Saturday, February 22, 2014









LIVE SIMPLY.
SO THAT OTHERS MAY SIMPLY LIVE.


Art : Gregory Colbert
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Thursday, January 9, 2014


#STOPIDAHOWOLFHUNTS
JANUARY 9. 2014

Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Idaho For Wilderness.
Foundation For Wildlife Management.


The anti wolf folks in Idaho 
have been busy lately!
http://nowolfhaters.blogspot.com/


Way to go, Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife and Idaho wolf hunters!!!

You have managed to show the world what ignoring science based Apex predator research, coupled with mythically informed anti wolf hysteria can produce. 
Half a dozen pro wolf petitions circulated, at least a couple of lawsuits, weeklong national and international media coverage. 
But worst of all, you managed to bring about a totally senseless shedding of wolf blood. You wiped out seven wolves out of two Packs in a very remote section of Idaho, where there are no sheep, or cattle, or even easy access to elk for elk sport hunters.
You managed all of that within a two week period of the holiday season of 2013-2014.
I'm assuming you must be really proud.

First you hosted a Coyote and Wolf Killing Derby, December 28th and 29th, 2013, organized by Idaho for Wildlife, 
http://www.idahoforwildlife.com/component/content/article/2-content/39-salmon-predator-derby, that offered prizes for children to hunt and kill coyotes and wolves.

The derby participants killed 21 coyotes, and no wolves.
Violent rhetoric from both pro and anti wolf advocates occurred, and resulted in quite a bit of national media coverage for the town of Salmon, Idaho. So much so, that Steve Alder, of Idaho for Wildlife said: “I would have removed the wolf’s name out of it and just called it a 'predator youth derby',” he says. “That would have hopefully circumvented some of the radical [environmentalists’] emotional rubbish about the killing of all these wolves that [they claim] we’re gonna do.”
http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-wolf-hunting-contest-highlights-ongoing-divide-between-hunters-and-advocates


Now on to January 9. 2014.
Because sportsman elk hunters had complained that wolves in the Frank Church Wilderness of No Return were feasting on too many elk, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game hired a trapper by the name of Gus Thoreson, of Salmon, to see if he can be a cost-effective method of population control.
We folks who are concerned with science based wolf recovery asked that USFS Chief Tidwell and Payette National Forest Supervisor Keith Lannom protect wolves in the Frank Church Wilderness from Idaho's extreme anti-wolf policies.
Seems that Tidwell and Lannon didn't hear us. 
Big surprise, eh?

Here's the reason we would agree with the phrase "extreme anti-wolf policies".
The killing is necessary because wolves and other predators are eating too many elk calves, and the population has not recovered to the agency's goals, said Jeff Gould, Idaho Fish and Game wildlife bureau chief.
Sport hunters have a hard time getting into the area, Gould said."

Elk hunters ( sport hunters ) CAN NOT access that part of the wilderness to hunt elk to begin with. But the wolves can, so let's kill the wolves so they won't eat the elk that Idaho elk hunters cannot get to.
Make sense?
Nah, didn't to me either.

Today we learned that in spite of a request for a temporary restraining order, filed by Earthjustice, to halt this utterly senseless wolf bloodshed that the trapper succeeded in slaughtering 7 more wolves that have the misfortune of living in Idaho.
http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2014/01/08/seven-wolves-killed-in-idahos-frank-church-wilderness-by-government-hired-trapper/

Maybe the Idaho elk hunters should chat with the Wyoming elk hunters?  

Hunters killed fewer wolves in Wyoming in 2013 than last year after hunting was allowed. Elk hunters enjoyed their biggest harvest in state's history, even before wolves were hunted'. 
http://www.kulr8.com/story/24389589/wolf-and-elk-hunters-have-successful-year

But, let's not overlook what else you have in store for our Gray Wolves.
AVID ELK HUNTERS FORM WOLF-TRAPPING CO-OP
http://www.bendbulletin.com/home/1662065-151/avid-elk-hunters-form-wolf-trapping-co-op#

“We haven’t had a whole lot of publicity to this point. We have avoided it and been able to be successful without it,” Hammack said. “It’s so easy to get unwanted publicity. All we are trying to do is help the department reach its objectives.”

They saw what happened in Salmon recently when the group Idaho For Wildlife held a wolf and coyote hunting derby. Environmental groups filed a lawsuit in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the derby, which eventually resulted in 21 dead coyotes and no dead wolves.

They no doubt recall the uproar two years ago when a trapper near Elk City paused and posed for a photograph in front of a trapped wolf before
dispatching (that means killing) the animal. They are aware an Idaho Fish and Game program that is paying a trapper to kill wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area has drawn attention from environmental groups. They also know some will label their program a bounty.

But as they look to expand their reach, they know publicity is coming and probably necessary. The group will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 at the department’s Clearwater regional headquarters in Lewiston. The group is also scheduled to give a report Jan. 16 at the Idaho Fish and Game Commission meeting in Boise.

Oh, come on Idaho wolf haters!
If what you are doing is necessary, and based on sound science, why would you wish to discourage publicity?
Don't you wish to provide an education for the folks that have a tendency to see what you are advocating as wolf slaughter, not wolf management policies?
No such thing as bad press, true?

So.
What do you have planned next, Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife, as you set a stunning example of the worst possible example of wildlife management for Gray Wolf Recovery?

Here's a thought from your next door neighbor.

"Oregon, where I live, is not perfect but it has not succumbed to 1800s wild west mania yet and started paying hunters to kill wolves we have spent millions trying to restore, as Idaho has."
http://missoulian.com/news/opinion/mailbag/article_28391e14-73eb-11e3-ad61-0019bb2963f4.html#.Us7Nq-eJSJo.twitter

Wednesday, January 1, 2014





Thank you Wolves!
You did it, you spoke up big time 
for our Gray Wolves today!!!
Awesome.
x ~Heidi














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The top predator is an essential part of the ecosystem, ranchers can be educated to coexist successfully with wolves #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



Wildlife officials need to recognize that federal lands belong to all, not just hunters #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



"We need to accept that wolves are part of natural ecosystems so let’s learn to live with them" C. Niemeyer, wolf expert #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



A viable wolf population controls herd animal numbers better and more economically than any other method #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



Exaggerated wolf - livestock interactions have little to do with reality. Domestic dogs kill more cattle than do wolves #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



The conservation of top predators helps to preserve the structure and processes of ecosystems #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



If apex predators are removed, mesopredator populations can force sudden changes in the structure of ecosystems #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



When wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone something interesting happened: it began to find a more healthful balance #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



"Recovering wildlife are restoring balance to damaged ecosystems across the country" #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



Left unexploited by humans, wolves develop complex societies that are tuned to their precise environment #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



Hunting predators violates the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



Hunting authorized outside of Yellowstone NP resulted in the killing of radio-collared wolves vital to research #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



