Protect The Wolves™ is not only assisting in getting the Kalispel Tribes Approved then denied Cultural Closure back into media Focus. We called the Tribe, Ray Ance Wildlife Director picked our call up and responded immediately. We are coming for McIrvins Allotments.
He is aware we are attempting to get the Tribes Request back into the News. This Approval then Denial may be actionable in the Courts and set the Precedent that Our Sacred Resources are more important than Ranchers Cattle!! With The Public’s help we need to keep livestock from eating the grasses the creators have Provided for them. Join Our Movement Here: https://continutogive.com/protectthewolves
“The Kalispel Tribe of Indians told the Forest Service that the land was sacred and that cow manure discouraged tribal members from practicing traditional beliefs, curative arts and rites of passage.” those same cultural rights will apply to all Grazing Allotments we believe.
Fountain claims to have a Spiritual interest there? SERIOUSLY? what an outright BS STATEMENT! Guess what Mr. Fountain, We are not done with you. Just look at the costs $673,000 necessary in the Capital Presses article to keep just this 1 Allotment Open!! It is a despicable burden on ALL Taxpayers, not just Washington States! Capital Presses article at this Link:
RE: Review and Rescission of the Forest Service Grazing Permit for Bill McIrvin and the Diamond M Ranch
Approval of a Cultural Closure Request for the Kalispel Tribe, then its Denial by James Pena
This complaint requests that the U.S. Forest Service (“USFS” or “Service”), responsible for the management of Colville National Forest, review and/or rescind the grazing permit of Diamond M Ranch, located in Laurier, Washington and owned by Bill McIrvin, for continued failure to practice adequate animal husbandry techniques to protect endangered species held Sacred by Traditional Native American Cultural Beliefs on federal land, which include documented overgrazing in the form of pictures.
McIrvins past as well as current history proves ill intent beyond a reasonable doubt. This behavior is in violation of USFS policies and regulations. Diamond M Ranch’s failure to abide by cooperative agreements with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (“WDFW”), concerning livestock/predator interactions, have single-handedly resulted in the lethal control and eradication of nearly 20% of “Sacred” gray wolves (Canis lupus) within Washington state and have accounted for three-quarters of all state-sponsored lethal control events since the return of “Sacred” gray wolves to the state in 2008. His refusal of WDFW supplied Range Riders on or about July 6th as reported by WDFW.
We have provided documented picture evidence with the original complaint to previous managers, which USFS seems to only care about overlooking showing the blatant disregard for following the regulations set out in his Permit by not monitoring Overgrazing. The pictures submitted themselves show sufficient good cause to terminate McIrvins Allotments. The stand of Grass that was placed there for the Creators wildlife, all of which Traditional Native Americans Hold Sacred, then down to nothing but dust.
This permittee’s ongoing needless and potentially deliberate creation of conflict with wildlife threatens to violate USFS policies governing sensitive species, viable wildlife populations, and cumulative adverse effects on native wildlife. For these reasons, Protect The Wolves™ representing 57,750 followers requests USFS to review permittee operations of Diamond M Ranch and develop conditions that would avoid continued violations of USFS policies and regulations, or state and federal laws. Furthermore, if the permittee is unwilling to cooperate with USFS personnel on adherence to agency rules, then we urge the USFS to restrict or rescind the grazing permits of Diamond M Ranch for its Lambert and CC Mountain allotments.
In addition, Protect The Wolves™ requests that USFS list the gray wolf (Canis lupus) as a sensitive and “Sacred”species and adjust accordingly protections afforded to the wolf under the Service’s Forest Management Plan for Colville National Forest, as well as All other National Forests. 2
The Wolf, one of all the 4 leggeds, and winged-ones holds significant Sacred Cultural value to all Indigenous peoples that practice the Traditional Teachings, as such are no different to them than the Christians bible is to them.
Diamond M Ranch Wildlife Conflict
Bill McIrvin runs the largest cattle ranch in Washington, Diamond M Ranch, and grazes his cattle on a large portion of federal lands within the Colville National Forest. In the summer of 2012, Mr. McIrvin requested WFDW assistance in the eradication of the Wedge Pack of gray wolves, a species listed as endangered under state law. This resulted in the slaughter of 7 wolves by marksmen from helicopters, at a time when wolf populations within the state numbered only 521 – thus constituting roughly 13% of all wolves statewide. This eradication was ordered despite conflicting opinions given to WDFW by a variety of experts as to whether the initial livestock injuries and deaths of Mr. McIrvin’s livestock were even attributable to wolves. During the months these events took place, Mr. McIrvin had refused to cooperate in implementing adequate nonlethal conflict-prevention measures, as required by Washington’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan. Furthermore, in public statements to the media, Mr. McIrvin made abundantly clear his disdain for wolves, government agencies, and conservation efforts; with many people having heard him state that “the only good wolf is a dead wolf.”
Following this event, Washington State University (“WSU”) began engagement with the Washington Wolf Advisory Group on outreach and research efforts to reduce confrontations between wolves and livestock. This initiative achieved great success statewide with non-lethal deterrent measures through a combination of range-riding, avoidance of known den sites, use of fencing, use of guard dogs, and radio-collaring of livestock. Additionally, the WDFW offered financial recompense to ranchers who were cooperating signatories of the WDFW Cooperative Damage Agreement and had lost livestock due to wolf depredation. Mr. McIrvin and Diamond M Ranch had refused to cooperate with WSU or WDFW, they refused to enter into a Cooperative Damage Agreement, and they failed to employ the vast majority of predator avoidance measures recommended by WDFW.
