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  • Who Will Rescue the Lost Sheep of the Lonely Revolution?

    11/06/2014 7:22:05 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 6, 2014 | Anthony Esolen
    Forgive me, Lord, if I use your words for an admonitory parable. You said to the Pharisees, “What man among you, having a hundred sheep, and learning that one of them has wandered into the wilderness, will not leave the ninety nine and go after the lost sheep? And when he has found it, will he not call his friends and say, Rejoice with me, for I have found the sheep that was lost?” That is why you came among us, to call sinners back to the fold. Not to pet and stroke them for being sinners, because that is...
  • The Making of a Mexico-to-Canada Wolf Corridor

    10/13/2014 10:30:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/13/14 | W.R. McAfee
    Part 1: Mexican wolves can devastate a ranch economically in ways not readily apparent or understood by the public The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is delisting and relinquishing management of their imported Canadian gray wolves back to state wildlife officials while simultaneously proposing “new rules”1 to “save” the Mexican gray wolf. These proposals include: Keeping the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) on the endangered list as a subspecies. A conundrum. The Mexican wolf is a gray wolf that breeds with other gray wolves and is not a subspecies. A grizzly and a black bear are subspecies.
  • ( DC ) Judge Reinstates Protections for Wyoming Wolves

    09/24/2014 7:01:34 PM PDT · by george76 · 8 replies
    ap ^ | Sep 24, 2014
    Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead issued a statement Tuesday saying that he expects the state to seek a stay of Jackson’s decision. He said the state will seek an emergency rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service to allow continued state wolf management. ... Wyoming took over wolf management in late 2012 after the federal government ruled that wolves no longer needed protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
  • A Gay Christian’s Journey: And God Save Judy Garland -

    08/13/2014 1:58:06 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies
    Red Letter "Christians" ^ | 7/26/14 | Brian McLaren
    There’s a kind of unique club in the world called “friends of Tony and Peggy Campolo.” I’m a grateful member of that group.... I prayed about it and said yes, which led to my meeting Randy Eddy-McCain and the beautiful church he served. What neither Randy, Peggy, nor I knew was that about four months later, one of my sons would be coming out. When he did, I kept thinking, “Thank God my son didn’t have to worry that his coming out would in any way hurt my work and reputation. Thank God Randy and Peggy invited me and I...
  • Mexican Gray Wolf Hearings In New Mexico, Arizona Expected To Draw Hundreds

    08/10/2014 8:35:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    KRWG ^ | August 8, 2014 | Center for Biological Diversity
    Large turnouts are expected at two upcoming public hearings on proposed changes to the Mexican wolf management plan, including expansion of the wolf-management areas in Arizona and New Mexico. The hearings, Aug. 11 in Pinetop, Ariz., and Aug. 13 in Truth or Consequences, N.M., will be the final opportunity for verbal testimony on proposed changes to management of the endangered Mexican gray wolf population in the two states. Public hearings last year in Albuquerque and Pinetop drew a total of around 1,000 people, most of whom were not allotted time to speak. ... The Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to...
  • Saudi Farmer Kills Two Wolves, Hangs Them in Public

    07/21/2014 4:02:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, July 21, 2014
    A Saudi farmer seeking revenge for the loss of his sheep chased two wolves for most of the day and killed them before hanging their bodies on a sign board in the area. Qayed Al Mutairi said he was determined to kill the two wolves after they devoured 18 of his sheep over the past few weeks. He told Sabq daily that he chased the two predators to the mountains by his four-wheel vehicle most of the day and shot them. “Mutairi then hanged the two animals at a signboard so other farmers and people will see them. This is...
  • Craig Medred: Headphones prevent hiker from hearing wolf attack his dog

    06/27/2014 10:32:46 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 32 replies
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | June 26, 2014 | Craig Medred
    While little Mosca the Jack Russell terrier was being noisily killed by wolves earlier this month in Chugach State Park just above Anchorage, the dog's owner was hiking along a trail to Wolverine Peak unaware of what was going on because he was wearing headphones.
  • Ariz. bill allowing ranchers to kill wolves also vetoed