The only commitment Idaho has made to wolves is find as many ways as possible to kill them and drive down their numbers #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



Idaho hired a professional hunter to eliminate entire wolf packs in wilderness areas far away from livestock and humans #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



Predators play a vital role in wildlife population dynamics. The number of predators depends on the prey population #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” - Gandhi #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



"Exterminating wolves is so 19th century" -@Defenders of Wildlife #KEEPWOLVESLISTED



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED The environment belongs to all of us, NOT just wolf hunters . Delisting Gray Wolves will be a detriment to environment



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Delisting the Gray Wolves paves a path to removing E.S.A. protections for other endangered species.@SecretaryJewell



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Delisting the Gray Wolves paves a path to removing E.S.A. protections for other endangered species.@DirectorDanAshe



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Delisting the Gray Wolves paves a path to removing E.S.A. protections for other endangered species.@USFWSHQ



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED The law requires @USFWSHQ to consider the "best available science" in assessing whether threats have eased for Gray Wolves



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED So @USFWSHQ you say wolves are  recovered in MOST of USA despite fact there are few wolves outside PNW + midWest states.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @USFWSHQ Your mandate is to impose regulations that reduce threats against imperiled species, NOT remove the species.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @USFWSHQ Human intolerance to Gray Wolves is WHY wolves need E.S.A. protections, not state wolf management hunting quotas



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @USFWSHQ Your proposed delisting rule for the Gray Wolves discounts the other 85 percent of the wolf's historic range.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  " Wolves are danger to cattle, sheep + other livestock raised in ID mountain region? " TRY NON LETHAL PREDATOR CONTROLS !



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED "While NOT common in southern  ID, mountain lion and wolf attacks do claim livestock." TRY NON LETHAL PREDATOR CONTROLS !



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  What happens when Gray Wolves lose federal E.S.A. protections + reach tipping point when states hunt more than are born?



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED ID and MT report  lower wolf numbers  for 1st time since reintroduction due to hunt. Wildlife officials say # is too high



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Hunting authorized outside of Yellowstone Park killed wolves with radio-collars who were essential to tourism.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Pro-wolf groups submit a million comments in December to @USFWSHQ favoring E.S.A. protections for Gray Wolves.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Since ID, MT, WY, MN, MI, WI have delisted  @USFWSHQ 2,558 Gray Wolves were killed by state led wolf management policies.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Science proves that removing Apex Predator = Gray Wolves , wreaks havoc on the ecosystem through "trophic cascade" 



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED 2,211 wolves in MN as of last winter — 24 percent decline from 2008 . Yet 30 wolves hunted over quota hunted in 2 seasons.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED “ We don’t believe there’s sound biological or management reasons for the MN wolf hunts ” via Howard Goldman w/ HSUS.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Officials aren’t ­concerned MN quota was exceeded by 17 wolves. They say target "goals" are just that . WOLF MANAGEMENT? 



While you reset the period for public comment 3 times @USFWSHQ 1070 more Gray Wolves killed by state "managed" hunts. #KEEPWOLVESLISTED !!!




#KEEPWOLVESLISTED New MT FWP Rules Would Allow Montana Landowners to Shoot, and Trap MORE Wolves. 12.31.2013 http://tinyurl.com/oq5qbvp 



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  States w/ hostility toward wolf conservation, employ overly aggressive hunting + trapping seasons, harming wolf recovery.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @USFWSHG you are tasked with recovery of wolf populations, but became the species’ newest threat by allowing delisting.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  Quotas ensure hunters and trappers do not kill entire wolf packs. Yet MN + WI state management ran over quota twice now.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Gray Wolves CAN co-exist with humans and livestock. Non lethal predator controls ! >

http://www.peopleandcarnivores.org/


#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Prevent conflicts w/ Wolves + livestock instead of hunting wolves! #NonLethalPredatorControls  http://tinyurl.com/phd76q



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Non lethal predator controls considerably reduce wolf predation + spare need to remove wolves. http://tinyurl.com/phd76qm



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Non lethal predator control is a win-win for wolves, livestock, ranchers, and range environment http://tinyurl.com/phd76qm



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Effective wolf management systems need to be used – not  “kill all wolves” ! http://tinyurl.com/phd76qm Nonlethalcontrols



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Idaho’s wolf + predator management violates the North American Model for Wildlife Conservation. http://tinyurl.com/ofec3tj



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Wolf myths perpetuate War on Wolves. Compromise will save wolves + livestock .Nonlethalcontrols http://tinyurl.com/phd76qm



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  DanAshe : "Some say we’re abandoning wolf recovery before it's complete. That couldn’t be further from the truth" REALLY?



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @DirectorDanAshe : "We can work conservation miracles, because we have.  The gray wolf is proof." 2,558 dead Wolves Dan.




#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @DirectorDanAshe "We have received good news re:Mexican wolf - 2012 population count showed record high" 75 whole wolves



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  "I am confident that one day we’ll be celebrating Mexican wolf full recovery" @DirectorDanAshe So where's recovery plan?



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @DirectorDanAshe "We aren’t certain how many bison were, possibly 75M. Today, there R about 1/2  M" Yeh, that's recovery!



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @DirectorDanAshe "We’ve been working hand-in-glove with these folks to recover the gray wolf." MN "folks"=649 dead wolves



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @DirectorDanAshe "We’ve been working hand-in-glove with these folks to recover the gray wolf." ID "folks"=873 dead wolves



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @DirectorDanAshe "We’ve been working hand-in-glove with these folks to recover the gray wolf." MT "folks"=515 dead wolves



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @DirectorDanAshe "We’ve been working hand-in-glove with these folks to recover the gray wolf." WY "folks"=147 dead wolves



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @DirectorDanAshe "We’ve been working hand-in-glove with these folks to recover the gray wolf." WI "folks"=374 dead wolves



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @DirectorDanAshe "We’ve been working hand-in-glove with these folks to recover the gray wolf." MI "folks"= 23 dead wolves



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Promote Non Lethal Predator Controls @SecretaryJewell instead of wolf management via wolf hunt.

http://tinyurl.com/knatxu


#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Promote Non Lethal Predator Controls @DirectorDanAshe instead of wolf management via wolf hunt.

http://tinyurl.com/knatxu


#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Promote Non Lethal Predator Controls @USFWSHQ instead of wolf management via wolf hunt.

http://tinyurl.com/knatxu


#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @DirectorDanAshe There are 468 replies on your blog  http://tinyurl.com/olllbtl Most clearly don't agree w/ your viewpoint



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED 1 comment of 468 on Director Dan Ashe's blog. NO delisting ! http://tinyurl.com/olllbtl  pic.twitter.com/5hVnQFJIhe




#KEEPWOLVESLISTED 2nd comment of 468 on Director Dan Ashe's blog. She disagrees w/Dan . http://tinyurl.com/olllbtl  pic.twitter.com/gZUYlK



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Comments from Dan Ashe's blog. Don't delist our gray wolves Dan !  http://tinyurl.com/olllbtl  pic.twitter.com/mfMFcFYAY



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED 3rd comment of 468 on Dan Ashe's blog. Says delisting = bad idea. http://tinyurl.com/olllbtl  pic.twitter.com/sJ9mF3NySe



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED 4 comments of 468 via Dan Ashe's blog. None agree w/ delisting . http://tinyurl.com/olllbtl  pic.twitter.com/hgRSTjb0IG



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED 3 more comments via Dan Ashe's blog. Folks say NO to delisting ! http://tinyurl.com/olllbtl  pic.twitter.com/JeDaEDARhY




#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @SecretaryJewell This is wholesale slaughter of USA wolves + horses ! Protect them ! http://tinyurl.com/ktau3uq



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @USFWSHQ Please rely on science based input of PEER when you are deciding to keep endangered status for Gray Wolves.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @USFWSHQ Gray Wolves should not pay for special interests by forfeiting their chance at recovery. You brought them here.



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @USFWSHQ State led gray wolf "management" partners have proven incapable of adhering to wolf hunt quotas + thwart recovery





#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @SecretaryJewell Wildlife tourism benefit from wolves alone in Yellowstone National Park floats $70 million a year !


#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @DirectorDanAshe Wildlife tourism benefit from wolves alone in Yellowstone National Park floats $70 million a year !




#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @USFWSHQ Wildlife tourism benefit from wolves alone in Yellowstone National Park floats $70 million a year !



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @SecretaryJewell Wolves are under attack in the U.S.A. AGAIN. Why did we WASTE the Gray wolves AND their recovery money ?



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @DirectorDanAshe Wolves are under attack in the U.S.A. AGAIN. Why did we WASTE the Gray wolves AND their recovery money ?



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @USFWSHQ Wolves are under attack in the U.S.A. AGAIN. Why did we WASTE the Gray wolves AND their recovery money ?



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Since 2011 @USFWSHQ you have systematically stripped ESA safeguards for wolves at 6 state levels, resulting in 2558 deaths



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @USFWSHQ Scientific consensus says removing federal protection of Gray Wolves from the ESA = environmental devastation. 



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Delisting Gray Wolves from ESA protections in Idaho allowed 873 state sanctioned wolf kills, instead of wolf recovery

#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Delisting Gray Wolves from ESA protections in Montana allowed 515 state sanctioned wolf kills, instead of wolf recovery



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Delisting Gray Wolves from ESA protections in Wyoming allowed 147 state sanctioned wolf kills, instead of wolf recovery 



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Delisting Gray Wolves from ESA protections in Michigan allowed 23 state sanctioned wolf kills, instead of wolf recovery 

#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Delisting Gray Wolves from ESA protections in Minnesota allowed 649 state sanctioned wolf kills, instead of wolf recovery 

#KEEPWOLVESLISTED Delisting Gray Wolves from ESA protections in Wisconsin allowed 374 state sanctioned wolf kills, instead of wolf recovery

#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @USFWSHQ How can the United States say to the world we manage our iconic animals by hunting them to brink of extinction?




#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @USFWSHQ How can the U.S.A. be one of the ONLY countries in the world to barbarically trap wolves legally ? That shames us



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED @USFWSHQ Yellowstone Park brings in millions of tourism dollars annually. Yet collared YP wolves fall to WY wolf hunters ?



#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @DirectorDanAshe You say the gray wolf is proof of conservation miracles. ESA safeties gone meant 2,558 dead Wolves, Dan.


#KEEPWOLVESLISTED  @USFWSHQ This is your responsible state wolf management partner? WI re:quota "That's not enough. Kill them (wolves) all."




We are nearing the end of the 2013-2014 wolf hunting seasons for the six states that are no longer protecting Gray Wolves under the Federal Endangered Species Act protections. These states have delisted the Gray Wolves and manage them under state Wildlife Services.


The state led wolf management policies are supposed to be based on sound science, to determine how many wolves the local environment can sustain. That is how the agencies set their wolf hunting quotas.


This is the second consecutive wolf hunting season that the states of Minnesota and Wisconsin have gone over their wildlife agency set wolf "harvest" quotas.


In the 2011-2012 wolf hunt season Wisconsin harvested an additional 1 wolf over quota.  

Wolf kill Quota = 216. 
Wolf Harvest = 217.

And, we have non regulated wolf fatalities in Wisconsin by means other than hunters trapping and using firearms.


"The wolf population is likely to decrease substantially this year. In addition to the 117 wolves killed by hunters and trappers, 124 wolves were confirmed killed through other means."

( DNR wolf biologist Adrian Wydeven ) 
The other sources of mortality include 57 killed by federal wildlife agents, 22 hit by vehicles, 18 killed by landowners and nine killed illegally by hunters."
http://www.jsonline.com/sports/outdoors/analyzing-data-from-wisconsins-wolf-hunt-f585tou-184881311.html

In the 2011-2012 wolf hunt season Minnesota harvested an additional 13 wolves over quota.  

Wolf kill Quota = 400. 
Wolf Harvest = 413.

NOTE: This kill tally does not include the scores of wolves slaughtered by federal and state predator control programs. USDA Wildlife Services data for fiscal year 2011 showed a total of 353 wolves killed in the states, with 200 in Minnesota alone. Thank you to Predator Defense. http://predatordefense.org/wolves.htm


In the 2012=2013 wolf hunt season Wisconsin harvested an additional 6 wolves over quota.  

Wolf kill Quota = 251. 
Wolf Harvest = 257.

In the 2012=2013 wolf hunt season Minnesota harvested an additional 17 wolves over quota. 

Wolf kill Quota = 220. 
Wolf Harvest = 237.

Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources ( DNR ) Dan Stark, wolf specialist had this to say concerning MN wolf hunt quotas:


Minnesota’s second-ever wolf ­season has closed — more than a month early — after hunters and trappers killed a total of 237 wolves, 17 more than the target harvest set by the Department of Natural Resources.


Early snow, which helped ­hunters and trappers locate wolves, and ­perhaps experience gained from last year’s inaugural wolf season might have helped them hit the DNR’s ­harvest targets more quickly than last year. The late wolf season was closed Saturday after just 29 days, compared to 41 days last year.


“I think it had to do with people getting started [hunting and trapping] sooner, and conditions maybe helped that, “ said Dan Stark, DNR wolf ­specialist.


The late season was to run until Jan. 31, or until the 220-wolf target harvest was reached. Officials aren’t ­concerned that the quota was exceeded by 17 wolves because they say the target goals are just that — ­targets and not absolute numbers.


“Overall the season was successful,“ Stark said. “We set the target harvest at a conservative and sustainable level. The wolf season isn’t intended to move the population up or down, just to allow a sustainable harvest.”


