Category Archives: Endangered Species

Press Release: Wolf Livestock Depredation in WA and Profanity Peak Pack

Dr. Robert Wielgus Director, Large Carnivore Conservation Lab 3/27/17

This Press release was written by Dr. Wielgus as a private citizen and does not express the positions of Washington State University.                                                                                    

Four years ago the Washington State Legislature tasked and funded me to determine 1.) the extent of wolf livestock depredations in WA, 2.)  possible contributing factors, and 3.) possible mitigating factors – to reduce livestock depredations in WA.

Here are the verifiable facts concerning wolf livestock depredations obtained from my WSU radio-telemetry data of wolves and livestock, date and time stamped video records of wolves and livestock, and public records from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife*.

  1.  Using intensive radio-telemetry of livestock overlapping wolf home ranges: among 11 different cooperating herds studied over 2 years – zero of 764 radio-tagged livestock were killed by wolves. Among this sample of cooperating ranchers, fewer than 1% of estimated livestock losses were due to wolf depredations. 
  2.  Using extensive radio-monitoring of 5 wolf packs monitored over 3 years (15 wolf pack years) and examination of 444 wolf kill sites: 9 of 15 packs had zero wolf livestock kills at 444 kill sites and 3 of 15 packs had < 5% livestock kills. For the remaining 3 packs with more than 5% kills, one had 16% and another had 23% – and sheep comprised most of these kills. The Profanity Peak pack had 67% livestock kills. Among this sample of wolf packs, including the Profanity Peak outlier, fewer than 7% of wolf kills were livestock.
  3.  Re: the numerous livestock depredations by the profanity Peak Pack. Using radio-telemetry and date and time stamped video surveillance, livestock were documented to be concentrated in the immediate vicinity of the Profanity pack den and rendezvous site. Salt blocks were also observed within 200 meters of the den. Several days after livestock arrived at the den-site, wolves began depredating the livestock, and numerous livestock were eventually killed by wolves.  After failure of subsequent non-lethal interventions to deter livestock depredations the wolf pack was lethally controlled. 
  4. Re; Preventative measures taken in the Profanity Peak Pack. The rancher involved did not sign and abide by the terms of a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Damage Prevention Agreement* prior to lethal control of wolves.  (See Profanity Peak Post Action report, Appendix 1, Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention/Reduction Activities and Associated Expectations, “Avoiding Den and Rendezvous Sites”  See paragraph 4, page 14 here. Using radio-telemetry and date and time stamped  video surveillance, cattle remained in high use wolf core areas (den and rendezvous site) during the depredations and salt blocks remained in these areas until after lethal control of wolves began.  Cattle remained in high use wolf core areas before, during and after wolf lethal control actions.  

In summary, wolf livestock depredations were not widespread and chronic in wolf-occupied areas of Washington. Instead, wolf livestock depredations appear to be rare and acute, with multiple depredations occurring in particular situations, such as described for Profanity Peak.    

These results were reviewed by WSU graduate committees, independent outside members of the committees, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Director of the School of Environment at WSU. Raw data and observations were shared with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. These results will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals in summer 2017. 

I recommend to WDFW, the WAG, and ranchers in WA to sign, and/or abide by the terms of the WDFW Cooperative Damage Prevention Agreements to reduce wolf livestock depredations. Failing that, I recommend that WDFW consider that future lethal control of wolves on public lands, for livestock depredations on public lands, be conducted only on behalf of ranchers that sign and/or abide by the terms of a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Damage Prevention Agreement – in order to provide further incentives for non-lethal preventative measures.  These recommendations could prevent similar events as happened in fall 2016 and in previous years. 

I wish to thank all the cooperating and non-cooperating ranchers in Washington, the Washington State Legislature, and my research partners at WDFW, USFS, USFWS, and Colville Confederated Tribes that made this research possible.

*Signatories to Damage Prevention agreements have access to den site location and are expected to avoid such areas if possible. 
Agreements are tailored to individual producer situations, including availability of alternative grazing sites to avoid core wolf activity centers (pup-rearing den and rendezvous sites) and WDFW-radio-collared wolf monitoring information. 

Landowners agree to share information regarding wolf activity, livestock behavior, and preventive actions taken, and to allow WDFW staff access to lands owned or controlled for livestock production. 

Livestock producers interested in Damage Prevention Cooperative Agreements can contact their local WDFW Wildlife Conflict Specialist, Regional Office, or the wildlife conflict program manager Stephanie Simek atStephanie.Simek@dfw.wa.gov or at: 360-902-2476

Producers will meet with WDFW wildlife conflict specialists currently deployed to cover their area.  

Contact Info: Wielgus@wsu.edu

Fewer than 1% of estimated livestock losses were due to wolf depredations. 

More Trouble for Wolves in Oregon 

Can non-native wolves receive protections reserved for native species in Oregon

Later this year the Oregon Court of Appeals will consider whether it was lawful for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to remove the gray wolf from the state’s endangered species list in late 2015. Disagreeing with the wolf’s delisting, three environmentalist groups challenged it last year.


Pacific Legal Foundation is representing the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association and the Oregon Farm Bureau Federation as intervenors defending the delisting, and yesterday filed brief responding to the environmentalist groups’ challenge to the delisting.

Their brief focuses on two primary arguments:

Oregon was legally compelled to delist the wolf because the only wolves present in the state are members of a non-native wolf subspecies, but the Oregon Endangered Species Act (ESA) only protects species native to Oregon; and when analyzing the status of species under the Oregon ESA, the state must consider a species’ current range, not its historical range.

Their case:

“First, the wolves native to Oregon are members of the Great Plains wolf (canis lupus nubilus) subspecies of gray wolf, but they ceased to exist in Oregon in the late 1940s. In the mid 1990s, members of the Canadian timber wolf (canis lupus occidentalis) subspecies were introduced into Idaho and Montana, and in subsequent years the offspring of those introduced wolves spread and multiplied, eventually establishing themselves in Oregon and leading to the current controversy.

The difference between wolf subspecies is not merely a paper distinction. The Canadian timber wolves tend to be larger than the Great Plains wolves, and as a result, have a greater impact on prey species and cattle. Furthermore, Oregon already recognizes differences between animal subspecies under its ESA, and the federal government even manages wolves differently depending on the subspecies. So, it cannot be overlooked that Oregon’s Endangered Species Act expressly limits the law’s protections to species that are native to the state.” 

Therefore, because the Canadian timber wolves are not native to Oregon, they do not qualify for protection under the state ESA.”

“It is also important to note that removing state ESA protections for non-native wolves does not leave them vulnerable to extirpation. Wolves remain protected under the federal ESA in western Oregon, but as recognized by the state and federal governments, wolves have thrived in eastern Oregon, so it is appropriate to allow for their management in accordance with the state wolf management plan.

Second, regardless of whether the wolves in Oregon qualify for state ESA protection, the environmentalists question Oregon’s analysis of the wolves’ success in establishing an Oregon population. One way the environmentalists question the state’s analysis is by focusing on the fact that wolves do not currently occupy most of their historical range in the state. But due to modern development in the decades since wolves disappeared from Oregon, it makes no sense to focus on historical range to determine whether wolves are at risk of extinction in the state now. Instead, the state properly considered whether wolves could continue to thrive in their current range, and concluded that they can.”

As a result, PLF asserts that the Court of Appeals should uphold the state’s delisting of the gray wolf from the Oregon ESA, and that such a conclusion is in line with the ESA’s text, the legislature’s intent, and “common sense”.

For more information, read the entire brief

Source.

Seems the war against the wolf never will end.

Save Norway’s Wolves Final Tweetstorm 

December 20, 2016 update:

BREAKING GOOD NEWS! 

Norwegian wolf culling cancelled! 

The Norwegian Minister of Climate and Environment, Vidar Helgesen, has overturned the decision to cull 2/3 of the Norwegian wolf population. The four wolf packs in Letjenna, Slettås, Kynna and Osdalen have been spared!


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Wolves are listed as “critically endangered” on the 2015 Norwegian list of endangered animals, yet Norway is planning to cull more than two-thirds of its remaining wolves — a move that will be disastrous for the dwindling members of the species in the wild. Under controversial plans as many as 47 wolves will be shot, from an estimated population of about 68 wolves which remain in the wilderness areas of Norway. The number of wolves the government plans to kill this year is greater than in any year since 1911. This is a continuation of our first and second  tweetstorms.


Please note that this tweet sheet contains all the tweets from our prior storms. Please close your twitter window and open this post on your browser for ease of tweeting.  As usual, the tweets are automated, to send your message just tap “Tweet4Wolves” at the end of each tweet. Thank you for participating.

1. Tweetstorm #Wolves #Norway #verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Please join and please RT  bit.ly/SaveNorwayWolves  pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a Tweet4Wolves

2. #Norway green & humanitarian principles debased with proposed cull of 47 critically endangered #wolves #verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

3. #Norway Grønne og humanitære prinsipper fornedret med foreslåtte cull av 47 kritisk truede #wolves
 #Verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

4. Culling 47 endangered #wolves cuts 2 the heart of Norway’s image as a broadminded, liberal, green nation. #Verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

5. Culling 47 truede #wolves kutter to hjertet av Norge image som en broadminded, liberal, grønn nasjon. #Verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

6. 80% of Norwegians, in urban & rural areas, want2 keep #wolves at healthy populations #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a Tweet4Wolves

7. 80% av nordmenn, i urbane og rurale områder, want2 holde #wolves på sunne bestander #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a Tweet4Wolves

8. Conservationists are fighting the government-sanctioned hunt: https://t.co/nkX0VP0DQb  #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

9. Naturvernere kjemper regjeringen sanksjonert jakt:https://t.co/nkX0VP0DQb  #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

10. .@erna_solberg #Wolves are crucial for  the ecosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolvespic.twitter.com/Fza1BwMdEh Tweet4Wolves

11. .@erna_solberg #Wolves avgjørende for økosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolvespic.twitter.com/nrkjYHNZKd Tweet4Wolves

12. .@VidarHelgesen #Wolves are crucial for  the ecosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolvespic.twitter.com/Fza1BwMdEh Tweet4Wolves

13.  .@VidarHelgesen #Wolves avgjørende for økosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolvespic.twitter.com/nrkjYHNZKd Tweet4Wolves

14. Please, promptly, send an automated email which can be found here: bit.ly/2cNRSR9 #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

15. Vær så snill, så raskt som mulig, send en automatisk e-post som du finner her:  bit.ly/2cNRSR9  #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

16. Please sign this petition: bit.ly/2deokud
#verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

17. Vennligst signere denne underskriftskampanje, også: https://t.co/QGdel83Otx #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves🇳🇴 Tweet4Wolves  

18. Please sign this petition, also:  bit.ly/2crUKCR #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

19. Vennligst registrer dette oppropet, også: bit.ly/2crUKCR #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

20. And this petition, as well: bit.ly/2d2oQyY  #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

21. Og denne bønnen, i tillegg: bit.ly/2d2oQyY
#verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

22. Tweetstorm  #Wolves #Norway
#verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves
Vennligst bli med og ta RT bit.ly/SaveNorwayWolves   pic.twitter.com/nrkjYHNZKd Tweet4Wolves

23. Norwegian officials approved killing of 47 #wolves, 70% of the population-slated 4 extinction thru inbreeding #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves

24. This proposed cull is indicative of the brutal treatment predators receive in Scandinavian countries! #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves

25. Denne foreslåtte cull er et tegn på den brutale behandlingen rovdyr får i skandinaviske land! #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves

26. Norway’s image as the saviour of the ecosystem is completely undermined by this slaughter of #wolves @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

27. #StandForWolves #SaveWolves #ProtectWolves Please #SaveOurWolves  @VidarHelgesen
pic.twitter.com/285vWRUgKT Tweet4Wolves

28. Norway’s image as the saviour of the ecosystem is completely undermined by this slaughter of #wolves @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves   Tweet4Wolves  

