18 May 2009, 12:13pm
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Idaho Wildlife Services FY 2008 Wolf Activity Report

The entire report is [here]. Some excerpts:

Results: Brief summaries that pertain to those investigations which resulted in a finding of confirmed or probable wolf damage are available on request from the ID WS State Office.

Investigations Summary: WS conducted 186 depredation investigations related to wolf complaints in FY 2008 (as compared to 133 in 2007, an increase of almost 40%). Of those 186 investigations, 129 (~69%) involved confirmed depredations, 34 (~18%) involved probable depredations, 14 (~8%) were possible/unknown wolf depredations and 9 (~5%) of the complaints were due to causes other than wolves.

- Based on Idaho WS investigations, the minimum number of confirmed and probable livestock depredations due to wolves in FY 2008 was:

a. Confirmed:

- 74 calves (killed), 7 calves (injured) (as compared to 41 calves killed, and 8 calves injured in FY 2007)

- 11 cows (killed) (as compared to 10 cows killed and 2 cows injured in FY 2007)

- 225 sheep (killed), (as compared to 219 sheep killed and 41 sheep injured in FY 2007) (note: 12 of the 225 sheep confirmed killed were from one depredation incident that occurred just across the state line in Lincoln County, Wyoming)

- 13 dogs (killed), 8 dogs (injured) (as compared to 6 dogs killed and 4 injured in FY 2007)

b. Probable:

- 23 calves (killed), 1 calf (injured) (as compared to 20 calves killed and 1 calf injured in FY 2007)

- 4 cows (killed) (as compared to 3 cows killed in FY 2007)

- 63 sheep (killed), 3 sheep (injured) (as compared to 14 sheep killed and 148 sheep missing and presumed dead and 1 injured in FY 2007). (note: 13 of the sheep listed as probable wolf kills were involved in the depredation in Wyoming that is listed above).

- 1 dog (killed), 2 dogs (injured) (as compared to 5 dogs (killed) in FY 2007).

18 May 2009, 11:39am
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The Hailey Wolf Rally

by Tony Mayer, SaveElk.com

I would estimate 300-350 in attendance and the parking lot was full of cars. The meeting started at 6:00 pm and the caretakers had to turn out the lights at 11:00 pm –- there simply was not enough time for everyone who filled out a comment card to be heard. A lot of passion rose about this issue, with 99.9 % of the residents saying something must be done right away to control and remove the wolves.

Idaho Fish and Game Director Cal Groen indicated that the IDFG is keenly aware of the urgency of this wolf issue. He said his department is capable of managing wolves just as they do all other game species. Along with Cal, there were other speakers including myself who commented (representatives from pro-wolf groups like Defenders of Wildlife (DoW) and the Sierra Club declined to speak).

All the speakers commented on how this wolf introduction program has turned into a major debacle, and how unmanaged wolves are systematically destroying and eradicating our states ungulate and other wildlife. There was much public comment — all of it was decidedly anti-wolf, “get them out of here” rhetoric voiced by everyone. There was comment after comment about people and livestock being harassed, threatened and attacked, and individuals witnessing elk being sport killed and slaughtered by wolves.

What’s surprising about these decidedly anti-wolf testimonials is that they were made by residents presumably right in the heart of the pro-wolf territory. I fully expected that pro-wolf advocates would amass a major group of supporting their position, but they did not.

Wayne Willich, the Mayor of Sun Valley spoke, and he was quite impassioned and expressed his grave concerns about wolves and the way the wolf population has gotten totally out of hand in the Valley.