The DNR will evaluate the results from this season, including the age and sex of the harvested wolves, and will make a new state wolf population estimate based on observations of radio-collared wolves this winter.


“We’ll evaluate the population ­status to make a decision on next year’s season,” Stark said.

http://m.startribune.com/?id=237978281

How about "DNR absolutely adheres to their state led hunt quota policies" instead, Mr. Stark?


When you consider that we are currently minus 2,591 gray wolves from the landscape of the USA, since the states of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan have delisted from the E.S.A, their quota overrun numbers of 37 may not appear to be substantial.


Not so.

Every wolf killed is significant.
Every pack disrupted by removing their Alpha breeding wolves will be seriously impaired in their ability to continue the perpetuation of genetic health and survival of that pack.
Simply put, Alpha Mom or Alpha Dad aren't there to ensure that we have wolf pups the next year.

No pups next year, and another wolf hunt season arriving with nebulous adherence to quotas. 

In essence, the scientifically based wolf population control quota is more akin to "Heck, set it for 220 wolf kills, but if we end up with 237 wolf kills, what's the big deal?"

Probably not the best science based wolf management policies for Gray Wolf recovery. 
More than likely will lead to a calculable demise of the Gray Wolves in that state.
Which would not ever have happened if the endangered Gray Wolf had not ever been delisted in that state.

We are now requesting the USFWS to keep these wolves protected in the Lower 42 states that have not delisted, and ask that the six states who have delisted be required to strictly adhere to sound science based wolf management policies.


Tuesday, December 31, 2013



December 31. 2013
The end of the year ~ 
 How our Gray Wolves fared.



http://nowolfhaters.blogspot.com/2013/12/december-31.html


To date here are the number of wolves that have paid the toll for no longer
being protected under the Endangered Species Act as endangered species in the six states of: 
Idaho, Montana, Wyoming 
( Rocky Mountains USA ) 
Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin 
( mid Western USA ) 

The number of wolf fatalities are starting from the date they were delisted in that state.
The final numbers will be updated on the official end date of wolf hunt season, as they become available.
Some states have gone over their quota already.
The USFWS has proposed further removal of protections in the remaining Lower 42 states.
Over a million "pro wolves" commented that they did not approve of delisting, that our Gray Wolves have not made a full recovery and are constantly under siege by the state Wildlife Services here that allow state managed wolf hunting seasons.

Idaho:
698 wolves (454 hunter kills + 244 trapper kills). Season closed 3/31/13.
2013/2014 Hunt Season: 175
http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/?getPage=121
From date of delist to December 31.2013 Tally:873


Montana:
391 wolves (294 hunter kills + 97 trapper kills). Season closed 2/28/13
2013/2014 Hunt Season: 124
http://fwp.mt.gov/hunting/planahunt/huntingGuides/wolf/ 
From date of delist to December 31.2013 Tally:515

Wyoming:
92 wolves as of 8/16/13
2013/2014 Hunt Season: 55. 
FINAL TALLY :61 ~ Updated 1. 9. 2014
http://wgfd.wyo.gov/web2011/Departments/Hunting/pdfs/WOLF_SUMMARY0005148.pdf
From date of delist to December 31.2013 Tally:147 > 153

Michigan: 
2013/2014 Hunt Season: 23
http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,1607,7-153-10370_12145_12205-32569--,00.html
From date of delist to December 31.2013 Tally: 23

Minnesota:
412 wolves (213 hunter kills + 199 trapper kills).
2013/2014 Hunt Season: 237 Wolves 
http://m.startribune.com/?id=237978281 

* Seventeen wolf deaths over proposed target in Northwest and Northeast Zone
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/wolf/index.html
149 Wolves via DNR 
(excludes early season ~ late season tally only)

From date of delist to December 31.2013 Tally:628 > 649

Wisconsin:
117 wolves (55 hunter kills + 62 trapper kills)
2013/2014 Hunt Season: 257 Wolves ~ FINAL TALLY
* Six wolf deaths over allowed quota
http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/wolf.html
From date of delist to December 31.2013 Tally:374

The toll of delisting our U.S.A. Gray Wolves from the E.S.A. protections administered through USFWS, Director Dan Ashe and Sectretary Sally Jewell, from delist date to January 2, 2014 :


2,597 Dead Gray Wolves due to state led wolf management policies.


#KEEPWOLVESLISTED

Monday, December 30, 2013





December 30. 2013
THE DEAD END TWO WAY STREET OF HATRED AND THREAT OF VIOLENCE.


http://nowolfhaters.blogspot.com/2013/12/december-30.html


During the week of the Salmon, Idaho Coyote and Wolf Derby, there were
death threats leveled at residents of Salmon Idaho via animal rights advocates known as pro wolf activists.
There were also magnets being sold in Idaho advocating "hanging" environmentalists.
None of this resulted in calling off the killing derby.

The same situation is found within the battle to stop the Taiji dolphin drive hunts.
How are we viewed when an activist says online that he would like to snap the spine of one young woman involved in the slaughter?

Everything we say online, even if it is deleted afterwards, remains notated somewhere on the internet.
We are being monitored.
That should give us all reason to pause before we say in a moment of heated emotion what we would do to someone caught perpetuating abuse and slaughter of our Buddies.

The wolves, the dolphins, the Orcas, the Rhinos and Elephants, the dogs of Romania, the cats of S.Korea, and the lions who fall prey to trophy hunters need one thing from us.
They need our voices to speak out and change the environment of abuse by creating or amending legal channels of protection.

Threats of violence will beget reciprocal threats of violence, and our Buddies will continue to die while we have our online accounts shut down, blocked, respond to lawsuits, or sit in jail.

No one wins this way.
Remember please who will pay the ultimate price for one of us feeling free to express our outrage by advocating violence towards a hunter online.

The Buddies.

Please folks, take a breath before you type.
Thank you.
Heidi
Stop Wolf Hunts Community

Photo artist unknown

Sunday, December 29, 2013





December 29. 2013
#WolfFacts not #WolfMyths 


2013 Wolf Issues
Posted on December 29, 2013
in Outdoors
http://nowolfhaters.blogspot.com/



2013 outdoors: Wolf issues
Rich Landers The Spokesman-Review

The gray wolf, reintroduced to the Rockies in the mid-1990s, continued to leave its mark across the Northwest in 2013 and into the legislatures. Here are some highlights.

• Idaho and Montana report significantly lower numbers of wolves for the first time since reintroduction, owing to hunting, trapping and wildlife control. But wildlife officials say wolf numbers are still too high.

• Washington estimates up to 100 wolves in the state, double the estimate in 2012.

• The cost of managing wolves in Washington, where they are still protected, is likely to increase by more than 200 percent from the past two years to about $2.3 million in 2013-14, wildlife managers say.