Profanity Peak Pack
In the summer of 2016, Mr. McIrvin chose to release his 227 head of cattle onto a 30,000+ acre tract of Forest Service land near Kettle Falls and Profanity Peak pursuant to his FS grazing permit. Ranch personnel had entered the FS land near Profanity Peak, within the Lambert allotment, and installed salt block attractants within 200 yards of an established wolf den site; a site that had been occupied the year before and was well known by county commissioners, WDFW, and area ranchers. During this summer, Mr. McIrvin had continued to eschew recommended protocols for avoiding livestock/wolf confrontations, and by placing the salt blocks, indeed sought to attract his cattle directly to this wolf den site. As expected, attacks on livestock began shortly thereafter resulting in the deaths of 12 of McIrvin’s cattle. However, 3
3. OPT Pack
In the summer of 2019, Mr. McIrvin chose to release his cattle onto the same 30,000+ acre tract of Forest Service land near Kettle Falls and Profanity Peak pursuant to his FS grazing permit. He chose to Refuse Federal or State Range Riders as reported on or about July 6th, 2019. Prior to August 16th, The Capital Press reported that 6 Wolves had already been slaughtered, then the morning of the court hearing WDFW slaughtered an additional 4 as reported by The AGS Staff Attorney at the hearing. The consistent ongoing problems that McIrvin has created over the years have established a pattern of proof that he has no concern for Rules or Regulations as they pertain to his Permits, and burdens the Taxpayer unfairly.
Mr. McIrvin refused offers of financial compensation by the State for his lost cattle, and instead demanded that WDFW eradicate the entirety of the wolf den at Profanity Peak.
In the late summer and early autumn of 2016, against the protestations of wildlife ecologists and researchers in large carnivore biology, WDFW began the hunting and eradication of the Profanity Peak wolf pack. This was achieved through the use of marksmen hovering overhead in helicopters and resulted in the slaughter of all adult members of this pack and the likely starvation of all pups. This operation cost Washington taxpayers around $135,000 and will likely do little to curb livestock/wolf confrontations in the future, as numerous studies have demonstrated that lethal control is largely ineffective at reducing state or local levels of depredation.2
2 Wielgus RB, Peebles KA (2014) Effects of Wolf Mortality on Livestock Depredations. PLoS ONE 9(12): e113505. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0113505 ; Chapron G., Treves A., 2016, “Blood does not buy goodwill: allowing culling increases poaching of large carnivore,” Proc. R. Soc. B. 283: 20152939. Available at: http://faculty.nelson.wisc.edu/treves/pubs/Chapron_Treves.pdf.
Since the eradication of the Wedge pack, WDFW and WSU researchers have sought to have Mr. McIrvin join the state-sponsored Cooperative Damage Agreement, which has worked remarkably well at avoiding depredation events and has gained the support and acceptance of the majority of area ranchers. Despite its efficacy and recompense measures, Mr. McIrvin and the Diamond M Ranch have continually refused to become a signatory of the State’s Cooperative Damage Agreement. They have also failed to cooperate with WDFW or to follow the recommendations of conservation biologists for best management practices.
Resulting Adverse Effects on Colville NF wolves
Research from across the nation has shown that lethal control is not an effective or efficient means of ensuring long-term state or local level depredation reductions.3 However, lethal control is currently being employed with a near annual regularity on federal lands in eastern Washington. The majority of wolves killed by state efforts were suspected of preying upon livestock grazing on FS land; principally the livestock of a single FS permittee, Mr. McIrvin, who has willfully disregarded best management practices for avoiding livestock/predator interactions while operating on those public lands. Based upon preliminary data from Washington State University’s Large Carnivore Conservation Laboratory, Mr. McIrvin’s cattle depredation rates were roughly 15 times higher that the state wide average. Due to the Mr. McIrvin’s lack of cooperation with state conservation efforts, his continued disregard of best management practices, and prompt requests for lethal control, WDFW has eradicated 14 wolves – or around 15% of the state’s gray wolf population – at the behest of one USFS grazing permittee. These eradication’s which targeted all adult pack members have also contributing to the likely starvation of all the packs’ pups as well as wounding animals causing unneeded suffering. 4
USFS Policies Contravened
“Sacred” Gray Wolves Warrant FS Protection as a “Sacred Cultural” Sensitive Species
While the “Sacred” gray wolf is delisted under the federal Endangered Species Act within the Northern Rocky Mountain region, which includes eastern Washington, the species is still listed as endangered under Washington state law. See WAC 232.12.014; RCW 77.15.120. As a state listed species, the gray wolf requires protection by the Forest Service and designation as a “sensitive species” within its eastern Washington range. The Forest Service Manual states at Section 2670.5.19 that “Sensitive Species” are “[t]hose plant and animal species identified by a Regional Forester for which population viability is a concern, as evidenced by: (a) Significant current or predicted downward trends in population numbers or density (b) Significant current or predicted downward trends in habitat capability that would reduce a species’ existing distribution.” Furthermore, under Section 2672.11, Regional Foresters “shall identify sensitive species occurring in the region based upon … state lists of endangered, threatened, rare, endemic, unique, or vanishing species, especially those listed as threatened under State law.” The Forest Service Manual states at Section 2672.1 that “[s]ensitive species of native plant and animal species must receive special management emphasis to ensure their viability and to preclude trends toward endangerment that would result in the need for Federal listing. There must be no impacts to sensitive species without an analysis of the significance of adverse effects on the populations, its habitat, and on the viability of the species as a whole. It is essential to establish population viability objectives when making decisions that would significantly reduce sensitive species numbers.” (emphasis added)
As of the end of 2016, the gray wolf population numbered approximately 115 wolves, belonging to 20 separate packs, in the State of Washington (human population: 7,288,000; cattle population: 1,150,000).4 Due to its miniscule and fragile population, it is a criminal offense under state law for private citizens to kill a wolf; however, the State allows WDFW to exterminate wolf dens that have predated upon area livestock. Ranchers as well as their livestock can be compared to a an unwanted infestation upon the resources of our Children. Since the removal of federal protections to this species under the Endangered Species Act, WDFW has killed around 30 wolves, also likely leading to the starvation of numerous orphaned pups, needless suffering by wounding animals due to the use of a scopeless Shotgun at the behest of livestock ranchers, constituting roughly 25% of the state’s current 2019 wolf population. In comparison, loss of 20% the wolf population due to human-caused mortality within Wisconsin was sufficient grounds for a federal judge to rule that such wanton slaughter of wolves justified a continued federal endangered listing, as they were obviously failing to be protected under state law and regulation. 5
McIrvin has established a pattern of willfully setting up our ” Sacred” Species for further eradication just as what was once allowed to happen due to the same Old West Mentality of the past.
