Friday, August 21, 2015

Wolf Weekly Wrap Up

When it comes to protecting endangered wildlife, the demands of special interest groups have more weight with some in Congress than the majority of American voters.

If you think that’s upsetting, imagine the thousands of animals that could die because of it.

Tell your Members of Congress to protect our wildlife by upholding the Endangered Species Act (ESA) from attacks in Congress!

There aren’t a lot of things that are 99 percent effective – but the ESA is one of them, in its ability to prevent the extinction of listed endangered species. So why would Congress want to attack one of our nation’s most effective and popular conservation measures, despite the 90 percent of American voters who support the ESA?

Because special interest groups don’t want to protect wildlife – they’re only interested in getting them out of their way, no matter what the cost.

And Congress is listening to them. More than 80 bills, riders and amendments have been proposed this Congress to undermine our nation’s most important environmental law.

This is a crucial time for wildlife. A record number of anti-ESA measures have been placed in the FY 2016 House and Senate bills that fund the Interior Department and other key wildlife agencies, threatening wolves and other endangered wildlife in America. These measures attempt to block or remove protections for individual species and undermine key sections of the ESA – like making it significantly more difficult for citizens to bring government agencies to court for failing to follow the law.

Urge your Members of Congress to oppose the record number of anti-ESA proposals in Congress!

The ESA has saved so many species on the brink of extinction – won’t you help us protect this bedrock of environmental law so that other imperiled species can be saved?

Alawa and Zephyr are captive-born gray wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, NY. They are among the 'ambassador wolves' that the WCC, a non-profit organization, uses to help teach the public about wolves and their vital role in the environment. Although their little brother Nikai is not seen in the video, you can hear him howl, squeak, and growl under the camera.
California Welcomes First Wolf Family In Over 80 Years
California Department of Fish and Wildlife released photos today of California’s first wolf pack – the Shasta pack – since the state’s gray wolf population went extinct in 1924. State and federal authorities announced Thursday that a remote camera captured photos earlier this month of two adults and five pups in southeastern Siskiyou County.
Will New York one day celebrate a similar homecoming? We hope so.
Recognizing the need to explore the need for this apex predator and the potential for its recovery in the Northeast USA, the Northeast Wolf Coalition was established in March, 2014 as an alliance of conservation organizations in New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut and beyond. The Coalition’s work is guided by some of our nation’s best and brightest conservation scientists to ensure the foundation of its work is based on the application of the best available and most current scientific principles. The Coalition believes the return of the wolf will reflect a more fully functional and wild Northeast, with wolves fulfilling dynamic and evolving ecological functions in the changing environments that comprise our region.
As conservationists in the 21st century, we are faced with the challenge of helping nature continue to heal and flourish for future generations. Thus, the need to explore the critical factors that affect the wolf’s return and its potentially positive impact to the natural biological diversity of the Northeast has never been more important.
The Northeast Wolf Coalition envisions an ecologically effective wolf populations in healthy, diverse ecosystems managed as a public trust across North America. Wildlife conservationists must be equipped with a foundation of knowledge and the necessary tools to proceed with due diligence when promoting wolf recovery in the region. Thus, it’s the a priority of the Northeast Wolf Coalition to first and foremost encourage effective trans-boundary cooperative relationships with federal, state, and provincial agencies, organizations, and the general public that lead to responsible best practices that promote wolf recovery in the region.
Learn more about the Northeast Wolf Coalition here.
The purpose of the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks is to perpetuate, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance South Dakota’s wildlife resources, parks, and outdoor recreational opportunities for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the people of this state and its visitors, and to give the highest priority to the welfare of this state’s wildlife and parks, and their environment, in planning and decisions.
With what looks to be a gray wolf roaming the Black Hills of South Dakota, it’s key to let hunters there know that wolves are protected by Federal law and killing one is a crime.
It’s a MUST that federal and state wildlife authorities tell the public NOW about this federally protected wolf’s presence so it can’t be mistaken for an unprotected coyote.
Nationwide there have been several accounts where protected gray wolves are mistaken for coyotes and killed. And due to the U.S. Justice Department’s “McKittrick policy,” a detrimental “loophole” that prohibits prosecuting individuals who kill endangered wildlife unless it can be PROVED that they knew they were targeting a protected animal, these crimes go unpunished. Learn more.
Do you think it’s incumbent on federal and state wildlife authorities to educate the public about this protected wolf’s presence ASAP?
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Wolf Sighting in South Dakota?
New video captures what appears to be a gray wolf in the Black Hills of South Dakota!
Currently, wolves have returned to less than 10% of their historic range in the lower 48 states. But wolves do wander and if given a chance, they can establish themselves in area with suitable habitat and availability of prey.
In recent years, there have been reports of wolves from Canada crossing the frozen St. Lawrence Seaway into Maine, wolves traveling miles south into the southern Rocky Mountain states of Utah and Colorado, a pioneer and media sensation (wolf OR-7) who made the Golden State home, and a homecoming on the northern rim of the Grand Canyon where “Echo” broke new ground.
Run free and be safe. ‪#‎standforwolves‬
To learn more about the WCC's ambassador wolf programs and the WCC's participation in Species Survival Plans to save critically endangered wild wolves, please visit the WCC website at www.nywolf.org. You can follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/nywolforg), and twitter (https://twitter.com/nywolforg).