December 18, 2014

Introducing – WOLF: What’s to Misunderstand?

SmallWolfCoverI would like to introduce to readers the release of my latest book: WOLF: What’s to Misunderstand? The book can be purchased immediately on Amazon here. You can visit my Author Page here for a list of all my books. The book is available in paperback and a digital version for your Kindle.

If you would like a signed copy, please visit my website and preorder right now. The expected delivery date to me of books is, December 22, 2014…if all goes well. You can order now or wait. As soon as I receive my books, I will sign them and ship them immediately.

Provided on the book page here on my website, I have included: “About the Book,” “About the Author,” and an “Introduction.”

‘When Man Becomes Prey’, by local author Cat Urbigkit

New predator book released
‘When Man Becomes Prey’, by local author Cat Urbigkit
by Lyons Press media release
November 9, 2014

Lyons Press is proud to announce the release of When Man Becomes Prey: Fatal Encounters with North America’s Most Feared Predators, by Cat Urbigkit ($16.95, paperback).

Sam Ives’s family set up camp in a Utah campground, cooked dinner, cleaned up and packed their gear away, and climbed into their multi-chambered tent to sleep. It was a great end to Father’s Day. Eleven-year-old Sam crawled into the smaller compartment of the two-room tent. Without his parents knowing it, Sam ate a granola bar and placed the empty wrapper in a pocket of the tent. Sometime during the night, a black bear entered the campsite, ripped open the side of the tent where Sam slept, grabbed the boy, and killed him. His parents heard a noise and got up to have a look around, but were unable to find Sam. Terrified, they immediately called for help and a search was quickly conducted, where Sam’s body was found about 400 yards from the campsite.

Unfortunately, Sam’s story is not uncommon—every year there are numerous reports of predator attacks on humans, many of them resulting in fatalities.

When Man Becomes Prey examines the details of fatal predator attacks on humans, providing an opportunity to learn about the factors and behaviors that led to attacks. The predators profiled in the book include black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions, coyotes, and gray wolves—the first time all five species have been included in one volume. Compelling narratives of conflicts involving these top predators are accompanied by how-to information for avoiding such clashes.

Cat Urbigkit is an award-winning writer and photographer. She has written ten books, including Yellowstone Wolves: A Chronicle of the Animal, the People, and the Politics and Shepherds of Coyote Rocks: Public Lands, Private Herds, and the Natural World. She maintains the news blog, Wolf Watch [on Pinedale Online!], and contributes regularly to regional newspapers and other outdoors blogs. She lives in western Wyoming.

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Sneak Preview VI – Wolf: What’s to Misunderstand?

Cover290In referring back to the statement of Dr. Johnson to the Montana Environmental Quality Council, Dr. Johnson states that Droncit is “100% effective” for getting rid of tapeworms in wolves with just one treatment. If that was so, why then did he say he gave “at least twice” the number of injections that a 100% effective worm-killing drug would do.

The World Health Organization says that: “Although the efficacy of praziquantel is highly reliable in almost all cases, the possibility of low residual worm burdens in some of the treated animals cannot be excluded, notably if mistakes of drug administration occur.” Perhaps “almost” 100% would have been more accurate to describe the effectiveness of Droncit and perhaps “at least” two doses of Droncit would be responsible, if one considers the seriousness of the spread of disease. Was that the case here?

What we don’t know from Johnson’s statement is what the dosages given were for each wolf. In researching information on Droncit (praziquantel), The Food and Drug Administration(FDA) tells us1 that dosages depend on the weight of the animal. Did Dr. Johnson give injections “at least twice” because he spread out the “100% effective” dewormer into two or more injections? If so, does that render the drug ineffective?

The FDA also warns that harm or death can result to an animal that is dosed too highly. Therefore we must assume one of two things. One, that there was only really one injection divided into two or more administrations of the drug, which I think is rational to assume that was not the case, when considering the World Health Organization’s explanation that human error in administering Droncit might play a role in the effectiveness of the drug. It just doesn’t make sense that it would be done that way. Or, two, all the wolves captured in Canada were given two or more doses of Droncit at full dosage and other anti-parasitic drugs before being shipped to the U.S. Without putting the wolves in danger by following the FDA recommended dosages of Droncit, a first injection would have been given to the wolves followed by a second dosage 30 days after. And I assume 30 days after for all subsequent injections. That is my understanding.

