Wyoming heating up

The AP has written a story about federal wildlife managers more aggressive wolf controls in Wyoming:

Although the livestock deaths are dramatically lower so far, Jimenez said the same number of wolves has been removed because federal agents have “taken out more wolves quicker in shorter time frame to not allow packs to keep killing.”

“Not allow packs” is more like it.

State-side, Sinapu’s Wild Again ! notes that WY pumps up the war chest in anticipation of wolf management.

Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife (sic) weigh’s in on Wyoming’s annual $2 million budget request for state management in the Casper Star-Tribune article referenced at Wild Again !:

Bob Wharff, executive director of the Wyoming chapter of Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife, said he wasn’t surprised by the budget.

“That is a lot of money, but that’s what it would take to do the job,” he said.

Both Rob Edward of Sinapu and Susan Stone of Defenders of Wildlife note that with that kind of money the state could compensate ranchers well over market for all livestock lost to wolves – market value is what they’ve been getting from Defenders. But Wyoming is making it clearer and clearer that this is not about maintaining economic security for ranchers ~ Wyoming is willing to spend $2 million dollars a year on gassing up helicopters and related costs to aerially gun down as many wild wolves as it can.

We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes—something known only to her and to the mountain.
~ Aldo Leopold

    A Sand Coutny Almanac

3 Responses to “Wyoming heating up”

  1. April Clauson Says:

    Why can not the fed’s and wildlife guardians make sure they have to use that money for paying ranchers for any lost head of cattle/sheep? Also, why can not law’s be placed in the western states that has these problems with wolves and Grizzly bears to make the people that choose to live their follow rules and make regulations to insure people are not “iniviting” problems, and if they do not follow them, fine them! Also, it is a proven fact that in Africa the tribes have almost cut the lion, preditor factor out of their herds, by simple means, Use large dogs, herd the cows/sheep/goats together at night and have a couple guard’s, dogs, and a good fire and whalaa, no more killing of the herds!. If they can do that I don’t see why these ranchers can not come up with ways also besides killing off the wolves. It is the large ranchers that make millions of dollars that are pushing this effort to kill wolves, please, they can afford to loose a few head and if they just let the cattle graze unattended on land then that is the chance they take. If they can not protect their own cattle then they need to look for another way to make a living. Wolves are needed in the whole eco picture. And to think of all the work and money spent to protect and bring these and other endangered wildlife back to just kill them off again? what is the sense in that?. All people must learn to live and respect all others of this world, including the non-human kind, who by the way, was on this earth way before the destructive natured man was.

  2. jimbob Says:

    You know, not to generalize or anything, but the photo in the article about Wyoming Pumps Up War Chest looks like it’s from the 1940’s or 1950’s. I guess that goes along with the thinking, too, huh? Do they really believe Wyoming was “never home to the wolf” or do they just mean during their lifetime, so that’s the way it should stay?

  3. sal Says:

    Here’s one ugly-demon-nightmare-announcement out this past week (notice that only written comments will be accepted):

    NEWS RELEASE

    U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE

    Mountain-Prairie Region

    134 Union Boulevard

    Lakewood, Colorado 80228

    07-56 September 11, 2007

    For Immediate Release Ed Bangs 406-449-5225, x204

    U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE ANALYZES EFFECTS OF PROPOSED REVISION TO THE 2005 SPECIAL RULE FOR THE WOLVES IN THE

    NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS—PUBLIC COMMENTS

    SOUGHT ON BOTH DOCUMENTS

    Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published an environmental assessment to analyze the potential effects of proposed revisions to the (10j) special regulations governing the management of gray wolves introduced in the Central Idaho and Yellowstone areas of the northern Rocky Mountains. The proposed revisions to the 10(j), which were published in the Federal Register on July 6, 2007, allow states and tribes with approved wolf management plans more flexibility in managing nonessential experimental wolves. In addition to public comments requested on the EA at this time, the Service is reopening the public comment period on the proposed 10(j) special regulations.

    The EA focuses on the geographic areas of the non-essential, experimental populations of the gray wolf located in Idaho, southern Montana and Wyoming. Other wolf population areas are not evaluated because the Endangered Species Act’s 10(j) special rule applies only to the central Idaho and Yellowstone non-essential experimental populations

    All public comments for both the proposed 10(j) special rule and the EA must be received by the Service by October 11, 2007.

