HSUS Intends To Sue USFWS Over Great Lakes Gray Wolf Delisting….

The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals have announced they intend to sue the USFWS over the delisting of gray wolves in the Great Lakes region, with the goal of seeing Endangered Species Protections restored for the beleaguered animals. This was very welcome news as the Wisconsin wolf hunt opened Monday.

Wolves in the Northern Rockies and now the Great Lakes Region have been handed over to brutal state management. They are suffering the tortures of the damned as they are trapped, shot, hunted with bow, snared and in Wyoming treated like vermin in over 80% of the state, where they can be killed by any means, 365 days of the year.  Wisconsin wants to chase them to their deaths with up to six dogs per hunter.  A legal challenge stopped that horror for now but a hearing is scheduled in December to re-visit the issue.

Wolves cannot survive this holocaust. The feds, along with ranching interests, teamed up to wipe them out in the 1900’s. If the killing isn’t stopped we will lose them once again.  Wolves must be re-listed, not only in the Great Lakes but the Northern Rockies as well!!

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October 15, 2012

The Humane Society of the United States Files Notice of Suit to Restore Federal Protection for Great Lakes Wolves

On the day of the first public wolf hunting and trapping season in the Great Lakes region in more than 40 years, The Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals served notice that they will file suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore federal protections for Great Lakes wolves under the Endangered Species Act. The groups are also asking the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota to postpone wolf hunting and trapping until the case can be decided on the merits.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s most recent decision to delist wolves became effective earlier this year, after multiple previous attempts to delist wolves were struck down by the courts over the course of the last decade.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put faith in the state wildlife agencies to responsibly manage wolf populations, but their overzealous and extreme plans to allow for trophy hunting and recreational trapping immediately after de-listing demonstrate that such confidence was unwarranted,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO for The HSUS. “Between Minnesota’s broken promise to wait five years before hunting wolves, and Wisconsin’s reckless plan to trap and shoot hundreds of wolves in the first year, it is painfully clear that federal protection must be reasserted. The states have allowed the most extreme voices to grab hold of wolf management, and the result could be devastating for this species.”

READ MORE:

http://www.humanesociety.org/news/press_releases/2012/10/great-lakes-wolves-suit-101512.html

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The HSUS to Sue to Reverse De-Listing of Wolves in Great Lakes

October 16, 2012

Yesterday, on the same day that The HSUS and The Fund for Animals announced their intention to sue the federal government to reverse its decision to prematurely remove wolves from the list of protected species, trophy hunters killed at least four wolves on the opening day of the first wolf season in Wisconsin in decades. Minnesota’s hunting and trapping season is set to launch on Nov. 3. Wisconsin awarded 1,160 permits through a lottery, and Minnesota awarded 6,000 permits. Both states issued more hunting permits than there are wolves within their boundaries

If there was any doubt about the intentions of the hunters involved, an Associated Press story written by Steve Karnowski and Todd Richmond made them plain. The reporters talked to hunters about why they bought wolf hunting permits.

READ MORE:

http://hsus.typepad.com/wayne/2012/10/great-lakes-wolves.html

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Lawsuit takes aim to stop wolf hunt in Wisconsin

Groups want protection back

By Paul A. Smith of the Journal Sentinel
Oct. 15, 2012

On the opening day of the Wisconsin wolf hunting and trapping season, the Humane Society of the United States and The Fund for Animals served notice they will file a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to restore federal protections for Great Lakes wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

The groups also ask officials in Wisconsin and Minnesota, where a wolf season is scheduled to begin in November, to postpone wolf hunting and trapping until the case can be decided. The Wisconsin DNR said Monday it would not halt the season.

“We will continue to implement the season that is directed by Wisconsin law,” said Kurt Thiede, administrator of the DNR’s Land Division.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service delisted wolves in the western Great Lakes region in January and returned management of the species to the states. The Wisconsin legislature in April authorized the state’s first regulated wolf hunting and trapping season.

