Suit to stop federal agency wolf killings in Idaho rejected 

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USDA FWS Goon Squad killed 56 wolves in Idaho in 2017, all due to attacks on livestock reportedly. Grim said the agency killed 70 wolves in Idaho in 2016 — 50 due to livestock attacks and 20 to relieve pressure on elk herds in northern Idaho. There the Humans go again thinking they can manage or forsee what Mother Nature has planned for her species.

Todd Grimm is a USDA Supervisor that allows m-44s to be deployed wherever they want and almost resulted in the Deaths of Canyon and his Father, but did kill their Dog Casey. Grimm needs to be replaced due to neglect and near causing the Deaths of Human Beings due to simple Negligence!

 

A federal agency doesn’t need to do a new environmental study before being allowed to kill more wolves in Idaho, a federal court judge has ruled.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward Lodge on Thursday ruled in favor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services of Idaho and against Western Watersheds Project and four other environmental groups.

Lodge said that even if Wildlife Services stopped killing wolves in Idaho, it wouldn’t matter because the Idaho Department of Fish and Game manages wolves in the state and has demonstrated it can kill wolves, hire third parties to kill wolves, or increase hunting and trapping for wolves. He said that meant the environmental groups lacked standing to bring the lawsuit.

“Plaintiffs have not shown that the relief they seek will redress their claimed injuries,” Lodge wrote.

Laird Lucas, an attorney at Advocates for the West representing the groups, said the ruling will be appealed.

“We believe the court’s holding that plaintiffs lacked standing, based on speculation that Idaho Department of Fish and Game could take over all of Wildlife Services’ wolf-killing activities in Idaho, is incorrect.”

Lodge didn’t rule on the main thrust of the environmental groups’ arguments, including one that contended Wildlife Services’ 2011 study that allowed it to kill wolves in the state is flawed because it relies on outdated information. The groups also say that the outdated information includes Idaho choosing to use a 2002 wolf management plan that requires 15 packs minimum in the state, which the groups contend is not enough for a viable population.

Todd Grimm, Idaho State Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services, said Lodge was right in that Idaho Fish and Game is capable of controlling wolves as well as the federal agency.

“We are pleased with the decision by the court, and we will continue working with our Idaho Fish and Game partners to manage wolf conflicts,” he said Friday.

Grim said that his agency killed 56 wolves in Idaho in 2017, all due to attacks on livestock. He said the agency killed 70 wolves in Idaho in 2016 — 50 due to livestock attacks and 20 to relieve pressure on elk herds in northern Idaho.

The last intensive wolf count in Idaho was in 2015 when officials said the state had an estimated 786 wolves at the end of the year. That’s also the last year Idaho Fish and Game was required to do that type of count after wolves were removed from the Endangered Species List.

Roger Phillips, a spokesman for the agency, said biologists now get a general estimate of wolf populations using remote cameras, tracking wolf kills by hunters and trappers, and doing genetic studies. He said Friday that genetic studies give an estimate of 53 wolf packs in the state, while cameras and harvest tallies put the estimate at 90 packs.

He said the agency estimates the wolf population in Idaho is still about the same as at the end of 2015 — between 750 and 800 wolves.

“We have seen no dramatic increase or decrease in the last five years, which leads us to believe that it’s a stable population,” he said.

Source: Suit to stop federal agency wolf killings in Idaho rejected | Idaho Statesman

Canyons Law Needs Your Help not for Wildlife Alone but Your Kids and Pets and Rescuers

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A Pocatello family is back after their legislative trip to Washington D.C. The family’s dog died after exposure to a cyanide bomb just 300 yards behind their house. It’s been four months since the Mansfield family lost their dog Kasey, and could have lost their son Canyon as well. A usual hike up the mountain turned deadly when the 14-year-old boy triggered an M-44 “Cyanide Bomb” behind their house placed there by the USDA. A week ago the family took a trip to D.C. to get lawmakers to join them in banning compound 1080 and chemicals used in M-44’s also known as cyanide bombs.

The Mansfields are back, Mark Mansfield, Canyon’s Father says, “We’ve learned a little bit about passing a bill. It’s hard. You know it’s a lot of work, a lot of footwork, [and] a lot of talking.”

