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Wolf Weekly Wrap-up

The lone male wolf known as OR7 will receive immediate protections under the California Endangered Species Act.

OR-7 gets state protections – OR-7, California’s lone wolf, can breathe a sigh of relief. On Wednesday, the state Fish and Game Commission voted 3-0 in favor of moving forward with a petition to list gray wolves under California’s Endangered Species Act. That means wolves will get immediate protection while Department of Fish and Game completes a full status review.

For the time being, OR-7 and any other wolves that might wander in California are protected under the federal Endangered Species Act as well. But those protections are likely to disappear if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issues a delisting later this year. Additional protections are needed to ensure the long-term recovery of wolves in the Golden State. Read our press release here.

California Department of Fish and Game will now conduct a thorough status review, and a final listing decision will be made next year.

Wedge Pack backlash – Apparently, we’re not the only ones who think Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife acted hastily to remove the Wedge Pack last week. State Sen. Kevin Ranker, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Marine Waters Committee, openly criticized the department and a local rancher for not working to find a better nonlethal solution. Washington’s Fish and Wildlife Commission will hold a public meeting this afternoon to figure out what went wrong. You can stream the meeting live from the Seattle Times’ website starting at 1 p.m. Pacific.

Wood River rancher pitches in for reward – Setting differences aside is the key to good collaborative partnerships. At our year-end meeting last week for the Wood River Wolf Project, the Flat Top Ranch offered to match Defenders with $500 for a reward in connection to the poisoning of two dogs in the area. Ranch owner John Peavey says there are better ways to deal with wolves than resorting to poison. “The introduction of wolves has presented our community with many challenges,” said Peavey. “We must meet them within the framework of our laws. Those responsible need to be brought to justice.” (Read more in the Idaho Mountain Express and NBC News.)

Flat Top is the same ranch that lost sheep last spring to wolves because of lambing practices that prevented the use of nonlethal deterrents. Since then, our Wood River Wolf Project team has been helping the Flat Top herders implement nonlethal strategies to successfully protect their sheep from predation.

The hunt is on – Hunters are making quick work of wolves across the Northern Rockies, where the season is now open in three states. The first wolf was killed in Wyoming on opening day on Monday, and another five had been killed as of Wednesday afternoon. As of yesterday, seven wolves had been killed in Montana, including one near Glacier National Park where the season is now closed. Twenty-three wolves have been killed so far in Idaho, bringing the grand total for season to 36 in the three states.

13 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-up”

  1. Robin A.Wilburn

    Would it really be so hard to purchase some hunting licenses and go and get the game and then give it away to the wolves??What would be wrong with that and we all help the over population{of deer,elk what ever the hunter people are helping by hunting!!?}

  2. Linda Way

    If some rancher starts complaining that the cows that he paid for, are being killed by wolves, they will die. Thats all it takes is one rancher that does not want to feed them or provide shelter for them. He wants to buy them, allow them to graze on PUBLIC land, take them to slaughter and collect thousands of dollars. At one time I thought that world leaders ran the world, then I thought it was lawyers, and more recently the banks. Now thanks to the government, I now know that it is ranchers, that are lazy. Who knew??????

  3. Laurie Lang

    Ignorance breeds stupidity! When will people learn they are not entitled to murder. Wolves only react to their environment, take away their food & land, what are these beautiful creatures supposed to do. Man is the most destructive force on this planet. What goes around comes around u greedy, selfish ranchers!

    • Carol Friendly

      It is one thing to defend one’s home, but to go with helicopters into the wolves’ habitat in the mountains to murder wolves from the air for sport (not even for their pelts or meat) is wrong is so many ways. When they become extinct, then we will have to mourn their passing. As many have said before me, they are also ecologically necessary to keep populations of other species of wildlife in reasonable numbers, like rabbits, elk, deer, etc

  4. jeff

    Im sorry for all of you. You seem to have tunnel vision. I wonder if any of the people who reply have had any wolf inter action. Its not like walt disney wrote it out there.

    • Sandi

      I can assure you, Jeff, that most, if not all, who champion the return of the wolf is well aware of their nature. If memory serves, Disney as well as Looney Tunes and countless other caricature-type companies have portrayed the wolf as big and bad, not meek and gentle.

      The knowledge that wolves are deserving of a rightful place is more in line with balancing of the ecosystem that demands respect but has been the victim of untold atrocities mostly by humans and mostly in the name of money.

