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WSU FOIA Request appears to be collaborating with Donny Martorello WDFW

Recent WSU FOIA Request,  shows that WDFW and WSU were coordinating a joint response against Wielgus; but then WDFW backed out. Which  does not remove them from being GUILTY of collaboration against Dr Wielgus.

  WDFW is as dirty as WSU, along with the same elected officials that used their positions to influence WSU to come out against Dr Robert Wielgus. It would appear to a prudent individual, that these are all blatant violations of the Trusts. Donny Martorello clearly needs to be replaced, as well as the Elected officials that threatened WSU with Funding Cuts.

After seeing this Email,  it is in fact WSU that has brought shame upon themselves. Especially after Dr. Wielgus Time and date stamped pictures were produced as he told us during our Interview with him last August.

See Email sent from Colleen Kerr at WSU to Donny Martorello:



Washington State University, the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences, and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) issue the following joint statement regarding public statements made by  Dr Rob Wielgus, associate professor and director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at WSU, related to the Profanity Peak Wolf Pack. 

Some of Dr. Wielgus’ statements in regard to this controversial issue have been both inaccurate and inappropriate, including misrepresenting the actions of local cattle owners. As such, they have contributed substantially to the growing anger and confusion about this significant wildlife management issue and have unfairly jeopardized the WDFW Wolf Advisory Group’s many-months long stakeholder process. Moreover, the statements do not in any way represent the views or position of Washington State University or the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences. These statements are disavowed by our institutions.  


We offer the following corrections of the information in the public arena:

In an article published by the Seattle Times on Aug. 25, 2016, Dr. Wielgus stated that a particular livestock operator had “elected to put his livestock directly on top of (the wolves’) den site; we have pictures of cows swamping it…”

In fact, the rancher identified in the article did not intentionally place livestock at or near the den site of the Profanity Peak wolf pack, and Dr. Wielgus subsequently acknowledged that he had no basis in fact for making such a statement. In actuality, the livestock were released at low elevation on the east side of the Kettle Crest more than 4 miles from the den site, and dispersed throughout the allotments based on instructions found in the Annual Operating Instructions (AOI). The CC mountain allotment is more than 30,000 acres and livestock are generally moved from pasture to pasture following an established rotation.


In the same article, Dr. Wielgus stated that a particular cattle rancher had also “refused to radio-collar his cattle to help predict and avoid interactions with radio-collared wolves” and that there had been no documented “cattle kills among producers who are participating in research studies and very few among producers using Fish and Wildlife’s protocol.”

In fact, the rancher identified in the article has held a term grazing permit for 73 years and has worked with both the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Service in the management of livestock in order to avoid conflict – following procedures outlined by the Washington Wolf Advisory Group. In order to reduce wolf/livestock conflict, the rancher has modified livestock rotation practices and utilized range riders to ensure livestock safety. While the rancher  is not currently participating in Dr. Wielgus’ ongoing study, radio-collaring of livestock is not a Wolf Advisory Group procedure nor is it 100 percent effective at preventing depredations. It is inaccurate to state that there have been no cattle kills among producers participating in the study. There is at least one permittee who is participating in the study who has incurred livestock depredations.


The decision to eliminate the Profanity Peak Wolf pack came after two years of careful work and scientific analysis by the Washington State Wolf Advisory Group, consisting of a collaboration between scientists, industry, and conservation partners.  Washington State University subscribes to the highest standards of research integrity and will not and cannot condone inaccurate or misleading statements by faculty members that have the effect of compromising that integrity. 


Regarding future steps for preventing subsequent inaccurate or inappropriate statements, we are implementing applicable internal university processes.   

WSU apologizes to our friends, our science partners, and to the public for the inaccurate and inappropriate statements made by one of our faculty members.


Wolves Were Once Our Partners

By Rick Lamplugh

As wolves are slaughtered in Oregon and Washington and as wolf hunting season begins, it’s important to consider three views of how wolves were once our partners, not our enemies. Wolf-dogs may have helped our ancestors outcompete neanderthals. Wolves may have evolved into helpful dogs by training humans. Wolves became friends with our ancestors and showed them better ways to hunt. Each of the compelling views describes two species—humans and wolves—forming a partnership with both partners benefitting.

