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US Fish & Wildife Services Asks Judge to Vacate Order Delisting Gray Wolves as Endangered


Environment  (tags: gray wolves, wolf, endangered species, US Fish & Wildlife Service, conservation, wolf population, species protection )

RC
- 3613 days ago - nytimes.com
This is excellent news! In a reversal of its original request, officials at the US Fish & Wildlife Service want the delisting order vacated. This means the scheduled fall wolf hunt, already delayed, could be put off until further studies are completed.



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RC deWinter (418)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 4:21 am
I hope these fools at F & W decide in favor of the wolf. While Federal agents are still allowed to kill "rogue wolves", a re-listing to endangered species status would protect the majority of wolves from needless death through hunting.
 

Faith M (161)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:02 am
there is something wrong with Care2 noting process it will not let me note this so consider this a note also this is great news and about time
 

Pamylle G (461)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:06 am
Bravo, this gives me a feeling of HOPE...until the next "news flash", eh, Cate ?
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:18 am
Excellent news! Let's hope it happens.
Louise B.
 

Clever Pseudonym (176)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:22 am
Ha! Thought I was 1st to note one of your very popular stories but it looks like nobody's getting noted right now.
 

Barry S (118)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:33 am

Finally, a government agency doing something right for a change.
 

Carolyn T (234)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:36 am
Noted. This is excellent news...a measured response. Thank you, Cate!
 

Carolyn T (234)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:42 am
Backtracked to see if my note and comment had actually taken place...appears Care2 is cross-posting comments. It's going to be another weird Wednesday, isn't it?
 

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:44 am
I pray it stays this way. Noted with thanks Cate.
 

Morgan Griffith (225)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:58 am
They are starting to make me dizzy both in F&W and in care2 land. One thing I like is that when you comment it's like you go on a scavenger hunt cuz ya never know where your comment will appear and how long it will stay once it does appear.
 

Chris Otahal (507)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 6:14 am
Great news!
 

Christine A (57)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 6:27 am
Thank you, Cate! Great news! Hope it happens - and hope this appears where it is supposed to! LOL!
 

Kevin L (13)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 6:32 am
Here's to hoping the wolves maintain some protection from gun toting idiots.

Notes have been taking a little longer, sometimes, but I think that it just relates to growing pains here at Care2. This service is on track to exceed 10^6 users this month.

I haven't noticed any of the commenting problems that people have been mentioning, so I'm curious to see if this ends up here with the wolf delisting post.

Thanx 4 posting, Regina!
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 7:08 am
Noted, thanks Cate.

This should put a kink in allowing aerial wolf hunting in Alaska? If they are on the endangered species list then they cannot legally be hunted bu Palin and her cronies.
 

Kevin L (13)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 7:30 am
Now I've experienced the comments going to wrong posts. It can be pretty frustrating, but I could see some humorous combinations of comments resulting ;).

S.R.H., Regrettably, the listing only applies to the wolves (would lupi be understood?) living in the lower 48.
 

Louise L (48)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 7:33 am
Excellent news! I still can't understand why they don't shut down all these federal offices, and hire Native Americans to run all the parks and wildlife. It would give them good employment, and they would do a much better job. Thanks, Cate. PS It does appear Care2 now has several glitches, routing our comments all over kingdom come....
 

Laurie W (189)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 7:35 am
The most inspiring sound I ever heard was when my husky use to join in chorus with her sisters/brothers in the woods.
Maybe just maybe.... Palin will be just as reckless as Cheney and some other croonie gets a taste of some buckshot. I fear the animal with lipstick more..they act without being threatened and kill for no reason other than sport.At least when I see a wolf I recognize it for what it is...not sure about Palin..her fur seems to keep changing.
 

ROBIN M (312)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 7:49 am
I SAY PUT OFF THE HUNT FOREVER.
 

Judith Jaehn (199)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 7:55 am
Noted, over and over and over again! It will not stay in one place!!! LOL
I hope this ends all hunting of these precious darlings!
Palin is a human monster! Ban Guns!
Thank you Regina!
Peace for all animals!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 8:39 am
Great news i wish it should carry.
 