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service put faith in the state wildlife agencies to responsibly manage wolf populations, but their overzealous and extreme plans to allow for trophy hunting and recreational trapping immediately after delisting demonstrate that such confidence was unwarranted,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and chief executive officer for the HSUS, in a statement released Monday.

READ MORE:

http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/lawsuit-takes-aim-to-stop-wolf-hunt-in-wisconsin-tm785ib-174297411.html

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Photo: kewlwallpapersdotcom

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Humane Society of the United States, The Fund for Animals, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, gray wolves under fire, brutal state management, USFWS, wolf hunts

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

Jay Mallonee Speaks Out….

Jay Mallonee is an independent wolf biologist who has studied wolves in Montana for twenty years, notably the The Fish Trap Pack for ten of those years. His peer-reviewed paper,“Hunting Wolves In Montana, Where Are The Data”  is posted on this blog, under PAGES.

In his own words Jay speaks out about his struggle for the truth.

“On September 3, 2011, I published the paper Hunting Wolves In Montana – Where Are The Data?  in the peer-review, scientific journal Nature and Science.  It reviewed the data collected by Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) regarding wolf population numbers.  This is the state agency responsible for wolf management in Montana. The paper demonstrated that much of their data was flawed or blatantly wrong, in addition to fabricating wolf numbers.  After publication of the paper, I spent two months emailing and visiting FWP officials to understand how and why they used flawed information to decide how many wolves should die in public hunts.  I also asked about the procedures used to collect their data, because FWP has claimed that wolf hunts are based in science.  This is not true either, and I have yet to have my questions answered.  Nevertheless, my email exchanges with FWP and the Governor’s Office demonstrate how management officials fein cooperation, then evade answering questions directly, and finally just get mad and no longer communicate.  In the meantime, the hunting season has been extended to February 15, 2012, and FWP supports groups that offer cash prizes for the best photo of wolves killed in the hunt.  FWP has gone out of their way to make sure wolves die.

You can help by going to my website
and reading these email exchanges then contacting FWP directly.  I have provided the contact information for everyone involved in these emails.  Ask your own questions or demand answers to the ones I have asked.  These people are pubic servants.”

Make them prove what they say.

Jay Mallonee, January 2, 2012

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Hunting Montana’s Wolves

by Jay Mallonee

http://www.wolfandwildlifestudies.com/downloads/huntingwolves2012.pdf

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Photo: Courtesy kewl wallpapers
Posted in: Wolf Wars, gray wolf
Tags: Jay S. Mallonee, Wolf biologist, Montana FWP,  Hunting Wolves In Montana

Killing Wolves For Fun And The War On Wolves….

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As 2011 draws to a close I’ll be revisiting a few of my early posts from 2009, when the first wolf hunts were taking place in Montana and Idaho, after the Obama administration delisted them in the Spring of that year. This was the first time wolves were hunted in the lower 48 since the last wolves were wiped out in the 1940′s.

Since 2009 the state sponsored  hunts have gotten bolder and more brutal,  with the inclusion of traps and snares, even bringing Alaskan trappers to kill wolves in Idaho’s Lolo and Selway zones, with the addition of aerial gunning.  All to harass and kill wolves who’ve done nothing wrong except try to exist.

In 2009,  wolf advocates were awaiting Judge Molloy’s decision, would he relist wolves?  The ruling came  in August 2010. Wolves were relisted in the Northern Rockies!! But the victory was short-lived.  Thanks to Jon Tester D-MT,  who inserted a wolf delisting rider into the Senate budget bill, wolves were delisted  and the bill was signed into law by President Obama. Wolves are now paying with their lives for that betrayal.

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Killing Wolves For Fun & The War On Wolves

November 9, 2009

yellowstone wolf runnintg

Wolves have been accused of it but the predator with the reputation for killing for sport isn’t the wolf, it’s man.

I’ve often asked myself why people trophy hunt, this is especially relevant since wolves are firmly in the cross fire, with ongoing wolf hunts in Montana and Idaho.