Wolves helped Homo sapiens outcompete Neanderthals
Photo by Rick Lamplugh
The wolf we know today, Canis lupus, was evolving in Europe when the first Neanderthals appeared there about 250,000 years ago. When modern humans reached Europe about 45,000 years ago, they encountered Neanderthals who dominated that continent. Within 5,000 years of the arrival of modern humans, Neanderthals had disappeared. Wolf-dogs may have played a part in that disappearance.
“At that time, modern humans, Neanderthals and wolves were all top predators and competed to kill mammoths and other huge herbivores,” Anthropologist Pat Shipman told Robin McKie of The Guardian. Shipman, author of The Invaders: How Humans and Their Dogs Drove Neanderthals to Extinction, speculates that humans formed an alliance with wolf-dogs that doomed Neanderthals.
“Early wolf-dogs,” said Shipman, “would have tracked and harassed animals like elk and bison and would have hounded them until they tired. Then humans would have killed them with spears or bows and arrows.” In addition to helping with the hunt, wolf-dogs would have kept rival carnivores and scavengers from stealing the kill—just as wolves protect their kills today.
Both wolf-dogs and humans benefitted from this remarkable partnership. “…the dogs did not need to approach these large cornered animals to finish them off—often the most dangerous part of a hunt—while humans didn’t have to expend energy in tracking and wearing down prey. Dogs would have done that. Then we shared the meat. It was a win-win situation.”
Shipman told Simon Worrall of National Geographic that these ancient wolf-dogs were not the same as modern wolves or modern dogs, though they had similar characteristics. They were large, with big teeth and a great sense of smell. They could run long and fast. Like today’s wolves, they were built to hunt.
Shipman found no evidence that Neanderthals joined forces with wolves. As she told Worrall, “They continued to do things in the same old Neanderthal way as life got hard and times cold. They continued to hunt the same animals with the same tools in the same way. And that lack of adaptability may have been a telling failure as [modern humans] moved in. If you then add in wolf-dogs, Neanderthals were at a terrific disadvantage.”

Wolves may have evolved into dogs by training humans
Photo by NPS
A second compelling view on partnering with wolves comes from Wolfgang Schleidt and Michael Shalter in their journal article, “Co-evolution of Humans and Canids.” The authors theorize that sometime after the last Ice Age, early humans stumbled upon wolves bringing down reindeer. The humans may have been as hungry as those wolves, but they couldn’t hunt as well. Stomachs growling, they puzzled over how to plunder some of their competitor’s bounty. Eventually humans partnered with wolves. Schleidt and Shalter believe that the first contacts between the two species were mutual and “subsequent changes in wolves and humans must be considered as a process of co-evolution.”
We evolved together as partners, and as centuries passed, the partnership led to wolves becoming dogs, Canis lupus familiaris. Schleidt and Shalter present an intriguing view of who trained whom: “…scavenging wolves took the initiative and conned the affluent hunting and gathering humans into sharing their plenty, by pretending to be their obedient servants and hunting companions.” In other words, wolves may have chosen and trained us, much to our benefit.

Wolves showed our ancestors better ways to hunt
Photo by Rick Lamplugh

A third view on human-wolf partnership comes from Mark Derr in his book, How the Dog Became the Dog. Derr proposes that fifteen to twenty-thousand years ago nomadic hunters following game encountered a pack of wolves. The hunters and wolves did not fight or flee. Instead, some of those humans and wolves were right for one another, were both sociable and curious. Those wolves were capable of overcoming fear of a creature from another species and making what Derr calls “a leap of friendship.”

After that leap, our ancestors learned from wolves. They observed wolves hunting herds of prey and tried some of the predators’ tactics. The new approaches produced more meat than the hunters could consume or carry, and they left the excess. Wolves ate their fill and tasted how they could benefit from humans. Those hunters had begun the long process of domesticating Canis lupus into man’s best friend.
Derr’s image of two intelligent and resourceful creatures meeting on a trail, befriending one another, and evolving together places the wolf in a well-deserved positive light. Wolves that eventually became dogs were not, as the prevailing theory goes, rejects from their packs that slinked around in the shadows of the nomads’ campfires and begged for food. This distinction is important. Which would you respect and value more: an animal capable of making a leap of friendship or a reject begging for a handout?   
What brought us to the war on wolves?
The war began when human hunters became herders. No longer a nomad with a limitless horizon, a herder’s territory shrank to the boundaries of a small patch of land. His family survived on what that patch produced. Any animal that ate the herder’s sheep, goats, pigs, or cattle took food from the family and reduced their chances of survival.
Those all-important patches of land were often in wolf territory, where wolves did what they still do best: pick the easiest prey possible. And, as today, wolves paid the price for our infringement onto their territory. The killing of livestock changed our relationship with Canis lupus for the worse. We were no longer two species partnering. We became two species competing. And wolves pay the price.
Indie author Rick Lamplugh writes to protect wildlife and preserve wildlands. His new book, Deep into Yellowstone: A Year’s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy, is available signed from Rick, or unsigned on Amazon.  His best seller, In the Temple of Wolves, is available signed, or unsigned on Amazon.

Grizzlies Saved This Vietnam Vet’s Life. Now He’s Fighting To Return The Favor.

