November 28, 2015

Science or politics? Scientists dispute whether Great Lakes’ wolves should be delisted

*Editor’s Note* – If one were to honestly assess the differences between reality during federal ESA listing and state ESA listing, is there any difference that matters? Neither “side” has changed their whining rhetoric. Instead, the letter contains policy arguments against changing the species status, cloaked as science. For instance, the lead argument concerns the […]

Michigan, U.S. Dept. of AG Seek Help Killing Disease-Carrying Wild Pigs

It appears that Michigan doesn’t like wild pigs invading the state and spreading disease. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Department of Agriculture are seeking help in killing the pigs. Officials say wild pigs,”can carry 30 diseases and 40 parasites.” Gray wolves, which also invade the Michigan landscape, can carry in excess of […]

RMEF Praises Oregon Wolf Delisting

*Editor’s Note* – The state of Oregon opting to remove the gray wolf from state protection under the state’s endangered species program, is a first step that essentially only allows for more flexibility in protecting livestock. This is not a bad thing. What is bad is that the continued direction the state is headed, will […]

So-Called “Wolf Scientists” Support Delisting of Wolves in Great Lakes

*Editor’s Note* – One cannot help but be skeptical of the what is really going on with the list of those supposedly showing support for the delisting of gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes region. Historically, there is little reason to believe there are not sinister motives at play here. All should proceed with […]

Senate bill would drop protections for wolves in 4 states

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Two U.S. senators announced a renewed push Thursday to strip federal protection from gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region and Wyoming — and to prohibit courts from intervening in those states on the embattled predator’s behalf. Legislation introduced this week would order the Department of the Interior to reissue […]

The Greater Sage-Grouse Story: Do We Have It Right?

by Matthew A. Cronin On the Ground • Greater sage-grouse were found to be threatened or endangered with extinction in a preliminary assessment in 2010, with a final decision on an Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing due in 2015. • ESA criteria regarding endangered status (in danger of extinction), threatened status (likely to become in danger of […]

Fascist Fish and Wildlife Service Responds to Red Wolf Attack on Horses

In typical fascist form, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service responded to threats of legal action by the owners of the two horses that were attacked by illegally introduced “red wolves” in North Carolina. One horse was slaughtered and the second was seriously mauled. According to information provided to me by friends and neighbors […]


Wolf Damage and Conflict Management in Wyoming BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY There are many positive ecological, ethical and aesthetic benefits associated with maintaining healthy wolf populations in native ecosystems (Weiss et al. 2007). Unfortunately, there are also circumstances when wolves can come in conflict with human interests. In Wyoming, these conflicts may include predation on livestock […]

Oregon 1843 “Wolf Meetings”

Hat tip to Idaho for Wildlife SOURCE On May 2, 1843, Willamette Valley settlers met at Champoeg to vote on the formation of a provisional government. The minutes recorded by George Le Breton recount both the close vote in favor of the provisional government (52-50) and the subsequent appointments of settlers to fill the positions created at the […]

Wolf attack on livestock in Southern Oregon confirmed

The wolf OR25 attacked three cattle in Klamath County last weekend, killing one and wounding two others, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has confirmed.The incident marks the first example of wolf depredation in Southern Oregon and the most western case of depredation since the animals were reintroduced to Idaho in 1996 and began spreading across […]