      I live in Spokane, Washington where the recent killing of the Wedge pack took place. Although I respect the work of Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife, it failed to carry out its nonlethal wolf management plan, allowed a rancher to dictate terms in his rejection of the use of nonlethal methods, and refused to make him responsible for the decision he made to place his herd on publicly owned land that he leased and where predators live. This rancher rolled the dice, took the chance and when the inevitable happened, screamed “my livelihood’s in danger”…the wolves paid the price.

      This debacle was a win-win for the rancher. However, one truth remains amid this debauchery of the most sordid kind – the wolves, a vital and intricate part of the ecosystem, have once again lost to money, “livelihood” and fear.

      So please silence the monikers of “tree hugger” and “bunny lover” and refrain from insisting my concerns about wildlife and the environment are being viewed through rose-colored Disney glasses. They are not. I endorse a vibrant, sustainable ecosystem and believe wildlife is essential to that ecological sustenance. That includes the wolf…and all wildlife for that matter.

    • jeff

      Sandi I was not commenting on anything you wrote and have never read anything you put in here. But it sounds like u think i would like to see the wolves gone and that is not true.I live in colville and have flimmed the wedge pack for two years along with the smackout pack i helped locate and collar both packs on the colville indain ground. In the two years i have seen the wedge pack slowly make cattle there main food source. And as far as the rancher i dont see how it was a win win for him he lost some fourty calves. And about half were killed on his privite ground i know i seen them. And fish and wildlife did nonlethal work night time hazing collaring wolves fence flagging and there was alot of human activite at all time up there and it just didnt work. But you are right it wasnt good for any wolf or man. All i was saying is sometimes its not pretty out there. I got some great photos of them before they were gone.

    • Sandi

      Jeff – Thank you for your reply. I’ve read numerous reports and articles from various sources on the Wedge pack incident – all quoted the rancher as stating 17 cattle were hurt or killed, his herd was on publicly owned land that he was leasing and he refused to cooperate with the use of non-lethel methods. The interviews the rancher gave to news reporters confirm this information.

      In many ways this was a win-win for the rancher for, as we both know, this is a business and any business losses he sustained can, and I’m sure, will be claimed on his taxes. His business is still thriving. I can’t say that for the Wedge pack. In addition, the tax payer footed the bill for the pack’s eventual demise by the WA Dept of Fish & Wildlife.

      I admire your work with the reintroduction of the wolf in our state. How fortunate you are to have been involved in that endeavor. I bet you have some fantastic pictures.

      I wish the outcome for the Wedge pack had been to their advantage. Unfortunately, wishing doesn’t make it so. I don’t know the answer. Perhaps someday we’ll stumble across one and an “a-ha” moment will rectify all that’s been done wrong but I do know that as long as money is in the picture, wildlife will not take precedence.

  5. Elizabeth Huntley-Roberts

    It’s quite obvious that those whose vested interests lie in ranching and/or hunting are behind the delisting of wolves – what I want to know is how are they connected (directly or indirectly) to Ken Salazar? He’s the one who made the final decision (please correct me if I’m incorrect about this) to delist the wolf. Talk about turning the clock back to the 1920’s! I will write 60 Minutes and see if they would be interested in exposing the sell out of the North American Gray Wolf in the west – bad press for those involved will hopefully wake up the American public to this betrayal of a species!

  6. Millie Sheen

    Glad that the grey wolf first mentioned is protected. that does cover it form being hunted right. I believe it does but if I’m wrong feel free to correct me. We need to protect MORE wolves and I think once they are put on the endangered list by one place they should stay on it until the people that put them on the list believe that they are fine to come off it again. Do you see what I mean?

  7. Millie Sheen

    WHAT? They go hunting wolves for a game. I know they hunt birds and deer and that. (I don’t agree with that either) But Why?! Us as humans have no right to kill anything for fun it’s not right!

  8. Masha Aleskovski

    PLEASE keep on protecting wolves and their habitats!!!!!!!!!!

  9. Karen Uyeno

    Let’s hope the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service doesn’t issue a delisting of wolves later this year! I hope the California Department of Fish and Game decides to keep the wolves listed next year. Too bad 2 dogs got poisoned. I’m glad the Wolf River Project is helping the Flat Top Sheep hearders with non-leathal strategies to prevent their sheep from predation. That’s terrible that they’ve killed 36 wolves in 3 states from hunting!

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