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.
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.
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.
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.
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Seattle Wa- August 8th 8:30 AM
Protect The Wolves™ has invited Presidential Candidate Governor Jay Inslee to Join them at the King County Courthouse .
When August 16th
Where King County Courthouse 516 3rd Ave Seattle Wa
Protect The Wolves™ is CoFounded by a Washington State Tribal Member that Requests your Attendance at The OPT Pack hearing on August 16th at 8AM prior to the hearing. This will give the Governor the Opportunity to show the masses that he actually disagrees with Nationwide Wolf Delisting and not just using Wolves to Get Votes.
Protect The Wolves™ along with your constituents that can actually Vote for you in the Presidential Race will be present. Protect The Wolves Urges your attendance, to actually put your money where your mouth is showing ALL Voters in the USA that you are about what you claim!
Protect The Wolves™ has been advised to Continue To Seek
A Seat on Washington States Wolf Advisory Group as the First Tribal Group Voice by an Attorney. Even after Donny Martorello offered us a seat, and then declined when we arrived at the September 2016 WAG Meeting. The WAG needs a Voice that will at the very least go down swinging, and not simply Roll Over the Attorney advised. He forsees the that the current members will soon be trimmed to eliminate Special Interest individuals…. After our initial refusal from Martorello, We really didn’t want to be part of their little backpatting Group… But evidently they need a Voice in there that does not compromise!
What would 56,000 Members like Us to Do? If You want a Voice that will not Parrot their wishes let us know, and we will pursue your request or not.
We consider ourselves not only your Messenger, but that of the Creator, and will continue to confront ANY State on their Blatant disregard and violations of the Indian and Public Trusts.
Currently the BIA has been requesting a meeting with WDFW for over a year, and WDFW has failed to respond to their requests. WDFW needs to get Called out for violating Federal Policy with their refusal to grant this meeting!!
Call Governor Inslee and Complain! his calls are logged and are required to be followed up on by the Governors Office to WDFW 😉
Contact. Write Governor Jay Inslee Office of the Governor PO Box 40002. Olympia, WA 98504-0002; Call 360-902-4111. TTY/TDD call 711 or 1-800-833-6388.
We look forward to hearing what our Members think 😉
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This is a message from the Creator for the Colville Tribe. “They need to stop slaughtering the Wolves that they are supposed to hold Sacred” –says the Creator.
Some People may not believe this but we do. The Colville Tribe is being messaged that the creator is Unhappy with their actions against what Traditional Native Americans Hold as Sacred!! Were I on the “Town Clouncil” as many Colville Elders refer to it, I think that they might want to consider listening in the Indian way, and forget about the infection of greed brought on by the Government. No We do not wish to see Peoples Property burned… but we also dont want to see a tribe disrespect what has been held as “Sacred since Time Immemorial”!
Williams Flats Fire burning 2,500 acres…
It didn’t take very long into August before the tri-county area had its first big smoke event. A 2,500-acre fire on the Colville Indian Reservation produced smoke that carried over Stevens County and surrounding areas Friday afternoon.
According to KXLY reports, one home was put under level 3 evacuation orders near Keller on the Colville Indian Reservation. Called the Williams Flats Fire, the blaze had sprouted up quickly and official count last night has 2,500 acres burned north of the Columbia River. It is within the Hellgate Game Preserve.
With a spat of thunderstorms sweeping through the area on Thursday night, the Stevens County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to report new fires or new smoke plumes if they see them. The office is asking people to call 911.
Evensi.us has found and publicized our Emergency Rally to speak for all Washington Wolves. Shows Links for Lodging 😉
Please Note: exact Times will change when WDFW agenda is Posted. Address will be added when WDFW confirms Northbend Address.
Protect The Wolves® Requests Your Presence
Protect The Wolves®, a Native American Religious Group, requests your presence
at the Wolf Advisory Group Meeting on September 14th and 15th
The Creator has blessed Protect the Wolves® with all of you that are following and participating in this Movement to reclaim a voice for All of our Sacred Animals. With your minds, joining their minds, this Movement will Ultimately Triumph in this War, brought on by those that only see the dollar signs.
It is a sad day when Elected Officials are allowed to meddle with Science. Especially considering that they have no concerns of the Laws that appear to have been broken by doing so. Further Inslee sat in His Governors office and allowed it to happen after what must be millions of requests to step in and stop this pandering to Ranchers by WDFW.
It is past time to hold Washingtons Elected Officials accountable for their blatant actions as well as inaction’s, then claiming that they do not want Wolves delisted from the Endangered Species List. Jay Inslee should be ashamed of himself for allowing not only Our Reported Discrimination by Washington States Attorney General against our Organization in addition to allowing the conflict of interest participate in his States Wolf Advisory Group better known as “WAG”.
The lengths that Politicians will stoop to to try to gain votes is saddening. Inslee claims he doesnt think that wolves should be delisted out of 1 side of his mouth yet nothing to speak out for the Special Interest influence against Washingtons Wolves comes out the other side.
Inslee then appoints a Cattle Rancher to WDFWs Board of Commisioners. That in itself speaks Volumes on Inslees true position! We already have one alleged felon in the whitehouse we certainly do not need another that uses Your children’s resources to garner Votes when he does absolutely ZERO to protect them.
The Conservation Groups that helped push through Dashiells Emailed Lethal Action policy desires into Policy should also be ashamed of themselves. They have no business being involved in the protection of Your Children’s Resources. Guess what, according to Erik Molvars article they are now
Other conservation groups initially chose to collaborate on allowing wolf killings in response to livestock losses, citing social tolerance, but even the collaborators are now backing away from the state wolf plan and its failure to require nonlethal methods, and some are now openly critical. They lost their opportunity by allowing it to come to pass in the way they did. Had they spoke out against it the entire time, perhaps they could have saved some face. Our Opinion remains they Sold Out Your Children’s Resources and until they admit their error they are in denial.
