Thursday, March 31, 2011
Remember the "104-pound" coyote that was supposedly shot in Missouri this past November? Well, as Paul Harvey would say... "Here's the rest of the story!"
Coyote Or Wolf?
The string of sightings began Nov. 13 with the shooting of what appeared to be an unusually large coyote in Carroll County. The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) sought DNA tests to clarify the animal’s identity. Scientists sometimes can determine where an animal came from by comparing its DNA with DNA samples from animals of the same species from different areas.
The first round of testing compared DNA from the 104-pound canine to that of western timber wolves. The tests showed a poor match with western wolves but did confirm the presence of coyote DNA. However, further testing linked the animal to timber wolves.
“Coyotes seldom get bigger than 30 pounds in Missouri,” said MDC Resource Scientist Jeff Beringer. “A coyote weighing more than 100 pounds just didn’t seem credible. Wolves are known to interbreed with domestic dogs and coyotes, so we had further testing done to look for evidence of that, and we found it.”
The second round of DNA tests compared the Carroll County canine’s DNA with samples from timber wolves from the Great Lake states of Minnesota, Wisconsin or Michigan. This time, the tests found a close match. Wolves from that area are known to have coyote DNA in their genes. This accounts for the match with coyote DNA in the initial tests.
“Lots of people were skeptical when we announced results from the first round of testing,” said Beringer. “We were too. But when you are trying to unravel a biological puzzle like this one, you take things one step at a time and go where the science leads you. This animal appeared to be very different from the western wolf samples it was compared with, but when we compared it with wolf DNA from the Great Lake states we found a match.”
When asked how a Great Lakes wolf got to Missouri, Beringer noted that wolves from northern states have turned up in Missouri before. The most recent case occurred in 2001. It involved an 80-pound timber wolf killed by a landowner in Grundy County. The man mistook the wolf for a coyote, but discovered his mistake when he found the animal wore a radio collar and an ear tag linking it to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, more than 600 miles away. He notified MDC, which was able to confirm its origin with Michigan officials.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
March 27th, 2011
Dear House Committee on Agriculture and Natural Resources;
On April 5, 2011 you will address HB3013 which speaks to wolf depredation compensation and cost-sharing programs for purposes of compensating persons who suffer loss or injury due to wolf depredation and providing financial assistance to persons who implement livestock management techniques or nonlethal wolf control techniques designed to discourage wolf depredation of livestock.
We would like this bill killed.. no need for funds or expenses for compensation if wolves are properly controlled by the people of the state.
Vote No on HB3013 and HB3560.
HB3562 A citizen of this state should have the right to protect their property and that person should be entitled to protect themselves and others from the wolf.
HB3563 Goes without saying.. We should be allowed to take gray wolves or any kind of wolf in certain situations without cause and without permit from State Fish and Wildlife Commission.
National Wolf Delisting Sponsors
There are 60 cosponsors from 31 states in favor of De-listing the wolf
Co-Sponsors of H.R. 509 and S. 249
1. Rep Alexander, Rodney [R-LA-5]
2. Rep Latta, Robert [R-OH-5]
3. Senator Barrasso, John [R-WY]
4. Rep Altmire, Jason [D-PA-4]
5. Rep Lummis, Cynthia M. [R-WY]
6. Senator Crapo, Mike [R-ID]
7. Rep Bachmann, Michele [R-MN-6]
8. Rep Matheson, Jim [D-UT-2]
9. Senator Enzi, Mike [R-WY]
10. Rep Benishek, Dan [R-MI-1]
11. Rep McClintock, Tom [R-CA-4]
12. Senator Hatch, Orrin [R-UT]
13. Rep Berg, Rick [R-ND]
14. Rep McMorris Rodgers,[R-WA-5]
15. Senator Inhofe, James [R-OK]
16. Rep Bishop, Rob [R-UT-1]
17. Rep Miller, Candice S. [R-MI-10]
18. Senator Kyl, Jon [R-AZ]
19. Rep Blackburn, Marsha [R-TN-7]
20. Rep Miller, Jeff [R-FL-1]
21. Senator Lee, Mike [R-UT]
22. Rep Bonner, Jo [R-AL-1]
23. Rep Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD]
24. Senator McCain, John [R-AZ]
25. Rep Boren, Dan [D-OK-2]
26. Rep Nunes, Devin [R-CA-21]
27. Senator Moran, Jerry [R-KS]
28. Rep Boswell, Leonard L. [D-IA-3]
29. Rep Paulsen, Erik [R-MN-3]
30. Senator Murkowski, Lisa [I-AK]
31. Rep Broun, Paul C. [R-GA-10]
32. Rep Pearce, Stevan [R-NM-2]
33. Senator Risch, James [R-ID]
34. Rep Cardoza, Dennis A.[D-CA-18]
35. Rep Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]
36. Rep Chaffetz, Jason [R-UT-3]
37. Rep Petri, Thomas E. [R-WI-6]
38. Rep Coffman, Mike [R-CO-6]
39. Rep Quayle, Benjamin [R-AZ-3]
40. Rep Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11]
41. Rep Rehberg, Denny [R-MT]
42. Rep Cravaack, Chip [R-MN-8]
43. Rep Rogers, Mike J. [R-MI-8]
44. Rep Emerson, Jo Ann [R-MO-8]
45. Rep Ross, Mike [D-AR-4]
46. Rep Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-1]
47. Rep Ryan, Paul [R-WI-1]
48. Rep Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2]
49. Rep Sensenbrenner, F. James, Jr. [R-WI-5]
50. Rep Heller, Dean [R-NV-2]
51. Rep Simpson, Michael K. [R-ID-2]
52. Rep Herger, Wally [R-CA-2]
53. Rep Terry, Lee [R-NE-2]
54. Rep Huelskamp, Tim [R-KS-1]
55. Rep Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5]
56. Rep Kline, John [R-MN-2]
57. Rep Walden, Greg [R-OR-2]
58. Rep Labrador, Raul R. [R-ID-1]
59. Rep Young, Don [R-AK]
60. Rep Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5]
The Canadian Gray Wolf was introduced into Western States in 1994 and achieved recovery objectives in 2002. Wolves are also abundant in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Wolves are here to stay. With a population growth rate of 24%, wolf overpopulation is now doing significant damage to wildlife populations throughout the West and Midwest.
Immediate congressional action is needed to permanently delist wolves and allow for much needed state wildlife management. Ongoing anti-management litigation must be ended to return wolf numbers to agreed upon levels to avoid irreversible damage to big game herds. Sportsmen have invested millions to restore big game abundance. As the original conservationists, working together we can continue to achieve the political and management solutions needed to save big game herds in crisis.
Worldwide wolf abundance-wolves are NOT endangered
Alaska has 11,000
Europe and Asia has 60,000 to 100,000 wolves (estimated)
Canada has 50,000 wolves
Anything less than stringent control of wolf numbers, 24/7/365, is a compromise. First, we have to get the fool notion that “wolves are big game” out of the mind of state wildlife managers.
The numbers of wolves that Montana and Idaho are dealing with have been very costly to the state and the state's people. The wolf is out of control and elk herds in some areas will never recover to the levels they once were. Moose have disappeared in areas they once were. Yellowstone Park has been decimated. This is not sensationalism, this is Reality.
In closing we ask that you look to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and other states that are presently dealing with the problem with out of control predators. The wolf isn’t the problem, the problem is the density of wolf numbers. What are the numbers our state is going to live with? Who gets to decide?
Mike and Cathy Kaech
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Residents of the Northern Rockies have just about had their fill of wolves. Actually, what they've mostly grown tired of is how wolves are now making a seriously negative impact on other wildlife populations - namely the elk, deer and moose populations that have made Montana, Idaho and Wyoming famous, and which are now disappearing rapidly in many areas. Rural residents have also become weary of fighting to keep wolves away from their livestock, and worrying about the safety of their children.
Many of those who live close to the land are equally disturbed at how a handful of self-proclaimed "environmental" groups continue to fight the wolf management hunts needed to control wolf numbers at a level where big game herds can still flourish, plus allow ranchers to profitably raise cattle and sheep. Likewise, tax-paying citizens are now realizing that these same groups or organizations have financially benefited from the billions of federal dollars they've received through the Equal Access to Justice Act, for the grossly padded legal expenditures for which these "non-profit" organizations are reimbursed. And many Northern Rockies residents are now growing extremely suspicious of the one federal judge these groups continually get to hear their cases, and wonder just what the incentives are for this judge to always decide in their favor.
That anger...that frustration...that distrust will surely be openly displayed on March 24, 2011 as a large crowd of sportsmen, rural land owners, ranchers, and those who have seen their logging careers ended by these same "green" organizations, and the very same Judge Donald Molloy, gather in protest of efforts to once again thwart any control of ever growing wolf numbers, and to stop ever escalating wolf devastation. The issue has reached and surpassed the boil-over point, and hundreds are expected to join in the protest - and there will more than likely be quite the array of protest signs - some targeting wolves, some taking environmental groups to task, and some questioning the motive of the judge inside.
LOBO WATCH has been hearing from groups up and down the western side of Montana...and from across Idaho...and even from Wyoming who fully intend to be standing in front of and alongside the Russell Smith U.S. District Court building on that day. The rally will take place at the corner of East Broadway and North Pattee streets in Missoula, as Judge Molloy once again listens to the wishes of groups like the Defenders of Wildlife, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Humane Society of the United States, who are opposed to any control of wolf numbers, and especially reducing the wolf populations to an acceptable level. The hearing on March 24 is an attempt by these groups to have the definition changed for the "experimental" and "non-essential" classification of the non-native and non-endangered Canadian wolves that many feel the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wrongly transplanted into the wildlife rich Northern Rockies. Or to eliminate that classification altogether.
After listening to the arguments of these groups last June, Molloy placed gray wolves back on the Endangered Species List, which cancelled out management hunts that were scheduled for Montana and Idaho. Molloy based that decision on the fact the USFWS did not accept Wyoming's wolf management plan, and he ruled it was wrong to permit hunts in adjacent states. However, another federal judge in Cheyenne, WY decided that USFWS had been wrong to reject Wyoming's plan. Still, the management hunts in Montana and Idaho remained cancelled - and that will be one part of the issue that draws many angry sportsmen to this protest rally. Some will be protesting for individual state right to manage wolf numbers, others will be calling for the complete resignation or impeachment of Judge Molloy.
This rally is being co-organized by a number of sportsman and land owner based organizations. LOBO WATCH has become the lead organizer. Anyone wanting to participate should contact Toby Bridges at firstname.lastname@example.org. Right now, plans are for protesters to be at the courthouse starting at 12 noon, since the actual hearing begins at 1:30 p.m., and there needs to be a crowd around the courthouse when key players and the media begin to show. Molloy's court session will likely end around 4 p.m., and some protesters need to be still be on hand. Any time or date changes will be posted on the LOBO WATCH website, at www.lobowatch.org or www.lobowatch.com .
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Yep...that man in the above photo is most definitely the man of the decade...year...season...month...week...day...hour...minute...and every ticking second when it comes to lame decision making about wolves...wolf science...wolf facts...and more than anything else, wolf management. It is none other than U.S. District Court (Missoula, MT) judge Donald Molloy. This man, single-handedly is responsible for more wildlife deaths than any other human on the face of the Earth - and all he has had to do is repeatedly decide in favor of equally lame environmental organizations like the Humane Society of the United States...Western Watersheds Project...the Sierra Club...and especially the crown jewels of the anti-hunting, pro-wolf efforts - the Destroyers of Wildlife (a.k.a. Defenders of Wildlife) and the Center for Biological Disaster (a.k.a. Center for Biological Diversity). When it comes to blocking any efforts to control wolf numbers in the Northern Rockies, and to reverse the waste wolves continue to lay on other wildlife populations, Donald Molloy is the judge these groups want to hear "their" arguments on why this country needs more wolves. And to hell with the losses of elk, deer, moose, other wildlife, and to domestic livestock and pets.
So, why does this supposedly "fair and impartial" federal judge bend over backwards to kiss the asses of these organizations? Well, it could be that he is far from being fair and impartial. More and more residents of the Northern Rockies suspect that Molloy is, in one way or another, reaping some of the rewards these groups haul in through scamming the Equal Access to Justice Act each and every time the wolf issue goes to court (Molloy's court for the most part) - and we're talking a lot of money. In all, Dozens of very questionable environmental groups have hauled in more than $5-BILLION of YOUR MONEY since the start of the 21st Century. Many feel the amount is more like $7- to $8-BILLION, but finding the exact amount is about as hopeless as learning exactly where these "environmental" and "wildlife conservation" groups spend that money. We know for sure that it is not spent on any kind of hands on environmental or conservation projects or programs.
Much of that money has surely been spent to buy influential political friends...and favorable decisions.
Have you had enough of this bullshit? Then make yourself one extremely pointed protest sign and join the crowd that is sure to gather outside of the U.S. District Court building in Missoula, Montana on March 24th. On that day, Donald Molloy will once again strengthen his ties with his old environmental chums as he listens to their arguments why the definitions of the terminology "non-essential" or "experimental" included in the Northern Rockies wolf Recovery Project and the USFWS's 1994 Environmental Impact Statement should be redefined or eliminated. Either way, it will make it more impossible to ever control wolf numbers in this country - just as his ol' pro-wolf buds want it.
Come and protest AGAINST ever expanding wolf populations...or FOR tighter control of wolf numbers. Me, I'll be there carrying a sign that calls for the resignation by or impeachment of one extremely soiled federal judge.
PLEASE JUST BE THERE...WE NEED TO COMPLETLY SURROUND THAT COURTHOUSE. WE NEED TO ROAR SO LOUDLY THAT THE ENTIRE COUNTRY HEARS OUR MESSAGES...WHETHER FOR STRICTER WOLF CONTROL OR TO FORCE A JUDGE INTO FULL RETIREMENT. - Toby Bridges, LOBO WATCH
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