    04/25/2014 7:54:58 PM PDT · by george76 · 38 replies
    Arizona Daily Sun, ^ | April 23, 2014
    Gov. Jan Brewer will not give ranchers and their employees permission to kill endangered Mexican gray wolves on federal lands. The measure vetoed Tuesday was crafted by Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford. She has been a vocal foe of the program by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reintroduce the wolves into sections of Arizona and New Mexico, saying they are endangering not only cattle but also pets and children. SB1211 would have spelled out that ranchers could “take” a wolf — legalese for killing — that was killing, wounding or biting livestock. It also would have legalized a guard...
  • Arizona House Passes Bill Allowing Self-Defense Killing Of Endangered Wolves

    04/16/2014 9:44:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    KRWG News ^ | April 16, 2014
    The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a Senate bill allowing ranchers to kill endangered wolves in self-defense. Senate Bill 1211 would allow livestock owners to kill a Mexican gray wolf if one was caught attacking livestock or a person. Wildlife activists say the bill violates the federal Endangered Species Act. But a staff attorney says the bill has been watered down and now meets constitutional requirements.
  • Wolf kills, eats dog after battle with owner during daylight attack near Haines

    03/17/2014 8:47:25 PM PDT · by skeptoid · 55 replies
    Chilkat Valley News ^ | TOM MORPHET
    A Haines woman beat back a wolf with a ski pole but was unable to keep it from killing and devouring one of four dogs she was walking with during a midday ordeal near 40 Mile Haines Highway.
  • The mysterious coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf

    03/09/2014 2:01:08 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 158 replies
    The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a remarkable new hybrid carnivore that is taking over territories once roamed by wolves and slipping unnoticed into our cities. Its appearance is very recent — within the last 90 years — in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. Beginning in Canada but by no means ending there, the story of how it came to be is an extraordinary tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere. Tag along as scientists study this new top predator, tracking it from the wilderness of Ontario’s Algonquin...
  • Idaho Fish and Game kills 23 wolves in Lolo Pass area

    03/01/2014 9:59:06 PM PST · by Valpal1 · 34 replies
    Missoulian ^ | 3/1/14 | AP article
    BOISE, Idaho — Idaho wildlife officials have killed 23 wolves in northern Idaho in an effort to boost the number of elk in the region. The Idaho Fish and Game announced Friday afternoon that the animals were killed by USDA Wildlife Service agents using a helicopter in the Lolo elk zone near the Montana border. It's the sixth time the agency has taken action to kill wolves in the Lolo zone in the past four years, bringing the total number of wolves killed there to 48. The efforts are part of the state's predator management plan, which calls for killing...
  • Wildlife service suspends plan to allow killing of gray wolves

    02/09/2014 1:56:19 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | Feb. 8, 2014
    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has backed off plans to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list. ... The government plan would have allowed gray wolves in the lower 48 United States to be hunted or killed. They have been under federal protection since 1967. The Mexican gray wolf, found only in the Southwest, retains protection.
  • Dogs are NOT descended from modern wolves but split from common ancestor 34,000 years ago

    01/16/2014 9:01:52 PM PST · by Fractal Trader · 77 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 16 January 2014 | SARAH GRIFFITHS
    Dogs and wolves evolved from a common ancestor between 11,000 and 34,000 years ago, according to new research. U.S. scientists said that part of the genetic overlap observed between some modern dogs and wolves is the result of interbreeding after dog domestication and not a direct line of descent from one group of wolves. They believe their research reflects a more complicated history than the popular story that early farmers adopted a few docile, friendly wolves that later became our modern canine companions. Dogs and wolves evolved from a common ancestor between 11,000 and 34,000 years ago but modern canines...
  • The Ravenous Wolves of FreeRepublic

    01/02/2014 10:13:07 AM PST · by DouglasKC · 542 replies
    Today | Douglaskc
    The Ravenous Wolves of FreeRepublicHow do we deal with the insults and pain of those whom Christ called "ravenous wolves"? Many aren't aware of it but the phrase "A wolf in sheep’s clothing" has biblical origins. Mat 7:15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. The word translated "false prophet" here is not referring to a Godly person who has a prophecy that fails. Instead it's referring to a person who pretends to be a Christian but in reality is not. They are compared to "ravenous wolves" among the flock....
  • Illinois preps for possibility of wolf population

