19 September 2014
The resolution states that the Wood River Wolf Project, initiated by Defenders of Wildlife, continues to demonstrate that predators and livestock can coexist, and urges the rest of the county to employ the project’s successful coexistence strategies. In response to this great news, Suzanne Stone, Idaho resident and Defenders of Wildlife Senior Northwest Representative said, “Blaine County is leading a cultural change in the way this nation and state manages its wolves and other predators.
Nonlethal tools are the future of wildlife management, and we are thrilled to see the City of Ketchum formally embrace these more effective methods for living with wildlife.” The mayor and city council members howled together in unison after they finished passing this resolution, and have received hundreds of emails in support of their action. Give them your vote of support today by participating in this poll on the resolution. (Poll is on the left column of webpage.)
Comment Period Closing on Harmful Mexican Gray Wolf Rule: The Service is proposing to change the rules about how Mexican gray wolves (often called lobos) are managed in the wild, and we have something to say about it! Although the Service’s proposal does some good by creating new release sites and giving the wolves more room to roam, it ultimately would make recovery impossible by allowing more wolves to be killed and keeping them out of the habitats they need to recover. We need Defenders members to tell the Service how to move forward, and our opportunity to do so is closing quickly; the comment period on the proposal is closing on Tuesday the 23rd. If you haven’t submitted comments already, please do so now! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:
- I do not support the capture and return of lobos dispersing north of Interstate 40. This keeps them out of the habitats in the Grand Canyon ecoregion and southern Colorado which are necessary for recovery. These wolves need additional habitat in order to recover and thrive.
- I do not support expanded opportunities to kill wolves. Including provisions that make it easier to kill these wolves is not the way to recover a critically endangered species.
- The Mexican gray wolf needs a science- based recovery plan, not a long list of management rules uninformed by current science.
Washington’s Lookout Pack Caught in Fire: As wildlife managers conducted research/ monitoring on Washington’s wolves this summer, they found the remnants of a wolf pup that appears to have been the victim of a fire near the Methow Valley. The Lookout pack is well known in Washington because it was the first documented breeding wolf pack to return to Washington since the 1930’s. Today, there are only two confirmed members of the wolf pack, but biologists think the couple may have additional yearlings or pups among them.