It was promising that the draft Land Management Plan for Colville National Forest now lists the gray wolf as a sensitive species;6 however the applicability of this plan was still six months away at the time of the first complaint was submitted and not until after the 2017 grazing season. Furthermore, it is evident that WDFW’s lethal control program is serving as little more than a regulatory work-around for a private rancher to utilize state resources for the slaughter of endangered species within grazing areas that they wish 5 to use. The “Sacred” gray wolf, without a doubt, fits the USFS’s definition of a sensitive species within Washington and is absolutely deserving of protection under the Agency’s regulations; protections that cannot wait until November 2017 simply due to being a Species held Sacred by Traditional Native Americans for thousands of Years.
Continued Viability Requirements
Even apart from the need for a “Sacred” sensitive species designation, the Service is required to ensure that it protects endangered species within the issuance of its permits and the realization of its forest usage plans; however the Service has failed to abide by its own rules in its permitting of grazing lands. In regulations promulgated as required by the National Forest Management Act, 16 U.S.C. § 1600 et seq., USFS management planning requires that “wildlife habitat shall be managed to maintain viable populations of existing native and desired non-native vertebrate species in the planning area.” 36 C.F.R. 219.19 (emphasis added). Federal courts have further held that the Forest Service must use common sense and apply its fish and wildlife expertise in implementing these requirements. Seattle Audubon Society v. Mosely, 798 F. Supp. 1484 (W.D. Wash. 1992). This would require the use of the Best Available Science which includes studies by Dr. Robert Wielgus, and now Grizzly Recovery Coordinator Hilary Cooley.
It is evident that the continued leasing of Forest Service land for grazing, within habitat of the state-listed endangered gray wolf, can, and in this case does, cause very real and devastating impacts on the continued viability of the “Sacred” gray wolf in eastern Washington. The failure of a Forest Service grazing permittee to cooperate with WDFW, to refuse State Range Riders or to employ adequate animal husbandry practices has directly resulted in the slaughter of now 3 wolf packs; or roughly 30% of the state’s wolf population. Allowing this situation to continue constitutes a flagrant disregard of the USFS’s duty to use common sense application of agency expertise in classifying sensitive species, to maintain policies that preserve the continued viability of sensitive species and other native species on USFS land, and to ensure no impacts occur without an analysis of adverse effects.
Cumulative Adverse Effects on Native Wildlife
USFS regulations require that the Service “[p]rovide habitat management direction to ensure maintenance of viable populations [of sensitive species] generally well-distributed throughout their range.” FSM 2620.3.2. This language has significant application here, as the eradication of both the Wedge Peak and the Profanity Peak packs by WDFW at the behest of the USFS permittee McIrvin has removed wolf populations from a large stretch of their habitat within northeastern Washington. Furthermore, the Huckleberry pack south of Profanity Peak was eradicated as well during 2014. Currently as reported by the Capital Press, 6 OPT Wolves prior to the August 16th Hearing, then 4 more the morning of the hearing. Continued failure by the USFS to address this continued abuse of lethal control on USFS lands in northeastern Washington threatens the viability of well-distributed populations; forcing wolves away from large swaths of national forest lands and spacing wolf packs further apart. It further constitutes a direct Violation under the public trust to protect the Public lands for all not just the chosen few.
Additionally, the Service must also “[e]valuate the cumulative effects of proposed management activities on habitat capability for management indicators.” FSM 2620.3.3. This provision shows that failure to review and/or rescind the permitted grazing allotments for Diamond M Ranch would be in violation of this USFS provision. When reviewing the uses of USFS land, the Service must assess what impact such activities have on the sensitive and 6 endangered species within the vicinity as well as wildlife populations generally. “Cumulative effects,” as provided in the regulation, must include continual effects of opening lands to grazing and inadequate permittee husbandry practices. By allowing Diamond M Ranch, the largest ranch in the state, to continue grazing operations without effective oversight or wildlife conflict prevention protocols, there is a demonstrable effect on the continued viability of the endangered gray wolf within Colville National Forest.
Following the 2016 depredation events by the Profanity Peak pack, WDFW and WSU staff visited the site of the depredations and the area surrounding the wolf densite. Cameras were installed by WSU large carnivore biologists that tracked the behavior of the wolf pack and Mr. McIrvin’s cattle within the area. These cameras were installed along a roadside with clear footage of the road. Researchers found that Mr. McIrvin had installed a salt-block attractant within roughly 25 feet of the road. Bill McIrvin’s 2016 USFS grazing permit contained an express restriction banning the installation of salt-block attractants near roadways or trails. Mr. McIrvin blatantly violated the provisions of his grazing permit during 2016 near Profanity Peak; resulting in grazing habits that led to the ultimate eradication of a significant portion of Washington State’s endangered gray wolf population. As per the terms of the grazing permit, a direct violation of these terms is sufficient grounds for revocation of the permit.
