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A Flemish Plan to Teach Residents How to Cohabit With Wolves

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:59 PM by chloe owens

8/26/2018, Brussels Times

A Flemish plan to teach residents how to cohabit with wolves

The “wolf plan’’ of Flemish minister for environment Joke Schauvliege (CD&V) aims to teach residents how to cohabit with wolves. The places where the wolves live must be protected, especially by reducing the road traffic intensity, according to a text approved last week by several farmer and hunter associations.  There are currently three wolves in Belgium: two in Flanders, and one in Wallonia. Considering the probable arrival of more wolves, the Flemish Region decided to adopt a plan. In particular, it provides for measures to protect sheep from the predators, by the setting up of electric fences. No measure, however, is 100% efficient, underlines the plan. “Wolves are inventive and intelligent animals; they adjust their hunting behavior in function of the prevention.’’ The people undergoing losses have the right to compensation, but only if they have first taken preventive measures.



Catering to Single Wolf Puts California in Courtroom

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:58 PM by chloe owens

8/26/2018, by Bob Unruh, WND

Catering to Single Wolf Puts California in Courtroom

…The CESA designated the gray wolf as endangered last year, but the California Cattlemen’s Association and the California Farm Bureau, pointing out that the rules forbid them from even “chasing [a] wolf to the border of his or her property,” sued the California Fish and Game Commission, the Center for Biological Diversity, Environmental Protection Information Center, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center and Cascadia Wildlands. Damien Schiff, senior attorney for Pacific Legal Foundation, which is representing the landowners, explained the opening brief was filed in the case and a hearing is scheduled in a few months. “We make three basic arguments,” he explained. “First, the listing violates the Act’s limitation to native flora and fauna, because it is based on the wanderings of OR-7, a wolf born in Oregon but derived from a population of Canadian wolves transported to Idaho in the 1990s by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. This population is part of the Northwestern or timber wolf subspecies of gray wolf, a type of wolf much larger and more voracious than the subspecies of wolf that may have been present in California prior to the wolf’s extirpation from the Golden State in the 1920s.”


Ethiopia Deploys Hidden Rabies Vaccine in Bid to Protect Endangered Wolf

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:57 PM by chloe owens

8/22/2018, The Guardian

Ethiopia deploys hidden rabies vaccine in bid to protect endangered wolf

Rabies vaccines hidden inside goat meat baits have been deployed in the first campaign to protect the Ethiopian wolf, Africa’s most endangered carnivore.  There are less than 500 of the wolves in the high mountains of Ethiopia and they are very vulnerable to infectious diseases from domestic dogs. The oral vaccine approach will next be rolled out to cover all six surviving populations of the wolf. “Thirty years ago I witnessed an outbreak of rabies which killed the majority of the wolves I had followed closely for my doctoral studies,” said Prof Claudio Sillero, director of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP), a partnership between the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit and the Born Free Foundation. “We now know that pre-emptive vaccination is necessary to save many wolves from a horrible death and to keep the small and isolated populations outside the vortex of extinction.” Earlier trials showed the wolves preferred goat meat baits to rat meat or intestines and that delivery on horseback and at night into a pack’s territory meant fewer baits were eaten by other animals. Tests showed that almost 90% of the wolves eating the bait developed immunity.


Judge Blocks Kill Order on Ferry County Wolves

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:56 PM by chloe owens

8/21/2018,by, Nicholas K. Geranios, Herald Net

Judge blocks kill order on Ferry County Wolves

A judge in Washington has issued an emergency order blocking the state from killing members of a wolf pack that have been preying on cattle.  The Department of Fish and Wildlife had announced Monday morning that it would immediately begin efforts to kill members of the wolf pack who had been preying on cattle in Washington’s northeastern Ferry County, near the Canadian border…The Center for Biological Diversity and Cascadia Wildlands immediately sued, contending the order to kill wolves failed to undergo an environmental analysis. “It’s outrageous that Washington wildlife officials want to kill more wolves from the state’s small and recovering wolf population,” said Amaroq Weiss of the Center for Biological Diversity. “Washingtonians overwhelmingly want wolves recovered,” she said. “This is not the Old West anymore.”



Wolf Exhibit Opens at Southern Ute Museum

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:55 PM by chloe owens

8/21/2018, by Melanie Brubaker Mazur, Pine River Times

Wolf exhibit opens at Southern Ute Museum

Wolves - both images of them and the live, furry kind - filled the Southern Ute Museum on Aug. 16. Ambassador animals from Wolfwood Refuge attended the opening reception and talk for "Living With Wolves," which will be on display at the museum through Nov. 30. The display is part of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project, which advocates for expanding wolves' North American territory to Colorado's Western Slope. Part of the reason wolves need to return to Colorado is to provide a Western corridor between packs living in Wyoming, New Mexico and Arizona, explained Delia Malone of the Sierra Club, who spoke at the event. Wolves currently live in about 15 percent of their historical range in North America.  With 17 million acres of public land, 280,000 elk and 420,000 deer on the Western Slope, Colorado provides an ideal habitat for wolves, she said. There also are 500,000 head of cattle and 175,000 sheep in the area, she added. Wolves are responsible for one-hundredth of one percent of predation on livestock herds, she said. They also could help improve the elk population, which currently has 30 to 40 percent infection rates of chronic wasting disease. Because wolves attack sick and weaker animals, they could help improve overall herd health.