29. #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg  Yearly over 2million sheep R released in2 forests & mountains of Norway without supervision… Tweet4Wolves

30. #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg  Around 1,500 sheep, at the most, R killed by #wolves – farmers richly compensated for loss…  Tweet4Wolves 

31. .@VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg Far more sheep (over 100,000) die for other reasons yet the wolf is 2 blame? #SaveOurWolves No wolf hunt! Tweet4Wolves 

32. Pls consider the essentiality @erna_solbergbit.ly/2cKp1wt #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves 

pic.twitter.com/10KkB5DUur Tweet4Wolves

33. Pls consider the essentiality @VidarHelgesenbit.ly/2cKp1wt #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/10KkB5DUur Tweet4Wolves 

 34. Situation 4 #wolves in Norway is already grim. Wolves allowed to exist in just 1% of the country~designated a “wolf zone” #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

35. But once three pairs of wolves have bred, all the rest can be shot. Outrageous! #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves 

36. 68 or so #wolves is far from a genetically viable population. Slaughtering 47 = imminent extinction! #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves

37. 68 or so #wolves is far from a genetically viable population. Slaughtering 47 = imminent extinction! #SaveOurWolves @erna_solberg Tweet4Wolves

38. #Norway has a national and international responsibility of having a viable population of wolves @NorwayUN #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves

39. #Norway, home to a diversity of wildlife…or not. @NorwayUN #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare 
pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves

40. Europe has an estimated population of 13,000 wolves, with about 400 in Scandinavia, just 68 in #Norway, 70% to B culled! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

41. #Norway compensates farmers richly 4 livestock losses due to wolves, creating an impetus for inflated depredation  numbers. #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

42. In reality wolves are responsible for barely 2% of livestock loss in #Norway @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

43. The wolf is an enrichment 4many Norwegians who appreciate being able 2 experience nature in its full complexity #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

44. It seems that Norwegian farmers have a vendetta against wolves which isn’t rooted in fact, but rather fear & hate @NorwayUN #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves 

45. Decision 2 cull 70% of Norway’s wolves cannot B consistent with the Berne Convention, Draft Act and Predators Regulations! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

46. Wolf population already small/critically endangered. 2 eradicate 70% of such a vulnerable species is shocking @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

47. Wolf population already small/critically endangered. 2eradicate 70% of such a vulnerable species is shocking @VidarHelgesen  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

48. 1 of packs chosen 4extermination never attacked any livestock 4 the 4yrs it has lived in Letjenna, SW Norway! @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

49. 1 of the packs chosen 4 extermination never attacked any livestock for the 4yrs it has lived in Letjenna! @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

50. Norway considers a wolf population of 7 packs with just ONE reproductive couple “above the national population target”! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

51. Tweetstorm now! #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare #StandForWolves Please tweet this link 4 #Norway #wolves: bit.ly/2cWSoJi   Tweet4Wolves

52. Save The Endangered Norwegian Wolves! – Sign the Petition! https://t.co/BvozH9i2Ci 
#SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves

53. La ulven leve! STOPP utrydningspolitikken NÅ!
#SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare @erna_solbergpic.twitter.com/vTRn4ZSvNo   Tweet4Wolves

54. La ulven leve! STOPP utrydningspolitikken NÅ!
#SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare @VidarHelgesen pic.twitter.com/vTRn4ZSvNo  Tweet4Wolves 

55. Let the wolf live! STOP extermination policy now! #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare @NorwayUN 
pic.twitter.com/eiQhDCQS23 Tweet4Wolves

56. Ulven gjør naturen litt villere,
mer spennende og er med på å sikre artsmangfoldet i økosystemet#SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a Tweet4Wolves

57. Situasjonen 4 #wolves i #Norge er allerede dystre. Bare 1% av landet er utpekt en “ulv sone”, der dyrene er “lov” til å eksistere. Tweet4Wolves

 58. Men når tre par ulver har avlet, kan resten bli skutt. Opprørende! #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves

 59. 68 eller så #wolves er langt fra en genetisk levedyktig bestand. Slakting 47 = overhengende utryddelse! @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves

60. #Norge har et nasjonalt og internasjonalt ansvar for å ha en levedyktig bestand av ulv. #SaveOurWolves #Verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves

61. Norge, hjem til et mangfold av dyreliv … eller ikke.
#SaveOurWolves # Verdtåbevare @NorwayUN 
pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves

62. Europa har en anslått befolkning på 13.000 ulver, med ca 400 i Skandinavia, bare 68 i Norge, 70% til B avlives! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

63. Norge kompenserer bøndene rikt 4 tap av husdyr på grunn av ulv, og skaper en drivkraft for oppblåste rovdyrangrep tall. #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

64. I virkeligheten ulvene er ansvarlig for knapt 2% av husdyr tap i #Norge @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

65. Ulven er en berikelse for mange nordmenn som setter pris på å være i stand til å oppleve naturen i sin fulle kompleksitet  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

66. Det virker som norske bønder har en vendetta mot ulver som ikke er forankret i virkeligheten, men snarere frykt og hat! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

67. Beslutningen om å kjøpe 70% Norges ulver kan ikke være i samsvar med Bernkonvensjonen, lovforslag og forskrifter Predators #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves  

68. Den ulvebestanden er allerede svært liten og kritisk truet. For å utrydde 70% av slike sårbare arter er sjokkerende. #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

69. En av pakkene som er valgt for utryddelse har aldri angrepet noen husdyr for 4 år den har levd i Letjenna! @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves   

70. En av pakkene som er valgt for utryddelse har aldri angrepet noen husdyr for 4 år den har levd i Letjenna! @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

71. Norge vurderer en liten ulvebestanden av bare syv pakker med bare ett reproduktive par “over det nasjonale bestandsmålet”! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

72. Tweetstorm nå! #SaveOurWolves #Verdtåbevare #StandForWolves Vennligst tweet denne linken 4 #Norge #wolves: bit.ly/2cWSoJi   Tweet4Wolves

73. Lagre de truede norske Wolves! – Signer oppropet! https://t.co/BvozH9i2Ci
#SaveOurWolves #Verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves

74. Final tweetstorm now! #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare #SaveNorwayWolves Please join! bit.ly/SaveNorwayWolves   pic.twitter.com/ExUDJpxGSq   Tweet4Wolves

75. Norwegian wolves wiped out in 1960. In 2016 government sanctioned slaughter=guaranteed extirpation…again. #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves

76. Norske ulver utryddet i 1960. I 2016 regjeringen sanksjonert slakting = garantert ekstirpasjon…igjen. #SaveOurWolves #Verdtåbevare    Tweet4Wolves

77. Recent research has shown that there is considerable poaching of wolves which will also seal their fate. @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves

78. Nyere forskning har vist at det er betydelig krypskyting av ulv som også vil forsegle deres skjebne. @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

79. Before wolves were given legal protection in 1971, they had already been exterminated in Norway by relentless hunting… #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

80. Før ulver fikk rettsvern i 1971, hadde de allerede blitt utryddet i Norge etter nådeløs jakt #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves

81. In fact, poaching is a dominating force of wolf mortality in #Norway #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare  pic.twitter.com/lkNUqFa2N5 Tweet4Wolves

82. Faktisk er krypskyting et dominerende kraft av ulv dødelighet i Norge #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare  pic.twitter.com/eiQhDCQS23   Tweet4Wolves

83. Illegal kills make it much more difficult to ensure sound management of the wolf population. No wolf hunt @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

84. Ulovlig dreper gjør det mye vanskeligere å sikre en forsvarlig forvaltning av ulvebestanden. Ingen ulv jakt @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

85. .@NorwayUN  Wolf is listed as critically endangered on the Norwegian Red List from 2015, yet Norway approves a drastic cull? #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

86. .@NorwayUN Wolf er oppført som kritisk truet på den norske rødlista fra 2015, men Norge godkjenner en drastisk cull?
#SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

87. As a keystone species, wolves play a unique and crucial role in the way an ecosystem functions! @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

88. Som en hjørnestein arter, ulver spiller en unik og viktig rolle i måten en økosystemfunksjoner! @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

89. #Wolves are indispensable apex predators with strong positive impacts on our ecosystems @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

90. #Wolves er uunnværlige apex rovdyr med sterke positive effekter på økosystemene våre @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves

91. #Wolves are an “umbrella species” that positively represent the importance of wildness @erna_solberg #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

92. #Wolves are an “umbrella species” that positively represent the importance of wildness @VidarHelgesen  #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves

93. Protecting wolves indirectly protects the many other species that make up the ecological community of its habitat @NorwayUN  #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves

94. Beskytte ulver indirekte beskytter de mange andre artene som utgjør den økologiske fellesskap av sitt leveområde @NorwayUN #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

95. It is clear that wolves are indispensable apex predators with strong positive impacts on their ecosystems, @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

96. Det er klart at ulvene er uunnværlig apex rovdyr med sterke positive effekter på deres økosystemer @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves    Tweet4Wolves

97. Wolves have their own intrinsic value & were not placed on the earth 4 humans 2 use or abuse @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

98. Ulver har sin egenverdi og ble ikke satt på jorden 4 mennesker 2 Bruk eller misbruk @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

99. 2 share the landscape with large predators like wolves is part of living in a sustainable way @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves

100. 2 share the landscape with large predators like #wolves is part of living in a sustainable way. @NorwayUN  #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevareTweet4Wolves

101. .@VidarHelgesen “You can change the nature of the world pretty simply. All you do is get rid of one species.”~ Robert Paine #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves

102. .@erna_solberg “Man kan endre innholdet av verden ganske enkelt. Alt du gjør er å kvitte seg med én art.”~Robert Paine #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves

103. Our ability to co-exist on shared landscapes is crucial, these areas R vital to geographic distribution @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

104. Our ability to co-exist on shared landscapes is crucial, these areas R vital to geographic distribution @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

105. .@VidarHelgesen Co-Adaptation Is Key to Coexisting with Large Carnivores: bit.ly/2dscHE8  #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves

106. .@erna_solberg Co-Adaptation Is Key to Coexisting with Large Carnivores: bit.ly/2dscHE8  #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare  Tweet4Wolves

107. Protecting well being of wolves & their place in the landscape is a sign of moral maturation of our society @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

108. Beskytte velvære for ulver og deres plass i landskapet er et tegn på moralsk modning av vårt samfunn @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

109. Though population within wolf zone has increased since last year, attacks on livestock have almost halved! @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves

110. Though population within wolf zone has increased since last year, attacks on livestock have almost halved! @VidarHelgesen  #SaveOurWolvesTweet4Wolves

111. Tweetstorm #Wolves #Norway #verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Please join. Please RT bit.ly/SaveNorwayWolves   pic.twitter.com/ExUDJpxGSq   Tweet4Wolves

 112. #Wolves avgjørende for økosystem @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #verdtåbevare pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a   Tweet4Wolves     

113. .@VidarHelgesen Research finds lethal wolf control backfires on livestock bit.ly/2bdbbnQ  #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves  

113b. .@VidarHelgesen Research finds lethal wolf control backfires on livestock   #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/WiCYpRrwSN   Tweet4Wolves

114. .@erna_solberg Research finds lethal wolf control backfires on livestock  bit.ly/2bdbbnQ  #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves  

114b. .@erna_solberg Research finds lethal wolf control backfires on livestock  #SaveOurWolves    pic.twitter.com/WiCYpRrwSN Tweet4Wolves

115. .@VidarHelgesen Forskning finner dødelige ulv kontroll feiler på husdyr  bit.ly/2bdbbnQ   #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

115b. .@VidarHelgesen Forskning finner dødelige ulv kontroll feiler på husdyr #SaveOurWolves  pic.twitter.com/FTWXJIli40  Tweet4Wolves

116. .@erna_solberg Forskning finner dødelige ulv kontroll feiler på husdyr  bit.ly/2bdbbnQ #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