Below are Excerpts taken from an Article written by Erik Molvar, Director of Western Watersheds Project.
The latest example in a long and painful litany of ranchers’ abuse comes courtesy of Len McIrvin and his Diamond M Ranch in Washington. McIrvin’s complaints about livestock losses have spurred multiple kill orders against wolves by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). This latest wolf war initiated by the livestock industry began with the snuffing of the entire Profanity Pack after the Diamond M Ranch released its livestock in 2016 on national forest lands in close proximity to a known wolf den.
Dr. Rob Weilgus of Washington State University exposed this rancher-caused conflict, and subsequently released research demonstrating that the killing of wolves had no effect on future livestock losses. The livestock industry struck back against the science through Rep. Joel Kretz, their ally in the state legislature, who engineered a deal to shut down funding for Dr. Weilgus’ wolf research. Legislators further threatened the university with the withdrawal of millions of dollars in funding for a medical school to muzzle Dr. Weilgus.
The killing of the Profanity Pack was followed by kill orders for the Sherman Pack, the Smackout and Togo Packs, and later kill orders against the wolves who came in to fill the vacant territory on Profanity Peak, a pack now called the Old Profanity Territory (OPT) Pack. All through these killings, the “social tolerance” for wolves among locals has not increased one iota; if anything, McIrvin’s calls for more wolf killings have become more strident and frequent over time, and the controversial wolf killings continue.
While McIrvin and his Diamond M have been implicated in the majority of wolf kills in central Washington, but no other ranchers in Washington seems to be having major problems.
The conflict-to-killing outcome is exactly what the Washington state wolf plan envisions. From the outset, some wildlife advocates opposed killing wolves, listed as an ‘endangered species’ in Washington under state law, and refused to endorse the state wolf plan. Other conservationists initially chose to collaborate on allowing wolf killingsin response to livestock losses, citing social tolerance, but even the collaborators are now backing away from the state wolf plan and its failure to require nonlethal methods, and some are now openly critical. The kill orders have become a nationwide scandal and an embarrassment to Governor Jay Inslee and WFDW Director Kelly Susewind, whose competence and environmental ethics have been called into question.
For Jay Inslee not to think that Wolves shouldn’t be delisted, his actions speak Volumes by appointing a Rancher to WDFW Commissioners Board. How is it that People have brainwashed themselves into thinking that hunting animals is conservation? Below is the meaning of the term “Conservation” non of which include hunting 😉
Inslees pandering to Ranchers is no excuse for his claiming he doesn’t want wolves removed from the ESL.
Jay Inslee has already proven that he doesn’t mind discrimination, nor does he seem to care about wildlife as he claims looking at his latest appointment.
Learn to pronounce
prevention of wasteful use of a resource.
“the government must take action to promote energy conservation”
preservation, protection, or restoration of the natural environment and of wildlife.
Governor Jay Inslee appointed a Douglas County resident to the State’s Fish and Wildlife Commission. Molly Linville is a cattle rancher out of Douglas County, a member of the Washington Cattlemen’s Association, and grew up hunting and fishing in Washington. For four years, Linville has been active on the Fish & Wildlife Wolf Advisory Group. Linville is also a former wildlife biologist with experience working on federally threatened and endangered wildlife species issues. She graduated from the University of Montana with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology. Inslee also appointed James Anderson, a sportsman from Pierce County. Outgoing commission member, Jay Holzmiller, of Asotin County, has served since 2013.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is comprised of nine citizen members and advises the State Department of Fish and Wildlife.
If states pay attention when they look at both Washington and Oregon from 2016 to 2017, Depredations following their lethal removal slaughter increased not decreased, the have proven Dr. Robert Wielgus Research Accurate
A new study claims government killing of wolves can increase the risk to nearby farms, providing further evidence for the ineffectiveness of the so-called “lethal control” policy approach.
The report also casts doubt on an earlier research paper, which government agencies often use to support the practice.
The research adds to a stack of recent scientific papers that question the often-used practice of killing predators to reduce the chances of attacks on cattle, sheep and other livestock. Wildlife managers across the West trap and kill wolves, cougars and coyotes and other predators, and lethal control has become more common for wolves in Oregon and Washington as their populations have grown. But many scientists contend there’s little good evidence for the effectiveness of those efforts.
Northwest Wolf Populations
The number of wolves has grown rapidly since they first returned to Northwest states. As their numbers grow, the likelihood increases of encounters with cattle and sheep.
They found killing a small number of wolves might potentially reduce the risk of future wolf attacks for the targeted farm by a small amount. But it also increased the risk for nearby farms up to about 3 miles away.
The increase could be from remaining wolves scattering, new ones moving in or fractured packs struggling to hunt elk and turning to easier prey.
“You have this small group of satisfied livestock owners, who might be ecstatic about how successful lethal intervention is on their land,” Francisco Santiago-Ávila, the lead author, said. “While their neighbors are suddenly suffering more losses, and they don’t know why.”
Wolf Deaths and Livestock Attacks
Over the years, confirmed cattle and sheep deaths have increased. The spikes in the number of wolves killed follow repeated incidents of predation on livestock.
Source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Santiago-Ávila said the combination could result in an inflated perception of the effectiveness and necessity for lethal control. Some studies have found non-lethal wolf deterrents, such as the use of guardian dogs and fencing, to be effective. But they, too, are lacking in solid evidence and their adoption has been inconsistent.