Wyoming Grazing Allotments in Prime Wolf and Grizzly Habitat

Livestock grazing is promoted, protected and subsidized by federal agencies on approximately 270 million acres of public land in the 11 western states. By destroying vegetation, damaging wildlife habitats and disrupting natural processes, livestock grazing wreaks ecological havoc on riparian areas, rivers, deserts, grasslands and forests alike — causing significant harm to species and the ecosystems on which they  depend.

 “Conservation can be defined as the wise use of our natural environment: it is, in the final analysis, the highest form of  national thrift—the prevention of waste and despoilment while preserving, improving and renewing the quality and usefulness of all our resources.”

President John F. Kennedy 
Conservation Message to Congress (1962)

Presently, Bridger-Teton National Forest permits allow more than 7,000 sheep and 15,000 cattle to graze public land in the Upper Green. The environmental planning document from the Forest Service, which would allow grazing in the area to continue for years to come, proposes to renew livestock grazing permits on 266 square miles of public forestland near the Upper Green River has been released to the public. 
The USDA Forest Service’s preferred plan calls for retaining grazing rights on all the acreage that is grazed today and slightly reducing the number of livestock allowed to 8,772 cow-calf pairs and yearling cattle. The Bridger-Teton’s proposal (alternative 3) which would reduce the authorized grazing season on four of six allotments, and add 7 miles of fence line is still a nightmare for wolves, grizzlies, the ecosystem and other wildlife.

Hardly an environmentally friendly plan.

Take a moment to comment against plans for the future of the massive grazing allotment complex, which is also prime wolf and grizzly habitat. The complex spans the entire* Bridger-Teton National Forest from north to south, spills into the Gros Ventre River drainage, and is an environmental disaster.

The Forest Service makes the outrageous claim that their proposal is a “livestock grazing strategy designed to maintain existing rangeland and riparian conditions where they meet desired conditions and improve rangeland and riparian conditions in areas of concern.”

The Upper Green rangeland is the most concentrated area for grizzly bear conflict in the entire Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A year ago, 80 livestock were confirmed killed by the large carnivores, and five chronically depredating grizzlies were captured and killed in return. Numerous wolves have also been removed for the crime of consumption of the “wrong ungulate”.

Beyond the Fish and Wildlife-directed guidelines, the Bridger-Teton’s plan introduces no new required nonlethal techniques to stem grizzly-cattle conflict. Forest planners hope to finalize the document before the next grazing season, by which time grizzly bears may be managed by Wyoming.

Three other alternatives are included in the Bridger-Teton’s lengthy planning document.

One option would take “no action” and allow no livestock on the rangeland, and another would continue the grazing regime as it occurs today. A fourth alternative focuses on reducing damage to riparian areas from cattle grazing.

Comments on the BridgerTetons draft plans for the Upper Green rangeland are due by November 21st. More information can be found here.

Comment on The Upper Green River Area Rangeland #3049 project here

Read the alternative options here.

*The 323-square-mile public lands rangeland complex in the Upper Green is the largest grazing allotment in the U.S. Forest Service system. The draft plan includes grazing permits on 266 square miles of this area. 
*The allotments are the site of about 40 bear-livestock conflicts a year, according to Forest Service documents.

Before September 23rd 2014, when the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) delisting of wolves in Wyoming, life for a wolf was miserable, designated and “managed” as Trophy Game Animals in the Northwest
(just $18 for Wyoming residents to ‘bag their trophy”). In the rest of Wyoming, designated as Predatory Animals subject to an on-sight shooting policy, killed by any means, at any time, without a license. Should wolves lose their protected status in Wyoming, the species will be subject to this sort of mismanagement within the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

National Forests and Other Public Lands 
should not be managed for the profit margin of private businesses. Period.

The Forest Service allows people to enter into a publicly owned national forest to kill wolves, often without restrictions. Wildlife is one of the five purposes of the national forests under the Multiple Use Sustained Yield Act, and the Forest Service is obligated to manage for healthy, viable populations of wildlife under the National Forest Management Act and the agency’s own regulations.


Please take a few moments of your time to comment against livestock grazing in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.  Eliminating livestock grazing on this enormous allotment might possibly do more for grizzly bears and wolves than any other area in Wyoming.

Please select Alternative One ~ No Livestock Grazing
Under alternative one, livestock would no longer be permitted to graze in the six allotments on the Upper Green River project area. Livestock grazing would be eliminated and current term grazing permits would be cancelled. Livestock grazing would cease two years after notice of cancellation.

