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14 June 2013, 12:01 PM
Federal agency proposes handing protections to the states
The famed wolf OR-7.
(Richard Shinn / DFG)

If the Obama administration has its way, one of Oregon’s most popular travelers—OR-7—could be a goner. This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed eliminating federal endangered species listing for wolves across nearly the entire continental U.S., handing protections to the states. This is bad news for wolves since many states are more interested in catering to powerful hunting and ranching interests than protecting this species that hasn’t yet recovered.

OR-7, a male gray wolf born in Oregon, left his pack in September 2011 to cross state lines, perhaps seeking a mate. He captured the imagination of school children and wildlife enthusiasts throughout the country as they followed his path—tracked by a radio collar. He’s traveled through ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forests, shrublands and woodlands and even crossed agricultural lands. He’s been caught on cameras planted in the wilderness.

Not one public sighting or run-in with ranchers or livestock has been reported. Nonetheless, OR-7—and untold numbers of other wolves—could be shot on sight if the FWS lifts federal protections.

The gray wolf is one of the most iconic creatures of the American landscape, once roaming free throughout the United States. Centuries of trapping, hunting and poisoning brought wolves in the lower-48 states to the brink of extinction. By the 1980s, outside of Minnesota, only a few survivors remained.

At least five states in which wolves have already lost federal protections now “protect” the wolf with state-organized hunting seasons. Idaho licensed hunters and trappers to kill 375 wolves in the winter of 2012. Minnesota killed another 410 in 2013.

Wolves of Yellowstone's Lamar Valley. (Jeremy Weber)The gray wolf is one of the most iconic creatures of the American landscape.  (Jeremy Weber)

Since the 1980s, wolf recovery in America has had great successes, from the reintroduction of wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains to the revitalization of populations in the western Great Lakes states. But there are still few if any wolves in the in most of their former ranges. Wolves in the Pacific Northwest could stand a chance of recovering if the proper protections are in place and they keep their federal endangered species status.

The wolf has long been in the crosshairs of hunting and livestock interests despite programs that compensate farmers and ranchers for losses caused by wolves. Now is not the time for the federal government to give in to those powerful interests and throw in the towel on wolf recovery, when the job is not yet done.

Earthjustice has worked for more than a decade to give wolves a fighting chance to recover in the Yellowstone region and throughout the country. We’ll be reaching out to our supporters to tell Secretary Jewell that stripping wolves of their federal protections is not a great way to start her term at the Department of Interior.

As OR-7 continues his travels through the forests and back roads of Oregon and California, we will work to defend his species and the habitat that wolves need to survive.

91 The Cry of the Wolf

The cry of the wolf
echoes through pages of earthly history
a cry of seeking ever seeking
a lament falling on deathly ear.

The cry wind sweeps twisting
in rock girded canyon
hidden in branches of twisted oak
a cry of a forgotten tear.

The cry that sharply bounds
down splashing rushing torrents
surging to towering pines
telling all of enshrouded fear.

Out past the fallen woodland giant
out where now smoke of surging cities
swells over land of forgotten sage
his call is a call desolate and sear.

W. R. Cole
1210 Deer Canyon
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
489-42

I find the theory of Presiedent Obama personally going to see to the slaughter of wolves ridiculous. Since his first day in office he's been center right. I know some people on his staff who advocated for and are still advocating for the protection of wolves.

Damn sheep, cattle and every other kind of livestock ranchers are behind this. I'm sick to death of them telling people the y"fear" for their livestock. Do you know it is more likely for their livestock to be drowned, hit by lightning, run over by a car or rustled than for them to be attacked by wolves. Wolves are smarter than that.

9 of 10 "wolf" reports are actually coyote reports. Don't ge me started on friggin' coyotes. Jackals of the Northern U.S> But that's another subject.