Wolves aren’t being hunted for food. Hunters are making a personal decision to go out and kill a wolf just because it’s there.

Over 26,000 wolf tags were sold in Idaho alone to kill 220 wolves and Montana sold thousands to kill 75 wolves.  A little over kill, don’t ya think?  Add to that the hatred some people feel for wolves, it makes for an even scarier and mean-spirited climate.

alaskan wolf shot by aerial gunner

Alaskan wolf shot by aerial gunner

Even before the wolf hunts began the air was charged with anti-wolf bias. The governors of Montana and Idaho inserted themselves into the negative wolf rhetoric.  Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana made a questionable statement about federal Judge Molloy, who is presiding over a lawsuit brought by environmental groups to reverse the recent wolf delisting.  The plaintiffs were asking for an injunction, to stop the wolf hunts, while the merits of the case were being decided.  Governor Schweitzer stated: ”If some old judge says we can’t (hunt wolves), we’ll take it back to another judge.”  That was a totally indefensible remark for the Gov to make. Gov “Butch” Otter of Idaho went one better. Back in 2007, before wolves were even delisted, he stated in front of a rally of camouflage wearing hunters, he was prepared to manage the wolf population down to just 100 animals. He went even further stating “. “I’m prepared to bid for that first ticket to shoot a wolf myself.”

Should the executive officers of Montana and Idaho, use the wolf as a political football by posturing to ranching and hunting interests?  What chance does the wolf have to be treated fairly when the governors  make those kinds of statements?

The “management” or killing of wolves is sanctioned by the states of Montana and Idaho but exactly who is this benefiting?  Certainly not over the ninety percent of the non-hunting public.  Wolves and other predators are being “managed” for the benefit of a few interest groups, mainly elk hunters, ranchers and outfitters. The rest of us, who want to view wildlife in their natural state, which means “not dead”, don’t seem to count.  Our wildlife is being slaughtered for the benefit of a few. That is inherently wrong but it continues because hunting and ranching interests have powerful lobbies that seek to influence policy and it works! Unless and until the politics of the usual are replaced with the policies of change, America’s predators will suffer.

hayden pack wolves

wolf photo: SigmaEye Flicker

Montana and Idaho have decided which wildlife they consider important and which are disposable.  Predator management is just a euphemism for killing them.  Millions of taxpayer dollars are spent on tracking, collaring and lethally controlling predators and other wildlife by cruel means, IE, poisoning with 1080 compound, M44s, denning and trapping.  Most of the killing is done by Wildlife Services, which is an arm of the USDA.  The lethal control of wolves is not supported by the majority of Americans but we have little input in the decision-making process. Why does the non-hunting consumer have so little influence on  how our wildlife is managed?

Although predators control ungulate populations, the states aren’t comfortable with that because they cater to the hunting and ranching lobbies, who bring millions into state coffers. This creates a conflict of interest.  Wolves compete with hunters for the same prey.  The budget of state game agencies depend on hunter licensing fees.  Is it any wonder we are having wolf hunts and wolf “management”?

As soon as predators, like the wolf, start to increase in number, the call rings out for them to be managed.   “In 2008, wolves are known to have killed fewer than 200 cattle and sheep in Montana, and 100 wolves were hunted down in response.” 

How can anyone defend that kind ”managment”? Yet Montana and Idaho contend their wildlife management practices are grounded in science.  I would like to see the science that backs wiping out 100 wolves for the death of 200 livestock?

In January 2008, before the current delisting took place, FWP issued new revised rules concerning the “management” of  gray wolves, who had been reintroduced to Central Idaho and Greater Yellowstone in 1995-96.  The new rules state the feds and tribes can kill more wolves if they become a “threat” to game animals and private property.  So once again FWP is “managing” for the benefit of the few ignoring the wants of the many.

