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'We're Done. Game Over. Whatever Happens to Wolves in the U.S. Is a State Thing


Animals  (tags: Wolves LOSE, Revolution! )

Roxy
- 521 days ago - oregonwild.org
GAME OVER



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Roxy H. (337)
Thursday April 25, 2013, 9:57 pm
NOTE...This is from our friends at Oregon Wild, Who I got the first Tweet from.. I had some really good news about Tony The Tiger... He is making some advancements moving out of that truckstop. But this Loss is hitting me Hard... Look on The Wolf Army Website to see my comments ( Sierra Dragoncaller ) I have to deal with many of my members right now... they are in turmoil.. our Wolves are going to need to be rescued... TIME TO GET THEM OUT OF THE USA!

Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times.

The sweeping rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would eliminate protection for wolves 18 years after the government re-established the predators in the west, where they had been hunted to extinction. Their reintroduction was a success, with the population growing to the thousands.

But their presence has always drawn protests across the Intermountain West from state officials, hunters and ranchers who lost livestock to the wolves. They have lobbied to remove the gray wolf from the endangered list.

Once those protections end, the fate of wolves is left to individual states. The species is only beginning to recover in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest. California is considering imposing its own protections after the discovery of a lone male that wandered into the state's northern counties from Oregon two years ago.

The species has flourished elsewhere, however, and the government ended endangered status for the gray wolf in the northern Rockies and Great Lakes regions last year.

Mike Jimenez, who manages wolves in the northern Rockies for the Fish and Wildlife Service, said delisting in that region underscored a "huge success story." He said that while wolves are now legally hunted in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming, the federal agency continues to monitor pack populations and can reinstate protections should numbers reach levels that biologists consider to be dangerously low.

Scientists and conservationists who reviewed the plan said its reasoning is flawed. They challenged how the agency reconfigures the classification of wolf subspecies and its assertion that little habitat remains for wolves.

Jamie Rappaport Clark, the former director of the Fish and Wildlife Service and now the president of Defenders of Wildlife, said the decision "reeks of politics" and vowed that it will face multiple legal challenges.

"This is politics versus professional wildlife management," Clark said. "The service is saying, 'We're done. Game over. Whatever happens to wolves in the U.S. is a state thing.' They are declaring victory long before science would tell them to do so."

The Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to release its decision to delist the wolves in coming weeks and it could become final within a year. Brent Lawrence, a Fish and Wildlife Service spokesman, said Thursday that the agency would not comment.

The proposed rule is technically a draft until it is entered into the Federal Register.

Some scientists agreed with the decision to delist the wolves. But several took exception to some of the findings that the agency included in the document, including the scientifically disputed issue of defining wolf subspecies.

"It's a little depressing that science can be used and pitched in this way," said Bob Wayne, a professor of evolutionary biology at UCLA.

Wolves were once common and ranged across much of the continental United States, a vestigial symbol of the Old West and its expanse of open, wild country.

But as the West became urbanized and ranching spread, government-subsidized hunting that offered bounties for wolf kills virtually wiped out the animals by the 1930s.

A half-century later, scientists recognized the value in restoring top predators to re-balance ecosystems, and federal wildlife managers hashed out a reintroduction program. A group of 66 Canadian wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 and the animals have thrived, exceeding recovery goals each year. More than 1,600 now roam the northern Rockies, although last year the population fell by seven percent.

Wolves and their presence on the landscape have always elicited passionate responses and stirred political action. In 2011, for example, language that Congress buried in a defense appropriations bill directed the Interior secretary to remove most wolves in the Rockies from the endangered classification. Such decisions are normally left to the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Delisting is not common, and is generally accompanied by much fanfare as the move signifies a great effort in pulling a species back from the brink of extinction. Only two dozen species have ever been removed from the list.

Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity has been tracking the progress of Mexican wolves and applauded the decision to designate that species as endangered.

"The importance of a subspecies listing is that it will finally compel the service to do what it says it's wanted to do for 25 years — which is to complete a recovery plan," he said.