Wolves hunt in a pattern. They tramp their territory carefully. Only when there is no prey in the other areas do they risk attacking cattle or other livestock. The POTUS is being given a line of B.S>

As for Caribou Barbie, she just shoots stuff. She doesn't understand the balance of nature works the other way too. Too many moose means fewer Elk or other herd animals. Too many Elk means starving herds of other animals.

I don't like the comment about Obama shooting wolves, bu it's your page. I won't ascribe to it, though. I do not believe for an instant he's had the wool pulled over his eyes by a woman who can't spell "environment" let alone understand it (Palin, that is).

Um the people talking about farm animails getting munched on by wolves are morons. Make better fences for your animails the wolves were here first. I have lived in the mountains of shasta county cali for years and lost cats to bob cats, owls, foxes whatever thats my fault does not mean I should go out and kill all those animails because of it I am not a giant baby stomping around wanting to destroy nature. Its the way of nature and life we are the real killers nothing stands a chance against mans scorn. Dont like the way nature works? Dont like having to protect your farm animals properly when you decided to move in to wolf territory GO KILL YOURSELF then you wont have to worry about nature taking what is naturaly hers. We are unnatural and we live unnatural we screw up the world we sre the fat ones eating like pigs all the time and getting mad at starving animails. How disgusting humanity wake up

Well it is very simple folks. You protect the wolf because he is part of nature. And if you do not protect Mother Nature and all of its creatures, We will cease to exist. It is all tied to webs of life on earth. Every creature has a purpose. And we need to use our brains to come up with a solution. One idea would be to use sound or low level electricity fences to deter wolves from mans formidable housing, poisons and weaponry. If they can use technology to kill animals they can certainly use it to save them. Another would be to restore its natural food sources and habitat. As we did in Yellowstone. Or we could grow things they do not care for as much or dry our meats. If you go camping you build or come up with a way to not invite bears or other co-inhabitants of the earth. Use a cowboy to watch the herds or animals. And just scare them off. With a blast of a gun or loud noise. Or bring the animals into a more safe environment. I don't hear any one bitching who live's at peace with nature. Such as our Native peoples.
And that is how we should all live. Thanks for your time.
Sincerely,
James

Where will you be standing when god starts sorting...?

Some of you people on here really need to re-read your post and think about what your saying!! Why is it that you think that the farmers and ranchers "Need to come up with a better way to protect their animals"???? They are protecting their animals, remember its the wolves who are attacking the farm animals. No one here has posted about how the farm animals are attacked and eaten still alive by the wolves. (I'm sure not a fun event)!!! Here is my challange to everyone who wants to keep the wolves listed, why don't YOU come up with some ideas as to how to protect the farmers and ranchers animals and post them here for discussion!!! Its always easy to point the finger at someone else and say you go take care of it....

The farm animals are not on the verge of extinction! Wolves are and they are a very important player in our ecosystem! So yes farmers do need to come up with a better alternative to murdering these native American animals

Some of you people on here really need to re-read your post and think about what your saying!! Why is it that you think that the farmers and ranchers "Need to come up with a better way to protect their animals"???? They are protecting their animals, remember its the wolves who are attacking the farm animals. No one here has posted about how the farm animals are attacked and eaten still alive by the wolves. (I'm sure not a fun event)!!! Here is my challange to everyone who wants to keep the wolves listed, why don't YOU come up with some ideas as to how to protect the farmers and ranchers animals and post them here for discussion!!! Its always easy to point the finger at someone else and say you go take care of it....

Really, thats all you care about.. What about the people who are impacted by your suggestion and positiion. What are they to do as wolves attack their animals, and I'm not just talking about farm and ranch animals. What about peoples pets, their dogs and cats?? What about the farm animals that are attacked by wolves that get eaten (still alive) as the wolves eat them until they finally die?? What suffering are they going through??? Have you thought about that?? Please post some suggestions on how you plan to keep the wolves under control if they are NOT delisted!!!!!