Ann M (3)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 8:57 am
While I suppose in a round about way this is good news, and wolf advocates will certainly take the possibility of giving these wolves more time, I am still completely disgusted by the whole thing. The way of thinking about these animals has not changed. The way of protecting them has not changed. Their habitat is still decreasing. Pups are still being killed along with their mothers. Get the picture yet? These animals are NOT problem animals no matter how you spin the story. If they are attacking livestock...move the damn livestock. It is not that difficult people. These animals are merely trying to survive in a world that won't let them survive because the world thinks it has the authority to tell them when, where, how they should live and die. Thank GOD for those who are in the position to really help these animals and may they continue their work relentlessly!
 

Nevaeh M (75)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 10:52 am
Thank goodness, long over due :-) great news thanks , noted!
 

Estella Ameigh (22)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 11:00 am
Thanks Cate. Noted, but maybe the number will stay and maybe it won't. I
think there are little gremlins changing the numbers back and forth.
 

Estella Ameigh (22)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 11:04 am
67 no back to 66 will the gremlins in there please stop playing your
little tricks. Well, at least I tried to note it. Have a great day.
 

Nevaeh M (75)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 11:05 am
This is very strange ! I'm in the twilight's zone how did my pepper message show up on this posting for the wolves.?????????????????? I just wanted to see if it show up. because it also showed up on the news about peppers. ;-)
 

Tom M (814)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 11:11 am

"The reconsideration of the listing was not related to a recently announced decline in the wolf population in the Rockies. Wildlife officials counted 1,455 animals this summer, down from 1,545 a year ago. It was the first drop in more than 10 years and officials said they were not sure why."

Duh. Look for dumbass rednecks with big guns, camouflage outfits and sunglasses. Like this idiot.
 

Dee C (23)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 12:25 pm
Noted with gladness..
Thanks Cate..
 

Marion Y (322)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 12:26 pm
Cool! I hope the request sticks.
 

Joan Mclaughlin (133)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 2:15 pm
glasly noted ,Thanks Cate
 

Joan Mclaughlin (133)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 2:16 pm
Yes, I can spell,my fingers can't!!! LOL
 

Richelle R (62)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 3:07 pm
Good deal! Hope Palin doesn't have a say!
 

David Gould (155)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 5:15 pm
Maybe good sence will prevail!
 

Jeramie D (5)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 6:42 pm
I am for all the wildlife and am sick of letters back to me from Sec. kempthorne saying they can't tell Montana or Alaska what to do. Why not????
 

Allyn M (0)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 7:38 pm
I asked about the wolves in Alaska to Sentor Boxer! She said the wolves in
Alaska are"NOT" on the endangered species list! Then can anybody tell me how to get them on the list!!I guess we will have to wait for the next administration! Just hope and pray that it is "NOT" McCain and Palin!!
All wildlife will be in danger of extinction!!

Lets put a spotlight on "Safari Club International"! They are behind the scene on pro-hunting from planes and copterd! They also are strong advocates
of "Canned hunting"!

Has anyone checked the Cheney canned hunt of pen raised pheasants and ducks?
Go to www.HSUS .ORG, Then go to the blank space and type in "Cheney's canned pheasant hunt"! It really gets to you of how depraved these idiots are!
 

. (0)
Wednesday September 24, 2008, 7:42 pm
This makes me happy but never let your guard down for who know when the vulcure will swoop down again. I love my wolfs and all animals this everone knows, But the buzzards are still circling so keep your eyes on them at all times. Thanks Cate.
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Thursday September 25, 2008, 12:28 am
Cate...
Thank you for posting submitting this....it adds to the fact the government doesn't ever know a damn thing about wildlife.
I hope you don't mind, but I and leaving a link to a story I submittted this morning before Care 2 decided it was posting comments and links from unrelated stories....gremlins....or a techie with a sick sense of logic...

But finally a truth that everyone has known, and no one willing to speak up is the lies that Alaska wolf haters have tried to sell the world. There never has been a shortage of moose, and the fact remains that the state wants to draw in OUT OF STATE TROPHY HUNTERS. AND TO DO THAT THEY HAVE TO KEEP THE NUMBERS HIGH OF THEIR FREAKING OUT OF STATERS CHANCE OF A KILL.
THIS ANGERS ME SO MUCH....LAZY..MONEY HUNGRY, AND BLOOD THIRSTY JACKA**ES.

Soryy folks but the wolves here are destined to by wiped out with Palin and her murdering friends staking their claim to their trophy!


