MN Farmers believe wolves are attacking their cattle but is it Rustlers?

Calves disappear Ranchers immediately blame wolves without any proof/ Perhaps they be better on track if they blamed the 2 legged Predator!! It is poor Ranchers like this one that give good Ranchers, those that have proven they can live with Predators a Bad name!

KITTSON COUNTY, Minn. (Valley News Live) Wolves are hunting down cattle in northern Minnesota and it’s costing small communities hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Some environmentalists say it’s not a problem at all. It’s a rebounding wolf population.

Others say the problem is due to big government regulations in Washington D.C. and Minnesota farmers, are saying something’s got to change.

Joe Wilebski has been farming on land in northern Minnesota his entire life. But The last few years, his cattle have struggled.

“It’s so disheartening. They don’t care about us.” Said Wilebski.

Farmers in Kittson County feel the federal government has left them behind.

Wolves in Minnesota were once on the endangered species list, but protective laws helped them rebound. So much so there was even a hunting season on wolves, but in 2014 a federal judge ended that. Farmers can’t even legally shoot wolves, unless they themselves feel threatened. As a result their bottom line is feeling threatened.

Kittson County Sheriff Steve Porter says, “It’s basically a thief stealing from them, stealing right out of their pocket.”

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Tongass in Transition: Wolves and logging both cut into Prince of Wales deer

 

We have to question With only 89 wolves living in the unit — less than half of what was there 20 years before, would seem impossible to a prudent Individual to blame Wolves for the depletion of Deer! Hunters are the cause of the depletion. When will people wake up to the truth?

This deer season has been the worst in recent memory for a lot of hunters on Prince of Wales Island. In the past, large-scale industrial logging damaged important winter habitat, and some locals believe there’s another reason there’s so few deer on the island: too many wolves.

Go anywhere in Craig and you’re likely to overhear bits of conversation about the deer season.

That includes the local diner, the kind of place that displays its homemade pies behind glass. Mike Douville has just returned from a long day of hunting.

Over sips of coffee, he explains how he bagged one deer today. But it’s taken him longer to fill his freezer this year. He remembers more plentiful seasons, and that’s not the only change he’s seen on the island during his lifetime.

Douville says nearly all the big trees were standing when he was young. The first logging camps were just getting started.

“The island was pristine. There was no clear cuts on it,” he says. “So I’ve watched it turn from what it is today.”

Large swaths of trees have been logged here since the 1960s. It’s left poor habitat for deer and the other wildlife. Without a canopy of old growth, snow can easily fall to the ground — obscuring important feeding spots.

Douville serves on the regional advisory council that makes recommendations to the federal subsistence board and the state.

He says finding fewer deer on the island is affecting people’s livelihood.

“This is rural Alaska. It’s bush Alaska,” Douville says. “We don’t like to buy meat. It’s eight or nine bucks a pound.”

Still, he says logging is just one factor. The other is a rapidly growing wolf population. The wolves are devouring the deer.

A wolf on Prince of Wales Island, as captured by a trail camera. (Photo courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish & Game)

“If you’re going to harvest deer, you have to harvest wolves,” Douville says.

But not everyone agrees killing wolves is a good idea.

In 2011, conservation groups petitioned the feds to protect the Alexander Archipelago wolf under the Endangered Species Act. Around that time, it was estimated there were about 89 wolves living in the unit — less than half of what was there 20 years before. But the wolves didn’t wind up receiving additional federal protections.

Instead, there have been joint-efforts with the state to stabilize the population, and the numbers of wolves has been increasing. Estimates from 2016 suggest there are 231 wolves in the unit.

Still, it’s not easy getting a handle on how many wolves there are.

Mike Kampnich is driving his pickup truck to the top of a snowy ridge. He makes this rough ride regularly to collect hair samples from the Alexander Archipelago wolf.

Kampnich used to be a logger when he arrived on the island more than 30 years ago. But now, he works for the The Nature Conservancy.

“You know, some of the guys I worked for in the past. They’re like, you work for who?” he says with a chuckle.

We stop at one of the hair board sights. Essentially, a piece of plywood nailed to the ground and rigged with barbed wire. A stinky goo is placed on top. The wolves like to rub up against it, so it’s the perfect comb for capturing their fur.