The animal and plant populations of the west evolved in an ecosystem that relied on a certain amount of grazing by native animal populations, but the level of grazing that accompanied the introduction of cattle in the last 300 years disrupts the symbiotic relationships of native plants and animals.

Send a tweet to your following:
Help save #Wyoming #wolves #grizzlies #wildlife Comment against largest @forestservice grazing allotments by 11/21 
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Talking points:

• Numerous studies have documented that the mere presence of domestic animals displaces native species.
  
• It is impossible to produce livestock in the west without a multitude of negative impacts including soil erosion and compaction, water pollution, the spread of invasive weeds, spread of disease from domestic animals to wildlife, changes in plant community structure, interruption of natural nutrient cycles, disruption of natural fire regimes, degradation of riparian zones (the majority of riparian areas on public lands are not what hydrologist’s term “proper functioning condition”).

• With livestock comes the removal of predators like wolves and grizzlies.

• With livestock comes the removal of “pests” such as prairie dogs, a competitor of livestock, which were reduced in population to less than 1 percent of their estimated pre-19th century numbers. Because prairie dogs share dependencies with approximately 200 other wildlife species of the prairie ecosystem, their decimation led to drastic declines in the populations of these other animals. Among them, none had been more adversely affected than the black-footed ferret. Once numbering in the tens of millions, by 1986 the species had dwindled to only 18 free-living individuals.

• The degradation and domestication of our public lands with fencing, water tanks, pipelines, and other infrastructure designed to make our public lands better “stock yards” for the benefit of the few ~ public lands ranchers. Livestock grazing infrastructure, commonly bought and paid for by the American tax-payer, has quite literally tamed the once wild West.  Hundreds of thousands of miles of fencing on public lands have obstructed natural wildlife movement the migration of native ungulates, which can lead to death during times of environmental stress, such as droughts and blizzards.
Water developments built to facilitate livestock use of public lands have dewatered springs, seeps, and streams which serve as critical habitats for a variety of wildlife across the West.

• There are very few places in the West where native ungulates like bighorn sheep, deer, and elk are at their true biological carrying capacity because the bulk of forage is allotted to domestic livestock. Overgrazing by cattle can literally extirpate native vegetation. In one study, scientists found that domestic livestock grazing consumed 88.8 percent of the available forage. Fewer elk, deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn, and even bison, means that is that much less prey is available to sustain wolves, and other top predators.

•  In the United States, livestock grazing has contributed to the listing of 22 percent of federal threatened and endangered species—almost equal to logging (12 percent) and mining (11 percent) combined. Nationwide, livestock grazing is the 4th major cause of species endangerment and the 2nd major cause of endangerment of plant species. No other human activity in the West is as responsible for the decline or loss of species as is livestock production.

References and Related content:

Veterinarians in Wildlife and Ecosystem Health Excerpt

Public Lands Ranching

The  Case against Public Lands Livestock Production

No Such Thing As PredatorFriendly Beef 

16 wolves get death penalty for eating into Wyoming cattle rancher profits

3 wolves in problematic pack targeted after livestock loss

Why Wipe Wolves from Most of Wyoming

Wyoming Court Seeking Control of Wolves

Wolves, livestock clash all around Wyoming

Public Lands Grazing 

BTNF cuddles ranchers on Upper Green

Upper Green Grazing Analysis Out

Sierra Club’s Grazing Campaign 

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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


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Domestic livestock R appropriating & limiting the natural food/native prey that sustains #wolves @WDFW @forestservice
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.@forestservice @WDFW How can the #ProfanityPeakPack survive without preying on livestock with so many allotments? 
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Stop the Slaughter of the #ProfanityPeakPack #Wolves: Please sign and share…https://t.co/Ogq6XNpZ8o 
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The livestock operator elected 2 put cattle directly on top of the #ProfanityPeakPack #wolves den site! 
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The livestock operator elected2 put cattle directly on top of #ProfanityPeakPack #wolves den site! 
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.@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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Be a Voice for the Profanity Peak Pack 

Be a voice for the #ProfanityPeakPack. 

Send an email on behalf of the wolves of Washington state:

Dear Director Unsworth and Mr. Martorello,

Lethal removal of the entire Profanity Peak pack to stop depredations on livestock grazing on public lands in known wolf territory is not acceptable and frankly an abomination.
The state’s policy calls for wolves to be widely distributed throughout Washington, and the slow progress toward meeting statewide recovery goals  can easily be attributed to lethal measures utilized to protect livestock.

