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SUPPORT PROTECT THE WOLVES   In 2011, the owner of Protect the Wolves began advocating online for the safety of not only wolves, but of all animals. Unfortunately, her current leased property is small. Due to the lease and the small size of the acreage she cannot expand in the current location. She wishes to expand so that she can provide sanctuary for many wolves, wolf dogs, wolf-hybrids, and other rescued animals.

2014 was a terrible year for the wolves. In Idaho and Montana alone hundreds of gray wolves were slaughtered and maimed in cruel traps during hunting season. Hunters and trappers have killed over 2500 gray wolves in the lower 48 states since they were removed from the endangered species list in 2011. For over 40 years, the Gray Wolf was a protected species under the Endangered Species Act; but, this protection was removed by legislative rider in 2011.

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Wyoming wants control of Wolves

Wyoming is trying to sneak around with delisting…. along with Ranchers…

Wanting the gray wolf to be turned over to state management as soon as possible, Park County commissioners are calling on Congress to do an end-run around the judges and environmental groups that might stand in the way.

On Tuesday, commissioners threw their support behind a proposed insertion into the “Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2016” that would remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for the wolf and effectively block any environmentalists from challenging the delisting in court.

“The way I read it, it says that it will be free from judicial review, forever, in perpetuity, which I really like,” Commissioner Joe Tilden said.

The commission voted unanimously to send a letter to the leaders of the Senate’s Energy Committee — U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Washington — urging them to support the wolf provision when the final version of the energy bill is compiled.

Delisting the wolf, commissioners wrote, “is critical for the economic sustainability of Park County, which is experiencing the greatest impact from wolf predation in Wyoming.”

Data from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says wolves were confirmed to have killed 37 cattle in Park County last year. That’s more cattle depredations than the rest of the state combined, although — unlike other areas — no sheep or other animals were killed here.

Commissioners sent the letter at the request of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and borrowed much of the language from a letter the association is sending.

According to information compiled by commissioners’ executive assistant Shaunna Romero, the Stock Growers Association was asked by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso’s office to send a letter to the Chair and Ranking member of the Energy Committee urging support for the provision; the association was encouraged to have the letter co-signed by as many agriculture, sportsmen and wildlife and other affected organizations as possible, Romero said.

The Fish and Wildlife Service removed Endangered Species Act protections from the gray wolf in Wyoming in 2012 — leading to hunting that fall and in the fall of 2013 — but U.S. District Court Judge Amy Jackson of Washington, D.C., voided the service’s decision and effectively re-listed the wolves in September 2014.

The state of Wyoming and the federal government have been appealing that ruling and made their case to a panel of three appeals court judges last month.

Commissioner Tilden doubts that decision will go the way the county wants.

“Of the three judges that heard the appeal, one was a (Bill) Clinton appointee, one was an (Barack) Obama appointee and one was a (George W.) Bush appointee, so you can kind of figure out what the verdict’s going to be,” Tilden said.

It was Congressional action that turned wolves over to state management in Montana and Idaho — done by a similar attachment to a 2011 bill that blocked judicial review for five years.

Noting that the rider now proposed to delist Wyoming’s wolves appears to block challenges in perpetuity, “this is better than what Montana and Idaho had,” said Commissioner Loren Grosskopf.

Before voting to put their support behind the wolf rider, commissioners got an earful from Cody resident Dewey Vanderhoff.

“This is an example of really terrible legislating, when you start attaching riders that don’t even pertain to the body and intent of the bill,” he said.

“I will use whatever tool I have available to move this forward,” responded Commissioner Lee Livingston. “As soon as wildlife management is not decided by courts, and (decisions) are left in the hands of the biologists and wildlife managers, then I would not need to go here.”

Vanderhoff said commissioners should be more concerned about energy policy and have limited influence in Congress.

“When you exclude something from the courts, boy, that is a red flag foul, legislatively,” he added.

“I’m willing to take that risk,” responded Livingston, saying he felt “completely comfortable moving forward.”

“I’m playing their game,” he added later.

Tilden added that, “if science was allowed to work with the Endangered Species Act, we wouldn’t have to do this.”

“That is not the issue here. The issue is legislative process,” Vanderhoff countered. He said the wolf and energy issues didn’t belong in the same bill.

“I agree with you to a certain extent,” Tilden said. “But they will not allow science to do its job.”

Source: County, stock growers call on Congress to delist wolves

Wyoming to Kill more Wolves

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JACKSON — Three wolves in a problematic pack near Jackson are being targeted by wildlife officials after another attack on cattle.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service again sent a U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services agent to kill some of the animals.

This is at least the third time the wolves have made their way onto pastures with grazing livestock.

Wildlife Services has killed 11 of an estimated 19 wolves in the pack.

Source: Three wolves in problematic pack targeted after livestock loss | Wyoming News |

No plans for lethal measures against wolves

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Wildlife biologists regard the killing of four cattle in the Fort Klamath area of Klamath County as “unusual” and “disturbing,” but say there are no plans to enact lethal measures to wolves and believe the wolves pose no threats to humans.