Have you ever visited Yellowstone National Park and watched the Druid Peak Pack?  They were literally the super stars of Yellowstone, sadly the pack is plagued by mange, their numbers declining, yet we are caught up in wolf hunts, which threatens them and other wild wolves in the park.  Already the famed Alpha female, 527F, of Yellowstone’s Cottonwood Pack, was gunned down a mile outside of the park, along with the Alpha male and her daughter, when the Montana hunt began.  This decimated the Cottonwood Pack and halted important research into some of Yellowstone’s most famous and studied collared wolves.

Trophy hunting of wolves only inflames passions and hatred of wolves. I won’t call trophy hunting a sport.  It’s an unfair game where the hunted aren’t acquainted with the rules. The only way it could be considered fair is if you placed the “hunter” in the woods without their high-powered rifles or high-tech bows and have them run up against a wolf with their bare hands, you know, Mano y Mano. How many “brave” hunters would be out there killing wolves for fun in that scenario?  I say the number would be ZERO.  Killing for sport is a cowardly exercise that features an uneven playing field between hunters and the hunted,  just to get a cheap thrill and rush of testosterone (yes most hunters are men).  How skillful and brave is it to kill an animal, hundreds of yards away, that has no fighting chance against you, with a scope and high-powered rifle? Trophy hunting gives all hunting a bad name!!  It’s blood lust pure and simple. Wolves shouldn’t be subjected to this in the 21st Century. We’ve already exterminated them in the West once, are we aiming for round two?

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Lobo wolf wars (Photo: Nature Online)

The most encouraging words come from Richard Baldes, a Shoshone and former Fish and Wildlife Service biologist on the Wind River Indian Reservation, inhabited by the Arapahoe and Shoshone tribes.  They’re managing to coexist very well with wolves and welcome Canis Lupus.  He explained the tribe’s views to High Country News in 2008:

“The tribes’ management plans are pretty simple. “The Wind River Reservation is somewhat of a sanctuary,” Baldes tells me from his porch at the foot of the Wind River Mountains. Much as they do with the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho, which was instrumental in the original reintroduction, wolves play an important role in the lore and religion of Shoshone and Arapahoe people. Wolves represent a social role model, for starters: “They take care of the family,” Baldes says. “The aunts and uncles take care of the young, and they also take care of the old.”

The obvious parallels between government efforts to eradicate wolves and past efforts to eradicate Indians aren’t lost on Baldes. In fact, the resurgence of wolves is a powerful metaphor on the reservation. “The Creator put them here for a reason,” Baldes says. He chuckles to himself about the raging controversy. “People have made the issue with wolves much more complicated than it needs to be,” he says. “It’s just a nice feeling to know that these animals are back and that they’re going to be here to stay. I don’t see any reason why they won’t be here forever.”

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Why State Fish and Game Agencies Can’t Manage Predators

 By George Wuerthner, 4-17-09
  
minn gray wolf
http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/why_state_fish_and_game_agencies_cant_manage_predators/C564/L564
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Top Photo: kewl wallpapers
Bottom and Middle Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Posted in: Wolf Wars
Tags: trophy hunting wolves, wolves in the crossfire, Wildlife Services, Obama administration de-listing, Druid Peak Pack

Snaring, Killing Wolves With A Smile…

Warning Graphic Video

No words can describe this video, it was shot in Canada but gives you a glimpse into the stark reality Idaho wolves are facing. The snares are indiscriminate killers. Wolf pups can be snared as easily as adults. Any animal tame or wild is @ risk.

A wolves’ life is very hard, they’re only successful in bringing down prey once every ten attempts.  Trapping and snaring is turning their lives into a living hell.

  Speak out for them!