Without the wolves, there would not have been any dogs... "Man's best friend"

I feel as though the wolves should be protected just like seals,whales & polar bears.

I agree with you Paula...

I agree with the first comment about being ashamed to be a human...Seems every day I think less and less of humans esp. in their regard to animals and the environment.
Our politicians are the worse- money and power is all they care about. I agree that the ranchers need to come up with better ways to protect their livestock.Why does a species have to suffer because man does not favor them( and it is always because of money). They have every right to be here just as we do.

Every day I chant the sound of AHHH which is sound for God, Allah, Buddah etc and intend that the consciousness of humans would rise. If more of us did this we could really make some changes! Wouldn't it be nice!

Again, why do the farmers and ranchers have to come up with the ideas to protect their animals. Why don't YOU come up with some ideas!!!!!

I agree with you whole heartedly - don't have much affection for people who think nothing of hurting or killing an animal. I have a cat (have had many over the years) and recently told one of the residents in my assisted Living facility that i had spent $276.00 at the vet for my cat- "Oh, I'd never spend that on any animal, let alone a cat" she said. I make it a point not to sit at the same table with her in the dining room, just so I don't have to be pleasant to her!

Will try your AAHHh tomorrow morning after getting out of bed, can't do it too loud or the resident in the next apt. will complain!

Best regards, 86 year old female

I honestly think we need to impress upon the Obama Administration that they need to visit wolf sanctuaries across the country - Wolf Hollow in Ipswich, MA, which is near me and which I have visited twice, is one - hear the presentations the staff give and watch the resident wolves in action. They need to see these beautiful creatures up close and realise how vital they are to the American landscape and all of our ecosystems. I'm glad to see the wolves coming back in the wild out in the West, however much of a struggle it may be - I wish a similar effort would be made here in New England, as the wolf population here was extirpated decades ago.

I am sicken that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife would not protect an North American Icon the Wolf. Here we are living in the 21st century better educated than our 20th century ancestors, yet we are going backwards in time to the 20th century to kill the wolf. WHY? Farmers and Ranchers need to do there part in protecting they livestock better and they are not, WHY? There is always an answer to ALL PROBLEM, WHY is it so much easier for humans to kill than solve a problem? WHEN will the DAY COME when HUMANS will say " WE WILL NOT KILL TODAY"? I am ASHAMED to BE A HUMAN.

I agree, I shames all of us as the most intelligent species on the planet to be doing what we are doing to wildlife and to those that are keystone species to huge ecosystems like the Northern Rockies and the Yellowstone N.P area

Sunday, June 2, 2013
ANOTHER EMAIL BLITZ TO #KEEPWOLVESLISTED : NEW CONTACT:Council on Environmental Quality

Courtesy blog.yimmyayo~dot~com

Hello Wolf Folks!
If you would, we need to go another round of emails to #keepwolveslisted

We need to speak to Nancy Sutley, who is the chair of the Council on Environmental Quality = CEQ, Nancy Sutley reports directly to President Barack Obama and is responsible for coordinating the actions of all federal agencies who deal with protections of USA wildlife, land, air and water. We need to implore that she use her position to intervene for our wolves and make the decision to keep them listed under the federal protection of the the Endangered Species Act a permanent decision, not just the temporary stay of execution that we have now. Sincerely,sandra patterson

Address: The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
Phone Number: (202) 456-1111
(202) 456-1414 (Switchboard)
TTY: (202) 456-6213

Sandra, we need to do everything possible to save our wolves from being put back on the chopping block. These animals are a part of our American heritage and we need to do whatever it takes to save them from being taken off the Endangered Species list. It makes me sick to think that my (our) tax dollars are spent on killing our wildlife. It's sickening to see pictures of wolves, coyotes and other animals caught in traps and suffer horrible deaths. The people who do this kind of thing are sub-human. I want to help in any way I can!
Sincerely,
Sandra Weber

Thank you, Sandra, for your thoughts.

Edith

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