Willich stood before the crowd pointing his finger at the pro-wolvers and occasionally at Cal Groen and other IDFG personnel in attendance. He said that he came to the valley about 10 years ago from back East and at that time he was decidedly for animal rights, and was opposed to hunting and the killing animals. He since has changed and understands and appreciates the values of most Idahoans. He’s gotten a concealed weapons permit and now enjoys shooting and fishing, along with his many other outdoor pastimes. He says the Valley’s way of life is being threatened “to the core” by these wolves. He believes that this wolf situation has gotten entirely out of hand and something has to be done immediately. He believes the wolves have caused the natural order of things to turn “upside down”. Elk are being chased through the streets of town with wolves killing them within yards of buildings. He doesn’t feel safe in his own home as wolves often wander through his yard and he recently had a mountain line slaughtered by wolves within 100 yards from his home. That just isn’t right. Residents and visitors are afraid. Do they dare venture out from their safe surroundings? He is very concerned that someone is destined get attacked by a wolf as they become increasingly human habituated.

This habituation threatens visitors who come to Sun Valley from all over the country for its outdoor recreational opportunities. Visitors come to the resort to mountain bike, hike, ski, fish, etc, and if someone is attacked as he is sure will happen, it’s going to be a major economic blow to the area. Willich believes it will be an immediate $100 million economic hit. He said he had been authorized to speak on behalf of the Sun Valley Company and they too see this urgency and are demanding that something be done. They believe a single wolf attack will cost them millions and will result in visitors going elsewhere. They have too much invested to sit back and to let this happen. Willich said as mayor he is charged with the responsibility to look out for the local resident’s businesses and interests, and for the health and safety of all residents and visitors. He believes all affected parties are prepared to sue in the unfortunate event that someone in the Valley is attacked or killed by a wolf.

Individual after individual got up and passionately told their horror stories and voiced their concerns about wolves. A few challenged the press to accurately report this rally and the sentiments of the residents. There was some press attending and we will see if they dare go against the PC establishment and accurately report the rally.

There is no doubt that most residents from the Hailey area are absolutely feed up with this wolf debacle and are at their wits end. I believe that this issue is far from over, as everyone I talked with is dedicated to keep up this fight until something positive is done, even if it means taking directly to the Governor.

16 Apr 2009, 11:37am
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Wolves in Oregon

Wolves have been mass slaughtering lambs in NE Oregon. Since Tuesday 23 lambs have been wolf-killed in Keating Valley near Baker City.

Sheep ranching is a legal business, well-respected, and productive of food and clothing.

However, to radical pro-wolf crazies such as the U.S. Congress (motto: We’re All Barking Idiots) the very thought of another human being enjoying a successful business, garnering respect, and providing necessities is anathema. Therefore, the radical crazies such as the U.S. Congress (motto: We Vant to Kill Amerika) are totally jazzed that their blood-thirsty wolfies are slaughtering lambs in Oregon. After all, it was radical crazies such as the U.S. Congress (motto: Burn Baby Burn) that dumped the wolves there in the first place.

There will be no elimination of the wolves. They are a “protected” species because barking lunatics such as the U.S. Congress (motto: Death to Human Amerika) declared the common wolf, wolf-dog, and wolf-ote to be “at risk” of extinction, a total lie, a Big Lie, and a sick, sick perversion of the actual truth.

The sheep ranchers are just sh*t out of luck because the radical crazies that have usurped self-government in this country have promulgated oppressive laws that give killer foreign hybrid wolves more rights than human U.S. citizens.

From the Baker City Herald:

Photos confirm wolves killed Keating lambs

by ED MERRIMAN, Baker City Herald, April 15, 2009 [here]

A motion-sensing camera photographed a pair of wolves before daylight Monday at the Jacobs ranch in Keating Valley, where 23 lambs have been killed since Thursday.

“This is the first confirmed depredation of livestock by wolves in Oregon” since the predators, which were extirpated from the state about 1946, returned in 1999, said Russ Morgan, wolf coordinator with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. …

His goal now is to trap the wolves so he can fit them with radio-transmitting collars, which would allow ODFW to monitor their movements and alert Curt and Annie Jacobs if the wolves return to the ranch. …

Morgan said that if biologists trap any wolves, they will release the animals nearby, rather than taking the wolves to Idaho.

So there you go. No protection whatsoever for the humans, but $millions are being spent by radical crazy government functionaries to coddle the blood-thirsty killer wolves.

