December 11, 2019

Wildlife officials to kill wolves in remote Idaho region

Federal wildlife services and Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials have joined forces to kill wolves in the Clearwater Region for the third year in a row. The Lewiston Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1Se4srO ) that elk herds have been struggling in the remote country for nearly two decades.

Source: Wildlife officials to kill wolves in remote Idaho region | KSL.com

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Idaho Wolf Management A Success

 But Don’t Go LOOK!

The bottom line is Idaho has a healthy, sustainable wolf population that is over seven times higher than the federal recovery goal. Idaho Fish and Game has proven we can responsibly manage wolves, provide regulated hunting and trapping opportunity, and reduce conflict. That is good both for the people of Idaho and our wildlife, including wolves.

Source: Idaho Wolf Management A Success : The Outdoor Wire

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Are Lawsuits In The Works Where Congress “Delisted” Wolves?

We find in the news that certain environmental groups who make their living filing lawsuits, have petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to continue monitoring state wolf management even after the five-year mandate, as part of the plan that approved wolf delisting in Montana and Idaho, which expires this year. The petition claims that management plans in place now are leading to the destruction of the wolf packs in Montana.

If readers will recall, it took an act of Congress to finally remove wolves from Federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. That action called for an immediate relisting in the Federal Register of the 2009 plan to delist wolves, along with a statement that nobody could bring lawsuits against the action.

That action took place in 2011 and this year’s part of that plan states that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service no longer is required to fully monitor the actions of state fish and wildlife agencies in managing gray wolves.

The question becomes one of whether or not anyone can file a lawsuit against the USFWS to force the Service to continue full monitoring. History should have taught us that if anyone can get their case to court, a hand-picked judge will more than likely agree with the environmentalists. Now that the five-year requirement is about to expire, does the actions of Congress in 2011 prevent lawsuits against five-year monitoring? Not everyone thinks so.

In an email received from Dr. Charles Kay, wildlife ecology, Utah State University, he states: “Congress said that the 2009 delisting regulations were the law of the land and that there was to be no more litigation regarding the 2009 regulations, which include a provision that the Feds monitor state management for 5 years before fully removing wolves from federal control……..Congress did not say that final removal of federal oversight could not be litigated.

Kay suggests that a lawsuit could put the case back in the Courts, at which time, “they will sue and their favorite judge will put wolves BACK on the ESA list!”

If lawyers and the Courts manipulate the 2011 action by Congress that would allow for litigation over Federal monitoring of wolves after the five-year mandatory monitoring, then what is to stop full litigation to claim that management is not allowing for the full recovery of wolves, i.e. the USFWS and states are not properly managing wolves as required by the Endangered Species Act and Wolf Recovery Plan?

I agree with Dr. Kay. This isn’t over. If readers will recall, I was one of few advocates for proper wildlife management who disagreed with the Congressional action – action that was part of an omnibus spending bill – to delist wolves. I said it was not a long-term solution to a more serious problem and that such action would come back and bite the hind end of those pushing for the measure.

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Mountain Lion Killed With Extra Set of Teeth … In Its Forehead!

Theoretically, it shouldn’t have been able to survive past birth. The extra teeth growing out of the mountain lion’s forehead looked like something out of a Ridley Scott film, but somehow it made it a whole year in the wilds of southastern Idaho before a hunter killed it last week.

Source: Mountain Lion Killed With Extra Set of Teeth … In Its Forehead! | | SportingClassicsDaily

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Congress: Gray wolves still endangered in Michigan

*Editor’s Note* – I remember very well a few years back, when efforts, of which I was a part of, to go to the source of the problem and amend the Endangered Species Act, were derailed by corrupt politics. I said back then that abandoning this effort, of which many people had worked many years on, in favor of attaching a rider to a budget omnibus bill to delist wolves in Idaho and Montana, would not solve any of the real problems and would eventually come back and bite us all in the ass. The corrupt politicians, using their phony outdoor sportsmen groups (most also eager to play corrupt politics) destroyed our efforts. And, where are we now?

Am I bitter? Yes, I am. Wouldn’t you be? The Endangered Species Act is almost 43 years old and is in need of revamping or repealing. It is NOT working to “save” endangered species. It IS working to put money in Environmentalist’s bank accounts and to promote scarcity and corruption.

