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Stop the Slaughter 

Save Washington’s Wolves

As this is an emergency and last minute tweetstorm, this short set of tweets can be sent off at any time and as often as you like (note: twitter requires a 24 hour pause between sending identical tweets, slightly altering the tweet will allow you to send it more often). Please also find an email at the bottom of this post to send to the Governor and WDFW.

Feel free to use any of the graphics from below or from our Facebook page @intheshadowofthewolf. You will notice most of the tweets here do not have a graphic, this is because when adding an image, here, as part of the tweet, it removes 23 characters from the tweet (as it is a link). If you send the tweet and then add an image, no characters are removed leaving more room for a message.

As always, a warm welcome and thank you for raising awareness for the wolves in Washington state. As usual, all tweets can be automatically sent by tapping “Tweet4Wolves” at the end of each tweet. For ease of tweeting, open this link on your browser and close your twitter window. Should you still have trouble sending tweets then open this blog post on Twitter and send your tweets from there.

1. #Washington’s move 2 “remove” members of the #ShermanPack wolf family 4 infraction of killing cattle grazing #PublicLands is reprehensible. Tweet4Wolves

2. Washington’s removal of 2 members of the #SmackoutPack wolf family 4 infraction of killing cattle grazing #PublicLands is reprehensible. Tweet4Wolves

 3. #Washington’s removal of 7 members of the #ProfanityPeakPack #wolves 4 the infraction of killing cattle grazing public lands is reprehensible. Tweet4Wolves 

4. 3 wolf packs living on #PublicLands have suffered greatly at the behest of McIrvins #DiamondMRanch #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves @WDFW Tweet4Wolves

5. Killing wolves 2 benefit profit margin of private businesses utilizing public resources is an outrage. #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves @WDFW Tweet4Wolves 

6. Tragic that the “removal” of predators repeats itself over & over throughout the West. #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW   pic.twitter.com/Fza1BwMdEh  Tweet4Wolves 

7. Killing members of #SmackoutPack is emblematic of what is wrong with our wildlife policies, especially with regards 2 #publiclands @WDFW   Tweet4Wolves

8. Killing members of #ShermanPack is emblematic of what is wrong with our wildlife policies, especially with regards 2 #publiclands @WDFW   Tweet4Wolves 

9. What about preserving the ecological role of large predators on our #PublicLands. @GovInslee @WDFW @forestservice #StopTheSlaughter  Tweet4Wolves 

10. Killing members of any wolf pack on #PublicLands is emblematic of what is wrong with our wildlife policies. #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW   Tweet4Wolves  


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

12. Killing #ShermanPack members is an obvious harm 2 the public’s right 2 healthy wildlife populations on #publiclands #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves

13. Killing #SmackoutPack members is an obvious harm 2the public’s right 2 healthy wildlife populations on #publiclands #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves 

14. Aerial gunning #wolves by helicopters, running them 2 exhaustion B4 blasting w/shotgun is #AnimalCruelty @GovInslee #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves

15. The way @WDFW are slaughtering #wolves is an outrage! #ProfanityPeakPack #ShermanPack #WedgePack #SmackoutPack @GovInslee Save WA wolves  Tweet4Wolves

16. Displacing or slaughtering public #wildlife | #wolves 2 facilitate private use of our #publiclands is ethically wrong! @WDFW @GovInslee  Tweet4Wolves

17. Call @GovInslee  360-902-4111 Voice your opposition 2 slaughter of #wolves on our #publiclands #SmackoutPack   pic.twitter.com/HWgu0Awkcz  Tweet4Wolves   

18. Call @GovInslee  360-902-4111 Voice your opposition 2 slaughter of #wolves on our #publiclands #ShermanPack  pic.twitter.com/HWgu0Awkcz  Tweet4Wolves  

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

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

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

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

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

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

25. We do not want our tax dollars to pay 4 the slaughter of #wolves at the behest of ranchers! @WDFW #publiclands #ShermanPack Tweet4Wolves

26. We do not want our tax dollars to pay 4 the slaughter of #wolves at the behest of ranchers! @WDFW #publiclands #SmackoutPack Tweet4Wolves  

27. “The idea of ‘protecting’ our cattle is ridiculous because they are out in the mountains”-Len McIrvin #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves

28. “The idea of ‘protecting’ our cattle is ridiculous because they R out in the mountains”-Len McIrvin #StopTheSlaughter WA #wolves @GovInslee  Tweet4Wolves

 29. “The idea of ‘protecting’ our cattle is ridiculous because they are often in heavy timber and rough country.” – Len McIrvin @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves 