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2 Apr 2009, 7:12pm
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Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves Delisted, Again

It has been a rocky road for the Rocky Mountain wolves. Today the “Distinct Population Segment” (DPS) of Northern Rocky Mountain (NRM) wolves was removed (again) from the Endangered Species list, with the exception of Wyoming wolves.

The NRM Wolf Delisting Rule was filed in the National Register this morning, April 2, 2009. The rule becomes effective May 04, 2009 (unless there is a lawsuit, and that has been virtually guaranteed [here]).

The Fed Register statement is [here]. It is 56 pages long (pp 15123 to 15188). The USFWS had a lot to say about this delisting. We are still studying the statement (we find it interesting, which says something about us as well as the USFWS). Be that as it may, the nitty gritty reads:

In conclusion, based on the best scientific and commercial data available, we recognize a DPS of the gray wolf (C. lupus) in the NRM. The NRM gray wolf DPS encompasses the eastern one-third of Washington and Oregon, a small part of north-central Utah, and all of Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Recent estimates indicate the NRM DPS contains approximately 5 times more wolves than the minimum population recovery goal requires and about 3 times more wolves than the breeding pair recovery goal requires. The end of 2008 will mark the ninth consecutive year the population has exceeded our numeric and distributional recovery goals.

The States of Montana and Idaho have adopted State laws, management plans, and regulations that meet the requirements of the Act and will conserve a recovered wolf population into the foreseeable future. However, wolf populations in Wyoming continue to face high magnitude of threats that would materialize imminently in the absence of the Act’s protections because of a lack of effective regulatory mechanisms in the State.

We determine that the best scientific and commercial data available demonstrates that

(1) the NRM DPS is not threatened or endangered throughout “all” of its range (i.e., not threatened or endangered throughout all of the DPS); and

(2) the Wyoming portion of the range represents a significant portion of range where the species remains in danger of extinction because of inadequate regulatory mechanisms. Thus, this final rule removes the Act’s protections throughout the NRM DPS except for Wyoming.

Wolves in Wyoming will continue to be regulated as a nonessential, experimental population per 50 CFR 17.84 (i) and (n).

Our emphasis. We will have more to say about all this after we finish reading and digesting the 55-page statement. Your comments and analysis are invited, as usual.

25 Mar 2009, 9:53am
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Wolf Wars Appear Eminent

by Tom Remington, Black Bear Blog, March 25, 2009 [here]

Selected excerpts:

Speaking of gray wolves in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming only, it now appears that wolf wars may be on the horizon. Sportsmen, ranchers, individuals, legislators and other rational thinking people are coming to the end of their ropes on this wolf issue. One item may have temporarily stemmed the tide — Obama’s announcement to proceed with removing federal protection of the wolf. How long will this put off the inevitable?

This means very little to most in the Northern Rockies who have been lied to in the past, promises made and promises reneged on. And now in some areas, sportsmen sit helplessly by as years of money and effort are being flushed down the drain as an unmanaged and out of control wolf pack destroys deer and elk herds.

Momentum seemed to be building for some. Montana Shooting Sports Association had proposed SB 183, the Montana Wolf Recovery Act, in hopes of forcing the federal government to get out of the state and pay for the damages it has created through wolf reintroduction and protection. Yesterday, that bill failed on second reading in the Montana Senate.

Idaho is planning a similar bill and with the failure of the Montana bill, we now have to wonder how this will affect Idaho’s chances. Some believe that what killed the Montana bill was the announcement of the Obama administration to go ahead with wolf delisting, a move I believe was completely political in order to accomplish just what is now happening — avoid legislative embarrassment by the many states, something this administration seems prone to.

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25 Mar 2009, 12:27am
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Montana Wolf Recovery Act Defeated

Gary Marbut of the Montana Shooting Sports Association [here] reports that the proposed Montana Wolf Recovery Act, SB 183, failed on the Senate floor on Second Reading by a vote of 23-27.