Kampnich is careful to cover his tracks as we walk over to it.

He puts on his glasses to get a better look. But there are no strands tangled in the barbwire. This is just one of 21 locations he’ll check on the island over the course of two days. When he does hit the jackpot, the hair is sent off to a lab to be analyzed by the state.

Mike Kampnich from the Nature Conservancy setting up wolf lures to get population estimates. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska's Energy Desk

Mike Kampnich from the Nature Conservancy says he likes working at the local-level to bring people together. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game uses the individual animal’s DNA to calculate the wolf population, and a percentage of that becomes the wolf quota — the number of wolves that can be trapped or hunted each year.

Kampnich says it can be a touchy subject, locally. On a couple of occasions, he’s seen hair boards vandalized and trail cams disappear.

“It’s really frustrating,” Kampnich says. “But you know, some people will mess with your stuff.”

He doesn’t think it’s all related to tensions over the wolf population. Sometimes it looks like petty crime.

“It’s probably a little of both,” he says.

But Kampnich says wolf hunters have helped him, too. They’ve shown him good spots to place the hairboards.

“I’ve helped him quite a bit because I’ve lived here. I’ve trapped wolves,” Mike Douville says.

Douville wants there to be accurate wolf population estimates. And although he’s helped Kampnich in the past, he thinks using just the hairboards misses the mark.

The wolf population, he says, is bigger than the science alone suggests. So the wolf quota should reflect that.

Douville thinks anything above 175 wolves should be a harvestable surplus. Below that, hunters should be able to take up to 20 percent of the population.

“I don’t think anybody here is interested in wiping them out,” Douville says. “We’ve always got one or two that might think that way. But for the most part, they’re OK with wolves. Just not so many.”

Douville would like to see more traditional knowledge factored in to how the state gauges the number of wolves. But he says getting the wolf population figured out isn’t the only step to securing a future for the island’s deer.

He thinks big timber sales on Prince of Wales should become a thing of the past — even if that means the last remaining sawmill dries up.

“I’m not willing to sacrifice this island to keep it running,” Douville says. “I think there’s a limit on how much you donate to the cause and I think that we’re there.”

Douville says he wants to live on the island from his childhood. It includes a healthy forest for humans, deer and wolves.

Tongass in Transition is a series about trees told through the stories of people. Reporting for this was made possible by an award from the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources.

Logging from the Big Thorne Timber Sale. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkin/Alaska's Energy Desk) 12/18/17

Logging from the Big Thorne timber sale. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/Alaska’s Energy Desk)

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In every dog there is a little wolf

In every dog, there’s a little wolf. That’s because all dogs were once wolves. And, man was essential to the change.

“No one knows exactly when the connection started,” said museum director and biologist Charles Knight. But, some 10,000 to 15,000 years ago a curious caveman or woman coaxed a wolf to take a piece of meat from his or her hand. Being both social animals an affectionate bond developed between the two, as well as trust and dependency.

At the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, a traveling exhibit in 2015 “Wolf to Woof” included a replica of cave painting depicting humans and dogs hunting together. A nearby wood-carved statue depicts the loving embrace of a human and canine form, a personal relationship from 5,000 years ago etched in time.

The dog itself could be considered a sort of biological artwork of man. Over time, man began selecting certain pups over others and breeding dogs with certain characteristics together to create new forms.

Dogs are closely related to wolves and share many of the characteristics but humans have bred dogs for certain characteristics such as friendliness.

Dogs and wolves are genetically 99.9% identical. the domestic dog is an extremely close relative of the grey wolf, from which it differs by only ~0.04% in nuclear coding-DNA sequence, and no dog [mitochondrial DNA] sequences have been found that show closer kinship to other canid species.

Ancient Wolf Genome Reveals an Early Divergence of Domestic Dog Ancestors and Admixture into HighLatitude Breeds ~ Authors Pontus Skoglund, Erik Ersmark, Eleftheria Palkopoulou, Love Dale´ n Correspondence skoglund@genetics.med.harvard.edu (P.S.), love.dalen@nrm.se (L.D.)  http://www.cell.com/current-biology/pdf/S0960-9822(15)00432-7.pdf

Yet, many livestock producers find it acceptable to slaughter the closest relative to dogs. Oh wait, I have forgotten that many ranchers claim they really care about their cows. They care about them so much as they haul them off to slaughter.