Black in White (Courtesy Collin Bogle)

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CONTACT

Governor Butch Otter

Mailing Address:
Idaho.gov
999 Main St, Suite 910
Boise, ID 83702

 Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454

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Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/about/commission/members.cfm

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott
mcmule@msn.com

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Clearwater Region

Fred Trevey
fred.trevey@idfg.idaho.gov

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Southwest Region

Bob Barowsky
bbarowsky@fmtc.com

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Magic Valley Region

Wayne Wright
2wrights@cableone.net

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Southeast Region

Randy Budge
rcb@racinelaw.net

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Upper Snake Region

Kenny Anderson
kenny.anderson@idfg.idaho.gov
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Salmon Region

Gary Power
gpower@centurytel.net

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Idaho Fish and Game

IDFG Director Virgil Moore:

(208) 334-3771

virgil.moore@idfg.idaho.gov

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Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept.

(208) 334-2920  

jon.rachael@idfg.idaho.gov

Idaho Fish and Game General Numbers Click Here

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Idaho tourism office

http://www.visitidaho.org/contact/

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Write the Potato Commission

http://contact.idahopotato.com/

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Video: YouTube

Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Idaho wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: wolf snaring, choking snares, wolf suffering, wolf hunts

Published in: on November 18, 2011 at 5:34 am  Comments (43)  
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Scariest Halloween For Wolves…

WOLF/WITCH HUNT DEATH TOLL: 131


 

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Video: YouTube: Immywolf

Gifs:

Wolf Howling

Blinking Pumpkin

Flying Witch

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Halloween, wolf slaughter, 131 dead wolves, wolf hunts

Published in: on October 31, 2011 at 4:04 pm  Comments (23)  
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ALERT: Conservation Groups Seek Emergency Injunction To Stop Wolf Hunts…

For Immediate Release – October 17, 2011
CONTACT:  Mike Garrity, Executive Director, Alliance for the Wild Rockies 406-459-5936

Emergency Injunction sought to stop Montana-Idaho wolf hunts

“Seventeen wolves have already been killed during Montana’s early archery wolf-hunting season and sixty wolves in Idaho’s wolf hunting season,” said Mike Garrity, Executive Director of the Alliance for the Wild Rockies.  “But with the general wolf rifle season opening in Montana and Idaho around the same time the general big game rifle season is also opening, the numbers of humans with rifles in wolf habitat is about to increase exponentially.  This translates into a much higher chance of wolf-human interactions as well as a much more efficient mechanism available to kill wolves during those encounters.  The only way to stop this senseless, politically-driven wolf slaughter is to seek an Emergency Injunction from the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to stop wolf hunts.”

The Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater, and WildEarth Guardians filed their request Monday, October 17, just days before Montana’s statewide big game rifle hunting season opens.  “The science and national attention are turning against the recreational killing of wolves,” Garrity explained.  “Nationally, people are already suggesting boycotting Montana and Idaho’s important tourism industry, which is a top revenue producer for both states.  Newly-released studies are highly critical of the states’ wolf population estimates.  Add in the fact that wolves only accounted for a tiny fraction of livestock losses in Montana, and the wolf hunts are exposed for what they are, which is a politically-driven ruse.”

Idaho has already issued 25,500 wolf hunting permits, and Montana has issued 11,400. “Nearly 37,000 humans armed with high-powered rifles and long-range scopes will now be trying to kill the approximately 1000 wolves remaining in Montana and Idaho,” Garrity added. “Our only option is to seek an immediate halt to what we believe is the illegal killing of wolves, which is an endangered species we’re trying to recover in the Northern Rockies.”

“Not only is the science bogus, we also believe that Congress violated the U.S. Constitution when Senator Jon Tester (D-Montana) used a rider on an unrelated appropriation bill to overturn the Federal Court’s decision that wolves should remain protected by the Endangered Species Act,” Garrity added.  “In the 37-year history of the Endangered Species Act, this is the first time an endangered species has been removed from protection by Congressional fiat.”

Pointing to a strongly-worded decision recently issued by Montana Federal District Judge Donald Molloy, Garrity explained that “although ruling that he was bound by previous decisions by the Ninth Circuit Court, Judge Molloy was very direct in his opinion on the use of non-related riders on appropriation bills such as used by Senator Tester.  Not only did Tester circumvent the Endangered Species Act for pure political expediency, we believe that he also violated the Separation of Powers upon which our government is founded by exempting his rider from judicial review.”

