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Court Favors Wolves, Endangers Elk, Moose and Humans
the new american ^ | 09.09.2010 | willilam f. jasper

Posted on 09/09/2010 9:51:09 AM PDT by Coleus

United States District Judge Donald Molloy's August 5 decision to restore full endangered species protection to the Canadian gray wolf in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming virtually guarantees that more people will fall victim to the proliferating and increasingly brazen predators. In addition, elk populations as well as populations of other wild ungulates (moose, deer, goats, sheep, bison) may be driven to near extinction levels in many parts of the Rocky Mountain Northwest due to wolf predation. Ranchers also have experienced a sharp increase in wolf killings of cattle and sheep, enough so that some cattlemen and sheepmen have been driven into bankruptcy.  In March, Candice Berner, a 32-year-old school teacher, was killed by wolves near Chignik Lake, Alaska. In mid August, members of Berner's family from Pennsylvania gathered on Three Star, a mountain near Perryville, Alaska for a memorial service for Candice. An AP story of the memorial gives the following brief account of the young teacher's last day alive:

Ms. Berner, a petite, accomplished athlete, who studied education at Slippery Rock University, was a special education teacher. She had just finished her day teaching at Chignik Lake, another of the small communities dotting the Alaska Peninsula, back on March 8 when she decided to go running on the road to the village airstrip.

Unbeknownst to Candice Berner, a pair of wolves was stalking that same road and, as the AP story recounts, "Ms. Berner, alone, unarmed, with headphones blocking all cues, became their instant prey. Area residents on a snowmachine who came down the road shortly thereafter saw blood on the road and found her body."   Wolf attacks on humans have been relatively rare over the past century in comparison, for example, to bear attacks. However, claims by environmental activists and their sympathizers in the major media that wolves  never attack humans (and historically never, or very rarely, ever attacked humans) have been proven false by Candice Berner's fate. And the Berner case is not unique, as the following stories show: Ontario man killed in wolf attack, coroner's jury finds; Six injured in rare wolf attack;
Wolf Attacks on Humans (an historical survey); The Danger of Wolves to Humans.

Only days before Candice Berner's memorial, Judge Donald Molloy of the United States District Court in Missoula, Montana, ruled in favor of a coalition of extreme environmentalist and animal rights groups* that had challenged a wolf control program approved by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the states of Idaho and Montana. That program allowed hunters to take 220 wolves in Idaho and 75 in Montana. Those numbers were established by the state and federal wildlife officials as a modest attempt to trim the burgeoning wolf populations that are devastating wild elk herds, as well as other wild ungulates.

According to the Idaho Department of Fish & Game (IDFG) only 188 wolves were taken by hunters against the statewide harvest limit of 220 wolves in 2009. In Montana, 72 wolves were taken by hunters in 2009, out of the total permitted quota of 75.   The wolf hunt, predictably, set the enviro/animal rights litigants howling, notwithstanding the fact that the wolf population in Idaho alone is at least 1,000, which is ten times the total agreed upon by the same litigants and federal and state officials in 1994 of 10 breeding pairs and 100 wolves in each of the three states.

In an August 16, 2010 statement, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission noted:

In 1995 and 1996, 66 wolves were captured in southwestern Canada, with 35 released in central Idaho and 31 released in Yellowstone National Park. By 2000, the northern Rocky Mountain wolf population had expanded to include more than 30 breeding pairs and 300 wolves.

The Commission went on to report:

In 1995 and 1996, 66 wolves were captured in southwestern Canada, with 35 released in central Idaho and 31 released in Yellowstone National Park. By 2000, the northern Rocky Mountain wolf population had expanded to include more than 30 breeding pairs and 300 wolves.

The Commission further noted that in 2008 it had adopted a Wolf Population Management Plan "intending to manage wolf populations at the 2005 level (518 wolves), being in excess of five times the 10 breeding pairs and 100 wolves required for Idaho under the federal recovery goals."

Deceit, Fraud, and Federal Felons
However, even after exceeding by five times the originally agreed-upon goal, federal and state officials, together with the powerful environmental lobby, pressed on for more. Officials now give a minimum estimate of 1,700 wolves in the three-state recovery area. But as we have previously reported, (NatGeo's "Wolf Wars" Flacks for Radical Greens and Wolves Will Thrive Despite Recent Hunts) many experts believe those statistics are suspect, and reputable wildlife biologists estimate the real wolf totals are much higher, perhaps as high as 3,000 — or more.  Even so, Defenders of Wildlife and their colleagues have upped the ante and are now  saying that a wolf population of 5,000, or even 6,000 is now needed in the three-state area that they initially said would only be allowed to reach a total 300 wolves.