~ L.G 

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NO TO ALL TOXIC LEGISLATION TO DELIST WOLVES IN FOUR STATES AND DISMANTLE THE ESA

Senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming recently introduced a new bill to Congress that would subject wolves to unregulated killing across each state, including Michigan. This is the “War on Wolves Act” H.R 424 a companion bill to other legislation recently introduced—called the Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017—that would strip federal protections from wolves and allow trophy hunting and trapping in each of the states. Senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming recently introduced a new bill to Congress that would subject wolves to unregulated killing across each state, including Michigan. The ESA requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to base all listing and delisting decisions on the best available science. Thus, when determining whether to end endangered species protection, federal law requires that an independent panel of scientists provide an objective scientific review of the federal agency’s proposals. The War on Wolves Act blatantly ignores this federal mandate and stands to weaken the ESA itself.  It also prohibits any judicial review of the reissued rules, thus removing the citizens of their right to further challenge these rules in court.
We cannot allow a number of bills and riders to prioritize politics over science, to undermine and dismantle the Endangered Species Act. Our ability to protect imperiled species in the U.S. and across the world. The bills provide a handout to polar bear trophy hunters, open up millions of acres of federal public lands to painful steel-jawed leghold traps, and strip ESA protections from wolves in the Great Lakes and Wyoming and captive foreign species in the U.S. like elephants, tigers, lions, leopards, rhinos, and chimpanzees. PLEASE ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVES AND SENATORS TO OPPOSE THESE BILLS BELOW:  

H.R. 3668, the “SHARE Act,

H.R. 424 and S.164- WAR ON WOLVS ACT,

H.R. 2603 

H.R 3131,

H.R. 1274,

H.R. 717 

Let us not forget that Senators from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming introduced the WAR ON WOLVES ACT which is one of the worst for wolves and those of us that love wolves and know how important they are. It would subject wolves to unregulated killing across each state, including Michigan.
The “War on Wolves Act”  and Gray Wolf State Management Act of 2017—would strip federal protections. The legislation recently introduced—called thons from wolves and allow trophy hunting and trapping in each of the states., prohibit funds to be used by the USFWS to enforce protections for wolves in the lower 48 states, allowing hunting in our national parks.

PLEASE CALL U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer Phone: (202) 224-6542 D.C office https://www.schumer.senate.gov/contact/email-chuck

Email and call your Representatives and Senators ASAP, please!

https://www.house.gov/representatives

https://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

~L.G 

#StopExtinction #SavetheESA #StandForWolves 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Robert Wielgus Man of Integrity

Published on: Aug 31, 2016

After Listening to Dr. Rob Weilgus WSU Associate Professors videos, it is in fact our belief that he is a Man of Great Integrity. Please watch this video to completion and we will leave you to your own conclusions based on facts before us.

Protect The Wolves® in their phone conversation with Dr. Rob Weilgus, invited him to sit on our Board of Directors.

Dr. Rob Weilgus that invitation still stands!!

Dr. Wielgus is an associate professor and director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University in Pullman. His research has focused on the population, behavioral and habitat ecology of large carnivores, including cougars and wolves, and their prey. Dr. Wielgus’ current research is looking at livestock mortality rates in the wolf-occupied areas of Washington over a 15-year period, as well as the effects of non-lethal interventions on reducing wolf depredations and indirect effects on livestock in Washington. http://img.youtube.com/vi/ZfY4MoMCJcU/0.jpg #CutOffUSDAWildlifeServicesFunding #ProfanityPeakWolfPack #ProtectWolvesInWashington #WolvesInTheNews #WolvesInWashington

As of noon today, 105 wolves Slaughtered in the state of Montana

UPDATE ON MONTANA WOLF TROPHY SLAUGHTER SEASON:

As of noon today, 105 wolves in the state of Montana have lost their lives to trophy hunters.

Unit 101 has 18 kills;

Unit 390 17 kills;

Unit 290 with 14,

The other units range between 1 and 8.