116b. .@erna_solberg Forskning finner dødelige ulv kontroll feiler på husdyr   #SaveOurWolves  pic.twitter.com/FTWXJIli40  Tweet4Wolves

117. #VisitNorway the country that hates nature bit.ly/2cNLJnM No thanks! #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen  pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv   Tweet4Wolves  

118. #VisitNorway the country that hates nature bit.ly/2cNLJnM No thanks! #SaveOurWolves @erna_solberg pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves  

119. #VisitNorway the country that hates nature bit.ly/2cNLJnM No thanks! #SaveOurWolves @NorwayUN pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv    Tweet4Wolves  

120. .@VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg  #Norway Predators policy is as grim as a terrifying crime novel. #SaveOurWolves bit.ly/2dGGBTX   Tweet4Wolves

121. .@NorwayUN #Norway Predators policy is as grim as a terrifying crime novel.  bit.ly/2dGGBTX #SaveOurWolves  pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv   Tweet4Wolves

122. .@erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen Norwegians want a Disney nature void of “disturbing” predators. bit.ly/2dGGBTX  #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

123. What about moral obligations @VidarHelgesen We have obligations to other creatures & a responsibility to coexist with them #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

124. What about moral obligations
@erna_solberg We have obligations to other creatures & a responsibility to coexist with them #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

125. Hva om moralske forpliktelser?  Vi har forpliktelser overfor andre skapninger og et ansvar for å eksistere sammen med dem #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

126. Other countries are proud of their predators. They are their national symbols. Here, in #Norway we want to eradicate them. #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

127. Andre land er stolte av sine rovdyr. De er sine nasjonale symboler. Her i #Norge ønsker vi å utrydde dem @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

128. Andre land er stolte av sine rovdyr. De er sine nasjonale symboler. Her i #Norge ønsker vi å utrydde dem @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

129. It’s time to let nature be nature. Throughout Norway @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare pic.twitter.com/1FutxxYajA   Tweet4Wolves

130. It’s time to let nature be nature. Throughout Norway @VidarHelgesen  #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare pic.twitter.com/1FutxxYajA   Tweet4Wolves

131. Nature without predators isnt nature at all, only an unbalanced #ecosystem @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

132. Shame on #Norway @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen @NorwayUN bit.ly/2cRiyjA #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare pic.twitter.com/Kg7eJhJqXw   Tweet4Wolves

133. Skam på #Norge @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen @NorwayUN bit.ly/2cRiyjA #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare pic.twitter.com/qk90rAhK8S   Tweet4Wolves

134. Nature uten rovdyr isnt naturen i det hele tatt, bare en ubalansert #ecosystem @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

135. Evne til å sameksistere på delte landskapet er avgjørende, disse områdene R avgjørende 2geografisk fordeling @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

136. Evne til å sameksistere på delte landskapet er avgjørende, disse områdene R avgjørende 2geografisk fordeling @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

137. #VisitNorway the country that hates nature. No thanks! #SaveOurWolves @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen @NorwayUN  pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv  Tweet4Wolves

138. It’s time to let nature be nature, throughout #Norway @VidarHelgesen    #SaveOurWolves the ethical imperative. pic.twitter.com/ztYMA26EEh   Tweet4Wolves

139. Outrageous that a mere 68 wolves cannot be allowed to live in a land of 5,287,553 people. #VisitNorway #NoWay #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

140. Opprørende at kun 68 ulver ikke kan få lov til å leve i et land med 5,287,553 mennesker. @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves
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141. It’s time to let nature be nature, throughout #Norway @erna_solberg     #SaveOurWolves the ethical imperative. pic.twitter.com/ztYMA26EEh   Tweet4Wolves

142. Outraged with Norway’s decision 2 destroy 70% of tiny population of wolves #VisitNorway #NoWay #SaveOurWolves  pic.twitter.com/rb94XdLHg4   Tweet4Wolves

143. Public outraged w/Norway’s decision 2 destroy 70% of its tiny endangered population of wolves, pls report @nytimes @NatGeo #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

144. #Norway 2 slaughter 47 from population of 68 wolves, biggest cull 4 almost a century, pls report @nytimes @NatGeo pic.twitter.com/rb94XdLHg4   Tweet4Wolves

145. #Norway culling 70% of #wolves undermines viability of the entire Norwegian wolf population! #VisitNorway #NoWay @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

146. The Slettåsen pack slated for a complete cull even though the wolves live within a designated wolf zone! #VisitNorway #NoWay #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

147. The Slettåsen pack slated for a complete cull even though the wolves live within a designated wolf zone @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

148. The Slettåsen pack slated for a complete cull even though the wolves live within a designated wolf zone @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

149. The Slettåsen pack is of genetic importance @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a   Tweet4Wolves

150. Lack of a science & professionalism is obvious @VidarHelgesen nevermind a compassionate approach! #SaveOurWolves  pic.twitter.com/PRggSLXmOa   Tweet4Wolves

151. Mangelen på en vitenskapelig og profesjonell tilnærming er åpen @VidarHelgesen eller et medfølende tilnærming! #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

152. Lack of a science & professionalism is obvious @erna_solberg nevermind a compassionate approach! #SaveOurWolves  pic.twitter.com/PRggSLXmOa  Tweet4Wolves

153. Mangelen på en vitenskapelig og profesjonell tilnærming er åpen @erna_solberg eller et medfølende tilnærming! #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

154. Green party members have been excluded from the predator management board! Shame on Norway @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare  Tweet4Wolves

155. Green party members have been excluded from the predator management  board! Shame on Norway @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare  Tweet4Wolves

156. Grønne partimedlemmer har blitt ekskludert fra rovdyr ledelsen! Skam på Norge @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/9tgIKPQ76A   Tweet4Wolves

157.#StandForWolves #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare We are disgusted with the wolf cull. #VisitNorway #NoWay pic.twitter.com/EIxheyos1w   Tweet4Wolves

158. #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare @NorwayUN @NorwayMFA We are disgusted with the wolf cull. #VisitNorway #NoWay pic.twitter.com/1QVd1MrUUI   Tweet4Wolves

159. #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg
#VisitNorway #NoWay pic.twitter.com/tKJqcYRexK   Tweet4Wolves

160. You are punishing the wolf for following its natural instincts @VidarHelgesen
#SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare  pic.twitter.com/LsnXGjbZJ8  Tweet4Wolves

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161. #SaveOurWolves🇳🇴
#verdtåbevare #Norway #StandForWolves #wolves #ulvensdag @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen
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162. #SaveOurWolves🇳🇴
#verdtåbevare #Norway #StandForWolves #wolves #ulvensdag @NorwayUN  @NorwayMFA @visitnorway
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163. Nature uten rovdyr er ikke naturen i det hele tatt, bare en ubalansert #økosystem  @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves
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164. Slaughtering a pack which did no harm is killing for its own sake – morally indefensible! #SaveOurWolves #verdtabevare @VidarHelgesen  Tweet4Wolves

165. Slakting en pakke som gjorde ingen skade er drap for sin egen skyld-moralsk uholdbar! #SaveOurWolves #verdtabevare @VidarHelgesen
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166. The Norwegian buhund, with very strong guarding instincts is an excellent alternative to lethal measures! #SaveOurWolves #verdtabevare Tweet4Wolves

167. Den norsk buhund, med svært sterk, og bevist, vokter instinktene er et utmerket alternativ til dødelige tiltak! #SaveOurWolves #verdtabevare
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168. Swedish farmers are refused compensation if their sheep are not adequately protected – Norway should follow! #SaveOurWolves #verdtabevare  Tweet4Wolves

169. I Sverige er bønder nektet kompensasjon hvis deres sauer ikke er tilstrekkelig beskyttet-Norge bør følge! #SaveOurWolves #verdtabevare  Tweet4Wolves

170. #Wolves feed mainly on moose & roe deer, thus contributing to keeping prey populations in balance with their food base. #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

171. Ulver fôret hovedsakelig på elg og rådyr, og dermed bidra til å holde byttedyrbestandene i balanse med sin mat base. #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

172. Documentation notes loss to predators is mainly due to the lack of existing fences: bit.ly/2dTbiTS @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves
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173. Documentation notes loss to predators is mainly due to the lack of existing fences: bit.ly/2dTbiTS @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves
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174. Dokumentasjon notater tap til rovdyr hovedsakelig på grunn av manglende gjerder: bit.ly/2dTbiTS @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

175. Dokumentasjon notater tap til rovdyr hovedsakelig på grunn av manglende gjerder: bit.ly/2dTbiTS @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

176. Attacks on livestock can be reduced by using protective measures: bit.ly/2dH4QR5 @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

177. Attacks on livestock can be reduced by using protective measures: bit.ly/2dH4QR5 @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

178. Angrep på husdyr kan reduseres ved hjelp av beskyttelsestiltak: bit.ly/2dH4QR5 @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

179. Angrep på husdyr kan reduseres ved hjelp av beskyttelsestiltak: bit.ly/2dH4QR5 @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

180.  2 avoid abuse of compensation, it should B required that protective measures 2 prevent attacks R implemented @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

181. 2 avoid abuse of compensation, it should B required that protective measures 2 prevent attacks R implemented @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

182. Eco-tourism provides an alternative, non-lethal, way of exploiting wolves. #SaveOurWolves @erna_solberg  pic.twitter.com/tKJqcYRexK   Tweet4Wolves

183. Eco-tourism provides an economic benefit to local communities from wolf presence @VidarHelgesen  #SaveOurWolves  pic.twitter.com/tKJqcYRexK   Tweet4Wolves

184. What happened to the “strategic plan to halt biodiversity loss” @NorwayMFA @NorwayUN @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg
#SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

185. For å unngå misbruk av kompensasjon, bør det være nødvendig at vernetiltak for å hindre angrep er implementert @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

186. For å unngå misbruk av kompensasjon, bør det være nødvendig at vernetiltak for å hindre angrep er implementert @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

187. Øko-turisme er et alternativ, ikke-dødelige, måte å utnytte ulver. #SaveOurWolves @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen pic.twitter.com/tKJqcYRexK   Tweet4Wolves

188. Øko-turisme gir en økonomisk fordel for lokalsamfunnene fra ulv nærvær @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/tKJqcYRexK   Tweet4Wolves

189. Hva skjedde med “strategisk plan for å stanse tap av biologisk mangfold” @NorwayMFA @NorwayUN @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg
#SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

190. Norwegian ideal is landscape completely bereft of predators, only humans are allowed to kill anything. #SaveOurWolves #VisitNorway #NoWay  Tweet4Wolves

191. The harsh policies against Norwegian predators are mirrored in how other animals are treated. Shame on #Norway #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

192. Norway has long championed large scale hunting of all of its endangered mainland predators. Disgraceful! #VisitNorway #NoWay    Tweet4Wolves

193. Norske ideelle er landskapet helt blottet for rovdyr, er bare mennesker lov til å drepe noe. #SaveOurWolves #VisitNorway #NoWay
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194. De harde politikk mot norske rovdyr speiles i hvordan andre dyr blir behandlet. Skam på Norge #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

195. Norge har lenge kjempet for storskala fangst av alle sine truede fastlandet rovdyr. Skammelig! #VisitNorway #NoWay #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

196. Welcome 2 #Norway: country with consistent policy & culture of hunting species 2 brink of extinction. #VisitNorway #NoWay #SaveOurWolves
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197. Øko-turisme gir en økonomisk fordel for lokalsamfunnene fra ulv nærvær @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  pic.twitter.com/tKJqcYRexK   Tweet4Wolves

198. Eco-tourism provides an economic benefit 2 local communities from wolf presence @erna_solberg   #SaveOurWolves  pic.twitter.com/tKJqcYRexK         Tweet4Wolves

199. Eco-tourism provides an alternative, non-lethal, way of exploiting wolves. #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen  pic.twitter.com/tKJqcYRexK   Tweet4Wolves

200. (Video tweet) #SaveOurWolves🇳🇴
#verdtåbevare #Norway #StandForWolves #SaveWolves  #wolves #iamessential pic.twitter.com/FAK7KfeFlB 
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Thankyou to all who participated, your voice makes a difference! Awareness is key to change. 