Before reading this article, I  want to say to people like Washington state Representative Joel Kretz and others that enjoy killing animals, “Take a good look at real man!”  A real man or woman does not kill animals for fun. They do not put the skulls and skins of mountain lions on their desks or on their walls like Joel Kretz.  Nor do they kill endangered species. Real men and women have respect for nature and know the true importance of all our apex predators. If Joel Kretrz was ever confronted by a grizzly bear, he would urinate himself and then shoot it.  So to all those spineless fools that go out with all their weapons, their traps— It’s time you grow a pair and actually fight for the lives of these animals! Fight to protect what’s left of the wild!

Grizzies Saved This Vietnam Vet’s Life.  Now He’s Fighting To Return The Favor

Doug Peacock, of Montana, is a plaintiff in a lawsuit to restore federal protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears.

EMIGRANT, Mont. — Doug Peacock returned from Vietnam in 1968 a different man than when he left. His mind was eating at him. He and other war veterans didn’t have words for the disease from which they suffered. Later it would be identified as post-traumatic stress disorder.

Needing to be away from people, Peacock fled to the wilderness, camping high in Wyoming’s towering Wind River mountain range. Following a bout of malaria, he made his way up into Yellowstone National Park, where he came face-to-face with grizzly bears.

“I wasn’t looking for them, but they were there,” Peacock, 75, recently told HuffPost on the patio of his home in Paradise Valley, just north of the park and overlooking the Yellowstone River.

These dominant creatures proved exactly what Peacock — a former Green Beret medic, prolific author and the inspiration for Edward Abbey’s fictional character George Washington Hayduke in The Monkey Wrench Gang — needed; a species that, as he puts it, anchors your attention and gets you out of yourself.

“It’s the one animal on this continent at least, maybe anywhere, that refutes the whole notion that homo sapiens are in charge of every fucking thing,” he said. “The one animal that can remind the most arrogant fucking species on Earth what their true place is on the Earth, in nature, in their own hearts.”

“What you are is what you evolved with,” Peacock added. “We didn’t evolve in cities and towns and shit like that. We evolved as hunters and gatherers, in places whose remnants today we call the wilderness.”

Years after returning scarred from war, and after countless days tracking and filming bears in grizzly country, Peacock wrote in his first book, Grizzly Years: In Search of the American Wilderness, that the animals saved his life. Of course, any one of them could have just as easily taken it.

For the better part of five decades now, Peacock has been a fierce advocate for the grizzlies. And today he is among the lead plaintiffs in a lawsuit against the federal government over its decision to remove Yellowstone grizzlies from the endangered species list.

Doug Peacock, a Vietnam War veteran and longtime grizzly bear advocate, is among those suing the U.S. government over its decision to remove federal protections for Yellowstone grizzly bears.

Peacock is an expert in grizzly behavior; no surprise considering the amount of time he’s spent living and studying in grizzly country, out of a tent and mostly by himself. Over the years, he’s been charged by dozens of bears, almost all of them mothers protecting cubs. The run-ins, he says, were his fault and come with the territory.

Along with finding solace in the Rocky Mountains, Peacock learned how to avoid becoming a grizzly’s rag doll. The key, he says, is to avoid making eye contact, and to keep from making any sudden movements or screaming. Just hearing him talk about his closest encounters is enough to make the average person’s heart race.

One of Peacock’s favorite bears was a dominant, black-coated male he ran into often ― “the baddest son-of-a-bitch in the mountains,” Peacock said. Over a handful of summers in Glacier National Park, he and the bear developed a relationship of sorts. On one occasion, when Peacock walked away from his campsite high on a mountaintop, the bear pulled his cache of gear out of a tree and chewed to pieces his sleeping bag and a dirty T-shirt. “He ate everything that smelled of me,” as if to say “get the hell off my mountain,” Peacock said. Another time, that same grizzly caught Peacock away from his camera, knocked it off its tripod and chewed on it.

“He was a good bear,” Peacock said, without even a hint of sarcasm. “That’s what a bear should be.”

A grizzly bear walks in Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming. 

A couple of times, a grizzly came skidding to a stop right in front of him. One female stopped just six feet away, then leaned forward and stuck her nose out to sniff his pant leg.

“I always stood my ground,” he said. “I don’t look at the bears, I kind of hold my arms out. I don’t move a fucking muscle, all the time they are charging.”

One of Peacock’s most recent encounters was in June, when he and his daughter were resting on a high butte in Yellowstone; their last hike together before he walked her down the aisle. It was a “windy goddamned day,” he recalls. All of a sudden, the look on his daughter’s face changed. There, some 50 feet away, a mother grizzly and her yearling cub were coming over the hillside.