USFS Management Options
The USFS possesses the legal authority to revoke grazing permits and close USFS lands as a means of protecting the population and habitats of endangered species fn7; in this instance, the USFS must review or revoke the grazing permit of Diamond M Ranch to ensure the continued viability of the endangered “Sacred” gray wolf in eastern Washington, or anywhere else that is in direct conflict with a den site location. Regional Foresters are tasked with the responsibility to “coordinate the overall Regional Threatened, Endangered, and Sensitive Species Program to ensure compliance with law and policy.” FSM 2670.44.1. While the USFS has been working with the Bureau of Land Management through the Interagency Special Status/Sensitive Species Program, the conservation strategy released by the Program is outdated (2006) and fails to consider conservation issues of the gray wolf, which has re-colonized its former range in eastern Washington since the drafting of this strategy fn8. As the Service is required to “[a]void or minimize impacts to species whose viability has been identified as a concern,”fn9 a new review of its conservation strategies is necessary that includes the sensitive status of the “Sacred”gray wolf within this region, as well as all Regions due to Native American Cultural beliefs. Furthermore, regional foresters must establish programs to determine which sensitive species are present within FS land and ensure that management objectives for the conservation of sensitive species are included in regional and forest planning. FSM 2670.44. It appears that the FS has failed to adhere to these requirements since the re-emergence of the “Sacred”gray wolf within the Colville National Forest; for this reason, it is imperative that the Service commence review of management practices to protect the “Sacred” gray wolf.
Additionally, the regional forester is bestowed the authority to “[a]pprove closures of National Forest System lands as necessary to protect habitats or populations of threatened, endangered, proposed, or sensitive species.” FSM 2670.44.15; see also 36 CFR 261.70. Regional Forester Rodney Smoldon has already approved 1 Cultural closure request for the “Kalispel Tribe”, which 2 days later was denied by then supervisor Jim Pena. This is a direct Violation under the Trust Responsibilities in preserving lands or resources held Sacred by Native Americans for cultural Practices which include resources held “Sacred”.
Furthermore, grazing permits issued by the FS may be cancelled, in whole or part, for failure to comply with any terms and conditions specified within the permit or for violation of federal or state laws and/or regulations. In this instance, the operators of the Diamond M Ranch have likely violated RCW 77.15.120’s prohibition of the unlawful taking of endangered wildlife. Further have more than likely violated by allowing overgrazing as the attached pictures will prove. Policy states a height requirement to be left, it appears to be far less than the prescribed rules. This state law provides that a person is guilty of unlawful taking of endangered wildlife when a person maliciously harasses an animal designated as endangered without a permit issued by the State. At the Direction of Len McIrvin of the Diamond M Ranch, livestock were delivered to a known location of a Rendezvous Den site, then Salt Blocks placed which were not moved for a month after request by WDFW. Len McIrvin did this when it attracted and thus intentionally grazed its cattle in the direct vicinity of a known wolf den. In doing so, Protect The Wolves Tribal Endorsers have requested that they investigate the Commercial Lien Process and apply it in this situation. Note: Commercial Liens are not stoppable by a Judge.
Need for USFS Action
The long-term use of lethal control management tactics severely threatens the continued existence of the gray wolves present on Forest Service land. For comparison, during a period where Wisconsin saw diminished federal oversight of the lethal control of wolves, their populations dropped by 20% in just 2 years.10 Then a federal court stepped in, ruling that the wolf was indeed federally endangered in that range and that Wisconsin had failed to take proper conservation measures.11 Allowing grazing on Forest Service lands in a manner that will contribute to the loss of gray wolves could contribute to a similar scenario in Washington State. This possibility is heightened by the fact that the Wolf Advisory Group has amended its lethal control policies to significantly reduce the threshold losses necessary for a rancher to request the slaughter of wolf packs; from 4 confirmed livestock depredations down to 3 suspected livestock depredations.12 The Wisconsin experience demonstrates that lax lethal control policies on the state level open the door for severe impacts on the continued viability of wolf populations, and encourages illegal private taking of species13, something that will likely occur in Washington State if preventative measures are not taken.
13 Chapron G., Treves A., 2016, “Blood does not buy goodwill: allowing culling increases poaching of large carnivore,” Proc. R. Soc. B. 283: 20152939. Available at: http://faculty.nelson.wisc.edu/treves/pubs/Chapron_Treves.pdf
As the WDFW has further reduced the necessary requirements to implement lethal control in recent months and demonstrated its willingness to employ such measures against the advice of wildlife biologists, it is evident that the continued grazing of livestock near known den sites is likely to lead to lethal control and is a grave threat to the continued viability of our “Sacred” gray wolf. The exercise of the Service’s permit revocation and land closure authority is necessary to ensure the continued viability of the “Sacred” gray wolf, as Forest Service lands constitute a major component of the “Sacred” gray wolf’s range within Washington.14 8 under Trust Mandates that protect what is held Sacred under Traditional Native American Cultural Beliefs.
For the preceding reasons, Protect The Wolves™ requests that the U.S. Forest Service list the now gray wolf (Canis lupus) as a “Sacred” sensitive species and adjust accordingly protections afforded to the “Sacred” wolf under the Service’s Forest Management Plan not limited to The Colville National Forest, but all current Regions as well . Furthermore, it is requested that the Forest Service review and/or revoke the grazing permits of the Diamond M Ranch, owned by Mr. Bill McIrvin, and close those lands from future livestock grazing to preserve the habitat of the “Sacred” gray wolf. These actions are necessary to avert growing appearing blatant conflicts between USFS policies and prudent wildlife management, as well as McIrvins blatant setting up and selling out what Traditional Native Americans have a strong cultural connection to our Wolves. Wolves are no less Sacred than the Grizzly Bear, as such warrant the same Protections for Cultural Beliefs..
Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.
Sincerely, Roger Dobson, Director of Tribal Relations Cultural Practices Email: pressreleaseinfo at protectthewolves.com
ALL NGOS that have signed on, NGO List will be made Public with Time and Date Stamp of invitation for Transparency
Glenn Casamassa Regional Forester 1220 SW Third Ave Portland, OR 97204-3440 Phone: 503-808-2200
Protect The Wolves™ has invited All NGOs to sign onto a complaint that will be submitted Monday August 26th, 2019 to close Grazing Allotments.
