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Aggressive Wolf Killed near Winston, Recovery Efforts in Question
Sierra County Sentinel ^ | 12/21/11 | Etta Pettijohn

Posted on 12/21/2011 4:57:03 PM PST by girlangler

The recent killing of an aggressive Mexican gray wolf by federal agents at a ranch near Winston could lead to a reassessment of the already struggling recovery effort for that species.

The wolf was reportedly shot by agents with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services division on Dec. 14, after it paced across the porch and gazed through the window of John and Crystal Diamond’s Beaverhead Ranch home. The Diamond residence is located in Catron County, although near enough to Sierra County to be in the Winston mailing area.

The wolf was killed just weeks after the Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted 3-1 to end its support for continued releases of wolves in that state until the federal government completes critical planning measures, although it retained financial and infrastructure support of the endangered animals.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which oversees the recovery effort, isn’t expected to complete these measures for three or four years, including updating of the nearly 30-year-old recovery plan, environmental studies and potential revisions to the project’s management rules. Wolf populations were projected to reach 100 by 2006, but have fluctuated between 42 and 52. Earlier this year, the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission voted to suspend its fiscal and personnel support of the recovery program.

Wire-based news reports across New Mexico and Arizona, where the wolf recovery is underway, neglected to mention the wolf was on the porch of the residence and acting in a dangerous manner in close relation to humans. Instead, reports mirrored the statements of wolf-advocacy and environmental group, Center for Biological Diversity, stating the female wolf was attracted to dogs on the property. The wolf was known to have mated with a domestic dog last year and produced a litter of five hybrid pups, of which all but one were euthanized by FWS.

Federal agents attempted unsuccessfully to tranquilize the animal for removal, but after repeated attempts resorted to lethal measures. According to Crystal Diamond, she arrived home with her two young children when a neighbor alerted her to the wolf’s presence.

In a statement issued through the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association, Mrs. Diamond said the animal came onto the porch and at one point was staring into the window. She called wildlife officials and her husband, John, who was away from the ranch at that time, and the wolf continued the aggressive behavior until help arrived. FWS officials said tracks showed the wolf staying at a close distance from the residence even after it left the porch.

Tom Buckley, FWS spokesman, said “Concerns for public safety became an issue after (the wolf) continued to be present on ranch property so the Service gave the order to proceed with lethal removal.”

After news of the wolf’s shooting, Michael Robinson, spokesman for the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD), attributed the death of the animal to a failure of the FWS to increase the wolf population, causing the female to seek domestic animals for breeding. The news release from the CBD does not mention the wolf was in close proximity to humans and acting aggressively. It is well known among professional wildlife managers that wild animals—whether wolves, bears or most other wildlife—may become dangerous once they lose the fear of humans.

“This lonesome wolf did not have to die,” read a CBD news with the headline: Feds Shoot Lonely Mexican Gray Wolf Attracted to Dogs: Tragedy Linked to Federal Refusal to Release Wolves to Wild.

“If there were enough potential mates for her to choose from, this social creature wouldn’t have desperately sought the company of domestic dogs,” the release continued, without mention of the animal’s threatening behavior at the Diamond residence. “To ensure another wolf doesn’t pay the same price, the Obama administration must release more wolves into the wild.”


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1 posted on 12/21/2011 4:57:05 PM PST by girlangler
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To: Flycatcher; george76; jazusamo; Diana in Wisconsin

ping


2 posted on 12/21/2011 4:59:51 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: Grammy

I didn’t forget you, just posted too fast. Hope you and family have a Blessed Christmas.


3 posted on 12/21/2011 5:06:18 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: girlangler
Aggressive Wolf Killed near Winston, Recovery Efforts in Question

I'm guessing the killed wolf won't recover.

4 posted on 12/21/2011 5:06:36 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: girlangler
I've had yealing pups walk up my lane in late August, sit down nx to my porch and look at my sled dogs on their chains. My son called that same pup in a couple times while waiting on school bus with sqealer.

Had wolves get into my garbage cans at 3 am last November. They came back 2 nights later and then I set up game camera; they never returned.

5 posted on 12/21/2011 5:06:53 PM PST by Eska
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To: girlangler

The CBD folks live in an alternate universe.


6 posted on 12/21/2011 5:08:33 PM PST by jimnm
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To: girlangler
Good article.

