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Wolves

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Here is a New York Times editorial opinion about the removal of the gray wolf ( Canis lupus ) from the endangered-species list. The editorial board of the Times is intellectually dishonest, so please don't let this be your only source of information about the delisting. Here , for example, is a news release from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Here are questions and answers. Here is the management plan of Idaho's Fish and Game Commission

Oregon Ranchers Want to Kill Wolves That have Been Killing Sheep

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Wolves have been killing livestock in Oregon, and now they want the authority to kill them. Tags: wolves

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Obama's Rules Freeze May Help Wolves

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Wildlife conservationists say the freeze will delay and possibly prevent the removal of gray wolves from the federal endangered species list in Montana, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, and also in portions of Washington, Oregon, Utah, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Tags: Obama wolves salazar endangered species Let's keep our fingers crossed.

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Palin Supports Brutal Method of Killing Wolves

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The wolves suffer needlessly because hunters simply wound them more often then not firing from an airplane. Tags: Palin alaska wolves I understand there may be some instances where predator control is necessary. I'm not an absolutist on this point. Doing it from low flying aircraft, however, is just barbaric. This is what Palin has pushed for. Here is a video from Defenders of Wildlife that shows the method (it's under 3 minutes).

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Wolves & Eagles No Longer Endangered in Michigan?

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The delisting would not open the door for hunters to kill wolves, the state's DNR notes. That's what Michigan's State Department of Natural Resources says. Michigan's removal of the bald eagle and gray wolf from the list will be the most significant change in species protection the state has seen in years.

Wild Wolves in Vermont? In New York?

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This article has so much cool information I can’t even believe it. Asides

Bring Palin a Wolf Leg, Get $150.00

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In addition to killing wolves from airplanes, Palin supports paying cash to those that cut off their left leg and bring it in for a cash prize. Tags: Palin wolves How's that for state socialism?

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Wolf Killng Begins in Alaska

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of Fish and Game hopes to kill up to 328 wolves in order to protect caribou calves. Tags: wolves The Alaska Dept. The LA Times Greenspace blog has the story.

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Spotlighting Palin's Barbaric Wolf Killing Policies

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Bad for wolves, bad for America. Tags: Palin wolves We wrote about it here before Palin became the Republican VP nominee, now people like Andrew Sullivan are catching on to her cruel policies as governor.

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Defenders of Wildlife Blast Palin in New Ad

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Did Sarah Palin Allow Wolf Cubs to be Slaughtered?

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Wolf Killing in Idaho Under Scrutiny

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Happy Fourth of July!

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Quote of the Week

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"Wolves are very resourceful. All they need to survive is for people not to shoot them." — Bob Ferris.

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How Long Must We Live With These Wildlife Conservation Myths?

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Conservation predators public lands wildlife conservation wolvesWhat myths am I referring to? The myths that hunters and anglers pay for the majority of our wildlife conservation (debunked in my post on The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Who Pays for It ) and the misconception that “predator management” is a necessary part of the wildlife conservation equation.

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Canis Lupus

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Here is a New York Times story about wolves

“Dog Days and Poisons” – Collective Arts Brewing: Mash Up the Jam

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Food Reviews Birds and Booze dogs Eurasian Tree Sparrow poisoning summer wolvesDrinking is an act of risk and vulnerability, though it’s such an everyday part of our existence that no one thinks of it that way. There’s always a chance that we could ingest something bad for us, something that might even kill us – a peril we face anytime we swallow anything, in fact. But drinking is essential for life, so despite the danger, we continue to imbibe.

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Court Overrules Federal Government on Wolf ESA Decision

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Good news for wolves in the Great Lakes area. The ruling today affects wolves in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. TRAVERSE CITY - State officials say they're not pleased with a federal court's ruling overturning the government's decision to remove the gray wolf from the endangered species list for the Great Lakes region. It's in response to a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups, including The Humane Society of the United States. The U.S.

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The Vet Who Did Not Vet

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OK, it doesn't have a lot to do with "critters" per se, other then the fact that it deals with That One that approves of killing wolves and polar bears. And it's really really funny. And hey, the title also uses the word vet in TWO different ways that don't mean veterinarian.

