Alaska’s Alexander Archipelago Wolves

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1. #ArchipelagoWolves nearly wiped out in 1 year, plummeting to as low as 60 individuals, protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell

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2. #StandForWolves #StandForArchipelagoWolves Please join tweetstorm in progress: https://intheshadowofthewolf.wordpress.com/2015/06/30/alaskas-alexander-archipelago-wolves/?preview=true

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3. Emergency steps must be taken to preserve the few #wolves that remain. #ArchipelagoWolves @POTUS  @Interior #StandForWolves

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4. These are dire times for 1 of the world’s rarest wolf subspecies. #ArchipelagoWolves Please protect under ESA  @SecretaryJewell @DirectorDanAshe

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5. #ArchipelagoWolves a unique subspecies of North American wolves, from which they have been isolated for millennia are highly #endangered.

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6. #ArchipelagoWolves rely almost exclusively on a single prey species, also in decline, the Sitka black-tailed deer.

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7. The #ArchipelagoWolves and the deer have suffered over the past few decades as logging has eroded their island habitats.

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8. The Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves are facing a threat of extinction due to lack of food, hunting/poaching and logging @SecretaryJewell

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9. #ArchipelagoWolves are facing a threat of extinction due to lack of food, hunting/poaching and logging, protect under #ESA @USFWS

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10. 2014-2015 “harvest” of Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves was unsustainable, please protect under #ESA @SecretaryJewell  @DirectorDanAshe

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11. #ArchipelagoWolves are facing  threat of extinction due to lack of food, hunting/poaching & logging, please report @nytimes @washingtonpost

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12. 2014-2015 harvest of #ArchipelagoWolves was unsustainable. These rare wolves need protection under #ESA now.  @nytimes  @washingtonpost

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13. 29 #ArchipelagoWolves killed in the 2014-2015 trapping/hunting season represents a loss of one-third of the entire population! @nytimes

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14. 29 #ArchipelagoWolves killed in the 2014-2015 trapping/hunting season represents a loss of one-third of the entire population @washingtonpost

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15. Official memorandum reported population only 89 #ArchipelagoWolves / fall 2014, down from 221 the prior year, protect under #ESA  @USFWS

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16. Opening another trapping/hunting season on this small, declining population is madness – Larry Edwards of @Greenpeace #ArchipelagoWolves

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17. #Alaska Confirms 60 Percent Decline in Rare #ArchipelagoWolves Population, Still Plans Trapping & Hunting Season  @nytimes  @latimes

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18. #Alaska Confirms 60 Percent Decline in Rare #ArchipelagoWolves Population, Still Plans Trapping & Hunting Season @washingtonpost

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19. Emergency Action needs to be taken now for rare #ArchipelagoWolves Please report @nytimes @latimes  info here: http://t.co/eGoYACMIpw

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20. .@USFWS  is working toward a year-end determination whether 2 protect #ArchipelagoWolves under #ESA ~ well after hunt begins! @nytimes

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21. .@USFWS  is working toward year-end determination whether 2 protect #ArchipelagoWolves under #ESA, well after hunt begins @washingtonpost

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22. .@usfs wants public 2 believe ADF&G’s mgmt of trapping/hunting can mitigate effects of overlogging/habitat destruction! #ArchipelagoWolves

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23. #Wolves #ArchipelagoWolves #StandForWolves PLS sign and share: Defend rare Alaskan wolf habitat: http://t.co/VRqHodBlo1

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24. #StandForWolves  #ArchipelagoWolves Save the Tongass National Forest rare #wolf habitat. Please sign and share: https://t.co/GFFt7HPVch

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25. Over 1/2 of the old-growth forests that the #ArchipelagoWolves rely on for hunting, denning & raising pups are now gone! @nytimes @latimes

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26. Over 1/2 of the old-growth forests that the #ArchipelagoWolves rely on for hunting, denning & raising pups are now gone! @washingtonpost

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27.The hunting and trapping of #ArchipelagoWolves has reached unsustainable levels. Cancel the hunt! @AkGovBillWalker #EndangeredSpecies

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28. ADF&G estimated only 89 #ArchipelagoWolves in fall 2014, down from 221 the prior yr possibly as low as 50. Cancel the hunt @AKGovBillWalker

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29.Data in ADF&G report shows that, as of fall 2014, only 7 to 32 female #ArchipelagoWolves were left. Cancel the hunt!  @AKGovBillWalker

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30. .@USFWS is years overdue in deciding whether to initiate an #ESA status review for Alaska’s Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves. @SecretaryJewell

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31. After yrs delaying @USFWS  is finally working toward a year-end determination on whether to protect #ArchipelagoWolves under #ESA!

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32. Yet another hunting season could jeopardize the ongoing viability of Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves on Prince of Wales. #ESA protection now!

