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The future of Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program

The future of Mexican gray wolf reintroduction program | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) with revisions to the reintroduction program for the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi).  (Photo Credit: Tracy Brooks/Mission Wolf / USFWS). 

"Notwithstanding the fact that this should have been a full recovery plan, and that FWS has to divorce the highly imperiled lobos from its ill-conceived plan to delist gray wolves nationally, there are also some critical problems with the new proposal itself that conservationists will want to note."

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Wolf Conservation Center: Manipulating the Numbers in Montana Wolf Policies

Wolf Conservation Center: Manipulating the Numbers in Montana Wolf Policies | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks has stated publicly many times over the years, that they are using the best available science in their Gray Wolf management policies. Yet, time and time again, they have proven that they are not using the best available science, but rather manipulating numbers to appease special hunting groups and organizations, as well as the domestic livestock industry."

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  For public land managers, the U. S. "wild-wild-west" legacy shows up in the inflated influence of hunters and cowboys.  Public agency officials use tricks and deception to serve their old friends.

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Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Wolf execution 'quota' a measure of DNR’s ignorance

Patricia Randolph's Madravenspeak: Wolf execution 'quota' a measure of DNR’s ignorance | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"On Wednesday, June 25, the Natural Resources Board, comprised predominantly of appointed hunter activists, will “consider” the hunter-controlled wolf committee’s quota of 156 wolves to be killed in the 2014-15 hunting/trapping/hounding season — the third season in Wisconsin."

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  Why not adjust human behavior instead of eliminating the tiny threats and minor competition from wolves.  Perhaps the Natural Resources Board should reread "Never Cry Wolf."

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Another Wolf/Coyote Killing Contest Being Planned for January in Salmon, Idaho

Another Wolf/Coyote Killing Contest Being Planned for January in Salmon, Idaho | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"The BLM has issued a “scoping letter” asking people to provide comments on the scope of what the BLM should consider in an Environmental Assessment they intend to conduct on the impacts of a proposed “predator derby” on the BLM lands surrounding the Salmon, Idaho area during the weekend of January 2-4, 2015.   The 15-day public comment period started on August 4th and will extend to August 18, 2014. The “predator derby” is being hosted by Idaho for Wildlife, the same outfit that held the coyote and wolf killing contest in Salmon last winter. Last year the derby was infiltrated by activists and a journalist, Christopher Ketcham, who wrote: How to Kill a Wolf | VICE United States."

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Stop the execution of Siberian wolves

Stop the execution of Siberian wolves | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

Here is the link to sign the Siberian Wolf petition to the Parliament of Latvia Stop killing wolves.

Garry Rogers's insight:

GR:  Herders and farmers see wolves as economic threats; hunters see them as competitors.  Neither group is interested in stable Earth ecosystems.  Perhaps Latvians need a better education like, uh, like….  Hmm, does any country require natural history and ecology courses in its school curricula?

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Changes Needed to Help Mexican Wolves

Changes Needed to Help Mexican Wolves | Garry Rogers | Scoop.it

"Recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) proposed one very good and many very bad changes to the rules governing the Mexican wolf reintroduction.

"The proposal is very important to the future of Mexican wolves in the wild, who numbered only 83 at the last official count.

"USFWS plans to release a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and to hold a public comment period and hearings this year.

"Your help is needed now to make sure that changes to help the lobos thrive are included and the changes that would push them closer to extinction are discarded" (www.mexicanwolves.org).

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