Costner Disappoints us playing a Rancher ? Or Will it be pro Wildlife?

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Protect The Wolves™ has to Question why both Kevin Costner and his Publicist Perri Eppie are only mentioning the Boom to the Economy their series has added to Montana.

Yellowstone National Park adds MILLIONS!! Costner claims to have a love for the “REAL” Native Way, and a love for wolves, yet he chooses to play a Rancher?? Why is That, is he shedding light on the problems for our Sacred Species?

We have to ask if he has forgotten the way of the Red Road? Has Costner forgotten what he claimed to have loved, the Wolves, the way of the “People”? Playing a Rancher Kevin is not the way of the People! Perhaps had you or Perri even mentioned the Benefit of the Real Yellowstone in your article and the boost of millions it brings to Local Economies Surrounding Yellowstone National Park our disapproval would not be so Great! But We are concerned, have you Kevin have forgotten what you claimed was dear to you ?

We have been fighting to Protect our Sacred Species for a very long time which now includes fighting for a Sacred Resource Protection Zone surrounding National Parks,

DARBY — Actor Kevin Costner welcomed Gov. Steve Bullock Wednesday to the set of the new cable TV series “Yellowstone,” much of which is being shot at the Chief Joseph Ranch.

In the main living room of the lodge, decorated for the set with historic Navajo rugs hanging from the balconies and Remington bronzes on the tables, Costner and Bullock, along with writer/director Taylor Sheridan, discussed the pros and cons of filming in Montana.

Costner, looking relaxed in blue jeans and a dark sweater, said filming “Dances with Wolves” in South Dakota and “Field of Dreams” in Iowa changed the way those states are perceived. He called the new series “a postcard for Montana.”

“What a cool state to be the governor,” Costner said. “If something like ‘Yellowstone’ has a way of highlighting, being somewhat of a dramatic love letter to your state, we’ll be successful. The writing for it is superior.”

“But how’s the acting?” Bullock replied with a grin.

“Well, I’m being sent home right now,” Costner joked. “Actually, my community is on fire. But I do think something like ‘Yellowstone’ can change people, making it so they want to go here.”

Costner has a home outside of Santa Barbara, California, where the Thomas fire has charred more than 96,000 acres and two new fires broke out on Thursday.

Joking aside, both Costner and Sheridan noted the economic boost “Yellowstone” is bringing to the Bitterroot Valley as well as Montana overall. The Montana Department of Commerce estimates the production has paid about $100,000 in labor, plus another $1.45 million for lodging, supplies, props, location fees and other expenses — including $25,000 for filming scenes in the Capitol.

“We spent $500,000 on hotels and car rentals,” said Perri Eppie, the publicity coordinator for “Yellowstone.” “We’ve even stolen a few of your people and brought them to Utah,” where some interior shots are being filmed.

They’ve hired at least 63 people as drivers, technicians and production assistants, and an untold number of laborers to build fences, redo the corrals and arenas, and become extras for filming.

One company they hired was Rocky Mountain Homes in Hamilton, to add a front porch to the 100-year-old log home with river rock accents, because Sheridan decided he wanted the main entrance to be on the north side of the house. The company had to dig a large trench 6 feet down for the foundation, then build the deck.

“We asked them how long they thought it would take, and they said four months when I first asked,” said Ruth DeJong, the production designer. “I said ‘That’s not how we operate’ and they had it done in nine days. They were amazing.”

On Thursday, the grounds were buzzing with activity as Eppie took members of the press and state officials on a tour of the filming site. ATVs ferried people and equipment around, while riders put horses through their paces.

According to a press release, “Yellowstone” chronicles the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (played by Costner) who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States.

“Amid shifting alliances, open wounds, and hard-earned respect, the ranch is in constant conflict with those it borders —an expanding town, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. Far from media scrutiny, it’s a violent world of poisoned drinking water and unsolved murders. Yellowstone is an intense study of the modern West rife with land developers, energy speculators, assorted politicians, estranged family, and tribal players. Within this pentagon of interests, land lust is insatiable and love is weaponized.”

“We had a real bear chasing some characters — they ended up roping him,” Eppie said. “We also had six wolves out here” as part of the show.

Sheridan, who is a Wyoming native and perhaps best known for the recently released movie “Wind River, said he came up with the idea for “Yellowstone” and started writing it in Livingston in 2013. DeJong was looking for a site to shoot it in the Paradise Valley when she stumbled upon the Chief Joseph Ranch.