Too many of our beloved wolves of Montana are losing their lives just to appease the trophy hunters and livestock industry. Where is their coexistence management tools? Why arent they being used more, we know that there are good Ranchers that in fact know how to coexist in Montana.
It is beyond disappointing that MFWS Commission and Agency have turned a deaf ear to how essential the Grey Wolf would be in their state in controlling Chronic Wasting Disease in the state, the added income from Yellowstone’s Visitors. An immediate moratorium on wolf trophy hunting should have been put in place at their meeting last week. It is also Very Disappointing that MFWS Ignored our Petition to add our  Proposed “Sacred Resource Protection Zone”. They could not even be bothered to Respond!
Beginning tomorrow the Grey Wolf not only has rifle hunters to deal with, they will now have to beware of traps and snares as the legal trapping of the Grey Wolf starts and runs through February 28,2018. This barbaric practice needs to stop. There is no justification for it to continue in modern time.

National Park Wildlife are in dire need of our Proposed “Sacred Resource Protection Zone”. Help us get this much needed conservation tool to come to pass by Joining our Voice.

Thank You

Patricia and Roger

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Where is Oregon’s most famous wolf now?; OR-7, famous for long journey, settles in as pack leader

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In the approximately six years after his well-documented journey across Oregon, which included Deschutes County, the gray wolf best known as OR-7 has established new wolf populations in Southern Oregon and Northern California. As the nearly 9-year-old wolf settles into old age, he’s remembered as a patriarch, a grandfather and a pioneer for Oregon’s burgeoning wolf population.

“He’s been a great ambassador for the species,” said Rob Klavins, Northeast Oregon field coordinator for Oregon Wild, a Portland-based environmental nonprofit.

Today, OR-7 is the alpha male of the Rogue Pack, a group of 11 or 12 wolves that spends much of its time in the Rogue River National Forest in Southern Oregon. OR-7 and his long-time mate — who doesn’t have a radio collar or a designation — produced a litter of pups this spring, according to John Stephenson, wildlife biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Bend office.

“Most of the biologists thought he’d never find a mate,” Stephenson said.

Moreover, several of OR-7’s earlier pups have built upon his legacy, as one pup traveled to Northern California, establishing the beginnings of a wolf population there.

Gray wolves are native to Oregon, but as human populations increased in the state at the beginning of the 20th century, wolf populations decreased. For much of the second half of the century, there were no confirmed wolves in the state. However, wolves were reintroduced to Idaho in the 1990s, and gradually made their way to Oregon. By the end of 2011, Oregon’s wolf population had grown to 29 known wolves, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, concentrated in the northeastern corner of the state.

OR-7 — nicknamed “Journey” following an online contest put together by Oregon Wild — was around 2 years old when he left the Imnaha Pack in far Northeastern Oregon in 2011. Stephenson said 2-year-old wolves often break away from their packs in order to find mates and start new families. While wolves require a lot of territory, Klavins said how far wolves travel while “looking for love and adventure” is very dependent on the individual.

OR-7’s travels, which spanned thousands of miles, took him from the Wallowa Mountains in Northeast Oregon toward Burns, through parts of Crook and Deschutes counties and eventually toward the spine of the Cascade Mountains. The gray wolf wandered into California in search of a mate, making him the first wolf confirmed in the Golden State in nearly a century. By crossing the Cascades, he also became the first confirmed wolf in Western Oregon in more than 60 years.

While Klavins said Southern and Eastern Oregon have plenty of good terrain where OR-7 could set up a territory, no other wolves lived in the area, so he kept wandering in search of a mate. Stephenson added that his travels took him across Interstate 5 in California near Yreka, not once but twice.

“That’s no small feat,” he said.

Stephenson said the combination of the wolf’s long, possibly unprecedented journey and a radio collar allowed viewers to track the wolf’s progress as it traveled across the state.

“It was the first time we could document that he made this incredible journey,” Stephenson said.

