owners and wildlife advocacy groups “When wolves came into Oregon, they came into a different political, social and ecological landscape,” said Rob Klavins, wildlands advocate for Oregon Wild. “We had a hope Oregon could do better than places like Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, and up until last year we had this feeling of ‘all right, we can avoid the wolf wars.'”

‘Wolf hysteria’

But last week, Oregon Wild joined a coalition of 11 groups in writing to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife accusing the agency of violating its management plan and state law by baiting wolves back to the site of reported depredations and failing to adequately document and publicly share information about non-lethal measures taken to prevent depredations before issuing kill permits.

The agency also has approved the killing of a third wolf and distributed at least 30 take permits to livestock owners.

The coalition requested that the take permits issued to ranchers be suspended until some of their concerns are resolved. But so far, Oregon regulators have no plans to do so.

 Michelle Dennehy, an ODFW spokesperson, said regulators are adhering to the state’s 2005 wolf management plan, which calls for establishing four breeding pairs — defined as a mated male and female that produce two pups that survive to their first birthday — but also allowing for the killing of wolves that are witnessed attacking livestock or dogs.

“We need to meet our conservation mandate, but we also have to address chronic livestock losses when they occur,” Dennehy said.

Oregon’s wolf management plan earned qualified support from both environmentalists and ranchers when it passed six years ago, in part because the plan requires that non-lethal actions be taken to deter wolf predation before sanctioned killings can occur.

Until last month’s two wolf takings, only two wolves had been killed in Oregon for livestock depredation since 2005.

But, Klavins said, “Last year, some wolves were seen on private property, and we started to see the beginnings of wolf hysteria.

“What started to happen was every single dead cow was of course a wolf kill … when further investigations were showing that for the most part that wasn’t the case,” he added.

Anti-wolf sentiment appears to be growing in the region, with some critics describing wolves as “four-legged piranhas of the West,” even though depredation accounts for a small fraction of livestock losses. In 2010, fewer than a dozen cows and calves were killed by wolves compared to 55,000 lost to disease, weather and other causes, Klavins said.

Read More: http://www.nytimes.com/gwire/2011/06/16/16greenwire-conflict-over-northern-rockies-delisting-for-w-59888.html

Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: wolf hysteria, wolf wars, Pacific Northwest, Oregon wolves, Washington wolves

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