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“Howl”aday Gift Guide

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It’s the time of the year where everyone is scrabbling to find last minute gifts for all of their loved ones.  What a better gift to give than supporting the cause to keep wolves here for generations to come!  Below … Continue reading

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New Commentary about Wolves and Ranchers

Here is an article that appeared in the Idaho Mountain Express that expresses concern with the fact that ranchers are quick to point their finger at the wolves as the source of all of their problems. Wolves aren’t the problem … Continue reading

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Protect Wyoming Wolves!

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Here is a petition started by Earthjustice to help voice our opinions about the injustice taking place right now in Wyoming where grey wolves are about to be taken off the endangered species list.  Please help them out! https://secure.earthjustice.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=1217

New Video of Wolve Pups

Here is a video found by Wolf Watchers.  The Videographer, Brad Josephs, also has a lot of other great videos that you can watch after you finish this 9 minute clip.  Enjoy!

Win for Wolves in Oregon!

Here is an article from OregonWild.org on a recent court ruling that upheld the ban on killing two Oregon Wolves.  This is a great win for wolves in Oregon!

“Salem, ORE Nov 15, 2011 SALEM, Ore.— Kill orders will remain on hold for two endangered gray wolves in Oregon after a decision today by the Oregon Court of Appeals. The court appeals panel reaffirmed an earlier court order prohibiting the killing of two members of the Imnaha pack by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, pending the final outcome of the court’s review of the state’s wildlife laws. Three conservation groups, Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity and Oregon Wild, had petitioned for review of the wolf-killing rule.

“This is a huge victory for the vast majority of Oregonians who believe that wolves and people can peacefully coexist in this state,” said Josh Laughlin, campaign director for Cascadia Wildlands. “Increased human tolerance of gray wolves will be a defining factor in the recovery of the species in Oregon.”

Today’s ruling extends a temporary ban on killing put in place on Oct. 5. Department of Fish and Wildlife officials revealed last month they were trying to kill members of eastern Oregon’s Imnaha pack; in fact, unsuccessful shots were taken at the wolves the day before the ban was put into effect.

The wolves targeted for killing included the alpha male and a yearling wolf of the Imnaha pack, the state’s first pack in nearly 65 years and one of only four statewide. The pack is the first to raise pups in Oregon since the animals began their fragile recovery in the state more than a decade ago. Earlier this spring, just hours after wolf management was handed back to the state, Oregon wildlife officials killed two wolves from the pack, which had been blamed for several livestock depredations. The kill order was issued at the request of the livestock industry. Had two more wolves been killed as planned this fall, the Imnaha pack would have been reduced to the alpha female and her young pup, who would likely have been unable to survive the winter alone.

The latest legal challenge argued that by allowing the purposeful killing of a critically endangered species and putting the species’ recovery at risk, the state’s wolf-management plan is inconsistent with the Oregon Endangered Species Act, which specifically prohibits such action. The Oregon Court of Appeals has not yet set a date for ruling on the legality of killing endangered wolves. Today’s announcement, however, is an indication that the conservation groups’ legal stance has merit. The Oregon Cattlemen’s Association, which has opposed the state’s compromise wolf-management plan since its inception, intervened in the case and is defending the state’s ability to kill endangered wolves. The action follows recent efforts by the industry group to weaken the wolf plan and other wildlife protections through the legislature and with the state wildlife commission.

“Killing wolves is a senseless and brutal act that does little to nothing to save livestock,” said Noah Greenwald, endangered species director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “There are much better nonlethal options, including fencing, guard dogs and removing the carcasses that attract wolves in the first place. Shooting down these animals is wrong, and it doesn’t solve the problem.”

Oregon is home to just 23 confirmed wolves and more than 1.3 million cattle. Last year, more than 55,000 cows were lost to causes from weather, disease and (human) thieves. In the rare instances (fewer than 20 this year) where livestock are lost to wolves, ranchers are reimbursed at fair market value by Oregon taxpayers. Some have questioned whether the state’s compensation and killing programs provide a perverse incentive for anti-wolf livestock operators not to take effective measures to protect their livestock.

“It’s outrageous for the livestock industry to demand a dead wolf and a check from taxpayers every time a cow goes missing,” said Rob Klavins, wildlife advocate with Oregon Wild. “Oregonians value native wildlife, and it was disappointing to see the state wasting taxpayer money defending killing an endangered species before a judge even told them whether or not it was legal.” 

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Hitting 200 this Week

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It looks like by the end of the week we will be at 200+ wolves killed in Montana and Idaho this year.  Trapping season starts tomorrow in Idaho so I can only imagine the numbers will start to rise faster … Continue reading

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Wolves in the Rockies: Another Unique View from a Hunter

The following is an article written by T.R. Michels and published in the Star Tribune.  He explains his view on wolves and their role in the ecosystem of Yellowstone and the Rockies.  It’s always interesting to me to read about … Continue reading