Protect The Wolves™ questions Why our Elected Officials, as well as USFS Management Officials continue to be derelict in their Duties as it appears to a prudent Individual. It would seem that under the Mandates upon them under the “Public Trust, as well as Native Trust”…. that they would have to demand that this Rancher lose his Grazing Allotments. “Otherwise their failure to do so will make them as Guilty as the Rancher is, and now as Guilty as WDFWs Susewind, and USFS Pena is for denying an already approved closure. What sort of elected official, or USFS Manager would want that hanging over them? Pena evidently didn’t care, this is now a HUGE Black eye on his role at the USFS”. Says Patricia Herman President
“Pena is already Guilty of stopping the closure of 1 Allotment called the LeClerc Allotment that Rodney Smoldon had approved for The Kalispell Tribe based on Tribal Cultural Resources. Protect The Wolves confirmed their in-actions when we contacted the Tribe on 8/19/2019 and spoke with their Wildlife Manager Ray Ance. It has been over a year now since Penas Reversal with no action, and now a new Regional Supervisor Glenn Casamassas has failed to address this violation of Tribal Trust Responsibilities that Protect “Cultural Resources”.” Says Roger Dobson Director of Tribal Cultural Relations
On August 20, 2019 Elected Officials, WDFW, and the USFS to Consider being put on Notice of these requested closures to come of not only Ranchers Allotments, but as well as the LeClerc Allotment that was originally requested by the Kalispell Tribe. This is considered a direct violation of the Tribal Trust Responsibility that the USFS operates under for what Traditional Practicing Native Peoples hold as Culturally Sacred.
Refusal to act can, and May end up in a commercial Lien Process for your refusal to protect Your Children’s Resources which is not waive-able by any Judge in the Land as requested by some of Our Tribal Endorsers. This path is now Under Investigation.
See Complaint Subject to edits and or still Prior to Submission:
So the Totals that we are seeing, before the Court Date on August 16th was that 6 wolves had already been slaughtered, The Morning of Court WDFW killed 4 more for a Total of 10, which would Push McIrvins Total Wolf slaughter to 28. It is past time to get this Rancher off of Our Public Lands.
Two pups and one adult in the OPT wolfpack in northeast Washington have been lethally removed, Fish and Wildlife reported Tuesday.
The department has now killed six wolves since the pack started attacking cattle in the Kettle River Range in Ferry County last September. The department removed two wolves last fall and one in July.
Fish and Wildlife, in a statement, said it removed the two pups and one adult in the past week. Before then, the pack had four adults and at least four pups, according to the department.
The department said the lethal-removal operation is continuing.
An animal-welfare group, Maryland-based Center for a Humane Economy, had sought a restraining order to block the operation. A King County Superior Court commissioner declined to issue a preliminary injunction. Another hearing is scheduled for Friday.
The OPT has killed or injured at least 29 cows or calves since Sept. 5, according to Fish and Wildlife.
Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind on Friday authorized the department to lethally remove the remaining two wolves in the Togo pack, also preying on cattle in Ferry County. The department has not reported killing any wolves in that pack.
A Huge Howl and Thank you out To Wayne Pacelle founder of Animal Wellness Action for finding a small path in to begin to effect Change.
We are still searching for a Firm to file a TRO based on Our Research and information which is different than has been used to date by all Large NGOs.
“This is a bittersweet courtroom victory because the Department of Fish and Wildlife gunned down four more wolves on the very morning of the judicial proceeding,” said Wayne Pacelle, founder of Animal Wellness Action. “The Department of Fish and Wildlife had a strong indication that its actions were not legally defensible, but they charged ahead anyway and all but eliminated another wolf pack.”
This Credit is being put out for the Public to see whom actually was responsible for this Small Win. Len McIrvin of the Diamond M Ranch is now responsible for the Death of what was at 18, now add 8 more to that horrific amount. All for just 1 Ranch that can not seem to get it right.
Just a few hours after the state killed four of the five surviving members of the pack, A King County Superior Court Judge granted a preliminary injunction ordering the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to stop killing members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack Friday. You can thank The first Judge that made the initial denial. The Facts didnt change just the Judges.
State Kills Four Wolves within Hours of Court Granting Preliminary Injunction
State has now killed 25 wolves in the Colville National Forest on behalf of Diamond M Ranch
KING COUNTY: A King County Superior Court Judge granted a preliminary injunction ordering the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to stop killing members of the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) pack Friday, just hours after the state killed four of the five surviving members of the pack. The Center for a Humane Economy supported the legal action, brought forth by three Washington residents deeply concerned about the fate of wolves.
“This is a bittersweet courtroom victory because the Department of Fish and Wildlife gunned down four more wolves on the very morning of the judicial proceeding,” said Wayne Pacelle, founder of Animal Wellness Action. “The Department of Fish and Wildlife had a strong indication that its actions were not legally defensible, but they charged ahead anyway and all but eliminated another wolf pack.”
Only a single wolf of a pack that had nine members at the beginning of July survives. Among the wolves killed were four pups.
Complaints from Len and Bill McIrvin and other members of that family operating the Diamond M Ranch have triggered 87 percent of the state’s wolf killing. The family has declined government payments to compensate them for lost cattle, and refuses to take commonsense measures to protect its cattle from predators. Instead, it has publicly demanded the eradication of wolves from the area.
“The McIrvin family is baiting wolves with live cattle on our federal lands,” added Pacelle. “And then they complain when the inevitable occurs, and then plead with the state to kill more wolves from helicopters.”
Wolves are classified as “endangered” under Washington law. State agents killed as many wolves this morning in the Colville National Forest as they killed all last year in the entire state.
