Predator Defense Calls out Pacific Wolf Coalition

 We have to agree with Brooks Fahy, Executive Director of Predator Defense. Not one of the Orgs defended Dr. Robert Wielgus at the September 2016 meeting that were present, and for certain there were 2 there from the Pacific Wolf Coalition Members. We asked to Join the Pacific Wolf Coalition in 2016, but were not accepted most likely due to The Center For Biological Diversity requesting they not allow Us in. That assumption comes from being invited to Join The Endangered Species Coalitions National Phone Conference and then being asked not to return and was led to believe that it was a request from The Center For Biological Diversity.

Look Folks We have research that not one of those Organizations can use without Us, yet they all have refused to respond to Our Invitation to Join our Allotment Closure Request. In essence it appears to Us that these Orgs want the vicious circle of killing to continue rather than Join an Organization that has precedent setting Tools as well as Research.

It is past time to get a New Path, Tools and Research actually working to protect your children resources to begin creating precedent setting case Law.

In Support of Brooks Fahy with Predator Defense It is past time for the Public to be aware of what is happening with Orgs that claim they want to stop anything period. Clearly they do not want some invisible focus removed from them.

Erik Molvar with Western Watersheds Project accepted our invitation in the first 10 minutes to target McIrvins Grazing Allotments. We owe Erik a huge Howl and Thank you, He is the One Organization that sees the value in tools that he does not have at his Fingertips.

Washington Gov. Inslee shakes off fear of big bad Republican wolf-haters

Jay Inslee.  (Beth Clifton collage)

26 of 30 wolves killed in Washington since 2012 were killed to protect just one ranch

            OLYMPIA,  Washington––Who’s afraid of the big, bad wolf?

Not many people,  actually.  Twenty-six of the 30 wolves who have been killed in Washington state since 2012 for alleged livestock predation have reportedly been killed in response to complaints from just three people:  Diamond M Ranch owners Len McIrvin,  his son Bill McIrvin,  and his nephew Justin Hedrick.

The Diamond M Ranch,  along  with a border crossing into British Columbia,  are the chief businesses of Laurier,  Washington,  a “U.S. Census-designated place” rather than  a town,  in northern Ferry County,  with an official human population of one.

(See Wolves, grey whales, & sea lions targeted to preserve meat-getting traditions and Wolf pack massacre: Profanity Peaks.)

Joel Kretz

Tail that wags the dog

But McIrvin family has long appeared to be the tail that wags the dog on wolf policy,  staunchly backed by Washington seventh legislative district state representative Joel Kretz.

Kretz,  a far right Republican,  appears to have been best known,  before he was elected to the statehouse in 2005,  for puma hunting and trying to poke loopholes through Washington state law discouraging puma hunting with hounds.  As deputy minority leader of the Washington State House of Representatives,  Kretz notoriously steered state funding to help the annual Omak Stampede rodeo,  including the Omak Suicide Race.

(See Beavers gnaw way toward wolf, grizzly & economic recovery in the Cascades.)

Jay Inslee,  elected governor of Washington in 2012,  has throughout his tenure appeared to be afraid of the big,  bad Kretz and Diamond M influence in the politically conservative eastern half of the state.

Jay Inslee is the one in the middle.
(Beth Clifton collage)

But maybe no longer?

But Kretz is no longer deputy minority leader in the Washington house.  The threat that U.S. President Donald Trump might soon be impeached may jeopardize Kretz’s reputed political allies in the White House and Department of the Interior.

Inslee is running for re-election as governor,  after abandoning an eight-month bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential  nomination.   Inslee is also in the midst of a political fight over his having redirected $175 million from highway rebuilding to improving culverts to help salmon runs.

And Inslee on September 30,  2019 asked Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife director Kelly Susewind to “make changes in the gray wolf recovery program to further increase reliance on non-lethal methods,  and to significantly reduce the need for lethal removal of this species.”

Wrote Inslee in an open letter distributed to media,  “I understand that conflicts between wolves and livestock do occur,  especially as the state’s wolf population continues to grow.”

That was no news,  though,  to anyone who has been paying attention.

White wolf.
(Beth Clifton photo)

Diplomacy first

Inslee next credited the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife,  “working with the Wolf Advisory Group,  livestock producers,  hunters,  conservation groups and others,”  with having “made significant progress in securing both gray wolf recovery and increasing the social tolerance of wolves on the Washington state landscape.”