The fact that Washington, home to 6,971,406 people, 1,100,000 cattle, and approximately 50,000 sheep, can not allow room for approximately 90 wolves is just plain outrageous.
Ranchers getting subsidized forage on our public lands, reimbursement for losses due to depredation, as well as  grazing livestock near known wolf habitat should gracefully accept their losses and/or terminate their lease.
Our public lands and ecosystems should  not be sacrificed for the private profit of individuals. Study after study has demonstrated that grazing of livestock depresses virtually all species of wildlife, and on western rangelands has probably had a greater adverse impact on wildlife populations than any other single factor. We all have a responsibility to the Earth, our environment, and our wildlife, including wolves. It is far past time for the health of our planet and the survival of our co-inhabitants to be of the utmost importance; our focus should be on eliminating that which degrades our forests and other public lands and destroys our ecosystems.

It was disheartening to hear that State wildlife officials shot two pack members of the Profanity Peak pack on August 5th, one being the breeding female with freshly weaned pups. Then, on August 21st, Department staff lethally removed one adult male. The next day, staff removed three wolves, including one female pup, an adult male, and a second adult. The Department asserts that the second adult wolf was “humanely” killed, though this is highly unlikely as Department staff have not yet retrieved this animal (“Staff verified that the wolf was humanely killed from a helicopter, but was not found during in subsequent attempts to locate it.”) We are now left with 4 surviving pups, 1 adult, and possibly 1 gravely injured wolf.

I understand that “removing” the entire Profanity Peak pack “may prove challenging, given the rugged, timbered landscape in the area”, and I am assuming that once again officials will be gunning the remaining members down via helicopter. I also assume that little thought has been given any to the remaining pups who are too young to be hunting with the pack and therefore will be the unlucky survivors of this aerial slaughter. They will have the fortune of waiting, at the den site, for the return of their family and will have the ‘opportunity’ to starve to death.

I also understand that LARC is offering a win-win scenario for all stakeholders by kindly offering to rescue and relocate the wolves to their sanctuary. This non-lethal removal/rescue is the ethical, moral way forward that meets the needs of all parties.

The ongoing slaughter of our wildlife at the behest of private businesses needs to come to a full stop. Please rescind the kill order for the remainder of the Profanity Peak pack. Removing the wolves alive is certainly more humane than lethal control. Thank you for your time, I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Sincerely,

Your name.

Mail to: director Jim Unsworth here: jim.unsworth@dfw.wa.gov   Also email a copy to: wildthing@dfw.wa.gov.

Cc to: Donny.Martorello@dfw.wa.gov

Please also send a copy of your letter to Governor Inslee here. Or here: (contact formOr here: GovernorBoardsandCommissions@gov.wa.gov. 

Please support new legislation which will help remove livestock from our public lands.  More information can be found here.

Sign a petition here.

Related content:

Entire wolf pack to be killed.

Killing wolves on public lands is no longer acceptable.  

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Ancient Forests, Wolves, Wildlife and The Wrangell Timber Sale 

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking public comment on a proposed timber sale  on Wrangell Island, which is in the Alexander Archipelago in the Alaska Panhandle of southeastern Alaska. The island is just 30 miles long and 5 to 14 miles wide, contains an abundance of wildlife and is separated from the mainland by the Blake Channel.

The Forest Service released five alternatives in their draft environmental impact statement for the Wrangell Island Project on June 2nd. Its preferred alternative would allow two thirds of the acreage to be selectively harvested and a third clear cut, producing about 65 million board feet, and could build up to 17 miles of new national forest roads, some of which will stay open to the public and about 15 miles of temporary roads. The earliest timber sale would be mid to late summer 2017, and targets the largest, highest-value tree stands, which are generally the areas that are also most ecologically important to the forest and wildlife that live there. It seems that, once again, the Forest Service has disregarded the evidence of the probable impacts of its timber program on wolves, other wildlife populations, salmon, and critical habitat necessary for their survival.
The five alternatives range from about 43 million board feet to 65 million or no timber sale at all.

Buck Lindekugel, an attorney for the Southeast Alaska Conservation Council (SEACC), said “Instead of cutting the rest of the old growth that supports a whole variety of uses on Wrangell Island, the Forest Service ought to look at ways of integrating stewardship, restoration activities and supplying timber off the existing road system to the small mills in the area.”