“I am deeply disappointed that Governor Inslee ignored the requests of countless Washingtonians to intervene and stop the needless killing of these wolves,” commented Jennifer McCausland of the Center for a Humane Economy. “He could have restrained the worst instincts and actions of his own wildlife agency but he stayed on the sidelines when we needed him most.”
Robert Wielgus, a former Washington State University wildlife biologist who has studied wolves and other predators in eastern Washington, has pointed out that livestock losses to wolves were one-third of one percent (0.003) in wolf-occupied areas of Washington, except when it comes to the ranching operations of Len McIrvin, who has suffered 14 times the losses of other ranchers in wolf-occupied territory. The state has admitted that McIrvin and his Diamond M Ranch have never used quality range riding services, and in recent weeks they refused to allow the state to send a team of range riders in to protect their cattle. They have made clear that their intent is to kill wolves, not save cattle.
In recent weeks, the Center for a Humane Economy, Animal Wellness Foundation, and Animal Wellness Action have taken a series of paid advertisements to draw attention to the needlessly provocative actions of the McIrvin family and to urge the state to stop the wolf killing in favor of non-lethal management and more strategic public-land grazing.
Wolves are slowly reclaiming small portions of their original range in Washington. The state is on a pace this year to kill a fifth of the state’s wolves, which the Department of Fish and Wildlife officials had previously estimated at 125 animals.
needs to read their own Mission Statement. “To preserve, protect and perpetuate fish, wildlife and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.”
It is past time that McIrvins Allotments are closed in the best interest of all our childrens Resources. The USFS can do this. We have submitted multiple Petitions in hopes they would actually do so. However they refuse to even discuss our petition requests at Wolf Advisory Group Meetings.
Susewind is not fulfilling the mandates under their Mission Statement. He is only destroying The Publics resources to appease Ranchers. The Attorney General claimed in court that wdfw does not manage the land as well as claim that they can not close McIrvins Allotments. We agree with their statement, However The Director can call on the Forest Service to do just that.
Neither WDFW or the USFS are managing Our Children’s Resources properly by using the best available Science. Dr. Robert Wielgus s Research has shown them that what they are doing is only leading to more Depredations.
This is a weekly update for the Togo pack following the lethal removal authorization by WDFW Director Kelly Susewind on Aug 9.
No wolves have been removed by WDFW since the authorization. The Department’s lethal removal period is currently ongoing. There have been three additional depredations investigated and confirmed by the Togo pack in the last week.
On Aug 11, WDFW staff received a report of three possible wolf depredations to livestock within the Togo pack area in Ferry County. WDFW staff conducted investigations on one deceased calf and two injured calves.
Calf #1 was deceased and showed injuries consistent with a wolf attack. The calf had been deceased no longer than a few hours prior to discovery.
Calf #2 was injured with bite wounds to the hamstring, flank, hock and hindquarters. All of the injuries are consistent with a wolf attack. The injuries to the calf appeared to be no less than a week old. The calf was treated and held on private ground for a later release back onto the USFS grazing pasture.
Calf #3 was injured with bite wounds to the hindquarter and groin area. All of the injuries are consistent with a wolf attack. The injuries to the calf appeared to be 3 to4 days old. The calf is being kept in a private holding area for a later release back onto the USFS grazing pasture.
On Aug 9, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind reauthorized the lethal removal of the two remaining wolves from the Togo pack in response to repeated depredation of cattle on grazing lands in the Kettle River range of Ferry County under the guidance of the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and the lethal removal provisions of the department’s wolf-livestock interaction protocol. This is the third time (Aug 20, 2018, Nov 7, 2018, and Aug 9, 2019) Director Susewind has authorized lethal removal in the Togo pack since the pattern of depredations started on November 2, 2017. The Department removed one wolf on Sept 2, 2018 under a previous authorization.
Livestock producer 1 referenced in the Aug 9 public notice is the owner of the three calves investigated on Aug 11. Livestock producer 1 removes or secures livestock carcasses to avoid attracting wolves to the rest of the herd, calves away from areas occupied by wolves, avoids known wolf high activity areas, and monitors the herd with a range rider. A WDFW-contracted range rider has been working with this producer since May.
The Department has documented six wolf depredations by the Togo pack in the last 30 days, seven in the last 10 months, and 14 since Nov 2017. During one of those depredations, a livestock producer shot a wolf during a caught-in-the-act scenario where the producer responded to a wolf depredating his livestock. Depredation activity and agency wolf removals are summarized in each monthly wolf update.
WDFW will keep the public informed about this activity through weekly updates. The next update will be on Aug. 23.
2019 Togo pack updates
July 31, 2019
Aug 9, 2019
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. For a summary of removal operations in the Togo pack during 2018, please see page 28 of the Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management 2018 Annual Report.
Bad Memories are surfacing, more OPT pack wolves dead for the man pictured at right, shot most likely out of a Helicopter.
We need the Public to Join Us as one Voice now to get a different path and Research into the Courts while we still have Wolves left. https://continuetogive.com/protectthewolves
On July 31, WDFW Director Kelly Susewind reauthorized the lethal removal of wolves from the OPT pack in response to repeated depredation of cattle on federal grazing lands in the Kettle River range of Ferry County under the guidance of the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and the lethal removal provisions of the department’s wolf-livestock interaction protocol. This is the fourth time Director Susewind has authorized lethal removal in the OPT pack since Sept. 12, 2018; three wolves were removed under the prior authorizations.
The OPT pack has been involved in 14 livestock depredations (both livestock injuries and deaths) in the last 10 months, with 9 of those in the last 30 days, and a total of 29 since Sept. 5, 2018. Depredation activity and agency wolf removals are summarized in each monthly wolf update. Since the last weekly update on Aug. 6, the Department has removed three wolves, 2 juveniles and 1 adult. The Department’s lethal removal period is currently ongoing.