The Center for Biological Diversity people are just plain nuts. They say this wolf having lost the fear of man is the fault of the FWS, that's really a stretch.

The desert doesn't seem to be near as conducive to supporting a wolf population as do the northern climes, maybe the CBD should give this insanity up.

7 posted on 12/21/2011 5:09:36 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: girlangler

Wonder what they’re doing with the spared puppy.


8 posted on 12/21/2011 5:15:09 PM PST by txhurl (Perry/Pence 2012 OR Perry/Ryan 2012 or even better Perry/Abbott 2012!)
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To: girlangler
“If there were enough potential mates for her to choose from, this social creature wouldn’t have desperately sought the company of domestic dogs,” the release continued, without mention of the animal’s threatening behavior at the Diamond residence. “To ensure another wolf doesn’t pay the same price, the Obama administration must release more wolves into the wild.”

A perfect example of liberals convoluted logic. It isn't that wolves are dangerous it is the fact they can't mate, what a**hats.

9 posted on 12/21/2011 5:17:34 PM PST by calex59
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To: txhurl
Wonder what they’re doing with the spared puppy.

Using it to bait a Mexican Jaguar?

Just kidding. :-)

10 posted on 12/21/2011 5:21:08 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: girlangler
This lonesome wolf did not have to die,

Har... Wolf was working point and got what point gets. Obviously, all the others took the hint.

/johnny

11 posted on 12/21/2011 5:22:08 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (gone Galt)
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To: girlangler

MERRY CHRISTMAS


12 posted on 12/21/2011 5:23:20 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: girlangler

She was apparently looking for another dog to mate with. Those Alpha Male wolves must not be all they’re cracked up to be!


13 posted on 12/21/2011 5:25:48 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: girlangler

Tons of money and hundreds of thousands of hours of labor were required to eradicate the damned wolves in the first place.

Now these idiots want to undo all that good work.

The only thing wolves in the continental U.S. are good for is making fur coats, but you have to harvest them in the winter.


14 posted on 12/21/2011 5:26:22 PM PST by Loyal Sedition
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To: george76

Merry Christmas to you george. Good to be corresponding with you again.


15 posted on 12/21/2011 5:31:13 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: jazusamo

There was a guy found a 200lb jaguar posted about a month ago.

Big animal, was it in NM?


16 posted on 12/21/2011 5:32:15 PM PST by txhurl (Perry/Pence 2012 OR Perry/Ryan 2012 or even better Perry/Abbott 2012!)
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To: All; LittleBillyInfidel

Excuse me, I should have spelled that Center for Biological Absurdity (LOL).


17 posted on 12/21/2011 5:33:27 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: txhurl

I didn’t read about that one, missed it some how.

A couple years or so ago there was a big todo in AZ (I believe) about Fish and Wildlife baiting a Jaguar, can’t remember the details.


18 posted on 12/21/2011 5:39:28 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jimnm

Yeah, it’s called urban apartment dwelling. Wild animals don’t cause them any problems.


19 posted on 12/21/2011 5:44:46 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: girlangler
If you want to get to rid of wolves without getting blamed just take three Irish Wolfhounds,



which were bred to kill wolves, on a day hike or a backpacking trip in the area where wolves are known to tread. Track the wolf prints so when you run into them with your dogs the problem gets taken care of...naturally. Be sure to keep a firearm and a six inch hunting knife as backup.

When the remains are found all the authorities or enviro-nuts will be able to determine is that some other animal attacked and killed it. If you get blamed all you have to say is that you were out hiking when the wolves tried to attack you and your dogs protected you. What are they going to do? Arrest your dogs?

This is way better than S3!

This is a great family dog but the downside is that they only live about seven years.
20 posted on 12/21/2011 5:53:29 PM PST by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

They also cost about $3000 a piece. :)


21 posted on 12/21/2011 6:15:58 PM PST by txhurl (Perry/Pence 2012 OR Perry/Ryan 2012 or even better Perry/Abbott 2012!)
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To: Loyal Sedition

“Tons of money and hundreds of thousands of hours of labor were required to eradicate the damned wolves in the first place.

Now these idiots want to undo all that good work.”

Wolves are dogs and dogs are wolves. There are probably more wolves living in people’s homes these days than ever lived in the wild.

I know people who are scared to death when they meet a stray dog on the street. These are the same kind of people who fueled the fear of wolves. They are scared of the natural world, having scarcely spent a moment in it in their lives. Too bad for them.


