Simulposted from | OUR COMPASS
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Gray wolves are struggling to recover in the Pacific Northwest, California, southern Rocky Mountains and Northeast — but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is drafting a proposal to delist them in these states.
To “delist” means to remove the protections of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This would be a death sentence for wolves.
More than 1,200 wolves in the Rocky Mountains and the Great Lakes region have been massacred since they lost ESA protection in 2011, when the species was removed from the list by political fiat instead of science.
Wolves across these states are slaughtered by bowhunters, gunned down by “recreational” hunters, tortured by trappers in steel-jaw foothold traps and snares, and subjected to brutal “management” methods, including aerial gunning. The same fate awaits wolves in other regions who are barely hanging on. Delisting would subject them to the same massacre we’re seeing in the Rocky Mountain states and the Great Lakes states where they’ve already lost protection.
Tell USFWS to keep gray wolves protected under the ESA. Tell them delisting is premature, because wolf populations have not yet recovered, and because the prejudices and misconceptions that led to their near elimination across the continent are still present.
There was a time the world was ours
No big tall buildings, no noisy cars
No people with guns, shooting at
Everything they see
When we could howl
As a family
When we could roam our world
Not worrying about if we would
The moon our beacon, the sun our friend
We did not think this would ever end.
Karen Lyons Kalmenson
State governments and resident hunters/trappers have been wantonly brutal and excessive in their ‘management’ (killing) of wolves; this is not acceptable due to the individual suffering of wolves, and it is a clear threat to the future of wolves and their DNA diversity.
Last fall, right from the starting gate, Idaho and Montana began to carry out their their diabolical plans for killing wolves. First there was a horrendous bow and arrow season, followed by deliberately mis-aimed bullets (gut shots – so wolf tags could be used for another day), and barbaric trapping and ‘dispatching’ of the trapped wolf in unthinkable ways. Uncountable boastings, postings, and photographs from wolf hunters on public forums have all documented evidence of a brutal regime celebrating and glorifying the killing of wolves. We have read ‘instructions’ on how to slowly poison wolves, “gut shoot wolves so they won’t die right away”, dispatch trapped wolves by means of strangulation, crushing, slow torture, skinning, and the dark list goes on and on.
None of this, so-called ‘management’ of wolves has anything to do with science or protecting livestock. This hunt is about ‘thrill killing’ the wolf because he is an icon and keystone predator. Trophy hunters covet the wolf and other predators for their trophy rooms. Teeth, pelts, feet, claws, and even deflated wolves are being sold. All of this flying in the face of our Native American people who consider the wolves brethren and in their beliefs, ‘what ever happens to the wolf, happens to them.” History has proven this to be true.
Wolves are only a negligible threat to livestock – being responsible for less than 1% of livestock losses. An example would be Wyoming 2010 – a total of 41,000 livestock animals perished. A study released the following year concluded that 26 cows and 33 sheep were taken by wolves – the other 40,941 animals died from infection, birthing, and being left out in extreme weather.
Montana recently released their new immoral plan to kill the wolves of Yellowstone National Park using electronic calling devices just outside the park to lure wolves from the safety of the park into their cross hairs! They will use the sounds of pups in distress to lure adult wolves to their death.
Idaho ended one wolf hunting season on June 30th and began another on July 1st!! The 2nd hunt, even more barbaric in that puppies, pregnant females, all wolves will be in the cross hairs and fair game for trapping – 365 days a year in EVERY INCH OF IDAHO with the small exception of national parks/city limits.
Wolves have been brought back from the brink of extinction and reinstated, only to be brutally massacred. This round robin of destruction must not continue.
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Courtesy of Rebel Wolf
Native American Wolf Mythology
Wolves figure prominently in the mythology of nearly every Native American tribe. In most Native cultures, Wolf is considered a medicine being associated with courage, strength, loyalty, and success at hunting. Like bears, wolves are considered closely related to humans by many North American tribes, and the origin stories of some Northwest Coast tribes, such as the Quileute and the Kwakiutl, tell of their first ancestors being transformed from wolves into men. In Shoshone mythology, Wolf plays the role of the noble Creator god, while in Anishinabe mythology a wolf character is the brother and true best friend of the culture hero. Among the Pueblo tribes, wolves are considered one of the six directional guardians, associated with the east and the color white. The Zunis carve stone wolf fetishes for protection, ascribing to them both healing and hunting powers.