So, were the wolves kept in crates or holding pens in Canada for 30 days, or longer, so that “at least twice” Droncit could be administered to each wolf? I’ve never seen any records that would indicate that Canada kept captured wolves for 30 days or more, but as I have said, information and records of this event are sketchy at best, and perhaps intended to be that way.

The reason this is important is because we Americans have been told on repeated occasions that “it is extremely unlikely” that any wolves came into the United States infected with Echinococcus tapeworms, i.e. those of the “northern strain.” We know this “northern strain” was readily found in Alaska and Canada, as far south as the northern border of the United States. So, trapped wolves that were caught in Canada were caught in landscapes where the more virulent strain of Echinococcus exists.

If the wolves were not kept in Canada for 30 days or more, then were all the wolves brought into the United States put into holding pens so they could be dewormed? Dr. Johnson’s statement makes less sense the more we examine it.

If Droncit is 100% effective, then why the need to offer a statement that all wolves were given Droncit at least twice? Of what was the Montana Environmental Quality Council trying to be convinced of?

Complicating the issue is that we know some wolves were brought in crates from Canada directly to their release zones and let go . We have been told that all wolves were dewormed before entering the United States. But how can we be sure?

The records I have indicated above that I possess, I had a licensed veterinary doctor examine these records. The doctor had no information about why I wanted an opinion other than I was writing a book. The doctor sent me this statement:

Sneak Preview IV – Wolf: What’s to Misunderstand?

Cover290The rigged system began to show its ugly head in more places than the Northern Rocky Mountains. With the combination of “best available science” being applied by government and non governmental agencies, along with creating a new paradigm about wolves and gaining new understanding of those poor “misunderstood” wolves, all the American people needed was an ignorant, activist, agenda-driven court system and diseased wolves and their avid adorers would be trampling o’er the ramparts of sensible Americans wishing to live in peace and quiet.

It wasn’t just the people of the Northern Rockies, i.e. the “Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem” that were having issues with wolves. In Arizona and New Mexico, authorities there went above and beyond the call of duty and actually (re)introduced a “Heinz-57” (that’s what I always called mutts growing up); a hybrid dog raised in captivity and someone at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decided to use, once again, “best available science,” and like Frankenstein, crafted a Loup Garou and named it a “Mexican wolf.”

My guess is those responsible for destroying science because of a love affair with wolves in the Southwest probably were leftovers from the failed (re)introduction of another mongrel mutt into the Carolinas. That creation was known as the “Red wolf.”

When the United States passed the Endangered Species Act in 1973, an event that took place while President Nixon was getting caught being a crook and a thief, as all presidents are, almost immediately after that, the gray wolf was listed as “endangered” on the Endangered Species Act list in all of the Lower 48 States, with the exception of Minnesota. A growing “natural” conglomeration of wild dogs inhabited most all of Northern Minnesota. The efforts over the years to protect the gray wolf in the “Western Great Lakes” had allowed for the expansion of “misunderstood” wolves into Wisconsin, Michigan, and parts of some surrounding states. Soon, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would be removing the gray wolf from protection under the Endangered Species Act; or so we were told.

The lie put to the American people in 1994 was that when wolves in the Northern Rockies three Recovery Areas had reached 10 breeding pairs, or about 100 wolves, for three consecutive years, wolves would be taken off the Federal Government’s protection list and management turned over to the states.

Sneak Preview III – Wolf: What’s to Misunderstand?

Cover290Here’s another glimpse into “Wolf: What’s to Misunderstand?” This portion is found in Chapter II, dedicated to understanding the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

“It is vitally important that readers fully understand the power of the Endangered Species Act. For without that understanding, future discussions about wolves in the United States, or any other “threatened” or “endangered” species, can make little sense. What once began and was sold to the American people as a law that would guarantee the protection and preservation of species that might unnecessarily be destroyed due mostly to man’s efforts at growth, has morphed into a mammoth, crippling law that by some standards is the most powerful and destructive law in the world.