Moose Hunts Fairly Stable, Study Finds Contrary to Hunters' Tales of Good or Bad Moose Seasons

http://www.care2.com/news/member/562953694/888829
 

Wolfweeps Pommawolf (251)
Thursday September 25, 2008, 12:31 am
http://www.care2.com/news/member/562953694/888829

Moose hunts fairly stable, study finds
By Christi Hang

Published Friday, September 19, 2008

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Stumble It! FAIRBANKS — Contrary to hunters’ tales of good or bad moose seasons, Jennifer Schmidt says the number of successful hunts has been relatively stable since 1990.

Schmidt, a researcher at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, presented her study, “Statewide Trends of Alaska Moose Hunters and Hunts” at the American Association for the Advacement of Science Arctic Division’s Arctic Science Conference on Wednesday.

Analysis of moose harvest tags from 1990 to 2006 revealed an average success rate of 32 percent. It also revealed non-resident hunters spent the most time out on hunting trips, followed by rural hunters and then hunters from urban areas.

Schmidt said the time could be determined by different factors for each group. Nonresident hunters have probably planned to come to the state mainly for the hunt and set a certain number of days for their trip, while rural hunters have easier access to hunting grounds, and they can hunt more often. Urban hunters are hindered by their jobs and other obligations, Schmidt said.

The data found a correlation between a hunt’s success and the distance traveled. On average, hunters who traveled farther were more successful. Hunters from Barrow, Juneau and Seward went the farthest. Anchorage and Fairbanks hunters also logged in a good number of miles. From 2001 to 2006, hunting distances have stayed steady, but Schmidt said gas prices could affect this year’s travel distance.

She was also able to track hunting methods through the tags. The most popular method was highway hunting, where hunters prowl the roadway system for a kill. But it was also the most unsuccessful method. The most successful methods were by recreational vehicles such as snowmachines and four-wheelers or horse and dog teams, although the popularity of the vehicles is rising while the use of horses and dogs is decreasing.

Schmidt said the database included some assumptions and biases. The tags did not allow hunters to state if they used more than one method of transportation during their hunt. She also said things such as hunters rounding the number of days on their hunt has an effect on the data.

But while moose harvests have remained stable, the possibility of rabies incidents may be on the rise.

Erich Follman, a professor at UAF, presented his work on the rabies virus, foxes and the increased chance of human interaction.

According to the lecture’s abstract, rabies outbreaks occur every 3 to 4 years, but two factors could lead to increased numbers. The reduced sea ice restricts the fox movements on ice and increases their movement on land, forcing them closer to humans. Secondly the northward expansion of red foxes could increase the number of foxes with rabies because they are more susceptible to rabies than arctic foxes.

Human rabies cases are rare in Alaska. Only three cases have been reported in the state’s history, with the last case taking place in 1943. Those three cases were caused by wolves or sled dogs.

Although there have been no fox-to-human rabies case, dogs and other companion animals could have direct contact with foxes.

Follman said foxes are scavengers and are attracted to research stations, whale butchering sites, beached whales and industrial sites.

Fox behavior and Arctic climate change could have much wider effects. As seals and foxes interact more as sea ice disappears, he wondered if rabies could spread to polar bears and other species.
 

CHRISTIAN RYAN (11)
Thursday September 25, 2008, 12:31 am
lEAVE OUR DARN WOLVES ALONE CHRIS
 

Patricia N (41)
Thursday September 25, 2008, 3:05 pm
Palin is dangerous to the wildlife & us.
 

Thomas C (4)
Thursday September 25, 2008, 4:02 pm
Finally some good news about government officials: if they aren't stealing from us or taking bribes, they're doing everything they can to kill off our animals and environment. Hopefully, this temporary victory is a first sign that BIG BUSINESS is going to start losing a few. They've had a stranglehold on politicians for 20 years now.
 

Deborah Hooper (59)
Friday September 26, 2008, 8:19 pm
Do we have to kill everything?

Wolves are amazingly social. Have comparative ranking and will shun a wolf that is different to the point of banning it from the pack. Amazing animals, would be nice if we studied them instead of killing them for no reason except that we can.
 

Suzanna van der Voort (271)
Saturday September 27, 2008, 5:48 am
Beautiful, great news! Thanks Cate!
 
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