December 7, 2019

USFWS Plans to Kill Thousands of Birds to Save Fish

“The plan, in the form of a final Environmental Impact Statement, is under review. If it gets final approval, state agriculture workers could be shooting birds and oiling nests, a process used to keep chicks from hatching, by spring.

The plan is preferred over another alternative that calls for the killing of 18,000 birds by 2018, U.S. Army Corps spokeswoman Diana Fredlund said.

“This is a difficult situation,” she said. “We are trying to balance the salmon and steelhead vs. the birds. It’s very difficult to find the right answer and so it’s taken us a long time. We’ve had a lot of experts working on it.””<<<Read More>>>

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Oregon Officially Has Enough Wolves to Remove State Protections

Will they?

Don’t hold your breath.

“Protections for Oregon’s gray wolves could be rolled back after wildlife biologists counted more than four breeding pairs in eastern Oregon for the third straight year.

“Under the state’s wolf plan, the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission can consider removing the eastern packs from the state’s endangered species list once that population bar is met.”<<<Read More>>>

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Maine IFW Talks With Other States That Have Banned Bear Baiting

Press Release from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife:

October 9, 2014

AUGUSTA, Maine – With Maine’s bear management program the subject of a statewide referendum, Mainers are hearing a lot about Colorado, Oregon, Washington and Massachusetts, four states that have passed similar measures.

After similar referendums passed in these states, generally these states have has seen an increase in the bear population, an increase in the number of nuisance complaints, an increase in the number of nuisance bears killed and an increased cost to the public as a result of expanding bear populations. Voters in Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington and Oregon banned bear hunting with bait and hounds from 1992 to 1996.

In Massachusetts, the bear population has increased seven-fold and bear conflicts have increased by 500 percent. Wayne MacCallum, director of the state’s Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, described the situation in an August 24 article in the Portland Press Herald: “(The bear population) is expanding eastward,” he said. “Every year now there are an increasing number of juvenile bears in metropolitan Boston. I suspect if we can’t harvest significantly more, the population will continue to increase.”

He went on to state that “there are constant complaints about bear encounters. We are constantly moving bears. It’s kind of like shoveling sand against the tide. This is the largest bear population in the state for at least 200 years. The fact of the matter is, at some point you will just have so many bears that people won’t tolerate them.”

In Colorado, more than 350 bears are killed each year in response to conflicts. Many towns have passed ordinances that regulate how residents can store their garbage and when it can be placed for curbside pickup, with fines ranging up to $1,000. One Colorado county even banned levered door handles on new houses because home entries by bears are so common.

In some Colorado towns, bear complaints are the number-one call received by police departments. When asked what impact a similar ban would have on Maine’s bear management program, Colorado bear biologist Jerry Apker recently said, “I think it would tremendously complicate how the State has to approach managing bears in Maine.”

In Oregon and Washington, biologists have struggled to prevent property damage by bears since the referendum passed, and those states now allow private landowners and deputized agents to kill bears using bait, hounds and traps in unlimited numbers.

Despite this, bears cause an estimated $16 million in damage to the timber industry each year by stripping the bark from young trees. Donny Martorello, the Carnivore Section Manager with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, recently told 92.9 Radio Host Bob Duchesne that before the referendum, “we were able to use recreational hunters at a very low cost and through time (that) was working well.” While he respects the rights of voters to pass a citizen initiative, he went on to say that “having that full toolbox of ways to manage the resource is something we’d like to see.”

In Maine, bait, hounds, and traps account for 93 percent of our annual bear harvest. Maine is the most forested state in the country, and our woods have a thick understory, which makes still-hunting extremely difficult. The loss of bait, hounds and traps for bear hunting will have a much larger impact on Maine’s bear management program than it has in other states.

In addition, Maine has very few options to increase participation by bear hunters if the referendum passes. The state already has a 14-week hunting season that starts in late August and ends after bears have entered their dens. Bear hunting licenses are already available in unlimited numbers, and a spring hunting season is prohibited by legislation.