The recognition of the Mexican gray wolf as a subspecies represents an about-face for the agency. The Fish and Wildlife Service denied a listing petition for the Mexican wolf in October.

The Mexican wolf reintroduction program, begun in 1995, has been a disaster. Only one wolf has been released from the captive breeding program in the last four years — in January. That male was recaptured three weeks later.


 

back soon no-mail (388)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:40 am
These magnificent creatures have been here longer than humans and they are only doing what Natures tells them to do. Wise up America!
Thank you Roxie.
 

Candy L. (479)
Friday April 26, 2013, 1:03 am
This is insane! Good-By All Wildlife
 

Constance F. (433)
Friday April 26, 2013, 1:16 am
NO, not over yet. I am really struggling to believe this will happen. I am so alarmed right now - are you? The implications of this are shattering. There is no hope then - NO hope for ANYTHING in regards to conservation, biodiversity and the smallest ethical regard toward wildlife - none. Tell me - how shall we hope now ! This is an ABOMINATION!
 

. (1)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:56 am
Shame!!
 

Michela m. (3945)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:07 am
TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Giana Peranio-Paz (388)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:38 am
Dear Roxie, this is very sad news and I wish I knew what else to do from here, so far away, except for signing endless petitions and passing on the message. There are so many heartless humans (many of them became politicians because of this trait) and fighting them is quite a feat. We can't change their minds, you say, and you are probably right, they are infected and that is that! The only thing we can do is stick together and become a force in numbers to change laws.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:54 am
Thx Roxy. Before your message even led me to your post here I had already seen the sad news email from Defenders. I'll copy here: (some might not have received it and there's a PETITION with it! )

One decision could forever change the future of gray wolves in our country.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is proposing to remove all Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for most of the gray wolves across the United States.

Yes, you read that correctly.

The FWS is moving forward with a proposal to strip nearly all gray wolves throughout the United States — with the exception of the Mexican gray wolf — of Endangered Species Act protections.

Please send an urgent message to Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell

demand that the federal government not turn its back on wolves when there is still more important wolf recovery work that needs to be done.

This proposal reflects an unacceptable and short-sighted vision of our nation's conservation goals, and would give up on wolf recovery well before the job is done; a true conservation tragedy!

Delisting would prematurely turn wolf management over to the states, and we've already seen what can happen when rabid anti-wolf politics are allowed to trump science and core wildlife management principals.

Montana, Wyoming and Idaho — all states where wolves have been delisted — are not treating wolves like other wildlife such as elk and bears. Instead they're driving the wolves' population numbers back down to the bottom. More than 1,100 wolves have already been killed in the Northern Rockies since Congress took ESA protections away from them in 2011.

Wolves' lives are at stake. Please help send 250,000 signatures to the Department of Interior starting today.

This decision would derail wolf recovery efforts in areas around the country where it has barely begun — in places like the Pacific Northwest and in states that possess some of the nation's best unoccupied wolf habitat, such as Colorado, Utah and northern California.

This proposal represents yet another monumental setback for wolf recovery in the U.S.

Tell Secretary Jewell: The important work of wolf recovery is NOT FINISHED — don't turn back the clock on almost 40 years of wolf conservation.

This proposal reflects an unacceptable and short-sighted vision of our nation's conservation goals, and would give up on wolf recovery well before the job is done; a true conservation tragedy!

Delisting would prematurely turn wolf management over to the states, and we've already seen what can happen when rabid anti-wolf politics are allowed to trump science and core wildlife management principals.

Montana, Wyoming and Idaho — all states where wolves have been delisted — are not treating wolves like other wildlife such as elk and bears. Instead they're driving the wolves' population numbers back down to the bottom. More than 1,100 wolves have already been killed in the Northern Rockies since Congress took ESA protections away from them in 2011.

Wolves' lives are at stake. Please help send 250,000 signatures to the Department of Interior starting today.

This decision would derail wolf recovery efforts in areas around the country where it has barely begun — in places like the Pacific Northwest and in states that possess some of the nation's best unoccupied wolf habitat, such as Colorado, Utah and northern California.

