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Tell Your Senators to Back Off Anti-wolf Legislation February 02, 2011 6:48 PM


Gray wolf photo courtesy USFWS


Wolves need your help today.

Under the mistaken belief that wolves have recovered and can be turned over to state management,
some in Congress are vocally supporting legislation to remove protections for wolves under the Endangered Species Act.

Several bills have already been introduced that would strip protections for the gray wolf in parts or all of their range -- opening these top predators up to being shot, gassed and killed. Passage of any of these bills would have a devastating effect on the future of wolves in America, and, more importantly, on the federal Endangered Species Act itself.

Legislatively removing protections for wolves would set a terrible precedent whereby species -- many less popular or charismatic than wolves -- could be removed from the life-saving protections of the endangered species list one at a time. To date, Congress has stayed away from such political intrusions into endangered-species management, and we need to make sure it doesn't start now.

Please call or write your Senator and ask them to oppose legislation removing Endangered Species Act protections for wolves.

Click here to find out more and take action.

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Letter subject: Don't Remove Protections for the Gray Wolf

Sample letter:
Dear Senator,

Please oppose any legislation removing or lessening Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf.

Although restoration of gray wolves to the northern Rocky Mountains and portions of the Great Lakes region has been a tremendous success, wolves still require the protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Without these protections, Wyoming would allow wolves to be shot on sight in more than 90 percent of the state and most other states fortunate to have wolves would drastically reduce population numbers. Wolves occupy a mere 5 percent of their historic range, have only just begun to get a foothold in Oregon and Washington, and are absent from many other states and regions where quality wolf habitat remains.

Wolves have been an integral part of the North American landscape for eons and deserve a chance to roam more of our wildlands. The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park shows that wolves are a keystone species that benefit many other species, including songbirds, beavers and pronghorn antelope. Millions of people visit Yellowstone every year, in part to see wolves in the wild.

Further, legislation removing protections for wolves threatens to undermine the Endangered Species Act itself by, for the first time, taking the decision on whether a species warrants protection out of the hands of scientific experts and placing it squarely in the political realm. This would set a terrible precedent and open the floodgates for legislation removing species' protections in the path of well-connected special interests.

I sincerely urge you to take whatever action is necessary to oppose all anti-wolf legislation.

Thank you.

Please take action by March 4, 2011.

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Sweden wolf hunt brings EU legal threat January 22, 2011 9:03 PM

Sweden resumed culling wolves last year after a 45-year break


The European Commission plans to take legal action against Sweden over a wolf hunt that allegedly breaches EU law

Sweden is allowing hunters to shoot a total of 20 wolves this year. It reintroduced the wolf hunt in 2010 - the first in Sweden since 1964.

But Environment Commissioner Janez Potocnik says wolves in Sweden have an "unfavourable conservation status".

A very narrow genetic base threatens the wolf population in Scandinavia, the environmental group WWF says.

The Swedish quota for the wolf hunt last year was 27. The total wolf population in Sweden is estimated at about 200 - the majority of Scandinavia's wolves.

This year's hunt began on Saturday and by Monday already 14 wolves had been killed, the Swedish news website The Local reported.

In a statement on Monday, Mr Potocnik said: "The actions of the Swedish authorities leave me with little choice other than to propose to the Commission that it begin formal proceedings against Sweden for breach of EU environmental law.

"I hope that the Swedish government's promised effort to address the unfavourable conservation status of the wolf population in Sweden through translocation of wolves from other parts of Europe will be pursued without delay."

Mr Potocnik also said Sweden had been aware of the Commission's concerns about the legality of the hunt for a long time.

In 2009 the Swedish parliament decided to limit the wolf population to 210 animals and to permit licensed hunting up to the quota limit during January and February.

Swedish hunters argued that wolf numbers had grown again and that they were a threat to their dogs and livestock.

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ANOTHER TRAGIC LOSS October 27, 2010 3:04 PM

Added on 3/06/07
Another Tragic Loss for Mexican Gray Wolves, Something MUST Be Done!!

Wichita, Kansas 1997

"Gathering strength in a Kansas zoo, a litter of Mexican wolves boosts hopes of restoring this subspecies of the gray to New Mexico and Arizona."

Here we go again. The alpha female of the Mexican gray wolf Mogart pack has been found dead in New Mexico, her mate missing. I'm angry and frustrated by the constant bad news coming out off the Southwest. The war on wolves continues.

Mexican grays are becoming inbred due to their small gene pool and tiny numbers. We're now down to 37 Mexican grays in the wild. There is a $60,000 reward on the head of the last poacher's head.