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33. With numbers possibly as low as 50 the time to protect #ArchipelagoWolves is now, before the hunt this fall @SecretaryJewell

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34. The @usfs approved an ill-conceived logging operation within the Tongass National Forest, the #ArchipelagoWolves home… @SecretaryJewell

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35. Now, lack of old-growth forests 4 protection, #ArchipelagoWolves primary prey, Sitka black-tailed deer, R also in decline @SecretaryJewell

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36. We are calling for emergency measures to save the lives of the few remaining #ArchipelagoWolves. Pls protect under #ESA @directorDanAshe

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37. We are calling for emergency measures to save the lives of the few remaining #ArchipelagoWolves Pls protect under #ESA @Interior

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38. Alaska’s rare Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves, are under the threat of #extinction. Take emergency action @POTUS #EndangeredSpecies

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39. With a population as low as 60 there is certainly no time for debate. Do the right thing, pls protect #ArchipelagoWolves under #ESA @USFWS

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40. Scientific data confirms a 60 % decline in the #ArchipelagoWolves population in just 1 yr.  Cancel the hunt! @AKGovBillWalker

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41. Another open season of trapping and hunting will push the incredibly imperiled #ArchipelagoWolves closer to #extinction @AKGovBillWalker

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42. To maintain a viable population of Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves on Prince of Wales, Alaska must cancel the season. @AKGovBillWalker

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43. Shame on @usfs  pushing ahead with 6,000 acres of old-growth logging and 80 miles of logging road through #ArchipelagoWolves habitat!

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44.This will no longer be a genetically viable population @AKGovBillWalker with as few as 7 to 32 female #ArchipelagoWolves Cancel the hunt!

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45. #StandForWolves  #SaveWolves Take Emergency Measures to Save Nearly-Extinct #ArchipelagoWolves Please sign: http://t.co/MpsG4Z5S9y

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46.#ArchipelagoWolves, genetically and geographically distinct from other gray wolves, urgently need protection under #ESA @nytimes @Interior

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47. #ArchipelagoWolves, genetically and geographically distinct from other gray wolves, urgently need protection under #ESA @washingtonpost

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48. Take Emergency Measures to Save Nearly-Extinct Wolves #ArchipelagoWolves #EndangeredSpecies Please sign:  goo.gl/7RaXSx

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49. ADF&G reports there could be as few as 7 female #ArchipelagoWolves left on the 2,600-square-mile isl. Cancel 2015/16 hunt! @AKGovBillWalker

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50. Alaska wildlife officials contend: “no radical changes are necessary” 4 managing nearly extinct #ArchipelagoWolves population Outrageous!

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51.ADF&G found that one wolf pack “seems” to have completely disappeared. Emergency protection needed now 4 #ArchipelagoWolves @USFWS

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52.The percentage of #ArchipelagoWolves killed last season was between 33 and 58 % of the ENTIRE population. Cancel the hunt @AKGovBillWalker

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53.Hunt still scheduled though the % of #ArchipelagoWolves killed last season was 33 to 58 % of ENTIRE population @nytimes slated 4 extinction

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54. Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass and #ArchipelagoWolves pay with their lives, #Extinction  goo.gl/LPCrVM

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55. Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass and #ArchipelagoWolves pay with their lives @nytimes  goo.gl/LPCrVM

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56. Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass & #ArchipelagoWolves pay with their lives @washingtonpost  goo.gl/LPCrVM

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57. Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass & #ArchipelagoWolves pay with their lives @latimes  goo.gl/LPCrVM

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58. Endangered #ArchipelagoWolves on Prince of Wales & associated islands R geographically isolated & genetically distinct from other #wolves.

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59.The 89 #ArchipelagoWolves pop. estimate is already outdated, the Forest Service briefing paper indicates. Cancel the hunt @AKGovBillWalker

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60. The estimates were made prior 2 the 2014/2015 hunting/trapping season, wherein 29 #ArchipelagoWolves known 2 be killed #EndangeredSpecies

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61.These numbers do not include #ArchipelagoWolves killed by poachers. With 580 miles logging roads wolf poaching is rife! #EndangeredSpecies

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62. Scientific data clearly shows that the SE Alaska #ArchipelagoWolves R distinctive from other wolf populations in N.A. #endangeredspecies

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63.ADF&G does not believe #ArchipelagoWolves warrant #ESA listing, a designation that would restrict costly (taxpayer) logging industry. Shame!