We posted about SB 183 [here and here]. Had it passed, it would have:

- Declared Montana authority for wildlife management and challenged federal authority to force wolves on Montana;

- Removed Montana from cooperation with the feds by voiding the cooperative management agreement between Montana and the feds and voiding the fed-driven Montana Wolf Management Plan;

- Declared that federal wolves are not in compliance with Montana wolf policy;

- Established benchmarks that the feds must meet to bring federal wolves into compliance with Montana wolf policy; and

- Established consequences for any period that federal wolves are not in compliance with Montana wolf policy.

18 Mar 2009, 5:25pm
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Laura Schneberger On Ranching With Wolves

My friend and admin of Wolf Crossing, Laura Schneberger, spoke at the Society for Range Management, New Mexico Section, annual meeting in Albuquerque last month. Various scientific presentations were also given, but Laura’s talk was the highlight of the event and made the papers.

Reporter David Bowser of Livestock Weekly wrote an in-depth article about Laura’s speech, and we post it in full below. Livestock Weekly has a website [here], but some features, including this one, are for members only. We were given permission to post it by Wolf Crossing [here].

Failures Of Feds’ Wolf Program Outlined At Range Society Meet

By David Bowser, Livestock Weekly, Mar 10th, 2009 [here]

ALBUQUERQUE — Laura Schneberger says the Mexican Gray Wolf Recovery Program is not a program that she or her neighbors asked for.

“It’s a government-sponsored program that nobody in the community wanted,” Schneberger says. “Nobody in the community surrounding the whole region wanted it.”

Speaking at the Society for Range Management annual meeting here, she said the people in the area are being made scapegoats for the failures in the program.

Schneberger is a fifth generation rancher. She and her husband own the Rafter Spear Ranch near Winston, N.M.

“I’ve got three children,” Schneberger said.

She has a grown daughter who’s married, a 20 year-old daughter and a 10 year-old son at home.

“We’ve been dealing with this wolf program probably since 1996 when the EIS (Environmental Impact Study) was first begun,” Schneberger said. “We’ve lived in the region of the Mexican wolf program the entire time. Both of our daughters grew up with Mexican wolves out and around the house, and our son was born about the time they did the first releases.”

She said her perspective on the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program is different than that of researchers studying the wolf and its habitat.

“It’s not about just the economic end of it when you have Mexican wolves in your cattle,” Schneberger said. “In the Gila, where I run the local grazing association, the ranches are a lot smaller than they are in Idaho, Montana and even Wyoming.”

The grazing association has about 150 members.

“There are some people who run 50 or 60 head of livestock,” Schneberger said. “That’s what they make a majority of their living on and then, of course, they work outside or do something else to make a living, like build saddles or guide elk hunters.”

The largest ranch in the area, she said, has about 300 to 400 head of cattle.

“The Adobe Ranch and the Slash Ranch put together are probably the very biggest,” Schneberger said. “They’re on the northern end of the Gila, and they’re significant ranges.”

Some research has been conducted concerning the Mexican wolves on those ranches.

Schneberger said it can be devastating to have a wolf pack on a ranch.

“Especially wolf packs that are being managed the way that these are being managed,” she said. “You don’t sleep at night when you know that you’ve got wolves on you and that they’ve started killing. You wake up every time some noise happens outside. Your kids have nightmares. You have nightmares. You can’t sleep. The kids can’t play outside. It can be a real mess.”

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Conservation Groups to Sue Over Wolf Delisting

Earthjustice Press Release, 2009-03-09 [here]

… Conservation groups, represented by Earthjustice, will send the Fish and Wildlife Service a notice that the delisting violates the Endangered Species Act when the government formally submits the rule to the Federal Register, presumably next week. If the agency does not reconsider the delisting rule, the conservation groups will again ask a federal court to reinstate federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the northern Rockies until wolf numbers are stronger and the states pledge to responsibly manage wolves.

Earthjustice represented Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, The Humane Society of the United States, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands Project, Western Watersheds Project, Wildlands Project, and Hells Canyon Preservation Council in the earlier suit.