There is little hope for anything good when both sides approach politics with different words to achieve the same result of corruption.

Expect nothing to change!

Some lawmakers from the affected states had hoped to attach a rider to return management of wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming to the states, which could have opened the door to a resumption of wolf hunting in those places. The provision would have undone federal court decisions that restored the animals’ protected status in the four states despite repeated efforts by the federal government to remove them from the list.

Source: Congress: Gray wolves still endangered in Michigan

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Perverted Environmentalists Sue Over Wolf Hunts Where No Wolves Were Harmed

*Editor’s Note*I told you so! If it wasn’t for the fact that the greatest interest of the Environmentalists is making money, one would have to wonder what all the fuss is about. An Idaho sportsman’s organization held two wolf hunting derbies for two consecutive years and manage to kill no wolves. Yet, insane and money-grubbing, environMENTAL, fake animal rights groups are suing the U.S. Government to stop the killing…er, or maybe they are suing to get more money and use the cause to lie, cheat and steal by playing on the emotions of brain dead “humans” to get their money.

Steve Alder of Idaho for Wildlife said the group isn’t holding its Predator Hunting Contest this winter because hunters were unable to kill any wolves the previous two winters.”We don’t care about lawsuits, but we failed miserably at harvesting a wolf,” Alder said. “There’s no point getting sponsorships and doing this and that and not being able to get a wolf.”The group overcame lawsuits to hold the events on private land and U.S. Forest Service land the past two winters.

Source: Feds face lawsuits over Idaho wolf-killing derby | Local & Regional | Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Caldwell, Idaho News, Weather, Sports and Breaking News – KBOI 2

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Body of missing hiker found

CUSTER COUNTY — The Custer County Sheriff’s Office confirms the body of 25-year-old Luke Richardson has been found.

Source: Body of missing hiker found

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BLM Posts Land for the Sage Grouse?

Following this story, hidden behind claims of protecting the sage grouse, I have come to ask myself what it is that the Federal Government is really doing behind to “Off Limit” signs. It makes little sense that instead of attempting to “save” the sage grouse by utilizing the fascist Endangered Species Act, instead the government opts to “close the land down” for a period of two years while they think about it.

So what is the real reason Government wants this land “Off Limits?”

Following last month’s milestone decision to keep the beleaguered greater sage grouse off the endangered species listing, federal agencies in Utah have temporarily closed more than 233,000 acres of public and national forest lands for up to two years while they determine if the lands’ importance to the ground-based bird habitat is such that they should be made off limits for a longer period.<<<Read More>>>

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ID Fish and Game euthanizes bear believed to have bitten firefighter

*Editor’s Note* – There is nothing funny about being attacked and/or bitten by a bear. Being that I find humor in many things, please note below the emboldened phrase contained in the article linked-to below.

Was the bear last seen wearing a white T-shirt and denims?

It is a bit laughable as most people think that black bears all look alike, except for size. But then again unless the bear is quite small or quite large, most bears do look alike. I wonder if this particular bear had a limp, a nervous tic or growled with a lisp?

I’m sorry. I just can’t help myself.

The bear was trapped within a half mile of the fire camp and matched the description of the one involved in the biting. Fish and Game will attempt a DNA test to see if it can confirm it was the same bear by taking saliva from the bear and matching it to saliva on the firefighter’s small tent, commonly known as a bivvy sack, that he was sleeping in when the bite occurred. However, it’s uncertain whether there will be enough DNA on bivvy sack to get a match.

At the end of the article, you will notice a laundry list of things to do to minimize attracting bears to wherever you are. Missing from the list is what to do when being threatened by a black bear. Remember, always

LOOK BIG!

Source: ID Fish and Game euthanizes bear believed to have bitten firefighter : The Outdoor Wire

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Idaho bowhunter fends off grizzly attack with handgun; bear spray unused

“The hunter reportedly was carrying bear spray but apparently couldn’t access it when the attack occurred,” the report says.

Source: Idaho bowhunter fends off grizzly attack with handgun; bear spray unused | The Spokesman-Review

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