Court rules Michigan wolf hunt law unconstitutional

LANSING — Michigan’s 2014 wolf hunt law is unconstitutional, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in an opinion released Wednesday.In a unanimous decision, a three-judge panel of the court said the law providing for a Michigan wolf hunt violates the “title-object clause” of Michigan’s constitution, which says “no law shall embrace more than one object,” and that object “shall be expressed in its title.”The court said a provision of the law allowing for free hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses for qualified members of the military is unconnected to the law’s object of providing for scientific management of game, fish and wildlife habitat. The entire law must be struck down, because it isn’t clear the law would have been approved if that provision had not been included, the court said.

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Balkan wildlife (including wolves) faces extinction threat from border fence to control migrants

From August 11, 2016 The Guardian

Controversial razor-wire fence put up by Slovenia along its border with Croatia could wipe out local bear, lynx and wolf populations, say researchers

Croatian and Slovenian people protest against the border fence in December 2015

The death toll of animals killed by a razor wire fence designed to stop migrants crossing into Europe is mounting, amid warnings that bears, lynx and wolves could become locally extinct if the barrier is completed and consolidated.

The rising tally of dead roe and red deer is still mercifully small, but contested by local people who claim that it is being systematically under-counted.

Slovenia began erecting the barrier across 180km of its river border with Croatia last winter, as a temporary measure to staunch the flow of asylum seekers, mostly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Inadvertently, it has also created a huge obstacle to animals freely moving across the border in a wildlife rich corner of Europe.

But even though the human migration crisis has dramatically eased, Slovenia’s interior ministry is seeking a change in the law to prevent environmental factors from slowing the barrier’s extension.

A government spokesperson said that while refugee numbers were falling, “there are still more than 57,000 migrants in Greece. The situation in Turkey remains very uncertain after the military coup. There is a political crisis in Macedonia, and an increasing number of migrants are gathering in Serbia, which lacks sufficient accommodation capacities. Also, the number of people travelling the migrant route across the Mediterranean to Italy has increased again.”

While the fence is supposed to be a temporary measure, fears that the crisis could be prolonged were heightened when the government signalled its intent to fence its entire 670km border with Croatia in December…. read more.

 

A Message from Conservation Northwest

Profanity gets the best and worst of me

We’re working towards long-term wolf recovery and coexistence. While the loss of some wolves to conflict can be heart-wrenching, unfortunately it’s sometimes an unavoidable component of predators, people and livestock sharing space.

By Mitch Friedman, Executive Director

Profanity gets the best and worst of me. Profanity Peak is the namesake for the rugged and scenic Profanity Roadless Area, the heart of the Columbia Highlands and the Cascades to Rockies habitat corridor. It’s the wild crest of the Kettle River Mountain Range that conservationists have battled to designate as Wilderness since the 1970’s. Gaining permanent protection for this wild place has been near the top of Conservation Northwest’s To-Do list for almost 15 years, confounded in part by opposition from hardliners at the local Diamond M Ranch operated by the McIrvin family… read more.

Washington to lethally remove wolves to stop depredations

Courtesy of Capitol Press

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will lethally remove wolves in a pack that has killed at least four cattle this summer, the department said today.

WDFW Director Jim Unsworth authorized the lethal removal after department investigators today confirmed that a calf found dead in northern Ferry County had been killed by wolves in the Profanity Peak pack.

Previously, in July, WDFW confirmed the pack had killed three cattle. According to department policy, WDFW considers lethal removal after four depredations in one year by a pack.

