Thursday, January 29, 2015

#Wolf of the Day

Wolves in the Snow
Wolves in the Snow by Mark Dumont

Reader's view: #Wolves are an essential part of America’s wildlife

I understand the anguish ranchers face when they lose livestock (“Wolf ruling could affect Minnesota livestock,” Jan. 21). However, nearly 98 percent of all livestock losses are from birth defects, illness, injuries, and natural disasters, according to WildEarth Guardians and others.
Wolves range in a fraction of their original territories. They were brought to near extinction by man’s lust to spill the blood of a rival predator and collect trophies.

In states where wolves have vanished, ranchers suffer the same losses, proving the slaughter of wolves is unjustifiable.

Man uses helicopters, barbaric traps, snares, bait with poison or hooks and denning, inflicting long suffering for the amusement of imposing torture. The murdering of pregnant females and pups is sadistic.

Trapping is inhumane. Often, innocent creatures and pets suffer and die in traps.

Wolves kill for survival and without distinguishing between livestock and wild animals. It’s the responsibility of ranchers to implement deterrents like fencing, dogs, lighting and flags to avoid conflicts.

Ranchers shouldn’t graze on known wolf lands or on public lands where wolves are supposed to live free from man. Carcasses must be removed to avoid attraction.

Minnesota’s hunting goal of 1,600 wolves was unrealistic.

Keeping wolves in a small area undermines their recovery. Wolves are territorial and should determine their own suitable territory. With 86,943 square miles, Minnesota has room for more wolves and their full recovery.

Wolves are intelligent. They’ll learn to avoid livestock as they avoid humans. Given a chance, they’ll establish their territory, protect it and deter other predators.

The majority of taxpayers want wolves to fully recover, believing in the Endangered Species Act, knowing all creatures are precious and must be protected.

Wolves are an essential part of America’s wildlife. We must use science and common sense to adjust to them and not destroy what we choose not to understand.

Irene Sette
New Milford, N.J.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

#TWEETSTORM is coming @Your @Congressmen #KeepWolvesListed: Thursday January 29, 2015 #storm all day 6a-6p

January 28, 2015
By Rachel Tilseth, the founder of Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

Thursday January 29, 2015 #TWEETSTORM Event- original tweet (this will be my Tweet) @SenatorBaldwin @RepRonKind don’t sponsor legislation to delist wolves Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan #KeepWolvesListed

Big money, big hunt clubs are on the move to pressure congress to delist wolves nationwide and they don’t want that subject to judicial review. And this will allow states to manage wolves (we all know what that means).

Let’s make it very clear to Washington D.C. We want to keep the dirty politics out of the Endangered Species Act. Our rare and endangered wildlife are not a bargaining chip for big money! #KeepWolvesListed join the #TWEETSTORM @ your US senator and @ your US House of Representative

January 29, 2015 send your tweet once anytime during the day.

Get involved! Join the storm! Follow the instructions below:
Who is my US House of Representatives, find out who they are here:
Who is my US senator, find out who they are here:

Use the following tweet on the day of the storm.
Use it only once during the day. You do not need to re tweet it.
Do not RT (re tweet).

In the @ part you must put your US senator and your US House of Representatives.
Here is my example: @SenatorBaldwin (she is my US senator) and @RepRonKind (he is my US House of Representatives)

Use this official tweet:
@(add Twitter name of your US senator here) @(add Twitter name of your US House of Representatives here) don’t sponsor any legislation to delist wolves nationwide, GreatLakes #KeepWolvesListed
Here’s what I will tweet on the day of the tweetstorm using the original tweet:
@SenatorBaldwin @RepRonKind don’t sponsor any legislation to delist wolves nationwide, GreatLakes #KeepWolvesListed
(mine is 115 characters which leaves plenty of wiggle room in case your US reps have more characters in their name)
A review:
*Find out who your US reps are
*Follow them on Twitter
*Do the @ both US reps first then,
*Use the official tweet (don’t alter it) my tweet example: @SenatorBaldwin @RepRonKind don’t sponsor any legislation to delist wolves nationwide, GreatLakes #KeepWolvesListed
*Do not RT (re tweet) Only tweet this one time during the day of the tweetstorm
Follow Britt if you need help the day of the tweetstorm

And prior to this Tweetsorm share this blog of instructions with as many friends as you want.

