Mexican gray wolf, © Jim Clark/USFWS

Wolf Weekly Wrap Up

Red wolves still in dire straits, and the Service isn’t helping: With fewer than 100 wild red wolves left in the wild, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it will complete an evaluation of the Red Wolf Recovery Program. However, it seems that the wolves’ best interests aren’t truly being considered. The evaluation does not meet legal requirements that govern completion of status reviews for endangered species, including adequate public notice and opportunity to comment. The Service is giving the public less than two-weeks’ notice about public meetings which have been scheduled in remote and hard to access places; and, it publicly stated that terminating the Red Wolf Recovery Program is an option! You can help by telling the Fish and Wildlife Service not to give up on these iconic and beautiful wolves of the east.

Red wolf and pups, © Greg Kosh/USFWSConservationists will sue for lobo recovery: This week Defenders of Wildlife and five conservation partners asked the courts to help the struggling Mexican gray wolf population in America’s southwest. Because the Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has failed for over three decades to produce and implement a complete recovery plan for lobos – which it is legally required to do – the groups now will use the law to hold the Service accountable, and hopefully get a recovery plan in place. With only 83 individuals in the wild in the U.S., even the Service has repeatedly acknowledged that the current program for Mexican gray wolves will not recover the lobos, and yet it has continued to stall on recovery efforts. “The Service is on a course that contradicts the best available science,” said Eva Sargent, Defenders of Wildlife Director of Southwest Programs. “Lobos need a recovery plan and they need it now; they don’t need to be barred from the best habitats and they don’t need more reasons to get shot at.”

More Money for wolf killing in Idaho: Idaho’s War on Wolves continues. As we feared, the newly instated Idaho wolf control board is funding more wolf killing. The board will give Wildlife Services $225,000 this year to kill wolves in the state. The wolf control board is allotted $400,000 a year, which is restricted funding to kill wolves. In Idaho, lethal control of wolves is resulting in a significant reduction of breeding pairs. In fact, under Idaho’s management, since 2011the number of breeding pairs has been cut in half! Only 17 pairs of wolves have been documented this year. Lethal control can also be more costly than non-lethal control. Less expensive and longer lasting non-lethal methods for dealing with wolves, including guard dogs, range riders, portable predator-deterrent fencing, starter pistols, flashlights and air horns, have proven more effective in other areas, most notably the Wood River Wolf Project in Blaine County, Idaho. Doesn’t Idaho have more important things to spend taxpayer dollars on? Just a thought but perhaps Idaho should allocate some of that funding to its school education system, which ranks last in funding in the nation.

Gray Wolf, © Gary Schultz

The results are in! This past spring we told you about the exciting news of everyone’s favorite wandering West Coast wolf, known as “OR-7”: the traveling man had found a mate and they were raising a litter of pups. OR-7 and his mate spent the summer denning in Oregon’s southern Cascades, not far from the California border that the wolf has often crossed. Genetic testing of OR-7’s new lady love confirmed that she is indeed a wild gray wolf, the pups were sired by OR-7, and, most interestingly, the couple may have been raised not far from each other, several hundred miles from the territory they now occupy. OR-7’s mate is related to two packs from northeastern Oregon, the Minam and Snake River. Both of these packs are neighbors to OR-7’s birthpack, the Imnaha. It just goes to show that sometimes even when you leave home, it still follows you wherever you are. For more information about Oregon’s wolves, check out http://www.dfw.state.or.us/wolves/.

11 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap Up”

  1. Martie Hulse

    Since our tax payers dollars are being used to slaughter wolves because today’s ranchers are to lazy to protect their own herds it only seems fitting that all tax payers are eligible to participate in open sheep and cattle season in Idaho. No one should have to pay for this meat twice or go hungry. You made your bed ranchers…now lay in it. I also suggest that the names and addresses of those participating in the kill squad be posted on social media for all to see. We post convicts and pedophiles, why not tax payer kill squads? Only seems fitting.

  2. Andy R

    Perhaps Idaho’s problem is indeed education. Ignorance is not bliss. Nor is the high percentile of GMO potato crops, which leaves other wonderings unanswered. The wolves must be protected.

  3. Lori Burton

    Please save our wolves, no matter what color they are. They are majestic, beautiful and spiritual creatures! Remember these are the ancestors of our domestic canine pets. Would you kill your dog? I owned a wolf hybrid for 13 years, he was beautiful, funny and loyal. He passed away of old age in August and I still miss him every day. Don’t flush his distant relatives down the toilet because they cause difficulties for farmers. I read that electrified fences near Yosemite are keeping bears away from livestock. If it keeps bears away, I’m sure it would work for wolves too.
    On a lighter note, was glad to hear OR-7 found a mate and is raising pups. Maybe that’s what you should concentrate on showing. Show the pups, they don’t look that much different than domestic pups and they always pull at my heartstrings! Let people see how cute and innocent they actually are. Keep up the good work of trying to protect my spirit animal! I’m not Native American, but I feel a very real connection to wolves.

  4. Tim Cammers

    Good I hope the FWS get a law suit so big that there heads spin and Idaho is politicians are idiots. They are spending money like it grows on trees on hiring a bunch of more idiots to kill animals that are not doing any harm and can’t get along with so there easy way is to kill it and come up with bullshit lies and stuff. Money that can be spent in more better ways to help this country. I am tired of states like this that governments are full of retards and arrogant morons. I will fight against Idaho and go there and take there money from them and send all those to bed without dinner to there rooms with a good sound spanking. They are nothing more then children. I will do whatever it takes to help protect my wolf brothers and sisters!

  5. Jan Flores

    I don’t understand how the FWS is allowed to ignore laws they are legally bound to enforce. Taxpayers far outnumber ranchers and wolf-haters, so it’s obvious to me that FWS has its priorities backwards. It’s equally obvious that taxpayers can’t do anything about it.

  6. TODD WILLIAMS

    Hell just let them kill all the beautiful wolves and then we will see what or who is going to be on the table for the legislators to give the okay to go out and slaughter just so the trigger happy freaks can kill something. It would totally amaze everyone if the people who we all pay in office would find a different solution than to give those trigger happy ××××××× something to go out and kill to the point of extinction. Isn’t that what it is all about?

  7. Packprincess

    Instead of wasting tax payers money on slaughtering wolves, it should required by law that all ranchers provide adequate fencing for their livestock. I would rather spend my tax paying dollars to help with the fencing to protect the wolves and livestock.There is no reason why these beautiful wolves have to be shot and killed.

    What a lovely story regarding OR-7. I am so happy that he finally has a beautiful family in Oregon. I hope and pray that they will remain safe and protected.

  8. Deb

    Protect our wildlife instead of killing by ignorance and lazy Ranchers killing is not the answer they have the right to live

  9. Daren H

    From my point of view, the N.C. Red wolf was supposed to stay on the refuge system, but since the refuge isn’t managed well for game for wolves to eat the wolf comes onto private land managed for deer, quail, turkey, etc. So, should these private land owners be paid fees to feed the wolf? It works both ways.

  10. Chester

    So sad guys. We must save these precious animals.

    Here in southern Africa we are having the same dilemma with rhinos and elephants. The new rich in China, Vietnam etc cant get enough of rhino horns and ivory.

    But lets keep at it. More lobying. Tenacity works.

    http://bit.ly/1m1X6cp

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