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A gray wolf was killed on private land in Wallowa County by a controversial cyanide device used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, wildlife officials confirmed Thursday.
The male, 100-pound wolf was a member of the Shamrock Pack in northeast Oregon and believed to be less than 2 years old. Officials had just placed a tracking collar on the animal Feb. 10. The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife and the USDA acknowledged Sunday’s…
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Endangered wolves are being slaughtered in Finland because hunters feel threatened by them. This is ridiculous and must be opposed. Wolves are majestic and social animals that must be protected, not massacred.
Prayer of the Wolf
Great spirit watch over me
Through the darkness of the night
As I go to quell my hunger
Guide me with the moon’s light
I know that I am hated
By Man deep within his mind
But this world is one of the predator
That is how it was designed
I ask only to be left in peace
So that I may live from day to day
And for room to raise my family
So they may run and feed and play
And when I answer that final lonesome howl
As my ancestors who have gone on before
I hope that I will meet them
At heavens very door
I pray that will be the place
Where man can live at our side
Where the valleys are deep, mountains are high
and the spaces are forever wide
That then he may finally see
That I am his brother and not his foe
for only through losing hatred
May our spirits ever grow
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Wolves are listed as “critically endangered” on the 2015 Norwegian list of endangered animals, yet Norway is planning to cull more than two-thirds of its remaining wolves — a move that will be disastrous for the dwindling members of the species in the wild. Under controversial plans approved last Friday as many as 47 wolves will be shot, from an estimated population of about 68 wolves which remain in the wilderness areas of Norway. The government has justified this year’s planned cull on the basis of harm done to sheep flocks by the predators. The number of wolves the government plans to kill this year is greater than in any year since 1911.
Last year more than 11,000 hunters applied for licences to shoot 16 wolves, a ratio of more than 700 applicants to each licence.
Parliament allows the regional predator committees to have the power to adopt quotas…
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For Immediate Release, October 14, 2016
Contact: Amaroq Weiss, (707) 779-9613, firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTLAND, Ore.— The Center for Biological Diversity today added $10,000 to the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for shooting and killing an endangered wolf earlier this month in south-central Oregon. The wolf — a female known as OR-28, who recently had a pup — was found dead Oct. 6.
OR-28 courtesy Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is also offering a $5,000 reward in the case.
“The illegal killing of wolf OR-28 is heartbreaking. She was a pioneering animal, one of the first wolves to make the journey from northeastern to western Oregon,” said Amaroq Weiss, the Center’s West Coast wolf organizer. “OR-28 was also a first-time mother, who leaves behind her mate and single pup to fend for themselves. This was a cowardly crime. I hope…
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Washington wildlife managers say they are continuing to search for the surviving members of the Profanity Peak pack in the Colville National Forest, a hunt now on its eighth week.
Meanwhile, wolves in another northeastern Washington pack last week killed a calf, and a wolf was legally harvested on the Spokane Tribe of Indians reservation, according to the state Department of Fish and Wildlife.
WDFW’s plan to lethally remove the Profanity Peak pack has outraged some environmental and animal-rights groups, overshadowing other wolf activities in Washington this summer.
WDFW began hunting for the Profanity Peak pack on Aug. 4. The department has reported shooting five adults and one pup, though none since Aug. 22.
Two adults and up to four pups remain, according to WDFW. The department says it intends to eliminate the rest of the pack, but the pack is in rugged timberlands and finding the surviving wolves will be challenging.
WDFW has confirmed that the pack has killed or injured eight cattle and probably is responsible for five more attacks on livestock this summer.
WDFW’s policy calls for the state to use lethal control after four confirmed depredations, provided ranchers had taken steps to prevent conflicts between wolves and livestock.
WDFW investigators confirmed Sept. 21 that wolves in the Smackout pack, whose territory straddles Stevens and Pend Oreille counties, killed a calf, the department’s wolf policy coordinator, Donny Martorello, said in an email.
The depredation was the first confirmed attack by the pack this year. The pack fatally injured a calf in October 2015, according to WDFW records.
Also Sept. 21, the Spokane Tribe of Indians reported a wolf had been harvested on the reservation. The tribe also reported in July that a wolf had been harvested.
The tribe allows enrolled members to hunt wolves within the 159,000-acre reservation, with an annual limit of six wolves.
The Spokane tribe reported in 2015 harvesting three wolves in the Huckleberry pack, the only legal shooting of wolves in the state last year, according to WDFW.
Hunting wolves is not allowed in Washington except on tribal lands.
WDFW enlisted the USDA’s Wildlife Services to shoot one wolf from the Huckleberry pack in 2014. The pack was preying on sheep.