Directions on how to use Twitter:

How to sign up for Twitter:
How to tweet:
What’s a #(hashtag) the day of the tweetstorm the hashtag will be #KeepWolvesListed
How do I follow my congressman on Twitter:
Make sure you are using your congressmens official Twitter account
@tammybaldwin is not her official Twitter account

@RepRonKind is his official Twitter account.
#TWEETSTORM is coming January 29, 2015 @congress #KeepWolvesListed
Follow us Wolves of Douglas Co @rachelwt72

Why this #TWEETSTORM @congress: 

The following is just one news article about big hunt clubs pressuring congress to delist wolves nationwide and to stop it from any judicial review …read the following quote from an article confirming new legislation that would delist wolves and big hunt club:

Benishek To Propose New Wolf Hunting Bill Written By: kreport|January 12, 2015
“Legislation to negate a federal judge’s ruling that prevents wolf hunting in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota is expected to be introduced in the U.S. House this month.”
“The measure will be co=sponsored by Congressman Dan Benishek, Reid Ribble of Wisconsin and Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming.”
“Benishek says it will allow the states to again manage the wolf population including hunting and trapping.”
“The legislation would allow the western Great Lakes states to do their own management of wolves.”
And from a big hunting organization:
“On Tuesday morning, the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation sent a resolution to the media, basically saying that the court decision expecting wolves to be restored to their original range in the eastern U.S. before they can be delisted is bonkers.”
“They note that in 2011, to address similar situations involving state management of wolves in Idaho and Montana, Congress passed a law directing the Fish and Wildlife Service to reissue its rule delisting wolves and prohibited a judicial review of that rule.”
“The federation has now called for Congress to do the same for Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan.”
“Maybe that would end the cycle of federal court cases involving Wisconsin wolves.” Above cited From this article…

[please note: If you are not on Twitter call your US senator and US House of Representatives on 01/20/15 to tell them: not to sponsor any legislation to delist wolves nationwide or in the Great Lakes. Keep wolves listed]


NEW Petition: Don't Let Feds Use "Poison Pills" to Kill Mexican Gray #Wolves


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just issued a new rule for managing Mexican gray wolves. At a glance, the rule seems to offer some hope for the most endangered canine in the United States by allowing these wolves to roam a wider area.

But the rule is riddled with "poison-pill" provisions that cap the Mexican gray wolf population at 325, a number too low for recovery. Other provisions block the wolves' access to suitable habitat and make it easier for ranchers and government agents to kill these rare animals.

The Mexican gray wolf is one of the most endangered mammals in North America. At last count a year ago, only 83 Mexican wolves survived in the Southwest, including a mere five breeding pairs.

We can't let them disappear.

Take action today—tell the Service to revise the rule to protect Mexican gray wolves from disappearing forever.

#Wolf of the Day

Mexican Gray Wolf 
Mexican Gray Wolf by Don Burkett 

Wildlife Groups Push To Relist Gray #Wolves As Threatened

Hunting Groups, Livestock Owners Say Wolf Population Needs A Balance
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
By Chuck Quirmbach
Groups in Wisconsin that support wolves have signed on to a petition that asks the federal government to relist the gray wolf as a threatened species. But many hunters want another crack at the wolves.

A federal judge ruled last month that gray wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan again merit Endangered Species Act protection, blocking Wisconsin hunters and trappers planning on killing more wolves next fall.

But the ruling also halted livestock owners from being able to get their own permits to kill wolves that are attacking cattle. Wildlife groups have said they want to compromise, and have asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to place the gray wolf on a less restrictive threatened species list.
Rachel Tilseth of Wolves of Douglas County, Wisconsin said there'd be no wolf hunt, but perhaps some help for ranchers and farmers.

“The states would work with Fish and Wildlife Services closely to solve any problems concerning depredation with livestock, so this is like the best solution for wolves because it opens the door to more communication,” said Tilseth.

A Fish and Wildlife spokesperson said the agency will review the petition for threatened species status, as the request would also apply to most other gray wolves in the lower 48 states.

Meanwhile, several Wisconsin farm and hunting groups are asking U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble to help a national push to have Congress completely delist the gray wolf again and limit judicial review.
A letter to the Green Bay Republican argued that, with the state-approved hunt of gray wolves suspended, there is no mechanism to keep the Wisconsin wolf population in check.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

#Wolf of the Day

Lupo grigio - Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) 
Lupo grigio - Grey Wolf (Canis lupus) by Rocco Cinefra

Oregon's next phase of wolf recovery & current #wolf news

... after at least seven packs breed in 2014: Changes for livestock producers

Jan. 27, 2015

SALEM, Ore.—Oregon is moving to Phase II of its wolf recovery plan after wildlife biologists documented seven breeding pairs of wolves in Oregon in 2014. 

Of nine known wolf packs, only the Imnaha Pack is not a breeding pair. The Umatilla River pack still needs to be surveyed. 

A breeding pair is a pair of adult wolves which produce at least two pups that survive to the end of each year. Six of Oregon’s 2014 breeding pairs are in eastern Oregon.

