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Manual for Sabotaging Wolf Hunts Released

12 Aug

“And in that case, we choose to be saboteurs for the wild.”

The following text is from a press release of the Earth First! Media office, which provides correspondence to news outlets around the world.

Download the Earth First! Wolf Hunt Sabotage Manual Here

Download the Earth First! Wolf Hunt Sabotage Manual Here

by Earth First! News

Earth First! Media has released a manual which provides detailed information for disrupting wolf hunting in those states that allow it. Titled The Earth First! Wolf Hunting Sabotage Manual, the text, complete with step-by-step graphics, explains how to find and destroy wolf traps, handle live trapped wolves in order to release them, and various methods, including the use of air-compressed horns and smoke-bombs, for stopping wolf hunts.

The authors of the manual describe themselves as,  “hunters and proud of it,” adding, “But we aren’t proud of what passes for hunting these days and especially for what passes as ‘sportsman’ hunting. Somehow, the National Rifle Association, yuppie trophy hunters, cattle barons, and the Obama Administration are in cahoots in an effort that promises to wipe wolves clean off the planet. And in that case, we choose to be saboteurs for the wild.”    Continue reading

Scientists to Obama: Don’t End Wolf Protections

25 May

protectwolvesCross Posted from Animal Connection

WASHINGTON— In two sharply worded letters sent to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell today, prominent scientists argued for continued protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states and criticized a draft federal proposal to remove those protections for being premature and failing to follow the best available science. One of the letters came from the American Society of Mammalogists, the other from 16 prominent biologists.

“The science simply doesn’t support removal of protections for wolves,” said Dr. Brad Bergstrom with the American Society of Mammalogists. “Wolves are altogether absent or barely beginning to recover in large swathes of the country that still contain excellent habitat.”

Signatories to the letter include several scientists who conducted research that’s relied on by the government in its draft proposed rule. Those scientists are now criticizing the agency for misrepresenting their work, stating: “Collectively, we represent many of the scientists responsible for the research referenced in the draft rule,” and “We do not believe that the rule reflects the conclusions of our work or the best available science concerning the recovery of wolves.”

“No animal is more important to the North American landscape than gray wolves,” said Bergstrom. “The science shows that wolves are not yet recovered in the Pacific Northwest, California, the southern Rockies and the Northeast.”

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Michigan Politicians Vote to Designate Wolves as Game

17 May

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by Jim Bloch / the Voice

The Michigan State Representatives and Senators from the area [of the Upper Peninsula] all voted to legalize the hunting of wolves in their current range, a portion of which falls in the state’s Upper Peninsula.

A number of news stories and backers of the legislation have referred to the population of wolves in the U.P. as “rebounding,” but it fell this year. According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the wolf population of the U.P. is 658, down 19 from 687 in 2012. That’s 44 percent of the 43 wolves targeted to be killed in this fall’s newly authorized hunt. Continue reading

Montana Considering Extending Wolf Hunt, Upping Kill Limit

3 May

Cross Posted from Great Falls Tribune

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HELENA — Montana wildlife commissioners may extend the hunting season for wolves and the number of predators that can be killed by a hunter or trapper.

Fish, Wildlife and Parks is proposing a rifle season from Sept. 15 to March 31. Last year, the season began Oct. 15 and ended Feb. 15, resulting in 128 wolves killed by rifle and bow hunters.

Trappers took an additional 97 wolves, for a total of 225 predators killed.

That is the highest number killed in Montana since federal protections for wolves were lifted for Idaho and Montana in 2011.

The agency also is proposing allowing hunters and trappers to take up to five wolves each, the Independent Record reported Wednesday.

Last year, hunters and trappers could take only one wolf. The state Legislature this year passed a bill that allows the agency to increase that limit.

The changes would allow hunters more opportunities and reduce the wolf population, FWP Wildlife Management Chief George Pauley said.

“We’ve always had a philosophy of incrementally increasing harvest rates and opportunities,” he said.

There were at least 625 wolves in 147 packs in Montana at the end of 2012, a 4 percent decrease from the year before.

Biologists tallied a minimum of 1,674 wolves in 321 packs across the six-state Northern Rockies region, a 7 percent decline.

The commission takes up the proposal at its May 9 meeting in Helena.

Howls of Reprisal: Wolves Return to the Frontlines

17 May

Until their reintroduction in the 1990s wolves were all but wiped out in the Northern Rocky Mountains. No wolves had been spotted in Eastern Oregon since 1946, and further west, the last sighting of a wolf in California was in 1924. 

The formation and spread of the Imnaha wolfpack in Eastern Oregon, however, has returned the apex predators’ howls to the Northwest.  Following the birth of wolfpups in 2010 in the Imnaha region of Oregon, a lone wolf, tagged as OR-7 by Oregon Fish and Wildlife, and Journey, by Oregon school children, wandered over a thousand miles into Northern California in late 2011 with the hope of a wilder future for us all.