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Canis Lupus

Animal Ethics

Here is an interesting New York Times story about wolves and dogs. It's good to see my old friend Marc Bekoff quoted in the story

From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

To the Editor: Re “ Science, Mythology, Hatred, and the Fate of the Gray Wolf ” (Editorial Observer, April 13): Verlyn Klinkenborg is correct that it’s not just the behavior and biology of wolves that will determine whether they survive. And our choices about wolves have significant implications beyond the wolves themselves. Those who find this reminder threatening or inconvenient are first in line to shoot wolves. And as go the wolves, so may go the world.

Stats Are Up!

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It's because she's a global warming denying wingnut who also has rotten policies regarding predator control (in this case wolves). Nothing like glomming on to a popular topic to get those stats up. In this case, it's been Sarah Palin's rotten attitude towards animals. And no, that's not because she is a hunter. And yes, we have posted about her before she became VP nominee.

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Saving Marine Animals that Are NOT Cute

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Examples include panda bears, wolves, elephants, tigers, etc. We hear about the problem with charismatic land species. It's those species that either have a powerful personality or a cute face that endear people to them and garner news attention. It's easier to motivate people to save them as opposed to other species that are vital, but either boring or ugly. It's the same problem with marine life. People want to save the dolphins and the sea otters, but what about the bluefin tuna?

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Canis Lupus

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Here is a New York Times story about gray wolves, who are no longer on the protected list in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. If you haven't read Barry Holstun Lopez 's 1978 book Of Wolves and Men , you should do so. It changed my life

Domesticated Dogs May Have All Originated in China

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And it may have been for reasons other then what we would like: A new study of dogs worldwide, the largest of its kind, suggests a different answer, one that any dog-owner is bound to find repulsive: Wolves may have first been domesticated for their meat. Here is an interesting article about research out of Sweden that suggests that all domesticated dogs may have originated from China.

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Frozen Planet

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We loved seeing penguins, whales, polar bears, and wolves. We were glued to the TV when Discovery Chanel was airing Frozen Planet, and we have been even more enthralled now that we have the entire collection on DVD (they also have it in Blu-Ray). We have loved seeing places that few people ever get to see, and learning about the interesting wildlife that lives there. We watched in amazement as a furry caterpillar froze and thawed each year until finally becoming a moth at age 14!

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Come@Me: Hunting Is Not Conservation

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Even more disconcerting to me than these “trophy hunters” killing wildlife for “sport” is the belief by some that carnivores such as bears and wolves should be eliminated. The persecution of these apex predators, especially wolves , is rampant among some hunters and cattle ranchers. Sigh… Conservation Come@me endangered species hunters passenger pigeon wildlife wolves

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The Secrets Inside Your Dog’s Mind

4 The Love Of Animals

Wolves, for example–the probable ancestors of dogs–live in packs that hunt together and have a complex hierarchy. Hare suspects that the evolutionary pressures that turned suspicious wolves into outgoing dogs were similar to the ones that turned combative apes into cooperative humans. Wolves also lick one another’s mouths, particularly when one wolf returns to the pack. They decided to study foxes, which are closely related to wolves and dogs.

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Wild Mississippi

4 The Love Of Animals

You will see everything from bald eagles, wolves and deer, to wild turtles, baby ducklings and other animals. One of the things that I love the most about watching NatGeo Wild is that we always discover amazing places and crazy nature that we didn’t know about before! In the newest mini-series, Wild Mississippi, viewers will get to see how the Mississippi river can both nurture and destroy.

Why Palin?

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For me, I've been deluged for months by Defenders of Wildlife material about Alaska's heartless treatment of wolves. I hope that the scrutiny of Palin will do something about Alaska's unfair and cruel treatment of wolves. The following is not necessarily representative of ALL of Critter News. Just me. Why has John McCain chosen Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska, as a running mate? This may not seem like an animal issue, but it is.

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Palin Now Going After Endangered Whales

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First wolves, then polar bears, now beluga whales. And those are just the endangered animals (remember the turkey being ground up during her tv interview?) At issue is the population of {the Cook Inlet beluga) whales, which were put under the protections of the Marine Mammal Protection Act eight years ago, which scientists argue hasn't sped their recovery: Palin begs to differ.

