Howl out for B.C Wolves!

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We believe that BC’s wolf kill program is unwarranted, inhumane and unethical. We need to know if you think so too. 

Hundreds of wolves have been shot from helicopters in British Columbia since the province launched the cull in 2015 to protect declining caribou populations, which have been severely reduced due to HABITAT LOSS. Yet the B.C Government has allowed LOGGING, MINING, GAS AND OIL DEVELOPMENT.  This is what is destroying critical caribou habitat!  Since it takes hundreds of years to establish an adequate biomass of tree lichen to sustain mountain caribou populations, deforestation is a major factor in the decline of caribou numbers.

So basically the killing of hundreds of wolves (thousands over the long term) is being used as a substitute for habitat protection.  The wolves suffer agonizing deaths!  It is abhorrent and unfair! The B.C Government must set much larger areas of critical caribou habitat OFF LIMITS to industrial activity and recreational vehicles or the woodland caribou or they will continue to decline. Now the Government want to kill even more wolves! STOP BLAMING THE WOLVES!   L.G 

 

 

  • The real culprit driving caribou to extinction is habitat loss.

 

  • The BC government knowingly allows this to happen by inviting logging, access roads and motorized recreational activities into critical caribou habitat. 

 

  • Aerial gunning and strangling neck snares are equally inhumane. 

 

  • It is nearly impossible to deliver a lethal shot to an animal that’s being chased by a helicopter. 

 

  • Wolves caught in snares suffer too – their very physiology and the many uncontrollable conditions in the field result in severe injuries that last from several hours to days. No animal should have to experience such agony.

 

  • Wolves are inherently and intrinsically valuable.

 

 

  • In fact, killing wolves and other predators over a prolonged period has major ecological repercussions, negatively impacting both plants and animals in the ecosystem.

BC WOLF KILL

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EASTERN WA, OR REPS CALL FOR WOLF DELISTING ACROSS NORTHWEST

Congressman from Eastern Washington and Eastern Oregon were among those signing a letter this week to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service calling for the full delisting of gray wolves in the Lower 48.

U.S. Reps Cathy McMorris-Rogers and Doc Hastings of the former state and Greg Walden of the latter were among 72 other members of the lower and upper chambers of Congress who say they are “strong” supporters of removing the species from ESA protections in the western two thirds of Washington and Oregon.

The Fish & Wildlife Service’s comment period for its proposed delisting runs through Dec. 17.

The legislators say they agree with the federal agency’s own contention that wolves in Canada and the US are part of the same population, that there are no behavioral differences because of the international border, nor are there barriers to the species moving internationally.

A map produced by the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife earlier this fall actually shows Evergreen State wolves moving into Canada, though of those three that have dispersed to British Columbia, two have been shot and killed.

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The lawmakers also agree with USFWS that there are not discrete wolf populations in the Cascades, like advocates push through websites and books.

Saying that the states are ready to take over management, as they already do in the eastern thirds, the 75 contend that “unmanaged growth of wolf populations has resulted in devastating impacts on hunting,” a claim that will make big game tag sellers in Helena and Boise cringe and is difficult to swallow on the whole because of how high elk numbers are in the Northern Rockies, though wolves are linked to local impacts that have also been tied to predation by other species as well as large habitat and climate shifts that don’t favor elk.

No lawmakers from western portions of Washington or Oregon signed the letter, nor did any senators from either state.

It is the second that Hastings, who is the House Natural Resources Committee chairman, has put together on the issue. The other came in March and didn’t include McMorris-Rogers or Walden.

18 Interesting Facts about Wolves

 

  • Dogs and wolves are genetically 99.9% identical. The idea that the domestic dog descended from the grey wolf was originally established in 1993 using comparisons of wolf and dog mitochondrial DNA. This investigation showed that no other living animal was more closely related to the domestic dog than the grey wolf.

 

  • Wolves are the largest members of the Canidae family, which includes domestic dogs, coyotes, dingoes, African hunting dogs, many types of foxes, and several kinds of jackals.

 

Interesting Baby Wolf Fact

 

  • Wolf pups are usually born between March and May. A wolf pup’s eyes are blue at birth. Their eyes turn yellow by the time they are eight months old.

 

  • Unlike other animals, wolves have a variety of distinctive facial expressions they use to communicate and maintain pack unity

 

  • Wolves run on their toes, which helps them to stop and turn quickly and to prevent their paw pads from wearing down.

 

  • Wolves have about 200 million scent cells. Humans have only about 5 million. Wolves can smell other animals more than one mile (1.6 kilometers) away.

 

  • Wolf gestation is around 65 days. Wolf pups are born both deaf and blind and weigh only one pound.