“I wrote a show where I wanted to be, and that wasn’t in California, but in Montana,” Sheridan said. “So I came up with a storyline I thought was relevant.

“I could have shot this anywhere else, but I couldn’t find this anywhere else. … I decided to make a financial sacrifice to come here.”

The solitude and scenery was part of that incentive, but the lack of tax credits provided in other states, as well as the remoteness of the location, was a challenge. Sheridan said he’s willing to testify before the Montana Legislature about the power of tax incentives for filmmakers.

“I took a funding hit to come to the state for this, so anything I can do to sweeten the pot would be great. But you’re stuck with me now,” Sheridan said, grinning. “But for the next one, and the next one …”

“Yellowstone” will air on the Paramount Network, which will replace the cable channel Spike in January. The show, which has filmed off and on in Darby, Helena, the Crow Reservation and Utah since August, will return to the Bitterroot in March to shoot some final scenes before airing this summer.

Depending on reactions to the show, they just might be back for a second season.

“It’s special to be here and do what we do,” DeJong said.

Source: Costner hosts Bullock on the set of ‘Yellowstone’ | State & Regional |

Wolf specialist Diane Boyd: ‘You have to make it work in the middle’ 

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Our National Parks Need Our Sacred Resource Protection Zone!

A lot of people talk about the important role federal and state lands play in protecting wolves.

But Diane Boyd, a wolf and carnivore specialist, said those public landscapes often are at high elevation and don’t harbor wintering populations of deer and elk.

In fact, the scientist said Wednesday that wolves need both private and public lands protected, and the private swaths are critically important.

“They hold the key, in addition to the federal lands, to maintaining grizzly bears, wolves, elk, deer, everything,” Boyd said.

Boyd made her remarks at the University of Montana W.A. Franke College of Forestry and Conservation at a seminar to honor the late Bob Ream. Ream, who died in March 2017, was a UM professor, state legislator, and chair of both the Fish and Wildlife Commission and the Montana Democratic Party.

To a standing-room-only audience in a large classroom in the forestry building, Dean Tom DeLuca said many people in attendance knew Ream as a faculty member and dean of the college.

“Bob was a very influential researcher and teacher here at Montana,” DeLuca said. “His work with wolves left a legacy that Diane is going to share with us today.”

In her talk, Boyd discussed her hope that conflicts among interest groups will decrease. She outlined the incredible trajectory of wolf recovery in Montana, and she shared her suspicion that human harvest is having an impact on the wolf population.

Ream was Boyd’s mentor starting in 1979, she said. She was a misanthrope who spent most of her time in the field with wolves, and some time sleeping on the couch upstairs.

“This is home for me,” she said of the forestry building.

She kicked off the seminar with a brief review, or “wolf ecology 101.” They’re social carnivores, obligated to hunt as a pack, “terrific” at dispersing, highly territorial, and “breed like rabbits if conditions are right.”

Most importantly, though, they’re highly adaptable, Boyd said. At one point, wolves had the largest distribution of any mammal on the planet with the exception of humans.

By the 1930s, though, wolves were mostly wiped out in North America, and the last of the loners was gone by maybe 1950, she said. Then, in 1973, the Endangered Species Act passed and granted them protection, and with it came Ream’s vision for the Wolf Ecology Project to track the animals’ recovery.

In 1979, Boyd said a lone female wolf trotted south from the Canadian border, and no one but Ream knew she had arrived. He and a couple of researchers captured her and put a radio collar on her, and the wolf, Keshnina, eventually mated and produced a litter of pups in 1982.

Wolf recolonization occurred in Northwest Montana through dispersal, and not through human reintroduction, Boyd said. In a short time, the population began to expand, and in 1986, researchers found the first den in the western United States in 50 years.

“We got the gold nugget,” said Boyd, with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The wolf recovery plan called for reintroduction in central Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. But Boyd said she and Ream opposed reintroduction, noting wolves were already dispersing well on their own.

“If wolves get there on their own, they’re better tolerated by local communities instead of the government shoving it down their throats,” she said.

Nonetheless, in 1995, 1996 and 1997, scientists introduced 31 wolves in Idaho and 35 in Yellowstone, she said: “It was successful beyond belief.”

The recovery goals were met in 2002, and wolves were delisted in 2011 in Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Utah.

At the end of 2016, Montana counted at least 477 wolves, compared to the 150 it had as a recovery goal, she said. The state counts 109 packs, and 50 breeding pairs compared to the recovery goal of 15. It counted 255 wolves harvested that year, and 57 livestock confirmed killed by wolves. It paid out $60,000 in livestock losses.

