Tweet 4 Prince of Wales Wolves

The hunting, trapping and illegal take of wolves from the Tongass National Forest on Prince of Wales Island, Alaska must come to a full stop or extirpation is not only imminent, but in the not too distant future. 

The federal subsistence wolf hunting season on POW begins tomorrow September 1st, with a quota set at 5 animals. As you already know it is nearly impossible to enforce such a small quota as we have seen in prior years: the quota for 2016 was set at 11 wolves yet the reported “harvest” was 28 animals; the year before the quota was set at 9 animals and 29 wolves were killed. This, of course, does not include unreported kills, which may be substantial.

As of this morning (August 31) we have not received a response from the Federal Subsistence Board, nor from Alaska Department of Fish and Game, regarding our request (representing the 11,000 members of In the shadow of the wolf community) and petition for the suspension of wolf hunting on Prince of Wales Island

Because of the failure on the part of ADF&G and the FSB to engage in any sort of dialogue, with regard to our concerns for the diminished wolf population on the island, we need to be more assertive with phone calls, emails and again, another last minute tweetstorm, this time for the Alexander Archipelago Wolves on Prince of Wales Island. 

Please take a little time out of your day to speak up for this devastated wolf population, their lives must be filled with misery. Help where you can; if you are not on twitter then please make a phone call, send an email or alert the media.  Please, just help out. 

Feel free to use any of the graphics from below or from our Facebook page @intheshadowofthewolf. As this is a last minute effort my time was extremely limited and would not allow for adding images. My apologies. As usual, all tweets can be automatically sent by tapping “Tweet4Wolves” at the end of each tweet. For ease of tweeting, open this link on your browser and close your twitter window. Should you still have trouble sending tweets then open this blog post on Twitter and send your tweets from there.

1. #Wolves #PrinceOfWalesWolves #StandForWolves PLS sign & share: Suspend Wolf Hunting on Prince of Wales Island:  bit.ly/AA_Wolves Tweet4Wolves

2. #PrinceOfWalesWolves population declined 60% from 221 #wolves in 2013 to 89 in 2014 yet hunting continues! @interior @latimes @nytimes Tweet4Wolves 

3. #PrinceOfWalesWolves population declined 60% from 221 #wolves in 2013 to 89 in 2014 yet hunting continues! @AP @NPR @adndotcom Tweet4Wolves

4. 29 more #PrinceOfWalesWolves were killed during the 2014-15 season while the quota was set at 9 #wolves. @interior @AP @NPR @adndotcom Tweet4Wolves 

5. 29 more #PrinceOfWalesWolves were killed during the 2014-15 season while the quota was set at 9 #wolves. @latimes @nytimes Tweet4Wolves  

6. At the end of 2015 season just 60 #PrinceOfWalesWolves remained yet hunting is still allowed. Shame #Alaska @interior @AP @NPR @adndotcom Tweet4Wolves

7. At the end of 2015 season just 60 #PrinceOfWalesWolves remained yet hunting is still allowed. Shame on #Alaska @latimes @nytimes Tweet4Wolves 

8. During the 2016-17 season the quota was set at 11 #PrinceOfWalesWolves and 28 were killed! Cancel the hunt #Alaska @interior @AP @NPR Tweet4Wolves

9. .@nytimes @latimes During the 2016-17 season the quota was set at 11 #PrinceOfWalesWolves and 28 were killed! Cancel the hunt #Alaska Tweet4Wolves

10a. This season’s #ADFG #FSB quota of FIVE #PrinceOfWalesWolves is IMPOSSIBLE 2 enforce @SecretaryZinke @AP @NPR  @nytimes @latimes @adndotcom Tweet4Wolves

10. Total amount of #PrinceOfWalesWolves “harvested” does not include unreported kills which may be substantial @interior @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves 

11. These R dire times for 1 of world’s rarest wolf subspecies. #PrinceOfWalesWolves Suspend wolf hunting on POW @USFWS @interior  @AP @NPR Tweet4Wolves

12. #PrinceOfWalesWolves a unique subspecies of North American #wolves, from which they have been isolated for millennia are highly endangered Tweet4Wolves

13. The long-term impacts of logging & roads push #PrinceOfWalesWolves population toward #extinction @interior @latimes @nytimes @AP @NPR Tweet4Wolves

14. The long-term impacts of logging & roads have pushed #PrinceOfWalesWolves population toward #extinction @USFWS @SecretaryZinke @adndotcom  Tweet4Wolves   