    01/01/2014 11:45:35 AM PST · by bkopto · 72 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan 1, 2014 | Michael Tarm
    Illinois’ own once-thriving wolves were hunted to extinction by the 1860s. But since the first confirmed sighting in the state in 150 years, in 2002, wolf sightings have gone from rare to regular — with at least five in the last three years. “We used to joke with our counterparts in Wisconsin that, ‘Yeah, one day your wolves will be coming to Illinois,’” said Joe Kath, the endangered species manager at Illinois’ Department of Natural Resources. “Well, we’ve reached that day.” That has state wildlife officials contemplating another day — still way off — when there are so many wolves...
  • This lion doesn’t run, instead kills, eats wolf ( Wyoming )

    12/15/2013 12:34:39 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Jackson Hole News ^ | December 11, 2013 | Mike Koshmrl
    Five mountain lion cubs mothered by Teton Cougar Project research animals have met their ends in the jaws of wolves over the past few years. Now a Jackson Hole female cougar appears to have exacted vengeance. A lion tracked by the Kelly-based science institute for the past six years is documented to have recently dined on a yearling wolf, Cougar Project biologist Mark Elbroch says. “What’s nice about this particular incident is that this is a collared mountain lion, and we know for sure that she killed it,” ... While not unheard of, proven cases of lions killing wolves are...
  • U.S. wildlife managers urge lifting Yellowstone grizzly protections

    12/12/2013 4:51:01 PM PST · by george76 · 65 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12-12-2013 | Laura Zuckerman
    Yellowstone's grizzlies, now classified as a threatened species, were briefly removed from protected status by the federal government in 2007, when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service declared that the outsized, hump-shouldered bears had made a healthy comeback. At the time, the number of grizzlies in the region had exceeded the government's recovery goal of 500 bears, the government said. But conservationists successfully challenged the de-listing in court, arguing that the government discounted climate changes ... On Wednesday, members of the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee sought to reverse that decision, recommending a new de-listing after reviewing a report suggesting Yellowstone's...
  • It’s time to delist all wolves

    12/03/2013 12:44:44 PM PST · by george76 · 54 replies
    Capital Press ^ | November 14. 2013
    Past experience in Idaho, northeastern Oregon and Washington state illustrate that it's time to take gray wolves completely off the federal list of endangered species. The West’s wolf problem started in 1995 and 1996. That’s when 66 wolves from Canada were reintroduced in Idaho and Yellowstone National Park. Those wolves multiplied and spread into Wyoming, Utah and Oregon. They also took up residence in Washington state and Montana, where other wolves from Canada already lived. Today at least 1,674 wolves live in 321 packs within the region, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. That’s in addition to the...
  • Wolves attack horses in French ski station

    11/21/2013 12:41:49 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 24 October 2013
    Wolves have killed one horse and badly injured another in an attack on the outskirts of a ski village close to the French Riviera, officials said Thursday. The attack, at Auron in the Alpes-Maritimes region inland from Nice, was the latest incident to trigger anger among farmers in southeastern France over the protected status of wolves and their growing numbers. The owner of the horses, Jacques Riguccini, said a pack of wolves had chased around 30 of his animals one night last week and one of them had been ripped apart after getting tangled up in safety netting by the...
  • Friction Over Wolf Reintroduction Spills Into Colorado ( and NM )

    11/21/2013 11:48:46 AM PST · by george76 · 107 replies
    Colorado Observer ^ | November 21, 2013 | Valerie Richardson
    Wildlife lovers clamoring to bring gray wolves to Colorado may want to pay attention to those wooden outhouse-style structures in rural Catron County, New Mexico. They’re called “kid cages,” and they’re built to protect children waiting at school bus stops–from wolves. “The wolf issue is an example, especially with the kid cages, about how you’re putting the interest of wildlife over the interests of human beings,” said filmmaker David Spady. “Every American should be concerned about seeing kids in cages and wolves out wandering around freely.” Spady’s remarks came during a Tuesday screening of his film, “Wolves in Government Clothing,”...
  • Kid Cages at School Bus Stops Spark Outrage