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9 Mar 2009, 5:40pm
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Montana’s Wolf Recovery Act: An Exercise In We The People

by Tom Remington, Black Bear Blog, March 9, 2009 [here]

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I’m sure the majority of Americans know absolutely nothing of Montana Senate Bill 183, the Short Title being, “Montana Wolf Recovery Act”. As I understand the proceedings, the bill is up for second reading in Committee as small items get tweaked.

The Montana Wolf Recovery Act may be a preview of more of what is to come in this country as more and more people are becoming completely fed up with the shenanigans that go on in Washington and the takeover of environmentalism. Just today I posted a YouTube video of a reporter in the U.S. Senate building asking Senator Charlie Rangel to explain his current tax cheating, among other things. His response, “Why don’t you might your own god damn business!” It’s this sort of tyranny that is beginning to get to the people. It’s supposed to be “We the people” not mind your own god damn business.

SB 183, if passed as currently written, is a very tough action and I hope that when the lawmakers of that great state debate this bill, they will remain tough and stick to their demands no matter how far it must go. …

SB 183 will declare Montana a sovereign entity and that the United States government has not dealt in good faith with the state concerning the introduction of gray wolves. It has broken nearly every promise ever made and now with a wolf population that far exceeds any number the government promised, Montana is suffering in several ways.

This bill claims that the United States government lacks any legal authority to force wolves upon its people while at the same time forcing protection of wolves resulting in public safety concerns, property losses, economic hardships and loss of hunting opportunities. The presence of the wolf in Montana has put a financial drain on the state in many ways. …

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7 Mar 2009, 12:56pm
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A Ride To Avoid

by John L. Runft

Enacting a “delisted” wolf management plan under the direction of the USFWS is another ride that Idaho should avoid. The appeals will roll on, so will the delay. There will be the “bevy of the incredulous” who will always say we should again wait. When do the incredulous become suckers? Idaho must act now to extract itself from this federally created disaster.

In so doing, one must ask the hard question: What is delisting? What really changes under “delisting”? Why does the federal government want to turn this mess over to the states? Is there any doubt that it is a mess? The feds have not “controlled” the wolves. The number of wolves has increased approximately 10 fold beyond the original delisting goal, and they continue to increase and expand as the elk herds go into free fall. The feds have done nothing but monitor –- not control –- the wolves. Any program to truly manage and control the wolves at this stage without the use of poison will be very expensive and most likely not successful. (The Idaho Fish and Game dithers, tries to limit hunting while requesting the construction of a new building headquarters in Boise.)

The fecundity of wolves renders hunting an inadequate tool and the enviros know this. Hunting could wipe out 30% of the wolves every year, and those numbers would be easily replaced by the next crop of pups. The expense of exterminating a meaningful number of wolves without poison would be very costly, especially given Idaho’s terrain. What kind of political outcry would attend the extermination of, say, 500 wolves? Why should Idaho pay for this cost and take the blame; not only from the wolf advocates for the slaughtering of wolves, but also from Idaho citizens for failing to be able to control the numbers and the immense cost?

“Delistng” is nothing but a label attached to a federal program to shift the federally created problem to the states, get the states to foot the bill of trying to overcome a federal disaster AND to incur the blame for the consequences. Is there really any doubt but that federal funding will dry up, and that the states will end up footing the bill? Is there any doubt about the huge expense that will be involved in trying to control the wolves under the federally mandated limitations and bureaucratic conditions?

So what is wrong about telling the federal government to spend its own money and incur the blame for its own malfeasance? What is wrong with telling the feds to get this matter under control before shifting it off to the states?

The claim that we must delist or otherwise the wolves will continue to expand is to submit to federal blackmail on the belief that the federal government will actually allow this disaster to continue indefinitely. The feds know that something must be done — and soon. They want to hand the hot potato off to the states. The feds cannot do nothing much longer. It is too late for the states to assume this now hugely expensive disaster, and pay for it, and get blamed for the results. The disaster should be clearly left on the feds’ doorstep. Let the feds clean up the mess before considering delisting.