 30. “The idea of ‘protecting’ our cattle is ridiculous because they are often in heavy timber and rough country.” – Len McIrvin @GovInslee  Tweet4Wolves  

31. Unprotected livestock in #NationalForests and you have the audacity to kill #wolves @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter  bit.ly/LossesLurking   Tweet4Wolves 

32. Unprotected livestock on #PublicLands and @WDFW has the audacity to kill #wolves @GovInslee #StopTheSlaughter  bit.ly/LossesLurking   Tweet4Wolves

33. “There are many cows that we won’t see all summer long” – Len McIrvin @GovInslee @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter  bit.ly/LossesLurking   Tweet4Wolves

34. #Washington with over 7 million people, well over 1 million cattle, cannot allow room for 115 #wolves Outrageous! #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves 

 35. #Washington with over 7 million people, over 1 million cattle, cannot allow room for 115 #wolves Outrageous! #StopTheSlaughter @GovInslee  Tweet4Wolves 

36. Ranchers grazing #livestock near known wolf habitat should gracefully accept losses &/or terminate their lease @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter  Tweet4Wolves 

37. Ranchers getting subsidized forage on #publiclands have NO right demanding removal of #wolves @GovInslee @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter  Tweet4Wolves

38. Ranchers getting reimbursement 4 losses due 2 depredation on #publiclands have NO right demanding removal of #wolves @GovInslee @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves 

39. Ranchers should take their cattle & go home. #SmackoutPack  #wolves R essential 
livestock is detrimental @WDFW 
pic.twitter.com/UFarDTcWEu  Tweet4Wolves

40. Ranchers should take their cattle & go home. #ShermanPack #wolves R essential 
livestock is detrimental @WDFW 
pic.twitter.com/UFarDTcWEu  Tweet4Wolves

41. Our #publiclands #ecosystems & #wolves should not be sacrificed 4 the private profit of individuals @GovInslee pic.twitter.com/KxmPYKgS3k   Tweet4Wolves

42. Our #publiclands #ecosystems & #wolves should not be sacrificed 4 the private profit of individuals @WDFW pic.twitter.com/KxmPYKgS3k   Tweet4Wolves

43. Preserving ecological role of large predators & a balanced ecosystem on #publiclands is essential @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves  Tweet4Wolves

44. Preserving ecological role of large predators & a balanced ecosystem on #publiclands is essential @GovInslee #StopTheSlaughter WA #wolves  Tweet4Wolves

45. Grazing livestock depresses virtually all species of wildlife & has caused the demise of many WA #wolves @GovInslee #StopTheSlaughter  Tweet4Wolves 

46. Grazing livestock depresses virtually all species of wildlife & has caused the demise of many WA #wolves @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter Tweet4Wolves

47. The health of our planet & survival of our co-inhabitants should B of the utmost importance #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves

48. Our focus should B on eliminating that which degrades our forests & #PublicLands & destroys our ecosystems: Livestock @GovInslee  @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves

49. .@GovInslee @BLMNational @forestservice @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves  Cost of livestock grazing on #publiclands: bit.ly/2c7ovYL  Tweet4Wolves  

50. The ongoing “removal” of our wildlife at the behest of private businesses must stop! Save WA #wolves #StopTheSlaughter @GovInslee @WDFW Tweet4Wolves 


51. The ongoing “removal” of our wolves at the behest of private businesses must stop! #WedgePack #SmackoutPack #ShermanPack #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves 

52. Domestic livestock R appropriating & limiting the natural food/native prey that sustains #wolves @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves Tweet4Wolves

53. #StandForWolves #SaveWolves #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves @WDFW @GovInslee @forestservice @BLMNational  pic.twitter.com/frXDNmHk4q  Tweet4Wolves  

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

Dear Director Unsworth and Mr. Martorello,

The ongoing lethal removal of wolves 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 over 7 million people, well over 1 million cattle, and approximately 50,000 plus sheep, can not allow room for a little over 100 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. 

The ongoing slaughter of our wildlife at the behest of private businesses needs to come to a full stop. 

Sincerely, 

Your name here 

Copy/paste (feel free to edit) and share your thoughts with those who allow the removal of wolves from our public lands in Washington:

Director Jim Unsworth: 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. Or to the  Governor Boards and Commissions

Thank you for your help on behalf of Washington’s Wolves. Our voices make a difference. 

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Veto #HJResolution69

As you know, Congress passed a measure, under the CRA, authored by Representative Don Young, which would undo the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule. The resolution will now be sent to the White House for the Presidential signature. If the measure of disapproval is enacted and signed by the President, not only does it strike down the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule, but will also prevent USFWS from ever promulgating “substantially the same rule” without explicit authorization from Congress. 

