Michigan’s Isle Royale wolves: Area probably down to a single wolf

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DETROIT — Isle Royale may be down to a lone wolf, as the federal government ponders whether it will replenish the pack on the northern Michigan Island.

For the last two years, a male and female wolf have held on as the last remaining pair of wolves on the 893-square-mile island national park in Lake Superior. The pair were spotted in the summer of 2016, on the motion-triggered trail camera of Michigan Technological University wolf researcher Rolf Peterson, and again in Michigan Tech’s annual winter survey of the island last January.

But the survival story appears to have taken a turn this summer.

“I wasn’t able to confirm two wolves,” said Peterson. “We did confirm one wolf with a trail camera, but we didn’t get any definitive evidence of the presence of both wolves this summer.”

Source: Michigan’s Isle Royale wolves: Area probably down to a single wolf

Cree councillor, wildlife biologist object to Alberta wolf and coyote culls 

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Benjamin Badger believes the “four-legged nation”, which includes the wolf and coyote family “clans”, have shared the land with Indigenous People for time immemorial and should not be hunted and killed.

A councillor from Kehewin Cree Nation in northern Alberta says he objects to a coyote and wolf reduction incentive program advertised by the local county, as an attack on the “four legged nation.”

There are 16 municipalities with predator bounty programs in Alberta. St. Paul county introduced its program six years ago in order to reduce the population of coyotes and wolves over the calving season.

The bounty offers a payout of $15 per coyote and $75 per wolf to a maximum number of 20 coyotes/wolves per week, and a total season maximum of 100 coyotes/wolves per resident/landowner.

Kehewin Cree Nation councillor Benjamin Badger said the “four-legged nation,” which includes the wolf and coyote family clans, have shared the land with Indigenous people forever and should not be hunted and killed.

“The farming and agriculture has just devastated the land that they use to sustain themselves,” said Badger.

“Metaphorically, you take what’s happening to the wolves and apply it to what Indian people had to face … there’s so much correlation.”

‘It’s not right’

He referenced the Canadian government’s policy to “get rid of the the Indian problem” in the late 1800s and early 1900s, which was unsuccessful, but still produced harmful results such as intergenerational trauma stemming from Indian residential schools.

“The wolves are starting to reclaim the land that was already theirs,” said Badger.

“The wolves are encroaching on municipal jurisdictions but those are fictional borders, you can’t see them. The animals don’t see that.”

Saddle Lake Cree Nation elder and hunter Joe Cardinal said he’s noticed the St. Paul area filling with more predatory animals in recent years.

He said he doesn’t agree with the large culling of wolves and coyotes, but added that county wildlife officials should make sure the reduction program is carried out in the least harmful way.

“I respect all animals,” said Cardinal.

“I don’t take nothing [from the land] unless it has to be taken for food purposes. I wouldn’t shoot a coyote unless it was attacking. It’s not right.”

Non-targeted species affected

Wildlife biologist Gilbert Proulx has studied predation bounty programs in the Prairies since they were reintroduced in Alberta and Saskatchewan in 2007 and 2009 after 40 years.

He said the reduction tactics are inhumane and ineffective.

“The scientific community, environmental organizations and public must vigorously condemn the use of such programs,” said Proulx.

According to Proulx, killing methods used by bounty hunters include shooting animals in non-vital regions of their bodies, neck snares and strychnine poisoning, which causes suffering and delayed deaths. It also causes unnecessary deaths to many non-targeted species.

“There is no proof to demonstrate that wolves or coyotes prey on livestock,” he said.

“I find it frustrating that a small interest group can dictate the future of our wildlife communities.”

‘A political decision’

He said he’s spoken with ranchers from the area who have told him they don’t have a problem with coyotes or wolves.

He called the bounty “a political decision” aimed at appeasing farmers and ranchers who have lost livestock, but said they already receive compensation from the government for their losses.

Killing off predators won’t solve concerns ranchers may have regarding predators stalking their livestock, he said.

“Wolves are dominant animals,” he said.

“If you kill a dominant animal and destroy the social structure, the ones that survive, suddenly they’re the new bosses. They split and each make their own pack, and then there’s coyotes and wolves from other regions that come in.”

Proulx co-authored a study that reported that from 2010 to 2015, 25,940 coyotes and 1,425 wolves were killed in Alberta through bounty programs.

County rules

Keith Kornelsen, agricultural fieldman for St. Paul county, said the county has averaged a yearly payout of $18,000 in its bounty program. It budgets $25,000 per year for the program.

