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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Rachel Tilseth's blog, WOLVES OF DOUGLAS COUNTY WISCONSIN.COM put forth an excellent follow up on the Federal Court's decision to put Wolves back on the Endangered Species List in the Great Lakes States..........Rachel cites the fine work of THE HUMANE SOCIETY, THE CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, HELP OUR WOLVES LIVE, FRIENDS OF ANIMALS AND THEIR ENVIRONMENT and BORN FREE USA in making the case to the D.C. Federal Judge that Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan were severely off course in their KILLING PARADIGMS for Wolves as they took control of their management upon Federal Delisting two years ago...........Every once in a while, sane thinking, best science and just plain common sense is the basis for our Courts decision making................I cheer and applaud their commentary: “In its 111-page ruling, the court chided the USFWS for failing to explain why it ignored the potential for further recovery of wolves into areas of its historic range that remain viable habitat for the species".............. "The court also noted that the USFWS has failed to explain how the “virtually unregulated” killing of wolves by states in the Great Lakes region does not constitute a continued threat to the species"

Recreational Hunting of Great Lakes Wolves is Stopped: Wolves are back on the federal Endangered species list immediately…

(Photograph by Mike Crowley a Wisconsinite)
It’s about time the Fish and game agencies are made

accountable for their reckless trophy hunting of wolves.

When wolves were delisted in 2012 states , like WI,

jumped in to hunt them. This was a deplorable

decision to hunt an endangered species just fresh of

f of federal protection.
Now thanks to several organizations that challenged

a rule to remove wolves from the endangered species

act, wolves are now back under federal protection.

The following are the organizations that followed

ethics and fought to put wolves back on the

endangered species protection:
“The Humane Society of the United States is the

nation’s largest animal protection organization

— backed by 11 million Americans, or one of

every 28. For more than a half-century, The

HSUS has been fighting for the protection of

all animals through advocacy, education and

hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and

confronting cruelty — On the web at”
“The Center for Biological Diversity is a

non-profit organization dedicated to securing

a future for all species hovering on the brink

of extinction. More information is available

“Help Our Wolves Live is a Minnesota nonprofit

organization, dedicated to the protection and

preservation of the gray wolf, lynx, and other

endangered or threatened predator species.

HOWL has over 200 members, many of

whom live in the State of Minnesota.”
“Friends of Animals and Their Environment

is a Minnesota nonprofit organization

committed to the protection of animals and

the ecosystems on which they depend.

FATE has approximately 200 members and

supporters who regularly advocate on behalf

of animals, and in particular wolves.”
“Born Free USA is a national nonprofit animal

advocacy organization working to conserve

and protect wildlife in the US and globally.

More information is available at bornfreeusa

WI fringe hunters like WI Bear Hunters

Association, WI Trappers Association and

along with WI Cattlemen’s Association went

all out in their efforts to eradicate wolves.

Fringe hunters like these insisted WI Keep

populations down to an exact number of 350.
These reckless acts towards an endangered

species alarmed many organizations so they

combined forces and filed a lawsuit. Read

more on this from previous blog here: http://wolvesofdouglascountywisconsin.

From HSUS website: “February 2013 –

Wildlife protection groups, including The

HSUS, file suit against the USFWS over

its decision to remove the protections of

the Endangered Species Act from gray

wolves living in the western Great Lakes region.”

(Photograph is from Ted Nugent’s FB page where

he openly states, “Wolf jackets ROCK!!!”)
Wolf hounding is a barbaric, in- humane and archaic

method that has no place in a civilized society. Use

of dogs to hunt wolves in WI is one of several

reasons why wolves needed to be put back on

Federal Endangered Species protection.
“In the short time since federal protections have

been removed, trophy hunters and trappers have

killed hundreds of Great Lakes wolves under

hostile state management programs that encourage

dramatic reductions in wolf populations,” said

Jonathan Lovvorn, senior vice president and chief

counsel for animal protection litigation at The HSUS.

“This decision rolls back the only line of defense

for wolf populations, and paves the way for the

same state-sponsored eradication policies that

pushed this species to the brink of extinction in

One of the best holiday presents “Great Lakes wolves

are now back on the Endangered Species List.”

(photograph owner unknown)
The news came out yesterday, Friday December 19,

2014 that Great Lakes wolves were put back on the

Federal Endangered Species Act, Immediately.
The following are excerpts from the Humane Societies

press release:
“Sport hunting and trapping of wolves in the Great

Lakes region must end immediately, a federal

District Court has ruled. The court overturned

a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision that

removed Endangered Species Act protections

for gray wolves living in the western Great Lakes

region, which includes Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.”

(Photograph belongs to HSUS)
More excerpts from the ruling:
“In its 111-page ruling, the court chided the

USFWS for failing to explain why it ignored

the potential for further recovery of wolves into

areas of its historic range that remain viable

habitat for the species. The court also noted

that the USFWS has failed to explain how the

“virtually unregulated” killing of wolves by

states in the Great Lakes region does not

constitute a continued threat to the species.”

Hunting wolves is not a tool for management

and only causes more problems.
“Despite rhetoric from state politicians about

wolf depredation of livestock, a new study of 25

years of wolf data has shown that hunting wolves

may increase livestock losses. Michigan

lawmakers relied on false stories about wolves

to push through a hunting season, and had to

apologize for misleading statements.”http://

This decision can be challenged in an appeal

by the states and the USF&WS.
Historical Range William J. Ripple, Robert L.

Beschta, Trophic cascades in Yellowstone:

The first 15 years after wolf reintroduction.
There’s more work to be done. WODCW will

continue to educate the general public about

the wolf’s role in keeping our ecosystems healthy.
(Photograph belongs to owner)


Dave Messineo said...

Great news! A wonderful Christmas present!

Rick Meril said...

Indeed it is Dave.............Let us remove fed delisting after wolves are restored throughout the usa where science based information tells us viable habitat exists...........And as we now see in Europe, Carnivores can exist close into human habitation with the right type management paradigms in place to foster co existence