As an example, Garrity offered the following quotes directly from Molloy’s decision:

•    “Inserting environmental policy changes into appropriations bills may be politically expedient, but it transgresses the process envisioned by the Constitution by avoiding the very debate on issues of political importance said to provide legitimacy. Policy changes of questionable political viability, such as occurred here, can be forced using insider tactics without debate by attaching riders to legislation that must be passed.“

•    “Political decisions derive their legitimacy from the proper function of the political process within the constraints of limited government, guided by a constitutional structure that acknowledges the importance of the doctrine of Separation of Powers. That legitimacy is enhanced by a meaningful, predictable, and transparent process.”

•  “If I were not constrained by which I believe is binding precedent from the Ninth Circuit, and on-point precedent from other circuits, I would hold Section 1713 [Tester’s rider] is unconstitutional because it violates the Seperation of Powers doctrine articulated by the Supreme Court in U.S. V. Klein…”

“We’re continuing the battle to stop the wolf killing because Judge Molloy’s ruling fully supports our contention that there is a well-established legal process that applies to every other species — pure political expediency should not be the driving force by which of our nation’s imperiled animals and plants will or will not be protected for future generations,” Garrity explained.

Our appeal on the constitutionality of Tester’s rider will eventually be decided before the Ninth Circuit Court,” Garrity continued.  “But with the killing about to increase exponentially, we’re seeking an immediate halt to the hunts while the Court considers our case.”

The groups charge in their Emergency Motion for Injunction Pending Appeal (attached) that the delisting rider, which was sponsored by Montana’s Democrat U.S. Senator Jon Tester and Idaho’s Republican Representative Mike Simpson, violates the U.S. Constitution because it requires implementation of an agency rule that violates a court decision, but instead of changing the law that the court decision was about, it simply exempts the illegal rule from judicial review.

“While Congress absolutely has the right to make and amend laws, the wolf delisting rider (Section 1713 of the budget law, PL 112-10) does not amend the Endangered Species Act — it circumvents the judicial process  and then, by exempting it from judicial review, it basically nullifies the Constitutional checks and balances between Congress and the Judicial Branch of government.”

“Even Montana’s Department of Livestock acknowledges that problems between wolves and the state’s 2.9 million domestic livestock is a localized and insignificant issue at the state level, with so few livestock affected by wolves, that justification for wolf hunting is completely inadequate, ”  Garrity stated.  In 2009, wolves killed 379 domestic livestock, in 2010, they killed 151, and this year only 79 so far as 2011 draws to a close.  Thus, less than one percent of Montana’s livestock is affected by wolves.

“We are doing all we can to hold back the tide of wolf-killing in Montana, Idaho, and elsewhere in the Northern Rockies,” explained Garrity.  “This ecologically important species is being unfairly targeted out of ignorance and intolerance and now lack a federal shield from being killed.”

“This is not just about the Endangered Species Act or wolves, it’s about the upholding the Constitution.  If Congress can exempt the Tester-Simpson wolf delisting rider from judicial review, it can likewise exempt anything it does.  That not only spells disaster for endangered species, but for our entire form of government.  ###

PLAINTIFFS – APPELLANTS’ EMERGENCY MOTION UNDER
CIRCUIT RULE 27-3(a) FOR INJUNCTION PENDING APPEAL

RELIEF REQUESTED WITHIN 21 DAYS: BEFORE NOVEMBER 7, 2011

CLICK HERE  Read the full Motion for Emergency Injunction

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LA TIMES

Emergency halt to wolf hunts sought in Montana and Idaho

October 17, 2011 | 12:44 pm

Bow-and-arrow hunters already have shot 11 of Montana’s once-threatened wolf population since a controversial wolf hunt started at the beginning of September, while 60 wolves have been killed in neighboring Idaho.