 

  • Under certain conditions, wolves can hear as far as six miles away in the forest and ten miles on the open tundra.

 

  • Wolves were once the most widely distributed land predator the world has ever seen. The only places they didn’t thrive were in the true desert and rainforests.

 

  • Among true wolves, two species are recognized: Canis lupus (often known simply as “gray wolves”), which includes 38 subspecies, such as the gray, timber, arctic, tundra, lobos, and buffalo wolves. The other recognized species is the red wolf (Canis rufus), which are smaller and have longer legs and shorter fur than their relatives. Many scientists debate whether Canis rufus is a separate species.

 

  • The North American gray wolf population in 1600 was 2 million. Today there are an estimated 7,000 to 11,200 gray wolves in Alaska, 3,700 in the Great Lakes region and 1,675 in the Northern Rockies.

 

  • A hungry wolf can eat 20 pounds of meat in a single meal, which is akin to a human eating one hundred hamburgers. The smallest wolves live in the Middle East, where they may weigh only 30 pounds. The largest wolves inhabit Canada, Alaska, and the Soviet Union, where they can reach 175 pounds

 

  • Biologists describe wolf territory as not just spatial, but spatial-temporal, so that each pack moves in and out of each other’s turf depending on how recently the “no trespassing” signals were posted.

 

  • Wolves howl to contact separated members of their group, to rally the group before hunting, or to warn rival wolf packs to keep away. Lone wolves will howl to attract mates or just because they are alone. Each wolf howls for only about five seconds, but howls can seem much longer when the entire pack joins.

 

  • During the Middle Ages, Europeans used powdered wolf liver to ease the pain of childbirth and would tie a wolf’s right front paw around a sore throat to reduce the swelling. Dried wolf meat was also eaten as a remedy for sore shins.

 

  • The Cherokee Indians did not hunt wolves because they believed a slain wolves’ brothers would exact revenge. Furthermore, if a weapon were used to kill a wolf, the weapon would not work correctly again

 

  • In 1934, Germany became the first nation in modern times to place the wolf under protection. Influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche’s (1844-1900) and Oswald Spengler’s (1880-1936) belief that natural predators possessed more vigor and virility than their prey, the protection was probably more for an “iconic” wolf than the actual wolf, particularly since the last wolves in Germany were killed in the middle of the nineteenth century.

 

  • In 1500, the last wolf was killed in England. In 1770, Ireland’s last wolf was killed. In 1772, Denmark’s last wolf was killed.

 

Speak up for Wyoming’s Grizzlies!

Speak up for Wyoming’s Grizzlies! Only five meeting left in Wyoming that the public can attend!

Here you will find the dates, times and locations throughout the state of Wyoming. Please spread the word! ~L.G

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is having a series of meetings throughout the state to discuss the management of the iconic grizzly bear since it lost federal protection last summer. Western Watersheds Project and our members know that livestock conflict is a leading cause of grizzly deaths, and it’s time to tell WGFD that native wildlife should be given priority on Wyoming’s public lands.

Date and Time Town Location
Nov. 8,  6 p.m. Casper Game and Fish Casper Regional Office 3030 Energy Ln, Casper, WY 82604
Nov. 8,  7 p.m. Laramie Game and Fish Laramie Regional Office 528 S Adams St, Laramie, WY 82070
Nov. 9,  6 p.m. Sheridan Game and Fish Sheridan Regional Office 700 Valley View Dr, Sheridan, WY 82801
Nov. 15,  6 p.m. Jackson Virginian Lodge, 750 W Broadway, Jackson, WY 83001
Nov. 16,  6 p.m. Pinedale Game and Fish Pinedale Regional Office, 432 Mill St, Pinedale, WY 82941
Nov. 29,  6 p.m. Green River Game and Fish Green River Regional Office, 351 W Astle Ave, Green River, WY 82935
Nov. 30,  6:30 p.m. Cody Holiday Inn, 1701 Sheridan Avenue Cody, Wyoming 82414
Dec. 4,  6 p.m. Lander The Inn at Lander, 260 Grandview Dr, Lander, WY 82520

It’s important that the agency hears from the pro-bear public while it develops its management plans. We want a management plan that promotes conflict reduction and excludes lethal bear removals and trophy hunts. While WWP fights to get Endangered Species Act protection restored for the bears, it’s still important to make sure that Wyoming’s plans don’t undermine grizzly populations in the meantime.

Please spread the word and help us get as many people as possible to speak up for grizzlies at these meetings!

Here is a recent article regarding new research from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Study Team. It’s time to #FollowtheScience!!

http://www.jhnewsandguide.com/news/environmental/hopping-ecosystems-will-be-hard-for-griz/article_f59e9c1f-58df-5d6b-809d-d186a9bc2e51.html

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