While surveys are not completed on all of Oregon’s wolves, confirmation of at least four breeding pairs for the third consecutive year in eastern Oregon moves the eastern part of the state to Phase 2 of the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.  “This is an important step for Oregon. Wolves have now met one of the initial milestones envisioned by the public and the Commission,” said Russ Morgan, ODFW wolf coordinator.  “In the past seven years, Oregon has gone from no known wolves, to resident and reproducing wolves, and now to meeting our conservation objective for the eastern part of the state.”

In addition to breeding pairs, the department documented four new pairs of wolves in 2014, including confirmation of a second wolf in the Keno Unit last week.

Changes for livestock producers east of Hwys 395-78-95

Most known wolf activity, including eight of the nine known wolf packs, is east of Hwys 395-78-95. This is the area of the state where wolves are also delisted from the federal Endangered Species Act.

Wolf-livestock conflict in this area is now managed under Phase 2 rules of the Oregon Wolf  Plan. Non-lethal measures to prevent wolf-livestock conflict are still emphasized in Phase 2 but livestock producers now have more flexibility to protect their livestock. Specifically, producers in the easternmost portion of the state are allowed to take (shoot) a wolf caught chasing livestock under certain circumstances. See this handout for more information, or see the rule online. Livestock producers are also encouraged to visit the Wolf-Livestock page and sign up for automatic Wolf-Livestock section email updates to get the latest information on wolves in their area.

West of Hwys 395-78-95, wolves remain listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regulates all take and harassment of wolves where wolves are federally listed. The only known wolves in this area are the Rogue Pack (OR7) and two new wolves recently confirmed in the Keno Unit.

Next steps: Annual report, potential delisting of wolves from Oregon ESA

ODFW  biologists are now working to finalize 2014 wolf population counts. Population surveys are nearly complete and the number of wolves may be updated through February as biologists continue to collect information. The 2014 population will be reported in March when ODFW publishes its annual wolf report.

The transition to Phase 2 also marks the initiation of the state delisting process in Oregon as outlined in the Wolf Plan. ODFW will begin conducting a full status review and will present the results of that review to the Fish and Wildlife Commission in April 2015.  Delisting from the Oregon List of Endangered Species is a public process and the Commission could make their decision as early as June 2015. “The Wolf Plan is working and the wolf population in Oregon expanding as the original crafters of the Plan thought it would,” said Brett Brownscombe, ODFW interim deputy director.  “We should embrace this wildlife success as wolves’ return to the Oregon landscape and ensure management approaches are also in place to address the challenges that come with wolves.”

For more information on wolves in Oregon, visit


January 13, 2015, New wolf activity in southwest Cascades

ODFW has documented new wolf activity in the southwest Keno Unit (in the southwest Cascades on a mixture of public and private lands).

Evidence of at least one wolf has been collected twice over the last month. This area is in a part of the state where wolves are protected by both the state and federal Endangered Species Act.

Repeated sign of a wolf requires that the agency designate an Area of Known Wolf Activity (AKWA), and ODFW will complete that next week.

The area this new wolf is using lies within the already established AKWA for the Rogue Pack (OR7), but data on OR7 and the Rogue Pack shows no use of this area recently. The Rogue Pack AKWA will soon be adjusted to reflect its current use area.

Little is known of this new wolf (e.g., sex, age, origin, other wolves) and efforts to gather additional data will be made by both ODFW and US Fish and Wildlife Service.


Part 2: Groups Petition to Reclassify Gray #Wolves to Threatened Status under Endangered Species Act

January 27, 2015

Proposal presents a reasonable alternative to congressional delisting and a path to national recovery
Animal protection and conservation organizations petitioned  the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act as threatened throughout the contiguous United States, with the exception of the Mexican gray wolf which remains listed as endangered. If adopted, the proposal would continue federal oversight and funding of wolf recovery efforts and encourage development of a national recovery plan for the species, but would also give the Fish and Wildlife Service regulatory flexibility to permit state and local wildlife managers to address specific wolf conflicts.

Gray wolves are currently protected as endangered throughout their range in the lower 48 states, except in Minnesota where they are listed as threatened and in Montana, Idaho and eastern Oregon and Washington where they have no Endangered Species Act protections. Some members of Congress are advocating for legislation to remove all protections for wolves under federal law by delisting the animal under the Endangered Species Act. The petition proposes an alternative path to finalizing wolf recovery based on the best available science, rather than politics and fear, and would help to find a balanced middle ground on a controversial issue that has been battled out in the courts and in states with diverse views among stakeholders on wolf conservation.

Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, said: “Several states have badly failed in their management of wolves, and their brand of reckless trapping, trophy hunting, and even hound hunting just has not been supported by the courts or by the American people. We do, however, understand the fears that some ranchers have about wolves, and we believe that maintaining federal protections while allowing more active management of human-wolf conflicts achieves the right balance for all key stakeholders and is consistent with the law.”