Wolves are also one of the most common clan animals in Native American cultures. Tribes with Wolf Clans include the Creek (whose Wolf Clan is named Yahalgi or Yvhvlke), the Cherokee (whose Wolf Clan name is Aniwahya or Aniwaya,) the Chippewa (whose Wolf Clan and its totem are called Ma’iingan,) Algonquian tribes like the Lenape, Shawnee and Menominee, the Huron and Iroquois tribes, Plains tribes like the Caddo and Osage, Southern tribes like the Chickasaw, the Pueblo tribes of New Mexico, and Northwest Coast tribes like the Tlingit, Tsimshian, and Kwakiutl. Wolf was an important clan crest on the Northwest Coast and can often be found carved on totem poles. The wolf is also the special tribal symbol of several tribes and bands, such as the Munsee Delaware, the Mohegans, and the Skidi Pawnee. Some eastern tribes, like the Lenape and Shawnee, have a Wolf Dance among their tribal dance traditions
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SIMULPOSTED FROM | WHITEWOLFPACK.COM
Wandering Wolf Back on the Grid
Thankfully OR-7 has been found – back in northern California again. Oregon’s famous wandering wolf was finally seen back on the grid Friday after escaping satellite surveillance for five straight days. There had been fears something might have happened to him such as poaching which is a real threat to wolves. The gray wolf is a federally protected species in California.
OR-7 was born in northeastern Oregon as a member of the Imnaha Pack. He is the first wolf known to roam into California since the last trapping of a wild wolf in 1924. He has been searching for a mate and has traveled back and forth between Oregon and California.
He was captured and fitted with a tracking collar a year and a half ago. The GPS system sends daily signals to a satellite that plots his position. This has allowed biologists to follow his trek across Oregon into Northern California. Typically collars only last about two years.
Karen Kovacs of the California Department of Fish and Game said, “Whether or not he was in an area that satellites couldn’t get a fix on him, or his collar is starting to malfunction, we don’t know. But he is back online this morning in western Plumas County.”
This coming Wednesday a public hearing is scheduled in Sacramento, Calif., on whether to put gray wolves on the California state endangered species list. Conservation groups have petitioned the California Fish and Wildlife Commission for the protection. The biggest opposition to the restoration of wolf populations in California has come from ranchers who are fearful the wolves will attack their livestock. So far there have been no reports that OR-7 has attacked any. The area has abundant deer for him to prey on. Stay safe on your journey, OR-7!
TAKE ACTION NOW, CALL WYOMING WILDLIFE ENFORCEMENT.
In regard to the Stanley Castagno shooting of the Wolf, luring out of a sanctuary and shooting it:
Mr. Castagno is a Outfitter and Guide registered with the Wyoming Outfittrers and Guide, and their telephone number is: 800-264-0981
Wyoming Wildlife Enforcement, as this is a clear cut case of Poaching off of a Sanctuary, similar to fishing within a fish hatchery and just wrong, but we will see how they attempt to cover this up: 307-733-2321
The Administrator of Wyoming Enforcement, Eric Kescler can be reached at: 307-777-4594.
Background – Wolf Angels
First victim wolf of Wyoming’s 2012 hunt –lured out of the protection of Yellowstone with a recording of a wolf pup in distress. Shot and killed for following her instincts to rescue a pup. How low can you go? Thanks Stan Castagno for stealing a magnificent wolf from 300,000,000 of us who were promised wildlife safety in National Parks.
Stan Castagno is Very Proud of his Betrayal and Murder of an Innocent Animal. If you would like to Congratulate him on his Trophy, you may PM him at his FaceBook Profile. CLICK [HERE].
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FROM | L.A. TIMES
Saturday night’s full moon will loom especially large, thanks to a phenomenon that happens about once a year.
Known technically as a perigee moon, the “super moon” will appear about 14% larger and 30% brighter than the other full moons of 2012.
Because the moon follows an elliptical orbit around the Earth, its distance from Earth varies. Full moons that occur when the moon is the closest, on the perigee side of its orbit, are particularly big and bright.
NASA scientists say the moon will reach that point at 8:34 p.m. PDT. In a case of near-perfect timing, one minute later the moon will line up with the Earth and sun, making for a brilliant display.
Since low-hanging moons look particularly large (for reasons scientists can’t really explain), the super moon will be at its most impressive as it rises. For more on the super moon, including an explanatory video, go to NASA’s science news site.