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10 Reasons Street Dogs Deserve to be Defended

4 The Love Of Animals

Do you really think one generation on the street is going to turn us back into wolves? No dog is happier to be rescued. I remember the first night after I left the streets. My human kept me in an enclosed porch because, let’s face it, I was crawling with fleas and pretty filthy. She put a dog bed outside with some food and water, and I’d see her checking on me about every five minutes. That night, I slept well for the first time in my short life.

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Nat Geo WILD!

4 The Love Of Animals

Future episodes of Expedition Wild will focus on the wild wolves of Yellowstone; a journey with Casey trekking through Yellowstone during two key seasons — winter and spring — documenting every living thing he encounters; and a one-hour special with the complete history of his relationship with Brutus. Are you excited for the brand new channel from National Geographic? It’s called WILD and launches on Monday, March 29th, with some seriously cool new shows!

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Falakhe’s Story

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And the morning before the Mkuze pack of Painted Wolves, or African Wild Dogs, had been very close to one of the park’s few Lions, as far as tracking collars had told. And the two species were not inclined to get on, by which I mean that Lions will kill other large predators including Painted Wolves. There are a lot of reasons why Painted Wolves are struggling, and many of them are human caused. Not Fala, but one of the many magnificent Painted Wolves of Mkuze.

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Sarah Palin Scares Me

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Keep women in their place and remember to hunt and kill the wolves and any other animal that gets in their way. I'll be honest. I was never planning on voting for John McCain in the first place. But I wasn't freaked out about this election the way I am now. I thought that if we could survive 8 years of w, we could survive 4 years of McCain. He couldn't be worse. Then he picked this woman. And the more I learn, the worse it gets. NOW, I'm freaked out.

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Little Big Year Week 33: Yellowstone

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You know, the Bison, Elk, Bears and Wolves. No matter how controversial the re-introduction of Wolves into Yellowstone is, to be able to not only see them, but to photograph a small group is a huge thrill. Jeanne and I spotted four wolves sitting on a ridge just about the road, in the Lamar Valley. One of the black wolves crossed the road and gave me what I consider to be an iconic Yellowstone NP photo, sitting on a rise, with the aspen trees just starting to turn.

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From Today's New York Times

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Seamus McGraw tells us he has to kill deer in his section of Pennsylvania because “with no predators to speak of—the wolves were wiped out centuries ago and the last mountain lion in the state was killed more than 70 years ago—the responsibility for trying to restore a part of that balance fell to me.” Who wiped out the wolves and mountain lions? To the Editor: In “ Hunting Deer With My Flintlock ” (Op-Ed, Dec.

Yellow-billed Kites in South Africa

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I was told by some researchers that in Botswana trackers watch for this species when looking for Painted Wolves (or African Wild Dogs) as they follow packs to snatch up prey and scraps. Last weekend I finally caved and bought a new laptop to replace the one that swan-dived off my bed last November.

Nyala, Southern Africa’s Stunning Antelope

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It isn’t just tourists and game hunters that like them though; Painted Wolves are also big fans, as they are easier to bring down than the larger species but have more meat to eat than a small duiker. I’m a big fan of the antelopes, a group that is most commonly associated with Africa but which also occurs in Asia and, if you stretch the term to be cladistically meaningful, Europe and North America.

Twenty Years Ago

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The book that started everything was Barry Holstun Lopez’s Of Wolves and Men [(New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1978); I finished reading this book on 28 December 1980]. 10-21-87 Wednesday. I had a nice discussion with Clark Wolf this afternoon. It ranged over music, politics, and philosophy, but the most interesting subject was how each of us came to discover and fall in love with philosophy. As I explained to Clark, I came at philosophy in an odd way.

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The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Who Pays for It

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In his piece on state agencies, The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and Wolves , Mr. Wuerthner states, “Perhaps the most significant and obvious conflict between the goals of the NAMWC and actual behavior of state agencies has to do with management of predators, particularly bears, cougars, coyotes and wolves. The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation (NAMWC) is often held up as the best system of wildlife management and conservation in the world.

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National Geographic launches Birding TV Show

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” Like other well-known predators such as lions and wolves, Harris’s Hawks are also fiercely brutal and track prey in packs. Ok, so I’m unashamedly promoting my new show on National Geographic WILD in this post. It offers a fantastic insight into the lives of Harris’s Hawks , the Sonoran Desert and its creatures. Please see below for more details.

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