Another very important fact here: by not involving the states in this mess, the focus will clearly be on the feds. The more focus on the feds, the less ability to blame the states. The more focus on the feds, the greater pressure to use fed dollars for control. Let the feds find out how much it will REALLY take to control the wolves –- THEN in any consideration of delisting, demand fully appropriated federal funding in that amount to the state before agreeing to any “delisting” proposal Also, the actual cost and experience that the feds will have in their efforts to really control wolves might well cause a change in the methods available for control, possibly even allowing the use of poison.

In summary, it is too late for “delisting” to even be considered by the State of Idaho. To accept “delisting” as it is now contemplated would be an unmitigated disaster. The feds must get this disaster under control before any delisting is considered by the states and then only on the condition of assured appropriated federal funding. Our job is to make our legislators knowledgeable and therefore responsible for their actions in this regard.

John L. Runft is an attorney with Runft & Steele Law Offices, PLLC, in Boise, Idaho. He has long been involved with legal and legislative aspects of wolf management.

6 Mar 2009, 11:17am
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Rocky Mtn Wolves Delisted Again

U.S. Department of the Interior Press Release, March 6, 2009 [here]

Secretary Salazar Affirms Decision to Delist Gray Wolves in Western Great Lakes, Portion of Northern Rockies

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today affirmed the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove gray wolves from the list of threatened and endangered species in the western Great Lakes and the northern Rocky Mountain states of Idaho and Montana and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah. Wolves will remain a protected species in Wyoming.

“The recovery of the gray wolf throughout significant portions of its historic range is one of the great success stories of the Endangered Species Act,” Salazar said. “When it was listed as endangered in 1974, the wolf had almost disappeared from the continental United States. Today, we have more than 5,500 wolves, including more than 1,600 in the Rockies.”

“The successful recovery of this species is a stunning example of how the Act can work to keep imperiled animals from sliding into extinction,” he said. “The recovery of the wolf has not been the work of the federal government alone. It has been a long and active partnership including states, tribes, landowners, academic researchers, sportsmen and other conservation groups, the Canadian government and many other partners.”

The Fish and Wildlife Service originally announced the decision to delist the wolf in January, but the new administration decided to review the decision as part of an overall regulatory review when it came into office. The Service will now send the delisting regulation to the Federal Register for publication.

The Service decided to delist the wolf in Idaho and Montana because they have approved state wolf management plans in place that will ensure the conservation of the species in the future.

At the same time, the Service determined wolves in Wyoming would still be listed under the Act because Wyoming’s current state law and wolf management plan are not sufficient to conserve its portion of northern Rocky Mountain wolf population.

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6 Mar 2009, 1:39am
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Idaho Wolf Counts Show 15 Percent Increase

by Tom Remington, Black Bear Blog, March 5, 2009 [here]

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has officially announce their end-or-the year wolf count for 2008 - 846 wolves in 88 packs, with 39 breeding pairs. In mid-January Idaho officials announced preliminary estimates at 824 wolves in 88 packs. It is important to note that IDFG’s 846 wolf count is an estimated “minimum” number. Many feel this number could even be doubled. The truth is they don’t know.

While even “official” numbers are merely guesstimations, we can’t help but wonder if anyone knows how many wolves there are in what is labeled the Northern Rocky Mountain Distinct Population Segment.

If you will recall in September, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials, namely Ed Bangs Wolf Coordinator for USFWS, surprised everybody and announced that for the first time in 10 years estimated wolf population numbers had declined. Bangs offered nothing more than lame excuses of what, if anything, happened to all the wolves. …

With no real explanation as to why or how, this announcement became fodder for the wolf advocates yelling from the housetops that wolves need further protection because they are now shrinking in numbers. This further supported suspicions the feds were up to no good.