Now, big game rifle-hunting season is about to start, bringing thousands of hunters into the mountains at a time when early snowfall will make wolves much easier to spot and chase. Conservation groups went to court Monday seeking an emergency injunction to block the hunts until a federal appeals court can decide whether they’re legal.

“General rifle season is about to start in Montana, it just started in Idaho. About 37,000 people now have wolf hunting permits, and they’re going to be going with high-powered rifles and long-range scopes after a little more than a thousand wolves,” Michael Garrity, executive director of Alliance for the Wild Rockies, said in an interview.

He said a coalition of groups, including Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians, are asking the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to rule as early as today on an emergency order, pending a hearing next month on claims that the fast-track federal legislation that authorized the hunts is illegal.

“With the snow about to fly … the very survival of Northern Rocky Mountain wolves may be at stake,” Wendy Keefover of WildEarth Guardians said in a statement.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/nationnow/2011/10/wolf-hunt-montana-idaho.html

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Posted in: Action Alerts, Montana Wolves, Idaho Wolves Wolf Wars, Wolf Wars

Tags: Emergency Injunction Ninth Circuit, Conservation groups, wolf hunts, wolf death toll rises

UPDATE: First Wolf Slaughtered by Bow in Montana, Ten Wolves Dead In Idaho Hunt….

UPDATE: September 9/7/11

IDFG changed dead wolf numbers from eleven to ten???

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Well here’s the grim news. Montana FWP is now saying one wolf was killed by a bow-hunter on Sunday, instead of two wolves as had been reported. It’s all just sickening and depressing. Meanwhile over in Idaho,  the death toll for wolves now stands at ten and counting.  How much more carnage before America wakes up and speaks out??

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Archery season’s first wolf killed Sunday

Posted: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 12:15 am | Updated: 6:29 pm, Tue Sep 6, 2011.

CARLY FLANDRO, Chronicle Staff Writer |

Montana’s archery season for wolves opened Saturday, and the following day, the first wolf was killed.

Ron Aasheim, spokesman for Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, said the wolf, a male, was harvested in Stillwater County.

The kill marks the first in the state’s 2011 wolf hunt, which is only the second of its kind to take place. The first occurred in 2009, and both hunts have been surrounded by debate over how many wolves should be killed and whether they should be hunted at all.

This season, hunters are allowed to kill 220 wolves — nearly triple the 2009 quota of 75.

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/environment/article_c2a7d888-d8e7-11e0-9ca7-001cc4c03286.html

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Posted in: Wolf Wars, Montana wolf hunt, Idaho wolf hunt

Tags: wolf hunts, wolves suffering, bow hunting cruelty

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George Wuerthner Slams Wolf Hunts As Morally Corrupt…

September 1, 2011

George hit this one out of the park. He articulates everything about the wolf hunts that is vile and offensive. He shoots down the ridiculous reasons given for “managing/killing wolves”, specifically the two biggest lies, that wolves are destroying game herds and wolves impact ranching in any significant way.

How many times does it have to be repeated that elk are doing just fine in all the wolf states?  Our wild places are being managed like giant game farms, keeping ungulate numbers high and predator numbers low, in a misguided effort to accommodate  hunters, while ignoring the science which supports the positive influence apex predators have on ecosystem health.

2011 RMEF Elk Hunting Forecast

Wyoming: 120,000

Idaho: 103,000

Montana 150,000

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2010 RMEF Elk Hunting Forecast

Wyoming: 120,000

Montana: 150,000

Idaho: 101, 000

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2009 RMEF Elk Hunting Forecast

Wyoming: 105, 000

Montana 150,000

Idaho: 107, 000

Does that look like elk are struggling or declining in the Northern Rockies? NO!! And who is speaking out for wildlife watchers? Where is the balance? What is fair about reducing Idaho wolf numbers to 150 animals, while accommodating 103,000 elk?

