WDFW Director needs to Follow their own Mission Statement 

Togo pack update

WDFW Director Kelly Susewind
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.
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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, 2018Nov 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.

Previous updates
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.

Packs
Togo

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WDFW Kills 2 pups and an Adult from OPT Pack

protect the wolves, Profanity peak pack, OPT pack

OPT pack SLAUGHTER update

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
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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.

Previous updates

2019 OPT pack updates

Packs
OPT

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Jay Inslee Too Little To late

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE protect the wolves, protect washington wolves, Jay Inslee

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Protect The Wolves

Patricia Herman President

Roger Dobson Director of Tribal Relations

310-494-6314

Pressreleaseinfo at protectthewolves.com

 

RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2019

JAY INSLEE TRYS TO GET VOTES USING WOLVES

INSLEE IT IS TO LITTLE TO LATE

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.

Read their Press Release in entirety here:

https://protectthewolves.com/jayinsleetoolittletolate

 

 

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

https://protectthewolves.com/jayinsleetoolittletolate

 

 

 

Below is exactly what was submitted to Jessie Payne:

 

Initial Contact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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Wolves are No Less Sacred Than Our Brother Grizzly Stop The Killing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: protect the wolves. sacred species

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Protect The Wolves

Patricia Herman President™

Roger Dobson Director of Tribal Relations

310-494-6314

Pressreleaseinfo at protectthewolves.com

RELEASE DATE:

August 12th, 2019

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”

https://protectthewolves.com/jayinsleetoolittletolate

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.

Join Protect The Wolves™ Movement which includes a path, rights as well as Research not available to the Large NGOS on their Own.

By Joining as One Voice the Power of 57,600 plus followers is Immense. Click Here to Join: https://continuetogive.com/protectthewolves

Grazing Allotment only Causes Damage and Destruction as seen in the images:

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Donald Trump to overhaul enforcement of Endangered Species Act

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.

Endangered Species Act: Feds take first step toward protecting giraffes

It’s an orangutan!: Endangered species born at Louisiana zoo

Lemurs: Man pleads guilty to stealing endangered lemur, breaking into California zoo

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.

Source: Donald Trump to overhaul enforcement of Endangered Species Act https://protectthewolves.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/e708c630-72c9-4d13-969a-94960ab2195f-542128372_82836788.jpg #EndangeredSpeciesList #OpposeWelfareRanchingNotWolves #ProtectTheWolves

Study: More Elk Killed by Cougars than by Wolves in Idaho IDFG lied all this time

Ranchers have already asked Idaho... to kill elk also
Ranchers have already asked Idaho… to kill elk 

Study: More Elk Killed by Cougars than by Wolves in Idaho

IDFG making excuses for why they blamed wolves not cats it appears…. States that study most likely applies to surrounding states as well.

SPOKANE — More elk are being killed by cougars than by wolves in Idaho, a study by the state Department of Fish and Game has found.

The study found that wolves accounted for 32% of adult female elk deaths and 28% of elk calf deaths, while cougars accounted for 35% of adult female elk deaths and 45% of elk calf deaths.

The study also found that food availability and the severity of winter was the most important factor for elk calf survival.

“Things are usually more complicated than one thing, but it’s sometimes really hard to show that,” said Jon Horne, lead author of the paper and a senior wildlife research biologist at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game

He told The Spokesman-Review that the findings are also likely applicable for Washington, Montana and Canada.

The study published earlier this year in the Journal of Wildlife Management examined 15 years of data.

“The one variable that mattered the most for calf survival was how big it was,” Horne said.

While researchers were able to consider the size of wolf packs on elk mortality, they couldn’t do that for mountain lions, which can be difficult to count.

“We didn’t have a variable like the wolf variable where we knew what the lion population size was in an area,” Horne said.

In a different study published in 2018 that examined wolves, Horne found that the average pack size didn’t change much in Idaho between 2005 and 2015 despite the beginning of wolf hunting seasons.

“On one side of the ledger you have a portion of the public that thinks that harvest is just going to send the wolves to extinction and that has not been the case,” Horne said. “And then . there is a side that thinks wolves are taking over and they will grow without limits.”

Source: Study: More Elk Killed by Cougars than by Wolves in Idaho – Flathead Beacon https://protectthewolves.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/WolvesandRanchers-300×200.jpg #EndangeredSpeciesList #GrayWolves #OpposeWelfareRanchingNotWolves #ProtectTheWolves #WolvesInIdaho

WDFW Director Susewind reauthorizes lethal action in Togo wolf pack 

WDFW Director reauthorizes lethal action in Togo wolf pack

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WDFW Director Kelly Susewind today (August 9, 2019) reauthorized Department staff to lethally remove the two remaining wolves from the Togo pack in response to repeated depredations of cattle on grazing lands in the Kettle River range of Ferry County.