Our only hope in stopping this abhorrent piece of legislation is a veto by the President. Note: Congress can override a veto with a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate (If this occurs, though more than likely would not, the measure becomes law over the President’s objection).

Following is a small set of tweets to send to President Trump, as well as a simple copy and paste email. This, my friends, is the grand finale, our final hope in stopping animal cruelty from resuming on our National Wildlife Refuges in Alaska.

Before I let you get on with it, there is one important matter that needs to be clarified:

Joint resolutions are like bills, in that they require the approval of both Chambers, in identical form, and the President’s signature, to become law (unless used for proposing amendments to the Constitution).

H.J.Resolution 69 passed the House on February 16, 2017. The measure was then sent to the Senate for consideration and passed on March 21, 2017. The Senate was not considering S.J.Resolution 18. The resolution does not change in any form, including it’s title. H.J. Resolution 69 now goes to the President for signing. Please tap above links to see the progress of both resolutions (you will see that S.J.Resolution 18 is still in committee). Sending tweets with a hashtag referring to S.J.Res.18 are incorrect. 
Several organizations believed that the Senate version would be brought to the floor for a vote, and alerted their members to call/email their Senators asking them to oppose the Senate resolution. This has created a huge mixup, as the version voted on was from the House. Other organizations, on the other hand, have asked you to address the correct resolution, which is H.J.Res.69. So I ask you, please do not tweet “SJRes18”, it is no longer part of the equation. 

But, who am I, and why should you believe me. Fair enough:

Let me give you an example. Another measure introduced under the CRA was the Disapproval of the Stream Protection Rule,  H.J.Resolution 38. This measure was introduced in the House January 30, 2017 and passed two days later. This disgraceful resolution was then rushed over to the Senate, and passed the very next day. H.J.Resolution 38 was then presented to the President who signed it into law 2 weeks later (10 days after receiving it). Meanwhile, the Senate version, S.J.Resolution 10, like S.J.Resolution 18, with the same language as its counterpart in the House, remained in Committee and was never brought to the floor. Again, tap above links and see for yourself. That being said, I hope that you please stick to the hashtag: HJResolution69.  

Onward. 

Please copy and paste the following letter and send to President Trump here. 

Dear President Trump,

In 2003 the Alaska Board of Game began to aggressively apply controversial “intensive predator management” practices over a large portion of the state. These abhorrent practices continued in every game management unit with efforts to lengthen hunting/trapping seasons for wolves (as well as increasing bag limits) to opening seasons when pups were young and helpless; bears were snared and trapped-body parts sold. Private pilots, over a hundred, were licensed to shoot wolves from the air. The program eliminated the need for hunters to obtain or purchase hunting tags or permits for predators, thereby permitting the “incidental” taking of these animals; same day airborne hunting and trapping which allow taking the same day one flies in an aircraft; allowing easier and greater use of motor vehicles while hunting to increase the hunter’s advantage; expanding the allowable means and methods of hunting for predators, like baiting or feeding, thereby creating additional opportunities for taking; allowing the sale of raw hides and skulls thereby creating economic incentives for taking; and many others.

Clearly, existing mandates for the conservation of natural and biological integrity and environmental health on refuges in Alaska were disregarded, prompting USFWS to issue the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule, which formally established a goal of biodiversity as the guiding principle of  federal management of wildlife refuges. The rule made it quite clear it would have no impact on subsistence hunters.  

The Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule follows the law and manages the refuges as Congress intended. Signing H.J.Resolution 69 into law would unleash cruel, egregious, aggressive, sustained slaughter purportedly aimed at increasing ungulate herds, whilst defying the need for a balanced ecosystem and the predator-prey relationship. H.J. Resolution 69 would undue a rule that, in all actuality, helps maintain a balanced ecosystem necessary for the future of subsistence hunting. “The Service fully recognizes and considers that rural residents are dependent on refuge resources and manages for this use consistent with the conservation of species and habitats in their natural diversity.”  

The states do not have a right to dictate what happens on our National Wildlife Refuges, and I ask that you veto H.J. Resolution 69. 

Thank you for your time and consideration of this extremely urgent matter.

Regards,
Your name

 The Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131) states that wilderness “is hereby recognized as an area which is protected and managed so as to preserve its natural condition…freedom of a landscape from the human intent to permanently intervene, alter, control, or manipulate natural conditions or processes.”