    10/29/2013 5:30:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 96 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 29, 2013 | David Spady
    Environmentalists have galvanized behind a movement to resurrect wolf populations in rural America. Public support, particularly from urban regions, appears to favor the idea of returning this iconic symbol of the wilderness to America’s rural landscapes. Unfortunately there is a lack of public awareness to the real life consequences for those living with wolves. The result is a misguided Federal wolf introduction program that disregards protests from states where wolves are forced on communities that don’t want them. In Catron County, New Mexico, aggressive Mexican gray wolves are terrorizing residents. Here wolves are killing pets in front yards in broad...
  • VIDEO: Government Forced Kid Cages

    10/13/2013 8:23:22 AM PDT · by granite · 57 replies
    The Cal Report ^ | October 12, 2013 | David Spady
    In parts of New Mexico children have no choice but to wait for their school bus inside of cages. These “kid cages” are the result of government agencies abuse of the Endangered Species Act. The United States Fish & Wildlife Service has placed wolves in populated areas where they have become an economic burden for small business owners, infringed upon private property rights, burdened taxpayers with management costs, and placed fear in the hearts of those who have to deal with them on a daily basis.
  • Police Believe Woman Eaten By Dozens Of Hybrid Wolf-Dogs After She Died

    09/25/2013 8:33:57 PM PDT · by eartrumpet · 24 replies
    Kentucky authorities believe that a woman was eaten by dozens of her pet wolf-dogs after she died. The Ohio County Sheriff’s Office told WFIE-TV that when they conducted a welfare check on 67-year-old Patricia Ritz, they found a human skull and jawbone as 50 hybrid wolf-dogs roamed her Fordsville property. Officials believe they are the remains of Ritz. WHAS-TV reports that neighbors called authorities after she wasn’t seen for more than a week. She reportedly told her neighbors that she wasn’t feeling well recently. Ohio County Animal Control came to Ritz’s property in an effort to gather up the dogs,...
  • Minnesota teen suffers head wounds in fight with attacking wolf

    08/28/2013 2:14:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2013 | (AP contributed to this report)
    A 16-year-old boy who fought off a rare apparent wolf attack in northern Minnesota says he won’t be sleeping outside anytime soon. Noah Graham of Solway was camping on Lake Winnibigoshish with five friends last weekend. He told The Pioneer of Bemidji that he was talking with his girlfriend just before the animal chomped the back of his head early Saturday. Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials think it’s the first documented serious-injury wolf attack on a human in Minnesota. The paper points out that wolf attacks are rare. There have been two fatal wolf attacks in North America in...
  • Wolves kill 176 sheep near Victor, greatest loss recorded in Idaho

    08/20/2013 6:12:17 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 136 replies
    AP via KTVB ^ | 8/20/13 | AP
    IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- A southeastern Idaho ranch lost 176 sheep as the animals ran in fear from two wolves that chased through a herd of about 2,400 animals south of Victor....
  • McCain: 'Foolish' to write off Rubio as 2016 contender

    07/23/2013 7:17:48 AM PDT · by maggief · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 23, 2013 | Justin Sink
    Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said it would be "foolish" to write of Sen. Marco Rubio's (R-Fla.) presidential chances, despite the hit absorbed by the Florida lawmaker from conservatives upset with his championing of a comprehensive immigration reform bill. Rubio and McCain served as two of the primary GOP negotiators in the Senate's "Gang of Eight," which crafted the upper chamber's bipartisan reform bill. “I think it’s just foolish,” McCain told The Arizona Republic in an interview Friday. “I’m not endorsing anyone, but I can tell you Marco Rubio is an articulate spokesperson for what conservatives believe in, in principle. And...
  • The Nifonging of George Zimmerman

    07/17/2013 8:21:20 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 7/17/2013 | William A. Levinson
    There is an aphorism to the effect that there is only a small difference between police and criminals, just as there is only a small difference between sheep dogs and wolves. It is that small difference, however, that distinguishes heroes from enemies of society. Sheep dogs and wolves are members of the same species, and both are physically and temperamentally capable of killing other animals. The key difference is, of course, that sheep dogs never harm the sheep they protect from the wolves. A police officer must, like the violent criminals he or she arrests, be similarly capable of handling...
  • APNewsBreak: Plan would lift wolf protections