The Department has documented three wolf depredations in the last 30 days and four in the last 10 months.  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.

The proactive non-lethal deterrents used by the two producers (described below) in the area have not curtailed repeated depredations. Director Susewind’s decision is consistent with the guidance of the state’s Wolf Conservation and Management Plan and the lethal removal provisions of the Department’s wolf-livestock interaction protocol.

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

Last August 20 (2018) Director Susewind authorized lethal removal in the Togo pack in response to repeated wolf depredations, and Department staff removed one wolf on September 2, 2018.  After documenting subsequent livestock depredations by the pack, the Director reauthorized the lethal removal of the remaining three wolves in the Togo pack on November 7, 2018; however no wolves were removed during that effort.

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 non-lethal tools) in the Togo pack is to change pack behavior to reduce the potential for continued depredations on livestock while continuing to promote wolf recovery. In this situation, the non-lethal tools did not change pack behavior.

Consistent with the guidance of the plan and protocol, the rationale for reauthorizing lethal removal of Togo wolves is as follows:

  • WDFW has documented ongoing depredation on livestock by the pack since Nov. 3, 2017 (11 total, 4 within the last 10 months and three in the last 30 days). The depredations were shared with the public in a timely manner, as described in the protocol.

    The four depredations in the last 10 months were classified as confirmed depredations, two of which were deaths to the livestock.

  • 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 to reduce the potential for recurrent wolf depredations on livestock. During the 2019 grazing season, the following non-lethal deterrents were implemented:
    • 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.
    • Livestock producer 2 removes or secures livestock carcasses to avoid attracting wolves to the rest of the herd (when discovered), removes sick and injured livestock (when discovered) from the grazing area until they are healed, calves away from areas occupied by wolves, avoids known wolf high activity areas, delays turnout of livestock onto grazing allotments until June 10 when calving is finished (and deer fawns, elk calves, and moose calves become available as prey), and monitors the herd with a range rider.

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.

  • WDFW expects depredations to continue based on the history of this pack. The most recent depredation by the Togo pack is the third event in 30 days, 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 in the near future even with the non-lethal tools being utilized.
  • The lethal removal of wolves in the Togo pack is not expected to harm the wolf population’s ability to reach the statewide recovery objective.

    WDFW has documented ten known wolf mortalities in the state since Jan 1, 2019. In previous years with fewer wolves, WDFW has documented between 12 to 14 mortalities annually and the population has continued to expand its range and grow each year, both in numbers of individuals and numbers of breeding packs.

    Comparing the actual level of wolf mortality to that modeled in the Wolf Conservation and Management Plan (appendices G and H), actual average wolf mortality per year is about 8.5 animals or approximately 10 percent of the estimated population from 2011-2018. This level is below the 28 percent baseline annual mortality assumed in the wolf plan model (before any simulated wolf removals); which incorporates a 30 percent lethal removal mortality in addition to the baseline mortality. The modeling assumed the regional wolf population met the regional component of the statewide recovery objective. The wolf population in the eastern recovery region is three times the regional component of the statewide objective.

    T he 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 Aug. 16.

Previous updates
2019 Togo pack updates

  • July 31, 2019

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. WDFW will provide a final report on any lethal removal operations during 2019 in the Washington Gray Wolf Conservation and Management 2019 Annual Report.

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

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Togo

Source: WDFW Director reauthorizes lethal action in Togo wolf pack | Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife https://protectthewolves.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Profanity-peak-google-images-750×501.jpg #EndangeredSpeciesList #GrayWolves #OpposeWelfareRanchingNotWolves #WolvesInWashington

Cyanide bombs: Trump administration reauthorizes use of “cyanide bombs” to kill wild animals 

Canyon and Casey

 

The Picture is of Canyon Mansfield, a Little Boy that was almost killed by the Cyanide Bomb that President Trump just re-authorized! It is Time for the Public to get this Environmental Train wreck out of the Whitehouse!

The Environmental Protection Agency has recently reauthorized the use of controversial chemical traps to kill coyotes, dogs, foxes and other wild animals across the U.S. These “cyanide bombs” are meant to protect livestock although some environmental groups are calling for a nationwide ban and saying they are inhumane.

