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By Shaun Ellis UPDATED: 22:13 GMT, 16 January 2010
April 24, 2013 by wolfpreservation **Animal activists say bill denies voters a voice** “LANSING, Mich.
A wolf-watching tour in Spain suggests that attitudes towards the species are changing ©Plain Picture Canis lupus, the Iberian wolf, is making a comeback in Portugal and Spain S even in the morning on a midwinter day in the Sierra de la Culebra, a remote mountain range in the province of Zamora, where Spain turns a corner into northeast Portugal. The sun comes up reluctantly over a landscape that a heavy frost has turned a ghostly white, as if in fright.
;abcnews.com Federal wildlife officials have drafted plans to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move that could end a decades-long recovery effort that has restored the animals but only in parts of their historic range.
SILVER CITY, N.M. — Federal wildlife managers are releasing two pairs of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico in hopes of bolstering the population of the endangered predators. The first pair was transported this week from a captive breeding facility in New Mexico to a holding pen in the Apache National Forest in southeastern Arizona. The male and female will be released once they acclimate to the area. The other pair is being released at a remote site within the Gila Wilderness in southwestern New Mexico.
BETHESDA, MD—According to a new study released Monday by the National Institutes of Health, for the 25th straight year, violent wolf attacks remain the leading cause of death in the United States. The human health agency’s latest findings revealed that being viciously killed by a ravenous wolf resulted in more fatalities than any other malady, claiming the lives of more than 800,000 Americans in the last year alone. The NIH’s annual mortality report also confirmed that one person in the United States dies every 40 seconds from a wolf attack. “Despite efforts to combat this terrible affliction, research indicates Americans are far more likely to be ruthlessly slaughtered by one or more man-eating wolves than ever before,” said the study’s author, William Rhodes, adding that an estimated 1 in 3 Americans will suffer a wolf attack at some point in their lives.
The sweeping rule by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service would eliminate protection for wolves 18 years after the government reestablished the predators in the West, where they had been hunted to extinction. Their reintroduction was a success, with the population growing to the thousands. But their presence has always drawn protests across the Intermountain West from state officials, hunters and ranchers who lost livestock to the wolves. They have lobbied to remove the gray wolf from the endangered list.
April 26, 2013 by wolfpreservation Takepart.com – Tue, Apr 23, 2013 “Of the top reasons tourists travel thousands of miles for a 12-hour round-trip bus ride into Denali National Park, wolves rank right up there with grizzly bears and the sight of 20,320-foot Mount McKinley on a rare bluebird day.
Spring is in the air in Yellowstone, heralded by rapidly shrinking spots of snow on brown and sage hillsides, mud puddles edged with slippery ice, heavy parka mornings and toe warmer-free afternoons. Following the heart-breaking losses of last fall and winter’s wolf hunting season, a very different landscape of wolves met our eyes as spring arrived in the Northern Range. Following the killing of the Lamar Canyon pack’s famous alpha, “The ’06 Female” (832F), and beta male 754M–both shot by wolf hunters in Wyoming–we watched, wished and waited for the rest of the pack to return safely to Yellowstone. With the pack structure in disarray, it would be a long wait. Alpha 755M had never been without his brother, 754M, since the two appeared in December 2009; together they had won the heart of the illustrious Agate-born “’06 Female.” She and 755M raised three litters of pups, who grew up under the watchful and benevolent eye of their uncle, 754M.
Wolves in Alaska are known to have healthy population numbers. Yet now, it turns out that Alaska's predator control program has resulted in the number of wolves in Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve to drop by more than half. The National Park service counted 80 wolves over nine packs in November 2012. This spring, though, the numbers have dropped drastically.
After being hunted, trapped, and poisoned to near extinction, wolves are beginning to retake their place on the American landscape. Sadly recovery remains tenuous. For some, old prejudices die hard. Led by the Oregon Cattlemen's Association and their political allies, fearful anti-wolf activists continue to push legislation that would take Oregon back to the days of killing wolves. Killing wildlife doesn't solve conflicts. In 2012, Oregon was the only state with a meaningful wolf population that didn't purposely kill them.
What a strange era this age of social media is. Any idiot can start a Facebook page on just about any sick subject under the sun. There, as humane activists have found out time and again, they can get away with saying whatever they want about what they’d like to do to non-human animals. Things they could never say about humans are fair game to say about non-human animals. Facebook does not monitor or police any of the horrid anti-animal sites out there; even the lowest gutter-dweller can receive encouragement in the form of “likes” for the perverse and abusive statements they come up with to voice their disdain for animals such as wolves.
Thank you Stephen for putting pen to paper. This is all and everything I think and feel about the horrible tragedy that has befallen wolves. Stephen Capra I awoke from a dream the other night, the question I asked myself was-is there a special place in heaven for animals, especially wildlife that spends their last days and hours caught in the 18th century realm of the steel leg-hold trap. Likewise, is there a special place in hell for those people, psychopaths, who live to find an animal that may have spent a week in dreadful pain caught in a beautiful setting awaiting the blow to the head, a blast from a rifle or perhaps a sadistic final few moments where this person enjoys the pain and suffering, like a high, the sense of complete control over innocence.
*Caution - Disturbing sexual content involving animal abuse. The captions on the photos say it all. I've loaded the captioned photos into the slide-show, after a cover image, so children can't accidentally read them. These screen shots were captured from a typical anti-wolf, anti-predator, "All American" Bible-thumping pro-hunting, trapping and animal-torture Facebook page, the name of which I've decided to not reveal here, because they don't need more views.. The members of this Facebook page come right out and publicly admit (brag is more like it) to 'getting wood' when seeing wolves trapped, tortured and killed, whether in images or in real life.
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