TWEETS (All tweets are automated, just tap ” Tweet4Wolves” at the end of each message, be sure to close your twitter window prior to tweeting) :   

1. The aerial hunting of wolves is a tragedy beyond description @POTUS Veto #HJResolution69  bit.ly/AerialHunt   Tweet4Wolves  

2. Veto #HJResolution69 Please tweet this link: bit.ly/2nBiTw9   Tweet4Wolves

3. Call @POTUS Tell him to Veto #HJResolution69  202-456-1111  pic.twitter.com/78OD7bp7oK      Tweet4Wolves 

4. Activities in wildlife preserves remain subject to Federal Law, including mandates under ANLICA. Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

5. Since 1994 #Alaska has prioritized human consumptive use of ungulates compromising biological integrity! Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

 6. BOG designates ungulate populations as highest priority use, setting objectives 4 abundance for consumptive use Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

7. To that end, BOG must “adopt regulations to provide for I.M.programs disrupting natural diversity! Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves 

8. Alaska’s targeted reduction of wolves/bears impact wildlife resources, natural systems & ecological processes Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

9. The Intensive Predator Management also impacts conservation and management of species on adjacent Refuges Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves  

10. #Alaska regulations increase take of predators to a degree that disrupts natural processes. Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS   Tweet4Wolves 

11. BOG allows”harvest”of brown bears at registered black bear bait stations, in direct conflict w/refuge mandates Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

12. #Alaska allows taking wolves & coyotes, including pups, during denning season! Veto #HJResolution69 which sanctions #AnimalCruelty @POTUS    Tweet4Wolves

13. #Alaska expanded predator season lengths inconsistent with maintaining predator/prey balance. Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

14. #Alaska game board increased bag limits of predators inconsistent with maintaining predator/prey balance. Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves 

15. Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS #Alaska classified black bears as both furbearers and big game species…1. pic.twitter.com/5E2TBBVtLK  Tweet4Wolves

16. 2. which could allow 4 trapping/snaring & sale of hides & skulls creating economic incentives Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

 17. Veto #HJResolution69 which would allow same-day airborne take of bears at registered bait stations (5 AAC 85) 2 resume @POTUS   Tweet4Wolves

 18. Alaska’s mgmt of wildlife is in direct opposition to legal framework applicable 2 mgmt of the NWR. Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves

19. Aerial shooting of wolves and bears by State agency personal would resume under #HJResolution69 Veto #AnimalCruelty @POTUS   Tweet4Wolves 

20. Trapping of wolves by paid contractors would resume under #HJResolution69 Veto this cruelty @POTUS  pic.twitter.com/5E2TBBVtLK    Tweet4Wolves

21. Same-day airborne hunting of #wolves & #bears by the public would resume under #HJResolution69 Veto it! @POTUS  pic.twitter.com/rdabINLWa5   Tweet4Wolves

22. #HJResolution69 allows for the take of any black/brown bears through snaring & baiting by public! Veto the measure @POTUS Tweet4Wolves 

23. 13 of the 16 Refuges in #Alaska contain land within game GMUs designated for “intensive predator management” Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves  

24. BOGs liberalized regulations 4 hunting/trapping wolves, bears, coyotes reverse long standing prohibitions. Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves 

25. #HJResolution69 would negate a rule which did not change subsistence regulations @POTUS  pic.twitter.com/5E2TBBVtLK   Tweet4Wolves 

26. #HJResolution69 would negate a rule which did not restrict subsistence take @POTUS  pic.twitter.com/5E2TBBVtLK   Tweet4Wolves 

27. The rule did not affect State hunting/regulations consistent with Federal law and refuge policies. Veto #HJResolution69 @POTUS Tweet4Wolves  

28. Veto #HJResolution69 which sanctions #AnimalCruelty on wildlife refuges in #Alaska @POTUS  pic.twitter.com/78OD7bp7oK    Tweet4Wolves 

29. #HJResolution69 would allow nonresident “take” of bears cubs or sows with cubs at dens sites! Veto this abhorrent measure @POTUS  Tweet4Wolves 

30. #HJResolution69 would undo a rule necessary for the future of subsistence hunting: http://bit.ly/2nMfkE4   pic.twitter.com/rdabINLWa5   Tweet4Wolves


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Contact Info: Wielgus@wsu.edu

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

    Tweet4Wolves Page Two: Stop H.J.Resolution 69 

    This is a continuation of our first page of tweets to Stop #HJResolution69. If you have not sent off the first set of tweets they can be located here. Between the two sheets, we have 352 tweets.