Then,  though,  Inslee directly challenged the McIrvin/Kretz alliance.

“As you know,  wolves were extirpated in the state by the 1930s on behalf of livestock interests,”  Inslee reminded Susewind.

Wolves “started migrating back to the state in 2008 from surrounding areas,”   Inslee recited.  “Most of the wolves live in the northeastern corner of the state and their territories have high overlap with federal public lands.  For reasons that are not entirely clear,  numerous conflicts with livestock producers have occurred in a handful of federal grazing allotments.  Chronic livestock depredations and annual lethal removal of wolves in the Kettle River Range in Ferry County have resulted in public concern and outrage over lethal management actions taken by the department.

Wolf––who stood three feet high at the shoulder––grabs a fish.
(Beth Clifton photo)

“I share the public’s concern”

“I share the public’s concern,”  Inslee said.  “I believe we cannot continue using the same management approach on this particular landscape.  The status quo of annual lethal removal is simply unacceptable.”

Inslee asked Susewind to accelerate an ongoing “update to the lethal management guidelines, with the goal of significantly reducing the role of lethal removal in the wolf management program.

“In addition,”  Inslee asked,  “please consider what opportunities exist to work with the U.S. Forest Service and other public land managers to make changes that would reduce the conflicts, including changes in allotment policies for public lands that are prime wolf habitat,  the addition of more intensive range riding,  and other proven or promising methods.”

Translation:  Inslee might favor cancellation of the U.S. Forest Service grazing leases that the McIrvin family has held since 1943.

(Beth Clifton collage)

Predator Defense withdraws from coalition

Inslee finally stood up to the McIrvin family and Kretz just as Predator Defense executive director Brooks Fahy drafted an October 1, 2019 letter of resignation from the Pacific Wolf Coalition,  a 37-member alliance of nonprofit organizations that has since 2012 at least nominally represented the interests of wolves,  wildlife in general,  and the natural environment in negotiations with state and federal government agencies.

“Wolves have been welcomed home to Washington state to be slaughtered,”  Fahey charged. “Yet year after year this ‘wolf coalition’ has remained effectively silent about the senseless killing of wolves in its own back yard.  It was also silent about the destruction of the career of one of North America’s preeminent carnivore ecologists,  Robert Wielgus,  Ph.D.,  whose years of research showed that wolf-livestock conflicts in NE Washington State were predictable and avoidable and that the wolves were set up for slaughter by the primary rancher involved,”  Len McIrvin.

Wielgus,  longtime director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University,  lost his job after conflicting with McIrvin and Kretz.  Wielgus in May 2017 reportedly received $300,000 to settle a lawsuit he filed against Washington State University with the assistance of Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility.

Wolves.  (Dave Pauli photo)

“Unconscionable complicity”

“The coalition’s silence about these atrocities long ago became unconscionable complicity,”  Fahey continued.  “Silence—about the slaughter of the [eight] Old Profanity Territory wolves [earlier in 2019] and kill orders for the ‘incremental removal’ of the Togo and Grouse Flats wolves—was the last straw.

“If the coalition as a whole was acknowledging the feelings of many of its member organizations—in addition to public sentiment,  common sense,  and the best available science,”  Fahey said,  “they would take a stand for wolves that reflects the following realities:  the majority of the public is already against wolves being killed;  science shows killing wolves is counterproductive ;  wolves are ecologically invaluable on our landscape;  cattle grazing should not receive priority over wolves on public lands;  there are places that cows simply do not belong;  [and] wolves deserve places to live in peace.”

Wolves.  (Beth Clifton photo)

Center for Biological Diversity petitioned Inslee to act

Another Pacific Wolf Coalition member,  the Center for Biological Diversity,  on June 24, 2019 sent Inslee an online petition bearing 532,836 signatures asking him to do essentially what he finally did do on October 1,   2019.

The Center for Biological Diversity also asked Inslee to “officially oppose the Trump administration plan to strip nearly all gray wolves of their federal Endangered Species Act protection.

“This spring,”  the Center for Biological Diversity explained,  “Washington’s fish and wildlife department sent a letter of support to the Trump administration for its pending proposal to strip wolves of federal protection across nearly the entire lower 48 states,  including parts of Washington where wolves are still federally protected.  An expert panel of scientists roundly criticized the plan as not based on the best available science.  Both California and Oregon oppose the federal delisting proposal.”