Like so many wanderers before him, OR-7 eventually found a mate and settled down. Stephenson said not much is known about OR-7’s mate, a black wolf believed to be slightly younger than he is, though she is believed to be part of the Oregon population of wolves. The state’s population numbered at least 112 wolves in 2016, according to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Stephenson added that the duo has had pups in April for each of the past four years, though their litter of six pups this April was the pair’s largest litter to date. Stephenson added that the snowy winter, which favors wolves over their prey, could have helped them produce a larger litter than normal.

One of OR-7’s pups from a prior litter arrived in Lassen County, in northeastern California, according to Kent Laudon, wolf specialist for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Laudon said OR-7’s pup, along with a female wolf whose origins are unknown, are the first pair of wolves to establish territory in that portion of California in years.

The pair had pups in April, and Laudon said photos in June show the wolves accompanied by four pups. In California, where the known wolf population is under 10, a large litter could help the species develop a foothold, according to Laudon.

“Once you have a breeding unit on the land, that makes a big difference,” he said.

Still, OR-7’s legacy is marred somewhat by a couple of incidents. Last October, ODFW investigated an incident where Southern Oregon wolves killed two calves on private land and injured another. Michelle Dennehy, wildlife communications coordinator for ODFW, confirmed that the Rogue Pack was responsible for the attacks.

Separately, Laudon said the pack in Lassen County was tied to two attacks — one confirmed as a wolf attack and one probable one — in a span of two weeks this fall.

The battery in OR-7’s radio collar died in 2015, leaving researchers without a consistent way to monitor the wolf. Still, a trail camera caught a photo of the famous wolf earlier this year, and Stephenson said there’s no reason to believe OR-7 isn’t still alive in Southern Oregon.

While stories inspire for different reasons, Klavins said one reason that OR-7’s story took off — spawning a website, attention from fans on every continent except Antarctica, and a documentary film — is that it came during a time when wolves were becoming increasingly politicized, but ultimately transcended those politics.

“What was nice about the story of OR-7 is that it was a story about a real wolf doing real-wolf things,” Klavins said.

— Reporter: 541-617-7818, shamway@bendbulletin.com

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Wyoming killing 41 possible Park Wolves 71 altogether to Date

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POSSIBLE YELLOWSTONE WOLVES ARE DYING

At an Alarming Rate!!!!

AS OF 12/13/2017 at 3pm

Please Consider Joining Our Voice to establish a “Sacred Resource Protection Zone” Surrounding National Parks in the Blood thirsty state of Wyoming a total of it appears 71 wolves altogether 41 from the Trophy Zone, 20 from the general Slaughter Zone in this Bloodthirsty State!
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Recent slaying of wolves Washington now confirmed one was the last Profanity Peak wolves

Evidently, the carcass of the wolf found on Dec. 5, 2017, was not from the Smackout pack. It the last known member of the Profanity Peak pack. A female that had been collard back in 2016. Such a tragic and heartbreaking loss. Sadly, no news of the remaining three pups.

Most of us will never forget the brutal slaying of the Profanity Peak pack wolves last year. Seven were gunned down, including a pup by WDFW after Len and Bill McIrvin of the Diamond M. Ranch demanded the entire pack be slaughtered. They had refused to sign and/or abide by the WDFW Cooperative Damage Agreement for compensation. The only deterrent used was a range rider on a vast amount of our public lands—most of which is very rugged terrain. The news was published worldwide and the vast majority was appalled by what had happened.  

So the last four Profanity Peak wolves was a female and the three remaining pups and only the adult female was found. We don’t believe the pups survived after seven out of the eleven pack members were killed. The other wolf that was found poached was in  November and also a female. She was the breeding female from the Dirtyshirt pack.

A reward of 20,000 dollars is being offered and climbing for information regarding the two recent poachings. We highly doubt anyone will tell the truth or give information as it is extremely rare. One can only hope the killer/killers are caught but it’s quite obvious that these females were being scoped out and targeted for reasons we can only imagine.

The department encourages anyone who might have relevant information to contact WDFW at 877-933-9847 or 360-902-2936. The illegal killing of a wolf or other endangered fish or wildlife species is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

We may need to put pressure on them to do as much as possible to find the killers and not exclude anyone from this investigation. Far too much poaching has taken place in the northwest and we have already lost too many wolves as it is because of some of the ranchers and the department.

Here is the WDFW news release http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/dec1117b/

 

 

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