The growth, from one wolf in 1979 to 109 packs in 2016, is significant.

“We’re way above what is federally and statewide mandated, but the trend has been going down,” Boyd said.


Wolves need three things to survive, she said: wild ungulates; large, undeveloped landscapes and freedom from persecution.

“Truly, wolves would live anywhere that we would tolerate them,” Boyd said.

Since 2011, though, wolves have been hunted in Idaho and Montana, and Boyd said she believes it’s having an impact. She said an estimated 80 percent to 85 percent of wolf mortality is human-caused, some legally.

“I believe that the human harvest is significant enough it’s causing a slow and steady decline,” she said.

For one thing, killing alphas changes pack dynamics, she said.

Much information from the field is coming from hunters. A hunter that’s been in one area for 30 years might have observed one large pack in the past with 10 or 14 animals, but now may see three smaller packs instead, for example.

“Everywhere you go, you see wolf tracks, but they’re smaller packs,” she said.

To survive, she said, wolves need large, undeveloped land, and private landowners are key, as is a livestock reimbursement program. Generally, she said, she wants to see less conflict among interest groups.

“I don’t want to make bad guys out of anyone,” she said. “There is a middle ground, and there is a way to make it work.”

Source: Wolf specialist Diane Boyd: ‘You have to make it work in the middle’ | Local |

How Many Wyoming Trophy Wolves have been Illegally Transported already?

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I learned Today from a Source that a Trapper they use as an expert in a case that the WGFD failed to require a Cites Tag for the Trophy Wolf Harvest. Wolves slaughtered in Wyoming must remain in Wyoming! If anyone hear of a Wyoming wolf being transported please let Us Know ASAP!
 Guess what, their excuse was It just fell through the cracks I guess. I am researching this right now.
  So the trapper called WGFD to ask, if I harvest a wolf where do I get the Cites Tag to legally transfer the wolf fur to market out of the country? He was told, “I don’t know?”, call U.S. Fish and Wildlife. You likely know who that person is at Fish and Wildlife,  The US Fish and Wildlife said there is no Cites Tag process for a trophy wolf in Wyoming, it is not in the regulations. What? Technically that means all harvested wolves must remain in state at this time. As you know Cites is a main way to curb poaching and international transport of animals endangered in certain regions

Biofence and Wolves – Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit – University Of Montana

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We are bringing this post back forward simply due to its appearance of truly being effective.

Biofence and Wolves

Gray wolves (Canis lupus) can conflict with livestock production throughout Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Generally, wolves that prey on domestic livestock are killed by management agencies or private landowners. These actions typically stop depredations for producers in the short-term but are not a lasting solution because wolf packs generally fill the recently vacated territory within 1 year and livestock predation often continues. Most tools currently available for non-lethal control of wolves are short-lived in their effectiveness or require constant human presence. Wolves, like most canids worldwide, use scent-marking (deposits of urine, scat, and scratches at conspicuous locations) to establish territories on the landscape and avoid intraspecific conflict. We tested human-deployed scent-marks consisting of scat and urine (i.e., “biofence”) to manipulate wolf pack movements in Idaho.

We deployed 64.7 km and 64.8 km of biofence within 3 wolf pack territories in central Idaho during summers 2010 and 2011, respectively. In 2010, location data provided by satellite collared wolves in 2 of the packs showed little to no trespassing of the biofence. Sign survey at predicted rendezvous sites in areas excluded by the biofence yielded little to no recent wolf use of those areas. We also opportunistically deployed a biofence between a resident wolf pack’s rendezvous site and a nearby (1.6 km) active sheep grazing allotment totaling 2,400 animals. This pack was not implicated in any depredations in 2010. In 2011, however, location data indicated some individuals showed little aversion to trespassing the biofence. Our study provides evidence that wolf movements can be manipulated by human-distributed scent-marks but not all individuals respond strongly to the biofence. Importantly, it appears that wolves’ response to biofencing diminished between years of our study suggesting that one would need to maintain a biofence continuously to ensure effectiveness. We believe more frequent refreshing of the biofence, year-round presence once the biofence is established, an adequate buffer distance from the area to be excluded, and the use of howlboxes may fortify biofenceing, but further study is needed to test this.

Learn more:

Ausband, D. E., M. S. Mitchell, S. B. Bassing, and C. White.  2013.  No trespassing: using a biofence to manipulate wolf movements.  Wildlife Research 40:207-216. PDF


Source: Biofence and Wolves – Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit – University Of Montana

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