After a near death experience, Canyon and his family took action. They went to the nation’s capital to help introduce a new bill which could become, “Canyon’s Law.”14-year-old Canyon Mansfield says, “The bill, I believe, is going to be passed, and we just got to believe in it. But if it doesn’t, [we have to] just try and raise awareness of these dangerous devices. I don’t want any other boy having to go up there and experience that.”

Over the course of three long days, the Mansfields met with leaders in the house and senate. It included lawmakers from both sides of the aisle. Some who admit they didn’t know cyanide bombs existed. “We had to also teach them that this organization is just completely strange,” Canyon adds, “It’s like a dark branch of government that nobody really follows and overlooks to see if they’re doing the right thing or not.”

With the help of an Oregon’s Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio, the law is written to ban the use of lethal devices and poisons. Ones like Compound 1080 and chemicals used in M-44’s also known as cyanide bombs. Mark says, “In the House of Representatives it takes several hundred votes to get anything moving. So he’s [Peter DeFazio] gonna have to partner with Idaho Republicans and other Republicans to get it passed, because they all agree this is ridiculous.”

The Mansfields say this is a non-partisan issue, being red or blue doesn’t matter, something needs to change. On the verge of tears Mark says, “Do we need to drag in a dead body to make this bill pass? Because that’s what’s gonna happen. Sooner or later someone’s gonna die. My kid almost died, and I don’t want anyone to die.”

Money to deter wolf attacks Not wanted it seems by Idaho Ranchers

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Protect The Wolves®reposting an old article showing recent individuals that it appears states do want to Slaughter Wolves. Protect The Wolves® has to Laugh when they see people claim that states dont want to Kill Wolves… Idaho Ranchers certainly have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt they dont want help with deterrent costs….

Due to lack of interest from ranchers, little has been spent from a $108,000 fund administered by the state of Idaho to prevent wolf depredation on livestock.    Judging by public comments made during the Idaho Fish and Game Commission’s quarterly meeting at the Community Campus in Hailey last week, the issue is important to Wood River Valley residents. Fifteen people urged the commission to ask the state to pursue less aggressive methods of reducing depredation, while only two people emphasized the importance of lethal control. Many commenters suggested transferring part of the $620,000 in state money available this year for lethal control of wolves to preventive measures.    Last year, the Legislature created a Wolf Depredation Control Board, and has allocated $400,000 in general fund money in each of the past two years to kill wolves. The new law also provides $110,000 annually from assessments made on livestock producers and another $110,000 from the Department of Fish and Game.

During a review of public comments Thursday, Nov. 19, Department of Fish and Game Director Virgil Moore said state law doesn’t allow for the kind of transfer suggested by Wood River Valley residents. The legislation requires all money in the wolf control fund, with the exception of the Fish and Game money, to be used for lethal control. Money raised through hunting license and tag sales must be spent on game-related activities.

    However, in 2013 and 2014, the state received a total of $108,152 for depredation control measures through the federal Wolf Livestock Demonstration Project Grant Program. The grants, which are distributed to the states by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, pay for half the cost of enacting ranching improvements such as guard dogs, herders and wolf-scaring devices.

     Jon Beals, project manager with the Idaho Governor’s Office of Species Conservation, which distributes the grant money to ranchers, said only $12,000 of that fund has been spent—on a couple of guard dogs, a lambing pen and a range rider for a cattle operation.

    “We have just not received proposals,” Beals said. “It’s tough to get Idaho producers excited about prevention.”

    This year the state received none of the $450,000 in prevention grants distributed to five states and one Indian tribe. Beals said he was told by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that it wanted to support projects in other states and that it had noted that Idaho had not spent all of its grant money.

    Beals acknowledged that many ranchers probably don’t know the money is available.

    But Blaine County Commissioner Larry Schoen faults the state for not making more effort to contact them. Schoen has been the county’s liaison on a multi-agency steering committee for the Wood River Wolf Project, which has used deterrent measures to help ranchers reduce wolf depredation.

    “I’ve been in touch with the Office of Species Conservation over several years and have offered repeatedly for project participants or staff to assist them with outreach and education, and talked to several state agencies to encourage them to create curricula on this topic,” Schoen said. “I’m not aware of any project participants who have been contacted.”

