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Cree Councillor, Wildlife Biologist Object to Alberta Wolf and Coyote Culls

posted Jan 26, 2018, 3:08 PM by chloe owens

11/29/17, by Brandi Morin, CBC News - Indigenous

Cree councillor, wildlife biologist object to Alberta wolf and coyote culls

A councillor from Kehewin Cree Nation in northern Alberta says he objects to a coyote and wolf education incentive program advertised by the local county, as an attack on the "four legged nation." There are 16 municipalities with predator bounty programs in Alberta. St. Paul county introduced its program six years ago in order to reduce the population of coyotes and wolves over the calving season. The bounty offers a payout of $15 per coyote and $75 per wolf to a maximum number of 20 coyotes/wolves per week, and a total season maximum of 100 coyotes/wolves per resident/landowner. Kehewin Cree Nation councillor Benjamin Badger said the "four-legged nation," which includes the wolf and coyote family clans, have shared the land with Indigenous people forever and should not be hunted and killed. "The farming and agriculture has just devastated the land that they use to sustain themselves," said Badger. "Metaphorically, you take what's happening to the wolves and apply it to what Indian people had to face ... there's so much correlation."




US Adopts Recovery Plan for Mexican Wolves, Lawsuit Planned

posted Jan 26, 2018, 3:05 PM by chloe owens

11/29/17, by Susan Montoya Bryan, Assoc Press, ABC News

US adopts recovery plan for Mexican wolves, lawsuit planned

After decades of legal challenges and political battles that have pitted states against the federal government, U.S. wildlife managers on Wednesday finally adopted a plan to guide the recovery of a wolf that once roamed parts of the American Southwest and northern Mexico. The plan sets a goal of having an average of 320 Mexican gray wolves in the wild over an eight-year period before the predator can shed its status as an endangered species. In each of the last three years, the population would have to exceed the average to ensure the species doesn't backslide. Officials estimate recovery could take another two decades and nearly $180 million, a cost borne largely by breeding facilities that support threatened and endangered species work. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considered tens of thousands of public comments — from state lawmakers and business groups to independent scientists and environmentalists — as it worked to meet a court-ordered deadline to craft the recovery plan. It was a long time coming as the original guidance for restoring the wolf was adopted in 1982.



Senate Panel May End N.C. Endangered Wolf Program

posted Jan 26, 2018, 3:03 PM by chloe owens

11/28/17, by Bruce Henderson, The Charlotte Observer

Senate panel may end N.C. endangered wolf program

A key U.S. Senate committee has urged a federal wildlife agency to end a 30-year effort in North Carolina to save endangered red wolves from extinction. The news was part of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s $32 billion spending bill for the Department of Interior and environmental agencies, released last week. It adds fuel to mounting pressure by North Carolina’s wildlife commission and landowners to halt the program. The news was part of the Senate Appropriations Committee’s $32 billion spending bill for the Department of Interior and environmental agencies, released last week. It adds fuel to mounting pressure by North Carolina’s wildlife commission and landowners to halt the program…The Fish and Wildlife Service has not said it would end the program. But last year the agency proposed changes that would allow it to move wild wolves into its captive-breeding program, which holds about 200 wolves. The changes would limit wolves to federal land in Dare County alone instead of the largely private land they now roam in five counties. A public comment period on the proposal that ended in July prompted more than 12,000 responses. Wildlife advocates who analyzed the comments reported overwhelming support for keeping wild wolves in North Carolina. “This overwhelmingly positive response sends a crystal clear message: Americans support red wolf conservation and want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to do the right thing and restore this species throughout its native range in the southeastern United States,” Jamie Rappaport Clark, a former Fish and Wildlife director who is now president of Defenders of Wildlife, said in an August statement. “The service needs to roll up its sleeves and put in the time and effort needed to bring this species back from the brink of extinction.”


As Northwest States Kill Wolves, Researchers Cast Doubt On Whether It Works

posted Jan 26, 2018, 3:00 PM by chloe owens

11/28/17, OPB Earth News

As Northwest States Kill Wolves, Researchers Cast Doubt On Whether It Works

…State wolf managers are walking a tightrope: growing and sustaining a population of wolves while limiting the loss of livestock for the ranchers who make their living where the predators now roam. Managing wolves in the West is as much about politics, economics and emotion as it is about science…To balance the costs of killing wolves, ecological needs and the concerns of ranchers and wolf advocates, it’s the policy of both Oregon and Washington to kill wolves incrementally — starting with one or two at a time. But in making that compromise between preserving wolves and preventing livestock damage, they’ve taken a course of action that scientific evidence suggests could achieve neither. “Oregon and Washington may be playing with fire in their incremental control approach,” said professor Adrian Treves, who founded the Carnivore Coexistence Lab at the University of Wisconsin. “Not only is there very little evidence for the effectiveness of lethal methods, but there are more studies that find counterproductive effects of lethal control, namely that you get higher livestock losses afterward.” Northwest wildlife managers say they use lethal control, in part, to increase people’s willingness to tolerate wolves. Treves said there’s little data to support that it’s actually helping shape public opinion to accept wolf reintroduction. In fact, Treves has published research suggesting otherwise: that government-sanctioned killing of wolves may actually embolden individuals to illegally do the same…He and others have called on governments to re-evaluate their predator control policies. Treves was also one of multiple scientists who filed comments with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, saying his research and others’ had been misinterpreted in the state’s revision of its wolf management plan, which Treves and others criticized for being biased in favor of lethal control.



Bad News! Maine Coyotes are Becoming Wolves

posted Jan 26, 2018, 2:58 PM by chloe owens

11/26/17, by George Smith, Dept. of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife News, Hunting, Maine

Bad News! Maine coyotes are becoming wolves.