According to a recent interim decision, EPA officials approved the use of M-44 devices, which trap wildlife with bait before releasing sodium cyanide into their mouths, killing them.

Wildlife Services, the division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture responsible for wildlife management, is authorized to use the devices, as are state agencies in South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico and Texas. Wildlife Services kills large numbers of wild animals every year on behalf of farmers and ranchers.

At the end of 2018, the EPA proposed the renewed use of sodium cyanide, allowing time for public comment until March. More than 99.9 percent of comments urged the EPA to ban M-44s!

“The overwhelming majority of comments from the general public, including the more than 20,0000 letters from the write-in campaign, did not support the continued registration of sodium cyanide predacide uses (M-44 devices),” the EPA wrote in its proposal. Opponents sited the dangers to residential areas and ecological concerns.

Instead of discontinuing the use of the devices, the EPA has updated its rules to include some restrictions with the hope of reducing accidents. For example, the devices cannot be placed within 100 feet of a public road or pathway, increased from 50 feet, and elevated warning signs must be placed within 15 feet of each device, decreased from 25 feet.

Perhaps most pertinent, people living within a half-mile of an M-44 placement must be notified. In 2018, a family in Idaho sued the government for more than $150,000 after a cyanide trap near their home injured their son and killed their dog the previous year, bringing national attention to the issue.

According to the family, no one with the government told them the poisonous device was near their backyard. The government rejected the claims and asked for the lawsuit to be dismissed, claiming the family’s negligence led to the incident.

“Cyanide traps can’t be used safely by anyone, anywhere,” While the EPA added some restrictions, these deadly devices have caused too much harm to remain in use. We need a permanent nationwide ban to protect people, pets and imperiled wildlife from this poison.” Like what has happened to the Mansfields in Idaho.

 

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Point Reyes Seashore Ranchers Want elk shot, To preserve historic cattle ranches? Seriously?

Cattle Ranches are niether Native nor Historic, they were built by Immigrants, they somehow seem to forget that minor Detail. They are on Stolen Native Lands! A Huge waste of $1,000,000 of Taxpayers Money once again on Welfare Ranchers.

The proposal, which cost nearly $1 million to develop, revives a controversy over private ranching in the national seashore.

Tule elk in the Point Reyes National Seashore could be shot to control their swelling numbers, and cattle ranchers would be assured a lengthy future and latitude to expand their farming operations under a proposed management plan aimed at bridging a sharp divide over the presence of commercial agriculture in the 71,000-acre national park.

The plan, which cost nearly $1 million to develop and won’t be implemented until next year, was released Thursday by the National Park Service, which manages the sprawling seashore on the Marin County coast.

Reviving a controversy that dates back to the agency’s decision in 2012 to evict an oyster farm from a Pacific Ocean inlet in the seashore, the plan — described as “shockingly anti-wildlife” by one conservationist — could also send environmentalists and the federal government back into court over the conflict between farming for profit and land preservation.

The proposal has been identified by the National Seashore staff as the “preferred alternative” of six variations developed over the past two years. The public now has 45 days to review and comment on the document.

The preferred plan would give 20-year leases to the two dozen beef and dairy cattle ranching families who lease about 26,100 acres of federally-owned land in the seashore and the adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area, allowing them to continue grazing about 2,400 beef cattle and 3,100 dairy animals.

They would also be allowed to expand and diversify their operations, hosting tourists in farm buildings, raising crops and introducing other livestock, including sheep, goats, pigs and chickens.

The ranchers, who now hold five-year leases, have maintained they need 20 years of assured operation to justify making improvements to buildings that in some cases look worn by time and weather on the often fogbound peninsula.

“What we’re all hoping for is stability,” said Jackie Grossi, who with her husband, Rich, runs a historic Point Reyes ranch, where the family has raised beef cattle for three generations.

Its primary spokesman, Jeff Miller, also assailed provisions in the preferred plan that would allow expansion of agricultural activities on the federal lands.

“This would inevitably lead to conflicts with the park’s native wildlife, and could result in ranchers calling for killing of coyotes, bobcats, foxes and numerous birds,” he warned in a written statement.

The plan already calls explicitly for the Park Service to “actively manage” the Drakes Beach elk herd to limit it to 120 adults “using lethal removal methods.”

Park Superintendent Cicely Muldoon said that means shooting the animals to curb the population growth. At the end of last year, the Drakes Beach herd numbered 124 elk, she said.

