Tag Archive: conservation


Heavy Heart

For a while now I have been trying to figure out what has been going on with me. However, I think now I have found the answer. I have a heavy heart and its filled with hurt, grief, sorrow and depression.

 

I believe it all started when my father dies in November of 2004. I didn’t grieve until the following year. And ever since, it’s been difficult with hardly anyone understanding me with the exception of my wife. Then in May of 2006 my first baby wound up being a miscarriage and that was hard enough. Then things seem to calm down over the next few years, but I started sinking into depression and having anxiety or panic attacks. So thins year I finally got on meds to help control my mood swings and emotions, but I read about the destruction of our wildlife and the senceless killings of Wolves and their pack and I cry for them when I se the sad images. It seems like no matter how many petitions I sign, or talk to others about my side of the issue, I seem to get kicked in the face. I know I should not be like this over wildlife, but I can not help it, its who I am and it hurts to see a helpless animal stare at the hunter for the last time and take a bullet just because the hunter could. When will it all stop. I see on the news cops killing trained family dogs in cold blood, I also see the senceless killing of ourselves. And for what? Money? Power? Or for the game of it? I think its all a big game and its only going o get worse before it gets better.

 I told myself that I will try to be the voice to those who have no voice and help those who need it the most and ask nothing in return.

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California Senator Email

This is an email I recieved this morning from my state Senator

Dear Charles:

Thank you for writing to express your opposition to the “Sportsmen’s Act of 2012” (S. 3525).  I appreciate the time you took to write, and I welcome the opportunity to respond.

As you may know, on September 10, 2012, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) introduced the “Sportsmen’s Act of 2012.”  This bill is an amalgamation of more than a dozen other bills intended to promote access to hunting and fishing on public lands as well as support habitat and species conservation.  For example, the bill seeks to dedicate 1.5% of all Land and Water Conservation Fund spending to securing easements or acquisitions that improve access to public lands.  Additionally, the bill supports various programs to fund fish and bird habitat conservation, such as reauthorizing the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, which provides incentives to private land-owners to protect critically important habitat for migratory birds and wildlife on their property.

While I support efforts to improve access and recreation on public lands as well as the bill’s conservation efforts, I do not agree with all provisions proposed in the bill.  In particular, I do not support its proposed exemption to the Marine Mammal Protection Act to allow for the importation of polar bear trophies that were taken in Canada prior to its protection under the Endangered Species Act. You should be aware that I opposed a previous iteration of the bill, which would have allowed the possession of loaded firearms on Army Corps of Engineers-managed lands.

On September 22, 2012, I joined a majority of my colleagues in voting in favor of cloture on the motion to proceed to S. 3525.  Voting for cloture indicates a desire to proceed to debate on the bill, but does not necessarily indicate support for or opposition to the legislation itself. A final vote on S. 3525 will occur when the Senate comes back in session.  I appreciate hearing from you and will keep your thoughts in mind when the bill comes to the Senate floor for a final vote.

Once again, thank you for writing. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact my Washington, D.C. office at (202) 224-3841, or visit my website at www.feinstein.senate.gov.  Best regards.

Sincerely yours,
Dianne Feinstein

United States Senator

Sweet & Innocent

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Please do your part to save Wolves everywhere. This lil guy has no idea what dangers he faces. Humans are his and others like him greatest threat. Please sign petitions and make phone calls to your reps and congressperson to help fight for, not against these heautiful and amazing animals.

How Can We Let This Happen

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It sickens me to read daily about how many wolves are being slaughtered, and for what? Nothing. Its ranchers such as those in Washington state that claim wolves are to blame for their cattle being killed. Well here’s the thing. These ranchers, and not just in Washington state. Theey let their cattle free roam and allowed to graze in fields that are not fenced in. And the wolves are just doing what they have been doing for hundreds of years, hell what any animal does, look for food. In this case, I blame man for allowing the eniter Wedge Pack of wolves in Washington state to be slaughtered and using tax payer money to use a helicopter and a sniper to find and shoot the Alpha male of the pack. In the weeks to follow his entire pack was wiped out.

