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March 11, 2010

Defenders of Wildlife's new ad with Ashley Judd...

Ashley Judd has teamed up with Defenders again to ask the Obama administration to restore federal protections for the wolves in the Northern Rockies.  It will be running all this week in the DC metro area.

March 09, 2010

False information slowly falling to facts...

More and more we are seeing a growing core of people who are pushing back against the preachers of anti-wolf rhetoric that is based on myth and fear, and using facts and available research to formulate and express their opinions.  Also encouraging is that more papers are starting to print these opinions and hopefully both represent a pronounced shift in acceptance of wolves as a permanent fixture on America's landscape.  First is a compelling look at the term "vicious" as it is applied to wolves despite viciousness being a human quality.  Followed by published research based on a study of how many livestock depredations are caused by wild dog vs those of wolves. 

February 01, 2010

Cash prizes for bagging wolves…

Defenders of Wildlife has created a petition that I’m hoping you will sign.  This petition is a direct ask to Cabela’s and Sportsman Warehouse, two major outdoor retailers, to revoke any continued sponsorship of predator derbies. Idaho recently held three of these derbies in which wolves, bobcats, coyotes, and other predators were assigned a point value (wolves were the only animal worth three points, everything else was two) and hunted down in a one day killing competition from which the $50 entrence fees went towards funding the anti-wolf lawyers and lobbyists who are working to keep the Northern Rockies wolves off the endangered species list. 

Please visit Defenders of Wildlife’s Facebook page and take action!

January 04, 2010

D.O.I. comes up short on promises for scientific integrity in policy…

A great Op-Ed in the Washington Post by Jamie Rappaport Clark, Executive Vice President of Defenders of Wildlife, calling out Secretary Ken Salazar on his failed promises to restore the scientific process to the Endangered Species Act and protect wolves.

December 15, 2009

Gray wolf population declining in Yellowstone Park…

A goodarticle in USA Today that talks about the overall decline of wolves in Yellowstone Park pointing to a few different reasons for this, including the Montana hunt and the decimation of the Cottonwood Pack.

October 28, 2009

Wolves = Awesome for our public lands

This is a great article that covers in-depth the importance of top predators, like wolves, to biodiversity in ecosystems.  Where wolves are found you will also find an ecosystem that is healthy and strong and teaming with biodiversity - and make no mistake about it, in the greater Yellowstone area the wolves are the reason for this re-emergence of this native species biodiversity.  It's all connected.  Ecosystems need balance and when they don't have top predators, as the article points out, the whole ecosystem and balance shifts.  It has been documented over and over again from the sea otters in California and their relationship to sea urchins and the underwater kelp forests to the deer of the east coast that have eaten the native plants and biodiversity out of the Appalachians, if you are missing a key piece of these puzzles you will change and weaken the entire ecosystem.

September 09, 2009

Federal judge says wolf hunts OK in Idaho, Montana

A link to the Associated Press article that is being circulated about the Northern Rockies wolf hunts and Judge Molloy's decision on the case.

August 05, 2009

Idaho Commissioner thinks wolf hunts will happen no matter what....

Disturbing words from the Idaho Game Commissioner indicating that some hunters in Idaho may wind up continuing with wolf hunts this fall whatever the outcome of the lawsuit that has been filed over the delisting.

Killer fall for wolves....

Prices for licenses have been set and are ready to go. Despite elk numbers being higher than 20 years ago, wolves are still being blamed for depressing some herds so they can't recover. But what does that actually mean? Not all the elk in a state are considered one herd so in areas wolves are depressing the numbers so they can't rebound. However, while herds in some areas are unable to recover because of wolf predation most of the herds in the rest of the state are doing much better as the sick and weak are culled.

August 03, 2009

Weighing in on reintroduction of wolves

This is an article from Roger Phillip, a writer from the Idaho Statesman. He has been watching wolves since the reintroduction but has rarely weighed in on the issue.His article brushes emotions on both sides of the issue and touches on how complex it can be for some people.

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