…The “increasing wolflike traits are making it a larger, more adaptable animal equipped for survival on the East Coast, scientists say. The growing wolflike characteristics mean humans must learn to better coexist with the adaptable predators, scientists and wildlife advocates said,” reported Whittle. “It’s especially bad news for deer,” he noted. And boy, he got that right. Scientists predict coyotes, as they continue to grow larger and more wolflike, will become more effective predators. I thought they were already pretty effective predators!



Germany's Wolf Population on the Rise, New Data Shows

posted Jan 26, 2018, 2:52 PM by chloe owens

11/23/17, DW, Environment

Germany’s wolf population on the rise, new data shows

The number of wolves in Germany has grown, according to data released Wednesday by the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN) and the Documentation and Counseling Center of the Federation of the Wolf (DBBW). The researchers, who counted the wolves by analyzing photographs of traps, animal feces, and other traces, found 60 packs are now living across the country, which is 13 more than a year ago. Overall, there are between 150-160 adult wolves in Germany, Beae Jessel, the president of BfN told reporters in Berlin. A year ago, there were estimated to only be around 140 wolves and 47 packs.



Norway Temporarily Suspends Wolf Hunting After Court Case

posted Jan 26, 2018, 2:48 PM by chloe owens

11/21/17, The Local

Norway temporarily suspends wolf hunting after court case

Wolf hunting in areas outside of the animal’s designated protected zones has been suspended after the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) sued the state at Oslo District Court…WWF’s case is based on its argument that the animal is completely protected and on Norway’s own list of ‘critically endangered’ species, the agency reported as the trial began last week. The Norwegian state is supported in the trial by the Norwegian Agrarian Association (Norges Bondelag), which has argued that halting wolf hunting would have adverse effects on food production.



Bill Would Block Wisconsin Law Enforcement From Prosecuting Illegal Wolf Killings

posted Jan 26, 2018, 2:47 PM by chloe owens

11/12/17, by Rich Kremer, Wisconsin Public Radio NPR

Bill Would Block Wisconsin Law Enforcement From Prosecuting Illegal Wolf Killings

A group of Republican lawmakers from northern Wisconsin are pushing a bill that would block game wardens and police from investigating illegal wolf killings in the state. The legislation would prohibit law enforcement from enforcing any federal or state law that "relates to the management of the wolf population in this state or that prohibits the killing of wolf in this state."… In an email calling for co-sponsors for the measure, the authors said it’s an attempt to put pressure on Congress to pass pending federal legislation that would remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list. Jarchow, who has announced a run for state Senate, said the bill mirrors an executive order made by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter in 2011 that he believes forced the federal government to lift wolf protections there.




National Park Service Debating Wolf Reintroduction on Isle Royale

posted Jan 26, 2018, 2:46 PM by chloe owens

11/12/17, by Randy Meier, Fox9 News

National Park Service debating wolf reintroduction on Isle Royale

…Ice bridges during the cold winter months enabled the first grey wolves to find the island 75 years ago, and they stayed, because they found food in the moose population…Then, the ice bridges stopped forming, and the wolves, after peaking at a population of 50, started dying. Canine Parvovirus took many, while wolves killing other wolves took some. They died at an alarming rate. Conversely, the moose, with fewer canines to hunt them down, grew in numbers of an equally alarming pace. Today, more than 1600 moose roam the island. Now, with only two aging and non-breeding wolves left to hunt them, the National Park Service is wrestling with whether man should step in and change the course of nature. The NPS is also struggling with the relative "do not touch" scientific philosophy of Isle Royale and what re-introducing a new pack of wolves, taken from the mainland, and deposited on the island, would mean…Peterson has spent 50 years of his life studying the predator/prey balance, and says the dynamic has clearly changed. The moose population is trending up rapidly and, in his view, doing nothing would be disastrous for the ecosystem…The NPS this week signaled there does seem to be movement, not only toward a decision, but also toward reintroducing wolves. Officially releasing this statement: "NPS is currently producing a final environmental impact statement with a preferred alternative to re-introduce wolves to the island.  This alternative would provide a large enough number of wolves with the goal of establishing a healthy population that functions as an apex predator. A decision is expected after the document is released for public view."



Wolf Expert Debunks the 'Big, Bad Wolf"

posted Jan 26, 2018, 2:44 PM by chloe owens

11/10/17, by Carter Niemeyer, My Columbia Basin

Wolf expert debunks the ‘big, bad wolf’

People are living with wolves in their midst once again. Carter Niemeyer of Boise says that it’s important that we learn to understand the newest (and once the oldest) predator on the block. The retired wolf trapper, hunter, and biologist says reacting to wolves out of fear is wrong. Niemeyer said he doesn’t pretend to have enough information to debunk a hunter’s claim of being stalked by wolves in Union County. That hunter shot and killed a wolf in what was ruled by the Oregon State Police to be an act of self-defense. The wolf expert does say, however, that the man’s perceptions could have been colored by his own fear…“There’s not enough real information out there for me to assess what actually happened, but knowing wolves, they’re curious of people, but frightened of people.” All it takes, he said, is letting the wolf know you’re there. Don’t try to hide. Be loud and fire a shot in a safe direction…He wants to enlighten people about the right steps to take when encountering a wolf based on 30 years of experience with them. He says that 100 percent of his experience has proven to him that if wolves know a person is nearby, they run from the human…He said one instance of a wolf biting a teenage boy who was in a tent in Minnesota in 2013 is an oft-cited example that feeds the fear. However, when the wolf was autopsied it was determined the animal had brain damage from an injury that was suspected to have been the cause of its abnormal behavior.



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