Muldoon noted provisions in the plan that specifically bar “management of any predators associated with new livestock species.”

“The history of preserving Marin’s incredible open spaces is intertwined with ranchlands,” Muldoon said. “The two things come together here in Point Reyes unlike any other national park. It can work, and indeed has worked together for more than 50 years. Of course it’s complicated, and of course we can do better. In the end, the park will be better protected if we can find common ground — whatever perspectives people come from on this issue, everyone cares about this place.

Tule elk, found only in California, once numbered close to 500,000 animals and were hunted nearly to extinction during the Gold Rush. Reintroduced to the seashore in 1978, they elk roam in several herds, the largest of which numbers about 430 and lives behind a fence on Tomales Point. That area is outside the ranch territory focused on in the management plan, Muldoon said.

The Limantour herd, which numbered 174 animals, would be “monitored closely and managed in consideration of ranching operations,” the plan states.

But the Drakes Beach elk already has exceeded what Miller argued was “an arbitrary population threshold,” one that would trigger lethal culling under the new plan, as well as harassment and hazing to keep them off ranch areas.

“We don’t want to see any persecution of the tule elk,” Miller said.

The Center for Biological Diversity was one of three groups that sued the Park Service in 2016, alleging that decades of cattle grazing at the seashore had trampled the landscape and polluted waterways.

The legal action halted the Park Service’s process of granting 20-year leases to the ranchers, initiated by former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar as part of his order evicting a commercial oyster farm from Drakes Estero in 2012, a move that gained national attention and sharply divided the West Marin community.

A settlement of the suit approved in 2017 directed the Park Service to draft a management plan that was required to include alternatives that would maintain the status quo for ranching and both eliminate or reduce ranching.

The preferred alternative, Muldoon said, is intended to strike a balance between cattle and endangered species in the seashore.

“We think both these things can thrive together,” she said, noting that the historic ranches are a “cultural resource” that merits preservation.

Ranching is “part of our story, part of our history. It’s unique to Point Reyes,” Muldoon said.

Miller said the lawsuit was never intended to terminate cattle ranching but rather to prompt a thorough assessment of its impact.

Grazing must be consistent with the park’s purpose, “as Congress established it,” to provide public access and enjoyment of the land, he said.

Asked if the plan could prompt renewed legal action, Miller said it was “too early to talk about that.”

Muldoon said litigation is “always a possibility. There’s a lot of passion around this subject.”

Muldoon also said the preferred alternative may be tailored during the lengthy approval process.

The plan, which includes an environmental study of each alternative, is under public review through Sept. 23. The final version will be released early next year after all written comments have been addressed and will become official after a 30-day waiting period.

You can reach Staff Writers Guy Kovner at 707-521-5457 or guy.kovner@pressdemocrat.com, or Mary Callahan, at 707-521-5249 or mary.callahan@pressdemocrat.com.

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U.S. Forest Service Attempting to Silence American Public! Comment TODAY

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Do Not allow the Current Administration to strip any more of your rights. Comment NOW! https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FS-2019-0010-0001

Use the Access Fund’s letter writing tool to tell the US Forest Service that you do not agree with their proposed changes which would limit your voice and diminish the integrity of America’s public lands.

he US Forest Service (USFS) just released a proposal that would eliminate or drastically reduce public participation in approximately 93% of land management projects. This move is intended to fast-track logging, mining, drilling, and other development of our public lands—all of which deserve a robust public process and environmental analysis.

There are over 10,000 climbing areas located on USFS lands, and Access Fund relies on public involvement guaranteed by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to ensure our climbing areas are protected and managed appropriately. NEPA, a law passed in 1970, mandates that you and other members of the public have a fair opportunity to comment before the federal government decides the fate of our public lands—ensuring they make informed decisions regarding environmental impacts and impacts to values like recreation. This bedrock environmental law guarantees that you have a voice in how our public lands are managed and protected.

The USFS is proposing sweeping changes to the way it implements NEPA, by attempting to add more “categorical exclusions”, which would allow development projects to sail through without proper public comment or evaluation of environmental impacts. This move would essentially cut you—the American public—out of the decision-making process, allowing land managers to make unilateral decisions about our public lands without adequate public notice and community engagement.

This proposed change in policy undermines government transparency and accountability. Over the last 30 years, we have learned time and time again that more robust public involvement results in better land management decisions. The American public deserves the right to have a say in how our public lands are managed, and our voices are critical to ensuring the long-term conservation and sustainability of these irreplaceable landscapes.

 

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