(Beth Clifton collage)

The Pacific Wolf Coalition

The 36 remaining Pacific Wolf Coalition members include as “supporting organizations” the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation;  Training Resources for the Environmental Community;  and the Wilburforce Foundation.

National and multi-state regional members include Cascadia Wildlands;  Center for Biological Diversity;  Defenders of Wildlife;  Earthjustice;  the Endangered Species Coalition;  the Humane Society of the United States; Living With Wolves;  National Parks Conservation Association;  thenNatural Resources Defense Council;  Western Environmental Law Center;  Western Watersheds Project;  WildEarth Guardians;  and the Wildlands Network.
California members are the California Wolf Center;  Environmental Protection Information Center;  Klamath Forest Alliance;  Mountain Lion Foundation;  Project Coyote;  and Sierra Club California.

Merritt & Beth Clifton

Oregon members include Bark;  Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project;  Forest Web of Cottage Grove;  Greater Hells Canyon Council;  Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center;  Northeast Oregon Ecosystems;  Oregon Chapter Sierra Club;   and Oregon Wild.

Washington members include the Cascade Forest Conservancy;  Conservation Northwest;
Kettle Range Conservation Group;  The Lands Council;  Washington Chapter Sierra Club;  Western Wildlife Outreach;  and Wolf Haven International.×300.jpg?zoom=1.375&resize=344%2C384

New Wyoming Fish and Game Directors Actions appear questionable

Wyoming Mike Schmid, protect our children's resourcesI’d like to give everyone a little background on the state of Wyoming’s Game Commission. This is taken off Wyoming Game & Fish home page.
  The Commission serves as the policy making board responsible for the direction and supervision of the Director of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and through the Department provides an adequate and flexible system of control, propagation, management and protection and regulation of all wildlife in Wyoming (W.S. 23-1-301-303, W.S. 23-1-401). Seven members are appointed by the Governor for six-year terms with Senate confirmation. Not more than four members shall be of the same party (W.S. 23-1-201).
The first question about the commission that We have….. Four members shall be of the same party? Does that mean that democrats are supposed to be on the board? That is a big red flag to a prudent Individual as Our Wyoming Volunteer is not sure one of those commission members is affiliated with the Democratic Party!
Now to the member we want to discuss and need to rally and get this man kicked off the commission. His name is Mike Schmid. He is the Commissioner from District #3. He was appointed to the commission in March of 2017 and he will be there until March of 2023 unless we can oust him. 
Contact information for Mike Schmid;
Wyoming Game & Fish Commissioner
Mike Schmid
P.O. Box 14
La Barge, WY 83123
Also important is contact information for the Director of Game and Fish, Brian Nesvik
Also the Governor needs to be contacted;
Governor Mark Gordon
Mike Schmid has a public facebook page. If you look on his FB page, you will see lots of dead animals. There are photos of his grandchildren holding up dead prairie dogs with him captioning it stating that the kids are doing a little varmint hunting. He is a public figure and his postings are very distasteful. The biggest mistake he has done though is to post a photo of himself with a dead mountain lion draped around his neck. Also please not the cougar is wearing a research collar. Mike also has images that show he hauled out a Stock Tank then put a trail Camera in place. So a Prudent Individual should question was he given Collar Tracking Data for the Cougar that is draped over his shoulder or did he actually bat the Cougar in with the stock Tank, and then kill it. The Images in our coming Video were gathered under Facebooks Free Use Policy due to the fact that they are shared publicly.
Not only is this distasteful, but begs to question if a little quid pro quo was going on here. Mike Schmid was appointed to the commission by Governor Matt Mead back  in March of 2017. The photo was obviously taken in the late Summer/Fall time period. The cougar is wearing a collar. Did Game & Fish give Mike the coordinates, so he could kill this lion? I wouldn’t put it past either party involved.
Remember the ID Commissioner that posed with the dead family of baboons? That went viral and we got him ousted from his position. We need to step up and do the same here. There is no difference between posing with a trophy in Africa and posing with a trophy right here in our own country!
A Huge Thank you out to Our Volunteer in Wyoming for bringing this to our Attention.×225.jpg #EndangeredSpeciesList #OpposeWelfareRanchingNotWolves #RestoreWolvesToESL

Inslee asks Washington Voters to Believe? Accept Our Face to Face Meeting Request then

This is the first time that you have ever seen Us agree with a statement from Donald Dashiell on Governor Inslee. In a Spokesman Review article, Stevens County commissioner Don Dashiell said he sees “the governor’s letter as a political move”.

Inslee had a golden egg laid at his feet to accept a press conference invitation from Protect The Wolves™ to Join them at the King County Courthouse, and he couldnt even be bothered to respond. The acceptance of that invitation would have showed the Public that he truly is concerned, rather than just riding the backs of Wolves to get Votes!

 Needless to say that Invitation is still open Governor Inslee. 

It is past time that WDFWs rancher pandering leadership is reined in, and the proper procedure involving public input not only be listened to but if it is the majority be listened to.

“We must find new methods to better support co-existence between Washington’s livestock industry and gray wolves in our state,” Inslee said in the letter. “The status quo of annual lethal removal is simply unacceptable.” Says Inslee

Inslee acknowledged that in most cases Washington’s wolves are existing peacefully with livestock and people. Seems its only McIrvin in Stevens County that is leading WDFW around by the nether parts.

  According to agency statistics 90% of Washington’s wolves aren’t causing problems. He also praised the state’s Wolf Advisory Group, which has members representing cattle, conservation and business interests, For what? We havent a Clue 😉

  Martorello can not lead a Meeting just as their Overpaid Facilitator Francine Madden could not. They successfully proved that in a September 2016 meeting when they allowed members on the Wolf Advisory Group to openly disrespect a Plos One Reviewed Scientist Dr. Robert Wielgus. Whats worse is there was only one Group that stood up to defend him. But thats ok we have broad shoulders and the truth must be told. There are others who have claimed they did but they are only blowing smoke up your proverbial tushies 😉 . We were at that particular meeting and in fact was the only Voice that stood up to tell them to “Shut the F$%# Up” because Dr Wielgus was not there to defend himself.

  Inslee has allowed WDFW to shirk their public responsibilities far too long. Has allowed WDFW to hold a Public input meeting on their lethal Protocol on a muted phone line. Then all of a sudden 2 years later he cares? Come on people Wake up. Sadly we have to agree with Dashiells Statement in the Spokesman Review that is was a political move.

 Inslee sat by and allowed the Ethics committee to dismiss an Ethics Complaint against Joel Kretz R- Okanogan County that had documented evidence alleging extortion against WSU without so much as a statement from him. Our Childrens Educational Institutions should be free from Political Extortion from the likes of Kretz.

So with a summer of conflict, with wolves killing and injuring cattle which prompted WDFW to slaughter more wolves, which if they would have looked at Dr. Robert Wielgus’s real science, they would have realized that killing wolves only leads to more depredations not preventing them.

 Susewinds letter to Inslee appears to tell him according to an Article in nwsportsmansmag that the producers decline Range Riders is also ok. What sort of a manager of Public resources would shoot himself in the foot for even allowing it?×300-200×300.jpg #EndangeredSpeciesList #OpposeWelfareRanchingNotWolves #ProtectTheWolves #ProtectWolvesInWashington #WolvesInTheNews

WDFWs Staci Lehman’s use of word Sacred is Racist in application!

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Staci Lehman, Wolves are NO LESS “SACRED” THAN OUR BROTHER GRIZZLY! I suggest that you stop using the word sacred it is not only condescending in the manner in which you used, and We consider your usage A Racist Discriminatory Abominable statement that disrespects Traditional Native American Views.

Staci, you are right up their with the Attorney Generals Office when they discriminated against Our Views.

Please join Our Movement to get precedent setting research into the courts while We still have wolves left.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is trying to kill one to two of the nine wolves in the Grouse Flats pack, in the southeast corner of the state.

That’s because the pack has killed two cattle in the past month and four cattle in the past 10 months.

The state Fish and Wildlife director authorized the lethal removal on Tuesday, and state agents headed out to look for the animals on Thursday. At least one of the wolves has a collar.

The pack spends some of its time in Oregon; when the wolves are there, Washington agents can’t kill them.

Staci Lehman, an agency spokesperson, said the ranchers in the area have taken steps to keep wolves away from their cattle. They’ve employed cowboys and fox lights to try to scare wolves, and they’ve removed sick and injured animals. But none of that worked, so now the agency is trying lethal removal.

“The point is to try to change the behavior of the other pack members,” Lehman said. “Sometimes, if you take out an alpha wolf, the others will change their behavior.”

It costs the state about $20,000 to kill one wolf.

It’s a technique the department uses to manage wolves in the eastern third of the state, where the animals are not listed as federally endangered.

Some wildlife advocates say the technique doesn’t work. But Lehman said it works in many cases—most recently when the agency killed one wolf in the Smackout Pack in northeast Washington in November 2018. The pack hasn’t killed any cattle since.

Lehman said the agency does not track how often killing one or two wolves works to keep a pack from killing cattle, and how often the agency has to go back and eliminate more members of the pack.

That said, Lehman added, the agency takes the decision to kill wolves very seriously.

“It’s never an easy decision to make a lethal removal,” she said. “People—they’re so divided on it. They’re like, ‘Why do we need them if they haven’t been here so long?’

And then others are like, ‘It’s sacred that we’re bringing them back!’”

To date, no lawsuits have been filed to stop the lethal removal of the Grouse Flats pack.

This summer, the department killed eight wolves from the Old Profanity Territory Pack in northeast Washington, four of them hours before a court order to protect them.

Since early August, the department has also had a lethal removal order for one to two members of the Togo Pack, in northeast Washington, but the agency has not killed any members of that pack.

Source: KUOW – Seeking: Wolves marked for death in Washington state×200-2-300×200-1-300×200-300×200-2-300×200-1-300×200-2-300×200-2-300×200-1-300×200-1.jpg #CutOffUSDAWildlifeServicesFunding #EndangeredSpeciesList #OpposeWelfareRanchingNotWolves #ProtectTheWolves #WolvesInWashington

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks :: Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council to Convene in Helena

Councils & Committees News

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Marissa Perry, Communications Director, Governor’s Office, (406) 444-4514
Vivaca Crowser, Regional Information and Education Program Manager, FWP, (406) 542-5518
Dillon Tabish, Regional Information and Education Program Manager, FWP, (406) 751-4564

Newly formed citizen group meeting for the first time Oct. 3-4

Helena, MT — The Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council is convening for its first meeting next month in Helena.

The council will gather Oct. 3-4 at the Kleffner Ranch, 305 Montana Highway 518, in East Helena. The meeting is open to the public.

The inaugural meeting will cover the objectives and structure of the council and set the stage for the group’s work over the next year. The meeting will feature presentations on grizzly bear biology and ecology, management, and legal specifications, as well as facilitated discussions on key issues and challenges. There will be an open forum for public comment on both days.

Shawn Johnson and Heather Stokes from the University of Montana’s Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Policy program will facilitate the meetings. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks staff will assist throughout the council’s tenure with a technical support team.

In March, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock announced his intention to appoint a citizen advisory council to facilitate a statewide discussion on long-term grizzly bear management and conservation. Bullock solicited applications for council membership beginning in April, seeking individuals with a diversity of views and commitment to working together on the future of grizzly bears in Montana. More than 150 people from across the state applied. Bullock worked in consultation with FWP before making his final selections.

Bullock announced the appointment of 18 Montana citizens to the new council in July. Bullock appointed the council to reflect the diverse group of people who have a connection to grizzly bears, including those who live, work, and recreate in bear country. The council is intentionally representative of the different parts of the state where grizzlies are currently or may soon be found.

Over the next year, the advisory council’s work will center around broad objectives including:

  • Maintaining and enhancing human safety;
  • Ensuring a healthy and sustainable grizzly bear population;
  • Improving timely and effective response to conflicts involving grizzly bears;
  • Engaging all partners in grizzly-related outreach and conflict prevention; and
  • Improving intergovernmental, interagency, and tribal coordination.

For more information about the council, including an agenda for the upcoming meeting and a list of council members, visit

Source: Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks :: Governor’s Grizzly Bear Advisory Council to Convene in Helena×200.jpeg #EndangeredSpeciesList #OpposeWelfareRanchingNotWolves #ProtectTheGrizzlies

Stay Tuned Seattletimes to Print Our Op-ed next Monday or Tuesday

Stay Tuned Seattletimes to Print Our Op-ed Monday Or Tuesday they claim. We were emailed this morning. With the new Lethal Removal Order being issued by WDFWs pandering Officials it is a perfect time to get some Focus on these Ranchers that are claiming that they are only a 4th or 5th Gen Rancher. Wake Up, Traditional First Nations have been here thousands of Years, not just a couple hundred.

