Washington kills three wolves this season to quell cattle attacks Story not accurate

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If We do the Math correctly… even if it was only 3… or 4 that is too many, especially with the recent delisting being overturned….and reasons sited were states that dual listed… where part are not endangered, and part are would create problems… Look whats happening in Washington State as well as Oregon……They have proven Dr.Rob Wielgus’s Research as being accurate!!

Technically there were 4 Wolves killed in Washington this year 3 of which were Smackout Pack, 1 was Sherman Pack. 3 being Slaughtered by WDFW, 1 Smackout by a Rancher we were informed….. the very first kill was reported by a Huckleberry picker to us that WDFW met a bunch of gun toters 15 miles from smackout meadows…. as they drove by wdfw was looking over the bank. They even went as far as sweeping the dirt road it appeared when they were done the Pickers informed Us. If WDFW reported Killing 2 Smackout Members as their update claimed… Rancher killed 1 Smackout Member… that would make a total of 4 with the 1 Sherman Member WDFW Slaughtered if I count on 1 hand and using 4 fingers.

ENDANGERED SPECIES — Wolves have kept Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife field staff busy this suummer, especially in Stevens, Ferry and Asotin counties.

Gray wolves are protected in Washington by state endangered species rules, but lethal measures can be taken in cases of self-defense or repeated attacks on livestock.

At least six wolf attacks on livestock have been confirmed this season despite prevention efforts including range riders. Cattle depredations have been confirmed in Stevens and Ferry counties this summer as well as in Asotin County, where a cow and calf were attacked this month southeast of Cloverland by the Tucannon Pack.

Two wolves from the Smackout Pack and one wolf from the Sherman Pack have been killed by state-authorized shooters in response to separate incidents.  In both cases, no further cattle attacks in those pack areas have been confirmed.

The wolf from the Sherman Pack in Ferry County was killed by shooters between Aug. 25 and Sept. 1 following confirmed wolf attacks on cattle in Sherman Pack territory on Aug. 24 and 28, according to wolf management reports posted by the agency. The Sherman Pack was involved in six confirmed cattle attacks in a span of 11 months.

More than a dozen incidents were investigated in the past month alone to see if wolves were culpable in attacks on livestock and pets. Dogs, coyotes and other issues were the cause of most of those reports, officials said.

However, a wolf that officials say may be part of a new pack forming in northern Stevens County killed a cow, confirmed on Aug. 31. The department earlier this year had confirmed at least 20 wolf packs in Washington. The culprit in the livestock attack is thought to have dispersed from the Dirty Shirt Pack. That wolf has been photographed in proximity to a wolf that branched out of a pack in British Columbia, officials said.

The Dirty Shirt disperser killed the cow in a fenced pen on private land despite daily checks by the producers and other deterrent actions such as using lights, said state wolf manager Donny Martorello.

Stevens County holds the majority of wolves that are naturally moving back into Washington from Idaho, British Columbia and Oregon. Six of the 20 confirmed packs in Washington are in Stevens County.

At least one wolf in all of the confirmed packs has been captured, fitted with a GPS collar and released so biologists can monitor pack movements.

One wolf that dispersed into Western Washington this season was captured and collared.  At last report, it was still in Skagit County.

Source: Washington kills three wolves this season to quell cattle attacks | The Spokesman-Review

Endangered Mexican wolf killed following livestock attacks/ USFWS Field Supervisor Calls our Director an ASSH*&^

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Just off the phone with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Field Supervisor Steve Spangle. We asked him if a NEPA was completed prior to issuing the kill order. He directed us to Sherry Barnett head of the Wolf Program…  before telling our Director he didnt have to be an ASSH*&^ prior to hanging up for saying that they “didnt want to speak with anyone but the Supervisor”! We also have 2 calls into White Mtn Apache Tribe but no response yet.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An endangered Mexican gray wolf has been killed by federal employees after a Native American tribe requested the animal be removed from the wild in the wake of a string of cattle deaths near the Arizona-New Mexico border.

The death of the female wolf marks the first time in a decade that efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to curb livestock attacks by the predators has had lethal consequences for one of the predators.

The decision to remove the member of the Diamond Pack was first made in June after three calves were killed over several days, sparking concern among wildlife managers about what they described as an unacceptable pattern of predation.

An investigation determined the female wolf was likely the culprit based on GPS and radio telemetry tracking.

Another calf was killed in July, prompting the White Mountain Apache Tribe to call for the removal. That was followed by one confirmed kill and another probable kill by members of the pack on national forest land adjacent to the reservation.

Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Director Benjamin Tuggle issued another order in August calling for the wolf’s removal by the most expeditious means possible.

 

Source: Endangered Mexican wolf killed following livestock attacks | Local | azdailysun.com

Complaint Claims Washington Lawmaker Pressured WSU To Punish Wolf Researcher 

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Peers Complaint Claims Washington Lawmaker Pressured WSU To Punish Wolf Researcher but it also appears he broke the Law!