This proposal represents yet another monumental setback for wolf recovery in the U.S.

Tell Secretary Jewell: The important work of wolf recovery is NOT FINISHED — don't turn back the clock on almost 40 years of wolf conservation.

Over the coming weeks, we're pulling out all the stops to urge the Department of the Interior to step up to its responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act and follow through on our nation’s commitment to restore imperiled wolves. It's up to you and me to ensure that our children's children will have the chance to cherish these magnificent creatures like we do today.

Thank you for speaking out for wildlife.

Sincerely,
Jamie Rappaport Clark
President
Defenders of Wildlife

 

Christeen Anderson (499)
Friday April 26, 2013, 3:59 am
This is deeply saddening for me.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:00 am
Thank you for Taking Action on Behalf of America's wolves.
Petition signed and donation made. I'll check if anyone already posted the petition, -if not, I will do so.

Here's the link once again: Wolves' lives are at stake. Please help send 250,000 signatures to the Department of Interior starting today.
 

AniMae Chi (410)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:06 am
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Thank you for Taking Action on Behalf of America's wolves.

.... and i'll keep signing the petitions!
 

Roxy H. (337)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:39 am
My never-ending miracle believing fairies...geeesh no wonder i wear you all like a warm blanket, ty
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (275)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:44 am
Signed
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (275)
Friday April 26, 2013, 4:49 am
Thank you for Taking Action on Behalf of America's wolves
 

Jill Vickerman (426)
Friday April 26, 2013, 5:03 am
Terrible news.
 

Natasha Salgado (530)
Friday April 26, 2013, 5:29 am
Horrible news. The petition neewds way more sig's---it's only at 23,000. Thx Roxie.
 

Dandelion G. (383)
Friday April 26, 2013, 5:33 am
Delisting is not common, and is generally accompanied by much fanfare as the move signifies a great effort in pulling a species back from the brink of extinction. Only two dozen species have ever been removed from the list.

Could it be the wolves are also falling victim to the sequester and austerity? With less monies going into a lot of various programs the cutbacks include staff for oversight and to implement.

We are all falling victims to these austerity measures that squeeze us more and more allowing the few Greedy Heartless Ones to continue to throw bear rugs on floors and hang heads on their walls, use large amounts of fuel to fly around the world, run their pleasure crafts and their huge private yachts, forcing more digging into our Mother while they evade paying taxes to help fund programs such of this to help wolves.

What do the Greedy Heartless Ones care if the tar sands are being dug from First Nations backyards spiking cancer rates as the land and water that the The People drink becomes contaminated. What do the Greedy Ones care if spills ruin backyards of other people more modest home, what do the Greedy Heartless Ones care if some wolves disappear or any other animal for that matter when they abuse the Earth without thought? As long as Profits are made and they can live in a lifestyle that even the Pharaohs would be astonished by.

These things are all connected. That when the Earth is in decline all species are thrown under the bus. You are correct, the Bought and Sold out Ones in Washington are not listening to the howl of the wolves nor the cries of those who care about them. The Sold Out Ones are controlled by the Greedy Heartless Ones, who simply do not care. It is the masses against the few. Until the masses wake up and want to live and thrive not to just survive and become witness to many losses, then we will continue to pine over one loss after another.

The Game is never over IF The People so choose it not to be.

During this past election there were two Parties that were firmly in the Environmentalist corner. But did The People vote for them? No......

Firstly the Elections are rigged so these two Parties the Justice Party and the Green Party did not get the same media coverage as the other two Bought Out Sold Out in the Corporate Pockets Puppet Parties got.

But there were many people who DID know of these other Parties but still threw their hat in the ring for the Evil Doers or the Lessor of the Two Evil Doers.....depending what side of the coin one was on. Give me a break, if either one of the Parties of Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum had your interests in mind or the wolves interest in mind, it wouldn't have gone the way it's been going for quite some time now.

