Don’t cry wolf in Eastern Washington 

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Joel Kretz caught outright lying in the above statement after WDFW reported it was on Public Lands.

Its good to see that finally others are not afraid of Washington States Elected Officials… Joel Kretz and Donald Dashiell need to go… Joel Kretz outright lied, Dashiell wrote a letter complaining they werent killing fast enough…. Thank you Brandon Nobles for standing up to this “Old West Rancher Mentality” that truly our elected officials should be removed from office for having!!

(By Brandon Nobles/ Brandon is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in English and Humanities. He is a current online teacher and is the Research Coordinator for the 7th LD Democratic Central Committee.)

Well, it happened again. A couple weeks back, Fish and Wildlife confirmed that a calf was killed and partially eaten by the Sherman Wolf Pack. It did not take long for Facebook to go abuzz and local politicians taking advantage of the situation to stir up their constituents. Seventh Legislative District Republican Representative Joel Kretz declared it was going to “get western.” Par for the course, many locals joined in this Gaston-esque mob rallying over a creature that affects only a tiny fraction of a percentage of the 7th LD’s population. The wolf since the creation of the Wolf Recovery Program has been transformed into a political football to toss about amongst local politicians to secure a limited and distracting political discourse that covers and masks the fact that this region continues to sink economically with a heroin-fueled socially pathological residue as a replacement. Only when our local politicians seek out to serve all of their constituents and abandon these little political sideshows (or be replaced with those who are more apt to serve their district) will NE Washington ever be able to put on the brakes before going off the cliff that this region is heading.

The wolf issue as a political football and bread-and-circuses distraction is evidenced by none other than the fact that livestock that die from natural causes, or are killed by various other predators are never graced with such focus and attention from our local lawmakers. Distraction in terms of fear and hatred has always been an effective GOP tool, be it nationally (Muslims, Mexicans, etc.) or at our local level with wolves or evil Seattle-ite commie coastals. The narrative goes that the elitist denizens of the Puget Sound are hell-bent (through the Wolf Recovery Plan and apparently with politically active coastal transplants like myself) to destroy the frontier ranching and logging way of life in the region, and in turn create a over-taxed gentrified wildlife refuge with a Starbucks on every corner (better than taco trucks I suppose…). Various other forms of Eastern Washington political GOP discourses follow this reasoning with the political fear-factor variable of the wolf being switched out for some other dastardly foe, be it the demolition of the salmon destroying and antiquated Snake River Dams in Southeast Washington, or the seeming scourge of illegal migrant laborers in Central Washington (where paradoxically the ones complaining about these people are the same ranchers and farmers who hire them…).

This leads to the subject we must consider and acknowledge to ourselves no matter how unpopular, that NE Washington still considers itself culturally to be a local economy based on ranching, logging and mining when nothing could be further from the truth. Depending on which labor statistics one uses, the extraction and agricultural industries combined make up about 3-4% of the labor market. In contrast, government employees (consisting of the National Forest Service, Homeland Security, BLM, teachers, police officers, local governments, firefighters, etc.) make up over half of the same market. This is no way trying to disparage ranchers, loggers, and the like, but it does seem disconcerting that talk of wolves, wetland easements, and other exclusive issues that affect only a small fraction of our population and economy are primarily the only issues that are focused on in this region’s political arena.

This inherent exclusivity is effectively leading to the destruction of one of the most beautiful places of Washington by systematically ignoring critical problems that affect the population as a whole, not just a small group of specific interests: a heroin and opioid pain pill epidemic, crumbling infrastructure, summer wildfires that are only going to get worse in the age of climate change, underfunded law enforcement agencies, heavy property crime, draconian local farming regulations, demographic collapse with youth routinely leaving the area, massive unemployment, etc. And no, an improbable and unlikely dream of a revamped extraction industry will not cure unemployment or any of the ills mentioned above. What could cure them is the diligent work of our legislators and local politicians, who have so far in their actions in addressing the real problems of this region have been trials in mediocrity if not outright sticking-one’s-head-in-the-sand on these issues. The wolves (whether we like it or not) are here to stay, and our politicians need to understand that hiding behind wolf-kills to secure election after election will no longer be tolerated. We must voice our demands that they need to represent ALL of their constituents and focus on issues that affect the lives of ALL of their constituents on a daily basis. If they refuse to do this, then we need to do some cleaning out of the house for politicians who will do the job that they were elected to do.

Source: From the Left Bank: Don’t cry wolf in Eastern Washington – The Independent

Confirmed wolf depredation by Sherman Wolf Pack

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The Stories that Donny Martorello and Joel Kretz would have you believe are they dont turn out until June… and 5 Range Riders…. wow… Funny Arron Scotten never mentioned 5… also Joel Kretz claimed originally it was on Private Land…. So to a prudent individual would appear Joel Kretz Blatantly lied to stir the Pot…. He needs to be removes from Office!! Turns out wasn’t Private ground after all huh Joel…. Get your story straight… oh wait you could have simply told the Truth Joel Kretz!

WDFW officials have confirmed that one or more wolves were responsible for the death of a calf whose carcass was discovered on June 12 in a grazing allotment of Ferry County. Investigators also found scattered skeletal remains of a second calf, but they could not determine the cause of its death. The report was made by a WDFW contract range rider who found a recently deceased calf and partial remains of a second calf while patrolling an area that had a cluster of GPS points from a collared wolf from the Sherman Pack.

