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Historic Victory for Northern Rockies Wolves at Defenders of Wildlife.

From the press release:

  • U.S. district court overturns Interior Secretary Salazar’s action that removed wolves in the Northern Rockies from the endangered species list
  • Ruling makes it clear that subdividing a wild population based on political boundaries rather than science violates the Endangered Species Act
  • Defenders calls for update of science and regional stakeholder collaboration to ensure continued wolf recovery and proper removal of federal protections


  • I am very pleased about this. The wolf management plan these states had come up with was irresponsible and based on prejudice and wishful thinking, not science. I am not opposed to legalizing the hunting of any animal, provided it is done humanely and provided the population can bear the burden. I want to see the gray wolf de-listed in the Northern Rockies, but it wasn't time, yet. It was too soon. The overturned ruling allowed and encouraged destructive wildlife management strategies which, if implemented, would have drastically reduced and then fragmented the wolf population, setting reintroduction efforts back twenty years.

    Hopefully this decision will encourage the development of responsible, coordinated efforts across state lines to establish and manage a healthy gray wolf population.

    States will still be allowed to kill or relocate problem animals, and Defenders also works with the local human population to reduce the wolf threat to livestock through effective nonlethal means (training guard dogs, establishing fladry fencing, surveying wolf populations on pastureland so that animals are not grazed near dens during puppy season), meaning that ranchers are not without protection from what is, after all, a predatory species right on their back step.

    I am not without sympathy for both sides, here, wolf and rancher. The people I don't have sympathy for are the middlemen, the policy-setters, local wildlife management, which would rather throw wolf populations and decades of effort and research on the part of wildlife experts under the bus than work with ranchers and wolf experts to come up with ways to reduce negative human/predator interactions. These people are meant to act as advocates and protectors of wildlife, as well as management. They have been failing in this duty because the simplest answer to the wolf problem is no wolves at all. Hopefully this won't be allowed to continue. It's not an easy job. It's not meant to be. Trying to make it easy by eradicating not just problem animals but a problem species from a given area is a dreadful approach.

    Date: 2010-08-10 01:29 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] bifemmefatale.livejournal.com
    I am very glad to hear this!

    Date: 2010-08-10 02:01 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] dark-phoenix54.livejournal.com
    One of the problems is the amazing number of people up here (north Idaho) who rejoiced at the delisting- not because they had stock that would be imperiled, but because they just wanted to get out there and shoot a wolf, which apparently would prove to the world that they had a huge penis. They are just one of the groups putting pressure on the policy setters, but they are a particularly annoying one to me. I'm not anti-hunting, I'm just against it when it's for the sole reason of Proving You're A Man, and when it's a species that is in short supply.

    I'm glad to see this ruling!

    Date: 2010-08-14 04:43 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] cheerfulolygirl.livejournal.com
    Yeah, hunting a feeling creature just to get a trophy seems self-centered and cruel. Those guys should just soup up their pickups to prove how manly they are!

    Date: 2010-08-10 03:00 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] amandajayne98.livejournal.com
    Yay! That is wonderful news!

    Date: 2010-08-10 04:38 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] celticravenwolf.livejournal.com
    I'm sure you've probably heard about this, but in 2007 Shaun Ellis conducted a study in Poland using defensive wolf howls to keep a local wolf pack from attacking livestock. Preliminary studies showed that it actually worked.

    I was very interested to hear more about this study, but alas, I haven't heard much more on it.

    If it does work, what a simple solution that could potentially be! Determine the size of the wolf pack (information that should be readily available from researchers), play pre-recorded territory proclamations from a larger pack and lay claim to the territory.

    I think a study like that definitely needs long-term findings - as we all know wolves aren't always content with the territory they have if there is better land nearby and they think they can oust the reigning pack - but there's definitely some merit here.

    I wish we would see some regulations here in Canada. Wolves are not protected unless they're in a national park. People around here - actually worse in Saskatchewan than in Alberta - get right freaked out if there is a wolf in the area. They are quite frequently shot on sight and it is purely the sparseness of the human population that prevents them from being eradicated completely.

    And for all the fear that people hold, I have in all my life heard of only one human-kept animal - a horse - being taken by wolves. Coyotes are a far worse killer of livestock. But for all our education and supposed "enlightenment", so many people are still afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.

    And even where wolves are protected - national parks - they are not safe. At one point in this decade it was believed that there were no wolves left in Banff National Park because many of those that left the park boundaries had been shot, and those remaining in the vital Bow River valley were killed on the TransCanada highway that cuts the critical ecosystem in two.

    I think I kinda segued into a rant there. Heh, what you've put up is good news though. There does need to be reasonable give and take on both sides, and it's refreshing to see reason win out for a change.

    Date: 2010-08-10 08:14 am (UTC)
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    From: [identity profile] chorus-of-chaos.livejournal.com
    This is awesome, and suddenly kicked ne in my brain that I may now live near wolf park. (It's a rehab site for wolves in Indiana that you can visit. I'm not sure exactly where it is, but when I lived in Indy it was a bit of a far drive, but I think I'm pretty near it now.

    Date: 2010-08-10 08:37 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] naamah-darling.livejournal.com
    I've heard a lot about it and I've always wanted to go there.

    Date: 2010-08-10 11:00 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] onlyonechoice.livejournal.com
    I want to go there sometime too - my cousin hosted a couple of wolves from there at his wildlife center and I actually got to go into their enclosure with them. That was sixteen years ago, but interacting with them is still one of my most precious memories.

    Date: 2010-08-10 11:02 am (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] enoughtoknow.livejournal.com
    I saw this in the news in Australia and immediately thought of you :)

    Date: 2010-08-10 12:01 pm (UTC)
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    From: [identity profile] siliconshaman.livejournal.com
    Saw this news earlier and thought of you... hey, can we now declare the politicians a problem species? I'd imagine quite a few of the would-be wolf hunters would find those an acceptable substitute, one that even the ecologists wouldn't have any qualms about!

    Date: 2010-08-10 03:41 pm (UTC)
    From: [identity profile] arkady.livejournal.com
    This is excellent news! :-D

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