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904 Wolves Massacred in Hunts....
Animals  (tags: wildanimals, Wolves, wildlife, slaughter, killing, law, abuse, animalcruelty, cruelty, death, extinction, suffering, animalrights, crime, ethics, humans )
Michael - 15 hours ago -

"Wolves are the parents, the mothers, the fathers, the brothers and sisters that we always hoped we could be. I mean there's extreme loyalty among family members, it's everything to them" - Ed Bangs

5 years ago


Researchers Find First Evidence of Ice Age Wolves in Nevada
Animals  (tags: wolves, Nevada, wildlife, investigation, dire wolf, Pleistocene )
Nancy - 1 day ago -

A University of Nevada, Las Vegas research team recently unearthed fossil remains from an extinct wolf species in a wash northwest of Las Vegas, revealing the first evidence that the Ice Age mammal once lived in Nevada.

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Over 2011 and 2012, Paul Colangelo camped on Todagin Mountain with its large herd of endangered Stone’s Sheep for five months to tell the story of the herd and document its habitat use, using specialized camera equipment to record the movements of the sheep across the plateau. Learn more in his earlier posts: Surviving Todagin. His story continues below.


By Paul Colangelo, International League of Conservation Photographers

Two were laid out on a blue tarp. Dead, but their bodies intact. Mouths open and heads lowered, their legs splayed as if in mid horizontal trot. The other two formed a tangled heap of muscle and blood in a wheelbarrow. Skinned, the wolves were unrecognizable save for their teeth, now bared in a snarl.


Two Days Earlier

Half an hour after sunset, I finished photographing a group of sheep and climbed back up to the plateau to hike back to camp. Enjoying a rare still night, I was thankful not to be battered by the wind. Two feet of snow blanketed the plateau, making the silence even deeper. Half a mile away, a wolf emerged over a crest, followed by another, and then another, until the pack was 16-strong. The wolves trotted across the plateau in silence, with a confidence only top predators can afford. Noses to the ground in search of sheep, they just as quickly disappeared over a hill.

Two days later I escorted a researcher back down to the wilderness homestead that we used as a base. For much of the eight-hour hike down the mountain, we followed the tracks of the pack. When we reached the house, the owners were skinning four of the wolves in their garage. They had set the snares after the pack descended the mountain and killed two of their goats. The skins will be sold to tourists. When you depend on what you produce at a wilderness homestead, you cannot escape the complexities inherent in living with wildlife.

The first thing one sees upon entering this home is an oil painting of five full-curl Stone’s sheep standing majestically on a snowy peak looking out over their domain and onto the mountainous horizon. Tourists rent their guest cabins each summer to hike up Todagin and view the herd.

Hunters will pay upwards of $35,000 for the chance to kill a Stone’s sheep, one of the four mountain sheep species needed for the coveted “Grand Slam.” The hunters come from around the world to hunt the sheep, which exist only in northern British Columbia and the Yukon. This has fueled the longest running Tahltan-operated business, an outfitting company that for over 60 years has guided hunters up Todagin Mountain.


A Bigger Threat Than Hunters

Wolves, grizzlies, subsistence hunters, sport hunters, tourists and, more recently, researchers are all drawn up Todagin Mountain by the sheep that call the plateau home. Recognizing the value of the herd, the British Columbia government has protected the herd’s winter habitat with a provincial park. We must question then the decision to open the rest of the herd’s habitat to mining. While the sight of skinned wolves is striking and gives a sense of the immediate challenges faced by wildlife on the mountain, it is the sight of roads and other infrastructure clearing the way for mining that looms largest on the horizon for the wildlife of Todagin.

5 years ago


Minnesota Wolf/Witch Hunt Ends, Over 400 Wolves Slaughtered | Howling For Justice
Animals  (tags: wild animals, wolves, grey wolves, endangered species, delisting, hunting, poaching, unnecessary killings, injustice, public protests, legislation, Minnesota )
Sylvie - 13 hours ago -

Minnesota's wolf hunt ended on January 3rd having claimed 400 wolf lives. This is a result of the state's unfortunate policy adopted in defiance of public opinion, let alone justice.

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Once virtually wiped off the map by decades of hunting, trapping, and poisoning, wolf numbers are slowly rising thanks to recovery efforts.
Take Action! Tell President Obama to stop a deadly policy to eliminate federal protections for gray wolves in Wyoming and allow shoot-on-sight killing of wolves and their pups in most of the state.
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Featured Stories
Since our founding more than four decades ago, Earthjustice has fought to protect hundreds of special places and wildlife species. And while every victory that preserves a national park or saves an endangered species is a significant accomplishment, some animals we defend are iconic symbols of the wild. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the case of the Northern Rockies gray wolves.
On August 31, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it is eliminating federal protections for Wyoming wolves, handing wolf management over to Wyoming, which will open almost all of the state to immediate, unconditional wolf killing.
Wolf 253 was one of the first casualties as the federal government stripped Endangered Species protections for gray wolves in the northern Rockies. But this particular wolf was unique.
Explore the history of the northern Rocky gray wolves, beginning in the 1930s when their numbers were decimated after years of persecution, through their successful reintroduction in the 1990s, to current day's first legal wolf hunt in the northern Rockies in nearly a century.
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