During the firearms season on deer, all Maine residents are already allowed to hunt bears without having to purchase a separate bear license. Since Maine won’t be able to offset a reduction in the bear harvest by increasing hunter numbers or season length, if the referendum passes we expect the bear harvest to decline dramatically. This will result in a rapidly increasing bear population that expands into the more populated areas of Maine, causing more conflicts with people.

Even though each of these states is very different from Maine in several ways, it is informative to understand how their bear management programs have evolved over time. Maine’s bear biologists discussed each state’s bear management programs and hunting methods with the biologists in these states. As a result, Maine’s biologists are more convinced than ever that a ban on bear hunting with bait, hounds and traps will be bad for Maine.

In all of these states that passed similar referendums, bait and hounds were responsible for a relatively small portion of the annual bear harvest because the open habitats make other hunting methods, like spot and stalk, more effective. Therefore, it was possible for the fish and wildlife agencies to partially offset the decline in the bear harvest that occurred after the referendums passed.

This was accomplished by lengthening fall hunting seasons, reducing the cost of bear hunting licenses, expanding spring hunting seasons, increasing annual bag limits or issuing more bear hunting permits.

In some states, bear tags were included in a package with other big game licenses, so that virtually all hunters could shoot a bear if they saw it. The rise in bear hunter numbers was due to changes in how hunting licenses were administered, rather than an actual increase in interest in bear hunting (e.g. all big game hunters receive a bear tag and then are counted as bear hunters whether they actually pursue bears or not). Even with these changes, each of the harvests in these states is less than half the number of bears that need to be taken in Maine each year to control the population.

Maine is fortunate to have one of the largest bear populations in the country. We have very few conflicts between people and bears, and those that do occur are generally not severe. Fewer than a dozen bears are killed each year to protect property or public safety. Our bear management program is based on 40 years of research and is highly regarded by biologists across the country.

Leaving bear management in the capable hands of Maine’s biologists and game wardens will ensure that bears retain their stature as one of our state’s most treasured resources.

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Wolves, Sheep, Cows

“About three days before the wolf attack on my cow, I believe there were seven sheep that were killed within 2 miles of where the cow was attacked. They are getting to be a pretty big problem in that area. It is the Umatilla pack.” You just heard from Oregon rancher Mark Lane after his cowherd was attacked by two collared wolves in his pasture. Moving to the subject of the sheep that were attacked, I wanted an opinion on the subject so I called Stan Boyd, Executive Director of the Idaho Wool Growers Association: “As a guy who sits on the sidelines and talks to damaged sheep ranchers, and with no disrespect to environmental movements but how do these folks justify not wanting to manage, and I use that in a nice way, a population of animals that devastate livestock, devastate ungulate populations and, left unchecked, simply will multiply beyond our capability to contain them? I have never been able to understand their thought process so I figure you just have to ask those folks that question. I agree. It is beyond comprehension that we were going to reintroduce wolf populations in Idaho and not have to manage them. By manage them I mean kill them. You are going to have to use lethal measures to keep that population within a manageable group. If you don’t, their populations become so large and they lack the prey base and that’s when they come down and foray into agricultural areas and that’s where they really start to cause damage.” <<<Read More>>>

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ESA Abuse Causing Desire Economic Destruction

“Curry County (71025MF), with heavily wooded tracts along the rugged Oregon coast, is verging on insolvency after U.S. officials designated the northern spotted owl as a threatened species, drying up area timber revenue and making the region reliant on federal subsidies that have ended.”<<<Read More>>>

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Gunshots Didn’t Frighten Away Wolves Determined to Kill Sheep

“Wolves killed at least three lambs and injured an undetermined number of other sheep on private land on the western Zumwalt Prairie, according to a livestock depredation investigation report from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The attack occurred the night of May 29. According to the ODFW report, at 11:30 p.m. a sheepherder heard wolves howling near his trailer and the bedded flock of domestic sheep outside. He went outside and saw three tan-colored wolves in the illumination from his flashlight.