17 miles of new national forest roads!
Already wolf hunting is rife on Wrangell Island with “bag limits” of 5 wolves and portions of the island are subject to Alaska’s infamous “intensive predator management program” encouraging even further reduction of the wolf population. As we have seen on Prince of Wales, logging and roads initiate many harmful effects, including the “overharvest”, ie. poaching, of wolves.

The time has come for Southeast Alaska to no longer rely on the timber industry as an economic driver. The Forest Service should manage the National Forests in Southeast Alaska for a host of public values that support the tourism and fishing economy of today; the driving economic forces are, and continue to be, tourism and recreation.

In your own words, please comment against the proposed Wrangell Timber Sale. Tell the Forest Service that you support “Alternative 1 – which is the “no-action” alternative because in this alternative, none of the proposed activities would occur. Only approved forest management activities not related to the proposed project can and would continue, and road management would be based on the already existing access and travel management plan for Wrangell Island.

Comments can be made via email to comments-alaska-tongass-wrangell@fs.fed.us  with “Wrangell Island Project” in the subject line.

*COMMENTS SHOULD BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN JULY 18, 2016. Comments, including anonymous comments, will be accepted at any time. However, comments posted after the close of the designated comment period (July 18th) may not be able to be given full consideration.

Please also sign this petition:

No logging in places critical for Tongass wildlife and wild salmon, from Alaska Wilderness League.

The Tongass offers the country’s largest remaining swath of ancient forest, as well as an estimated one third of the world’s remaining temperate rainforest. It is far past time for an end to old-growth logging and destruction of habitat essential for endemic species found only in this biologically rich region.

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For additional, in depth, information  please see Wrangell Island Project Draft | Environmental Impact Statement

Related content:

The economic reality of Alaska’s timber industry

Senator should heed council on Tongass, accept compromise

The future of the Tongass Forest lies beyond logging

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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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It’s far past time for Alaska to protect Denali wolves with a buffer zone

Commentary by Marybeth Holleman

One of the two remaining East Fork wolves of Denali National Park was shot this past weekend by a trophy hunter at a bear baiting station just outside park boundaries.

If this sounds eerily familiar, that’s because it is. This is just what happened exactly one year ago, when the pregnant female of the East Fork group was shot by an Outside trophy hunter at a bear baiting station in the same area. The loss of that one pregnant female wolf in 2015 led to the disintegration of the entire East Fork group, also called the Toklats, from 15 wolves down to just two this spring.

And now, with last weekend’s shooting of the radio-collared gray male dubbed “1508 GM” by park biologists, it appears the East Fork is down to one lone black wolf.

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This is a historic loss. It leaves one remaining member of the wolf group studied by Dr. Adolph Murie, the subjects of his groundbreaking 1944 book, “The Wolves of Mount McKinley.” It leaves one from the group that Dr. Gordon Haber continued to study for another 43 years, until his untimely 2009 death in a plane crash while studying wolves.

This one family group of wolves was studied for a continuous 70 years, making them, along with the community of chimpanzees studied by Jane Goodall, the world’s oldest-known, longest-studied large mammal social lineage in the wild. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this gave the East Fork wolves inestimable scientific value.

But the state of Alaska apparently has no interest in such rare scientific value, no pride in a scientific record rivaled only by that of Goodall’s chimpanzee research. The state has allowed this valuable public wildlife resource to be decimated by hunting and trapping for decades. And the National Park Service has clearly failed its mandate of protecting natural processes in the park.

The state also seems to lack regard for the hundreds of thousands of visitors each year who come to Denali to see wolves, many of them Alaskans. With the loss of the East Fork group in 2015, and the Grant Creek group in 2012 (also from hunting/trapping along the park boundary), viewing success of Park wolves plummeted. Almost half of park visitors were seeing wolves in the park until these deaths; now only about 5 percent are so fortunate.

The East Fork wolves traditionally denned near the Murie cabin at Toklat River, and were the wolves most visitors saw throughout the 1980s and 1990s — until a series of deaths at the hands of humans beginning in 2001 compromised the family group. With just a half-dozen inexperienced yearlings left, they shifted their territory and became even more susceptible to trapping and hunting on the northeastern boundaries of the park. They remained one of the most-viewed family groups until last spring.