Critics of the ever-escalating wolf population proposals charge that government officials and green activists are colluding in a deceptive campaign of "keep-moving-the-goal-line" politics. But it is even more serious than that say others, including Jim Beers, a former USFWS wildlife biologist with more than three decades of experience in federal and state agencies. Among the many charges Mr. Beers levels against federal employees in his May, 2010 study, "Criminal Activities by Federal Bureaucrats and Others Involved in the Introduction, Protection and Spread of Wolves in the Lower 48 States,"
are these:

— theft (misappropriation, diversion) and misuse by USFWS Administrators of at least $60 Million;

— Introducing wolves from Canada into Yellowstone National Park after the U.S. Congress had refused to Appropriate funds for or to Authorize such action;

— Failure to file Wildlife Importation Forms (Form 3-177) upon importing wolves from Canada into the United States for release soon thereafter in Yellowstone National Park;

— Using tax money to bribe a witness aware of government theft of funds to keep quiet.

Survival of Elk, Other Big Game Ungulates at Stake
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) is calling for immediate Congressional review and reform of the Endangered Species Act following Judge Molloy's decision to reinstate full federal protection for gray wolves. The ruling means, says the Foundation, that state wildlife agencies no longer have authority to manage skyrocketing wolf populations — even in areas where wolf predation is driving cow elk, moose and elk calf survival rates below thresholds needed to sustain herds for the future. RMEF says Judge Molloy "has opened a door for perhaps the greatest wildlife management disaster in America since the wanton destruction of bison herds over a century ago."

"When federal statutes and judges actually endorse the annihilation of big game herds, livestock, rural and sporting lifestyles-and possibly even compromise human safety-then clearly the Endangered Species Act as currently written has major flaws," said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO.  The decline in the Greater Yellowstone's elk population since the reintroduction of wolves in 1995 has been greater than was originally predicted. In the three winters prior to the reintroduction of wolves, elk on Yellowstone's northern range numbered roughly between 17,000 and 19,000. In the three winters prior to 2008, annual elk counts had declined to between 6,738 and 6,279.

Other areas have been similarly devastated by wolf predation. Perhaps the worst-hit areas have been the Lolo Wildlife Management Zones 10 and 12 in the Clearwater River watershed in Idaho. Citing herd data from the Idaho Department of Fish & Game, SaveElk.com has noted that in Zone 10 the number of cow elk has declined from 7,692 in 1989 to 824 in 2010, or 89 percent. In Zone 12 the number of cows has declined from 3,059 in 1986 to 534 in 2010, or 83 percent.  Equally calamitous, in Zone 10 the number of elk calves has declined from 2,298 in 1989 to 144 in 2010, or 94 percent. In Zone 12 the number of  calves has declined from 856 in 1985 to 38 in 2010, or 96 percent.

"Clearly, the elk populations have crashed in these zones," says SaveElk.com, and, clearly, "the reason for the elk population crash is not hunting." SaveElk.com points out that all the elk taken by hunters in Zones 10 and 12 are bulls, and "that does not affect population dynamics as explained above. Furthermore, Lolo zone elk harvest [by hunters] has also declined precipitously, from over 1,500 in 1989 to less than 150 in 2008 in Zone 10 and from nearly 600 in 1992 to less than 100 in 2008 in Zone 12."

"The principal reason for the crashing elk populations," says SaveElk.com "is undoubtedly the introduction of wolves in 1995, and the subsequent explosion of the wolf population."  The statistics tell an alarming story. But to them should be added the photographic evidence of the grim slaughter of the once-populous deer and elk herds, which can be seen here, here, and here.

Photographs showing the massive size that the imported Canadian gray wolves are capable of attaining can be seen here and here, providing sobering confirmation of critics' warnings that these formidable predators are not exactly the cute, cuddly creatures their advocates claim they are; they are, instead, an alien species that has been thrust into a new ecosystem and allowed to proliferate with unnatural protection to the point that they present a serious danger to all other species of fauna, the human species included.
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*The members of the coalition of radical environmental groups that have challenged the wolf hunts with lawsuits in federal court include: EarthJustice, Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, The Humane Society of the United States, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Western Watersheds Project, Wildlands Project, and Hells Canyon Preservation Council.

Related Content:  NatGeo's "Wolf Wars" Flacks for Radical Greens   Wolves Will Thrive Despite Recent Hunts


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Government; US: Idaho; US: Montana; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: elk; hunting; reindeer; shootshovelshutup; sss; tna; williamfjasper; wolf; wolves

1 posted on 09/09/2010 9:51:13 AM PDT by Coleus
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To: Coleus

They just can’t help picking winners and losers, can they?


2 posted on 09/09/2010 9:57:54 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: Coleus

They just can’t help picking winners and losers, can they?