 

Whats the point of petitions when the government turns their back on wildlife conservation, when they are the ones in charge of protecting wildlife. We se sign the petitions to stop the hunts, but the feds turn control over to the states and before we have a chance to start another petition for the states to stop the wolf hunting, its to late. As of today 142 wolves slaughtered in 4 states. Here is the break down.

 

Idaho – 65

Montana – 24

Wyoming – 31

Wisconsin – 22

 

And these numbers only reflect the wolves killed “legally” by way of hunters having a “permit” to kill them. What a crock or crap. Something must be done to stop the slaughter of these creatures who not are a joy to observe, listen to and photographed, but they are a important part of the ecosystem.

 

Do your part today, contact your state reps. Email them, cll them, send certified letters letting them know that you want the needless killing of these creatures to stop and to also contact your Congressmen/women to have these creatures put back on the endangered species list. We must act now for our future generations to see and enjoy these wonders of nature.

 

CJ

Help the Michigan Wolves

This from Wolfwatcher on facebook. Please read, then sign the petition’s to stop wolf hunting in Michigan. Our government is out of control abd these creatures must be protected and put back on the endangered species list. Please do you part to help protect Michigan’s wolves.

“Just as expected, Michigan’s Senate introduced Senate Bill 1350 which authorizes the Natural Resources Commission to establish the hunting season for the gray wolf. The bill deems hunting as necessary to prevent wolves from threatening livestock. It is important to note that this bill has the same original content as HB 5834 (its companion bill in the House) which takes it one step further in the legislative process.

To read its details, visit – http://legislature.mi.gov/%28S%282as5rumq2 da3at45xudro445%29%29/mileg.aspx? page=getObject&objectName=2012-SB-1 350

Thus, we urge you to please considering signing/sharing our petition to the Michigan Legislature which expresses strong opposition to BOTH bills currently pending in Michigan’s House and Senate: http://www.change.org/petitions/urge-michigan-s-legislature-to-reject-hr-5834-and-sb1350

This is a email newsletter I received from the “National Wolfwatcher Coalition” today. I would like to be able to go, but will not be able to, so hopefully next year I can make it. Please attend this event if you can and please share this with others so that all can be educated and have a chance to view these magnificent creatures.
Also if you are able to attend, please post any photos that you may have so that we all can see.
Till next time…..
CJ
Yellowstone National Park is home to the largest concentration of large and small mammals in the lower 48 states.  The National Wolfwatcher Coalition will be traveling to Yellowstone National Park from Oct. 23rd-Oct. 28th along with our advisers, supporters and friends to participate in a week of wolf watching throughout the park’s northern range and learning about the critical role it plays in nature from some experts.

“Project Yellowstone” involves teaming with National Park Service rangers, Park biologists and fellow wolfwatchers as we hike in the Yellowstone back-country to observe, photograph and educate others about wild wolves and other wildlife in their natural habitat. These activities reinforce our core values of sharing our passion for the outdoors by promoting responsible stewardship of our wild lands and wildlife via sustainable recreation practices.

  

In addition to active wolf watching in the field and trail-side talks that excite, engage, and educate participants about the importance of wolf conservation, some evenings have been reserved for presentations by  guest speakers who will engage us in animated and exciting discussion about wolves and the present challenges that affect their continued recovery in the wild.

n addition to active wolf watching in the field and trail-side talks that excite, engage, and educate participants about the importance of wolf conservation, some evenings have been reserved for presentations by  guest speakers who will engage us in animated and exciting discussion about wolves and the present challenges that affect their continued recovery in the wild.

Mr. John Morgan and Alyssa Grayson

Thanks to a rather generous donation from Mr. John Morgan, owner of RIPAC and life-long humanitarian, Wolfwatcher’s first Junior Adviser, Alyssa Grayson, and her mom, Cheri, will be traveling with us for their first trip to Yellowstone to see wild wolves!