Wolf populations are still recovering from decades of persecution—government sponsored bounty programs resulted in mass extermination of wolves at the beginning of the last century, and the species was nearly eliminated from the landscape of the lower 48 states. Wolf number have increased substantially where the Endangered Species Act has been implemented, but recovery is still not complete, as the species only occupies as little as 5 percent of its historic range, and human-caused mortality continues to constitute the majority of documented wolf deaths. 

KierĂ¡n Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, said: “A Congressional end run around science and the Endangered Species Act will create more controversy and put wolves and the law itself in jeopardy. The better path is to downlist wolves to threatened, replace the failed piecemeal efforts of the past with a new science-based national recovery strategy,and bring communities together to determine how wolves will be returned to and managed in places where they once lived, like the Adirondacks, southern Rocky Mountains, Cascades and Sierra Nevada.”

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s piecemeal efforts to delist gray wolves in the northern Rockies and western Great Lakes have been roundly criticized by scientists and repeatedly rejected by multiple federal courts. In addition to denouncing the Service’s fragmented approach to wolf recovery, courts have recognized that several states have recklessly attempted to quickly and dramatically reduce wolf numbers through unnecessary and cruel hunting and trapping programs. The public does not support recreational and commercial killing of wolves, as evidenced by the recent decision by Michigan voters in the November 2014 election to reject sport hunting of wolves. Wolves are inedible, and only killed for their heads or fur.

Adam M. Roberts, CEO of Born Free USA, said: “Complex conservation problems require sophisticated solutions. The history of wolf protection in America is riddled with vitriolic conflict and shortsightedness and it is time for a coordinated, forward-thinking approach that removes the most barbaric treatment of this iconic species and focuses on the long-term viability of wolf populations throughout the country.”

The threatened listing proposed by the petition would promote continued recovery of the species at a national level so that it is not left perpetually at the doorstep of extinction. A threatened listing would also permit the Fish and Wildlife Service some regulatory flexibility to work with state and local wildlife managers to appropriately address wolf conflicts, including depredation of livestock.
Groups filing the petition include national organizations and those based in wolf range states:
  • Born Free USA
  • Center for Biological Diversity
  • Detroit Audubon
  • Detroit Zoological Society
  • The Fund for Animals
  • Friends of Animals and Their Environment
  • Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf
  • Help Our Wolves Live
  • Howling for Wolves
  • The Humane Society of the United States
  • Justice for Wolves
  • Midwest Environmental Advocates
  • Minnesota Humane Society
  • Minnesota Voters for Animal Protection
  • National Wolfwatcher Coalition
  • Northwoods Alliance
  • Predator Defense
  • Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Wildlife Public Trust and Coexistence
  • Wildwoods (Minnesota)
  • Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies
  • Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin

Groups Petition to Reclassify Gray #Wolves to Threatened Status under Endangered Species Act

Proposal presents a reasonable alternative to congressional delisting and a path to national recovery

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin signed onto this proposal. WODCW believes this threatened status will give non-lethal opportunities to address concerns regarding wolves with livestock producers and maintain the health of wolves. WODCW believes wolves should remain wild and un-harassed from trophy hunts.

View full press release from The Humane Society of the U.S. Here:

Quote from HSUS’s press release:

Animal protection and conservation organizations petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reclassify gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act as threatened throughout the contiguous United States, with the exception of the Mexican gray wolf which remains listed as endangered. If adopted, the proposal would continue federal oversight and funding of wolf recovery efforts and encourage development of a national recovery plan for the species, but would also give the Fish and Wildlife Service regulatory flexibility to permit state and local wildlife managers to address specific wolf conflicts.

History of WI’s wolf status from a WI DNR Wolf Progress reports:

This report covers activities conducted from 1 July 2011 through 30 June 2012, and summary of data collected in 2011 on wolf conservation in Wisconsin. The Wisconsin DNR reclassified wolves from endangered to threatened in 1999, delisted to protected wild animals on 1 August 2004, and designated a game species on 2 April 2012. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service federally downlisted wolves to threatened from 1 April 2003 to 31 January 2005 relisted thereafter, delisted from 12 March 2007 to 29 September 2008, relisted thereafter, delisted on 3 May 2009 to 1 July 2009, relisted thereafter, and delisted wolves again on 27 January 2012.. The 1999 Wisconsin Wolf Management Plan and 2007 Wolf Plan Addendum determined wolf management in the state, and this report follows the outline of those plans to describe wolf management activities. Act 169 signed by the Governor on 2 April 2012 designated a wolf hunting and trapping season, and this report summarizes efforts toward developing the public harvest.”