    For ease of tweeting follow these instructions: Close your twitter window and open this post on your browser, do not tweet from the facebook app. Tap “Tweet4Wolves” at the end of each message and your tweet will be automatically sent. For those of you experiencing trouble with the automatic return to sheet after each tweet, please know that I have done everything possible on this website to correct this problem. This is a difficult task as I am experiencing no trouble sending tweets on my browser (chrome). I have isolated the tweet message which should make it easier for those of you reduced to ‘cut and paste’ tweets. Feel free to add images to the tweets except where noted. Adding images as a link removes 23 characters from the message, adding images when you post your tweet removes zero characters, so I will leave that to you. Help yourself to any images here or from the Facebook event. Thank you for participating. 

    Video Tweets (continuation):

    20. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @amyklobuchar @SenFranken  pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

    Tweet4Wolves 

    21. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenatorWicker @SenThadCochran pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr

    Tweet4Wolves 

    22. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @clairecmc @RoyBlunt pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr

    Tweet4Wolves 

    23. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenatorTester @SteveDaines pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

    Tweet4Wolves 

    24. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenatorFischer @SenSasse pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    25. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @lisamurkowski @sendansullivan  pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    26. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #Alaska #PublicLands @SenDeanHeller @CatherineForNV pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr

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    27. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenatorShaheen @Maggie_Hassan pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr

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    28. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenatorMenendez @CoryBooker pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr

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    29. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenateDems @SenateGOP   pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr  

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    30. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska  Shame on @repdonyoung pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr  

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    31. #SJResolution18 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska  Shame on @sendansullivan pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr  

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    32. #SJResolution18 would impair science-based stewardship on our #PublicLands in #Alaska  Shame on @lisamurkowski pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr  

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    33. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands #Alaska @MartinHeinrich @SenatorTomUdall  pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    34. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands #Alaska @SenatorHeitkamp @SenJohnHoeven  pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    35. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands #Alaska @SenSherrodBrown @senrobportman pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    36. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenWhitehouse @SenJackReed  pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    37. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship #PublicLands #Alaska @LindseyGrahamSC @SenatorTimScott    pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    38. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenBobCasey @SenToomey  pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    39. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenJeffMerkley @RonWyden    pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    40. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska  @jiminhofe @SenatorLankford   pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    41. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenatorRounds @SenJohnThune      pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    42. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship #PublicLands #Alaska @SenAlexander @SenBobCorker  pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    43. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenTedCruz @JohnCornyn         pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    44. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenOrrinHatch @SenMikeLee    pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    45. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenSanders @SenatorLeahy    pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    46. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @timkaine @MarkWarner  pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    47. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @PattyMurray @SenatorCantwell  pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    48. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @Sen_JoeManchin @SenCapito   pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    49. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands #Alaska @SenatorBaldwin @SenRonJohnson  pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    50. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands #Alaska @SenJohnBarrasso @SenatorEnzi    pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    51. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands in #Alaska @SenGillibrand @SenSchumer   pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr  

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    52. #HJResolution69 would impair science-based stewardship on #PublicLands #Alaska  @SenThomTillis @SenatorBurr    pic.twitter.com/NFBVarTBRr 

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    154. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @MartinHeinrich @SenatorTomUdall 

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    155. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @MartinHeinrich @SenatorTomUdall 

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    156. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @MartinHeinrich @SenatorTomUdall  Stop #HJResolution69  

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    157. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @MartinHeinrich @SenatorTomUdall 

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    158. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @MartinHeinrich @SenatorTomUdall  Stop #HJResolution69 

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    159. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenGillibrand @SenSchumer

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    160. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska  @SenGillibrand @SenSchumer 

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    161. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenGillibrand @SenSchumer Stop #HJResolution69 

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    162. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenGillibrand @SenSchumer 

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    163. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenGillibrand @SenSchumer Stop #HJResolution69

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    164. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenThomTillis @SenatorBurr

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    165. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska  @SenThomTillis @SenatorBurr 

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    166. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenThomTillis @SenatorBurr Stop #HJResolution69 

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    167. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenThomTillis @SenatorBurr

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    168.  Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenThomTillis @SenatorBurr  Stop #HJResolution69 

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    169.  Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenatorHeitkamp  @SenJohnHoeven

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    170.  #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenatorHeitkamp @SenJohnHoeven

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    171.  We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenatorHeitkamp @SenJohnHoeven Stop #HJResolution69 

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    172.  “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenatorHeitkamp @SenJohnHoeven 

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    173.  Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenatorHeitkamp @SenJohnHoeven Stop #HJResolution69

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    174.  Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenSherrodBrown @senrobportman

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    175.  #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenSherrodBrown @senrobportman

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    176.  We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenSherrodBrown @senrobportman Stop #HJResolution69 