3 posted on 09/09/2010 9:58:15 AM PDT by marstegreg
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To: Coleus

don’t act so surprised


4 posted on 09/09/2010 9:58:17 AM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: Coleus
The article looked quite readable and might have made some sense but then the writer said that this one court action may result in "elk" being driven to near extinction!

First, about "elk", or "reindeer" as they are also known ~ they presently OCCUPY ONE-QUARTER OF THE EARTH'S LAND SURFACE.

They are in no danger!

They are also good to eat and can outrun any wolf ever born ~ provided they're not too young, too old, too sick, or too injured.

It's always smart of the writers to leave out the stuff about elk ~ it's usually untrue!

5 posted on 09/09/2010 9:58:36 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

I noticed it too. Wolf attacks ARE rare. They will usually run from you. They are not aggressive like the European wolves (which are probably all gone now anyway).

Leave nature alone, it’ll sort itself out.


6 posted on 09/09/2010 10:02:53 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: Coleus

Now now everyone knows that wolves are sweet innocent and misunderstood creatures who have been oppressed by the white man for centuries. If we would just let them into our homes and leave our pets and children alone with them we’d understand the magic of nature.


7 posted on 09/09/2010 10:05:52 AM PDT by utherdoul
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To: All

Just remember to use Sabot reloads and to use rubber gloves when reloading.

This will make sure that the dead wolves will not be traced back to your rifle.


8 posted on 09/09/2010 10:10:03 AM PDT by troy McClure
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To: muawiyah

Elk and Reindeer are two different species.
Both are native to North America, but Elk don’t even occupy one quarter of NA.
Stop getting your info from your high school science text book.
Reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone has been devastating to the elk herds there. This is a FACT!

Terrible idea by the tree huggers...
there is a reason our forefathers exterminated wolves, and it’s not the false claims mother nature worshipers want you to believe.


9 posted on 09/09/2010 10:10:35 AM PDT by T-Bro (Hey, dems... tax this!)
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To: T-Bro

Citizen / sportsmen in these states should take it on themsleves to hunt and kill as many wolves as possible. Citizen / juries should refuse to convict persons who are caught fulfilling this common sense civic duty.

It is time for true patriots to nullify edicts of the leftists. Who cares what some idiot judge says. It is well beyond time that we, the patriots of the sovereign states, stop behaving like sheep in the presence of the hostile, alien, leftist-occupation government that is working for our enslavement.


10 posted on 09/09/2010 10:23:46 AM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: muawiyah

So the wolves are not a threat to elk & moose. Really?? As a Wyoming native I get to see every hunting season the effects of the wolves. The hunting area by our cabin has gone to a limited quota special draw because of the diminishing elk numbers. As for the moose, 5 areas with 5 permits each have now been merged into 1 area with a total of 5 permits. But I guess you’re right, wolves don’t effect big game populations. (BTW wolves do not attack full grown elk & moose, they go for the caves right after they are born and the newborns certainly cannot outrun a wolf)


11 posted on 09/09/2010 10:26:14 AM PDT by eyrish69 (Chaos, panic and disorder - my work here is finally done.)
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By the way, anyone intersted in the topic you should pop through to read the links, which include a picture of a 180lb Canadian Grey Wolf, shot in Idaho!

The author makes a great point that the Grey Wolf is not native to Idaho, and the animals there have not evolved to survive their predition. Instead, it is an instant super-predator, with special endangered species status.


12 posted on 09/09/2010 10:26:36 AM PDT by Jack Black ( Whatever is left of American patriotism is now identical with counter-revolution.)
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To: muawiyah
First, about "elk", or "reindeer"

Elk are not reindeer. Caribou are the wild version of the domesticated reindeer.

13 posted on 09/09/2010 10:28:26 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: Coleus

Shoot.
Shovel.
Shut up...................


14 posted on 09/09/2010 10:29:28 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: Coleus
A fence needs to erected around the judges house and the enclosed area filled with Canadian wolves after he goes home. Let him enjoy his stupidity up close and personal. What a total horse's ass he is.
15 posted on 09/09/2010 10:32:25 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: Peter from Rutland
If the wolves are not aggressive, then please explain? wolvs kill 3 hunting dogs
wolves
I could go on and on, but the wolves are not aggressive. /sarcasm
16 posted on 09/09/2010 10:34:05 AM PDT by eyrish69 (Chaos, panic and disorder - my work here is finally done.)
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To: Jack Black
Citizen / sportsmen in these states should take it on themsleves to hunt and kill as many wolves as possible.

Idaho issued about 2,000 wolf permits last year. About 200 actual wolves were taken. The reduction was fairly uniformly distributed across the state. It reduced the population, but didn't endanger them by any means. There are still too damn many Canadian wolves. They are wiping out elk, moose and deer. My wife reports a mountain lion coming into town in Chubbuck this week. Not enough food out in the hills.