The sheepherder, who was armed with a .22 magnum, then fired several shots in the air and the wolves moved away, but apparently not far. For the next 20 minutes he could hear the sheep being chased in the dark. In the morning he found three dead lambs, one of which was mostly consumed, and 20 sheep that had suffered bite injuries.”<<<Read More>>>

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The “Naturally Migrating” GI Wolves

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*Editor’s Note* The following was sent to me by a reader of this website. “He” said it was alright to post what he had written providing I not include his name.

(In response to this article posted at The Republic)

After three or four years of people reporting wolf sightings and wolves killing livestock, and finally someone’s dog, the USFWS (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) and CDFW (California Department of Fish and Wildlife) will leap to their feet and exclaim “FIRST WOLF PACK in 70 years.” DNA test will be taken which will show that it’s one of OR-7’s pups [from Oregon’s ‘OR-7-named wolf pack], shock will be followed by more shock as the news hits mainstream media; story after story will be told about OR-7 and his amazing trip to California and back.

There will be several articles stating that the wolves had “Naturally Migrated,” – (not just migrated) they would have to throw the “natural” part in so there was no question that the wolves had not migrated to California in pickup trucks and horse trailers. I’m sure they will have a state picked out where the wolves had “naturally” migrated from (Grant’s Pass OR). There will never be anything mentioned about wolves dispersing. By then Washington and Oregon will be old wolf history and the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) crew along with CNW (Conservation Northwest), DoW (Defenders of Wildlife), and the rest of WDFW’s (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife) friends will lope off to California for a brand-new wolf story. Of course CDFW will have to start new wolf studies, since wolves that “naturally migrate” change when they cross state lines and are confirmed. The same failed wolf predation prevention tactics will be used, and CDFW will tell the people of California not to worry, wolves are good, they make the aspen grow, balance the ecosystem and beavers flourish.

Biologists from CDFW will refuse to confirm naturally migrated wolves that pop up in all four corners of the state, or where wolves are to be delisted when they hit a certain number that CDFW’s pro-wolf group pulls from the sky. Game herds will hang in towns for protection and when CDFW are questioned about the impact wolves are having on the herds, they will say “for the amount of hunters that showed up, hunting was a great success”. Livestock kills will be blamed on everything except wolves; CDFW like WDFW will tell the public that you have to eat wolf scat in order to get Hydatid disease; and there have only been two people killed by wolves in North America, the wolves are shy, gentle creatures that avoid humans.

By this time magic meatballs and SS would have been going on for several years, and the rural folks would have caught CDFW releasing wolves many times, and heard them denying it at wolf meetings every time. CDFW would have their biologists along with DoW’s flunkies on hunting sights trying to squelch any talk of CDFW releasing wolves, and coaching them to continually say the wolves migrated naturally, it was a natural migration, there won’t be a wolf mentioned by the pro-wolf crowd without first stating the wolves “naturally migrated” from some state.

Some guy taking an early morning jog will be attacked by some wolves, he will end up shooting one of them, and then being honest like he is, he will report it to the USFWS and CDFW. The story will make mainstream media with a big splash, after the investigation the story will disappear never to be heard about again. Eventually DoW, CNW, CDFW will put up a $50,000.00 reward for information leading to anyone shooting a wolf/wolves.

News Alert- California’s Solar-Q3 wolf has traveled into Nevada, it looks like she went right by Harry Reid’s solar ranch, trotted around and peed on Harry’s porch a few times and is now back in California>>>>Five years later after several reports of wolf sightings, some of Bundy’s cattle killed, and a Chinese solar inspector chewed up, NDOW comes out with First Wolf Pack in Seventy Years, DNA confirms it is one of Solar-Q3’s pups…………………..