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    177.  “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenSherrodBrown @senrobportman 

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     178.  Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenSherrodBrown @senrobportman  Stop #HJResolution69

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     179.  Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @jiminhofe @SenatorLankford

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    180.  #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @jiminhofe @SenatorLankford

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    181.  We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @jiminhofe @SenatorLankford Stop #HJResolution69

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    182.  “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @jiminhofe @SenatorLankford 

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    183.  Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @jiminhofe @SenatorLankford Stop #HJResolution69

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    184. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenJeffMerkley @RonWyden

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    185. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenJeffMerkley @RonWyden 

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    186. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenJeffMerkley @RonWyden Stop #HJResolution69

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    187. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenJeffMerkley @RonWyden

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     188. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenJeffMerkley @RonWyden Stop #HJResolution69

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    189. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenBobCasey @SenToomey

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    190. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenBobCasey @SenToomey

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    191. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenBobCasey @SenToomey  Stop #HJResolution69

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    192. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenBobCasey @SenToomey

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    193. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenBobCasey @SenToomey  Stop #HJResolution69

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    194. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenWhitehouse @SenJackReed

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    195. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenWhitehouse @SenJackReed

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    196. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenWhitehouse @SenJackReed Stop #HJResolution69

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    197. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenWhitehouse @SenJackReed

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    198. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenWhitehouse @SenJackReed Stop #HJResolution69 

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    199. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @LindseyGrahamSC @SenatorTimScott

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    200. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @LindseyGrahamSC @SenatorTimScott

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    P. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV  @CoryBooker @SenatorMenendez @SenGillibrand @SenSchumer  

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    Q. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenThomTillis @SenatorBurr @Sen_JoeManchin @SenCapito

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    R. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenatorHeitkamp @SenJohnHoeven @MartinHeinrich @SenatorTomUdall

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    S. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenSherrodBrown @senrobportman@SenWhitehouse @SenJackReed 

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    T. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @LindseyGrahamSC @SenatorTimScott @SenBobCasey @SenToomey

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    U. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenJeffMerkley @RonWyden  @jiminhofe @SenatorLankford

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    V. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenatorRounds @SenJohnThune @SenAlexander @SenBobCorker 

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    W. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @LindseyGrahamSC @SenatorTimScott @SenTedCruz @JohnCornyn

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    X. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenOrrinHatch @SenMikeLee @SenSanders @SenatorLeahy

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    Y. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @timkaine @MarkWarner @PattyMurray @SenatorCantwell 

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    Z. The Case Against #HJResolution69  bit.ly/2kUxrqV @SenatorBaldwin @SenRonJohnson @SenJohnBarrasso @SenatorEnzi

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    201. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @LindseyGrahamSC  @SenatorTimScott Stop #HJResolution69

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    202. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoGmember Stop #HJResolution69 @LindseyGrahamSC @SenatorTimScott

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    203. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @LindseyGrahamSC @SenatorTimScott Stop #HJResolution69

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    204. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenatorRounds @SenJohnThune

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    205. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenatorRounds @SenJohnThune

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    206. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenatorRounds @SenJohnThune Stop #HJResolution69

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    207. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenatorRounds @SenJohnThune

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    208. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenatorRounds @SenJohnThune Stop #HJResolution69

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    209. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenAlexander @SenBobCorker

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    210. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenAlexander @SenBobCorker

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    211. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenAlexander @SenBobCorker Stop #HJResolution69

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    212. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenAlexander @SenBobCorker

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    213. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenAlexander @SenBobCorker Stop #HJResolution69 

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    214. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenTedCruz @JohnCornyn

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    215. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenTedCruz @JohnCornyn

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    216. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenTedCruz @JohnCornyn Stop #HJResolution69

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    217. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenTedCruz @JohnCornyn

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    218. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenTedCruz @JohnCornyn Stop #HJResolution69

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    219. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenOrrinHatch @SenMikeLee

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    220. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenOrrinHatch @SenMikeLee

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    221. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenOrrinHatch @SenMikeLee Stop #HJResolution69

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    222. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenOrrinHatch @SenMikeLee

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    223. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenOrrinHatch @SenMikeLee Stop #HJResolution69

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    224. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenSanders @SenatorLeahy

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    225. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenSanders @SenatorLeahy

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    226. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenSanders @SenatorLeahy Stop #HJResolution69

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    227. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenSanders @SenatorLeahy

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    228. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenSanders @SenatorLeahy Stop #HJResolution69

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    229. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @timkaine @MarkWarner

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    230. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @timkaine @MarkWarner

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    231. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @timkaine @MarkWarner Stop #HJResolution69