It appears that Joel Kretz has Violated Washington State LAW. By violating an RCW he appears to be guilty of criminal harassment under WA law. RCW 9A.46.020.  by issuing indirect death threats against Dr. Robert Wielgus along with influencing policy as a special interest Rancher, as well as violating mandates upon him under the public trust.

It would appear that Joel Kretz is making Indirect Death Threats to create Hostility Towards Dr. Wielgus

A group that advocates for public employees has filed an ethics complaint against northeast Washington Representative Joel Kretz.

The Republican representative from the 7th district has been cited by the group Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, or PEER, as inappropriately pressuring Washington State University officials to take action against a leading wolf researcher and WSU faculty member.

PEER has filed an ethics complaint, citing numerous incidents over the past six years where Kretz contacted WSU administrators and researchers and issued threats in order to dictate the direction of the schools carnivore research, specifically that of Dr. Robert Wielgus.

Adam Carlesco, PEER spokesman, says Kretz’s actions resulted in the University issuing a press release that disavowed Dr. Wielgus’s statements concerning a northeast Washington wolf pack.

“This essentially served as a character assassination,” Carlesco said. “This was a researcher who was essentially at the top of his game, who was the leading large carnivore researcher in the Northwest, who then was given gag orders not to speak to the press, all of his research had to be filtered through administrators, and had been threatened with firing.”

Rep. Kretz feels the charges are overblown.

“There are no ethical violations,” he said. “To rise to that level, you’ve got to be doing something that benefits you personally. There’s no way this does. In fact, my efforts have been to bring the two sides together and reach some solutions where we have both a population of wolves and also a viable ranching community so, there are a number of ranching folks that are upset that I would go that far, so I’m getting it from both sides.”

Wielgus had been critical of ranchers in northeast Washington whose cattle were killed by the Profanity Peak wolf pack, saying that the rancher intentionally released his livestock directly on top of a wolf den site, leading to cattle loss.

WSU officials later said some of Dr. Wielgus’ statements were inaccurate and inappropriate.

Source: Complaint Claims Washington Lawmaker Pressured WSU To Punish Wolf Researcher | Northwest Public Radio

Hunter shoots and kills therapy dog in front of owner 

 

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It is way past time that Hunters are held accountable for shooting animals they do not have the intelligence to identify.

 

Valley Calderoni was just coming to the end of her usual Monday hike with her colleague and the 10 dogs under their care from a Squamish, B.C, rehabilitation centre — when tragedy struck.

Calderoni says as they were gathering the dogs for their return, she heard a loud and unfamiliar bang and instinctively crouched down.

“And I look up, and I see my dog, and she was bleeding,” said Calderoni. “I turned around and said, ‘Markie, oh my God, my dog has been shot.'”

Calderoni ran to Kaoru, a four-year-old Tamaskan, and while she held the dog, she heard her colleague Markie Blackburn yell: “Put the gun down.”

“All I can see is my dog getting shot — her face, her eyes looking at me with absolute disbelief,” Calderoni said.

“I held her and I told her to go, just go, and she died.”

Squamish RCMP and conservation officers soon arrived, and the hunter remained for questioning.

Conservation officer Kent Popjes says the man was a local resident and had been hunting for some time.

“He was completely co-operative with the investigation,” said Popjes. “It appears to be an error in judgment.”

Popjes wouldn’t say whether the man had mistaken the dog for another animal, but said it is legal hunting season on Crown land for mule deer and black bears. Wolves are also in season in parts of the surrounding area, but not where the shooting took place, according to conservation officers.

The incident happened on Crown land close to the highway near Lucille Lake, half an hour north of Squamish.

Kaoru’s 1st owner couldn’t care for the traumatized puppy

Calderoni says Kaoru was just a puppy when she was given over to her rehab facility.

Kaoru’s owner found it too difficult to care for her after she had become traumatized, anxious and depressed following a cross-Canada flight.

After thousands of hours of training, Kaoru worked at Canine Valley as an emotional therapy dog, helping autistic children and people with emotional challenges.

Calderoni recalls how Kaoru helped one of her clients who was struggling to come to grips with the loss of his wife, who had died in a car accident.

The three went for a walk in the woods, and she asked her client to lie on the ground and take some deep breaths.

“My dog just came and laid on top him, and she let him get it out,” she says. “He cried for the first time. He just let go and Kaoru knew what to do.”

Message for other hunters

Popjes says it’s unclear what charges will be laid, if any, but is cautioning other hunters.

“Take your time, slow down, take a breath and make sure you know exactly what you are shooting at is a safe and legal animal,” he said. “As a hunter, it’s your responsibility to completely identify the target before you pull the trigger.”

Calderoni also wants to ensure this doesn’t happen again.

“I don’t want anyone to go through the pain of watching your soulmate die in front of you.”

The investigation is ongoing.

 

Source: Hunter shoots and kills therapy dog in front of owner – British Columbia – CBC News

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