We had to shorten it immensely for the Seattletimes, However Our Full Version will be available when we post the op-ed they put out for Us.×200-2-300×200-1-300×200-300×200-2-300×200-1-300×200-2-300×200-2-300×200-1-300×200.jpg #EndangeredSpeciesList #ProtectTheWolves #RestoreWolvesToESL #WolvesInTheNews #WolvesInWashington

Announcement: Protect The Wolves Pack is 1 Step Closer

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Announcement: Protect The Wolves Pack is now Official and almost registered as Our 501c4. The IRS made us apply the old fashion way for our EIN which took 8 weeks to get approved.

We are nothing more than the Voice for those that do not have one that uses tools that not all Large NGOs have available. Yet for some reason they still refuse to respond to any Invitations to be able to take Advantage of those tools.×114.jpg

Wyoming Trophy Hunters slaughter 10 Possible Yellowstone Wolves

sacred resource protection zone, protect the wolves, yellowstone wolves

Join Us as One Voice and Take Back the Power that You as the public hold! 

Will Yellowstone Wolves be available for your Grandchildren to view?

Everyday Yellowstone Wolves are being needlessly slaughtered in Wyoming, and need our Proposed “Sacred Resource Protection Zone”, along with proposed regulation changes. Our Research is Precedent Setting and with your help will begin to make a needed difference not just for wolves, but grizzlies, bison that migrate out of the park.

An estimated 528 wolves had resided in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as of 2015.

As of December 2018there were 80 wolves in 9 packs.

A biological count (April 1, 2019) was 61 wolves in 8 packs.

Wolves need your help Today and we can work towards insuring that they are!

Help us to put The Indian and Public Trusts to work Today!

Before they wipe out the rest of Your wolves, grizzlies, wild horses. pitch in just $1.00 per month to begin getting our precedent setting research into the courts.

Everyday Possible Yellowstone Wolves are being needlessly slaughtered in Wyoming, and need our Proposed “Sacred Resource Protection Zone”, along with proposed regulation changes. Our Research is Precedent Setting 

  Help us to put The Indian and Public Trusts to work Today, before they wipe out the rest of Your Yellowstone wolves, grizzlies, wild horses.

Please Consider Joining Our Voice to establish a “Sacred Resource Protection Zone” Surrounding National Parks in Blood thirsty states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana to begin with.

A total of it appears 10 possible park wolves have already been slaughtered in 2019 altogether 27 thus far in 2019 with 10 from the Trophy Zones  17 from the general Slaughter Zone in this Bloodthirsty State! Keep in mind that  these are just Wolves that have been reported killed! Does not take into account all that people chose not to report as they are required!!
Please consider becoming a Paid Member with Just $1.00 per month so We are able to call these crooked states out in COURT. We have the Research, the tools, the Attorneys, only missing Ingredient is 58,000 plus followers.

What will it take for the Government to Realize that Wyoming has once again proven they are incapable of managing The Public’s Federal Resources?


At an Alarming Rate!!!!×195.png #EndangeredSpeciesList #OpposeWelfareRanchingNotWolves #ProtectTheWolves #RestoreWolvesToESL #WolvesInTheNews #WolvesInYellowstone

WDFW Director authorizes lethal action in Grouse Flats wolf pack 

WDFW Director authorizes lethal action in Grouse Flats wolf pack

WDFW hasnt learned from their past mistakes yet that killing wolves explodes into countless depredations. They only do it to pacify Ranchers. It is past time to call for Susewind and Martorellos Jobs. It is time for Jay Inslee to Back up his words!
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WDFW Director Kelly Susewind today (Sep. 24, 2019) authorized the incremental removal of wolves from the Grouse Flats pack in response to repeated depredations of cattle on grazing lands in southeast Washington.

The Grouse Flats pack has been involved in two depredations in the last 30 days and four in the last 10 months. WDFW includes a summary of all documented depredation activity within the past 10 months in every monthly update.

Proactive nonlethal deterrents (described below) used by livestock producers in the area have not influenced pack behavior to reduce the potential for continued depredations on livestock. Director Susewind’s decision is consistent with the guidance of the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and the provisions of the Department’s wolf-livestock interaction protocol.