#SaveOurWolves🇳🇴

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Save Norway’s Wolves Tweetstorm 2

Wolves are listed as “critically endangered” on the 2015 Norwegian list of endangered animals, yet Norway is planning to cull more than two-thirds of its remaining wolves — a move that will be disastrous for the dwindling members of the species in the wild. Under controversial plans as many as 47 wolves will be shot, from an estimated population of about 68 wolves which remain in the wilderness areas of Norway. The government has justified this year’s planned cull on the basis of harm done to sheep flocks by the predators. The number of wolves the government plans to kill this year is greater than in any year since 1911.

This is a continuation of our first tweetstorm which can be found here.

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74. Tweetstorm #2 now! #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare #SaveNorwayWolves Please join! bit.ly/SaveNorwayWolves   pic.twitter.com/ExUDJpxGSq   Tweet4Wolves

75. Norwegian wolves wiped out in 1960. In 2016 government sanctioned slaughter=guaranteed extirpation…again. #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

76. Norske ulver utryddet i 1960. I 2016 regjeringen sanksjonert slakting = garantert ekstirpasjon…igjen. #SaveOurWolves #Verdtåbevare    Tweet4Wolves

77. Recent research has shown that there is considerable poaching of wolves which will also seal their fate. @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

78. Nyere forskning har vist at det er betydelig krypskyting av ulv som også vil forsegle deres skjebne. @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

79. Before wolves were given legal protection in 1971, they had already been exterminated in Norway by relentless hunting… #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

80. Før ulver fikk rettsvern i 1971, hadde de allerede blitt utryddet i Norge etter nådeløs jakt #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves

81. In fact, poaching is a dominating force of wolf mortality in #Norway #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare  pic.twitter.com/lkNUqFa2N5  Tweet4Wolves

82. Faktisk er krypskyting et dominerende kraft av ulv dødelighet i Norge #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare  pic.twitter.com/eiQhDCQS23   Tweet4Wolves

83. Illegal kills make it much more difficult to ensure sound management of the wolf population. No wolf hunt @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

84. Ulovlig dreper gjør det mye vanskeligere å sikre en forsvarlig forvaltning av ulvebestanden. Ingen ulv jakt @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

85. .@NorwayUN  Wolf is listed as critically endangered on the Norwegian Red List from 2015, yet Norway approves a drastic cull? #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

86. .@NorwayUN Wolf er oppført som kritisk truet på den norske rødlista fra 2015, men Norge godkjenner en drastisk cull?
#SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

87. As a keystone species, wolves play a unique and crucial role in the way an ecosystem functions! @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

88. Som en hjørnestein arter, ulver spiller en unik og viktig rolle i måten en økosystemfunksjoner! @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

89. #Wolves are indispensable apex predators with strong positive impacts on our ecosystems @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

90. #Wolves er uunnværlige apex rovdyr med sterke positive effekter på økosystemene våre @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

91. #Wolves are an “umbrella species” that positively represent the importance of wildness @erna_solberg #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

92. #Wolves are an “umbrella species” that positively represent the importance of wildness @VidarHelgesen  #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

93. Protecting wolves indirectly protects the many other species that make up the ecological community of its habitat @NorwayUN  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

94. Beskytte ulver indirekte beskytter de mange andre artene som utgjør den økologiske fellesskap av sitt leveområde @NorwayUN #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

95. It is clear that wolves are indispensable apex predators with strong positive impacts on their ecosystems, @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

96. Det er klart at ulvene er uunnværlig apex rovdyr med sterke positive effekter på deres økosystemer @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves    Tweet4Wolves

97. Wolves have their own intrinsic value & were not placed on the earth 4 humans 2 use or abuse @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

98. Ulver har sin egenverdi og ble ikke satt på jorden 4 mennesker 2 Bruk eller misbruk @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

99. 2 share the landscape with large predators like wolves is part of living in a sustainable way @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

100. 2 share the landscape with large predators like #wolves is part of living in a sustainable way. @NorwayUN  #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves

101. .@VidarHelgesen “You can change the nature of the world pretty simply. All you do is get rid of one species.”~ Robert Paine #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

102. .@erna_solberg “Man kan endre innholdet av verden ganske enkelt. Alt du gjør er å kvitte seg med én art.”~Robert Paine #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

103. Our ability to co-exist on shared landscapes is crucial, these areas R vital to geographic distribution @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

104. Our ability to co-exist on shared landscapes is crucial, these areas R vital to geographic distribution @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

105. .@VidarHelgesen Co-Adaptation Is Key to Coexisting with Large Carnivores: bit.ly/2dscHE8  #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves

106. .@erna_solberg Co-Adaptation Is Key to Coexisting with Large Carnivores: bit.ly/2dscHE8  #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare  Tweet4Wolves

107. Protecting well being of wolves & their place in the landscape is a sign of moral maturation of our society @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

108. Beskytte velvære for ulver og deres plass i landskapet er et tegn på moralsk modning av vårt samfunn @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

109. Though population within wolf zone has increased since last year, attacks on livestock have almost halved! @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

110. Though population within wolf zone has increased since last year, attacks on livestock have almost halved! @VidarHelgesen  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

111. Tweetstorm #Wolves #Norway #verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Please join. Please RT bit.ly/SaveNorwayWolves   pic.twitter.com/ExUDJpxGSq   Tweet4Wolves

 112. #Wolves avgjørende for økosystem @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #verdtåbevare pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a   Tweet4Wolves     

113. .@VidarHelgesen Research finds lethal wolf control backfires on livestock bit.ly/2bdbbnQ  #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves  

113b. .@VidarHelgesen Research finds lethal wolf control backfires on livestock   #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/WiCYpRrwSN   Tweet4Wolves

114. .@erna_solberg Research finds lethal wolf control backfires on livestock  bit.ly/2bdbbnQ  #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves  

114b. .@erna_solberg Research finds lethal wolf control backfires on livestock  #SaveOurWolves    pic.twitter.com/WiCYpRrwSN Tweet4Wolves

115. .@VidarHelgesen Forskning finner dødelige ulv kontroll feiler på husdyr  bit.ly/2bdbbnQ   #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

115b. .@VidarHelgesen Forskning finner dødelige ulv kontroll feiler på husdyr #SaveOurWolves   pic.twitter.com/FTWXJIli40  Tweet4Wolves

116. .@erna_solberg Forskning finner dødelige ulv kontroll feiler på husdyr  bit.ly/2bdbbnQ #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

116b. .@erna_solberg Forskning finner dødelige ulv kontroll feiler på husdyr   #SaveOurWolves   pic.twitter.com/FTWXJIli40  Tweet4Wolves

117. #VisitNorway the country that hates nature bit.ly/2cNLJnM No thanks! #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen  pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv   Tweet4Wolves  

118. #VisitNorway the country that hates nature bit.ly/2cNLJnM No thanks! #SaveOurWolves @erna_solberg pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves  

119. #VisitNorway the country that hates nature bit.ly/2cNLJnM No thanks! #SaveOurWolves @NorwayUN pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv    Tweet4Wolves  

120. .@VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg  #Norway Predators policy is as grim as a terrifying crime novel. #SaveOurWolves bit.ly/2dGGBTX   Tweet4Wolves

121. .@NorwayUN #Norway Predators policy is as grim as a terrifying crime novel.  bit.ly/2dGGBTX  #SaveOurWolves  pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv   Tweet4Wolves

122. .@erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen Norwegians want a Disney nature void of “disturbing” predators. bit.ly/2dGGBTX  #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

123. What about moral obligations @VidarHelgesen We have obligations to other creatures & a responsibility to coexist with them #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

124. What about moral obligations
@erna_solberg We have obligations to other creatures & a responsibility to coexist with them #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves

125. Hva om moralske forpliktelser?  Vi har forpliktelser overfor andre skapninger og et ansvar for å eksistere sammen med dem #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

126. Other countries are proud of their predators. They are their national symbols. Here, in #Norway we want to eradicate them. #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

127. Andre land er stolte av sine rovdyr. De er sine nasjonale symboler. Her i #Norge ønsker vi å utrydde dem @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

128. Andre land er stolte av sine rovdyr. De er sine nasjonale symboler. Her i #Norge ønsker vi å utrydde dem @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

129. It’s time to let nature be nature. Throughout Norway @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare pic.twitter.com/1FutxxYajA   Tweet4Wolves

130. It’s time to let nature be nature. Throughout Norway @VidarHelgesen  #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare pic.twitter.com/1FutxxYajA   Tweet4Wolves

131. Nature without predators isnt nature at all, only an unbalanced #ecosystem @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

132. Shame on #Norway @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen @NorwayUN bit.ly/2cRiyjA #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare pic.twitter.com/Kg7eJhJqXw   Tweet4Wolves

133. Skam på #Norge @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen @NorwayUN bit.ly/2cRiyjA #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare pic.twitter.com/qk90rAhK8S   Tweet4Wolves

134. Nature uten rovdyr isnt naturen i det hele tatt, bare en ubalansert #ecosystem @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

135. Evne til å sameksistere på delte landskapet er avgjørende, disse områdene R avgjørende 2geografisk fordeling @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

136. Evne til å sameksistere på delte landskapet er avgjørende, disse områdene R avgjørende 2geografisk fordeling @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves

137. #VisitNorway the country that hates nature. No thanks! #SaveOurWolves @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen @NorwayUN  pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv  Tweet4Wolves 

Please return to the first tweetstorm [here] and send off tweets 1 through 73.  #SaveOurWolves🇳🇴 

Thank you for participating, please continue to tweet every day, and be sure to tweet on the day of the protest in Oslo on the 15th of October | Takk for at du deltar, kan du fortsette å tweet hver dag, og sørg for å tweet på dagen i protest i Oslo den 15. oktober. @intheshadowofthewolf

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Save Norway’s Wolves: Tweetstorm 

Wolves are listed as “critically endangered” on the 2015 Norwegian list of endangered animals, yet Norway is planning to cull more than two-thirds of its remaining wolves — a move that will be disastrous for the dwindling members of the species in the wild. Under controversial plans approved last Friday as many as 47 wolves will be shot, from an estimated population of about 68 wolves which remain in the wilderness areas of Norway. The government has justified this year’s planned cull on the basis of harm done to sheep flocks by the predators. The number of wolves the government plans to kill this year is greater than in any year since 1911.

Last year more than 11,000 hunters applied for licences to shoot 16 wolves, a ratio of more than 700 applicants to each licence. 

Parliament allows the regional predator committees to have the power to adopt quotas for felling of wolves, but these decisions are usually appealed. Oppositions will be dealt with very thoroughly by the Climate and Environment Minister within the framework allowed for the parliamentary decision on the quota of wolves. The decisions must also be consistent with the Berne Convention, the Draft Act and Predators Regulations. Norway is under international agreements committed to ensuring the survival of wolves in Norwegian nature. The Climate and Environment Ministry will make a final decision on the appeal cases before the “permissions to kill” period starts.

If the decision to kill 47 wolves stands, then three wolf packs, including pups, will be shot by hunters during Norway’s annual hunting season, which runs from Oct. 1 to March 31.

Please, promptly, send an automated email which can be found herePlease sign this petitionPlease sign this petition, also. And this petition, as well.


Please close your twitter window and open this post on your browser for ease of tweeting.  As usual, the tweets are automated, to send your message just tap “Tweet4Wolves” at the end of each tweet. Thank you for participating!

1. Tweetstorm #Wolves #Norway #verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Please join and please RT  bit.ly/SaveNorwayWolves  pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a Tweet4Wolves

2. #Norway green & humanitarian principles debased with proposed cull of 47 critically endangered #wolves #verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

3. #Norway Grønne og humanitære prinsipper fornedret med foreslåtte cull av 47 kritisk truede #wolves
 #Verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

4. Culling 47 endangered #wolves cuts 2 the heart of Norway’s image as a broadminded, liberal, green nation. #Verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

5. Culling 47 truede #wolves kutter to hjertet av Norge image som en broadminded, liberal, grønn nasjon. #Verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

6. 80% of Norwegians, in urban & rural areas, want2 keep #wolves at healthy populations #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a  Tweet4Wolves 

7. 80% av nordmenn, i urbane og rurale områder, want2 holde #wolves på sunne bestander #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a  Tweet4Wolves 

8. Conservationists are fighting the government-sanctioned hunt: https://t.co/nkX0VP0DQb  #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

9. Naturvernere kjemper regjeringen sanksjonert jakt:https://t.co/nkX0VP0DQb  #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

10. .@erna_solberg #Wolves are crucial for  the ecosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/Fza1BwMdEh Tweet4Wolves 

11. .@erna_solberg #Wolves avgjørende for økosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/nrkjYHNZKd Tweet4Wolves 

12. .@VidarHelgesen #Wolves are crucial for  the ecosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/Fza1BwMdEh Tweet4Wolves 

13.  .@VidarHelgesen #Wolves avgjørende for økosystem #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/nrkjYHNZKd Tweet4Wolves 

14. Please, promptly, send an automated email which can be found here: bit.ly/2cNRSR9 #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

15. Vær så snill, så raskt som mulig, send en automatisk e-post som du finner her:  bit.ly/2cNRSR9   #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

16. Please sign this petition: bit.ly/2deokud
#verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

17. Vennligst signere denne underskriftskampanje, også: https://t.co/QGdel83Otx #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves🇳🇴 Tweet4Wolves  

18. Please sign this petition, also:  bit.ly/2crUKCR #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves 

19. Vennligst registrer dette oppropet, også: bit.ly/2crUKCR #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

20. And this petition, as well: bit.ly/2d2oQyY  #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

21. Og denne bønnen, i tillegg: bit.ly/2d2oQyY
#verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

22. Tweetstorm  #Wolves #Norway
#verdtåbevare! #SaveOurWolves
Vennligst bli med og ta RT bit.ly/SaveNorwayWolves   pic.twitter.com/nrkjYHNZKd Tweet4Wolves 

23. Norwegian officials approved killing of 47 #wolves, 70% of the population-slated 4 extinction thru inbreeding #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves 

24. This proposed cull is indicative of the brutal treatment predators receive in Scandinavian countries! #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves 

25. Denne foreslåtte cull er et tegn på den brutale behandlingen rovdyr får i skandinaviske land! #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves 

26. Norway’s image as the saviour of the ecosystem is completely undermined by this slaughter of #wolves @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

27. #StandForWolves #SaveWolves #ProtectWolves Please #SaveOurWolves  @VidarHelgesen
pic.twitter.com/285vWRUgKT Tweet4Wolves 

28. Norway’s image as the saviour of the ecosystem is completely undermined by this slaughter of #wolves @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves
Tweet4Wolves  

29. #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg  Yearly over 2million sheep R released in2 forests & mountains of Norway without supervision… Tweet4Wolves 

30. #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg  Around 1,500 sheep, at the most, R killed by #wolves – farmers richly compensated for loss…  Tweet4Wolves 

31. .@VidarHelgesen @erna_solberg Far more sheep (over 100,000) die for other reasons yet the wolf is 2 blame? #SaveOurWolves No wolf hunt! Tweet4Wolves 

32. Pls consider the essentiality @erna_solberg bit.ly/2cKp1wt #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves 
pic.twitter.com/10KkB5DUur Tweet4Wolves 

33. Pls consider the essentiality @VidarHelgesen bit.ly/2cKp1wt #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/10KkB5DUur  Tweet4Wolves    

 34. Situation 4 #wolves in Norway is already grim. Wolves allowed to exist in just 1% of the country~designated a “wolf zone” #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

35. But once three pairs of wolves have bred, all the rest can be shot. Outrageous! #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv  Tweet4Wolves  

36. 68 or so #wolves is far from a genetically viable population. Slaughtering 47 = imminent extinction! #SaveOurWolves @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves 

37. 68 or so #wolves is far from a genetically viable population. Slaughtering 47 = imminent extinction! #SaveOurWolves @erna_solberg Tweet4Wolves 

38. #Norway has a national and international responsibility of having a viable population of wolves @NorwayUN #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves 

39. #Norway, home to a diversity of wildlife…or not. @NorwayUN #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare 
pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves 

30. Europe has an estimated population of 13,000 wolves, with about 400 in Scandinavia, just 68 in #Norway, 70% to B culled! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

41. #Norway compensates farmers richly 4 livestock losses due to wolves, creating an impetus for inflated depredation  numbers. #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

42. In reality wolves are responsible for barely 2% of livestock loss in #Norway @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

43. The wolf is an enrichment 4many Norwegians who appreciate being able 2 experience nature in its full complexity #verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

44. It seems that Norwegian farmers have a vendetta against wolves which isn’t rooted in fact, but rather fear & hate @NorwayUN #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

45. Decision 2 cull 70% of Norway’s wolves cannot B consistent with the Berne Convention, Draft Act and Predators Regulations! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

46. Wolf population already small/critically endangered. 2 eradicate 70% of such a vulnerable species is shocking @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

47. Wolf population already small/critically endangered. 2eradicate 70% of such a vulnerable species is shocking @VidarHelgesen  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

48. 1 of packs chosen 4extermination never attacked any livestock 4 the 4yrs it has lived in Letjenna, SW Norway! @erna_solberg #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

49. 1 of the packs chosen 4 extermination never attacked any livestock for the 4yrs it has lived in Letjenna! @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

50. Norway considers a wolf population of 7 packs with just ONE reproductive couple “above the national population target”! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

51. Tweetstorm now! #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare #StandForWolves Please tweet this link 4 #Norway #wolves: bit.ly/2d6Bb2t Tweet4Wolves 

52. Save The Endangered Norwegian Wolves! – Sign the Petition! https://t.co/BvozH9i2Ci 
#SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves 

53. La ulven leve! STOPP utrydningspolitikken NÅ!
#SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare @erna_solberg pic.twitter.com/vTRn4ZSvNo  Tweet4Wolves 

54. La ulven leve! STOPP utrydningspolitikken NÅ!
#SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare @VidarHelgesen pic.twitter.com/vTRn4ZSvNo  Tweet4Wolves 

55. Let the wolf live! STOP extermination policy now! #SaveOurWolves #verdtåbevare @NorwayUN 
pic.twitter.com/eiQhDCQS23 Tweet4Wolves 

56. Ulven gjør naturen litt villere,
mer spennende og er med på å sikre artsmangfoldet i økosystemet#SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/LHsdPmgn9a Tweet4Wolves 

57. Situasjonen 4 #wolves i #Norge er allerede dystre. Bare 1% av landet er utpekt en “ulv sone”, der dyrene er “lov” til å eksistere. Tweet4Wolves 

 58. Men når tre par ulver har avlet, kan resten bli skutt. Opprørende! #Verdtåbevare #SaveOurWolves pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves 

 59. 68 eller så #wolves er langt fra en genetisk levedyktig bestand. Slakting 47 = overhengende utryddelse! @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen Tweet4Wolves 

60. #Norge har et nasjonalt og internasjonalt ansvar for å ha en levedyktig bestand av ulv. #SaveOurWolves #Verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves 

61. Norge, hjem til et mangfold av dyreliv … eller ikke.
#SaveOurWolves # Verdtåbevare @NorwayUN 
pic.twitter.com/45yehgvxgv Tweet4Wolves 

62. Europa har en anslått befolkning på 13.000 ulver, med ca 400 i Skandinavia, bare 68 i Norge, 70% til B avlives! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

63. Norge kompenserer bøndene rikt 4 tap av husdyr på grunn av ulv, og skaper en drivkraft for oppblåste rovdyrangrep tall. #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

64. I virkeligheten ulvene er ansvarlig for knapt 2% av husdyr tap i #Norge @erna_solberg @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

65. Ulven er en berikelse for mange nordmenn som setter pris på å være i stand til å oppleve naturen i sin fulle kompleksitet  #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

66. Det virker som norske bønder har en vendetta mot ulver som ikke er forankret i virkeligheten, men snarere frykt og hat! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

67. Beslutningen om å kjøpe 70% Norges ulver kan ikke være i samsvar med Bernkonvensjonen, lovforslag og forskrifter Predators #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves  

68. Den ulvebestanden er allerede svært liten og kritisk truet. For å utrydde 70% av slike sårbare arter er sjokkerende. #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

69. En av pakkene som er valgt for utryddelse har aldri angrepet noen husdyr for 4 år den har levd i Letjenna! @erna_solberg  #SaveOurWolves  Tweet4Wolves    

70. En av pakkene som er valgt for utryddelse har aldri angrepet noen husdyr for 4 år den har levd i Letjenna! @VidarHelgesen #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

71. Norge vurderer en liten ulvebestanden av bare syv pakker med bare ett reproduktive par “over det nasjonale bestandsmålet”! #SaveOurWolves Tweet4Wolves 

72. Tweetstorm nå! #SaveOurWolves #Verdtåbevare #StandForWolves Vennligst tweet denne linken 4 #Norge #wolves: SaveNorwayWolves   Tweet4Wolves

  

73. Lagre de truede norske Wolves! – Signer oppropet! https://t.co/BvozH9i2Ci
#SaveOurWolves #Verdtåbevare Tweet4Wolves 

Thank you for participating, please continue to tweet every day, and be sure to tweet on the day of the protest in Oslo on the 15th of October | Takk for at du deltar, kan du fortsette å tweet hver dag, og sørg for å tweet på dagen i protest i Oslo den 15. oktober. For mer informasjon og ytterligere oppdateringer vennligst besøk @intheshadowofthewolf 

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Tweetstorm for the Profanity Peak Pack Wolves 

As this is a continuation of my previous post, I will spare you the introduction. If you are not familiar with the situation with this family of wolves in Washington State please visit my previous blog post here.

Our emergency and last minute Tweetstorm begins at noon PDT September 1st; tweets may be sent off as often as you like thereafter. Feel free to use any of the graphics from our Facebook page @intheshadowofthewolf.

As always, a warm welcome and thank you for participating. 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.