The activities promoted in this project will provide healthy and vigorous outdoor experiences that attract participants and motivate appreciation for our national parks, wild lands and wildlife. Thus it is our expectation that this pioneering event will become an annual project to help to help provide participants with outdoor skills that they will enjoy for a lifetime and inspire their interest in the outdoors in a manner that motivates their support for America’s public lands, wolves and other wildlife as well as Wolfwatcher’s growing community.

Yellowstone’s “Butter” of the Lamar Canyon Pack 

We will sharing regular updates about our experiences throughout our “Project Yellowstone” with the hope that you will consider joining us next year!   Howls….

Stay tuned… “

Wolves In Wyoming Need Help

This is from a email I recieved today from Wild Earth Guardian. If wolves are too be hunted in Wyoming, you can bet that state as well as any other state that allows the killing of these animals will never get on penny from me or anyone else that I can get to not tour or live in these states. This is bullshit and the killing of Wolves must be stopped.

“Monday, September 10, 2012 Grassroots Conservation Organizations Notice Feds of Impending Wolf Litigation

Wyoming’s Wolves to be Shot En Masse Contact: Wendy Keefover (303) 573-4898 x 1162

Washington, D.C. A coalition of grassroots conservation groups filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its decision to prematurely rescind Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in Wyoming. This “delisting” decision turns the fate of Wyoming’s wolves over to a hostile State government, which has already drawn up plans for a fall slaughter.

The Wyoming “wolf plan” calls for unregulated wolf killing in over 80 percent of the state. Many of Wyoming’s current population of approximately 330 wolves will die this winter. The State intends to allow a minimum of only 100 wolves to survive outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Reservation, but it has no way to know when it has reached that threshold because it is impossible to census wolf populations unless they wear radio collars.

“Wolves belong to all Americans, but powerful industry lobbyists and their political cronies don’t agree,” said Wendy Keefover of WildEarth Guardians. “The anti-wolf minority wants to kill as many wolves as possible before we can get to the courthouse, and the Fish and Wildlife Service is completely complicit in this terrible arrangement.”

Wyoming’s wolf plan was written in part to appease the cattle and sheep industry, which has loudly protested wolf predation on livestock. But their claims of innumerable livestock losses are without merit. Data show that wolves kill less than one percent of cattle and sheep inventories in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

Some sportsmen also complain that wolves kill too many elk; yet, the States of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming each host elk populations that exceed management objectives. Wyoming’s elk population is 24 percent over its objective of 85,000 animals. The 2010 count reported 104,000 elk in the state.

“Wyoming’s wolf plan is one of appeasement, answering vociferous, but false claims about wolf predation on elk and livestock,” said Gary Macfarlane of Friends of the Clearwater.

Wolves did not evolve with hunting and trapping pressures and even low levels of killing by humans harm their populations.

“The full effects of hunting can’t be calculated, as it breaks up families of wolves,” said Priscilla Feral of Friends of Animals. “The death of parents always leaves the young to become disoriented and often abandoned to starve.”

“The future plans of millions of tourists who visit Wyoming for wolf watching will be affected, and this threatens ecotourism, one of the fastest growing industries in the region,” said David Hornoff of the National Wolfwatcher Coalition.

As top carnivores, the presence of wolves in ecosystems creates greater biological diversity, affecting species ranging from beetles to songbirds to grizzly bears.

“Wolves are a natural and important component in a fully-functioning ecosystem;” said Michael Garrity of Alliance for Wild Rockies, “without wolves, fragile stream habitats are impaired by overabundant elk and this negatively effects numerous species.”

“Wolf recovery is unfinished business until they are present in healthy numbers in all suitable habitats across the American West,” said Kenneth Cole of Western Watersheds Project.

Duane Short of Biodiversity Conservation Alliance said, “Wyoming’s wolf management ‘plan’ regresses to a past era when Wyoming’s valuable wolves were shot-on-sight as part of a deliberate extermination campaign.”