What will it take for SOMEBODY TO TALK? A million? Two million? Whatever the price, it needs to be paid. The drip, drip, drip of dead wolves in the Southwest is a crime of major proportions and it's not going to be solved until someone starts giving up the poachers.  IMO this is a carefully orchestrated operation. The scum poachers know what they're doing, killing off one of the alpha pair, effectively disbanding the pack. Is the alpha male dead as well?

Were these wolves collared? If so, who has access to the radio receivers to track the wolves? What progress has been made in the last tragic killings of the Hawks Nest wolves?

USFWS, is charged with not only recovering the gray wolf but protecting them. The paradigm on how they manage these critically endangered animals needs an overhaul. Open up new territory, such as Grand Canyon National Park, where there is a solid prey base for wolves and NO CATTLE.

USFWS, SOMETHING DIFFERENT!! What you're doing is not working. Time is of the essence. AND RELEASE MORE WOLVES!!


Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Female Wolf Found Dead; Male Not Located

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HEART OF THE WOLF ORGANIZATION NEWS 2/2/2010 February 02, 2010 4:12 PM


Here are the latest updates on wolves.

Take action and here is a book to check out:

Mike Wagner
Founder and Executive Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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Managed Wolf Populations Could Restore Ecosystems February 02, 2010 10:22 AM

ScienceDaily (Feb. 2, 2010) Researchers writing in the February issue of BioScience propose reintroducing small, managed populations of wolves into national parks and other areas in order to restore damaged ecosystems.

The populations would not be self-sustaining, and may consist of a single pack. But the BioScience authors suggest that even managed populations could bring ecological, educational, recreational, scientific, and economic benefits.

The authors, Daniel S. Licht, of the National Park Service, and four coauthors, note that research in recent years has shown the importance of wolves to ecosystems in which they naturally occur. For example, the presence of wolves usually leads to fewer ungulates, which in turn generally means more plant biomass and biodiversity. Wolves can also increase tourism.

Licht and his coauthors believe that wolves introduced for the purpose of ecosystem stewardship, rather than for the creation of self-sustaining wolf populations, could enhance public understanding and appreciation of the animals. Advances in real-time animal tracking made possible through global positioning system technology, as well as the use of contraception and surgery, could help in controlling the growth of introduced populations. This approach might mitigate concerns about depredation of livestock and game, attacks on pets, and human safety, Licht and colleagues maintain. Fences could also play a role.

Wolves were introduced to Coronation Island, Alaska, for ecosystem restoration in 1960, and they successfully controlled deer there before the wolf population grew and subsequently crashed. Licht and his coauthors suggest that with more intensive management this unfavorable outcome could have been avoided, and that desirable results could be expected at many sites in North America and elsewhere, provided there are sufficient prey.

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HEART OF THE WOLF ORGANIZATION NEWS 1/16/2010 January 17, 2010 10:44 AM


Check out these pages of ours and help today!

Mike Wagner
Founder and Executive Director of Heart of the Wolf

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HEART OF THE WOLF ORGANIZATION NEWS 1/11/2010 January 11, 2010 3:41 PM


Here are the latest reports in the wolf world

WOLF NEWS 1/11/2010


Thanks for reading and until next time..

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HEART OF THE WOLF ORGANIZATION NEWS 1/5/2010 January 05, 2010 6:06 PM


20 Swedish wolves slaughtered in addition to more wolves
dead in Idaho. Help us today. And by donating.

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HEART OF THE WOLF ORGANIZATION NEWS 12/22/2009 December 22, 2009 4:48 PM


More bad news in the realm of the wolf has

Read and help today folks!

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HEART OF THE WOLF ORGANIZATION NEWS 12/18/2009 December 18, 2009 5:52 PM


Latest news and alerts folks. Read and act today!

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HEART OF THE WOLF ORGANIZATION NEWS 12/11/2009 December 11, 2009 5:43 PM


Here is more updates on wolves recently.

Thanks for reading folks. Take care.

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HEART OF THE WOLF ORGANIZATION NEWS 12/9/2009 December 08, 2009 9:21 PM


The terrible news against wolves continues.

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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Heart of the Wolf Organization News 12/5/2009 December 05, 2009 12:21 AM

Heart of the Wolf Organization News 12/5/2009

'The choice today is no longer between violence and
nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.' -- Martin Luther King

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HEART OF THE WOLF ORGANIZATION NEWS 12/1/2009 Please help wolves today. December 01, 2009 7:39 PM


Please help wolves today.

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HEART OF THE WOLF ORGANIZATION NEWS 11/24/2009 November 24, 2009 7:28 PM


Check out these stories folks. Have a great holiday.

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HoWO News 11/10/2009 November 10, 2009 8:33 PM

HoWO News 11/10/2009

Here is the latest news.
Please read and take action.

