POCATELLO, Idaho – A coalition of conservationists, represented by the non-profit environmental law firm Earthjustice, today asked a federal judge in Idaho to halt an unprecedented program by the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to exterminate two wolf packs deep within the largest forested wilderness area in the lower-48 states.
In mid-December 2013, IDFG hired a hunter-trapper to pack into central Idaho’s 2.4-million-acre Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness to eradicate two wolf packs, the Golden and Monumental packs, in the interest of inflating elk populations for outfitters and recreational hunters. The U.S. Forest Service, which administers the wilderness, approved the extermination program by authorizing use of a Forest Service cabin and airstrip to support wolf extermination activities.
“A wilderness is supposed to be a wild place governed by natural conditions, not an elk farm,” said Earthjustice attorney Timothy Preso. “Wolves are a key part of that wild nature and we are asking a judge to protect the wilderness by stopping the extermination of two wolf packs.”
Earthjustice is representing long-time Idaho conservationist and wilderness advocate Ralph Maughan along with three conservation groups—Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project, and Wilderness Watch—in a lawsuit challenging the wolf extermination program. The conservationists argue that the U.S. Forest Service’s approval and facilitation of the program violated the agency’s duty to protect the wilderness character of the Frank Church Wilderness. They have requested a court injunction to prohibit further implementation of the wolf extermination program until their case can be resolved.
Animal Rescue Corps assisted the Wayne County Animal Control and Sheriff's Office in the rescue of more than 125 animals, mostly dogs, found living in extremely neglectful conditions at a home in Monticello, KY, about 3 hours northeast of Nashville, TN. All of the animals were seized by the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and taken to the Animal Rescue Corps Emergency Shelter to be cared for and medically treated.
To learn more and support the work of Animal Rescue Corps, please visit www.animalrescuecorps.org. Thank you!
(from Huffington Post) Imagine you are in the ocean. You hear the lapping of waves, the squeals of dolphins, and the swish of swimming schools of fish -- all sounds you expect to hear underwater. But then a boat glides overhead, and the chatter is drowned by a deafening roar. Sonic blast after blast -- 100,000 times more intense than the roar of a jet engine -- is shot from the boat, annihilating all other ocean sounds.
The government, after campaigning by Oceana and its allies, spared the Atlantic from this fate when the Department of the Interior postponed their decision on whether to allow seismic airguns off the Atlantic coast. The delay pushes back the timeline for oil and gas exploration and buys marine life needed time.
Seismic airguns are used to search the seabed for buried deposits of oil and gas. Towed behind survey boats, these guns shoot pulses of compressed air through the water every 10 seconds. The noise penetrates miles into the ocean floor and bounces back to the boat, creating a geologic map from the reflected sound waves. These blasts greatly harm marine life and local fisheries.
The government's own estimates predict that seismic airgun use would disrupt critical behaviors like feeding, calving, and breeding for countless marine creatures. At least 138,500 dolphins and whales, they approximate, will be injured or possibly killed by the deafening blasts, including the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale. Having barely survived centuries of whaling -- they were the "right" type to kill -- the roughly 500 remaining whales cannot afford to endure yet another obstacle as they struggle to recover.
Dolphins and many whale species are social animals, relying heavily on sound to communicate while they hunt, find mates, and migrate. An ocean filled with deafening blasts will scare dolphins and whales away from habitats where they feed or calve, drown out calls from other animals, and even disrupt their migration routes. These blasts will also cause temporary or permanent hearing loss in some animals, condemning them to death from starvation or stranding.
Even fisheries are at risk. Airguns displace commercial species, kill fish eggs and larvae, and lower catch rates between 40 and 80 percent. Seismic blasts will impact the economies of seven Atlantic states, including more than 100 fishing communities and more than 500,000 marine tourism and local recreation jobs.
The proposed seismic survey zone spans more than 300,000 square miles of ocean from Delaware to Florida -- an area twice the size of California. Within that zone lie marine reserves, fishing grounds, and critical habitats for endangered species. Current rules ban drilling in the Atlantic until 2017, but the oil and gas industry could begin the mapping process while the ban is still in place, shepherding in unsafe offshore oil drilling.
So, the oceans will remain quiet for the time being, but airgun blasts could ring through the waves as soon as next year. At Oceana, we are working to halt the use of airguns to prevent them-and ultimately offshore oil drilling-from wreaking havoc on our oceans. Our coasts -- and our climate -- cannot handle these ill-advised investments in unsustainable fossil fuel technologies. The government needs to make the right choice: ban the use of airguns in the Atlantic and beyond.
Montana Commission Expands Trophy Hunting for Wolves
One hunter could kill five in new, longer season The Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission approved an unjustified and devastating proposal to expand trophy hunting of Montana’s wolves. Each hunter could kill up to five wolves – compared to three in the previous year – and the season expanded to cover September 15 to March 15, putting pregnant wolves in jeopardy.
Wendy Hergenraeder, Montana state director for The Humane Society of the United States said: “We are extremely disappointed that the Commission has furthered its hostile assault on Montana’s wolves. After the devastating effects the 2012 hunting season had on the population – especially to Yellowstone Park’s wolf packs – our Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission should be working to protect the fragile population, not adopting the same aggressive measures that put wolves on the endangered species list in the first place.” /snip/ ---------------------------------------------
Hunters will have a longer season this year to pursue wolves and will be able to take more wolves compared to last year.
Montana’s general rifle season for wolves opens Sunday and runs through March 15. This year’s season is about a month and a half longer than last year’s. The archery season for wolves opened Sept. 7 and goes through Saturday. Trapping will begin Dec. 15 and run through Feb. 28. /snip/
I hope this comes over alright. Please read for the Wolves.
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