• Wolf hunting and trapping become issues of national attention as a wolf hunter shoots and kills a malamute romping with its owner while cross country skiing near Lolo Pass; a Sandpoint woman’s dog is caught in a snare set along a closed forest road, and a central Idaho predator hunting derby becomes the first modern contest to target wolves in the lower 48.

• Hunting authorized outside of Yellowstone Park results in the killing of wolves popular with tourists as well as radio-collared wolves vital to research.

• The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to drop endangered species protections for the gray wolf in most of the country.

• Pro-wolf groups submit a million comments in December to the FWS favoring continued federal protection.

• Washington legislation makes it legal to kill wolves threatening pets and livestock, provides state wildlife managers more resources to prevent wolf-livestock conflict and expands criteria to compensate livestock owners for wolf-related losses.

• Idaho hires a hunter to eliminate two wolf packs in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness to take the pressure off collapsing elk herds.

• Michigan becomes sixth state with a wolf hunting season.

Friday, December 20, 2013








U.S. JUDGE WON'T BLOCK IDAHO WOLF, COYOTE - KILLING COMPETITION


Laura Zuckerman
Reuters
9:36 p.m. CST, December 27, 2013

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A federal judge on Friday denied a request by conservation groups to block a weekend hunting competition in Idaho that targets wolves and coyotes and has been condemned by wildlife advocates as an inhumane "killing contest."

More than 100 contestants from Idaho and surrounding states, including Wyoming, signed up on Friday for the so-called coyote and wolf derby, and sponsors said they expected as many 300 hunters to register by the start of the event.
The two-person hunting teams were to begin fanning out on Saturday morning into national forest land around the town of Salmon in the mountains of east-central Idaho.

The event has drawn staunch opposition from conservationists who claim the tournament is cruel and unsportsmanlike and sets a chilling precedent by inviting children as young as 10 to participate.

But some ranchers and outfitters in Idaho see the competition as a recreational form of wildlife management aimed at reducing the number of nuisance predators threatening livestock and big game such as elk that are prized by hunters.

"This is predator-control time," said Terry Cummings of Troy Idaho, one of dozens of hunters who registered for the derby at a welding and metal fabrication shop in Salmon called Steel & Ranch.

About a dozen sheriff's deputies and police officers stood by to keep the peace in case of anticipated protests that never materialized.

The tournament comes two years after wolves in the region were taken off the U.S. endangered species list. But this weekend's derby is believed to be the first competitive wolf hunt anywhere in the continental United States in decades.
WildEarth Guardians and other conservation groups filed a lawsuit on Monday in U.S. District Court in Idaho, claiming the U.S. Forest Service had failed to properly permit the event and asked a judge to enjoin the contest until federal land managers had a chance to assess its potential impact.

JUDGE RULES NO PERMIT NEEDED

But U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled on Friday afternoon that the hunt was not a commercial enterprise requiring a special-use permit, handing down her opinion just hours before registration.
Dale likened the contest to other noncommercial recreational activities such as camping and picnicking that take place on national forests and do not require a special permit.

"While plaintiffs and others may find the concept of a derby and prizes being awarded for the killing of animals repugnant, hunting is a lawful activity in Idaho," Dale said in the ruling.

She said any commercial aspects of the derby - including collection of registration fees, awarding of prizes and trade with fur buyers for wolves and coyotes killed as part of the contest - will take place at a private business in Salmon and not on Salmon-Challis National Forest lands.

Steve Alder, head of Idaho for Wildlife, a nonprofit that pledges to fight attempts by "animal-rights and anti-gun organizations" to restrict hunting or firearms, hailed the decision as a victory for sportsmen.

"We just have to keep Idaho for what it is," he said, adding that he has cautioned participants not to make a show of the wolves and coyotes they kill, and is banning cameras when carcasses are weighed and measured to determine the winners.

"I'm telling my guys, ‘Hunt your wolves and shut up,'" he said.
Judge won't block Idaho wolf, coyote-killing competition
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/12/27/us-usa-hunt-idaho-idUSBRE9BQ0JO20131227


Bethany Cotton, wildlife program manager for WildEarth Guardians, vowed to continue the legal fight to force federal land managers to require special use permits for such competitions.

"The decision suggests fishing derbies on public lands need permits, but wolf massacres don't - which is ludicrous," she said. "We will keep trying to protect native carnivores just like the public expects."

Salmon-Challis National Forest Supervisor Chuck Mark said the judge's ruling on the derby does not necessarily open the way for more such events on public lands without triggering a review.

"Each and every event proposal will be looked at on its own merits," he said.

(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman; Editing by Steve Gorman, Gunna Dickson and Ken Wills)
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/sns-rt-us-usa-hunt-idaho-20131223,0,4789864.story




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Wolf Haters
By LAWRENCE DOWNES
Published: December 28, 2013




Reposted from the New York Times
EDITORIAL | NOTEBOOK


Photo credit Tom Vezo/Minden Pictures, via Corbis
A wolf in Idaho, one of the states where wolf hunts have resumed.

The federal government removed the gray wolf from the endangered list in the Northern Rocky Mountains in 2011, essentially leaving wolves’ fates in the hands of state fish-and-game departments, hunters and ranchers. The predictable happened: hunting resumed, and the wolf population fell. In states like Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, an age-old antipathy to wolves flourishes, unchecked. 

In Idaho, two recent developments have alarmed those who want to protect wolves and see them not as vermin, but as predators necessary for a healthy ecosystem.

First was the hiring, by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, of a hunter to travel into federal wilderness to eliminate two wolf packs. The reason: wolves kill elk, and humans want to hunt elk. Normally the agency would just rely on hunters to kill the wolves, but because the area where these packs roam — in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness — is remote, the agency decided it would be more efficient to bring in a hired gun. A photo last week in The Idaho Statesman showed the hunter, Gus Thoreson, astride a horse, with three pack mules, looking like a modern-day Jeremiah Johnson.

Advocates for wolves are angry at the United States Forest Service for giving a state agency free rein to practice predator eradication on protected federal land — meaning, of course, our land — without public comment or review and in apparent violation of well-established wilderness-management regulations and policies. They point out, too, that it’s not clear how many wolves are there for Mr. Thoreson to wipe out, and little evidence that wolves in that area have done any damage to elk herds or livestock.

The other example of wolf-animus will be on display this weekend outside Salmon, Idaho, at a Coyote and Wolf Derby sponsored by a group called Idaho for Wildlife. A not-too-subtle poster for the event shows a wolf with its head in the cross hairs of a rifle scope and announces $2,000 in prizes to defend “our hunting heritage” against “radical animal-rights groups.” Organizers say they want to raise awareness of the potential risk to humans from a tapeworm that wolves — as well as elks and dogs — can carry. State officials say there are no known cases of people contracting tapeworm from wolves.