    06/07/2013 9:01:47 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | June 7, 2013 | Matthew Brown & John Flesher/AP
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing to lift most remaining federal protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states almost four decades after they were added to the endangered species list. An official announcement is scheduled Friday.
  • Bear Baiting May Put Hunting Dogs at Risk from Wolves

    04/18/2013 8:12:48 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    Science Daily ^ | Apr. 17, 2013
    Bear hunters will tell you that a good way to attract a bear is to put out bait. And in 10 states, including Michigan and Wisconsin, that's perfectly legal. Hunting dogs are another useful technique in the bear-hunter's toolkit, and 17 states say that's just fine. But who else likes bear bait? Gray wolves, that's who. And wolves that are feeling territorial about a bear bait stash can -- and sometimes do -- kill hunting dogs released at the bait site. Like most interactions between wildlife and human beings, wolf attacks on hunting dogs illustrate a tangled trade-off: attracting bears...
  • We Just Replaced a Unionized Truck Company!

    01/24/2013 11:56:54 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 34 replies
    1-888-no-union.com ^ | 24 January 2013 | Superb Website
    We had a critical shipment of machinery due out of Michigan yesterday. The truck line which our vendor booked said the roads were bad and they wouldn't be able to pick up for at least an extra day. Normally, our plant is a beehive of activity and I would have shrugged this off and waited the day. However, since the shipment was critical, I decided to check out the story. Our vendor reported the roads weren't nice, but passable and the truck line was making an excuse due to some arcane union rules.I asked the vendor to fire them on...
  • Tribes

    12/22/2012 8:14:54 AM PST · by DNME · 8 replies
    If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath–a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.
  • Wolf attacks trapper on snowmachine near Tok ( Alaska )

    12/18/2012 7:28:17 PM PST · by george76 · 97 replies
    News-Miner ^ | Dec 17, 2012 | Tim Mowry
    FAIRBANKS — A wolf attacked a Tok trapper on his snowmachine last week about 30 miles off the Taylor Highway, biting through the man’s parka and three layers of clothing to put a 3-inch gash on his arm. Lance Grangaard, 30, said he was “putting along” on his Ski-Doo Tundra on Thursday afternoon, coming down a frozen creek, when he saw the wolf out of the corner of his eye. “I turned in time to stick my arm up,” said Grangaard, who was trapping with his father, Danny, in a remote area off the Taylor Highway known as Ketchumstuk. “A...
  • Five wolves killed in Wisconsin as controversial hunt begins

    10/19/2012 5:43:48 AM PDT · by SJackson · 31 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10-19-12
    MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Wisconsin officials said on Wednesday that hunters killed five wolves during the first two days of the state's inaugural wolf harvest, which began this week despite opposition from animal rights groups. The state's Department of Natural Resources said a gray wolf was trapped and killed on Tuesday in Oneida County and hunters elsewhere across the state reported four kills on Monday as the state-sanctioned effort to reduce the population began. So far, the state has issued 638 of the 1,160 wolf-harvesting licenses it authorized for the season, which runs through February 28 or until hunters reach the...
  • Great Lakes wolves up for hunting season

    10/11/2012 3:10:46 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 13 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 10, 2012
    <p>Madison, Wis. -- For years, vacationers and farmers across northern Wisconsin and Minnesota have heard the eerie howl of the gray wolf and fretted the creatures were lurking around their cabins and pastures. The tables are about to turn there.</p>
  • Gun rights conference unfolds as guns a’ blazing in Northwest

    09/29/2012 1:36:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 September, 2011 | Dave Workman
    ORLANDO — While gun rights advocates from all over the map, including the Pacific Northwest, are gathering here for the kick-off of the 27th annual Gun Rights Policy, back home in Washington one can sense there is a “gun” battle of sorts heating up anew, over the elimination of a wolf pack in northern Stevens County. Wolf predation isn’t on the agenda down here in Disneyworld country, but it’s a safe gamble Evergreen State big game hunters and ranchers are waiting for political and legal fireworks to ignite because of the Wedge Pack eradication this week. Marksman have killed the...
  • Two wolves from Washington state gray wolf pack killed for preying on cattle