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northern Rocky Mountain Recovery Program Update

2008

Until 2008, no wild wolves had been confirmed west of the DPS boundary in Washington or Oregon. However, in July 2008, a wolf pack (2 adults and 6 pups) was discovered near Twisp, WA (just east of the North Cascades and west of the DPS boundary). Genetic testing showed these wolves did not originate from the NRM DPS; instead they apparently dispersed southward from the wolf population in southcentral British Columbia. Both adults were radio-collared and the pack is being monitored via radio telemetry by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. If this pack persists it will remain separated and distinct from the NRM DPS by the large expanse of unsuitable wolf habitat in eastern WA and OR.

http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolf/annualrpt08/FINAL_2008_USFWS_Recovery_Program_Update_3-17-09.pdf

DNA samples confirm gray wolves are back in Methow Valley By Joyce Campbell
Methow Valley News
July 24, 2008

DNA tests showed that the wolves originated from a population in the northern British Columbia and Alberta provinces of Canada.
“This is a natural colonization,” said Fitkin. “The wolves are naturally immigrating.”
http://www.conservationnw.org/news/pressroom/press-clips/dna-samples-confirm-gray-wolves-are-back-in-methow-valley

Is there a difference between “southcentral British Columbia” and “northern British Columbia and Alberta provinces of Canada”?

Perhaps the USFWS and WDFW should have gotten their story straight as to where they were going to say the wolves came from? I guess they couldn’t say, we hauled them in from Idaho with horse trailers, it just wouldn’t fit the narrative of: (“This is a natural colonization,” said Fitkin. “The wolves are naturally immigrating.” )

*Update* – June 13, 2014:

“DNA obtained from Lookout Pack wolves has shown they are descendents of wolves living in coastal British Columbia”, who lived separately from inland wolves for many generations, “Conservation Northwest” said in a press release. http://methowvalleynews.com/2013/06/25/will-federal-delisting-impact-states-wolves/

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Confirmed: Wolves Kill Sheep. Confirmed: Wolves Being Protected

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife confirmed that wolves killed 3 sheep and wounded 20 more but has yet to finger the Imnaha Pack of wolves as the culprits. Instead they appear to be working to protect the pack so that this kill will not be counted against the pack out of fear some of the pack members may have to be killed.

Typical predator protecting over human livelihood.

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Oregon Wolves Have Brain Power to Know Where to Find Mates in Other States

Most young dispersing wolves have gone east to Idaho, where they have the best chance of finding other wolves for mates, Dennehy said.<<<Read More>>>

Now I have a question that perhaps some enlightened wolf “authority” can answer. As a human being, given a brain, that I use, I can reason out that if I was looking for a mate, I would seek out places where a perspective mate might be found. So, if a wolf is looking for a mate, as is indicated in the linked-to article, how does it know that more likely mates could be found back in Idaho?

We have heard that wolves do things the Army Corp of Engineers can’t do, like change the path of a river. Now we are being told that wolves have mental reasoning abilities and can determine that Idaho has more wolves in heat than Oregon. Doesn’t this sort of fly in the face of those same “enlightened” wolf experts that told the world that wolves cannot distinguish borders? I fail to see how a wolf that can’t tell which state it is in, will know in what direction to go to find perspective mates.

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Chronic Stress in Cows Linked to Wolf Attacks

“Since their reintroduction into Yellowstone National Park, gray wolves have migrated to western states (including agricultural lands in Idaho and Oregon) and hunted in livestock grazing areas.

Producers reported losing animals to wolf-related injury and death. And, on top of that, they said cows that witnessed wolf attacks exhibited nervous, aggressive and excitable behavior toward humans and dogs. Producers said these cows also had lower pregnancy rates, were more sickly, and their calves weighed less.

Cooke hypothesized that these reported responses can be associated with the stress that cows experienced when they graze lands where wolves are present. He added that merely sensing (seeing, smelling or hearing) a predator can elicit these stress responses. And multiple studies by Cooke and other researchers had already established a link between cow stress and decreases in their productivity and welfare.”<<<Read More>>>

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