WDFW will keep the public informed about this activity through weekly updates. The next update will be on Aug. 20.
WDFW will provide a final report on this and any other lethal removal operation during 2019 in the Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management 2019 Annual Report, which will be published during spring 2020. For a summary of removal operations in the OPT pack during 2018, please see page 37 of the Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management 2018 Annual Report.
PROTECT THE WOLVES™ IS TIRED OF CANDIDATES USING WOLVES TO GET VOTES
All of a sudden Now doesn’t support Wolf Delisting?
Seattle, WA. August 1st — Protect The Wolves has tried to get Jay Inslees Wolf Spokeswoman Jessie Payne whom evidently doesn’t care about strengthening Candidate Inslees position by passing the buck to his office to connect Protect The Wolves with Presidential Candidate Governor Jay Inslee. Protect The Wolves is Co-Founded by a Washington State Tribal Member.
Protect The Wolves has reached out to Governor Inslee on countless occasions to request his help for what is happening not only to Wolves, one of your Children’s invaluable Keystone Species, but also that of the blatant Religious Discrimination by his Own States Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his office against Protect The Wolves a Native American Religious 501c3.
“If those very issues he claims to care about do not interest him in helping to right the wrongs against a Native American Organization, then what is it that makes him a quality Presidential Candidate?
It seems like he is trying to merely ride the back of your Children’s Resources into the Whitehouse. Look we already have an alleged Felon in the Whitehouse, we certainly do not need another that allows Discrimination”. Says Roger Dobson Director of Tribal Relations.
Governor Inslee has been kicking the can down the road far too long on Wolves. One of your children’s invaluable keystone species, as well as blatant religious discrimination in his own State by his very own Attorney General’s Office, where your children’s resources are already facing a looming catastrophe brought about by Ranchers, that Inslee has allowed to continue unchecked.
One Rancher in particular being Len McIrvin from the Diamond M Ranch in Stevens County Washington. McIrvin is already responsible for the death of 19 wolves and several hundred thousand dollars for Washington’s Tax Payers. Governor Inslee refuses to stop the conflicts of interest on Washington States Wolf Advisory group. Read their Press Release in it’s entirety here: https://protectthewolves.com/jayinsleetoolittletolate
It appears that it is past time that the Public hold Governor Jay Inslee Accountable for his shortcomings! Including his failures to deal with his own states issues, let alone run for President of The United States.
Protect The Wolves has reached out to Governor Inslee on countless occasions to request his help for what is happening not only to Wolves, one of your Children’s invaluable Keystone Species, but also that of the blatant Religious Discrimination by his Own States Attorney General Bob Ferguson and his office against Protect The Wolves, a Native American Religious 501c3.
To date Governor Inslee refuses to accept any in person meeting or schedule a phone call dating back to 2016 with Protect The Wolves. Then all of a sudden, Inslee has a position on Wolves to keep them on the Endangered Species List? Seriously? Read their Press Release here: https://protectthewolves.com/jayinsleetoolittletolate
He has sat in the Governor’s Office for far too long and done zero towards protecting your children’s resources after numerous requests by Protect The Wolves. Further according to Protect The Wolves, Inslee has not returned 1 email or phone call reported by this Native American Organization.
Their most recent request was immediately following his public statement by Jessie Payne Spokeswoman for Inslee that he Opposes Federal Delisting of Wolves. Presidential Candidate Inslee has had numerous opportunities to step in by accepting any one of their countless meeting requests for not only wolves, but also the blatant discrimination against their Native American Religious 501c3 by Washington States AG Office. It would seem that someone like Inslee that claims to care about your Environment would have accepted each and every request to discuss the very issues that they have been presenting to his office since 2016.
Below are the recent steps taken to get their request in front of Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee, by way of his so-called Wolf delisting article Spokeswoman Jessie Payne. Needless to say it appears as if they were putting her out by requesting that she bring this matter to Governor Jay Inslee’s attention.
You can see the Press Release in its entirety here on Protect The Wolves Website
Below is exactly what was submitted to Jessie Payne:
Description to her of Issues Regarding Request
Their Response to Protect The Wolves most recent Request was the Governor can’t seem to be “bothered” that he is too busy…. Protect The Wolves thinks that a prudent Individual in his scenario would deem important. The Public should not only have to hope that he actually cares, but sadly his offices actions all show the Public that he does not. The Decision is Yours.
If Washington States Presidential Candidate can not be bothered to agree to even as much as a Phone call on an Issue that involves not only one of your children’s invaluable keystone species being Wolves, that he is now using to boost is presidential electability, or the blatant discrimination by Washington States own Attorney General’s Office. Exactly how successful would he be as Commander in Chief.
If those very issues he claims to care about do not interest him in helping to right the wrongs against a Native American Organization, then what is it that makes him a quality Presidential Candidate?
It seems like he is trying to merely ride the back of your Children’s Resources into the Whitehouse. Look we already have one poser in the Whitehouse, we certainly do not need another.
Protect The Wolves has given Presidential Candidate Jay Inslee 3 weeks to answer their Questions, to date he has failed to do so. Join their movement today to Protect your Children’s Resources here: https://continuetogive.com/protectthewolves
Wolves are No Less Sacred Than Our Brother Grizzly
Help Us Stop The Killing
Protect The Wolves Requests Tribal Leaders Medicine Men, Women, as well as Tribal members to Join Them
Washington Judge gives killing The OPT wolf pack go-ahead
WDFW Director Susewind Adds the Togo Pack to His Kill List
PROTECT THE WOLVES™ INVITES ALL TO JOIN THEM To Fill The King County Courthouse
In Memory of The “Original Profanity Peak Pack”
Seattle, WA. August 12th — Washington Judge gives the killing of the OPT wolf pack go-ahead, then WDFW Director Susewind adds the Entire Togo Pack to the kill list.