    09/25/2012 10:00:06 PM PDT · by dennisw · 33 replies
    nbcnews.com ^ | 9/26/12 | Miguel Llanos
    Two gray wolves in Washington state were killed from a state helicopter Tuesday afternoon after officials decided the entire pack -- believed to be at least eight wolves -- needed to be killed because of repeated attacks on cattle, officials said. An airborne marksman with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife killed the two wolves about seven miles from the Canadian border -- a week after marksmen and wildlife biologists spent days looking for the pack. A major conservation group working with Washington state to manage its gray wolves agreed that the pack should be culled but also blamed...
  • Wolves maul a woman to death at a zoo in Sweden

    06/17/2012 1:14:47 PM PDT · by null and void · 161 replies
    The Sun ^ | 6/17/12 | CHRIS POLLARD
    A WOMAN zookeeper was mauled to death by a pack of wolves as she fed them in their enclosure. Eight of the wolves are thought to have surrounded and attacked the woman, who was in her 30s. Her body was found by a colleague — but the snarling pack would not let anyone near her. Eventually brave zoo workers formed a human chain and rushed the wolves, forcing them back. Jan Tengeborg, who organised the attempt to recover the body, said: “We couldn’t get into the enclosure because the wolves clearly did not want us in there. You can’t...
  • WOLVES

    05/25/2012 8:35:56 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 82 replies
    I became hyper-interested in canids awhile back when I read something about coy-wolf hybrids in the northeast part of the US. I've been reading about them lately. I know there is an ongoing effort to "re-introduce" wolves into certain parts of the united states. This upsets a lot of folks and makes others giddy with excitement. So, I am sharing my only personal wolf story I can because it is the only one I have. It isn't much since they've been extinct in these parts for a very long time. My cousin used to tell me stories about the old-timers...
  • Republican House approves game and fish bill(MN)

    04/09/2012 7:17:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    ABC Newspapers ^ | 9 April, 2012 | ABC Newspapers
    The Republican House Tuesday passed its omnibus game and fish bill, but not before lengthy debate on shooting ranges, venison donation and gray wolves. One provision in Rep. Tom Hackbarth’s (R-Cedar) bill stipulates that publicly funded shooting ranges must be available four times a year for use by youths enrolled in firearm safety training — gun ranges at prisons were excluded and range operators under the bill could charge fees. But a number of lawmakers, including a Republican, criticized the provision. “It just creates another problem for our cities,” said Rep. John Benson, DFL-Minnetonka. A Rochester Democrat explained that one...
  • Call of the wild: Amazing reaction of wolves who come running when woman who befriended them in wood

    03/29/2012 3:12:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/29/12 | Anthony Bond
    They are related to the domestic dog, which many of us live with side-by-side each day. But despite their friendly relations, wolves are not known for getting on quite so well with humans. Often living in the wilderness, they are fearsome predators which can bring down animals twice their size. But as these incredible images show, they clearly have a softer side. When a woman - known only as Anita - returned to the pack of wolves which she had socialised with for two years they reacted with sheer delight. As she sat in the snow, the four wolves raced...
  • APNewsBreak: US appeals court allows wolf hunts

    03/14/2012 11:03:01 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Mail Tribune ^ | March 14, 2012 | Matthew Brown/AP
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a lawsuit from conservation groups that want to block wolf hunts that have killed more than 500 of the predators across the Northern Rockies in recent months. The ruling from a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Congress had the right to intervene when it stripped protections from wolves last spring. Lawmakers stepped in after court rulings kept wolves on the endangered list for years after they reached recovery goals. Wildlife advocates claimed in their lawsuit that Congress violated the separation of powers by...
  • Aerial gunners kill 14 wolves in North Idaho

    02/23/2012 1:47:17 PM PST · by jazusamo · 43 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | February 23, 2012 | Eric Barker
    Federal wildlife agents shot and killed 14 wolves from helicopters in Idaho’s remote Lolo Zone earlier this month. The three-day operation, aimed at reducing the number of wolves roaming the backcountry area where elk herds are struggling, was carried out in a partnership between the federal Wildlife Services agency and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Wildlife managers hope a sustained reduction in wolf numbers will allow the Lolo elk herd, which has been severely depressed since the mid 1990s, to rebound. “We’d like to see one of Idaho’s premier elk populations recover as much as possible,” said Jim...
  • Idaho governor offers to 'replace' Oregon wolf with 150 more