It took years of research and study of this law, reaching far beyond the crafted words of the law itself, to discover that the Endangered Species Act is only one small part of a global effort to cede rights, destroy sovereignty, individual and collective, control land and the resources within that land; to breed scarcity and economic strife. The ESA is not a law simply to save an animal or a plant.

Whether we like the law or not, whether we disagree or agree, whether anything I write will have an effect on you, matters not. We have the law of the Endangered Species Act and it is what we must deal with, but please, approach the Act with correct and complete knowledge of what the Act can and will do when abused and administered corruptly.”

Remarkable: Someone Believes WWF Owned By Big Business

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The allegations are made in an explosive book previously barred from Britain. The Silence of the Pandas became a German bestseller in 2012 but, following a series of injunctions and court cases, it has not been published until now in English. Revised and renamed Pandaleaks, it will be out next week.”<<<Read More>>>

The book!

Sneak Preview II – Wolf: What’s to MISunderstand?

Cover290*Note* – It came to me the other day that I had gone ahead and made the beginnings of what I hope will be similar to what the book cover will be, and already had made a mistake. The title should be “WOLF: What’s to Misunderstand?” I forgot the “Mis.” Much the point of the book is in educating readers about the realities of wolves. In doing so, I’ve employed the statement that I’ve heard so many times that each time I hear it I want to vomit: “Wolves are just misunderstood.” WHAT’S TO MISUNDERSTAND?

The reason Americans lack in any knowledge about living with wolves is that the citizens living in the United States (Lower 48 anyway) today have never had to live with wolves, with only a handful of exceptions. Now that wolves are on people’s doorsteps – literally speaking – the education process will be long and I fear it will be hazardous and, at times, deadly, because people refuse to listen and understand. They also get very little help from government. As a matter of fact, you are going to discover that governments, i.e. federal, state and some local, actively worked to block information about wolves that might have placed the wolf in a negative light, seriously effecting the decision to (re)introduce wolves.

This education process could have had a good start had those involved with wolf (re)introduction into Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho, had not been so pigheaded and elite, done their homework on wolf history worldwide and not discarded this information because it didn’t meet today’s standards of what might constitute an official event. In researching this subject for many years, I am left hoping that our scientists of 2114 will have greater respect for historic documentations than the scientists of today have for documentation of a mere 30 years ago.

The wolf recovery team decided that most all historic documentation of wolves was not to their liking or didn’t meet their standards, and narrative, evidently, because they just plain ignored it, labeling it as “limited” and “poorly documented.” Will science and humans 100, 200, 300 years from now look back on the antiquated ways in which our present best scientists and historians documented events and disregard them because they won’t reach modern day standards? Let’s hope not.

As you will discover all throughout this book, the effort to draft an environmental impact statement, which became the bible of how wolf (re)introduction was to happen and subsequent management, was either a work of an abysmal scientific application, a bold act of corruption, with criminal intent, or both.

This chapter will look at the history of wolves as members of the wolf recovery team should have done. The best the wolf recovery team could come up with was an attempt to dispel the myth of Little Red Ridinghood. In my opinion this was quite pathetic!

Sneak Preview: Wolf: What’s to Understand

Cover290Progress is coming alone with my new book Wolf: What’s to Understand. I wanted to provide a few sneak previews into what readers might look forward to. I thought that a most recent court ruling concerning wolves in Wyoming, by Judge Amy Berman Jackson, involved, in part, some discussion of the term “genetic connectivity.”

I will continue to provide readers with an occasional preview of the book. I don’t have a firm date yet for release but as soon as I am fairly confident of that date, I will make available for those interested to be able to pre-order early for a signed copy at a discounted price.

In part, here is what I have included in the upcoming book about the creation of the term “genetic connectivity” by activist Judge, Donald Molloy.

