Republican lawmakers declare war on wolves

Summit County Citizens Voice

Proposed legislation undermines Endangered Species Act

Gray wolves a. Photo courtesy USFWS. Gray wolves. Photo courtesy USFWS.

Staff Report

FRISCO — Politicians are once again meddling with wolf conservation in a process that never ends well for the animals. Last week, Republican lawmakers from Wisconsin, Wyoming and Minnesota introduced House legislation that would remove federal protection from gray wolves in Wyoming and the western Great Lakes states.

Already under political pressure, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ended protections for gray wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan in 2011 and in Wyoming in 2012. Federal judges overturned both decisions for failing to follow the best science and for prematurely turning management over to state fish and game agencies hostile to wolves.

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Not much love for endangered species in Obama’s budget

Summit County Citizens Voice

dr It’s tough to save endangered species without any money.

Funding for entire endangered species program is less than the cost of a single F-35 fighter jet

Staff Report

FRISCO — The Obama administration talks a good green game, but when it comes to putting money toward endangered species protection, it’s business as usual. In fact, according to environmental watchdogs, the total amount of money allocated to endangered species is less than in 2016 when measured on a per-species basis.

That’s partly because 140 plants and animals have been added to the endangered species list in the past four years without an increase in spending, which means many conservation programs will underfunded once again this year.

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The Advocate, the Guard and the Force of the Horse® at Christmas

Straight from the Horse's Heart

story by R.T. Fitch ~ author, president of Wild Horse Freedom Federation

“It is ‘Feel Good Sunday’ and several of our long term readers have brought to my attention that it is time to dust off some of our formerly published equine Christmas stories and start stirring the hearts over this holiday season; so for the remaining Sundays prior to Christmas, Christmas Eve and the 25th of December SFTHH will be dedicated to sharing tales (tails) from Christmas’ past.  This story comes to you from our book and the blog’s namesake, Straight from the Horse’s Heart, and is one of my better works, in my humble opinion.  So please enjoy and allow these vignettes to sincerely help you ‘Keep the Faith’.  A gift from us to you.  Best to all!” ~ R.T.

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A Christmas Story for the Wild Ones

Reprint from December 11, 2010:

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$10 Million in Grants being Awarded by the BLM to Study Sterilization of Wild Horses

Why you should support pzp

Straight from the Horse's Heart

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by Carol Walker, Director of Field Documentation, Wild Horse Freedom Federation

When I was at the August Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Board Meeting in Riverton, Wyoming, I listened to the BLM present its plan for awarding ten million dollars in grants to study sterilization of wild horses.  They plan to announce in January which proposals will be accepted, and award 1 million dollars to each proposal. The Advisory Board Members and BLM staff lamented that birth control doesn’t work so they need to keep studying – while also laughing about “well, we KNOW sterilization works!”

This is actually completely untrue, about birth control not working.  There have been 30 years of studies proving that Native PZP, the one year drug used on mares does in fact work.  Currently, Native PZP is being used very effectively to control populations of horses in the Pryor Mountains of Montana and…

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Why It’s Bad To Be A Wolf in Northeastern Washington

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 by Anonymous for Wolves
October 26, 2014
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For a time, I lived in an old log cabin on 146 acres in Northwest Montana, a stone’s throw from a collared wolf pack, and I listened to their haunting howls during the morning’s wee hours.

Following Montana, I lived in the Methow Valley (on the east slopes of Washington’s North Cascade mountains), fifteen crow miles from the Lookout wolf pack, the pack that the White family all but destroyed. The White’s had lost no livestock to wolves while they attempted to ship bloody wolf pelts to Canada, emailing boasts and images of the dead wolves to friends.

 I spoke up for the Wedge Pack in Olympia (WA’s capitol), after seven members of the pack were shot from a helicopter by Wildlife Services in 2012, all to protect irresponsibly ranged cows grazing on terrain unsuitable to livestock. Lethal removal of the Wedge…

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Owyhee Litigation Moves Forward

Wild Horse Education

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(Reno) Last week more documents were filed in the ongoing legal saga of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) ten year removal plan of wild horses from the Owyhee Complex in northern Nevada.

Laura Leigh, President and founder of Wild Horse Education, alleges that wild horse removals are unlawful at the Owyhee Complex due to insufficient data and analysis of available data. Leigh also asserts that at removals that occurred under this plan have violated First Amendment notions.

In documents filed last week through Leigh’s attorneys, Danielle Holt and Michael Beede, Leigh moves these claims forward as allowed by the court.

“Because the plaintiff may reasonably expect that the same agency conduct would likely repeat in other areas of the Owyhee Complex during the ten-year EA as that outlined in paragraphs 11-13, 15-16, 18-28 and 32-33, and which also causes inhumane methods and conditions…

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Fleet of Angels, TMR Rescue & Wild Horse Freedom Federation combine efforts to save wild burros destined for Guatemala

Wonderful news for 11 burros.

Straight from the Horse's Heart

11 once wild burros are safe from a future as beasts of burden, possible abuse and most likely death from being sent to Guatemala (where the BLM had planned to ship them).

Marjorie Farabee and Terry Fitch (The Dynamic Duo from WHFF) protesting in D.C. ~ photo by R.T. Fitch Marjorie Farabee and Terry Fitch (The Dynamic Duo from WHFF) protesting in D.C. ~ photo by R.T. Fitch

In a joint effort by Fleet of Angels (thanks Elaine Nash and all the volunteers!), TMR Rescue, and Wild Horse Freedom Federation, these 11 burros are on their way to their new home at TMR Rescue.  They are being transported by Terry Fitch (co-founder and Treasurer of Wild Horse Freedom Federation) and Marjorie Farabee (Dir. of Wild Horse Affairs for Wild Horse Freedom Federation and Mgr. of TMR Rescue). 

Marjorie thought you’d all like to see a few photos.

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Precious cargo rests awhile, and maybe they’ll nibble some hay.

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BLM & some “nuisance” ranchers deceive American taxpayers

The BLM seems to act in collusion with ranchers when it actively advises ranchers to send letters of complaint to them to remove “nuisance” wild horses from private property. #Justice4mustangs

Straight from the Horse's Heart

by Debbie Coffey,  V.P. and Director of Wild Horse Affairs, Wild Horse Freedom Federation     Copyright 2014               All Rights Reserved.

On October, 16, 2014, the Bureau of Land Management Ely District in Nevada issued a news release announcing that in early November, it would begin a roundup to remove “approximately 120 excess wild horses from in and around the Triple B and Silver King Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in eastern Nevada.” And “The helicopter gathers are necessary to prevent further damage to private property and provide for public and animal safety.” 

For one thing, per BLM’swebsite, “Nevada is an open range state.  It is the responsibility of the private land owner to build a legal fence to keep livestock off private land.” 

Let’s take a closer look at what this news release did and didn’t say.

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