After finding and reporting the carcass and remains to WDFW, the range rider Arron Scotten remained on the scene to prevent scavenging by wildlife. Shortly after sunrise on Tuesday, June 13, two WDFW officials arrived on the scene. The Department officials who conducted the investigation indicated that the first event was an intact calf carcass with injuries to the groin, inside areas of both the hindquarters and hamstrings. The injuries consisted of bite lacerations and puncture wounds with hemorrhaging associated with those bite wounds. The injuries to calf were consistent with a wolf depredation.

The GPS points from the Sherman Pack collared wolf showed that the wolf had been at the location several times between June 3-11. Data from another collared wolf from the Profanity Peak Pack showed the animal was in the area sporadically from June 5- 7. Based on all available factors, the event was classified as a confirmed wolf depredation by one or more members of the Sherman Pack.

The depredation occurred on BLM grazing lands. It is the first confirmed depredation involving the Sherman Pack. The second calf’s remains were discovered 150 yards downhill from the first calf carcass. Because the scene consisted of only skeletal remains, scattered over a 40-yard area, WDFW classified the event as an Unknown Cause of Death. The livestock producer grazes both private and public lands in the area. The producer’s calves were born outside of occupied wolf range and were trucked into the area for the summer grazing season.

The producer turned the cattle out onto private land on May 24. The producer uses five WDFW contract range riders to increase the level of human presence around the cattle throughout their grazing allotments. The range riders started patrolling the area on May 9, before the cattle were turned out to check for carnivore activity and to proactively increase regular human presence. They have continued to patrol the area with cattle on a near-daily basis, and communicate frequently with the producer. Any changes in cattle behavior or carnivore activity has been shared with WDFW.

The range riders also monitor the activity of GPS collared wolves in the area. There are no known wolf dens or rendezvous sites in the area. Following the depredation investigation, the calf carcass from the confirmed wolf depredation was removed from where high cattle activity is expected. The range riders will continue to patrol the area and surrounding areas.

 CURBS SOUGHT ON ROGUE RANCHER TO ABATE WOLF CONFLICTS

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Washington, DC — Washington’s largest cattle rancher has been wreaking havoc on gray wolves in violation of his U.S. Forest Service grazing permit and agency wildlife protection policies, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The group is pressing to rescind or restrict grazing permits on public land within Colville National Forest to reduce wildlife losses.

The complaint targets the Diamond M Ranch for its actions on two Forest Service grazing allotments that have resulted in the eradication of nearly 15% of all gray wolves within Washington. This ranch single-handedly accounts for two-thirds of all state-sponsored lethal control events since the return of gray wolves to the state in 2008. The McIrvin family, which operates the ranch, has refused to participate in a state-funded program that has shown consistent success in avoiding livestock-wolf conflicts.

Instead, the McIrvins have undertaken actions, such as grazing cattle and placing salt block attractants near a known wolf den, that have provoked predation and triggered “lethal removal” by the state of two separate wolf packs in eastern Washington, including the Profanity Peak pack last summer.

“What happened at Profanity Peak was a travesty,” stated PEER Staff Counsel Adam Carlesco pointing to footage posted on the group’s website documenting the proximity of the Diamond M cows to the pack’s den. “The Profanity Peak lethal removal alone cost Washington taxpayers $135,000, an expense that was both needless and deplorable. It is also significantly more than all state payments combined to cooperating ranchers for wolf-related livestock losses.”

The PEER complaint is directed to the U.S. Regional Forester for the Pacific Northwest, a region that includes Colville. It cites several agency rules the Diamond M Ranch appears to contravene, including:

  • Policies protecting sensitive species, such as the gray wolf, and requirements that grazing be managed “to maintain viable populations” of wildlife;
  • Prohibitions against actions resulting in cumulative adverse impacts on forest wildlife; and
  • A condition of the Diamond M Ranch’s grazing permits forbidding placement of salt blocks near or along roadsides and trailheads. At Profanity Peak the salt blocks were placed approximately 25 feet from a road.

The PEER complaint cites the Forest Service’s legal responsibility to prevent these conflicts and urges the agency to exercise its prerogative to restrict or revoke the Diamond M grazing permits altogether.

“Grazing on our national forests is a privilege, not a right. In this case, that privilege has been abused,” added Carlesco, noting that if the gray wolf populations are further destabilized the population in eastern Washington will again need to be listed as federally “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). “PEER is currently consulting about the need to relist these wolves, and if that occurs the broader ranching community loses as well.”

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Read the PEER complaint

Check out background on the war on wolves and science

Look at film on Profanity Peak incident

Examine non-lethal control success

See political pressure exerted on Washington wolf scientist

Source: PEER – CURBS SOUGHT ON ROGUE RANCHER TO ABATE WOLF CONFLICTS

Additional Grounds that show WDFW or Colville USFS Failed to Act

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Attention: Travis Fletcher

Additional Grounds that support why Colville USFS needs to Pull any Grazing Permit that McIvrin has Period.
  McIrvrin clearly thinks that he is above the Law, The USFS, and WDFW have let him skate by without consequence!
  Their failure to pull his permits will be in direct Violation of their positions as Trustees! (PDF Attached.)
  WDFW has refused to act! WDFW  also allowed attempts to discredit Dr. Wielgus publicly from Wolf Advisory Group Members at the September 2016 Wolf Advisory Group meeting by appointed WAG members. Those WAG members need to be Immediately removed!
 The only group that stood up and told them to stop was in fact Protect The Wolves™ ! Donny Martorello did not tell them to stop!!

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