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HoWO NEWS 11/7/2009 November 07, 2009 7:38 PM

HoWO NEWS 11/7/2009

We got two news items and several reasons
why you should see and support New Moon in

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HEART OF THE WOLF ORGANIZATION NEWS 11/3/2009 November 02, 2009 6:08 PM


There is alot of news going on. And most of it
isn't good as you can imagine.

Read the alerts here and help ASAP folks.

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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Heart of the Wolf Organization Updates 10/27/2009 October 27, 2009 5:40 PM

Heart of the Wolf Organization Updates 10/27/2009

Check out these new alerts. One is wolf updates.
Another is a list of wolf-dogs you can adopt who
are on death row. They will be executed Nov. 1st.

Thanks for reading this and help humans live with wolves and
wolf-dogs today!

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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Heart of the Wolf Organization Alerts 10/14/2009 October 15, 2009 3:22 PM

Heart of the Wolf Organization Alerts 10/14/2009

Here are some of the latest updates. Please help

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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Check out these newest Heart of the Wolf Org updates! October 09, 2009 2:37 PM

Check out these newest Heart of the Wolf Org updates!

An article with startling news about Wolves, past/present/future.

Wolf-Dogs that need adoption

New Media released over the past month. Check it out.

To help us stay alive, please donate to Heart of the Wolf Org

Please donate to our cause or buy cd's at our site to donate to our cause so
we can advertise our group, as well as fund projects and supplies
that we need.

Until next time.

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HWO News and Alerts 10/6/2009 October 06, 2009 4:28 PM

HWO News and Alerts 10/6/2009

Please read and take action!

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HOW UPDATES 9/29/09 September 29, 2009 4:14 PM


Please help. Wolves under attack
as well as Wolf Dogs. And a new
video game starring a Wolf pup
is in dev.

Go 2


Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HoWO ALERTS TO TAKE ACTION ON! September 24, 2009 7:31 PM


Hi folks! Please read these links
and take action. The Wolves need
your help!

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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Help the Wolves update 9/17/2009 September 17, 2009 10:14 AM

Help the Wolves update 9/17/2009

Alot of news going on with Wolves.
Help them now!

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the

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HEART OF THE WOLF NEWS UPDATES 9/15/2009 September 15, 2009 11:35 AM


Here is the latest updates. Please read
and take action!

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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HELP WOLVES TODAY! September 10, 2009 9:25 PM


In this edition, Wolves are being marked
for death. In addition, Wolves are not
falling for the tactics of hunters, thankfully.

Here is the latest in Wolf-Dog adoption news.
Please adopt these abandoned Wolf-Dogs.

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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WOLF HUNT NOT CALLED OFF! ACT NOW! September 09, 2009 7:29 PM


Judge Molloy admitted the delisting
of Wolves by the USFWS was political
and has sided with the continued hunt
with Wolves in Idaho and Montana!

Mike Wagner
Founder and Director of Heart of the Wolf Organization

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Crosspost - Gear Up Wolf Lovers - WMW under attack by San Bernardino County August 25, 2009 11:50 AM

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Gear Up Wolf Lovers
WMS is being hit hard by the County of San Bernardino. They are telling us that we need to resubmit all applications for our Sanctuary which has been in operation over 25 years. They have new people and they are coming at us hard.

Over the next 4 days, we will be going through all of our paperwork and composing a form letter for those of you not in our area and a petition that can be signed by local people to try and put this harassment to a stop.

We have operated for a quarter of a century, paid our permits, received exemplary reports on cleanliness and how the wolves are taken care of.

Now there is some young hotshot inspector and he is making our lives a living horror.

Once we get the letter composed, we will post it, or send it to each of you and ask that you sign it and send it to the people listed. We will greatly appreciate this.

If you have any media contacts, legal contacts or governmental contacts, please let us know as we need all that help we can get and we need all of you and your contact backing us.

They did this to Forever Wild after Extreme Makeover rebuilt their facility and Forever Wild took it to court with all of the people backing them and they won. We can and will do the same.

Thank you so much for your support....

Danna Cruzan Sexsmith
Vice President
Wolf Mountain Sanctuary

and Tonya, Stephanie, all volunteers and of course the wolves!!!!

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U.S. Wolf Hunts May Kill Hundreds -- Spurs Demand, Ire August 25, 2009 7:18 AM

Starting today, hunters can walk into any license vendor in Idaho and buy a tag to kill a gray wolf.

Vendors such as Daniel Stephenson, owner of River of No Return Taxidermy in Salmon, Idaho, expect robust demand.

"In our area, there're lots of [wolves] and they're not a real popular thing for deer and elk hunters," Stephenson said. "So everybody wants a chance to go get one."

