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

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

PFOP: Settlers waged war of extinction against wolves 

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In the spring of 1830, Ephraim Scudder Myers settled near the large timbered tract in eastern McLean County known as Cheney’s Grove. Like most of his pioneer neighbors, he waged a pitiless war of extermination against the wolf.

“Mr. Myers formerly kept seven hounds to hunt wolves and gave them plenty of business,” reads his biographical sketch in a history of McLean County pioneers. “But in the year 1850 the people all turned out for a grand hunt, and went after the wolves in their dens, before the little wolf puppies were large enough to come out, and killed 30 in two days, and after that they were never so troublesome.”

Indeed, dens left unattended while adult wolves were off hunting presented easy pickings for hunters. Jacob Bishop, who eventually settled in Randolph Township in southern McLean County, once “dug out a den and found five little wolf puppies. The old ones were looking on in the distance, but did not dare to come up.” Such was the character of this merciless campaign against Canis lupus.

Wolves were but one of countless species that staggered and then fell before the onslaught of Euro-American settlement in Central Illinois. Indigenous mammals as dissimilar as the prairie chicken and black bear were hunted for food and sport, and they too were removed from their homeland, never to return. Wolves faced a similar fate, though they provoked an unmatched level of contempt and cruelty, and this in an era when violence toward the natural landscape and the creatures upon it was near universal.

Early McLean County settler William Crose, who “had great sport with wolves,” attempted to tame a captured wolf so he could lead it like a domesticated dog. “He tied a chain to its neck and fastened the other end of the chain to his wagon, but the wolf would allow itself to be dragged for miles without walking.” Alfred Stringfield dragged a captured wolf home, and after keeping it a week he had his dogs maul it to death at his mother’s quilting bee.

Wolves have long been associated with sin and the supernatural, and wolf hatred was deeply ingrained in Euro-American culture. Even modern perceptions of wolves are tinged with the bedtime stories of youth, and our unwarranted fear of wolves is more a reflection of legend and lore than the hard science of wolf biology and behavior. That said, if anything doomed Canis lupus in Central Illinois, it was pioneer’s ferocious defense of livestock, as wolves naturally turned to the relatively slow-footed and defenseless newcomers such as sheep, hogs and calves.

At this time, the coyote, Canis latrans, was also called a wolf, so sometimes it’s uncertain if pioneers were referring to a wolf proper or its smaller relative. Fortunately, they often employed descriptive vernacular terms that differentiated the two species. One can be reasonably certain that talk of “large,” “big,” “gray” (sometimes spelled “grey”), or “timber” wolves usually meant true wolves. On the other hand, “prairie wolf” was a common term for what’s today called a coyote.

At various times and with varying degrees of success, government officials encouraged the killing of wolves and other predators through bounty programs. In 1823, the state legislature dangled $200 in prize money to the wolf killer who could produce the most scalps (“with ears entire”). In 1860, McLean County offered a reward of $3 for grown wolf scalps, and 50 cents for wolf pups, with no distinction made between wolves or coyotes.

The preferred method of dispatching wolves was chasing them down on horseback. Once overrun, the animal could be dispatched with a firearm, club, knife, riding stirrup, or simply be trampled to death under hoof. As with all methods of wolf killing, this was anything but a fair fight. When chased to exhaustion, the wolf “crouches on the ground and quietly receives the blow, which kills it,” related a McLean County history published in 1874.

Although pioneer recollections stressed the economic necessity of killing wolves to defend livestock, it is interesting to note the frequent distinction made between hunting and wolf killing as a sport. For instance, Martin Township settler Lytle Royston Wiley, it was said, “was never a hunter but occasionally took amusement by chasing wolves.” Likewise, Stringfield, of Randolph’s Grove, made no boast as to his hunting prowess, but was “sometimes pretty lively in chasing wolves.”

Frequently, dogs were used in horseback chases. William Crose of Money Creek Township “took a great interest in sporting, and kept the finest and fleetest hounds for running wolves and deer.” Based on pioneer accounts, it was not uncommon for these chases to stretch 10 or more miles. Circle or ring hunts were the embodiment of wolf killing as amusement. Participants would employ horns, cowbells and hounds to drive wolves, foxes and other animals into a predetermined killing ground, usually a field marked with a pole and flag.

As with all wolf killing, the danger to hunters was not from the fangs of Canis lupus, but rather from incidental mishaps, for “riding over the prairie at a breakneck pace has dangers sometimes not thought of.” For example, Ebenezer Mitchel was once thrown 20 feet when his horse “plunged into a slough and fell,” and during another chase, the horse of James Rumsey Means broke its neck when it stepped into a badger hole.

Wolves were also trapped in cages and pits, or poisoned with strychnine. William Wilcox was said to have “caught these cunning and treacherous animals in pens, with dogs and horses, and in every way that ingenuity could suggest.” Money Creek settler Samuel Ogden, for one, “never considered it a sin to kill a wolf on Sunday or any other day.”

According to the standard reference work on mammals in Illinois, wolves disappeared from the Prairie State “sometime before 1860.” Yet other sources offer conflicting dates, and small numbers may have survived into the latter decades of the 19th century. Coyotes, though, were never entirely exterminated in Illinois, and the number of “prairie wolves” in McLean County may be greater today than that of the pioneer era.

Source: PFOP: Settlers waged war of extinction against wolves | Local News | pantagraph.com

Americans get all Up in Arms when its wildlife in another Country

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JUST a Reminder

Last year on Thanksgiving

Native Americans were being tortured using dogs, Our Sacred Species were being killed without remorse, not to mention the many illegal scare Tactics that were employed in South Dakota. Native Americans being ran over by Angry white People that were only trying to protect our source of life for all Peoples, Our “Water”.

On This Thanksgiving, Our Sacred Species are being slaughtered even faster at the hands of fear, greed, fairy tales, Ranchers, hunters, trappers  at an even more Alarming rate, The Government has violated our Religious Rights yet once again by allowing Wyoming to call 1 of our Sacred Brothers the Wolf “VERMIN”. Along with trying to get the slaughter approved of our Sacred brother the Grizzly, and for what? All to please the big money Donors that get mindless old mentality elected to form policy as they see fit.

Oh Yes and I almost forgot to mention cleaning up a 200,000 gallon Oil Spill in South Dakota on a Reservation, that never should have been allowed to happen in the first place. All if only People would have came together when they should have in the beginning, that in itself could have been prevented  As we were informed from the Leaders.

We look at what is happening around our so called Great Country, and it would seem that if its not Elephants, or lions in a Foreign Country, there seems to be no Public Outcry on the Mass level. Why is that? Have We as Americans forgotten what it is to lead by example? It seems as if its almost a comparison to the Genocide that happened here in North America from the very beginning.

Ellen Degeneres just had a segment on that spoke about Foreign Countries Animals, it was all over the national News. But what about Our Own Wildlife right here at home? Why are people not coming together with a Voice that has Religious and Treaty Rights as tools that “NO” Large NPO has in the United States?

 

If We fail to come together for our Wildlife Today, Our Sacred Species will again be slaughtered to the point of Extinction.

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