Protect The Wolves Invites Everyone to Join Them To Fill The King County Courthouse In Memory of The “Original Profanity Peak Pack”. They are also Requesting Tribal Leaders Medicine Men, Women, members to Join Them there.
You can Join Their Movement here: https://continuetogive.com/protectthewolves
WHEN AND WHERE
When: August 16th.
Where: King County Courthouse 516 3rd Ave Seattle Wa 98104
Time: We will arrive at 7 AM to begin Organizing
Hearing for the OPT Pack begins at 9:30 AM
We will Be protesting before, during and after the hearing
“Protect The Wolves has reached out to Governor Inslee, Senator John McCoy, and Kevin Ranker for this occasion to request their presence at this hearing, as well as their Press Conference for what is happening to Wolves, not only one of your Children’s invaluable Keystone Species, but also Sacred to Traditional Native Americans” says Roger Dobson Director of Tribal Relations.
“If the issues he claims to care about actually interest him this will be a great Press Opportunity for him to show the Public that he actually practices what he preaches, or is he one that just talks out of both sides of his Mouth?” Says Patricia Herman President Protect The Wolves.
This week, Kelly Susewind, the director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, added the Togo Pack to the Kill order. ” We have to question when a director with no Wildlife experience will learn to follow the best available science like Dr. Robert Wielguses research as in their Mission statement.” says Patricia Herman, President Protect The Wolves. She Adds ” It appears that WDFW’s Director is merely interested in appeasing Ranchers while setting their own states Wolf Recovery up for Failure.
Last week, Kelly Susewind, the director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, whom does not have any experience with wildlife nor clearly the proper management skills to manage any of our children’s resources, issued kill orders for the entire Old Profanity Territory pack, included is its eight pack members.
Link to Jay Inslees Press Release titled “Too Little To Late”
The Complaints being from the very same eastern Washington rancher Len and Bill McIrvin of the Diamond M Ranch have triggered the deaths of more than 80 percent of all wolves eliminated by the state, including 18 alone in the Colville National Forest.
To appease the McIrvins WDFW has killed wolves from the Wedge Pack in 2012, the Profanity Peak Pack in 2016, the Sherman Pack in 2017, the Smackout Pack in 2018, and the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) Pack again in 2019. The Diamond M Ranch has refused government range riders in early July, they also payments to compensate them for lost cattle, has recently discarded the use of non-lethal methods, and emphatically demanded more wolf killing. It is as if McIrvin is setting up wolves for WDFW to kill once again.
WDFW is setting out traps to capture wolves and radio collar them. If WDFW is able to catch them, WDFW will then use them to lead their helicopter Gunners with radio telemetry signals to find every single member of the pack, and shoot them with a shotgun from a helicopter! Some Orgs have called this ” a Judas Wolf” which does nothing but mislead the Public with an incorrect Term. This method causes undue suffering and injured wildlife as proven by WDFW in 2016 in their pursuit of the Profanity Peak Pack, when they were unable to locate one of the Profanity Peak Pack members shot.
The McIrvins seem to be hell bent on grazing cattle on public lands merely to provoke the slaughter of wolves. Especially when considering other ranchers throughout Washington state are very effectively using non-lethal methods of managing the occasional conflicts between wolves and ranchers.
So herein lies the question, how many wolves will Jay Inslee allow Susewind to kill to satisfy the unreasonable demands of a single ranching family, who place cattle on habitat that is unsuitable for them but ideal for wolves? He claims to support not Delisting Wolves, Yet allows his WDFG Managers to kill at will.
When Protect The Wolves Questioned USFS’s Range Manager Travis Fletcher In 2016, regarding the allotments, he claimed that he had the authority to close those allotments that were in the best interest for the Wildlife in General and move them. Then in 2017, 2018 USFS’s Range Manager Travis Fletcher refused to discuss Protect The Wolves Petition to close the grazing allotments that are in proximity to the Wolf Dens at Washington’s Wolf Advisory Group Meetings.
Protect The Wolves™ is requesting Tribal Presence Please, including Medicine Men and Women, Tribal Leaders, Sundancers, Ghost Dancers, Tribal Elders, Tribal Members for Our Sacred Wolves.
“Wolves are no less sacred to Traditional Native Americans than Our Brother Grizzly, yet the are treated like Vermin. We do not disrespect the Christians bible, why is it they find it acceptable to not only disrespect, but Kill with Snares, traps, poisons, guns what we have held as Sacred since Time Immemorial.” Says Patricia Herman President of Protect The Wolves.
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Grazing Allotment only Causes Damage and Destruction as seen in the images:
Lets get Real, The Trump Administration has intended to cut regulatory protections for His Rich lobbyist oil buddies since before he was put in Office. It is Time that the Public wake up to this ALL OUT WAR ON YOUR WILDLIFE AND ENVIRONMENT!!
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is finalizing major changes Monday to the way it enforces the landmark Endangered Species Act, in a move that it says will reduce regulatory burdens but critics charge will drive more creatures to extinction.
The administration was making public a final version of a rule overhauling the way the federal government handles protections for plants and animals at risk of extinction. Information about the rule was obtained by The Associated Press beforehand.
The Endangered Species Act is credited with helping save the bald eagle, California condor and scores of other animals and plants from extinction since President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1973.
The Trump administration says the changes will make regulation more efficient and less burdensome while preserving protections for wildlife.
At least 10 attorneys general joined conservation groups in protesting an early draft of the changes, saying they put more wildlife at greater risk of extinction.
A draft version of the rule released last year would end blanket protections for animals newly deemed threatened, allow federal authorities for the first time to consider the economic cost of protecting a particular species, and could let authorities disregard impacts from climate change, one of the largest threats to habitat.