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.

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Wolves Know How to Work Together – Why Can’t People

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It is saddening that people do not come together for the preservation of our Wildlife the same way that Wolves have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt they are capable of working together as 1.

Dogs have evolved to be friendly and tolerant of humans and one another, which might suggest they would be good at cooperative tasks.

Wolves are known to cooperate in hunting and even in raising one another’s pups, but they can seem pretty intolerant of one another when they are snapping and growling around a kill.

So researchers at the Wolf Science Center at the University of Vienna decided to compare the performance of wolves and dogs on a classic behavioral test.

To get a food treat, two animals have to pull ropes attached to different ends of a tray. The trick is that they have to pull both ropes at the same time. Chimps, parrots, rooks and elephants have all succeeded at the task.

When Sarah Marshall-Pescini, Friederike Range and colleagues put wolves and dogs to the test, wolves did very well and dogs very poorly. In recordings of the experiments, the pairs of wolves look like experts, while the dogs seem, well, adorable and confused.

The researchers reported their findings in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

With no training, five of seven wolf pairs succeeded in mastering the task at least once. Only one of eight dog pairs did.

With individual training intended to show the animals that if both ropes were held in the mouth, they could get the treat, three of four wolf pairs succeeded multiple times. Two of six dog pairs succeeded — once.

Dr. Marshall-Pescini said both wolves and dogs were raised in exactly the same conditions at the center, where they live in groups with a lot of human contact but are not kept as pets. The reason for wolves performing much better, she said, might be that in the wild they must cooperate in bringing down big game and sharing it if they are to survive.

Dogs, whether they are free-ranging, foraging at garbage dumps or looking for discarded food, don’t need teamwork.

But defining tolerance, which is supposed to aid cooperation, is tricky.

“Wolves argue a lot around food,” she said. “But in the end they eat together.” As for dogs, she said, “They don’t even argue about it.” An earlier study of free-ranging dogs, she said, showed that the dominant dog ate first and other dogs waited.

Of course, pet dogs often eat together with two bowls. And dogs can be trained to do just about anything; even the act of training may change their ability to cooperate.

In a previous study, dogs that had been highly trained — not at the rope pull test, but for other tasks — were much better able to succeed at the rope pull.

Source: Wolves Know How to Work Together – The New York Times

OSP investigating wolf poaching incident in Wallowa County 

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Wallowa County has joined the late spate of illegal wolf killings. On Nov. 17, the Oregon State Police announced that OR-23, a collared wolf, was found shot in the Chesnimnus Springs area. The wolf was a breeding female and a member of the Shamrock Pack, formerly known as the Chesnimnus pack.

Two wolves in the Klamath Falls area were recently killed, OR-25 and OR-33. The species is listed as endangered in the area. In late October, a hunter also killed a wolf in self-defense in Union County.

OR-23 started as a member of the Ukiah Pack before dispersing to northern Wallowa County sometime in 2014 where it paired with a male wolf. In April 2017, OR-23 was documented as having four surviving pups.

Environmental groups have blamed the killings on recent delisting of wolves in northeastern Oregon, which they say has desensitized the public to the plight of wolves.

“Wolves in Oregon are being gunned down maliciously after wildlife officials prematurely removed state-level protections for these misunderstood animals,” said Amaroq Weiss, West Coast wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Whatever you think of wolves, poaching is wrong and cowardly.”

Oregon State Police is investigating the killing and asking for the public’s help.

“Poaching of fish and wildlife, including wolves, is a problem in Oregon and will be vigorously investigated by the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division,” said Captain Jeff Samuels.

The ODFW is also asking the public to step up.

“We are upset and frustrated by the unlawful wolf killings in Oregon,” said Doug Cottam, the agency’s Wildlife Division Administrator. “Poaching of any wildlife is wrong and harmful to their conservation. Please, if you know something about any of these cases, step forward and provide information to OSP, which can be done anonymously.”

Source: OSP investigating wolf poaching incident in Wallowa County – Local News – Wallowa County Chieftain

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.

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