Sneak Peek:

In order for Judge Donald Molloy to allow an injunction to stand as part of a lawsuit to keep wolves under federal protection, he must find just cause. The plaintiffs in this case, Defenders of Wildlife, lay claim that the Final Environmental Impact Statement for Northern Rocky Mountain wolf (re)introduction, “specifically conditions the delisting decision on a Finding of Subpopulation Genetic Exchange.” Judge Molloy finds in agreement with the plaintiffs in his 40-page ruling.1

Molloy’s 40-page ruling to grant a temporary injunction to place the wolf back under protection of the Endangered Species Act is a laughable document. The judge manipulates the science and goes so far as to make up definitions.

Molloy bases his entire decision on two aspects. One, is that the agreement the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had with the state of Wyoming on managing the wolf after delisting was “arbitrary and capricious”. The second is that “genetic exchange” must occur before delisting can be considered and further goes on to claim that the USFWS cannot prove that this “exchange” took place.

Did USFWS state in their 1994 Environmental Impact Statement, as Judge Molloy refers, that genetic exchange has to take place?

What is interesting as well as disturbing, is that in Molloy’s 40-page ruling, he uses the term “genetic exchange” 49 times and actually creates his own term, “genetic connectivity” and uses it 2 times. In the 1994 Environmental Impact Statement, the term genetic exchange is used once and that came in an appendix to the original document and the EIS never once used “genetic connectivity” to describe anything.

Molloy insists over and over again that the USFWS’ EIS demands this genetic exchange, all the while the USFWS claims it never said that.

Probably in much the same way as Ed Bangs and his band of scientists randomly selected the idea that 10 breeding pairs and 100 wolves in each of the three recovery areas, so too was the mention of at some future date the need for “genetic exchange.” While many a person has spent countless hours discussing both viable wolf populations and “genetic connectivity,” what shouldn’t get lost during any of this is the fact that of all the issues sold to the American people about wolf (re)introduction, none of it was true.

Even if hind site has perfect vision, it would be impossible to (re)introduce wolves and end up with 30 pairs and 300 wolves before delisting. The system within which we all must work is rigged. Judge Molloy’s ruling here about genetic exchange is but one example of how the system has and continues to fail honest people because it is rigged.

We see in this ruling of Defenders of Wildlife v. H. Dale Hall (USFWS), that a judge, hand picked by the plaintiffs because of his activist rulings and staunch support to protect wolves, can destroy the real science and seriously obstruct the proper administration of the Endangered Species Act. In addition, when we are subjected to one man or a team of like-minded people, intent on wolf (re)introduction, the power and authority granted them in determining “best available science” makes for a very powerful and rigged system.

Ted B. Lyon Presentation: The Real Wolf

Costco to Sell “The Real Wolf” in Montana and Idaho

From Ted Lyon, coauthor of “The Real Wolf”:

Costco Wholesale Corporation has ordered The Real Wolf for their warehouses located in the states of Montana and Idaho. This is great news as Costco sells more books in their stores than any other wholesale chain. The book has ONLY one week to perform in Costco’s warehouses. If sales do not meet Costco’s expectations they will be pulled and returned to the publisher. The books are scheduled to arrive in their warehouses this weekend. If you know anyone who has not picked up their copy of The Real Wolf and lives in the area, please let them know that Costco should have the book in stock next week, the week of July 21. Below I have provided the addresses and phone numbers of the 10 Costco warehouses in Montana and Idaho:

Montana:

2290 King Avenue West
Billings, MT 59102
(406) 652-8765

2505 Catron Street
Bozeman, MT 59718
(406) 585-0383

2195 E. Custer Avenue
Helena, MT 59602
(406) 495-7040

2330 US Highway 93 N
Kalispell, MT 59901
(406) 758-2500

3220 Northern Pacific Avenue 59808-1338
(406) 543-6445

Idaho:

2051 S. Cole Road
Boise, ID
(208) 321-8703

355 East Neider Avenue
Coeur d’Alene, ID
(208) 676-7350

16700 N. Marketplace Blvd.
Nampa, ID 83687
(208) 465-3810

305 West Quinn Road
Pocatello, ID 83201
(208) 238-4040

731 Pole Line Road
Twin Falls, ID 83301
(208) 736-1550