Environmentalists sought a court order to block the event, saying the Forest Service violated federal law and failed to follow its own procedures in allowing the killing contest. But a judge on Friday said it could proceed. The derby’s ugly depiction of wolves as diseased predators is a throwback to the bad old days when wolves, like coyotes, were vilified and bounty-hunted nearly to extinction.


It’s a sad coincidence that this weekend is also the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, which was signed into law on Dec. 28, 1973. That act sought to enshrine sound science and wise ecosystem management over heedless slaughter and vengeful predation. Idaho is showing what a mistake it was to lift the shield from wolves too soon.


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UPDATED:DECEMBER 24. 2013
6 PETITIONS TO 
#STOPCOYOTEANDWOLFDERBY
Please sign and share A.S.A.P.
This Hell is scheduled to take place in 
Salmon, Idaho.December 28 & 29.2013

 SIGN 6 PETITIONS, SEND IDAHO EMAILS 
& READ LEGAL BRIEF ABOUT SALMON IDAHO 
COYOTE AND WOLF DERBY



#STOPCOYOTEANDWOLFDERBY

PETITIONS: 
1.
STOP WOLF HUNTING CONTEST IN IDAHO
2.
STOP THE SALMON, IDAHO COYOTE AND WOLF DERBY
3.
Petitioning Mr. Tom Tidwell 
2-DAY HOLIDAY IDAHO KILLING "DERBY" TARGETS WOLVES & COYOTES, FEDERAL AGENCIES IGNORE LAWS RE: KILLING CONTESTS ON FEDERAL LANDS
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EMAIL DIRECTOR OF IDAHO FISH & GAME, VIRGIL MOORE

SAMPLE EMAIL TO USE:



Hello Virgil Moore!

It has come to my attention that the first annual 2 Day Coyote and Wolf derby hunting event in Salmon, Idaho, sponsored by Idaho for Wildlife, Salmon Chapter, Sportsmans's Group is scheduled to take place on December 28th and 29th, 2013.

I was under the impression that Idaho Fish and Game adopted a predator management policy 13 years ago which stated that it "will not support any contests or similar activities involving the taking of predators which may portray hunting in an unethical fashion, devalue the predator, and which may be offensive to the general public."

Idaho Fish and Game states that this killing derby is believed to be the "first competitive wolf shoot to be held in the continental United States since 1974" when Gray Wolves became listed as endangered. While the Gray Wolf is not listed as endangered in Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, the species still IS listed as endangered species status in the 42 other states. What message is Idaho Fish and Game sending regarding attention to the E.S.A. protections still in place for the Gray Wolf ?

This killing derby defies Idaho Fish and Game's professed vision of ethical hunting and should be vehemently opposed by the agency. 

How can the U.S. Wildlife Services get an accurate population count of wolves in Idaho, when those wolves will be  shot throughout the state and public lands in Idaho?

I ask now that you adhere to your agency's policy opposing derby hunts, honor the public trust in the position you employ and take all necessary steps to halt this contest before it begins. Simply saying that you do not condone or support this derby is inadequate; it is up to your agency to take immediate action to prevent this derby and any future wolf killing contests from taking place before they begin.


Respectfully,



EMAIL ACTION CONTACTS
ALL INFORMATION FROM GOOD WOLF IS HERE :


ACTION ALERT!! PLEASE DO THIS -- THE BLOOD LETTING BEGINS IN JUST 4 DAYS! 
Next strategy to 'try' to stop the wolf/coyote killing derby in Idaho:

Let's hammer Director of Idaho Fish & Game, Virgil Moore, and Idaho Tourism and Commerce Dept with emails voicing our objections to the atrocious wild canine massacre slated to commence on Dec 28th.

One question to be asked of the Director Virgil Moore would be:

"How can the U.S. Wildlife Services get an accurate population count of wolves in Idaho, when they will be cavalierly shot throughout the state and public 
lands in Idaho?"


You can also cc your email to Virgil Moore to the following:

Cc: 



For the Tourism and Commerce Dept - let them know that your plans to visit Idaho and spend your tourist dollars there are out, unless and until they cancel this killing contest/blood bath targeting the wolves and coyotes of Idaho. Let them know this contest makes their state seem to have a very backward mentality. 


Stop Idaho Coyote and Wolf Killing Contests
EMAIL IDAHO TOURISM AND COMMERCE DEPARTMENT


http://nowolfhaters.blogspot.com/


info@commerce.idaho.gov
Hello Idaho Board of Tourism!

I am writing with the intent to inform you that I, my family, and my pro wildlife friends will not be visiting Idaho anytime in the foreseeable future, withholding all of our tourism dollars from your state. 
The reason is because we vehemently condemn the Salmon,Idaho Coyote and Wolf Derby, scheduled for December 28 and 29, 2013, and the Twin Falls Wolf/Coyote killing "Derby" scheduled for January 9.2014.

If you are not aware of these events, media coverage can be found here:

BLOG: Wildlife Activists Oppose Wolf Killing Competition
http://magicvalley.com/blogs/untamed-idaho/blog-wildlife-activists-oppose-wolf-killing-competition/article_4e852436-668b-11e3-a62d-001a4bcf887a.html?comment_form=true

Wildlife advocates condemn Twin Falls ID wolf/coyote killing "Derby”
http://www.idahostatejournal.com/news/local/article_fa7ad7ae-fbcd-11de-8cfc-001cc4c002e0.html

While the voice of one wolf and coyote activist may be insignificant, and of nominal concern to you, please consider the reach of wolf activist affiliates. Combined membership of two of the most prominent wolf advocacy groups totals 1,625,000. All of these advocates have family, friends, and social networks.

News of these Coyote and Wolf killing derbies is not confined to the U.S.A. alone.
Please consider that many "would be international tourists" will not be traveling to Idaho after learning of this promoted hunting contest.
They see Idaho as barbaric and antiquated for condoning such an event.

Regarding how this event reflects on the perception of Idaho as a preferred destination for tourists should be a concern.


Regards,



In all emails, as outraged as you feel, please remain polite -- or surely your email will be quickly deleted. 

Many howls!!!


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CONSERVATIONISTS SUE TO STOP WOLF AND COYOTE KILLING CONTEST ON PUBLIC LANDS

(Updated with brief) 
by Ken Cole ~ December 23.2013


Petition | 2-Day Holiday Idaho Killing “Derby” Targets Wolves & Coyotes, Federal Agencies Ignore Laws re: Killing Contests on Federal Lands | Change.org.

For Immediate Release: December 23, 2013

Conservationists Sue to Stop Wolf and Coyote Killing Contest on Public Lands

Groups Challenge Federal Agency’s Failure to Regulate Highly Controversial Contest

Pocatello, ID – Today a coalition of conservation organizations sued the U.S. Forest Service for failure to require permits and environmental impacts analysis for the advertised “Coyote and Wolf Derby” in Salmon, Idaho, December 28 and 29. The lawsuit seeks an order requiring the agency inform the killing contest sponsors and participants that shooting wolves and coyotes on public lands as part of the contest is illegal without the required environmental analyses and permits.