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission approved a plan August 17 to allow up to 220 wolves to be killed by the public this coming fall and winter. Licensed hunters will be allowed to kill wolves starting September 1. Most hunting will be finished by December 31.

Montana, another state with a growing wolf population, already approved a 75-animal quota for its wolf hunt, which gets underway September 15 and lasts until November 29.

Both hunts come just months after the predators were removed from protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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wolve and coyottes March 25, 2009 8:49 PM

alll these are sad i knw aboit the rockies one , i lke the coyote do thaat sicne e bueildove the land that that one and they no place to go. we have to take some action

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Coyotes May Be New Residents in Abandoned Homes March 25, 2009 7:48 PM

Coyotes may be new residents in abandoned homes
Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 8:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 25, 2009 at 8:15 a.m.

The effects of a faltering economy, home foreclosures and the drought are now being felt beyond the human species. State wildlife experts have discovered that coyotes are also experiencing some unintended consequences this spring.

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation, spring is the season when coyotes are most likely to be roaming through urban neighborhoods as they search for food for their recently born pups. What is different this year is that the wild, dog-like animals have many new places to call home, according to Breanne Strepina, wildlife biologist for the wildlife commission.

“The coyote’s local watering hole may have dried up, so it has to move to find water elsewhere, often in retention and golf course ponds,” Strepina said in a news release. “The increase in abandoned homes in foreclosure, with overgrown vegetation, attracts coyotes, providing good hiding places close to food and water.”

In the news release, Strepina noted that there is “no reason for immediate concern just because someone sees a coyote in the neighborhood…coyotes have lived in and among humans in urban settings for many years with little fanfare.”

To avoid problems, state officials are urging residents to take a few proactive steps.

First, remove potential attractants, like garbage cans, from your yard.

Coyotes are most likely to be seen at dawn or dusk, so residents walking small animals at those times should “carry a flashlight, noisemaker and a stick or golf club…that will help scare away wildlife looking for food,” Strepina said.

If there is a problem coyote or other wild animal in your neighborhood, call the Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-FWCC (3922). Wildlife officials said each situation will be dealth with on a case-by-case basis.

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Wolf-Dog Mating Led to Darker Wolves February 06, 2009 9:00 AM

The black wolves that haunt scary stories would have been mere fiction were it not for domestic dogs.

A recent study surprised scientists by revealing that the gene for darker coats in gray wolves, at least in North America, originated in our best furry friends

Although it's well known that dogs descended from wolves, the new finding implies that some genetic material moved backward in the evolutionary chain.

This isn't to say that darker wolves resemble dogs, said study co-author Greg Barsh, a geneticist at Stanford University in California.

"It's quite clear that black wolves are just as much wolf as a non-black wolf," Barsh said. But this small amount of dog genes may have given black-coated wolves a selective advantage

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Wolves Prefer Salmon to Deer? September 04, 2008 10:10 AM

Move over, grizzly bears. "Fishing wolves" in coastal British Columbia are also looking to snatch some salmon, and will eat the fish almost exclusively when they are available, new research reveals.

Biologists analyzed years of data from gray wolves' feces to monitor what the animals were eating.

The team found that the coastal predators, like many other wolves, rely on deer most of the time in the spring and summer.

But during several months in the fall, the wolves ignored deer to focus on migrating salmon.

"What is unusual is this huge seasonal shift to salmon. They were forgoing deer to target salmon," said study leader Chris Darimont at the University of Victoria in Canada.

Study co-author Thomas Reimchen added in a press release that the results are as much about salmon as about wolves.

"Salmon continue to surprise us, showing us new ways in which their oceanic migrations eventually permeate entire terrestrial ecosystems," he said.

"In terms of providing food and nutrients to a whole food web, we like to think of them as North America's answer to the Serengeti's wildebeest."

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Rare Gray Wolf Appears in Western Massachusettes March 06, 2008 7:06 AM

When more than a dozen lambs and sheep were slaughtered on a Shelburne, Massachusetts, farm last fall, wildlife officials suspected either a wolf that had escaped from captivity or a rogue mutt on a hungry rampage.

When the culprit animal was killed and examined, they found themselves with a bigger mystery: How did a wild eastern gray wolf, a rare species that has not been found in the state in more than a century, find its way to western Massachusetts?

Thomas J. Healy, head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Northeast regional office, said recent DNA tests at the agency's Oregon labs confirmed it is the first gray wolf found in New England since a 1993 case in upstate Maine.

The discovery of the 85-pound (40-kilogram) male wolf may help solidify experts' theories that the endangered species has been migrating south from Canada and repopulating rural parts of New England.

This wolf, though, was found farther south than any other reported spottings, and nothing indicates it had escaped or been set free by someone keeping it as a pet, authorities said.