Kornelsen said the county enforces strict rules on trappers to ensure the killing methods are humane. He said the county has heard some concerns from residents about the reduction program, and is open to hearing them.

The bounty program in St. Paul runs from Nov. 1 to March 31.

Source: Cree councillor, wildlife biologist object to Alberta wolf and coyote culls – CBC News | Indigenous

Plan to save wolves in Southwest appears an extinction plan

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Lets get some Real Info out here, first USFWS ran on an old Nepa Study to kill Phoenix, second, the News Reported it as it was the White Mtn Apache that requested she be ‘Slaughtered” After speaking with WMA Game and Fish, We know that is not a true statement. Further We warned them about the picture that was being painted about them in the news.

They claim there are 113 wolves in Arizona and New Mexico with an additional 30-35 in Mexico, however with the recent poaching and slaughtering, We would have to call to question their number.

Sherry Barrett wouldn’t know a Wolf Plan if it bit her on her backside it appears. Further, ESA says over their historical Range, they are not even 20% of their historical range currently. And we would have to ask why these Govt Agencies continue to Ignore Science as is within their mandates under the Trusts? Why do they continue to either disregard, or not allow public comment?

If you want to get something done in Court, We have the attorneys and Research waiting. We need 57,400 paid members and we will begin putting 1 state in court each month!! Clearly the only talk these Government Agencies comprehend is Language from a Judge!! Take back your power as The Public and join Us to put these Crooked Agencies In COURT today, before it is too late Tomorrow!!


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released a plan Wednesday to revive the dwindling population of Mexican gray wolves, but some environmental advocates fear the measures are not enough.

The Associated Press reported that the plan sets a goal of having an average of 320 Mexican gray wolves in the wild over an eight-year period before the animal can be removed from the endangered species list. Officials estimate recovery could take another two decades and nearly $180 million.

Belton nature enthusiast Waldo Montgomery makes several trips per year to Yellowstone National Park to observe wolves. He said the plan to save wolves in the Southwest is insufficient.

“A lot of people — and I’m inclined to agree with them — believe it’s probably a plan in name only. If they follow through with that plan, it’s probably a recipe for extinction for the Mexican gray wolves than it is for recovery,” Montgomery said.

“This isn’t a recovery plan, it’s a blueprint for disaster for Mexican gray wolves,” conservation advocate Michael Robinson said in a release. “By limiting their habitat and stripping protections too soon, this plan ignores the science and ensures Mexican wolves never reach sufficient numbers to be secure.”

Montgomery said experts believe the identified study area is too small.

“A lot of the scientific community believes there should be three populations of Mexican gray wolves in the United States, but the plan limits the expansion of the gray wolves to south of Interstate 40. The scientific community has recommended that there should be two other populations,” he said.

Montgomery added that the wolves play an important role in nature as they help regulate the population of deer and elk.

“For eons, (the wolves) have kept the deer and elk population healthy. Now they’ve got problems. Wolves have a unique ability to single out sick and old animals rather than healthy elk,” Montgomery said.

Without a vibrant wolf population to weed out sick animals, Montgomery said diseases have started to spread among deer and elk.

“Wolves can take those that have diseases out of the herd long before the elk show any sign of being sick,” he said.

Even with the criticism, Sherry Barrett of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is optimistic that the plan will yield positive results.

“I know that with most things having to do with wolves, there’s going to be a lot of strong opinions on both sides,” Barrett told the Associated Press. “But to us, it is a big step forward for us to have something in place to start working toward and working with the public to achieve.”


Source: Plan to save wolves in Southwest criticized | News | tdtnews.com

ODFW not allowing Public Comment

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Oregon like Washington, have decided to prevent the comment from the Public. This is not in the Best Interest of the Public’s Resources!


November 30, 2017

Working copy of revisions to the April 2017 Draft Wolf Plan now available

A working copy of the revised Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan is now available online at http://bit.ly/2j1w4nt. This working copy shows the edits staff have made to the April 2017 Draft Wolf Plan as a result of comments from stakeholders, the public and commissioners.

ODFW staff will brief the Fish and Wildlife Commission on this Working Copy of the Draft Wolf Plan at their Dec. 8 meeting in Salem. A panel of representatives from stakeholder groups has also been invited to testify at the meeting, but no other public testimony will be taken on Dec. 8.

ODFW staff will complete additional edits after the December meeting in preparation for adoption and rule-making of a final Draft Wolf Plan scheduled for the Jan. 19, 2018 commission meeting in Salem. Public testimony will be taken at that meeting and can also be provided via email at [email protected].

Source: ODFW Gray Wolves

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