You had Two Parties that were BOTH strong Advocates of the Environment Justice Party and Green Party. I see so many crying over their choices now, but the reality was there all along. Stop supporting that which is destroying. Get Environmentalist in at all levels of Government or you can kiss your butt and the wolves butts goodbye, but you'll find few Environmentalist in the Corporate owned pockets. They talk a good talk but walk in another manner, or as my ancestors said, they speak with forked tongue. Yes, and stab you in the back as well.
 

Antonella C. (86)
Friday April 26, 2013, 5:35 am
no comment
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:13 am
Bravo Shery/Dandelion !!!
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:20 am
Don't forget the petition! Cher has also posted it.
link once again: Wolves' lives are at stake. Please help send 250,000 signatures to the Department of Interior starting today.
 

Pat B. (354)
Friday April 26, 2013, 6:31 am
I'd heard about this last night...Thank you, Roxy. It is indeed, very, very sad news.!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:35 am
noted Petition signed thank you
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:37 am
Thank you for Taking Action on Behalf of America's wolves
 

Leslene Dunn (74)
Friday April 26, 2013, 7:48 am
Roxie, this is the worst news I have had - what the hell is wrong with these bastards - oh flip, I am not in a good state now, extremely angry and would so love to go on a killing spree using these rubbishes as targets. God needs to intervene for these precious wolves in a mighty way now. I really pray that these monsters, their families and all who are associated with this heinous crime be punished as only God can punish.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:00 am
Leslene, bitterness and revenge thoughts DO NOT HELP. We/you all can do our/your part by eating LESS BEEF !!
The situation was artificially and falsly blown up so big by the rangers and their former supporter Salazar. Nobody needs all that beef -stop consuming it.
 

Nikki B. (129)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:01 am
Noted and signed defenders petition. Thank you Roxy and Angelika for bringing this to my attention.
 

naomi cohen (42)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:09 am
i refuse to believe it is over. noted, forwarded, shared. we are still in the game. it is not over until we all give up, and that is not happening. i know you are broken, roxie, i am too. but our strength here at care2 is very powerful thank you for posting this dreadful development.
 

Anna Undebeck (205)
Friday April 26, 2013, 8:09 am
Dont know what to say,Im out of words right now....but i do know how reading this makes me feel :'(

Thank you for Taking Action on Behalf of America's wolves.
 

. (6)
Friday April 26, 2013, 9:11 am
This is horrific, the worst nightmare. Signed Angelika's petition, tried to donate but no response, will try later. As Giana said we are too far away to rescue, but we should keep signing and try, we can't give up. Thank you Roxy for all you are doing and I hope they can be rescued. This is so terrible and so very sad, just unbelievable it could happen, or has happened!
 

Shawna S. (43)
Friday April 26, 2013, 9:13 am
Thanks Roxie and Angelika...noted and signed.
With 22 Million members on care2...I'm sure we can make a change? Let's do it.
 

Konstantin Trubin (552)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:01 am
Печально
 

Konstantin Trubin (552)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:04 am
Noted.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday April 26, 2013, 11:43 am
s&n :) Thx Roxie Angel :))
 

Danica Mirkovic (108)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:09 pm
Sadly noted :(
 

Veronique L. (215)
Friday April 26, 2013, 12:20 pm
Message sent Roxie
 

Lisa sick Windsor (154)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:00 pm
Will do whatever I can, noted Roxie!
 

Roxy H. (337)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:28 pm
Thanks everyone for all your words and comments. I love you all my care2 family. We will work together as we always have. Sorry for bringing such dire news about the wolves. This is not something I enjoy. It kills us all, I am aware of this. We will work on the issues united as one voice for Mother Earth.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Friday April 26, 2013, 2:58 pm
ANOTHER PETITION - Don't End Federal Protection for Gray Wolves
 

Nancy Black (302)
Friday April 26, 2013, 9:27 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared. Roxy, I am so sorry; I know you have lost a large part of your family and purpose. It is so sad that people kill without any regard or respect for life. I can't understand why we can't all live together on this earth. Many of the people who want to kill believe in the creation and God; yet, they try to destroy God's work. Interesting, when these same people talk about following God's law, and they want to destroy his creation. Beats me; sad, shameful and sorry.
 