The conservation and animal advocacy groups agree that Wyoming’s wolf population has not been recovered and that it makes no sense—ecologically or economically—to subject even a fully recovered wolf population to a trigger-happy firing squad.

“The Wyoming plan is not good for wolves, for the environment, or millions of taxpayers that want to restore more wolves to the landscape,” said Denise Boggs of Conservation Congress.

WildEarth Guardians’ General Counsel, Jay Tutchton of Colorado, represents the groups.”

Alexander Archipelago Wolf

From Wolfwatcher………
The Alexander Archipelago wolf is a rare subspecies of the gray wolf (canis lupus ligoni) found only in a limited worldwide range confined to Southeast Alaska. In fact, it is the only wolf species found within the Alaskan portion of the Tongass National Forest. Alexander Archipelago wolves den in the root systems of old-growth trees and prey almost exclusively on Sitka black-tailed deer that also depend upon old-growth forests for their survival. Sadly, uncontrolled logging destroyed and fragmented their homes. It also brought more roads into the area, giving hunters and trappers greater access to the wolves (and their prey) – both legally and illegally. Mid 1990’s population estimates were about 900; 2010 estimates are about 150. …

In 2011, the Center for Biological Diversity and Greenpeace submitted a request to Sec. of Salazar, the Interior Dept., and USFWS to list the Alexander Archipelago wolf as a threatened or endangered species under the ESA. By law, Salazar was required to act within 90 days, but more than a year has passed. Time is running out for this fragile population of wolves. Please follow the directions in Alaska Wildlife Alliance‘s Action Alert and send an email asking them to grant threatened or endangered species status protection to this rare wolf!

Alexander Archipelago Wolf

A Victory For Wolves

I recieved this email this morning from Wild Earth Guardians and figured I would share it with you.

“Four Square Mile Logging Project Blocked

An appeal filed by WildEarth Guardians and Carson Forest Watch has reversed the decision for logging that would have had devastating impacts on old growth and water quality on the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico.

On September 24, the Carson National Forest Supervisor concurred with our objections and sent the Upper Bitter Creek timber sale back to government planners. For now, wildlife and clean water will have a reprieve from the impacts of logging.

Our convincing appeal halted 11.6 miles of new road construction and the opening of 12 miles of closed roads, thereby blocking the fragmenting of wildlife habitat and polluting prized trout streams.

Logging is largely a thing of the past on federal lands in New Mexico as the Forest Service redirects funds to collaborative projects aimed at restoring forest functions and protecting communities from inevitable wildfires.

WildEarth Guardians works with the Collaborative Forest Restoration Program in New Mexico to restore forests fragmented and waterways polluted by a needless network of roads; the legacy of unsustainable logging. In collaboration with the U.S. Forest Service and local contractors, we’ve closed roads and created safer forests where rural communities interface with wildlands.

Join us in celebrating this win which would not have been possible without our members and supporters. Together, we’re clearly making a difference.

Here’s to keeping the West wild.”

Bryan Bird

Wild Places Program Director

WildEarth Guardians

bbird@wildearthguardians.org


From Wolfwatcher this morning.
Wolfwatcher Speaks Out to Urge a Denali Buffer – a NPS  wolf survey estimates only 70 wolves remain in 6+ million acres of Denali Nat’l Park- one of the lowest counts in the past 20 years.
As we previously reported, the Grant Creek pack was seriously impacted from a trapping loss this past April. The pack failed to reproduce and dispersed this year. The success of viewing wolves in Denali has declined dramatically since the buffer was removed in 2010.
Wolfwatcher believes that the national reputation of the State of Alaska was damaged last month when the Alaska Board of Game rejected a petition urging the Board to enact a wolf buffer zone on a small parcel of state land along the eastern boundary of Denali National Park.
…Wolfwatcher is speaking out to urge Alaska Board of Game and the Commissioner of Fish and Game to reconsider the Denali wolf buffer.  Not only will it help wolves, but it will help our organization fulfill its educational mission with a resulting positive economic impact for Alaska’s citizens, too!  .