    In September, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the Idaho Office of Species Conservation and the Idaho office of Wildlife Services, an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, co-sponsored a workshop for livestock producers on nonlethal deterrence. Suzanne Stone, Idaho representative for the nonprofit group Defenders of Wildlife, called the meeting “disappointing.” Stone said much of the discussion was about killing wolves rather than preventing attacks.

    “It was tough sitting there knowing that there was a lot of information missing that would have been helpful,” she said.

    Several of the states surrounding Idaho—Oregon, Washington and Montana—have spent far more of their grant money. Montana, for example, has received $200,000 from two prevention grants since 2013 and has spent all of it.

    “We could use triple that amount easily,” said George Edwards, executive secretary of the Montana Livestock Loss Board. “There’s a lot of interest.”

    Beals said his office is putting together some more projects using the federal grants, including one with Lava Lake Lamb near Carey.

    “I’d love to have producers get in touch with me and not be intimidated by the cost-share part. We can work around that,” he said.

Source: Money to deter wolf attacks goes unclaimed | Environment | mtexpress.com

Study shows effectiveness of nonlethal wolf deterrents

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A seven-year study of the Wood River Wolf Project shows nonlethal deterrents to have been more than three times as effective as lethal control in reducing depredation on sheep.

    The study’s results were published in the February issue of the Journal of Mammalogy. The paper’s seven authors include people involved in the project, which seeks to protect up to 22,000 sheep belonging to four ranchers each grazing season on nearly 1,000 square miles of the Ketchum Ranger District. The project uses shepherds, guard dogs, noisemakers and lights to scare off wolves.

    “This is the first peer-reviewed study using nonlethal deterrents to protect both livestock and wolves across a large landscape,” said Suzanne Stone, Northwest senior representative for the conservation organization Defenders of Wildlife and primary author of the study. “The results of the study challenge historic predator management at its core, showing that traditional government lethal predator-control programs are substantially less effective than nonlethal strategies in protecting livestock, even in large mountainous landscapes.”

Wolves were reintroduced into Idaho by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1995 and 1996. Since that time, more than 2,400 wolves have been killed across the region in response to reported depredations involving more than 6,000 sheep and cattle, according to Fish and Wildlife Service data. In the northern Rockies, significantly more sheep (4,514 confirmed) than cattle (2,274 confirmed) have been killed by wolves since 1987, when the first confirmed wolf depredations on livestock occurred, according to agency data contained in the study.

    The Wood River Wolf Project was originated by Defenders of Cows in 2008. It was originally designed to be a three-year feasibility study, but ranchers involved and the Blaine County commissioners requested that the project be continued and extended to cover a larger area.

    During phase one of the project, from 2008 to 2010, project participants stayed near sheep bands, especially at night, and began to use nonlethal techniques when wolves were in close proximity to a band. When wolves were detected or anticipated near sheep bands, field technicians and sheepherders deployed more aggressive nonlethal tools and techniques. Those included increased nighttime camping near sheep bed grounds and sound and light devices such as high-beam flashlights, starter pistols and air horns.

    From 2011 to 2014, the main responsibilities of field technicians changed from full-time intervention to providing a monitoring and support service. Technicians focused more attention on detecting wolf activity near sheep bands, with significant findings being promptly communicated to sheepherders.

    According to the study, 30 sheep were lost due to wolves during the entire period—3.5 times fewer losses than adjacent grazing areas that depended more on killing wolves. Not a single wolf was killed in the protected study area over the course of the seven-year study.

    More than 200,000 sheep graze annually in Idaho, with estimated average annual losses of 20,000 to 30,000 from all mortality causes, according to the 2013 Idaho Sheep Loss Report. Predator depredations account for 30 to 40 percent of all sheep mortality, as estimated and reported by sheep producers to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, with wolves accounting for less than 4 percent of losses statewide in 2012, the most recent data available. Coyote depredation is the main cause of sheep losses in the northern Rockies, accounting for more than 66 percent of depredations.

    In 2015, responsibility for the Wood River Wolf Project was handed over to the nonprofit Lava Lake Institute for Science and Conservation

Source: Study shows effectiveness of nonlethal wolf deterrents | Environment | mtexpress.com

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