WDFW’s approach to incremental lethal removal consists of a period of active lethal removal operations followed by an evaluation period to determine if those actions changed the pack’s behavior.

The goal of lethal removal, as described in the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, is to manage wolf-livestock conflicts to minimize livestock losses without undermining the recovery of a sustainable wolf population. The purpose of the lethal action (and nonlethal tools) in the Grouse Flats pack is to influence or change pack behavior to reduce the potential for continued depredations on livestock while continuing to promote wolf recovery.

Consistent with the guidance of the plan and protocol, the rationale for authorizing lethal removal of Grouse Flats wolves is as follows:

  1. WDFW has documented ongoing depredation on livestock by the pack since Aug. 23, 2018 (seven total, four within the last 10 months and two in the last 30 days). The depredations were shared with the public in a timely manner, as described in the protocol.
  2. At least two proactive deterrence measures and responsive deterrence measures (if applicable) were implemented and did not meet the goal of influencing/changing pack behavior. During the 2019 grazing season, the following nonlethal deterrents were implemented:
  • Prior to the grazing season, Producer 1, who experienced a depredation on WDFW’s 4-O Ranch Wildlife Area, had the following nonlethal, proactive deterrence measures in place: monitoring the herd by range riding at least every other day per the grazing lease with WDFW, maintaining regular human presence in the area, removing sick and injured livestock from the grazing area, removing or securing livestock carcasses to avoid attracting wolves to the rest of the herd, and avoiding known wolf high activity areas. Calves are typically at least 200 pounds before turnout. Following the depredation, the producer hired two additional range riders and increased the frequency of range riding and human presence on the allotment. The producer also installed Fox lights and moved the cattle to a smaller fenced pasture where they could be monitored more effectively. The producer removed the cattle from the grazing allotment to pastures out of state on Aug. 10 when the lease expired.
  • Prior to the grazing season, Producer 2, who grazes on private pastures, had the following nonlethal, proactive deterrence measures in place: monitoring the herd by range riding multiple times weekly, maintaining regular human presence in the area, removing sick and injured livestock from the grazing area, removing or securing livestock carcasses to avoid attracting wolves to the rest of the herd, and avoiding known wolf high activity areas. Calves are typically at least 200 pounds before turnout. After the depredation occurred, the producer increased the frequency of range riding and human presence on the private pasture.
  • Prior to the grazing season, Producer 3, who grazes on private pastures, had the following nonlethal, proactive deterrence measures in place: monitoring the herd by range riding multiple times weekly, maintaining regular human presence in the area, deploying Fox lights, removing sick and injured livestock from the grazing area, removing or securing livestock carcasses to avoid attracting wolves to the rest of the herd, and calving away from known wolf high activity areas. Calves are typically at least 200 pounds before turnout. After the first depredation in the Grouse Flats territory occurred on the 4-O Ranch Wildlife Area, the producer hired additional range riders and increased range riding frequency to five days a week along with daily human presence. The producer also worked with WDFW to increase the number of Fox lights on the private pastures and installed trail cameras to monitor wolf activity in the area.
  • Prior to the grazing season, Producer 4, who grazes on a WDFW allotment and private pastures, had the following nonlethal, proactive deterrence measures in place: monitoring the herd by range riding at least every other day per the grazing lease with WDFW, maintaining regular human presence in the area, using Fox lights in their pastures, removing sick and injured livestock from the grazing area, removing or securing livestock carcasses to avoid attracting wolves to the rest of the herd, and calving away from known wolf high activity areas. Calves are typically at least 200 pounds before turnout. After the first depredation in the Grouse Flats territory occurred on the 4-O Ranch Wildlife Area, the producer increased range riding frequency to five to six days a week, worked with WDFW to increase the number of Fox lights on the private pastures, and installed trail cameras to monitor wolf activity in the area.
  1. The department documented these deterrents in the agency’s “wolf-livestock mitigation measures” checklist, with date entries for deterrent tools and coordination with the producer and range rider.
  2. WDFW expects depredations to continue based on the history of this pack. The most recent depredation by the Grouse Flats pack is the second event in 30 days and forth event in 10 months. This series of repeated depredations shows a pattern in pack behavior as defined in the wolf-livestock interaction protocol. WDFW staff believe depredations are likely to continue even with nonlethal tools being utilized.
  3. The lethal removal of wolves in the Grouse Flats pack is not expected to harm the wolf population’s ability to reach the statewide recovery objective.