Laurie H. (716)
Friday April 26, 2013, 10:10 pm
Oh Roxie, I am so very sorry and believe me, WE WILL do whatever possible to help our beloved wolves! What is happening I can hardly believe, so many things are eroding & not making any sense. Cold & heartless people are what we're up against, I see it as "GOOD vs EVIL!" YOU have a heart of gold my friend & we'll support these efforts 100%. I believe that GOD will deal with the evil ones one day as well! Thank you EVERYONE HERE=WE WON'T GO DOWN WITHOUT A FIGHT="WE'RE STANDING STRONG TOGETHER!"~
 

Danuta Watola (1204)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 2:33 am
Noted
 

Sherri G. (114)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 3:48 am
I am sorry Roxie. Our government can be so very disappointing. We cannot give up because that is exactly what they want us to do. Keep writing, emailing, tweeting, sharing, phone, and everything you have been doing. Senator Boxer of CA is an animal conservationist. You can tweet @senatorboxer @nancypelosi @senwarren and ask them to help. We will do whatever we can to support you. Hang tough Roxie.
 

Angelika R. (143)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 7:20 am
Do sign both petitions listed above (if you've not already done so) and remember when you do your daily click-to-donates click MANY MORE TIMES THAN JUST ONCE FOR THE WOLVES ! That will also help the Defenders even if it does not earn you extra butterflies.
 

janet stothers (17)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 7:43 am
roxie we cant give up we have to keep fighting!!! I WILL NOT GIVE UP!!! thats what they want us to do damn the government they need to be reformed they are really screwed up!
 

Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 8:24 am
I, like everyone here, am deeply saddened by this unforgivable injustice to our beautiful wolves. Roxie, my heart grieves for you because I understand how much you love and are a part of the great wolf pack. But do not give up sisterwolf, for we will not give up! We WILL carry this fight to every corner of the nation and beyond until our millions of voices are REALLY HEARD! I have noted, donated several times now, twittered, fb and google shared. We are a family here and when family stands together, nothing and no one can stop us. It is when we are at our lowest, that we must fight the hardest, so that is exactly what we will do. I have signed the petitions and I will make phone calls, send letters and emails, and I will stand by your side all of the way. It is time to REALLY HOWL FOR THE WOLVES AND LET THEM FEEL OUR BITE! And I agree with Sheryl, we cannot cry over how things are going if we did not vote for those whom we knew would stand up for our Mother Earth and all of her children. I did vote for Jill Stein and I will continue to vote only for those who have the welfare of Earth Mother at heart.
 

Waltraud U. (83)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 9:55 am
OMG - will sign - noted
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deb s. (145)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 4:03 pm
I'm with you Roxie on saving the wolves whatever it takes we will be strong together (all care2 plus) for them and loud as to be heard for their no voice to speak for themselves God Bless you for being that wold advocate!
 

Vicky P. (464)
Saturday April 27, 2013, 10:13 pm
horrible..everyone needs to do what they can for these animals, can't leave it to the government unfortunately, either side can't be trusted.
 

Tanya W. (52)
Sunday April 28, 2013, 5:18 am
Why is it that the ignorant and the small minded have all the misguided power? And why must the innocent always suffer? May the winds of change carry the wolves howl in triumphant glory!! Noted and signed.
 

Stephanie Reap (192)
Monday April 29, 2013, 9:38 am
noted, HORRIBLE
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 30, 2013, 2:24 am
This is heartbreaking Roxy. Like you, wolves mean the world to me. They've been an important part of my life for years. I really don't know what to say other than kudos to you. You've fought so hard. You're an inspiration. This just isn't fair. :(
 

z Buffypause o. (101)
Monday May 13, 2013, 5:17 am
Hi Roxy, is so sad all that is happening.
 

Yvonne F. (174)
Saturday July 6, 2013, 9:57 am
Signed the various petitions!!! Let's help the wolves!
Thanks Roxy
 
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