Wolf Campaigners Boycott Sheep Meat in Norway

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:54 PM by chloe owens

8/20/2018, The Local

Wolf campaigners boycott sheep meat in Norway

Animal rights activists in Norway have begun boycotting local sheep meat in protest at a new round of licensed wolf hunts planned for this winter. More than 800 Norwegians have joined the Facebook Page Boikott konfliktkjøtt(Boycott Conflict Meat), which aims to pressure farmers to accept that the predators have a right to share Norway's outdoor spaces with their flocks…Norway's authorities ruled before the summer that up to 12 wolves could be shot outside the so-called ‘wolf zone', as well as three wolf packs inside the zone. Licences will be issued for over 25 wolves to be shot in the counties of Hedmark, Akershus and Østfold. Over 20 organizations have protested the decision, while farmers‘ organizations believe even more wolves should be shot, with the case to be heard on 22 August…“It's physically impossible to have wolves in the same area as livestock. Those of us who have been out dragging away the carcasses understand that they don't belong together.” …"I think farmers lose more from bad publicity than from wolves taking sheep,” he said. “If sheep meat appeared as the preferred sustainable meat, it would boost sales, but it will be hard when they use sheep to justify killing predators.”  


Wolf Pups Found Dead in Horse Creek Drainage

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:53 PM by chloe owens

8/20/2018, by Buckrail

Wolf pups found dead in Horse Creek drainage

Jackson Hole, WYO - Wyoming Game and Fish Department is currently looking into details involving the discovery of four dead wolf pups south of town. A Mill Iron Ranch guide discovered two of the dead wolves last week during a trail ride. He came upon one first that looked in poor condition. “It had a whole bunch of sores.  It was very mangy. No hair on the hind end,” Coby Wheeldon said. Before long, Wheeldon’s group came upon another dead wolf pup. When the guide returned to the ranch he called Game and Fish authorities who arrived and found two more dead pups…Whatever happened to pups, estimated at 4-5 months old, it didn’t happen very long ago. “They were pretty fresh,” Wheeldon said. “And they weren’t tore up. No other animal killed them.”


Living With Wolves Takes Guts, Knowledge

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:52 PM by chloe owens

8/18/2018, by Sue Lani Madsen, The Spokesman-Review

Living with wolves takes guts, knowledge

It takes guts for a bureaucrat to act decisively without clear policy as a safety net. Fortunately for a young researcher treed by wolves, somebody had guts.  And it wasn’t somebody from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. WDFW needs clear priorities for managing endangered species when they endanger the public. Those priorities are critical as wolves rebound and plans to add grizzly bears proceed. The Okanogan County Commissioners recently met with representatives from WDFW, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Okanogan County Sheriff’s Office to discuss the confusion surrounding the rescue of a treed woman on July 12th. She was working alone, and had a satellite phone for emergencies. When she was threatened by wolves, she climbed a tree and called her supervisor.



Increasing Wolf, Grizzly Bear Populations Present Challenges for Ranchers, Hunters

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:51 PM by chloe owens

8/16/2018, by Rebecca Colnar

Increasing wolf, grizzly bear populations present challenges for ranchers, hunters

Hunting season can't come quickly enough for some ranchers and farmers whose livestock have had meetings with sharp-toothed adversaries this summer. Wolves, grizzly bears and even mountain lions sometimes find calves, lambs, sheep and horses worthy of their attention, often with devastating consequences, perhaps worse this year than in the past. Some wildlife groups called on the Wyoming Game and Fish to amend its fall grizzly hunt to exclude the Demographic Monitoring Area — the core of the Yellowstone ecosystem habitat where grizzlies are counted annually to ensure the species persists there after a 2017 female death was recently confirmed, said Angus M. Thuermer Jr., a writer for Wyofile. Wildlife groups said this year's discovery of four grizzly bears that died in 2017 — including at least one critical breeding-age female — meant the numbers had exceeded a threshold and should stop hunting in the DMA this fall. But state Game and Fish Department director Scott Talbott wrote last month that collaborators had expected news about additional deaths so the numbers were not surprising. The long-term survival of the grizzly bear is not in question, he wrote…"Wyoming also authorized a hunt of grizzly bears outside the DMA where as many as a dozen additional bears could be killed. The six groups, including Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, Wyoming Untrapped, WildEarth Guardians and Wyoming Wildlife Advocates recently were protesting only the core-area hunt," the Wyofile story reported.



Famous Oregon Wolf OR-7 Sires 5th Consecutive Litter of Pups

posted Sep 18, 2018, 11:50 PM by chloe owens

8/16/2018, by Associated Press, TDN.com

Famous Oregon wolf OR-7 sires 5thconsecutive litter of pups

Portland - A wolf known as OR-7 that established the first gray wolf pack in western Oregon in six decades has sired at least one pup for his fifth consecutive year, wildlife biologists said Wednesday. Three wolf pups were captured frolicking in front of a remote camera set up in southwest Oregon by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said Amaroq Weiss, of the Center for Biological Diversity. The footage was recorded in early July and released this week. “OR-7 traveled 4,000 miles to find a mate and start a family. But this important recovery can only continue if we keep protecting wolves in Oregon and California and across the United States,” Weiss said. The footage was captured in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest, just north of the California border. The 30-second clip shows two pups bouncing in front of the hidden camera and a third runs by a short distance away.


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