    02/15/2012 7:58:27 PM PST · by girlangler · 21 replies
    The Outdoor Pressroom ^ | 2/14/12 | Valerie Richardson
    In an obvious tongue-in-cheek propostion, Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter has sent Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber an offer to "replace" the collared wolf from Oregon that was shot by a hunter in Idaho. "I am offering to send you 150 wolves from Idaho," Otter wrote. "Idaho has more than a sufficient number, in fact many more than the federal government originally required we have, and can spare a few." Washington Times.
  • Wyoming prepares to end federal wolf protections

    02/14/2012 11:11:07 PM PST · by george76 · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 14, 2012 | BEN NEARY
    Wyoming lawmakers appear ready to change the state’s wolf management law to accommodate an agreement that Gov. Matt Mead and U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar reached last year on ending federal protections for the animals in the state. Under the agreement, wolves could be shot on sight in much of the state. The Republican governor has made wolf management a priority, saying the animals threaten agricultural interests and other wildlife. Officials say there are about 300 wolves in the state, and Mead has said the population grows by 10 percent every year. Under the deal, Wyoming would commit to...
  • Wolves stealing Yukon Quest trail markers

    02/11/2012 7:37:22 PM PST · by redpoll · 40 replies
    Fairbanks Daily News-Miner ^ | Feb. 11, 2012 | Suzanna Caldwell
    DAWSON CITY, Yukon - There are a lot of problems that can befall trail markers — treacherous conditions, dangerous overflow, deep snow and trails littered with fallen brush. But an unexpected challenge for the Canadian Rangers who broke the Yukon Quest trail in Canada? Wolves stealing trail markers.
  • Wisconsin in new era for wolves

    01/30/2012 5:38:35 PM PST · by SJackson · 16 replies
    When viewed from most perspectives Friday, the gray wolf in Wisconsin was unchanged: A native predator that inspired respect, fear, awe and even hatred among humans. But Jan. 27 also marked a significant transition for the wolf. No longer listed as protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, the wolf returned to state management. And in a new development in the modern annals of Wisconsin wildlife management, a bill was introduced Friday that would allow wolf hunting and trapping. The delisting was welcomed by state wildlife managers. "We've been looking forward to this day," said Adrian Wydeven, wolf ecologist for...
  • The Dirty Dozen

    01/14/2012 6:05:00 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Buckeye Firearms Association ^ | 13 January, 2012 | U.S. Sportsman's Alliance
    As 2012 begins, it's important to take note of groups that are working against your opportunities to hunt, trap, fish and enjoy the outdoors. To that effect, here is what we call The Dirty Dozen: 1) Humane Society of the United States or HSUS—needs no commentary or introduction to hunters and trappers everywhere, but has been in the news and advertisements recently for sharing only one percent with animal shelters of the $187,515,301.00 the group raked in during 2010. Details are at http://www.ussportsmen.org/page.aspx?pid=2954. 2) People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals or PETA—outrageous, radical and out of touch with mainstream...
  • As wolves approach central Oregon, a debate ensues

    01/08/2012 2:41:51 PM PST · by jazusamo · 44 replies
    The Republic ^ | January 8, 2011 | DYLAN J. DARLING The Bulletin
    BEND, Ore. — As wolves spread into Central Oregon, advocates and opponents continue to debate their value. Some say the animals, eradicated from the state decades ago, will help bring the ecosystem into better balance. Others argue the predators were eliminated for good reason. Since wolves wandered into Oregon from Idaho in 2008, the state has spent about $800,000 to manage them, according to an Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife report. That sum will grow by at least a half million dollars over the next couple of years, and the spending could escalate as the number of wolves roaming...
  • Great Lakes wolves lose federal protection

    12/22/2011 12:21:05 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 12-21-11 | Lee Bergquist
    A resurgent population has prompted authorities to lift federal protections for the gray wolf in Wisconsin and other parts of the Upper Midwest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday that it was removing Endangered Species Act protections for the wolf in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and portions of adjoining states. After the announcement, Gov. Scott Walker ordered the state Department of Natural Resources to implement a state wolf management plan, which is designed to protect animals while also being able to control a growing population. Wolves - which can travel up to 30 miles a day - have soared...