The other rap against wolves is livestock losses. Well I suggest you read the USFWS annual report, which includes wolf predation numbers. Cattle and sheep losses to wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming are so small it’s almost laughable to say wolves are impacting ranching in any significant way, yet ranchers are treated like victims. They have a destructive agency called Animal Damage Control (WS), at their disposal. The worst idea ever was to pay ranchers for livestock losses to wolves.  Do they get paid for losses to other predators,  lightening, reproductive issues or disease?  Absolutely not. And why should they? It’s their business and their risk.

Please share George’s article with everyone you know.  It should be required reading, especially for the wolf hating crowd.

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Wolf Hunts Morally Corrupt

By George Wuerthner, 8-31-11

The resumption of wolf-hunts in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming illustrates why citizens must continue to oppose such unnecessary and senseless slaughters.

The wolf-hunts are predicated upon morally corrupt and inaccurate assumptions about wolf behavior and impacts that is not supported by recent scientific research.  State wildlife agencies pander to the lowest common denominator in the hunting community—men who need to booster their own self esteem and release misdirected anger by killing.

Wolf-hunts, as Montana Fish and Game Commission Chairman Bob Ream noted at a public hearing, are in part to relieve hunters’ frustrations—frustration based on inaccurate information, flawed assumptions, and just plain old myths and fears about predators and their role in the world.

Maybe relieving hunter frustration is a good enough justification for wolf-hunts to many people. However, in my view permitting hunts to go forwards without even registering opposition is to acquiesce to ignorance, hatred, and the worse in human motivations. Thankfully a few environmental groups, most notably the Center for Biological Diversity, Wildearth Guardians, Alliance for Wild Rockies and Western Watersheds had the courage and gumption to stand up to ignorance and hatred.

Read More: http://gwuerthner.blogspot.com/2011/09/wolf-hunts-morally-corrupt.html

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Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: George Wuerthner, Wolf Hunts, Idaho, Montana, wolf persecution, Wyoming, morally corrupt wolf hunts, Wuerthner Environment

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And We Wait…

This blog will be two years old next month. In two years,  wolves have been delisted, hunted, relisted, delisted and face brutal hunts once again. They’ve been loved, hated, worshiped and vilified.  I’ve written of their incredible beauty, their value to our ecosystem, their loving nature, their devotion to family, their restless spirits, their renowned endurance. I’ve written memorials to their name, lingering long into the night and early morning.  And yet here we stand perched on the precipice once again.  I allow my mind to wander and it takes me to a place I don’t want to go. To the brutal slaughter that awaits the gray wolf.  Only the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals can stop this now.

I look back and remember the elation we all felt when Judge Molloy relisted wolves in the Northern Rockies. It was a blissful day. A long-awaited day.  But evil wouldn’t rest. It picked itself up and went to work.  It went to work for the ranchers who want a predator free landscape.

“Today, ranchers have 26,000 permits to graze millions of livestock on pasture managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service. They pay $1.35 per head of cattle per month — a price set by cattle prices, livestock production costs and, ostensibly, private grazing lease rates. But since 1980 that amount has decreased 40 percent to its statutory minimum, and it is typically one-10th of grazing fees on private property and state lands.

Taxpayers Foot Bill

The U.S. spends about $135 million per year managing public-lands grazing, according to the Government Accountability Office, but collects only $21 million in fees. Taxpayers also foot the bill for the Agriculture Department’s predator control program, whose hunters killed 81,684 coyotes and 478 wolves in 2009.

It went to work for the hunting lobbies and their buddies in Congress, who helped push though a death sentence for wolves in the Northern Rockies via budget rider.

And now we wait. Wait for the Ninth Circuit. Wait for a reprieve for wolves. Will their howls be silenced once again in the Northern Rockies, sacrificed on the altar of hate and ignorance?  History repeating itself.

Video: Courtesy WildEarth Guardians YouTube

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Biodiversity

Tags: WildEarth Guardians, gray wolf, wolf persecution, ignorance, wolf hate groups, delisting, wolf hunts, animal cruelty

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