Since then, a federal judge has barred Wildlife Services from assisting WDFW with lethal removal, unless the federal agency conducts a more thorough review of the environmental impacts of removing wolves.
Wolves are not federally protected in the eastern one-third of Washington, where attacks on livestock are occurring, but are on the state’s protected species list.
Washington, D.C. – A just-concluded oversight hearing on federal management of wolves turned into an afternoon storytelling forum as Republican lawmakers and their invited witnesses repeated the same debunked claims they often share about wolves, which are protected under the Endangered Species Act.
“They keep telling the same stories, reality and the scientific community keep proving those stories false, and then we hold another hearing where it happens again,” said Ranking Member Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.). “Today’s hearing, just like the last hearing and the one before that, was about getting rid of as many wolves as possible, not about better management. Every day brings us closer to the end of this Congress, and every day the majority repeats the same old debunked claims that no one outside the Republican bubble takes seriously.”
Hearing “highlights” include:
Rep. Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) (to a witness): “I unfortunately have to contradict my colleague from Michigan, Ms. Dingell, in that in your opening statement you mentioned that hunting in Michigan had not suffered under the wolf. That’s not really the case in my district; there has been a dramatic drop in the deer population.”
FACT: Michigan Tech Professor Dr. John Vucetich promptly dismissed this claim: “It hasn’t been demonstrated that wolves are impacting deer on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.” In fact, cold winter temperatures are the main reason for deer declines on the Upper Peninsula. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the large deer herd has begun to have a significant impact on its own habitat and the habitats of other animals.
Gordon Meyers, Director, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission: “The hypothesis that red wolves can become self-sustaining, particularly within landscapes that include coyotes, has been disproven.”
FACT: FWS documents show that as recently as 2010, the red wolf population in North Carolina had grown to as many as 130 individuals. Wolf expert Dr. John Vucetich testified that the FWS adaptive management program for red wolves that includes efforts to reduce hybridization between red wolves and coyotes “appears to have been effective in maintaining and growing the red wolf population.”
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.): “There are significant findings that indicate maybe there’s not a pure strain [of Mexican gray wolf] at all.”
FACT: By definition, according to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Mexican gray wolf is the “most genetically distinct subspecies of gray wolf in North America”.
Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.): “I represent the very Northern part of California where wolves are being introduced or pushed into the state now…[people] have to put their kids in a cage at the bus stop in order for them to be protected [from wolves] when the bus comes”
FACT: As stated on the front page of California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife website: “The State of California is not reintroducing wolves.” Additionally, wolves pose little direct risk to humans. According to Dr. Daniel MacNulty, a wildlife-ecology professor at Utah State University, “[c]ages are unnecessary because wolves aren’t going to be attacking children at the bus stop… I think the ‘kid cages’ are a publicity stunt designed to stoke opposition to Mexican wolf recovery in general and to the federal government in particular.”
Alexandra Sandoval, Director, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish: “The 2015 Rule [governing Mexican wolf recovery] was not a product of cooperation but rather an example of federal imposition.”
FACT: The 2015 Rule, which extended the boundary of the experimental population area, was based on recommendations from the Mexican Wolf Adaptive Management Oversight Committee and Interagency Field Team 2005 report – with participants from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. This Department, the New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and multiple New Mexico counties have been cooperating agencies in more recent work, such as the Environmental Impact Statement that led to the 2015 Rule.
Thomas Paterson, Owner of Spur Ranch Cattle Co.: “I’ve asked about wolf tourism. The response I’ve received is that the notion is a farce.”
FACT: A 2006 study estimated the economic impacts of wolf-related tourism around Yellowstone National Park alone (a place with a stable gray wolf population) at $35.5 million annually.
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A pack of 11 endangered gray wolves is slated for execution because the animals have been preying on local livestock. Denounce this barbaric plan and demand that a more humane solution be found.
The Mexican gray wolf has been wiped from its natural habitat of the Chihuanuan Desert of West Texas. This injustice is in part due to human intervention, and it is our duty to restore this species. Demand that Texas officials begin the restoration of the Mexican gray wolf to its rightful home.
The Himalayan woolly wolf is facing extinction in Nepal. Local ranchers are killing the wolf, which they see as a threat to their livestock. We must protect this rare and exotic species before it is gone forever.
Wolf hunters will be allowed to use dogs to track, chase and kill wolves, if the hunting and gun lobbies have their way. Polar bears, endangered birds and countless other exotic animals will also lose federal protections. Demand the Senate reject this extreme anti-wildlife and anti-environmental legislation.