But starting in 2012 wolves have been delisted in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming and are well on their way to being legally hunted in the Great Lakes Region further East. The demonization of wolves by ranchers and other interests has already lead to the murder of at least one wolf in Oregon. In California, anti-wolf alliances are already forming should a pack form there.

for more information and analysis on the Imnaha wolfpack and the wolf wars in Oregon read The Howls of Reprisal: Wolf Defense in Oregon by Portland Animal Defense League, printed in the Brigid 2012 issue of the Earth First! Journal.

Idaho AG Asked to Investigate Controversial Trapping Photos

4 Apr

Nez Perce National Forest employee Josh Bransford poses with a wolf trapped in north Idaho

Grisly images, depicting a badly injured wolf captured in north Idaho, have gone viral. Posing alongside the animal is a grinning Josh Bransford, an employee of the Nez Perce National Forest. The pictures, which surfaced on the Web in March, continue to stir fierce debate over an already-emotional topic. And now, some environmental groups are asking for a formal investigation into possible animal cruelty.

The Moscow-based Friends of the Clearwater and the Portland-based Center for Biological Diversity have banded together to ask Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service to look into the incident and the images.

The pictures were reportedly posted to the website trapperman.com. An accompanying description indicates that the wolf was trapped and shot by someone other than Bransford.

“The egregious torture of a wolf needs to be investigated by Idaho’s attorney general and the Forest Service,” said Michael Robinson of the Center for Biological Diversity. “And Josh Bransford should be fined or dismissed from his position.”

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State Wolf-hunting Season Extended

9 Dec

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By Eve Byron

The season was supposed to end on Dec. 31. But since only 106 wolves out of a quota of 220 have been taken to date, the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Commission decided Thursday to extend the season.

“This is just the second time we have had a wolf hunt … and we are still learning as we go,” said Bob Ream, FWP Commission chairman, who added while the quota might not be reached this year, it doesn’t mean the hunt wasn’t a success. “There will be more harvest in the next few months, and we’ll see how we are doing when we meet again in January. We may want to make some changes then.

“It seems to be going well, and I think we have come a long way.” 

FWP is managing wolves in Montana after their removal from the list of endangered species earlier this year. The wolf hunt is one of the tools used to keep populations in check. Scientific modeling by FWP anticipated reaching the quota would drop the known wolf population of 566 anywhere from 7 to 25 percent.

The majority of those who spoke on the proposal at the FWP Commission’s monthly meeting supported the season extension, and some added that they would like to see open hunting until the quota is filled to better protect ungulates and livestock.

“People who are not in favor have nothing to lose. It’s not affecting their pocketbook,” said Brian Quigley with the Rocky Mountain Stockgrowers Association. “It is affecting a lot of us in the livestock industry.”

Steve Holt of Dillon added that in his area, the elk herd is at 25 percent of the 15-year average. The quota there for Wolf Management Unit 250 is 22, but only three have been taken.

“I think it’s a lot more complicated, trying to get those wolves,” Holt said. “I support anything we can do to get those wolves.”

But Marc Cooke, co-president of the National Wolfwatcher Coalition, said his group is “adamantly opposed” to the season extension.

“There’s a study going on in the Bitterroot; let it conclude,” Cooke said. “And if people aren’t getting wolves when the weather is convenient, how will they get them when there’s 5 or 6 feet of snow in the backcountry?”

Quentin Kujala, the FWP wildlife management section chief, noted that officials originally considered extending the season until Jan. 31, but based on the low harvest numbers, the department decided to recommend adding two more weeks. He said that since the proposal initially was made public, they’ve received about 100 comments, and as with other wolf proposals, the perspectives were “quite diverse.”

He added that as they looked further into the proposal, FWP also proposed — and the commission supported — not mandating hunters to wear bright orange vests as they have to during the regular big game season.

“We have flexibility in relaxing that since wolf hunters would be hunting a species in need of management,” Kujala said.

Commissioner Shane Colton said he’s heard some criticism that they’re not allowing other methods of take, such as trapping, and letting people use mechanical calls to bring in wolves.

“It’s not appropriate to come running in with other methods at this point,” Colton said. “We’re not allowed to operate in that manner.

“But we are listening to all you folks and we are spending a lot of time trying to figure out what to do here, and I believe we are being pretty proactive when it comes to this animal.”

Reposted from Eve Byron Independent Record

Gray Wolf to be de-listed from endangered species list in Montana, Idaho

12 Apr

The budget deal that will be voted on this week to avoid a government shutdown may cost lives. The lives of gray wolves, that is.

A rider that will be included in the budget package to authorize the states of Montana and Idaho to remove the gray wolf from its protected listing under the Endangered Species Act.

Wolf “de-listing” has been a hot issue in the northern Rockies as wolves threaten livestock with population expansion. Washington lobbyists for the effort include former Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig.

The rider in current form authorizes de-listing for Idaho and Montana, but Wyoming may be added before the legislation before it is voted on. The rider was authored by Montana Democratic Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester and by Idaho Republican Rep. Mike Simpson.

Wyoming Republican Rep. Cynthia Lummis also advocates for de-listing. It is far from certain that Wyoming would be included, as the state has held up previous de-listing efforts by Idaho and Montana.