“Killing contests that perpetuate false stereotypes about key species like wolves and coyotes that play essential roles in healthy ecosystems have no place on public lands.” Said Bethany Cotton, wildlife program director at WildEarth Guardians. “The Forest Service is abdicating its responsibilities as steward of our public lands. We are asking the agency to comply with the law: require a permit application and do the necessary environmental analysis, including providing a public comment process, to ensure our public lands and wildlife are protected.”

The killing contest is charging an entry fee, advertising prizes for the largest wolf and the most coyote carcasses, among other award categories, and specifically offering opportunities for children as young as 10 to kill for prizes. Commercial activities like the killing contest are prohibited on public lands without a special use permit. An application for a special use permit triggers application of the National Environmental Policy Act. Highly controversial activities are exempted from fast track permitting. In contrast to the Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) informed the killing contest sponsors that a special use permit is required. To date, BLM has not received an application. Hunting on BLM administered public lands as part of the killing contest is therefore illegal.

“Predator killing contests have no place in the 21st Century,” said Camilla Fox, founder and executive director of Project Coyote. “Killing coyotes and wolves for fun and prizes is ethically repugnant, morally bankrupt, and ecologically indefensible. Such contests demean the immense ecological and economic value of predators, perpetuating a culture of violence and sending a message to children that life has little value.”

Lynne Stone, director of the Boulder-White Clouds Council, who has lived and worked in central Idaho for over three decades, said, “killing contests like this have no place in a civilized society and are an embarrassment to our state. Shame on the agencies for allowing these events on our public lands. It’s no wonder so many people view Idaho as like something out of Deliverance.”

Since 2011 when Congress stripped Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in Idaho, the state has allowed nearly half of Idaho’s wolf population to be hunted and trapped each year. Since 2011, nearly 1,000 wolves have died at the hands of hunters and trappers. Science shows that wolves play a key role as apex carnivores, providing ecological benefits that cascade through an ecosystem. Wolves bring elk and deer populations into balance, allowing riparian vegetation to regrow, in turn creating habitat for songbirds and beavers and shade for fish.

“That the US Forest Service allows a commercial event that glorifies the killing of wildlife for killing’s sake without a special use permit on public lands is unconscionable.” Said Ken Cole, NEPA coordinator for the Western Watersheds Project.

Coyotes, like wolves, serve a valuable ecological function by helping to control rodent populations and to maintain ecological integrity and species diversity. Unlike wolves, coyotes quickly rebound when they are killed indiscriminately. Coyotes have no protection under Idaho state law.

“Such killing contests reveal a larger flaw in our nation’s wildlife management strategies where predators continue to be treated as vermin, including by those very state agencies responsible for their management,” explains DJ Schubert, wildlife biologist at the Animal Welfare Institute. “The scientific reality is that predators are immensely important members of any healthy ecosystem and their ecological role should be celebrated, not condemned.”

The organizations are represented by WildEarth Guardians Senior Attorney Sarah McMillan and the Law Office of Dana Johnson.

WildEarth Guardians envisions a world where wildlife and wild places are respected and valued and our world is sustainable for all beings. We work to protect and restore wildlife, wild places, and wild rivers in the American West. Visit www.wildearthguardians.org to learn more.

Project Coyote (ProjectCoyote.org) is a national non-profit organization promoting compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife through education, science, and advocacy. Join our community on Facebook and Twitter.

Boulder-White Clouds Council has worked for over two decades to protect and defend wild lands and wildlife in Idaho’s upper Salmon River Country. Our website has extensive information and rare photos of Idaho’s gray wolves: www.wildwhiteclouds.org.

Animal Welfare Institute is a national non-profit charitable organization founded in 1951 and dedicated to reducing animal suffering caused by people. AWI engages policymakers, scientists, industry, and the public to achieve better treatment of animals everywhere—in the laboratory, on the farm, in commerce, at home, and in the wild. For more information, visit www.awionline.org.

Western Watersheds Project is a regional non-profit conservation group that works to influence and improve public lands and wildlife management throughout the West with a primary focus on the negative impacts of livestock grazing on 250,000,000 acres of western public lands. http://www.westernwatersheds.org

Update 12/23/2013 11:15am MST: Here is a copy of the brief that was filed today. 

FILED Complaint (WD) copy


Tags: COYOTES, FOREST SERVICE, IDAHO, IDAHO WOLVES, PRESS RELEASE, PUBLIC LANDS, WESTERN WATERSHEDS PROJECT, WOLF HUNT, WOLVES

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CONSERVATIONISTS ASK COURT TO BLOCK COMPETITIVE WOLF HUNT
By Laura Zuckerman
Salmon, Idaho 
Mon Dec 23, 2013 7:07pm EST

(Reuters) - Conservation groups asked a federal judge on Monday to block an Idaho hunting competition targeting wolves and coyotes that is supported by many ranchers and sportsmen but that wildlife advocates have opposed as a "killing contest."

The so-called coyote and wolf derby is slated to take place this coming weekend near the mountain town of Salmon, mostly on national forest lands surrounding the eastern Idaho community.

Organizers are offering cash prizes and trophies to two-person teams competing to kill the largest wolf and the most female coyotes, as well as in various other event categories. A youth division welcomes children as young as 10 to enter.

Supporters have billed the tournament as a recreational form of wildlife management aimed at reducing the number of nuisance predators that threaten livestock and populations of elk and other big-game animals prized by hunters.

News of the competitive wolf shoot, believed by government wildlife officials to be the first such statewide contest in decades in the continental United States, has galvanized conservationists.

Online petitions criticizing the event as cruel and unsportsmanlike have garnered tens of thousands of signatures. Opponents have inundated the Idaho Fish and Game Department with demands for the contest to be canceled, and several businesses sponsoring the event said they have been subjected to harassing phone calls and e-mails.

In their lawsuit filed in a federal district court in Idaho on Monday, WildEarth Guardians and other conservation groups branded the derby a "killing contest" and argued that the U.S. Forest Service had failed to follow proper permitting rules for an event with "potentially 300 or more contestants shooting coyotes and wolves over two days."

The plaintiffs asked for a court order blocking the contest and requiring the Forest Service to conduct a formal review process to assess the potential impact of such events.

Officials with the Salmon-Challis National Forest did not respond to a request for comment, and tournament organizers could not immediately be reached.

Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains and western Great Lakes were removed from the U.S. threatened and endangered species list in recent years, opening the way for renewed hunting and trapping of an animal that had neared extinction before gaining federal safeguards in 1974.

Plans for the competitive wolf and coyote hunt have renewed debate over plans by the Obama administration to strip most of the remaining wolves in the Lower 48 states of protections afforded under the Endangered Species Act.