#Washington State’s move 2 extirpate the #ProfanityPeakPack #wolves 4 the infraction of killing cattle grazing public lands is reprehensible Tweet4Wolves

Killing any wolves 2 benefit the profit margin of private businesses utilizing public resources is an outrage. #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves
 

Tragic that this slaughter of wild predators repeats itself over & over throughout the West. #ProfanityPeakPack pic.twitter.com/Fza1BwMdEh   Tweet4Wolves

The killing of the #ProfanityPeakPack is emblematic of what is wrong with our wildlife policies, especially with regards to #publiclands Tweet4Wolves
 

What about preserving the ecological role of large predators on our public lands. @GovInslee @WDFW @forestservice 
#ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

The killing of the #ProfanityPeakPack is an obvious harm 2 the public’s right to have healthy wildlife populations on our #publiclands Tweet4Wolves

The mere presence of #livestock socially displaces the prey of predators, replacing the #ProfanityPeakPack #wolves main food source @WDFW Tweet4Wolves
 

Aerial gunning #wolves by helicopters, running them to exhaustion B4 blasting w/shotgun is #AnimalCruelty @GovInslee #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

“The way @WDFW  are slaughtering #wolves is an outrage” https://t.co/TsuzxhdYut
#ProfanityPeakPack pic.twitter.com/Kz79fDZ8PN   Tweet4Wolves  

Displacing or slaughtering public #wildlife 2 facilitate private use of our #publiclands is ethically wrong! @WDFW #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

WRONG! The @WDFW killing the entire #WedgePack & #ProfanityPeakPack just so that you can eat meat. https://t.co/yeVmbzJ4C8 Tweet4Wolves 

The loss of the #ProfanityPeakPack #Wolves is a travesty & should not B allowed 2 occur ever again! https://t.co/IDoGmzBM9f Tweet4Wolves 

The loss of the #ProfanityPeakPack #Wolves is a travesty & should not B allowed2 occur again
pic.twitter.com/FxY81uTsUO Tweet4Wolves 

Call @GovInslee  360-902-4111 Voice your opposition 2 the slaughter of the #ProfanityPeakPack on our #publiclandspic.twitter.com/HWgu0Awkcz  Tweet4Wolves

We want #Wolves #Wildlife on our #PublicLands not livestock @WDFW @forestservice  @GovInslee 
#ProfanityPeakPack pic.twitter.com/AXCqcjfohQ   Tweet4Wolves

Our tax $ pay 4 ranchers 2 destroy our land & wildlife’s habitat. #Livestock causes enormous environmental damage! #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

#Livestock removes forage & ground cover other animals need 2 survive. Cattle trample & denude riparian areas. #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

Cattle pollute streams with waste. Heated-up streams can no longer support dozens of species, including fish @GovInslee  #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

 Thousands of miles #Livestock fencing fragment habitat, causing deathly obstacles 4 #wildlife #ProfanityPeakPack pic.twitter.com/NpJc91IOZj   Tweet4Wolves

Tell @GovInslee 2 stop slaughter of #ProfanityPeakPack #Wolves 
@WDFW 
Pls Sign➡  https://t.co/izbBHpURHZ
pic.twitter.com/9tgIKPQ76A Tweet4Wolves

We, with our tax dollars, on our #publiclands pay 4 ranchers 2 destroy our land & wildlife’s habitat! @forestservice #ProfanityPeakPack  Tweet4Wolves

We, with our tax dollars, on our #publiclands pay 4 the slaughter of #wolves at the behest of ranchers! @WDFW #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

Many ranchers, knowing the gov will kill predators on the taxpayers’ dime, refrain from utilizing non-lethal deterrents! #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

Aerial gunning of #wolves is an outrage!
#AnimalCruelty #ProfanityPeakPack @WDFW @forestservice @GovInslee
pic.twitter.com/AXCqcjfohQ Tweet4Wolves

#ProfanityPeakPack 
Permit retirement a solution to killing #wolves @WDFW  https://t.co/nC2oKjsJiH  pic.twitter.com/yr2e4zjutG Tweet4Wolves

#ProfanityPeakPack 
Permit retirement a solution to killing #wolves @GovInslee  https://t.co/nC2oKjsJiH  pic.twitter.com/yr2e4zjutG Tweet4Wolves

#Washington with 6,971,406 people, 1,100,000 cattle, & 50,000 sheep, can not allow room for 90 #wolves Outrageous! #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

Ranchers grazing #livestock near known wolf habitat should gracefully accept their losses and/or terminate their lease.
#ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves 

Ranchers getting subsidized forage on our #publiclands have NO right demanding the slaughter of #wolves #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves 

Ranchers getting reimbursement 4 losses due 2 depredation on #publiclands have NO right demanding slaughter of #wolves #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves 

Ranchers should take their cattle and go home. #ProfanityPeakPack 
#wolves R essential 
livestock is detrimental 
pic.twitter.com/UFarDTcWEu Tweet4Wolves

Our #publiclands and #ecosystems should not be sacrificed for the private profit of individuals.
#ProfanityPeakPack pic.twitter.com/Kz79fDZ8PN    Tweet4Wolves

Real Men Coexist With #Wolves @forestservice @WDFW @GovInslee @POTUS @SecretaryJewell
#ProfanityPeakPack  pic.twitter.com/UFarDTcWEu 
 Tweet4Wolves

Preserving the ecological role of large predators & a balanced ecosystem on our #publiclands is essential @WDFW 
#ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves


Preserving the ecological role of large predators & a balanced ecosystem on our #publiclands is essential @GovInslee   
#ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves  

Preserving the ecological role of large predators & a balanced ecosystem on #publiclands is essential #ProfanityPeakPack  @forestservice Tweet4Wolves

Grazing livestock depresses virtually all species of wildlife & has caused the demise of the #ProfanityPeakPack @forestservice @GovInslee Tweet4Wolves

The health of our planet & survival of our co-inhabitants should B of the utmost importance @forestservice @GovInslee
#ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

#ProfanityPeakPack 
Our focus should B on eliminating that which degrades our forests & public lands & destroys our ecosystems: Livestock Tweet4Wolves

Support legislation 2 help remove livestock from our #publiclands More info: 
bit.ly/Get_Livestock_Off_Public_Lands
#ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS @GovInslee @BLMNational @forestservice Real cost of livestock grazing on #publiclands: bit.ly/2c7ovYL
#ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

The ongoing slaughter of our wildlife at the behest of private businesses must stop! @POTUS #ProfanityPeakPack pic.twitter.com/yr2e4zjutG   Tweet4Wolves


#Wolves #Tweet4Wolves #BeMyVoice #StandForWolves #SaveWolves #ProfanityPeakPack Pls Tweet this link:
bit.ly/2bLkeIb RT Tweet4Wolves

Domestic livestock R appropriating & limiting the natural food/native prey that sustains #wolves @WDFW @forestservice
#ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves

.@forestservice @WDFW How can the #ProfanityPeakPack survive without preying on livestock with so many allotments? 
pic.twitter.com/RtO4V0FodK Tweet4Wolves

Stop the Slaughter of the #ProfanityPeakPack #Wolves: Please sign and share…https://t.co/Ogq6XNpZ8o 
pic.twitter.com/kYgMsgvIzb Tweet4Wolves

The livestock operator elected 2 put cattle directly on top of the #ProfanityPeakPack #wolves den site! 
@forestservice  bit.ly/2bN9QBp Tweet4Wolves

The livestock operator elected2 put cattle directly on top of #ProfanityPeakPack #wolves den site! 
@GovInslee  bit.ly/2bN9QBp Tweet4Wolves

#StandForWolves #SaveWolves Stop the Slaughter of the #ProfanityPeakPack @GovInslee @POTUS pic.twitter.com/Fza1BwMdEh   Tweet4Wolves

.@WDFW @POTUS Enough! This must end. #KeepItPublic #Wolves #StandForWolves #ProfanityPeakPack  pic.twitter.com/MVJ0DtNPIB Tweet4Wolves 

Thankyou to all who participated, your voice makes a difference!

 

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Anti-Environmental Poison Pill Riders

Two Political Trainwrecks in the Making.

And they’re off! Last week, the House and Senate Appropriations Committees finished work on their respective versions of the federal spending bill that funds the Department of the Interior, the EPA and the U.S. Forest Service. Both bills are loaded with ideological riders that would block or eliminate protections for our air, water, climate, public health, endangered species, forests and other public lands.

A rider is a provision that either makes a change in law directly or, more commonly, prohibits an agency from using its funds to carry out specific duties under a law or rule. One example would be a rider that prevents the EPA from setting or enforcing limits on air pollution from power plants. Another rider might stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from protecting certain creatures as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

The House Appropriations Committee imbedded nearly 40 anti-environmental riders into its spending bill before it was voted out of the committee on June 15. It now includes riders that would remove Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in Wyoming and the upper Midwest and deny farmworkers the right to grant a family member, physician or labor representative access to information on pesticides they have been exposed to. Riders in the bill would also block new national monument designations, the president’s Clean Power Plan to reduce carbon pollution from power plants and the Clean Water Rule that protects the drinking water of one in three Americans. In addition, riders in the bill seek to stop the implementation of a 2015 rule to reduce smog nationwide, as well as an effort by the Department of the Interior to control air pollution from offshore oil development.

The Senate Appropriations Committee passed its spending bill on June 16. It too contains more than a dozen anti-environmental riders. It has riders that seek to undermine public involvement and environmental impact analysis of logging projects in national forests. Its riders would also prevent the Obama administration from reducing old-growth logging in Alaska’s Tongass National Forest. Also included are riders to stop the Department of the Interior’s work on a rule to protect streams from mountaintop removal coal mining and to keep mining companies from having to foot the bill for the future hazardous waste contamination that they cause. The bill, with its riders, would also prevent the government from carrying out endangered species protections for the lesser prairie chicken, and it contains the wolf delisting and Clean Water Rule riders as well.

As they left for their July 4th recess House leadership said they intended to bring this spending bill to the House floor early next month, where even more bad riders are likely to be added. It is doubtful the Senate can bring its bill to the floor before the fiscal year ends on September 30. However, all of these poison pill riders will be poised to be part of the year-end, back-room mudwrestling that will occur after the November elections when Congress tries pass a single measure to fund the government.

Between now and then it’s vital that our elected officials understand the American public does not support these back-door assaults on our air, water, climate, workers, wildlife and public lands. The job of Congress is to fund the government, not craft sweetheart riders for polluters.

Written by Martin Hayden, Earthjustice  Vice President, Policy & Legislation

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Take a moment of your time to oppose H.R. 5538 (Department of Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Appropriations Act) here via popvox.

Also stand opposed to S. 3068 (the Senate version of this appropriations bill) here, via popvox.

You may also contact your elected officials easily through democracy.io here.

Tell your elected officials that you are opposed to riders that would remove protections from wolves, block or eliminate protections for our air, water, climate, public health, endangered species, forests and other public lands.

Please be sure that you have signed these petitions:

Stop 30 plus deadly riders from unraveling environmental protections, from Earthjustice: Sign this.

Help shut down Congress’ sneak attack on wolves via NRDC: Sign this

Protect Wolves from Congressional Attacks via Endangered Species Coalition:  Sign this and this.

Protect the ESA From Political Attacks via Earthjustice:  Sign this

Stop this anti-wildlife assault on Capitol Hill, new petition from Defenders: Sign this

Photos with permission by Chris Montano Jr.

The Silencing of Nature: Sixth Extinction

Complex animal life evolved sometime over 500 million years ago. Since that time, life has continually evolved into different groupings of strange and diverse forms. Today, however, is a unique and unprecedented instant during this extraordinarily long history of life. Never before has there been a creature such as us—a being with the ability to rapidly and radically change the world. Only those who are blind to Nature can look around and not see catastrophe as growing thousands of species are pushed into the dawnless night of extinction.
“In the half a billion years of complex life, geology reveals five mass extinctions. All were caused by the smash of big extraterrestrial bodies into Earth or by stupendous geological forces. Biologists and conservationists call today’s extinction the Sixth Great Extinction in light of its magnitude. This extinction stands apart, though, because cosmic or geological forces do not cause it.
It has a biological cause.
One species.
Us.
Homo sapiens.
Due to its cause, and heeding our moral compass and sense of justice, perhaps we should not call today’s ecological crisis the “Sixth Mass Extinction.” Rather, we perhaps should call it the First Mass Murder of Life.

Never before has a single species escaped out of the confines of its ecosystems to become a global, geological force and then to spread across Earth to almost every ecosystem, and then remake and in many cases waste those ecosystems. Never before has a single species consumed so much of the rest of life into itself.
Never before has the population of a single species exploded instantaneously across the globe.
We have erupted like the burning cinders and poisonous gases of a giant volcano and now cover Earth” ~ From the Rewilding Institute .

The Silencing of Nature: Sixth Extinction:

 

 To get involved with helping endangered species, deepen your knowledge of environmental atrocities, and find ways in which you can help protect our planet and co-inhabitants, please see this list of helpful links:

Earthjustice

National Resources Defense Council

Greenpeace

Climate Network

Rainforest Action Network

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature

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Sumatran Elephant, critically endangered. Over two-thirds of Sumatra’s natural lowland forest has been razed, cutting this elephant’s habitat by 70%. Only approximately 2,400 remain.

 The production of meat and other animal products places a heavy burden on the environment – from crops and water required to feed the animals, to the transport and other processes involved from farm to fork. The vast amount of grain feed required for meat production is a significant contributor to deforestation, habitat loss and species extinction.

Take extinction off your plate . By eating less meat and more fruit and vegetables, the world could prevent several million deaths per year by 2050, cut planet-warming emissions substantially, save billions of dollars annually in healthcare costs and climate damage, and spare countless animals from unnecessary suffering.

Consider a  vegan lifestyle.

Connect with Anthropocene: The Sixth Extinction on YoutubeFacebook, and Twitter.

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Delisting Grizzlies

Federal delisting and subsequent hunting, as well as the imminent extinction of a key food source, due to global warming, spell disaster for the iconic grizzly bears of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Grizzly bears feel the effects of climate change in more ways than just an untimely end to hibernation; as the whitebark pine tree succumbs to the effects of global warming, the grizzlies primary food source (nuts from the tree) is rapidly disappearing with the tree facing possible extinction from the park (80 percent of the stands are dead or dying). Once common in harsh mountain environments, the tree is being pushed out of its sub-alpine habitat thanks to a warming climate, causing the treeline to migrate to higher elevations.

The whitebark pine is also a victim of the pine beetle, the insect responsible for the destruction of hundreds of thousands of acres of forests across the West. Pine bark larvae have higher survival rates in warmer winters and the infestation, at this stage, seems unstoppable (In 2011 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined the tree warrants protection under the  Endangered Species Act). In the Yellowstone park area the tree is nearly gone: “No amount of science or management will bring the trees back in our lifetime.111114-grizzly-399-135_1.jpg

In 2007, this massive die off of whitebark pine trees added hardship to the misery which the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem distinct population segment of grizzly bear population had to face, as they were removed from the threatened species list, and the “Conservation Strategy” was implemented. Our warming planet’s effect on grizzly bear habitat and food source was obviously of no great concern to Fish and Wildlife when making this choice to delist the Yellowstone grizzly.

FWS argues that whitebark seeds are not a naturally reliable food source, and that grizzlies have been coping for millennia by switching to other foods when whitebark pine seeds are unavailable by consuming other “readily available” foods such as ungulates, ground squirrels, insects, roots, mushrooms, and other vegetative matter. However, what must, and should, be emphasized is the fact that the grizzly bear population increases at a slower rate when the whitebark seed is scarce. It is well documented that good whitebark cone crops decrease grizzly mortality and increase the number of bear cubs per litter. For Grizzlies, one of the world’s slowest-reproducing mammals, this issue cannot be ignored when considering delisting this iconic species. 

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Directly after removal from protections, in 2008, Grizzlies died in record numbers, there were virtually no penalties for killing them. Bear management had been turned over to fish and game agencies of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana who more than welcome the “opportunity to kill a Grizzly”, a bear whose life was made less valuable by delisting. Some 54 grizzly bears  — including 37 shot by humans — were known to have died that year, the highest mortality ever recorded; exceeding the extensive killings of 40 years ago when Yellowstone National Park closed down its garbage dumps leaving the bears to search for food sources in towns and campgrounds.

Thankfully, in 2009, in a strongly worded order, U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy, overturned  the delisting ruling, placing grizzly bears back on the threatened species list claiming: (1) the Conservation Strategy was unenforceable, and (2) that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not adequately consider the impacts of the potential loss of whitebark pine nuts.

As if we hadn’t learned our lesson from prior grizzly strategies, we find ourselves at the crossroads of further endangering the very existence of our beloved Grizzlies by delisting a species struggling to survive in our ever-changing and warming world. Further complicating the situation (as if it wasn’t bad enough, already) the Yellowstone grizzly bear population suffers from increasingly fragmented and disconnected habitats, according to a report released by the Endangered Species Coalition, which highlights ten rare or endangered species that lack safe, navigable corridors to connect them to important habitat or other populations. Without wildlife corridors, migration routes, and other connected habitat, wildlife like grizzlies cannot continue to reproduce, find food, disperse, and maintain enough diversity in their populations to survive into the future.

Before I continue, let’s take a moment out to watch and enjoy a Yellowstone National Park Grizzly Bear Mother and her cubs on Vimeo.

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Delisting Grizzlies in the face of undeniable threats to the bear’s future as a species is hardly a decision based on sound science. Turning the bears’ management over to the fish and game agencies of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, who not only accept practically any hunter explanation (self-defense or otherwise) for taking a grizzly but who find it perfectly acceptable to “euthanize” a 13 year old mother grizzly, who had cubs by her side for eating apples from a tree! The officials in Idaho determined the adult bear had become “habituated to human-related food”. 

And what of Grizzly 399, an elderly 20 year old grizzly, who has brought joy to countless park visitors, famous for tolerating people and for teaching her cubs how to live amicably near roads and developed areas? What will happen when 399 and other park bears lose their Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections—possibly as soon as this spring—when the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho jump at the opportunity to implement a “sport” hunt that could kill as many as 30 bears in the next year alone? I shudder at the thought of the betrayal these bears will face. From Counterpunch:

“The first bears to be killed in a trophy sport hunt are likely to be celebrities such as Grizzly 399 that make their living along roadsides in Grand Teton and Yellowstone Parks, where they give thousands of visitors the thrill of a lifetime. These tolerant bears, which live partly on National Forest lands outside parks, would be especially vulnerable to hunting if federal protections are lifted later this year. These bears are comfortable with people and would be relatively easy to find. Moreover, certain local thugs have stated outright that they will be out to kill these much-beloved grizzlies—out of spite.”

With the quality of grizzly habitat eroding due to global warming, and whitebark pine nuts almost completely eliminated from grizzly bear diets, grizzlies in this island ecosystem will be severely stressed. Yellowstone grizzlies will require more public land to roam, not only for “readily available” food sources but also so they can maintain genetic diversity by breeding with other grizzly bear populations.

The most important move the government could make (other than an effective plan to help people and bears avoid conflicts) would be to keep the grizzly population of Yellowstone protected under the ESA.

Please submit your comment against removing ESA protections for the grizzlies of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem here. Please note that submissions merely supporting or opposing a potential delisting, without supporting documentation, will not be considered in making a determination.

Comments are due May 10 2016, at 11:59 PM Eastern time.

Please sign these petitions:

Protect Grizzly Bears in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming

Please continue Endangered Species Act protections for grizzly bears of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Keep Yellowstone Grizzlies Protected under the ESA

Don’t delist YNP Grizzlies

Don’t kill protections for Yellowstone Grizzlies

Help protect grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem!

Protect the Greater Yellowstone grizzly– Stop the delisting!

Facebook pages devoted to Yellowstone bears: Hey Bear | GOAL Tribal Coalition  and Greater Yellowstone Bears. Also reach out to Campaign for Yellowstone’s Wolves who will be holding rallies this summer for the benefit of the park bears and wolves.

.@USFWS @DirectorDanAshe Please maintain Endangered Species Act protections 4 #GrizzlyBears #DontDelistGrizzlies pic.twitter.com/PRsBST6s4w Send a tweet for grizzlies

All images used in this blog post are of Grizzly 399 and are by Bradly J. Boner (with the exception of the vimeo)

Op-Ed by Doug Peacock who has been writing and lecturing about Yellowstone bears for more than 40 years.

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Stand Against The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act (H.R. 2406)

H.R. 2406 (The SHARE Act) is related to the Sportsmen’s Act (S.405, S.659, S.556) in the Senate, but contains several different provisions. 

PLEASE SIGN AND SHARE:
WE THE PEOPLE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO: VETO H.R. 2406

bit.ly/VetoTheShareAct (signature must be verified by email)

Bill Description (scroll down for tweets as well as a simple cut and paste email to send to your Senators and President Obama):

This omnibus bill combines many bad bills related to environmental resources into one. There are several problematic portions with dire implications for wildlife and the ecosystems they need to thrive. This is Congress at its worst: pandering to special interests and sacrificing smart conservation policy for political cache (adding insult to injury, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enacting this foul piece of legislation would cost $24 million over the 2016-2020 period and $1 million after 2020, assuming appropriation of the authorized and necessary amounts).

One portion of H.R. 2406 would make it impossible for the Department of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture to consider the effects of any “chemical substance” in pistol, revolver, firearm, shell, cartridge, or sport fishing equipment, as outlined in the Toxic Substances Control Act. This bill would prevent federal agencies, and the scientists that work for them, from carrying out their duty to evaluate and protect the public and the environment from toxic substances. This is particularly relevant to our fight to eliminate lead from hunting equipment, because of its deadly effects on wildlife that ingest it. Federal agencies must retain the ability to make decisions based solely on the best available science, not guided by an uncalled for and unscientific bill.

Another section would allow the importation of 41 polar bear sport trophies from Canada. Between the proposal to list polar bears as threatened in 2006 and the final threatened listing in 2008, 41 hunters killed polar bears – despite repeated warnings from hunting organizations and government agencies that trophy imports would likely not be allowed as of the listing date. If Congress passes this new waiver on sport trophies and allows these hunters to import their kills, it would be rewarding their risky and ecologically unsound behavior. It would also set a precedent for Congressional leniency on the import of animals being considered for threatened or endangered listing, which could accelerate the pace of killing for any species proposed for listing in the future.

One of the most devastating provisions contains several alarming rollbacks of long-standing federal environmental and public land laws including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Wilderness Act, and the National Forest Management Act. In the process, it reduces or eliminates important protections for America’s public lands that have been in place for decades. For example, the bill would including trapping under the definition of hunting, conflating two entirely different activities and thereby opening hundreds of millions of public lands to cruel trapping. In addition, the bill would force land managers to prioritize hunting and trapping above other outdoor activities, effectively excluding a large proportion of the American public from enjoying national spaces that belong to all of us. This and other changes in H.R. 2406 are in direct conflict with the stated purpose of the Wilderness Act, which is to establish areas “where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”

The African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act, rolled into H.R. 2406, would halt efforts by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to crack down on the illegal ivory trade, particularly by undoing the restrictions on U.S. ivory imports and exports. African elephants are facing the greatest poaching crisis since the 1980s: more than 100,000 were killed from 2010 to 2012 – an average of one every 15 minutes. The appalling scale of poaching is intertwined with violent militias, organized crime, and government corruption in Africa. A crucial element of halting this ongoing slaughter is addressing the demand for ivory within our own borders. The regulations proposed by the FWS prohibit most imports and exports, and limit other commercial actions to ivory that was lawfully imported prior to 1990 (the date that elephants’ endangered status was elevated by the Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species). Prohibiting FWS from implementing these vital regulations would be an enormous step backward in the U.S.’s response to the wildlife trafficking crisis.

Other provisions in this huge bill would prevent the public from having a say in National Wildlife Refuge decisions, and waive important environmental reviews for this system as well. Such blind dedication to implementing recreational killing is detrimental to both conservation efforts and the public interest. As of Friday, February 26th, two additional, extremely troubling, amendments were voted on favorably and included in the SHARE Act. One, from Representative Don Young, which would roll back new federal rules on hunting predators on Alaska’s national preserves, and a similar proposed rule for refuges (National Park Service). The federal government wants the new rules to protect wolf and bear populations, while the state wants to control predator numbers to allow for more moose and caribou. The other added amendment would strip wolves of their federal protections in four states under the Endangered Species Act, subverting the judicial process and subjecting hundreds of wolves to hostile state practices such as baiting, hound hunting, and painful steel-jawed leghold traps. This amendment was offered by  Congressman Reid Ribble.

As this bill has passed the house with a final vote of 242 ayes to 161 nays the following tweets will be directed to the upper branch of Congress. For those of you who are new to my tweetstorms, all tweets are “click to tweet” just tap “Tweet4Wolves”. For ease of tweeting please open this blog on your browser and close your twitter window. In advance, thankyou for your time and support~In the shadow of the wolf.