“Everybody sees each other at the same time,” Peacock remembered. “I think I probably say, ‘Don’t move.’”

The mother quickly reared onto her hind legs. Peacock and his daughter stayed still and eventually, after a couple of minutes, the bear calmed down. Then, the bears slowly walked by and sat down on the edge of a cliff 30 feet away, where the mother began nursing the cub. This went on for five minutes, Peacock says. In the distance he could hear the bellows and roars of male grizzlies, indicating the female had likely retreated to high ground to keep her cub away from aggressive bears looking to mate.

There’s a huge misunderstanding about these magnificent creatures, Peacock says, which for the most part have no interest in humans.

“We fear what we don’t know, and we hate what we fear,” he said.

The remains of a grizzly bear lay along the bank of the Yellowstone River, near the town of Emigrant.  

In addition to writing several books, Peacock is a co-founder and long-time board member of Round River Conservation Studies and works with traumatized veterans to expose them to the benefits of the outdoors. And he continues his decades-long fight to ensure grizzlies continue to thrive.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service first delisted the Yellowstone population of grizzlies from the Endangered Species Act in 2007. Environmental groups sued; Peacock was among the plaintiffs. In 2009, a federal judge overturned the government’s decision, ruling that FWS had not considered the impacts the loss of white bark pine trees could have on the population. The decision restored protections for the Yellowstone grizzlies.

But in June of this year, federal authorities announced that Yellowstone grizzlies had recovered to the point that they no longer required federal protection. The Interior Department estimates the population to be around 700 bears ― up from as few as 136 in 1975 ― and said multiple factors indicate it “is healthy and will be sustained into the future.”

A month before the delisting took effect on July 31, a group of conservation nonprofits and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe promised to sue. And on Aug. 30, they did just that. It’s one of several complaints aimed at restoring ESA protections for the bears.

With the impacts of climate change becoming undeniable, it is a critical time for the Yellowstone grizzly, according to Peacock.

“The [Fish and Wildlife Service] wants to declare a victory,” Peacock said. “They’ve done an incredible job of bringing back the grizzly since 1975 in Yellowstone, but with climate change, global warming, that population will never be recovered. None of us will.”

In its final rule, published in July, the FWS concludes that “the effects of climate change do not constitute a threat to the [Yellowstone] grizzly bear [population] now, nor are they anticipated to in the foreseeable future.” But the seeds of white bark pine, a high-elevation tree that has been severely impacted by disease, insects and climate change, are an important food source for Yellowstone grizzlies.

Peacock’s most immediate concern is hunting. State jurisdiction in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho opens the door for limited hunting of grizzlies outside Yellowstone.

“It’s the thing that scares me the most, because it won’t just be a hunting season,” Peacock said. “It will be the whole pulse of the value of a grizzly bear, how easy it is to kill, how expendable they are.”

For Peacock, you can’t put a price tag on such a creature. Just like you can’t put a price tag on wild places.

“It’s late in the game. I’m not going to be around that much longer,” he said. “But boy have we fucked up, man. I feel bad. Both my kids are getting married this summer. You know, if I could hang on another year I’d probably see a grandkid. But man, what they’re going to inherit — it’s going to be tough.”

“That’s what I’ll do the rest of my days,” he said of fighting to protect the natural world.

The video below, titled “Happy Bear,” was shot by Peacock in the late 1970s in Montana’s Glacier National Park: 

Gov. Brown’s silence on wolves: Letter to the editor

Where is Governor Kate Brown?? We are waiting for answers

Please contact her! Phone: 503-378-4582

As of Oct.6, 2017 we learned that Oregon will continue to kill members of the Harl Butte Pack, this time issuing kill permits to livestock managers. ODFW  authorized additional incremental lethal take of up to four wolves from the pack, which may be killed either by ODFW staff or by livestock producers affiliated with a local grazing association who will be provided with a limited duration lethal take permit. The permit is valid until 10/31/2017 and allows them to kill wolves in pastures on public or private land currently occupied by their livestock.   Killing wolves has not resulted in reducing conflict in the area.

Five wolves, including the breeding female from the Meacham pack, have been killed and there are only about 100 wolves in the entire state of Oregon.  Yet they have OVER 1.3 MILLION COWS! 55,000 of those cows have died from things like weather, disease, and domestic dogs before being shipped to the slaughterhouse.

In addition, we know that poaching has taken place after finding the remains of OR-33 that were found on April 23rd of this year.

Enough is enough! She needs to answer! Stop killing wolves to appease the livestock industry under an outdated wolf plan.  It is time for a plan THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE LETHAL CONTROL because that does not work!! ~`L.G

Gov. Brown’s silence on wolves: Letter to the editor

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