    Comments on the draft EA (identified by RIN number 1018-AV39) may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    Mail or hand-deliver comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT 59601.
    Electronic mail (e-mail) directly to the Service at EA-WolfRuleChange@fws.gov. Include “RIN number 1018-AV39” in the subject line of the message.
    Comments on the proposal to revise the 10(j) special regulation (identified by RIN 1018-AV39) may be submitted by any of the following methods:

    1. Mail or hand deliver written comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT 59601.

    Electronic mail (e-mail) directly to the Service at WolfRuleChange@fws.gov. Include “RIN number 1018-AV39” in the subject line of the message.
    Both documents can be viewed at http://www.fws.gov/mountain-prairie/species/mammals/wolf/.

    A copy of the draft EA may also be obtained by sending a request to: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Western Gray Wolf Recovery Coordinator, 585 Shepard Way, Helena, MT 59601.

    Specifically, the proposed revisions to the special rule would:

    (1) Modify the definition of “unacceptable impacts” to wild ungulate populations to mean:

    Impact (which is determined by state or tribe) to a wild ungulate population or herd, with wolves as one of the major causes of the population or herd not meeting established state or tribal management goals. This definition expands the potential impacts for which wolf removal might be warranted beyond direct predation or those causing immediate population declines. As in the previous special rule, the state or tribal determination of unacceptable impacts and measures to be taken must be peer-reviewed and provided to the public for comment prior to a final decision by the Service.

    (2) Allow private citizens in States or on Tribal lands with approved wolf management plans to take wolves that are in the act of attacking their stock animals or dogs. Stock animals are defined as a horse, mule, donkey or llama used to transport people or their possessions. Evidence must be provided of stock animals or dogs recently wounded, harassed or killed by wolves and those injuries confirmed by Service- designated agents.

    These modifications would only apply to States or on Tribal lands that have approved wolf management plans and would not impact wolves in National Parks or outside the Yellowstone or central Idaho nonessential experimental population areas.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

    – FWS –

    For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

    visit our home page at http://www.fws.gov
    ######

    And then there’s this… Wyoming doesn’t seem to think that the folks who live nearest the majority of wolves in the state are stakeholders in this. Just look at where the meetings are, and once again, no public verbal input allowed. What’s wrong with this picture?

    Wyoming Game and Fish Department

    5400 Bishop Blvd

    Cheyenne, WY 82006

    Contact: Eric Keszler (307-777-4594)

    Wyoming’s Revised Wolf Management Plan Open for Public Comment

    Casper, September 7—The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission today authorized a 30-day public comment period on the state’s draft revised gray wolf management plan. The revised plan will be posted on the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s website on Monday, September 10. The comment period will end on October 10.

    The commission also authorized the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to conduct four public meetings the week of September 17 in Pinedale, Lander, Casper, and Cody. At each of the meetings, department personnel will discuss the draft revised plan and accept written comments. The meeting schedule is as follows:

    Pinedale: September 17–Public Library Meeting Room

    Lander: September 18–Lander Community Center

    Casper: September 19–Casper WGFD Office, Pronghorn Room

    Cody: September 20–Holiday Inn

    Each meeting will be from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

    Those interested in commenting on the draft revised plan must do so either in writing or electronically through the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s electronic commenting system at the department’s website (http://gf.state.wy.us/) between September 10 and October 10. The department will not be accepting verbal comments or e-mail comments. Written comments can be submitted at the public meetings or mailed to:

    Wolf Comments

    Wyoming Game and Fish Department

    5400 Bishop Blvd.

    Cheyenne, WY 82006

    The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will review the public comments prior to its next meeting, November 15-16 in Thermopolis. At that meeting, the Commission will adopt a final revised Wyoming Gray Wolf Management Plan.

    The latest draft of Wyoming’s wolf plan includes several changes submitted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. According to Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director Terry Cleveland, the latest draft of Wyoming’s wolf plan, if approved by the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, will likely be accepted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and lead to removal of wolves from the Endangered Species List in the Northern Rocky Mountains.

    After delisting, the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will assume management of wolves in that portion of the state where wolves will be classified as trophy game animals. In the remaining portions of the state, gray wolves will be classified as predatory animals. Wyoming’s original wolf plan was rejected by the US Fish and Wildlife Service in 2004.

    The new draft plan is consistent with the requirements of House Bill 0213, passed by the 2007 Wyoming Legislature. The department believes the plan is also consistent with US Fish and Wildlife Service requirements for acceptance of the plan.

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that 15 breeding pairs of wolves will ensure Wyoming’s share of a fully recovered population. Wyoming’s draft plan commits the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to maintaining at least seven breeding pairs of wolves located in the state and primarily outside of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway. The remaining breeding pairs will be located primarily within Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and John D. Rockefeller Memorial Parkway.


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