17 posted on 09/09/2010 10:36:45 AM PDT by Myrddin
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To: thackney
Cervus canadensis (Elk) have an enormous range in North America and East Asia ~ less than 1/4 so you're right. Their relationship to the "other deer" is through the same lineage as the "red deer".

Now, back to the reindeer/caribou ~ same species, different size, various locals ~ HUGE RANGE just North of Elk.

These animals are in no danger of extinction any time soon ~ if ever.

18 posted on 09/09/2010 10:51:42 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Neither are Grey Wolves.


19 posted on 09/09/2010 10:56:07 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: muawiyah

He did not say they would go extinct he said in areas of the Rockies they would go near extinction. The difference is localized which has an effect on the locals.


20 posted on 09/09/2010 11:26:23 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Coleus

Wolves...Smoke em if ya got em. Smoke a pack a day!


21 posted on 09/09/2010 11:26:25 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: muawiyah
First, about "elk", or "reindeer" as they are also known

You had better bone up on your wildlife. Elk are not reindeer, Caribou are reindeer, but only in Scandinavian countries. Elk do NOT cover 1/4 of the land.

22 posted on 09/09/2010 11:28:48 AM PDT by calex59
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To: calex59

REad the thread first ~


23 posted on 09/09/2010 11:40:27 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Ratman83
He doesn't want to drive another 50 miles to shoot elk. I can understand ~ but from here it's about 1250 miles ~ unless you can afford the fees at that gamepark the Mars family owns(owned).
24 posted on 09/09/2010 11:42:07 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

Re read your first post, you made out that the writer was not being factual, but your post was not true to the article.


25 posted on 09/09/2010 11:48:20 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Ratman83

So he loses his local elk run. Happens all the time. Did you see the range on those suckes in Colonial times?


26 posted on 09/09/2010 11:55:51 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah

He should not lose it at all due to the government. That judge is wrong. Who care what the range was in colonial times.


27 posted on 09/09/2010 11:59:12 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Coleus
Tree hugger psychology is pretty simple.

Wolves eviscerating ungulates (wild and domestic) = good
Mean, nasty hunters & ranchers with big scary guns = bad
28 posted on 09/09/2010 12:19:55 PM PDT by Sparticus (November - no unrung doorbells!!)
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To: muawiyah

I did READ the thread first, dumbass, and Elk are still not reindeer. You are a well know wolf apologist but you should still know what the f*** a reindeer and an Elk are. BTW, the Elk and Moose populations are being decimated by wolves and wolves do attack people regardless of what stupid people say.


29 posted on 09/09/2010 12:28:19 PM PDT by calex59
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To: marstegreg
They just can’t help picking winners and losers, can they?

The losers are intended to be the hunters. If the wolves eat all the deer and elk we'll just naturally have to cancel hunting season. All part of the plan.
30 posted on 09/09/2010 12:37:00 PM PDT by Sparticus (November - no unrung doorbells!!)
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To: muawiyah
These animals are in no danger of extinction any time soon ~ if ever.
so you're fine with the fact that in ID, MT & WY they could be eradicated because there are "Plenty in East Asia" Maybe we should ship some wolves your way and then you can see just how lovable they are when they destroy the game population in your state. Until then maybe you should STFU!
31 posted on 09/09/2010 1:02:15 PM PDT by eyrish69 (Chaos, panic and disorder - my work here is finally done.)
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To: eyrish69
We have a lot of people here who view wolves and dogs as just more meat ~ as livestock.

They wouldn't have a chance.

32 posted on 09/09/2010 2:09:11 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: calex59
You are getting out of hand. Take a deep breath. Put down the gun. Lissen' up.

I went back, corrected the error, and noted the difference in range. The one type of animal lives North of the other one. But I also noted the extensive ADDITIONAL RANGE in East Asia.

It'd take a total exchange thermonuclear war to kill these guys off ~ and even then that might not happen.

Now, about wolves, did you want me to talk about wolves? My statement that Elk are not in danger of extinction stands.

33 posted on 09/09/2010 2:12:39 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Jack Black
What you said, "It is time for true patriots to nullify edicts of the leftists. Who cares what some idiot judge says. It is well beyond time that we, the patriots of the sovereign states, stop behaving like sheep in the presence of the hostile, alien, leftist-occupation government that is working for our enslavement."
& Amen

34 posted on 09/09/2010 3:41:56 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (That Kenyan bastard is not my president. ENFORCE the Bill of Rights.)
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I live in Alaska.

I’m going wolf hunting.


35 posted on 10/02/2010 1:02:00 AM PDT by kennyboy509 (Ha! I kill me!)
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