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    232. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @timkaine @MarkWarner 

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    233. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @timkaine @MarkWarner Stop #HJResolution69

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    234. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @PattyMurray @SenatorCantwell

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    235. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @PattyMurray @SenatorCantwell

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    236. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @PattyMurray @SenatorCantwell Stop #HJResolution69

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    237. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @PattyMurray @SenatorCantwell

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    238. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @PattyMurray @SenatorCantwell Stop #HJResolution69

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    239. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @Sen_JoeManchin @SenCapito

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    240. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @Sen_JoeManchin @SenCapito

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    241. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @Sen_JoeManchin @SenCapito Stop #HJResolution69

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    242. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @Sen_JoeManchin @SenCapito 

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    243. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @Sen_JoeManchin @SenCapito Stop #HJResolution69

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    244. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenatorBaldwin @SenRonJohnson

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    245. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenatorBaldwin @SenRonJohnson

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    246. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenatorBaldwin @SenRonJohnson Stop #HJResolution69

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    247. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would ever be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenatorBaldwin @SenRonJohnson

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    248. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenatorBaldwin @SenRonJohnson Stop #HJResolution69

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    249. Stop #HJResolution69 & #SJResolution18 sanctioning #AnimalCruelty on #PublicLands in #Alaska Refuges @SenJohnBarrasso @SenatorEnzi

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    250. #HJResolution69 would undo a measure that protects #wolves and #bears from cruel tactics in #Alaska @SenJohnBarrasso @SenatorEnzi

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    251. We support wildlife mgmt on federal lands based on sound science/ethical standards @SenJohnBarrasso @SenatorEnzi Stop #HJResolution69

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    252. “Who would have ever thought that young wolf pups would be gassed in dens”~BoG member Stop #HJResolution69 @SenJohnBarrasso @SenatorEnzi

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    253. Protecting #wildlife from #AnimalCruelty is not a partisan issue, it is a human one @SenJohnBarrasso @SenatorEnzi  Stop #HJResolution69

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    This is a continuation of our first page of tweets to Stop #HJResolution69. If you have not sent off the first set of tweets they can be located here.

    Update:

    H.J. Resolution (not S.J. Resolution 18) has passed both chambers of Congress, please call/email The White House.

     Please also tweet to the President:

    .@POTUS Veto #HJResolution69 which sanctions #AnimalCruelty on Wildlife Refuges in #Alaska pic.twitter.com/78OD7bp7oK   Tweet4Wolves 

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    The Case Against H.J.Resolution 69 and S.J.Resolution 18

    House lawmakers, on Thursday, February 16th, passed a measure to repeal a recently implemented rule that banned abhorrent practices such as shooting/ trapping wolves while at dens with pups, killing hibernating bears and spotting Grizzlies from aircraft for kill upon landing. The rule aligns with a similar National Park Service rule, which was finalized in October, 2015, banning abhorrent practices such as “bear baiting” and the Game Boards liberal predator control “management”.

    The legislation, authored by Representative Don Young, would undo the Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule, opening the door for the state to resume aggressive predator control tactics including shooting wolves from airplanes, spotting bears from aircraft for kill upon landing, and killing cubs and pups in their dens on more than 76 million acres of national wildlife refuge land in Alaska. A recently introduced companion measure (S.J.Resolution 18), sponsored by Senator Dan Sullivan, also seeks to erode federal management authority over Alaska Wildlife Refuges and should be set aside. 

    Under the rule, issued August 3rd, 2016, by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, predator control is not allowed on Alaska’s 16 national wildlife refuges “unless it is determined to be necessary to meet refuge purposes, is consistent with federal laws and policy and is based on sound science in response to a conservation concern.” The law also bans specific hunting methods on Alaska refuges, including killing bear cubs or adult females with cubs, baiting brown bears, taking bears using snares and traps, and aerial shooting of bears and wolves.

    • The rule “clarifies how existing mandates for the conservation of natural and biological diversity, biological integrity, and environmental health on refuges in Alaska relate to predator control; prohibits several particularly effective methods and means for take of predators”. The rule formally established a goal of biodiversity as the guiding principle of federal management of wildlife refuges. The rule also made it clear there would be no impact on subsistence hunters. 

    In a blog post published the day of the final ruling in August, former FWS Director Dan Ashe said that in implementing Alaska’s Intensive Management Law, the Alaska Board of Game had “unleashed a withering attack  on bears and wolves that is wholly at odds with America’s long tradition of ethical, sportsmanlike, fair-chase hunting.”