Coyotes have long been treated as nuisance animals in much of the western United States, where they are subject to being killed on sight.

The upcoming derby is being sponsored by Idaho for Wildlife, a nonprofit group seeking "to fight against all legal and legislative attempts by the animal rights and anti-gun organizations" to restrict hunting or firearms, according to the group's website.

Idaho ranch owner and anti-wolf activist Ron Gillett said he has sent messages of support to businesses that are helping to underwrite the competitive hunt.

"It's a good thing," he said of the event. "The only good wolf in Idaho is a dead wolf."

(Reporting by Laura Zuckerman; Editing by Steve Gorman and Dan Grebler)



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Reposted from Exposing the Big Game.
Thank you Jim Robertson

IDAHO HUNTER PUSHES FOR WOLF DERBY; OPPONENTS SAY IT'S INHUMANE
by Exposing the Big Game
by Seattle Times staff
By JOHN MILLER
Associated Press

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho outfitter is organizing a post-Christmas contest where two-person teams of hunters will be awarded $2,000 in cash prizes and trophies for shooting wolves and coyotes, angering animal advocates who brand it as a “wolf slaughter.”

Shane McAfee, who guides clients on hunts around Salmon, Idaho, downplays the bloodlust angle of this hunting derby, which encourages kids to participate. He expects relatively few predators to be shot during the event Dec. 28-29.

McAfee contends he’s mostly aiming to boost local business — 300 hunters might participate, he said — and raise awareness about a parasite he believes could be transmitted from wolf feces to domestic dogs and possibly humans.

By contrast, the Humane Society of the United States labels the derby as inhumane. Lisa Kauffman, its Idaho director, said the tapeworm angle is a red-herring, too, as foes “use every excuse they can come up with” as they seek to reduce predator numbers and turn public opinion against wolves reintroduced to the state in 1995.

“This is a wolf massacre,” wrote Wayne Pacelle, the Washington, D.C.-based animal-rights group’s president, in a letter to members Thursday. “Rewarding shooters (including young children) with prizes takes us back to an earlier era of wanton killing that so many of us thought was an ugly, ignorant and closed chapter in our history.”

McAfee counters that Pacelle’s group is blowing his event out of proportion to appeal to deep-pocketed donors. “We might harvest two or three wolves in the derby. It’s mainly for coyote control,” McAfee said.
He also hopes the derby succeeds in publicizing Echinococcus granulosis, a tapeworm whose hosts include elk, wolves and domesticated dogs. He worries dogs infected by sniffing or eating wolf feces could transmit the tapeworm to humans, where they could cause cysts.

“The people of our town are tired of the threat of the disease,” McAfee contends.

In fact, human infections are rarely reported in Idaho. A firm link between humans and wolves isn’t established.

A 2011 report produced by Mark Drew, a wildlife veterinarian with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, found just a few documented human cases that may have originated in Idaho. All were reported before wolves were re-introduced 18 years ago.

In 2011, state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn issued a call to Idaho’s medical community for possible cases as concerns surfaced about the parasite being transmitted to humans.

In an interview Thursday, however, Hahn said that effort uncovered no evidence of such cases. People concerned about the parasite should take appropriate precautions, she said: Treat their dogs and cats for tapeworm, practice good hygiene, avoid harvesting sick animals, and wear rubber gloves when field dressing wild game, among other things.

“Echinococcus granulosis is one of many naturally occurring parasites that occur in wildlife,” she said. “Precautions for Echinococcus are really no different than for a host of other diseases that occur naturally in the environment and can infect humans.”

Wolves are game animals in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming after federal Endangered Species Act protections were lifted starting in 2011. There are annual hunting and trapping seasons.
Idaho has about 680 wolves, according to 2012 estimates.

The Department of Fish and Game isn’t promoting McAfee’s predator derby. But its wildlife managers also won’t intervene to stop it, provided participants follow state regulations and secure the requisite tags to hunt wolves. “That’s the key,” said spokesman Mike Keckler.

Contests where hunters target predators aren’t unusual in the West. In northeastern Washington last year, derby hunters shot nearly 300 coyotes over a two-month span in three counties. Similarly, an Idaho group held a “Predator Derby” coyote shoot in 2007.

But Keckler can’t recall the West’s last wolf derby.
“I’ve not heard of one — outside of this one,” he said.


http://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/category/contest-hunt-2/








Hello to Secretary Sally Jewell, Director Dan Ashe, and the folks at USFWS. 

We are pro wolf advocates. We've been appealing to you through comments, petitions, and emails about this dangerous proposal initiated to delist our Gray Wolves and classify our Mexican Gray Wolves as "nonessential". 


Throughout this blog now is everything we can find about state led management of our wolves, for the 6 states that have already been able to delist the wolves from E.S.A. protections. Their policies do not make for sustainable Gray Wolf recovery. 

Secretary Jewell and Director Ashe, please take a
realistic, scientifically based point of view when you review this decision. 
You are aware of the numbers already. 

Over 1700 wolves hunted and dead. 
( Updated wolf fatality count as of December 26. 2013 is now over 2000 )
Only 5,500 remaining in the Lower 48. 

We need for our Gray Wolves to be relisted in these 6 states, and the current protections to remain in place for the other 42 states.

If not, Secretary Jewell and Director Ashe, our Gray Wolves will not recover. As you can see with the upcoming coyote and wolf derby in Idaho, this is not management.

This is Gray Wolf Slaughter.

Please, keep our Wolves listed as endangered species under the E.S.A.
Thank you,

Stop Wolf Hunts Community

Photo credit via Rebecca Monhollen





EMAIL THE USFWS AND CONGRESS OF THE USA GOVERNMENT FOR OUR GRAY WOLVES.


SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR SALLY JEWELL
feedback@ios.doi.gov 

PRESS REPRESENTATIVE FOR DEPARTMENT PF THE INTERIOR
jessica_kershaw@ios.doi.gov
202-208-3100

AND THERE IS A WEB EMAIL FORM HERE:
http://www.doi.gov/feedback.cfm 

Here is the official page for U.S.Department of the Interior
http://www.doi.gov/public/contact-us.cfm


List of Congress members, state by state. 
You will find your Senators and your Representatives here:

Find your United States Senators here:
http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

Find your United States House of Representatives here:
http://www.house.gov/


Below are the folks who are NOT pro wolf, in fact we should simply cut to the chase and call them by their rightful name. They are the "WolfHaters". 
PLEASE DO NOT contact them, it will actually hurt our chances of having ESA protections restored for the wolves. These folks use activists' objections as rhetoric fodder for their re~election campaigns.
The only reason they are included here is so that, if you are like me, and not up to date on the actions of your representation in Congress, you can see who to avoid contacting.

http://www.weeac.com/csf-by-state.html