    The Department’s wolf plan modeled lethal removal to help inform decision makers during this stage of recovery. The analysis in the plan included wolf survival estimates from northwest Montana, which incorporated a 28% mortality rate. Agency lethal control was factored into that 28% mortality estimate. To err on the side of caution (i.e., when in doubt, assume greater impact to wolf population so the true impact is not underestimated), the scenarios modeled in the wolf plan and published by Maletzke et al. (2015) included an even higher level of lethal removal (i.e., removing 30% of population every four years in addition to baseline 28% mortality rate). Based on that modeling analysis, as well as an analysis of higher levels of potential mortality on the actual population level of wolves in the eastern recovery zone and statewide, we do not expect the lethal removal levels considered in 2019 to jeopardize wolf recovery in the eastern recovery zone or statewide.

    In addition, wolf populations in northwest Montana and central Idaho experienced an annual mortality rate of 19-28% and still reached recovery goals in those states. When a similar mortality rate is projected to Washington’s current minimum count of 126 wolves, total mortality would be 24-35 wolves per year.

The department is providing one business day (eight court hours) advance public notice before initiating lethal removal activity. WDFW will use humane lethal removal methods consistent with state and federal laws. The objective is to use the best methods available while considering human safety, humaneness to wolves, swift completion of the removal, weather, efficacy, and cost.

WDFW will keep the public informed about this activity through weekly updates. The next update will be provided on Oct. 1.

Previous updates

2019 Grouse Flats pack updates

July 12
July 25
Sep. 9
Sep. 20

WDFW will provide a final report on this and any other lethal removal operations during 2019 in the Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management 2019 Annual Report, which will be published during spring 2020.

A summary of all documented depredation activity within the past 10 months is included in every monthly wolf update.


Grouse Flats

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Wyoming says National Park wolf poacher can continue doing business as an outfitter

protect the wolves, sacred resource protection zone

Wyoming clearly doesn’t care about upholding the law when they allow a guide that gets paid to know what hes doing get away with killing Our Sacred Brother inside a National Park. Just 1 more reason that Our National Park Wildlife are in dire need of our proposed “Sacred Resource Protection Zone”.

In a troubling lapse of moral accountability, a Wyoming state board will allow a man who killed a female wolf in the Grand Teton National Park and then dragged her body out of the park in violation of federal law to continue operating as a professional outfitter and hunting guide in the state.

In August, the Wyoming Board of Outfitters and Professional Guides decided to grant Brian Taylor, a self-avowed “wolf hater”, with a conditional one-year license, and denied a complaint the Humane Society of the United States filed in May asking that the board withdraw Taylor’s license for his crime of wolf poaching, which occurred in December 2018.

Earlier this year, Taylor, who also sits on the board of a local non-profit, the Wyoming Outfitters and Guides Association, was found guilty in federal court on the charge of poaching. Yet, despite the severity of his crime, the federal court gave him a mild rebuke: a $5,000 fine and suspension of his wolf-hunting privileges for a year. And the board itself subsequently denied our complaint and only reprimanded the convicted poacher, giving him a conditional permit to operate for the next year.

There’s something wrong when a crime that so clearly violates a foundational federal wildlife law is so lightly punished. The penalties imposed fell far short of those outlined under the Lacey Act, which prohibits the discharge of a weapon and killing of wildlife in a national park, along with the transportation of the animal’s body outside a national park. Under the Lacey Act, a single violation is punishable by a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to one-year imprisonment.

The HSUS’s own investigations and review of documents the Jackson Hole News & Guideobtained via a Freedom of Information Act request revealed that Taylor did not just violate federal wildlife law while on National Park Service lands, he also violated state law and regulations governing the conduct of professional outfitters.

Taylor, as a professional outfitter, had a duty to know the laws concerning wildlife hunting in the state, and Wyoming’s failure to vigorously prosecute him sets a dangerous precedent. That he can continue doing business as usual is unthinkable to most Americans. A poacher who breaks the law and deprives other Wyoming residents of the pleasure of seeing a protected animal in a national park should receive a punishment commensurate with his misconduct. We will continue to press for greater accountability in this case. For the sake of its wildlife, and as matter of moral and legal principle, Wyoming needs to reconsider its decision.

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