15. #PrinceOfWalesWolves R a symbol of wilderness and ecological integrity and have declined 75% in 20yrs @interior @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves

16. The hunting/trapping/poaching of #PrinceOfWalesWolves needs to come to a full stop or extirpation is imminent @interior @USFWS @AP @NPR Tweet4Wolves

 17. The hunting/trapping/poaching of #PrinceOfWalesWolves needs to come to a full stop or extirpation is imminent @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves

18. Steve Brockmann a @USFWS employee indicated that the continuing decline of #PrinceOfWalesWolves has to do with over-harvesting! @interior Tweet4Wolves

19. #PrinceOfWalesWolves play an important role in the ecotourism that contributes more than $1 billion 2 Southeast #Alaska economy @interior Tweet4Wolves

20. 6 decades of @forestservice aggressive old-growth clearcut #logging on POW has endangered #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves

21. 6 decades of @forestservice aggressive old-growth clearcut #logging program on POW has endangered #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @WSJ @NPR Tweet4Wolves

22. #PrinceOfWalesWolves rely almost exclusively on a single prey species, also in decline, the Sitka black-tailed deer @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

23. #PrinceOfWalesWolves and the deer have suffered over the past few decades as #logging has eroded their island habitats. @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

24. Roads built 2 support logging effort provide easy access points 4 poachers 2 enter forest & kill #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

25. The POW Complex has over 4,200 miles of roads contributing to a marked increase in poaching of the #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

26. Over 1/2 of the old-growth forests that #PrinceOfWalesWolves rely on for hunting, denning & raising pups R now gone! @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

27. .@usfs approved an ill-conceived logging operation within the Tongass National Forest, home to #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

28. .@forestservice approved an ill-conceived logging operation within the Tongass National Forest, home 2 #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior @WSJ Tweet4Wolves

29. Shame on @usfs 4 pushing ahead w/6,000 acres old-growth logging & 80 more miles of logging road thru #PrinceOfWalesWolves habitat @interior Tweet4Wolves

30. Shame on @forestservice 4 pushing ahead w/6,000 acres old-growth logging in #PrinceOfWalesWolves habitat for 15 more yrs @interior Tweet4Wolves

31. Shame on @forestservice 4 pushing ahead w/6,000 acres old-growth logging in #PrinceOfWalesWolves habitat for 15 more yrs @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

32. Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in the Tongass & will cause extinction of #PrinceOfWalesWolves @usfs @interior goo.gl/LPCrVM Tweet4Wolves

33. Timber sales cost taxpayers millions in Tongass & will cause extinction~ #PrinceOfWalesWolves @forestservice @USFWS goo.gl/LPCrVM Tweet4Wolves

34. Scientific evidence shows that #PrinceOfWalesWolves cannot survive in areas with high road density @interior @USFWS @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves

35. .@forestservice is more interested in kowtowing 2 timber industry than in preserving our forests 4 future generations #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

36. The ongoing scale of old-growth logging imperils #PrinceOfWalesWolves by further reducing & fragmenting remaining forest stands @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

37. #PrinceOfWalesWolves risk of inbreeding is⬆putting them at great risk of extinction due 2 loss of genetic diversity @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

38. Genetic diversity is always a crucial factor with isolated species! Cancel #PrinceOfWalesWolves hunting #ADFG @interior @SecretaryZinke Tweet4Wolves

39. In SE #Alaska #PrinceOfWalesWolves bring significant economic benefits 2 communities ~ Essential4Ecotourism @interior @USFWS @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

40. Evidence suggests ecological heterogeneity across space can influence genetic structure of populations #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior Tweet4Wolves

41. Evidence suggests ecological heterogeneity across space can influence genetic structure of populations #PrinceOfWalesWolves @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

42. Research found the presence of a genetic cline between mainland & island wolves. Protect #PrinceOfWalesWolves #ESA bit.ly/1GHqCyw  Tweet4Wolves

43. #PrinceOfWalesWolves R an ecologically important & genetically distinct predator that symbolizes the wilderness of the Tongass @interior Tweet4Wolves

44. #PrinceOfWalesWolves R an ecologically important & genetically distinct predator that symbolizes the wilderness of the Tongass @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

45. Both #ADFG & FSB attempt to enforce a season’s #PrinceOfWalesWolves quota by counting skins that R brought in 4 sealing @interior @AP @NPR Tweet4Wolves

46. Both #ADFG & FSB attempt to enforce a season’s #PrinceOfWalesWolves quota by counting skins that R brought in 4 sealing @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves

47. FSB regulation: #PrinceOfWalesWolves skins taken by hunting &trapping must B sealed within 14 days, overquota inevitable @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

48. #ADFG #PrinceOfWalesWolves taken by hunting require “skin” sealing within 30 days, a guaranteed overquota! @interior @nytimes @AP @NPR Tweet4Wolves

49. Regardless of which “skin sealing” time limit applies, it is nearly impossible 2 enforce such a small quota! @interior #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

50. Regardless of which “skin sealing” time limit applies, it is nearly impossible2 enforce such a small quota! @AP @NPR   #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

51. The smaller the quota of #PrinceOfWalesWolves the greater the chances R of the quota being exceeded! @interior @nytimes @latimes @USFWS Tweet4Wolves

52. Further compounding this disastrous situation is the unregulated amount of, & location of, trappers/hunters #PrinceOfWalesWolves @interior Tweet4Wolves

53. Further compounding this disastrous situation is the unregulated amount of, & location of, trappers/hunters #PrinceOfWalesWolves @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

54. Neither the State nor the FSB have regulations that limit number of trappers/hunters who may take #PrinceOfWalesWolves in GMU -2 @interior Tweet4Wolves

55. Neither the State nor the FSB have regulations that limit number of trappers/hunters who may take #PrinceOfWalesWolves in GMU -2 @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

56. If the decline in numbers is not arrested & recovery not immediately commenced, #PrinceOfWalesWolves fate will B sealed. @interior @AP @NPR Tweet4Wolves

57. Decline of #PrinceOfWalesWolves is a management problem that desperately needs fixing http://wp.me/p6o9qd-5s  @USFWS @interior  @AP @NPR  Tweet4Wolves

58. #PrinceOfWalesWolves R facing  threat of extinction due 2 lack of food, hunting/poaching & logging, please report @nytimes @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves

59. #PrinceOfWalesWolves R facing  threat of extinction due 2 lack of food, hunting/poaching & logging, please report @latimes @AP @Alaska @NPR Tweet4Wolves

60. #PrinceOfWalesWolves R facing  threat of extinction due 2 lack of food, hunting/poaching & logging, pls report @WSJ @newsminer @adndotcom Tweet4Wolves

61. #PrinceOfWalesWolves R facing threat of extinction due 2 lack of food, hunting/poaching & logging, pls report @LATenvironment @alaskapublic Tweet4Wolves

62. Roads constructed 4 old-growth logging facilitate substantial illegal poaching @interior @usfs @nytimes @adndotcom #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

63. Obviously hunting, trapping, & poaching #PrinceOfWalesWolves is near roads because access is easier @interior @forestservice @AP @NPR Tweet4Wolves

64. The farther from a road #PrinceOfWalesWolves or deer are the more likely they will survive @interior @nytimes However… Tweet4Wolves

65. The farther from a road #PrinceOfWalesWolves or deer are the more likely they will survive @AP @NPR However… Tweet4Wolves

66. …with such an extensive network of existing roads poaching is rife! @interior @nytimes @forestservice @AP @NPR #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

67. Average distance 2 roads within GMU2 is 2.1 miles & only 1.7 miles on POW Island itself @interior @nytimes @usfs #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

68. Such high road density leaves little secure habitat for #PrinceOfWalesWolves or Sitka black tailed deer @interior @nytimes @usfs Tweet4Wolves

69. 40% of #PrinceOfWalesWolves home is logged/roaded (GMU2) creating a very high risk mortality which exceeds reproduction @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

70. When just 25% of #PrinceOfWalesWolves home is logged, the ratio of reproduction to mortality is very close to 1 @interior @nytimes @usfs Tweet4Wolves

71. .@usfs wants public 2believe ADF&G’s mgmt of trapping/hunting can mitigate effects of overlogging/habitat destruction! #PrinceOfWalesWolves Tweet4Wolves

72. #Wolves #PrinceOfWalesWolves #StandForWolves PLS sign and share: Suspend Wolf Hunting on Prince of Wales Island:  bit.ly/AA_Wolves Tweet4Wolves

73. #PrinceOfWalesWolves hunting begins September 1st, voice your opposition! Call Bruce Dale 907-861-2101 #StandForWolves Tweet4Wolves

74. #PrinceOfWalesWolves hunting begins September 1st, voice your opposition! Call Ryan Scott 907-465-4359 #StandForWolves Tweet4Wolves

75. #PrinceOfWalesWolves hunting begins September 1st, voice your opposition! Call Anthony Christianson 907-786-3888 #StandForWolves Tweet4Wolves