"This posed more questions than it answered," Healy said. "The only thing we were able to answer was that it was an eastern gray wolf. The history of where it came from and how it got here, we may never know."

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Groups Challenge U.S. Government Over Gray Wolves February 28, 2008 10:20 AM

A coalition of environmental and animal rights groups notified the U.S. Department of Interior on Wednesday that they plan to sue to stop the removal of gray wolves in the northern Rockies from the endangered species list.

Eleven organizations said they plan to sue over the wolves' removal in federal court in 60 days—the required first step for litigation under the Endangered Species Act

Representatives of the groups say the estimated 1,500 wolves in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming are too few to ensure the species' survival— particularly given the states' plans to sponsor wolf hunts beginning this fall.

The government announced last week the predators had recovered from near-extermination last century. Management of wolves will now fall under state authority unless that decision is blocked in court.

State officials have pledged to keep wolves on the landscape. But they also would allow hunters and wildlife agents to kill hundreds of wolves, in part to reduce conflicts with livestock and big game.

"A lot of the killing may not be taking place just from hunters," said Michael Robinson with the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the groups that plans to sue. "It's going to be very systematic killing, with aerial killing and the trapping of wolves to put radio collars on them and then, after they return to their pack, killing the entire pack."

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N. Rockies Gray Wolf Removed From U.S. Endangered List February 22, 2008 10:18 AM

Gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains are "thriving" and no longer in need of protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, Lynn Scarlett, Deputy Secretary of the Interior, announced today.

Wolves affected by the decision are those living in what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS ) defines as the northern Rockies Distinct Population Segment (DPS ).

This zone includes Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, the eastern thirds of Washington and Oregon, and a small area of north-central Utah (see map).

Settlers had eliminated wolves from the area before controversial reintroduction efforts began about a decade ago.

"In 1995 and '96 the Department of Interior reintroduced 66 wolves into federal lands in the region," Scarlett said. "Today the northern Rocky Mountain population totals more than 1,500 wolves."

David Mech is a senior research scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey and chair of the World Conservation Union's Wolf Specialist Group.

"It's great news [but] it's not a surprise, because the biological criteria for delisting was met years and years ago," Mech said.

The recovery goal was 30 breeding pairs among 300 wolves within the DPS for three consecutive years, he noted. Those criteria were met in 2002, and wolf numbers have increased every year since then.

"The wolves took the opportunity that the Fish and Wildlife Service, states, and tribes gave them and ran with it," Scarlett said. "The wolves are back."

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Conservation Groups Challenge Federal Wolf-killing Rule January 31, 2008 7:38 AM

Missoula, Montana— Conservation groups are fighting a Bush administration plan that would allow the states of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana to kill half of the Rocky Mountain wolf population, including by shooting wolves from the air, while they are still protected under the Endangered Species Act. In an effort to bar states from aerial gunning and other state-sponsored killing of wolves, seven conservation groups filed a suit in federal district court today to stop the implementation of the rule.

The new rule lowers the bar for wolf killing when a state determines that wolves may be having some impact on populations of elk, deer, or other wild ungulates. The Bush Administration says the rule change is necessary because the previous standard required states to show that wolves are the primary cause of a decline in wild ungulate numbers. That threshold has proven impossible to meet because nearly all elk herds in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana are above population objectives, and wolves have never been determined to have primarily caused a population decline.

Today’s action will allow the states to kill all but 600 of the approximately 1,500 wolves in the region. The rule applies to wolves in central Idaho and the Greater Yellowstone area – descendents of the roughly 60 wolves that were reintroduced to those regions in 1995 and 1996. “This is a giant step backward. There is absolutely no reason to begin a wholesale slaughter of the region’s wolves,” said Suzanne Stone, northern Rockies wolf conservation specialist for Defenders of Wildlife. “Yet that is exactly what the federal government is willing to allow the states to do: wipe out hundreds of the wolves our nation has worked so hard to recover.” “In this rule, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is either downplaying the threats to wolves, or it has forgotten all the trigger-happy statements made by Wyoming and Idaho officials who want to kill as many wolves as possible, as soon as possible,” says Louisa Willcox of the Natural Resources Defense Council.

The rule remains in effect only until the administration removes wolves from the list of endangered species, an action that is expected to come next month. Nonetheless, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adopted the rule in response to the state of Wyoming, which insisted that states have the right to kill wolves affecting elk herds in any way even if a federal court overturns wolf delisting in the Northern Rockies.

“Deer and elk populations are thriving in this region. There's absolutely no reason to begin slaughtering wolves, other than to please a handful of special interests,” said Sierra Club representative Melanie Stein. “This is another example of politics trumping science in the Bush administration. Federal and state agencies are tripping over each other, and our wildlife are suffering as a result.”

Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity noted that the rule might allow wolves to be killed for their beneficial effect of dispersing elk from sensitive streamsides even when the elk population as a whole continues to rise. Robinson continued that “the rule harkens back to a period in which wolves’ natural role of maintaining the balance of nature is seen as a problem.” “This rule is nothing less than a declaration of war on wolves in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana,” said John Grandy, Ph.D., senior vice president of The Humane Society of the United States. “After decades of progress, the Service is abandoning all that we have achieved for wolf conservation and returning to the short-sighted persecution and extermination policies of the past.”

Earthjustice represents Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, The Humane Society of the United States, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, and Friends of the Clearwater in the lawsuit.

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Stop Wolf Killing in the Northern Rockies January 30, 2008 12:51 PM

After more than a decade of conservation efforts and millions of federal dollars, wolves are finally returning to the northern Rockies. The Bush administration now plans to remove wolves from the endangered species list and allow the states of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana to wipe out nearly 80% of all the wolves remaining in the Northern Rockies. These actions would put wolves back on the brink of extinction after years of recovery.

The Wyoming Plan allows anyone to kill any wolf that wanders outside a small area in the northwest corner of the state. The plan would even target animals that live for most of the year in Yellowstone National Park but only wander out in the winter in search of food. Scientists have warned that a few thousand wolves are necessary to ensure the long-term survival of the species, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service refuses to listen. The agency has even developed a backup plan that could allow most of the current wolf population to be killed even while they remain listed as endangered. This would be a devastating blow to the northern Rockies because wolves not only bring in $35 million each year in tourism to local communities, they also help restore the natural balance by controlling elk and deer herds.

Congressman Nick Rahall (D-WV) and several of his colleagues wrote a letter last December urging the Bush administration to stop actions promoting senseless wolf killing. Other members of Congress must join this appeal before it's too late. We need to tell Congress to oppose the Bush administration's plans and make sure wolves are protected in the northern Rockies!

Tell your House representative to oppose the slaughter of wolves in the northern Rockies!

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Rancher Accused of Baiting Mexican Gray Wolf, Forcing its Killing; December 21, 2007 7:08 AM

Conservationists Call for Re-release of Wolves Still Alive and
Retrieval From Ranchers of Telemetry Receivers Used in Baiting

SILVER CITY, N.M.High Country News reported today that the Adobe Ranch on the Gila National Forest deliberately branded a cow on the verge of giving birth half a mile from a wolf den in order to entice the wolves with the smell of seared flesh and cause it to kill a calf, so that the wolf could then be removed.

High Country News quoted Mike Miller of the Adobe Ranch as saying, "We would sacrifice a calf to get a third strike." The baiting worked. The Durango Pack killed the baited calf, and the alpha female was shot less than two weeks later by the government.

“If true, this is illegal and unethical, and we’re outraged,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity.

Since that incident on June 23, 2007, the Aspen Pack of wolves has been removed for depredations on the same ranch. “We have to assume at least some of the Aspen Pack were baited as well,” said Robinson.

The Center demands that the captured Aspen Pack animals be released to the wild. “These wolves deserve their freedom back,” said Robinson.

The Fish and Wildlife Service routinely distributes radio telemetry receivers to ranchers to protect their stock; a receiver was used to place the pregnant cow as close to the Durango Pack den as possible. The Center urges that all telemetry receivers be immediately retrieved.

“Why is the government giving the tools to allow this kind of baiting to those violating the law?” asks Robinson. “Given the high rate of poaching and wolf disappearances including near to the Adobe Ranch, giving the sworn enemies of the wolves the tools to precisely locate them is unconscionable.”

Lastly, the Center is requesting an inspector general investigation into the killing and removal of baited wolves and abuse of government telemetry devices by ranchers.

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Conservation Group Joins Suit to Protect Gray Wolf in Great Lakes December 18, 2007 10:31 AM

Center for Biological Diversity Granted Amicus Status in Litigation to
Retain Protection for Wolves Under the
Endangered Species Act  

WASHINGTON, DC– On December 4, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted the Center for Biological Diversity’s motion to participate as an amicus curiae party in a case seeking to retain protection for gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act. The lawsuit challenges the Bush administration’s most recent attempt to weaken and remove protection for the gray wolf in the lower 48 states.

“The gray wolf is gone from 95 percent of its range in the lower 48 states,” said Amy Atwood, staff attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity and one of the authors of the Center’s amicus brief. “Although wolf numbers have increased in a few states, it is too soon to abandon their recovery in the many states that have habitat where wolves could thrive once again.”