22 posted on 12/21/2011 6:16:37 PM PST by juno67 (a)
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To: juno67

Here i St. Marys County Md. the DNR has introduced Coyotes, in an attempt to lower the deer population.

Only problem is the Coyotes can catch other animals easier, such as sheep, goats and young cattle.


23 posted on 12/21/2011 6:23:57 PM PST by Venturer
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To: juno67

that’s goofy


24 posted on 12/21/2011 6:25:04 PM PST by nixonsnose (Let's see all you lawyers argue your way out of hell.)
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To: girlangler

Anything on the Red Wolf in E.Texas? I have seen some large ‘yotes’ with the long legs and large muzzles. Not pointy nosed like a yote.


25 posted on 12/21/2011 6:31:39 PM PST by waterhill (In Nomeni Patri Et Fili Spiritus Sancti.)
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To: juno67

Huh?

Not sure of your point, are you trying to insult me?

Dogs may be related to wolves, but as tragedies have shown, wolves are not domesticated as dogs are.

Stray dogs don’t usually bother me unless they show aggression.
I live in what many would consider the back-woods, about as close to the natural world as modern life allows.
Nearest neighbor is about three miles away.

I look forward to collecting my own hides for a Wolf-Skin coat once hunting opens up in the lower 48.


26 posted on 12/21/2011 6:31:42 PM PST by Loyal Sedition
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To: waterhill; Salamander

Oh, sal...


27 posted on 12/21/2011 6:41:47 PM PST by txhurl (Perry/Pence 2012 OR Perry/Ryan 2012 or even better Perry/Abbott 2012!)
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To: juno67

The people involved in this article are closer to nature and the wild than most humans ever come. And they know an aggressive wolf is dangerous, just like a cougar stalking them.


28 posted on 12/21/2011 6:42:39 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: juno67

The people involved in this article are closer to nature and the wild than most humans ever come. And they know an aggressive wolf is dangerous, just like a cougar stalking them.


29 posted on 12/21/2011 6:45:56 PM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: juno67
"These are the same kind of people who fueled the fear of wolves."

Don't know anybody "afraid" of wolves.

I do know that in Chignik a woman was killed and eaten by wolves.

I do know that a friend of mine, who works for Alaska Dept of Fish and Game was forced to kill two wolves who came at him on a dead run. Could have been mistaken identity, but I doubt it.

People go missing here and again, a wolf typically devours everything and defecates hair and bones.

30 posted on 12/21/2011 6:50:01 PM PST by gettinolder (Smashed lips save ships.)
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To: waterhill
I had the Texas P&W assure me back in '79 that I did not kill two Red Wolves...just hybrids which are considered a varmint.

They said that ALL remaining Red Wolves were in pens somewhere around Bay City or such.

31 posted on 12/21/2011 6:54:06 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: girlangler

The wolf re-introduction program has failed so miserably in Arizona and New Mexico at a cost of about $400,000 per wolf; now the US Fish and Wildlife Services is floating a proposal to introduce the Mexican Gray Wolf from California to West Texas and south of I-40 in their so-called habitat.
Since our worthless Congress won’t reform the Endangered Species Act, the next step is to organize all affected counties in this area to request coordinated agency status under the NEPA process. The custom, culture, and economies of the counties of these four states will be greatly affected just as they have been in Eastern Ariz and Western NM.
The second thing to do is sight in all firearms as illegal killings will continue just as they have in the area of this article.
On the other hand, the wolves might be an effective tool against illegal immigration!


32 posted on 12/21/2011 7:14:17 PM PST by nmrancher
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To: girlangler

Actually, I was reading the article before I realized it was yours! Well written, as per usual.

One of our neighbors told us there is a bobcat who walks onto his deck about 5:30 every morning and surveys the neighborhood. That didn’t make me feel uber secure.


33 posted on 12/21/2011 7:30:04 PM PST by Grammy
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To: Grammy

With pins and rods and reflective vest?

Seriously, it’s looking for pets to eat.


34 posted on 12/21/2011 7:33:51 PM PST by txhurl (Perry/Pence 2012 OR Perry/Ryan 2012 or even better Perry/Abbott 2012!)
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To: txhurl
"Seriously, it’s looking for pets to eat."

I have no doubt about it. Especially since we have a small blue heeler who disappeared about 5 weeks ago. If he were showing up on my deck, he would probably be long, and permanently, gone.