76. The hunting & trapping of #PrinceOfWalesWolves has reached unsustainable levels. Cancel the hunt! @AkGovBillWalker #EndangeredSpecies  Tweet4Wolves

77. This yrs season of trapping and hunting will push the incredibly imperiled #PrinceOfWalesWolves closer to #extinction @interior @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

78. 2 maintain a viable population of #PrinceOfWalesWolves , #Alaska must cancel the season! @interior @USFWS @AKGovBillWalker @SecretaryZinke  Tweet4Wolves

79. Alaska wildlife officials contend: “no radical changes are necessary” 4 managing nearly extinct #PrinceOfWalesWolves population Outrageous! Tweet4Wolves

80. Endangered #PrinceOfWalesWolves & associated islands R geographically isolated & genetically distinct from other #wolves. @WSJ @AP @nytimes Tweet4Wolves

81. Endangered #PrinceOfWalesWolves & associated islands R geographically isolated & genetically distinct from other #wolves. @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves

82. Scientific evidence shows significant genetic differentiation between #PrinceOfWalesWolves & interior wolves @AP : goo.gl/a3wA7U  Tweet4Wolves

83. Scientific data shows significant genetic differentiation between #PrinceOfWalesWolves & interior wolves @interior goo.gl/a3wA7U Tweet4Wolves

84. Evidence shows significant genetic differentiation between #PrinceOfWalesWolves & interior wolves @interior goo.gl/a3wA7U Tweet4Wolves 

85. 87% of #PrinceOfWalesWolves mortality is from unsustainable hunting/trapping Cancel the hunt @AKGovBillWalker protect under ESA @USFWS @AP Tweet4Wolves

85b. 87% of #PrinceOfWalesWolves mortality is from unsustainable hunting/trapping Cancel the hunt @SecretaryZinke @AP @NPR @nytimes @latimes Tweet4Wolves

86. Old growth logging has compromised the environmental & economic viability of the Tongass & forsaken the #PrinceOfWalesWolves @AP @WSJ @NPR Tweet4Wolves

87. The rapid decline of #PrinceOfWalesWolves underscores the threat continued cutting of old-growth trees poses in the Tongass @AP @WSJ @NPR Tweet4Wolves

88. The rapid decline of #PrinceOfWalesWolves underscores the threat continued cutting of old-growth trees poses in the Tongass @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves

89. 24 yrs ago authorities recognized #PrinceOfWalesWolves viability was in danger as direct result of timber harvest in Tongass @AP @WSJ @NPR Tweet4Wolves

90. 24yrs ago authorities recognized #PrinceOfWalesWolves viability was in danger as direct result of timber harvest in Tongass @washingtonpost Tweet4Wolves

91. 24yrs ago FWS said “Without significant changes 2existing Tongass LMP, long-term viability of #PrinceOfWalesWolves is seriously imperiled.” Tweet4Wolves

92. Logging roads clearly increased risk of death 4 #PrinceOfWalesWolves from hunting/trapping & contributed 2unsustainable rates of “harvest” Tweet4Wolves

93. ADF&G should consider effects of roads, & expect substantial illegal harvest where #PrinceOfWalesWolves habitat is accessible 2 humans! @AP Tweet4Wolves

94. ADF&G, knowing poaching levels R as high as legal “take” should act2 PROTECT remaining #PrinceOfWalesWolves NOT encourage hunting! @AP @WSJ Tweet4Wolves

95. The opportunity 2C unique #PrinceOfWalesWolves in old growth home draws people frm all over the world Essential4Ecotourism @AKGovBillWalker Tweet4Wolves

96. A sharp decline in #PrinceOfWalesWolves equals a sharp decline in ecotourism.”Killing wolves is bad for business” @AKGovBillWalker @AP @WSJ Tweet4Wolves

97. Allowing decimation/imminent extinction of #PrinceOfWalesWolves is poor stewardship @interior @AKGovBillWalker @USFWS @AP @NPR @adndotcom Tweet4Wolves

Share your thoughts with those who allow the removal of wolves from our public lands in the Tongass, on Prince of Wales Island, via email or phone:

 ADF&G Director Bruce Dale:  bruce.dale@alaska.gov  Phone: 907-861-2101

ADF&G Regional Supervisor, Ryan Scott:  ryan.scott@alaska.gov  Phone: 907-465-4359

Anthony Christianson, Chair Federal Subsistence Board: subsistence@fws.gov    Phone: 907-786-3888

 

As always, thank you for being a voice for the wolves.

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