Rather than retaining Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service simultaneously created and delisted a “distinct population segment” of gray wolf that resides in the western Great Lakes region. The agency has similarly proposed to draw a circle around wolves in the northern Rockies and remove their protection. In taking these actions, the Fish and Wildlife Service has abandoned protection and recovery for wolves throughout the majority of their range in the contiguous United States.

“The Bush administration’s misuse of the Endangered Species Act to confine recovery of the gray wolf to a fraction of its former range cannot stand,” said Atwood. “The administration’s actions set a disastrous precedent for hundreds of endangered species that occupy fractions of their ranges.”

The case, Humane Society of the U.S., et al. v. Kempthorne, et al., Civ. No. 07-00677 (D.D.C.), is pending before Judge Paul L. Friedman of the D.C. District Court.


Gray wolves are the largest wild members of the dog family, with adults ranging from 40 to 175 pounds, depending upon sex and subspecies. Wolves’ fur color is frequently a grizzled gray, but it can vary from pure white to coal black. Wolves are social, mobile animals and often travel 10 to 30 miles per day in packs of two to twelve, which are primarily family groups consisting of a breeding pair, their pups from the current year, offspring from one or two previous years, and occasionally an unrelated wolf. Wolves are primarily predators of medium and large mammals; wild prey species in North America include white-tailed deer, mule deer, moose, elk, caribou, bison, muskox, bighorn sheep and Dall sheep, and mountain goat. When necessary, wolves also eat smaller prey like snowshoe hare, beaver, and muskrat, and at times small mammals, birds, and large invertebrates. Wolves are habitat generalists, and when they are not being persecuted by humans, they can live anywhere that contains a sufficient population of large ungulates.

Wolves once roamed throughout North America to southern Mexico (with limited geographic exceptions). They coexisted with Native American nations, but European settlers persecuted the animals on a widespread basis with poisons, trapping, and shooting that was sanctioned and carried out by federal, state, and local governments through official public policies.

Since 1978, due to the substantive protections of the Endangered Species Act, gray wolf numbers have increased in two small fractions of the species’ former range in the Northern Rockies and the Great Lakes. Between 1979 and 1998, the occupied wolf range in Minnesota doubled in size, and wolves dispersed from Minnesota into northern Wisconsin and into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. There are now wolves in all three states, but the vast majority of the Great Lakes wolf population is still limited to northern Minnesota. The gray wolf remains extirpated across about 95 percent of its historic range.

The Bush administration’s last attempt to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves was rejected by two federal courts.

The Bush administration has listed fewer species under the Endangered Species Act than any other administration since the law was enacted in 1973, to date listing only 58 species compared to 522 under Clinton and 231 under George Bush Sr. The current Bush administration has not listed a single species in nearly 18 months. In August, the Center presented Secretary of Interior Kempthorne the “Rubber Dodo Award” for failing to protect any new species under the Endangered Species Act.

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ASAP: Stop The Killing Of Wolves Now November 29, 2007 10:50 AM

Received in an e-mail:

Stop The Killing Of Wolves Now!
Call Governor Richardson Immediately
(505) 476-2200

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has issued an IMMEDIATE REMOVAL ORDER for the Aspen Wolf Pack of Mexican wolves in southwestern New Mexico. This pack includes two adult females and two pups. The Aspen Wolf Pack contains some of the most valuable genes in the wild population.

Under the Bush administration the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program has become the Mexican Wolf Eradication Program.  The US Fish and Wildlife Service has removed 15 wolves already this year without regard to their mandate to recover this critically endangered wolf under the Endangered Species Act.  We must prevent attempts to cause the second extinction of Lobos in the wild.  The Mexican wolf is an endangered species under New Mexico law, too; and Governor Richardson has demonstrated his resolve to protect and restore this magnificent animal.

Call Governor Richardson and thank him for his continued efforts to safeguard New Mexico's last wild lobos but ask him to do everything in his power to prevent the killing of the Aspen Pack and to demand their re-release into the wild.

The Mexican Gray Wolf maintains close-knit families; breeding pairs usually mate for life; they play and look out for one another, but most importantly, the Mexican Gray Wolf is the true symbol of a wild New Mexico.

There are less than 30 Wild Lobos left in New Mexico!

Please Call Governor Richardson Immediately!
(505) 476-2200

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Aerial Wolf Hunting in Alaska October 10, 2007 10:46 AM

Hopefully y'all have signed the petitions to ban aerial hunting of wolves in Alaska.

Doing a petition search will bring up several. There was one really recent one a few weeks ago sent out by Defenders of Wildlife and I also donated some money.

But this is something that really needs to come to a stop!