Tell #Congress Don’t Gun Down Protections 4#Wolves: ow.ly/YDeNO    pic.twitter.com/UDmChL23Bn  Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS Please Veto H.R.2406 #SHAREAct #Lead poisoned Bald #Eagle that did not survive-Raptor EducationGroup. pic.twitter.com/yMbeFuL3SQ   Tweet4Wolves

Veto H.R.2406 #SHAREAct please sign: wh.gov/iG1Cv #Wolves

pic.twitter.com/sjUKKFyhLh  Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems #Elephants #Wolves #PolarBears #Wildlife #EnvironmentalToxins
#SHAREAct
There’s nothing sporting about … fb.me/7Eywks2VQ  Tweet4Wolves

#Wolves #Wildlife
#HR2406 #SHAREAct has passed the House with a vote of 242 ayes to 161 nays. Please contact…fb.me/2p41nwxoQ  Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems Please vote NO #SHAREAct #HR2406 #wolves have fought their way back from near-extinction… fb.me/7KYenUdiU  Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS Please VETO #SHAREAct #HR2406 #wolves have fought their way back from near-extinction… fb.me/7KYenUdiU Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS Please #VetoExtinction #SHARE Act #HR2406 #Elephants  pic.twitter.com/Sinj0mqmwF   Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct blocks @USFWS from making decisions about cruel/inhumane “predator control” on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems #StandForWolves and wildlife in #Alaska Vote NO #SHAREAct #HR2406 pic.twitter.com/0F8ultP5rh  Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct If #Congress caves in 2 the trophy-hunting lobby & passes this scam of a bill, we call upon @POTUS to give it a clean kill shot. Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems The #SHAREAct would open millions of acres to #Trapping Vote down #HR2406  pic.twitter.com/7KVUg3cj1N   Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS The #SHAREAct would open millions of acres to #Trapping Please VETO #HR2406  pic.twitter.com/7KVUg3cj1N   Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct @BarackObama #VetoExtinction Use your pen as your sword and cut this bill down! Veto #HR2406 pic.twitter.com/o0OU8u1XOk    Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS This amendment has been added to #HR2406 VETO the #SHAREAct #Wolves #Alaska  fb.me/7Cu2DJfz3  Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems This amendment has been added to #HR2406 VETO the #SHAREAct #Wolves #Alaska Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS @SenateDems Please set this bill aside! #HR2406 #SHAREAct #EnvironmentalToxins #LeadPoisoning #Eagles bit.ly/1TLypie   Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems #HR2406 is an abomination! Vote NO to the #SHAREAct #animalcruelty #Trapping pic.twitter.com/SZF3Vr8TgK  Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS @SenateDems Please oppose any legislation that seeks to delist #wolves #SHAREAct #HR2406 & #S659 bit.ly/1Qhellk Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct strips #wolves of their federal protections in 4 states under the #ESA among other harmful provisions @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/9tgIKPQ76A Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves 2 hostile state practices! @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/9tgIKPQ76A Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct would deny proper oversight of toxic #lead in the environment. @POTUS @SenateDems #Eagles bit.ly/1TLypie Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems Vote NO to the #SHAREAct #HR2406 This is what happens when #wolves R #delisted: bit.ly/1RCTWJQ

pic.twitter.com/R9gHwS09Qh Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS VETO the #SHAREAct #HR2406 Delisting #wolves = extirpation: bit.ly/1RCTWJQ

pic.twitter.com/R9gHwS09Qh Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct #HR2406 blocks carefully considered rulemaking to protect animals on national wildlife refuges! @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct is grab bag of appalling items that the trophy hunting lobby cannot secure in free standing bills. @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct would both subvert judicial processes & undermine the ESA, one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct delists #wolves When delisted in 2012, 20% of the Wisconsin #wolf pop was wiped out in 3 hunting seasons! @POTUS @SenateDems  Tweet4Wolves

Oppose the #SHAREAct When #Wisconsin #wolves were delisted 17 *entire* family units were wiped out! @SenateDems  pic.twitter.com/IpPtaZx5Xn   Tweet4Wolves

VETO the #SHAREAct When #Wisconsin #wolves were delisted 17 *entire* family units were wiped out! @POTUS pic.twitter.com/IpPtaZx5Xn   Tweet4Wolves

NO to #SHAREAct Clearly, federal oversight is necessary 2 provide adequate protections 4 #wolves as required by ESA. @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct would help 41 wealthy #polarbear trophy hunters import the heads of rare polar bears they shot in Canada. @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

Disgraceful! The #SHAREAct encourages trophy hunters to kill rare species worldwide via import allowances! @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct encourages the kill of #EndangeredSpecies because a congressional waiver will allow importation! @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct is an atrocious bill which the Senate should take no further action on. @POTUS @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/IpPtaZx5Xn  Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct Fed. court put a stop 2 reckless #wolf slaughter. Politicians shouldn’t undercut judicial review of delisting actions! @POTUS Tweet4Wolves  @SenateDems: Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct is an ugly grab-bag of giveaways 2 special interest groups & is disgraceful! @POTUS @SenateDems  pic.twitter.com/9tgIKPQ76A   Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct would destroy years of work done by animal protection advocates, environmentalists, and conservationists @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves  @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The abhorrent #SHAREAct #HR2406 would deny proper oversight of toxic #lead in the environment @POTUS Please #VETO this bill! Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS #HR2406 #SHAREAct threatens the interests of wildlife, conservation and public lands. Please #veto this bill. Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct will subject hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices such as baiting @POTUS @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

The #SHAREAct will subject hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices such as hound hunting @POTUS @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/9tgIKPQ76A   Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct will subject #wildlife & #wolves 2 hostile practices such painful steel-jawed leghold traps. @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/SZF3Vr8TgK  Tweet4Wolves @POTUS Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct would declare millions of acres of public lands automatically open 2 hunting & trapping @SenateDems  pic.twitter.com/7KVUg3cj1N  Tweet4Wolves

VETO #SHAREAct would declare millions of acres public lands automatically open 2 hunting & trapping @POTUS  pic.twitter.com/7KVUg3cj1N Tweet4Wolves

VETO the #SHAREAct and #S659 Senate version @POTUS see the link between hunting & #ChildAbuse: exm.nr/1StD5sj @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct blocks @USFWS from making decisions about cruel/inhumane predator control on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges @SenFeinstein Tweet4Wolves

@SenatorBoxer Tweet4Wolves

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@SenBlumenthal Tweet4Wolves

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@SenWarren Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct strips #wolves of federal protections in 4 states under the #ESA @SenMarkey @stabenow @Peters4Michigan @jontester  Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct strips #wolves of federal protection under #ESA in 4 states @amyklobuchar @alfranken @clairecmc @jontester @CoryBooker   Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct strips #wolves of federal protection under #ESA in 4 states @SenatorBaldwin @Sen_JoeManchin @PattyMurray @SenatorCantwell Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct strips #wolves of federal protection under #ESA in 4 states @MarkWarner @timkaine @SenatorLeahy @SenSanders Tweet4Wolves

 Vote NO #SHAREAct subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices!
@SenBobCasey @SenToomey Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices!
@RonWyden @SenJeffMerkley  Tweet4Wolves

Vote NO #SHAREAct subverts the judicial process & subjects hundreds of #wolves to hostile state practices! @SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct blocks @USFWS from making decisions about cruel/inhumane predator control on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges @SenatorMenendez Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct blocks @USFWS from making decisions about cruel/inhumane predator control on Alaska’s national wildlife refuges @CoryBooker Tweet4Wolves

Oppose the #SHAREAct which would deny proper oversight of toxic #lead in the #environment @SenateDems VETO #HR2406 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct would help 41 wealthy #polarbear trophy hunters import the heads of rare polar bears they shot in Canada VETO #HR2406 @POTUS Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems More than 60 conservation organizations signed an open letter opposing the Sportsmen’s Act. VETO #HR2406 #S659 @POTUS Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems #SHAREAct Threatens #Wolves, #Elephants, #PolarBears, #Birds, People and pets! VETO #HR2406 @POTUS pic.twitter.com/o0OU8u1XOk  Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS #Alaska voters oppose cruel methods of killing wildlife:  bit.ly/StopTheCrueltyAlaska VETO #SHAREAct @SenateDems @lisamurkowski Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct “If this misguided legislation is enacted #elephants are likely to go #extinct in our lifetime” on.fb.me/1LFdDPY @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct “If this misguided legislation is enacted #elephants are likely 2 go #extinct in our lifetime” on.fb.me/1LFdDPY @SenateDems Tweet4Wolves

VETO the #SHAREAct There’s nothing sporting about #wolf slaughter, #elephant poaching or #LeadPoisoning pic.twitter.com/Sinj0mqmwF @POTUS Tweet4Wolves

#SHAREAct creates dangerous loophole allowing trophy-hunted polar #bears 2 be imported. @POTUS @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/XrtZ8vq0N1 Tweet4Wolves

VETO #SHAREAct Two-thirds of PolarBears are expected to be wiped out by 2050 due to #ClimateChange @POTUS pic.twitter.com/3xsvdGCPXC  Tweet4Wolves

NO #SHAREAct Two-thirds of PolarBears are expected to be wiped out by 2050 due to #ClimateChange @SenateDems pic.twitter.com/3xsvdGCPXC  Tweet4Wolves

.@POTUS #Alaska voters oppose cruel methods of killing wildlife: bit.ly/StopTheCrueltyAlaska VETO #SHAREAct pic.twitter.com/0F8ultP5rh  Tweet4Wolves

.@SenateDems #Alaska voters oppose cruel methods of killing wildlife: bit.ly/StopTheCrueltyAlaska NO #SHAREAct @repdonyoung  Tweet4Wolves

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H.R. 2406 SHARE Act

Please oppose H.R. 2406 SHARE Act. The SHARE ACT (Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act, the House version of the Senate’s Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act) is comprised of numerous, irresponsible, pro-hunting and anti-environment regulations, and represents a clear assault on wildlife with  (as of Friday, February 26th) two additional, extremely troubling, amendments. One, from Representative Don Young, which would roll back new federal rules on hunting predators on Alaska’s national preserves, and a similar proposed rule for refuges (National Park Service). This amendment would override a proposed rule from FWS which “clarifies how existing mandates for the conservation of natural and biological diversity, biological integrity, and environmental health on refuges in Alaska relate to predator control; prohibits several particularly effective methods and means for take of predators”. This would formally establish a goal of biodiversity as the guiding principle of federal management of wildlife refuges (The Fish and Wildlife Service says the rule makes clear it would have no impact on subsistence hunters). The amendment, would allow Alaska to continue intensive predator management to allow for more moose and caribou turning our wildlife preserves into game farms.
The other added amendment would strip wolves of their federal protections in four states under the Endangered Species Act, subverting the judicial process and subjecting hundreds of wolves to hostile state practices such as baiting, hound hunting, and painful steel-jawed leghold traps. This amendment was offered by Congressman Reid Ribble.

This omnibus bill combines many bad bills related to environmental resources into one, and contains numerous problematic portions with dire implications for wildlife and the ecosystems they need in order to thrive. This bill panders to special interests and sacrifices smart conservation policy for political cache. H.R. 2406 would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Agriculture from regulating lead (a potent and dangerous neurotoxin) in fishing tackle and ammunition (An estimated 10-20 million animals die from lead poisoning each year in the United States after ingesting lead shot, bullet fragments, and sport fishing waste). *It would define trapping (outlawed in nearly 90 countries as barbaric, cruel, and inhumane) as a form of hunting which would open up more federal lands to the setting of steel-jaw leghold traps and other body-gripping traps that pose grave risks to public safety, wildlife, endangered species and pets. *This bill would declare that millions of acres of public lands are automatically open to hunting and trapping without any scrutiny. Public land managers seeking to disallow these activities in order to protect wildlife, habitat, and the public would face enormous bureaucratic hurdles. *The SHARE Act would compel the National Park Service to allow private hunters to shoot bison in the Grand Canyon National Park as part of its management plan. These are just several of the horrific provisions of this bill, which would destroy years of work done by animal protection advocates, environmentalists, and conservationists to protect endangered species and other wildlife. Other provisions in this huge bill would prevent the public from having a say in National Wildlife Refuge decisions, and waive important environmental reviews for this system as well. Such blind dedication to implementing recreational killing is detrimental to both conservation efforts and goes against the wishes of the majority of Americans, and their desire to protect the wilderness and wildlife. This is a disgraceful bill which I ask that you set aside permanently.

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