The wolf pack has at least 11 members, according to WDFW. Read More

June 2016 News

Mountain Town News: Will wolves ever yip & growl in Colorado?
June 25, 2016 (Summit Daily)

California grey wolf report with photo of new resident lone wolf
June 23, 2016 (Daily Kos)

Another apparent wolf sighting in California brings delight, fear
June 23, 2016 (San Francisco Chronicle)

Wolf OR-33 visits Ashland, attacks livestock, skips town
June 22, 2016 (Statesmen Journal)

Court Asked to Stop US Fish & Wildlife Service from Capturing, Killing Wild Red Wolves
June 21, 2016 (Animal Welfare Institute)

Wolf pup from beleaguered Bow Valley pack struck and killed by train
June 21, 2016 (Calgary Herald)

End of an Era for Iconic Denali Wolf Pack?; by Christina Eisenberg
June 21, 2016 (Huff Post Blog)

Walker Calls For Resuming Wolf Hunting In Wisconsin
June 20, 2016 (Wisconsin Public Radio)

Wolf hunting limits increased for the region; province on the lookout for squatters
June 19, 2016 (The Boundary Sentinel)

Will science find a way to save Earth’s top predators?
June 17, 2016 (Science Blog)

Pacific Rim National Park issues wolf advisory between Tofino and Ucluelet
June 16, 2016 (Westerly News)

State wolf population at record high
June 16, 2016 (Daily Citizen)

DNR Hosts Wolf Population Meeting
June 16, 2016 (WIFC)

Despite all the warnings, Banff visitors are feeding bears and wolves at an increasing rate
June 16, 2016 (Calgary Sun)

Limits on wolf hunting removed in large areas of Thompson region
June 16, 2016 (CBC News)

New wolf pack reported near Sherman Pass
June 16, 2016 (KIRO7)

Of wolves, deer, maples and wildflowers
June 16, 2016 (Great Lakes Echo)

Cornered Mexican wolf management to appease livestock producers may run out the clock on recovery
June 15, 2016 (Santa Fe Reporter)

New wolf pack confirmed in Washington brings total to 19
June 15, 2016 (The Spokesman)

Wildlife staff working ’24/7′ to deter wolves from busy areas in Banff
June 14, 2016 (Calgary Herald)

Despite federal ruling, wolf pups to stay in New Mexico
June 14, 2016 (stltoday)

Banff’s wolf strategy changing gears in national park
June 14, 2016 (CBC NEWS)

Brown bear, wolf and lynx populations increasing across Europe
June 13, 2016 (myinforms)

Judge bars feds from releasing more Mexican gray wolves in wild
June 10, 2016 (Santa Fe/New Mexican)

Taking on the Wolf Killers: Wildlife Services Challenged;by George Wuerthner
June 10, 2016 (Counter Punch)

World’s largest litter of red wolves so far this year born at Chehaw
June 8, 2016

Wolf euthanized in Banff National Park after ‘extremely bold’ behaviour
June 7, 2016 (CBC News)

WDFW’s new policy on shooting wolves gives field staff key role
June 6, 2016 (Capitol Press)

Wyoming Wolf Expert Retires – But Will Not Be Replaced
June 6, 2016 (K2Radio)

Wolf expert says food access could prove lethal for Bow Valley pack
June 3, 2016 (CBC NEWS)

Banff wolf pack watch continues
June 3, 2016 (Calgary Sun)

DNR to release latest wolf population estimates this month
June 3, 2016 (Channel 3000)

‘Aggressive’ Banff wolves advance on Tunnel Mountain campers, steal loaf of bread
June 2, 2016 (Calgary Sun)

Wolf warning issued for Bow Valley
June 2, 2016 (CBC NEWS)

Debate rages over wolf bounties
June 2, (Rocky Mountain Outlook)

New pups in the pack
June 1, 2016 (Timberjay)

Sweden’s wild wolf numbers going down
June 1, 2016 (The Local Se)

Wolf-killed livestock confirmed in Stevens County
June 1, 2016 (The Spokesman-Review)

The Incredible Bond Between A Group Of Combat Vets And Wild Wolves

Courtesy of Task & Purpose / by James Clark

The bond between a group of combat veterans and wild wolves, both suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, is the focus of an upcoming documentary called “The War In Between.”

The film is set at the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center, or LARC, where wolves rescued from roadside attractions, breeders, and other exploitative situations, are paired with veterans suffering from mental trauma sustained in combat. The back-to-nature therapy retreat is located on 20 acres in the Los Padres National forest in Ventura County, California, and is home to about 40 rescued wolves.

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