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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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Blacktail Deer Plateau Pack

778m Druid Alpha

A little more Information for those who are curious about the “Druid” pack. It is good to hear that 778M is still alive and roaming!!

During November 2008, 6 males from the former Druid Peak pack and 4 females from the former Agate Creek pack joined to form the Blacktail Deer Plateau Pack. Wolves 693F and 302M were the original alpha pair until 302M was killed by other wolves (likely the Quadrant Mountain pack) in October 2009. Wolf 778M (collared in January 2011 and previously referred to as “Big Brown”) replaced 302M as the alpha male and maintained his alpha-pair status with 693F until October 2014 when 693F died of unknown causes. 778M remained the alpha male. The Blacktail Deer Plateau pack was the largest Northern Range pack in 2011 and 2012 with a high count of 15 wolves. The pack decreased in size substantially in 2013, primarily due to dispersal (at least 2 males), intraspecific-caused mortality (at least 1 female), unknown mortality (693F) and legal harvest in Montana (at least 1 collared female). After the long-standing alpha female, 693F, died in October 2013, the alpha male 778M traveled with 3-4 uncollared and unknown wolves including a gray adult female, a gray pup, a black pup, and 911M (gray adult male with class 1 mange). In early 2014, 911M left the pack and eventually joined the Junction Butte pack and the uncollared pups disappeared. 778M and the uncollared gray female did not den in 2014, and shortly thereafter, 778M was consistently seen alone, north of the park. [Updated 4/2015]

Source: Blacktail Deer Plateau Pack: Yellowstone Wolf Photos Citizen Science

Speaking about Wolves and Grizzlies

Wolf Lovers

To all of our Followers, We will be in Yellowstone again on June 26th or 27th thru July 4th perhaps as late as the 7th Speaking for The Wolves and Grizzlies to the Public as well as touching on the Importance of National Park Buffer Zones. We hope that some of you might have an interest that may allow you to show up. We will be in Between Tower Falls and Slough Creek Campgrounds.

It is of paramount Importance that we show as many people as Wolfly possible how Important the Buffer Zone will be.

We hope you can Join Us, let us know if there is a possibility .)

Wolf died with Dart

Here is another example of why we need to stop collaring wolves!!! The shooter has no way to determine if the Dart will hit an artery!! Are endangered Wolves lives worth a chance? We would compare that question to are your Childrens lives worth a chance!!

NESPELEM—Perhaps the most valuable gray wolf to set foot on the Colville Reservation since the species’ reintroduction back in 2012 is on display here at the Colville Tribal Government Center, 21 Colville St.

“Our wolf display has arrived and is down in our area,” Colville Tribal Fish & Wildlife director Randall Friedlander told the Tribune via email May 19.

From 2012-2015, the animal’s location was pinged every three to five hours using GPS, which showed it spent most of its time between all four districts of the 1.4 million acre Colville Reservation. It traveled as far south as Hellgate, and about halfway to the Canadian border on the north half.

The collared member of the Nc’icn pack was accidentally slain during an aerial capture attempt in January of 2015. A chemically-immobilizing dart was believed to have struck an artery in the 70-pound wolf during a re-collaring effort, officials said.

Friedlander, after meeting with his staff after the incident was reported, decided to put the wolf on display.

“A lot of folks aren’t sure what they look like,” he told the Tribune in February 2015. “This is an up close and personal way to learn more about the wolf.”

The three-year-old wolf had not reproduced and was not the alpha female, Friedlander said.

The Tribe began hunting non-collared wolves back in 2012, when they returned to the area from Idaho, but CTFW has yet to report a harvest. A large dog, however, was brought in for confirmation in year’s past.

Friedlander made a move this month to allow trapping, reducing the kill total from 12 to three in the process.

Source: Accidentally slain wolf on display at government center – Tribal Tribune: News

This is a must read

Wolves and their canine descendants are among our oldest animal partners, and yet we continue to hunt and kill them out of irrational fears that blind us to their many benefits.

The story of a wolf suckling the abandoned brothers Romulus and Remus at the creation of Rome may be allegorical, but wolves did forever change the human story. Their domestication stands alongside language, fire, and plant cultivation as one of the major innovations that most altered the fortunes of humanity. “It’s hard to see how early herders would have moved and protected and guarded their folks without domestic dogs being in place, and one has to wonder whether agriculture would ever have really made it as a viable alternative to hunting and gathering,” said Peter Rowley-Conwy, a professor of archaeology at Durham University. It’s no exaggeration to say that nearly all human exchange, from early bartering to the on-line transactions in the information age, have necessarily been built on the foundation stones of these developments. The wolf and its descendants have been part of the humane economy longer than any other species.

While many Native American tribes revere wolves, and place them at the center of their creation stories, many other Americans have succumbed to the cartoonish “big bad wolf” narrative and done the opposite. Throughout much of U.S. history, wolves have been ruthlessly persecuted. In his 1880 annual report, Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Philetus Norris wrote that “the value of their [wolves and coyotes] hides and their easy slaughter with strychnine-poisoned carcasses have nearly led to their extermination.” Around the turn of the century, the federal government hired professional hunters and trappers to amass a body count of wolves, and state governments provided bounties on them. By the early ’70s, just after the U.S. Congress enacted a comprehensive Endangered Species Act to protect them and so many other imperiled species, wolves were hanging on only in the northern reaches of Minnesota—and at Isle Royale in Lake Superior.

Increasingly wildlife science is revealing the critical part that wolves play in maintaining robust ecosystems. Aldo Leopold, the father of modern-day wildlife management, renounced his killing of wolves in his classic book, A Sand County Almanac. He came to recognize, even in his days as a young forester, that wolves were anything but pests. They were critical actors in maintaining balance in ecosystems, and he saw the harmful effects of their removal, by predator control programs, in Arizona’s Kaibab National Forest.

In their decades of work at Isle Royale, wildlife biologists John Vucetich and Rolf Peterson have affirmed Leopold’s conclusion beyond all argument by showing how wolves limit the growth of prey populations—strengthening them by culling the weak, sick, or young, and preventing their numbers from expanding to the point where they denude the forest of saplings or strip bare the leaves of trees. Indeed, upon their reintroduction to Yellowstone, wolves immediately went to work reducing the high densities of elk and bison, forcing them to stop overgrazing meadows and riparian areas. These effects are documented in a popular video called “How Wolves Change Rivers,” based on a lecture by journalist and environmental advocate George Monbiot. The video has attracted more than 15 million views on YouTube.

Native Americans Spiritual Wolf

Native American dancer at a gathering in Fairbanks, Alaska, displaying traditional respect for the wolf by incorporating it into his sacred costume.

The effects of wolves on livestock are also overblown. Data from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and other parts of the country where wolves live show that they are responsible for a very small amount of killing—between 0.1 and 0.6 percent of all livestock deaths in these areas. A 2014 Washington State University study, conducted over a 25-year period, found that indiscriminate killing of wolves actually increases the tendency of wolves to prey on livestock. The reason may be that sport hunting and commercial trapping of wolves break up stable wolf packs, creating a younger, less experienced population, inexperienced in killing traditional prey and more likely to show opportunism and pick off a sheep or calf. And of course, farmers who deploy guard dogs as a highly successful strategy of protecting their flocks and herds from predators can thank the wolf itself for that service.

Source: Let’s Ditch the ‘Big, Bad Wolf’ Cliché – The Daily Beast

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