The fault for the demise of these world-famous wolves rests squarely on the shoulders of Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten. He may not have pulled the trigger, but he permitted it…

Full article here.

Share your thoughts with the Commissioner, speak up for Denali National Park Wolves:

Phone: (907)465-4100
Email: sam.cotten@alaska.gov and to Governor Walker’s website: Share Your Viewpoint with the Governor / Lt. Governor

Snail mail: 1255 West 8th St. P.O. Box 25526 Juneau, Alaska 99802-5526

Department Telephone : 465-6141
Department Fax: 465-2332
Commissioner’s office email: dfg.commissioner@alaska.gov

Two sample emails (the second email addresses the situation with the loss of the remaining East Fork wolf and pups) please personalize:

Dear Commissioner Cotten,

The wolf population in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve has plummeted to its lowest level in the park’s historical record, due in part to wolf hunting and trapping inside the preserve and on state lands along the park boundary. I strongly urge that you immediately halt all wolf hunting around Denali National Park, as well as secure a permanent no-kill buffer along the park boundary from the State of Alaska.

The park’s wolf population has dwindled from 143 to 48 in less than eight years. This year the population has been further reduced. These losses have not only diminished the chance to see wild wolves, but have also undercut the integrity of the entire ecosystem—much of which is designated wilderness. While the park’s primary purpose is to “protect intact the globally significant Denali ecosystems,” it is certainly failing to do so.

The continued and heartless slaughter of Denali wolves has disrupted their society and destabilized the packs, which in turn completely compromised not only the hunting capabilities, but the very survival of remaining members. Hunting and trapping most often removes key pack members or alpha wolves, which will usually will lead to the disintegration of an entire family group. For example, in 2012, the trapping of the pregnant alpha female wolf from the Grant Creek group led to the group declining from 15 wolves to only 3 that year.

Now, in 2016, one of the two remaining East Fork wolves of Denali National Park was shot this past spring by a trophy hunter at a bear baiting station just outside park boundaries. Because of the shooting of a radio-collared gray male (dubbed “1508 GM” by park biologists), the East Fork “pack” is/was down to one lone black wolf who had pups; now presumed dead.

The State of Alaska has repeatedly denied public petitions over the past eight years asking for an end to wolf hunting/trapping in the Preserve and around Denali and a replacement of a buffer zone. Wolves have all but completely vanished from one of the nation’s largest and most iconic national parks. Alaska has efficiently, and shamefully, squelched visitors chances of seeing wolves.

Please advise the superintendent of Denali National Park to halt all wolf killing in the entire park and preserve, and create a permanent wolf buffer zone.

Allowing the demise of Denali’s wolves is literally shooting the goose laying the golden (tourism) eggs.

Thankyou for your time and consideration of this extremely important matter,

Your name

Second email:

 Dear Commissioner Cotten,

It is my understanding that the pups from The Toklat pack were observed alone, and without a pack presence, earlier last month when National Park Service pilots flew over their den’s location.

With the shooting, earlier this year,  of the radio-collared gray male dubbed “1508 GM” by park biologists, it appeared that the East Fork was down to one black female wolf attempting the near impossible: caring for her pups alone.

Mismanagement within the state park, and along the borders, has created a situation causing the demise of numerous beloved Denali wolves, creating a historically low wolfpack population in the area.

Last year the pregnant female of the East Fork group was shot by an “trophy” hunter at a bear baiting station. The loss of that one pregnant female wolf led to the disintegration of the entire East Fork group, from 15 wolves down to just two prior to the shooting of “1508 GM”.

Now we are left with one lone survivor (now “missing”), who cannot tend properly to her pups.  Without another adult to hunt and feed the nursing mother, the pups will likely starve to death. Chances are highly probable that these pups have not survived as the den, recently, has been observed unoccupied.

This horrific sequence of events likely spell the extinction of the world-renowned East Fork family group, all because Alaska failed not once, but twice, to do the judicious and intelligent thing, and close the area.

Enough is enough. Protect Denali’s wolves with a no hunting/trapping buffer zone.

Thankyou for your time and consideration of this extremely time sensitive matter,

Your name here

Please also send a copy of the above emails to Governor Walker here.

Sign the petition from Marybeth Holleman – Coauthor of Among Wolves: bit.ly/28SQSsq

Please sign the petition from Denali Citizens Council: bit.ly/1QzbPIV

And the petition from @nywolforg: http://goo.gl/MD1pdq

 

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