But lo and behold, here we are at the end of 2008 and the Idaho Fish and Game is announcing a 15% increase in their state’s wolf packs. If you factor in the USFWS projected increases, the 15% reduction in wolf numbers has become a 30% increase. … [more]

2 Mar 2009, 12:09pm
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Wolf Protest in Kalispell

From the Eastern Montana Daily Inter Lake:

Hunters vent frustrations

By Jim Mann, Daily Inter Lake, February 27, 2009 [here]

About 70 hunters, clad in camouflage and orange vests, gathered in front of Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks headquarters in Kalispell on Friday to protest the prolonged delay in Montana assuming management of gray wolves.

“We’ve got to manage these animals,” said Brad Borden, one of the protest organizers. “They haven’t been managed. They’ve just been allowed to have the run of the place.”

The protesters cheered as passing motorists supportively honked their horns. They carried placards that plainly expressed their purpose for a protest that will continue today: “Elk — the next endangered species,” “Feds and Wolves, out of control,” “Save our wildlife, not the wolves,” “FWP and hunters are the best management tools, not wolves!”

Wolf recovery goals have been exceeded every year since 2002 in the Northern Rockies, but litigation led by environmental groups has repeatedly derailed delisting efforts.

In January, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service once again moved to remove wolves from protection under the Endangered Species Act, but the incoming Obama administration suspended that action in order to review the delisting rule. … [more]

27 Feb 2009, 10:36am
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Wolves Kill People Too

An urban myth often cited by wolf advocates is that wolves do not attack people. That myth is promoted despite a long and bloody history to the contrary.

Will Graves is the author of Wolves in Russia: Anxiety Through the Ages [here, here], a book that details one national history of wolf attacks on humans.

Wolf attacks are not a thing of the past, however. T.R. Mader of the Abundant Wildlife Society of North America has compiled a record of more recent occurrences [here]. Bruce Hemming of Pro Save The Human Species has also posted a list of wolf attacks on people [here].

In Saskatchewan 22-year-old engineering student Kenton Carnegie was attacked, killed and partially eaten by wolves on November 8, 2005 [here, here]. In 2006 a wolf attacked six people, including several young children, in Lake Superior Provincial Park near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario [here].

A number of wolf attacks that have occurred already this year are described at Wolf Crossing:

Wolf pack kills woman [here]

Wolf Attack Kills Boy Jan 18 2009 Russia [here]

Wolf Kills Man, Injures Several [here]

Wolves frequently attack domestic dogs. Last Wednesday in Ashton, Idaho a pack of nine wolves mauled a Labrador retriever [here].

Dr. Valerius Geist, PhD. wrote a guide for protecting yourself and your family from wolves, When do wolves become dangerous to humans? [here]. If you live in an area with wolves, please take the time to read this important safety guide.

Wolves are not afraid of people. They hunt and eat people and have done so since time immemorial [here].

Wolves are not in danger of going extinct. It is unconscionable beyond measure that governments (federal and state) have dumped these killer predators in our neighborhoods.

24 Feb 2009, 1:06pm
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The Best Wolf Websites

The following websites feature data and reports from citizen groups, wildlife agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, top wolf biologists, and news sources from around the region to dispel myths about wolves in the West.

Wolf Crossing [here]

Wolf Watch [here]

Wolf Bites [here]

Wildlife and People [here]

Save Our Elk [here]

Pro Save the Human Species [here]

Black Bear Blog [here]

Visitors to these sites can learn about the natural history, biology, and population dynamics of wolves and their various prey, including deer, elk, sheep, cattle, horses, and domestic dogs. The sites also provides data compiled about depredation rates on livestock and assess the impacts of wolves on hunting in regions of the West.

Warning: a coalition of radical environmental groups has launched a public information campaign, using newspaper, radio, and banner ads in select western communities to advocate other websites which do not tell the truth about wolves. Those ads began running in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming this week. Please do not be fooled by those ads.

For accurate, unbiased, and up-to-date information on wolves, we recommend the listed sites, not phony knock-off sites designed to perpetuate propagandistic lies about wolves.

 
  
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