35 posted on 12/21/2011 7:57:19 PM PST by Grammy
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To: nmrancher
The wolf re-introduction program has failed so miserably in Arizona and New Mexico at a cost of about $400,000 per wolf; now the US Fish and Wildlife Services is floating a proposal to introduce the Mexican Gray Wolf from California to West Texas and south of I-40 in their so-called habitat.

Oh, you gotta be kidding me!

Why don't they "introduce" the things into their own back yards, and not mine?

Didn't wolves at one time live in places like Massachusetts and New York and Washington? Why not reintroduce them there?

36 posted on 12/21/2011 8:05:31 PM PST by susannah59
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Ideal wolf population: zero.


37 posted on 12/21/2011 8:18:20 PM PST by Godwin1
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To: txhurl
"Coyotes" avoid my area.

[Coyote: the *other* other red meat]

38 posted on 12/21/2011 8:25:32 PM PST by Salamander (If I'm too rough, tell me.....I'm so scared your little head will come off in my hands.)
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To: Venturer

They pulled that same stupid stunt out here in The Wastelands *years* ago.

The “protected” coyotes [*cough cough*...wolves] ate lambs and calves as they were being literally born and ignoring the bigger, nastier deer completely.

We can shoot all of them we want to, now.

Since that brilliant experiment worked out so well, they’re sneaking mountain lions in.

I just can’t imagine what’s gonna be coming from *that*.


39 posted on 12/21/2011 8:31:40 PM PST by Salamander (If I'm too rough, tell me.....I'm so scared your little head will come off in my hands.)
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To: juno67
A pack of wolves in the wild is nothing like

a stray dog on the street.

40 posted on 12/21/2011 8:59:34 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: Venturer

So true. We are lousy with deer and coyotes here in GA.


41 posted on 12/21/2011 9:13:06 PM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: juno67
Wolves are dogs and dogs are wolves. There are probably more wolves living in people’s homes these days than ever lived in the wild.

When making silly statements like this you have to be prepared to back them up or are you a hit and run poster?

42 posted on 12/21/2011 9:19:11 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Deaf Smith

Its bullsh!t. They are around. They also kill stuff. I will sss.


43 posted on 12/21/2011 9:45:04 PM PST by waterhill (Hey kitten!)
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To: Grammy

Sorry about your dog disappearing. It might be soothing bigger than a bobcat taking pets, like maybe coyotes.


44 posted on 12/22/2011 8:17:01 AM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: Grammy

Sorry about your dog disappearing. It might be soothing bigger than a bobcat taking pets, like maybe coyotes.


45 posted on 12/22/2011 8:17:14 AM PST by girlangler (Fish Fear Me)
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To: girlangler
Another great story, Girlangler, and thanks for the ping!

The reintroduction of the Mexican gray wolf into SE Arizona and SW New Mexico has been nothing but an abject failure -- both for the residents of that beautiful part of the country and for the wolf. When a species is extirpated from an area, there is usually a good reason for it. In this case, the reason is simple: the wild wolf and domesticated mankind cannot coexist. When these two populations of apex predators find occasion to meet, almost always one or the other will be killed.

The liberal wildlife groups should know that. Not surprisingly, the Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program is sheer folly.

And on an entirely different note, I'm glad you liked by recent bird survey list. Aren't those huge numbers of waterfowl amazing?

I'm sure Bosque del Apache is similar. It's on my short list of places to visit.

Just got back from 4 days of bird surveys at Moapa (Nevada). If you like phainopeplas, crissal thrashers, and Abert's towhees, you'd love the place! Lol!

Merry Christmas!

46 posted on 12/23/2011 12:41:57 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: jazusamo
Wonder what they’re doing with the spared puppy. Using it to bait a Mexican Jaguar? Just kidding. :-)

Ha ha ha!

Good one, Jaz!

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

May that Great Horned Owl keep your yard rodent-free!

47 posted on 12/23/2011 12:46:03 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: george76

Merry Christmas back at ya, George!


48 posted on 12/23/2011 12:48:15 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Flycatcher

Merry Christmas


49 posted on 12/23/2011 2:34:59 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: girlangler

How many people have been killed by wolves in the past ten years, twenty years? Compared to pit bulls, or other “dogs”?

Wolves are no more dangerous than dogs because they are both biologically the same animal.


50 posted on 12/24/2011 6:48:07 AM PST by juno67 (a)
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