     Under Title VIII (Subsistence Management And Use) of the Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), Alaska Natives and other rural residents were granted hunting and fishing rights (when fish and game are not under outside threat) on National Preserves. The ANILCA did not, however, allow Alaska to manage its wildlife as it has been ~ which is not unlike a game farm, where wolves and bears are decimated to allow unchecked trophy hunting and commercial guiding, and led to the implementation of tighter restrictions by the National Park Service. Alaska is unique among the 50 states for allowing sport and subsistence hunting in the 17 million acres of national preserves added to the National Park System by the ANILCA.  While Congress recognized the “important value of subsistence and (sadly) sport hunting”, it allowed both to take place only where consistent with the mandate to protect and conserve wildlife resources. State sport hunting regulations passed by the Alaska Board of Game apply on public lands, but only when those regulations do not conflict with federal mandates or National Park policies. 

    (In Alaska, the wildlife law known as the Intensive Management statute is in conflict with federal laws governing national park lands and the management of wildlife on those lands. Preemption, the constitutional doctrine which holds that when federal law and state law conflict, federal law must be followed, and state law must yield, requires the State of Alaska to refrain from implementing the Intensive Management statute on national park lands because of the conflict with federal laws.)

    The Board, however, noticeably became increasingly aggressive in its efforts to implement predator control on federal public lands through liberalization of sport hunting and trapping regulations. For example in 1994, the Alaska Legislature passed the Intensive Management Statute with which the explicit goal was to maintain, restore, or increase the abundance of big game populations for human consumptive use.


    The following 2 maps illustrate the enormous expansion of state designated predator control areas (PCA) from 2001 to 2014. The maps also show that the boundaries of most national preserves had been encroached upon and many had become virtually surrounded by Predator Control Areas in just 14 years. Note the vast increase of “wolf control” areas (in yellow).


    The Board has also practiced intensive  management by liberalizing sport hunting regulations, including:

    •Increasing bag limits from five per season up to 20 per season or 10 per day (as high as 20 a day for wolves in some areas of the state), and liberalizing hunting seasons for predators to increase their “harvest”.

    •Eliminating the need for hunters to obtain or purchase hunting tags or permits for predators.

    •Permitting  the incidental taking of predators.

    •Authorizing same-day airborne hunting and trapping, which allows hunters to take predators the same day they’ve been flying.

    •Allowing the use of bait to lure predators.

    •And, of course, the aerial gunning of wolves. 

    Note that in 2011, the Board issued an emergency order to extend wolf hunting and trapping seasons in GMUs 9 and 10 to increase caribou numbers and as a way of getting around the U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s prohibition on aerial wolf control programs on Unimak Island. 

    Furthermore, the board has repeatedly refused to reduce the impact of its programs on National Preserves.  For example, in the spring  of 2014, the radio-collared Lost Creek wolf pack left the borders of the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve and was eliminated through aerial shooting by state agents implementing one of the Board’s intensive management plans. The Park Service had been studying the Lost Creek pack for seven years as part of a roughly 20-year study of wolves in the Yukon Charley National Preserve; The State predator control efforts killed 36 wolves in the area in a single year, reducing the preserve’s population by over half. 

    Another example is the Board’s 2010 elimination of the 122 square-mile buffer adjacent to Denali National Park that protected wolves crossing its boundaries from hunting and trapping~Two years later, the wolf populations in the Park were the lowest in decades.

    The USFWS acted admirably to prevent application of state regulations which are incompatible with management objectives for the nearly 77 million acres of wildlife refuges across the state.

    The National Park Service has also been at odds with the State which led to the implementation of tighter restrictions on sport hunting (the closure regulations became effective Nov. 23 2015, and new hunting regulations effective January 1, 2016. More information regarding the NPS regulations can be found here.

    When H.J. Resolution 69 is brought to the floor for a vote, I ask that you please stand by our wildlife and Public Lands, vote against this disgraceful and appalling attempt to reinstate animal cruelty on our wildlife refuges. The companion measure introduced in the Senate is equally shameful in its attempt to undo The Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule and should be voted down; the states do not have a right to dictate what happens on our National Wildlife Refuges. 

    Related content:

     Fish and Wildlife Service Wise to Oppose Alaska’s War on Wolves   A must read op-ed by Vic Van Ballenberghe who is a wildlife biologist and a former member of the Alaska Board of Game.  

    Alaska National Wildlife Refuges Rule questions and answers.

    Representative Don Young’s biography and colorful array of Congressional statements

     Stop Alaska’s War on Wolves from NPCA

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    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 

    Feature image by Christi Sabin.  All other photography by Chris Montano Jr.

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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.

    Or here: Governor Boards and Commissions

    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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