“We don’t even want to talk about lethal measures,” said John Stephenson, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist. “What we’re trying to do is stop it with nonlethal measures. When you have a flurry of incidents, you don’t jump to lethal measures.”

He believes the Rogue Pack, which includes the wolf known as OR-7, is responsible for four confirmed kills. But none of the wolves in the pack, which includes OR-7’s mate and wolves born the past three years, have radio collars that help track the location of wolves.

“We’ve been looking to trap this pack for a while,” Stephenson said of efforts to capture and collar a Rogue Pack wolf, noting they’ve been seen in the Wood River Valley since 2014. “It would help us know when they’re down here.”

Stephenson, who returned to the area Thursday to investigate the incident, said the problem will be temporarily eased as the final cattle are trucked out of the valley to winter pastures, mostly in Northern California, in coming weeks. Upwards of 35,000 head of cattle are shipped to graze on Wood River Valley pastures each spring.

“We need to do something ASAP. Now we have to ratchet up the effort,” Stephenson said, noting he and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have camped for several nights and built fires near remaining cattle to discourage wolves, a practice known as hazing.

Various nonlethal methods are being investigated. Strobe lights were set up near the cattle, but the most recent wolf attack happened near the lights. He said placing red ribbons on fences near grazing areas is probably impractical because “these are big pastures.”

Along with the Rogue Pack, a Silver Lake Pack is known in nearby northern Lake County, and there are wolves known as the Keno Pair. Individual wolves include OR-33, which is believed to have killed two goats on consecutive nights near Grizzly Peak east of Ashland. It was recently tracked near Roseburg. Another lone wolf, OR-25, is the wolf responsible for injuring three 550-pound calves on the Yamsi Ranch east of Chiloquin last fall.

“And there are some probably some we don’t know about,” Stephenson said.

He and Elizabeth Willy, senior wildlife biologist with the service’s Klamath Falls office, met with Bill Nicholson, owner of the Nicholson Ranch, where the killings occurred, and Butch Wampler, who manages the cattle. Both emphasized no wolves have been reintroduced to Oregon and said genetic studies show Oregon’s growing population originated from wolves originally from Idaho and Yellowstone National Park.

“Neither the state nor the feds are moving wolves anywhere in the state of Oregon,” agrees Tom Collom, a UFWS biologist based in Klamath Falls. He said DNA studies show OR-7s mate was from the Snake River Pack.

All three biologists said wolves pose no threat to humans, with Collom insisting, “I think it’s overplayed too much. Close encounters, those happen from time to time. The bigger issue is with livestock.”

One reported “close encounter” involved a rancher in the Swan Lake area northeast of Klamath Falls. While feeding livestock on an open pasture, he jumped off his tractor and saw a wolf, identified as OR-33, standing a short distance away. “Spooked the heck out of him,” said Collom, who suggests “you always want to be aware of your surroundings.”

He praised ranchers, noting they are changing some practices, such as moving cattle to safer pastures and shipping them out of the valley earlier. “They’re adapting to this.”

While hazing is the best deterrent, he said other ways to discourage wolves include disposing of animal carcasses and burying them at least 6 feet deep. In cases where wolf kills are suspected, he said ranchers should immediately cover animals with a tarp, call the local USFWS office, and not disturb the area so that biologists can check for tracks, scat and signs cattle might have been dragged.

“The sooner we can get to the scene the better chance we have to make a determination,” Collom said.

Because wolves west of Highway 395 are still listed as federally endangered, he said, ranchers cannot shoot a wolf even if it’s seen attacking livestock, something he knows frustrates ranchers.

“If you see them out there, there’s nothing you can do,” Collom said.

While he believes shipping out cattle for the winter provides a reprieve, Collom, like Stephenson and Willy, say they need to develop a plan to eliminate wolf depredations for next year’s grazing season.

Collom believes wolves target Wood River Valley cattle, noting, “A wolf has to make a decision if he’s going to chase an elk around or go into a pasture. … If you had told me five years ago we would be dealing with these kinds of situations, I would have told you you’re nuts.”

Source: No plans for lethal measures against wolves

Another Wolf depredation confirmed in Klamath County 

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Klamath County, Ore. – According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, on October 19th a 700 pound calf was found dead on a private pasture in the Wood River Valley area of Klamath County.  The calf was examined by wildlife officials who determined the cause of death was wolf depredation.

ODFW said several wolf tracks were found near the carcass. Remote cameras also captured images of five wolves 3.3 miles west of the scene on October 14th.

Wildlife officials previously confirmed two other calves were killed by wolves in the same area on October 5th and 6th. The Rogue Pack of wolves is known to frequent the general area this time of year.

According to the Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, wolves don’t automatically prey on livestock, but if they are encountered, they are likely to depredate sporadically.

Current Oregon law allows lethal action to be taken if the wolf is found in the act of attacking livestock, or if the wolf is involved in chronic livestock depredation. Officials will use a non-lethal deterrence plane to prevent future attacks.

Source: ODFW: Wolf depredation confirmed in Klamath County – KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

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