From the monthly archives: January 2013

Good news for wolf conservationists and Oregon wildlife-

It took quite a while for wolves to make it from Idaho to adjacent Oregon, but now that a critical population appears to have been reached the population has taken off. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) reports that at year’s end there were 53 […]

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A notice published by the Department of Labor in the January 8th Federal Register requires woolgrowers in several states to increase the wages of immigrant workers who are hired under the H2A program. In some states the wages have increased significantly from a measly $750/month plus room and board to a measly $1422.52/month to match […]

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No relief from Montana’s imposition on Park wildlife-

Year after year the state of Montana has pummelled Yellowstone Park’s wildlife right at its northern boundary. They have slaughtered thousands of bison that stepped outside the Park and now decimated Yellowstone’s already naturally declining wolf population.

Today a Montana state district judge strengthened the earlier ruling (injunction) […]

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Four year old captive male released to hopefully replace illegally killed alpha male of the AZ Bluestem Pack-

Lobo M1133, was released last week not far from the “widowed” alpha female Bluestem AF1042. She and her pups live in Arizona. It is the onset of breeding season and due to the proximity, it is hoped […]

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A group of 238 environmental and social justice groups, with a combined membership of many millions, have sent a letter to President Obama asking him to replace departing Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar with Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva.  The letter, originally sent to President Obama on December 10, 2012, was re-sent after Secretary of […]

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Loss of collared wolves has had a significant effect on research of wolves in Yellowstone National Park

According to a news article in the Jackson Hole News & Guide, the population of wolves in Yellowstone National Park has dropped by about 20-28% from the 2011 end-of-the-year estimate of 98 wolves.

Dan Stahler, a wildlife biologist […]

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Ken Salazar is reportedly leaving his post as Secretary of Interior in March of this year. His legacy includes a failed delisting of wolves in Idaho and Montana, which was legislatively pushed through, delisting of wolves in Wyoming where wolves are treated as vermin, approval of the Deepwater Horizon using a categorical exclusion from […]

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I came across a blog posting this morning that I thought the readers of The Wildlife News would be interested in.  Bob Ferris of Cascadia Wildlands has written a great and fascinating piece about some of the more recognizable anti-wolf figures in the Northern Rockies. Some, probably most, of these people have tried to post […]

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State Agency Game Farming Is Not Compatible with Ecosystem Integrity

 

With the delisting of wolves from protection under the Endangered Species Act, management of wolves has been turned back to the individual states where wolves occur. In most of these states, we see state agencies adopting policies that treat wolves as persona no […]

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After the horrific tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, ecologist and animal advocate Marc Bekoff penned an essay in which he argued that “cruelty, violence and warlike behaviors in other animals are extremely rare” (Humanlike Violence is Not Seen in Other Animals).  As evidence, Bekoff relies heavily on an essay by John Horgan critiquing […]

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey