H.R. 2406, also known as the “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015” has passed in the House of Representatives. If this bill passes in the Senate, this is what will happen:
Wolves in the Great Lakes area including Wisconsin, Minnesota as well as in Wyoming will lose protection under the Endangered Species Act. The bill would transfer “management” of wolves to each state and would prevent any court from stepping in to override these measures. The sheer lack of constitutionality in this Bill forebodes an inevitable free for all killing spree of wolves in each of these states.
Elephants will be further decimated and driven to extinction as the Bill has language to prevent the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from adopting a rule to restrict the illegal ivory trade in the United States. The United States is one of the largest importers of Ivory and and an estimated 75% of what comes in is illegal under state or federal law already.
The Bill will gut protections for Alaskan Wildlife in national wildlife refuges and national preserves across Alaska. It will also prohibit federal agencies from regulating lead in most forms of ammunition and fishing tackle. In the United States, an estimated 3,000 tons of lead are shot into the environment by hunters every year, leading to the death of many animals from toxic lead poisoning.
Image Courtesy of Christopher Martin Photography
Of Course, this is at once a tough and extraordinary photograph to look at. On Sunday morning Feb. 21, a pack of four grey wolves were seen and photographed making a kill on a railroad overpass in Banff National Park, Alberta Canada. The wolf pack held the female elk at the middle of the overpass while simultaneously taking turns lunging and biting at the back, face and neck of the defensive elk. According to Martin, photographer on the scene, the pack was able to take down the elk twice although both times she was able to get back on her feet. It was the third take down that made the kill.
Officials from Banff National Park were called out to the location in order to monitor the situation and ensure the safety of the wolves. The pack feasted on the carcass for about 45 minutes before the park officials decided to move in and remove the remainder of the elk off the side of the railroad tracks. The wolves were reported to be appropriately skittish while disappearing into woods as the rangers approached their kill.
Oppose H.R. 2406, the so-called “Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015,” and the Ribble Amendment.
An appalling bill making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives is a serious attack on wolves and other vulnerable wildlife.
A group of anti-wolf Representatives have proposed an amendment that would delist wolves in Wyoming and the Western Great Lakes and prevent citizens from going to court to challenge those decisions.
Urgent – tell your Member of Congress to oppose this lethal legislation!
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Helsinki (AFP) – Nearly one fifth of Finland’s endangered wolf population was killed in a controversial month-long cull which ended at the weekend, authorities said on Monday.
Authorities gave permits to licensed hunters to kill 46 of Finland’s estimated 250 grey wolves in a cull intended to curb illegal poaching….
Read more courtesy of AFP
The Grey Wolf population in Finland is part of a larger Russian wolf population estimated to be around 30,000. The current population of wolves in Finland is an estimated 200; with the majority of original wolf population decimated by the 1920’s. Finland is one of the largest countries in Europe, about 130,596 sq miles with three quarters taken up by forest in which predatory animals such as bear, wolverine, lynx and wolf still exist.
The grey wolf is listed as Endangered in Finland, and the Finnish government has a wolf management plan to increase the population although met with great resistance and debate in the public and media. Reindeer husbandry and livestock farming cover a third of Finland including traditional wolf habitat. Reindeer herders and Elk hunters alike fear depredation on their livelihoods and take. In addition, much of the Finnish public still believe the wolf to be a threat to human and more specifically child safety.
By Lacey Jarrell
Herald and News
Posted Feb. 18, 2016 at 9:36 AM
Updated Feb 18, 2016 at 3:10 PM
KLAMATH FALLS — Wildlife officials have confirmed that a fifth radio-collared gray wolf has made its way to Southern Oregon.
The 2-year-old male wolf, designated OR-33, dispersed from the northeastern Oregon Imnaha Pack in January.
Tom Collom, the district biologist for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife office in Klamath Falls, said OR-33 has been traversing land west of Swan Lake Valley, between Klamath Falls and Dairy, for about 10 days.
Collom said the public has reported sightings of the wolf to ODFW. The agency conducted an aerial survey from a helicopter and confirmed the wolf is traveling by itself….
The Grey Wolf has started to expand its population range towards the West Coast of the United States into Washington, Oregon and California. In November of 2011, a male grey wolf (named Journey) tagged 0R-7 and electronically tracked made his way into Oregon. OR-7 was the first confirmed sighting of a protected wolf in Oregon since 1947 when the last Oregon State Game Commission bounty of $20 was recorded. 0R-7 journeyed back and forth across the Oregon and California border with sightings in California in December of 2011 and the summer of 2012; the first wolf sighting in California since 1924.
In 2015, 0R-7 established a pack with a mate and offspring in the Rogue River watershed in the southern Cascade Range east of Medford, Oregon. The pack was was suitably given the title Rogue Pack.