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 October 10, 2007 10:08 AM

Reminder: Wolves Are Still a 'Protected' Animal in Wisconsin Animals  (tags: wolves, AnimalWelfare, still protected, hunters, wildlife )

StarsButterfliesGold Notes
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The thousands of hunters afield in search of turkey, deer and bear are reminded that the gray wolf remains a protected species in Wisconsin.
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Mexico Wolf Boom Raises Hopes October 09, 2007 12:51 PM

October 9, 2007—Threats remain too great for Mexican gray wolves to be released into the wild. But a zoo baby boom is fueling hopes for reintroduction.


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 October 05, 2007 9:30 AM

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? Animals  (tags: wolves, wildlife, GoodNews, habitat )

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A multi-millionaire landowner plans to reintroduce wolves to Britain, more than 250 years after the last one was shot in Scotland.
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Tell the Bush Administration to Protect Gray Wolves! September 24, 2007 11:51 AM

We must stop the Bush Administration's plan to declare open season on the wolves of Greater Yellowstone and central Idaho. If this plan is approved, Wyoming and Idaho intend to begin exterminating hundreds of gray wolves -- by aerial gunning and other cruel methods -- while they're still on the endangered species list.

Submit your Official Citizen Comment opposing this disastrous plan.


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 September 12, 2007 3:45 AM

Who's Afraid of the Big, Bad Wolf? Coyotes Animals  (tags: Coyotes, wildlife, animals, wolves )

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While the wily coyote reigns as top dog in much of the country, it leads a nervous existence wherever it coexists with its larger relative, the wolf, according to a new study from the Wildlife Conservation Society.
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 August 29, 2007 8:31 AM

Idaho Shoots Wolves Blamed for Killing Livestock Animals  (tags: wolves, livestock, killing )

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Wildlife officials have killed seven wolves that were part of the Morris Flat Pack located west of Fairfield in central Idaho because they had been preying on livestock, officials said.
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 August 18, 2007 3:14 PM

Wolves, Not Big or Bad Animals  (tags: wolves, red wolf, wildlife )

StarsButterfliesGold Notes
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Pups at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News are learning the ways of the red wolf and helping their rare breed make a comeback
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 August 17, 2007 9:09 AM

Plan Would Allow Farmers to Kill Wolves Caught Attacking Livestock Animals  (tags: wildlife, wolves, farmers, kill, livestock )

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Farmers could kill wolves caught in the act of attacking their livestock under a proposed management plan released Thursday that addresses Michigan's resurgent gray wolf population.
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Note: Wolves may be kicked off the endangered species list August 16, 2007 2:59 PM

Wolves may be kicked off the endangered species list and into the gunsights of hunters if a proposal to de-list the species is approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Earthjustice has written two letters urging the agency to keep wolves on the list and away from hunters who would be allowed to kill up to 700 of the estimated 1,300 wolves that live in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming even before delisting.


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 August 02, 2007 12:56 PM

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Tell the Bush Administration It Has No License to Kill Wolves! August 02, 2007 11:15 AM

We must stop the Bush Administration's plan to declare open season on the wolves of Greater Yellowstone and central Idaho. Once approved, Wyoming and Idaho intend to begin exterminating up to half their gray wolves -- by aerial gunning and other cruel methods -- as early as this fall.

Submit your Official Citizen Comment, opposing this disastrous plan, before August 6.

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FYI - Wolf Awareness Week August 01, 2007 12:15 PM

October 14, 2007- October 20, 2007Nationwide

Wolf Awareness Week is a week of events dedicated to dispelling misconceptions and educating the public about the role predators play in maintaining biological diversity. Defenders sponsors events nationwide to celebrate wolves. Check back closer to October for the latest updates.

We encourage you to plan educational activities in your area. Contact Gina Schrader and we'll post the event on our website.

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 August 01, 2007 11:36 AM

You could also send a message from the EarthJustice website as well:

URGENT: Stop the Countdown to Wolves' Slaughter

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 August 01, 2007 9:59 AM

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Stop the Latest Assault on Our Wolves July 31, 2007 12:09 PM

The Bush/Cheney Administration has announced two proposals to jumpstart the killing of hundreds of wolves in the Yellowstone area and elsewhere in the Northern Rockies.

Officials in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are now seeking public comment on the agency’s proposal to accept Wyoming’s disastrous wolf management plan and to give Idaho and Wyoming vast new powers to kill wolves -- even while these magnificent animals remain listed under the Endangered Species Act.

The deadline for comments on these two flawed proposals is Monday, August 6th. Please fill out the form below to send your message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service right now.

Go To:

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Help Brother Wolf (Alerts And News)) July 26, 2007 3:22 PM

This Thread has been created for wolf alerts.   

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