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64. Southeast’s #ArchipelagoWolves need prompt ESA protection because of their geographic isolation and proven genetic distinctiveness @USFWS

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65. Scientific evidence shows significant genetic differentiation between POW #ArchipelagoWolves & interior wolves: goo.gl/a3wA7U

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66. Recent genetic research shows a large portion of genetic diversity in gray wolf species is found in #ArchipelagoWolves @SecretaryJewell

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67.This unique genetic diversity found in #ArchipelagoWolves, makes them especially important from a conservation perspective @SecretaryJewell

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68. 87% of #ArchipelagoWolves mortality on POW is from unsustainable hunting/trapping Cancel the hunt @AKGovBillWalker protect under ESA @USFWS

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69. During the highest harvest year, in 1996-1997, almost 50 percent of POW’s #ArchipelagoWolves population was trapped @nytimes

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70. One of the fiercest critics of Forest Service’s Big Thorne timber sale, in #ArchipelagoWolves home, is former ADF&G biologist Dave Person

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71. Person: “The timber sale, the final straw that will break the back of sustainable wolf-deer predator-prey ecology.” Save #ArchipelagoWolves

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72. Dave Person: “The Big Thorne project puts viability of #ArchipelagoWolves on POW in doubt.” His report: goo.gl/bqU0Dv

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73. Dr. Person audio report regarding @usfs  Big Thorne timber sale & the impact on wildlife & #ArchipelagoWolves https://vimeo.com/92984376

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74. Old growth logging has compromised the environmental and economic viability of the Tongass and forsaken the #ArchipelagoWolves.

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75. The rapid decline of #ArchipelagoWolves underscores the threat continued cutting of old-growth trees poses in the Tongass National Forest.

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76. 24 yrs ago authorities recognized #ArchipelagoWolves viability was in danger as a direct result of timber harvest in Tongass.

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77. 24 yrs ago FWS said “Without significant changes 2 existing Tongass LMP, long-term viability of #Archipelagowolves is seriously imperiled.”

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78. Logging roads clearly increased risk of death 4 #ArchipelagoWolves from hunting & trapping & contributed 2 unsustainable rates of “harvest”

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79. ADF&G should consider effects of roads, & expect substantial illegal harvest where #ArchipelagoWolves habitat is accessible to humans!

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80.ADF&G, knowing poaching levels are as high as legal “take” should act 2 PROTECT remaining #ArchipelagoWolves NOT encourage hunting!

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81. Regional Supervisor for ADF&G, Ryan Scott,  thinks there is enough of a population of #ArchipelagoWolves to allow some form of “harvest”…

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82. #ArchipelagoWolves population plummeted 60 % in just one year, leaving only 60 wolves and Ryan Scott sees room for a “harvest”!

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83. With possibly only as few as 7 female #ArchipelagoWolves on POW, Ryan Scott sees room for a harvest! This is an #EndangeredSpecies

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84. Please call regional supervisor for ADF&G, Ryan Scott, and tell him there is no room for a “harvest” of #ArchipelagoWolves  (907) 465-4359

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85. Email regional supervisor for ADF&G, Ryan Scott, & tell him there is no room for a “harvest” of #ArchipelagoWolves   ryan.scott@alaska.gov

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86. Please call the director for ADF&G, Bruce Dale, and ask him to cancel the unsustainable hunt of #ArchipelagoWolves on POW: (907)861-2101

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87. Please email the director for ADF&G, Bruce Dale, and ask him to cancel the hunt of #ArchipelagoWolves on POW: bruce.dale@alaska.gov

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88. Please call @AKGovBillWalker ask him to take emergency action, cancel the hunt for imperiled #ArchipelagoWolves  (907)465-3500

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89. Please email @AKGovBillWalker ask him to take emergency action, cancel the hunt for imperiled #ArchipelagoWolves  goo.gl/rfuVkA

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90. Please contact the @usfs ask them to suspend logging & road-building in its Big Thorne timber sale. Save #ArchipelagoWolves (800)-832-1355

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91. .@AKGovBillWalker pls take decisive action 2 save the rapidly dwindling population of Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves on Prince of Wales.

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92. .@DirectorDanAshe pls take decisive action to save the rapidly dwindling population of Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves on Prince of Wales.

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93. #ArchipelagoWolves are an essential piece of what makes our little corner of Alaska so special,” said Hunter McIntosh of @AlaskaSmallShip

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94. The opportunity 2C unique #ArchipelagoWolves in old growth home draws people from all over the world. Essential4Ecotourism @AKGovBillWalker

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95. A sharp decline in Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves equals a sharp decline in ecotourism.”Killing wolves is bad for business” @AKGovBillWalker

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96. Allowing the decimation & imminent extinction of #ArchipelagoWolves is poor stewardship @SecretaryJewell @AKGovBillWalker @DirectorDanAshe

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97.#StandForWolves Please send an easy cut and paste email on behalf of #ArchipelagoWolves : http://wp.me/p6o9qd-1E

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98. Thankyou, @CenterForBioDiv , @Greenpeace and @AlaskaSmallShip for your efforts on behalf of the Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves

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99. Thanks to everyone who tweeted on behalf of #ArchipelagoWolves Stay in touch for future storms/actions: https://t.co/eEorYSwIug

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100. #StandForWolves #SaveWolves #ProtectWolves Save the Alexander #ArchipelagoWolves on POW List under #ESA @interior

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Thankyou for Standing for Wolves!

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