The Washington Wolf Dilemna

Wolves and Writing

Huckleberry pups, June 2012 Huckleberry pups, June 2012. Photo from WDFW website.

It’s a disconcerting deja vu. Two years ago we fought hard to prevent the killing of the Wedge pack for their supposed role in livestock depredations. But the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Department (WDFW) ignored public opinion as they spent over $76,000 in a full scale war against the Wedge pack wolves, killing seven of its members.

An OPD article dated November 14, 2012 quotes WDFW spokesperson Madonna Luers as saying, “Our director (Phil Anderson) has said that he never wants to do this again… The social acceptance is just not there.”

Mr. Anderson must have forgotten making this statement because now the Huckleberry pack is being targeted under his authorization. One member, reportedly a pup, has been shot already and three more are in the scopes.

I spoke today with Bob Ferris, Executive Director of Cascadia Wildlands about the issue. Bob…

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Tangled Whale May Not Get Help (Iceland)

The ocean update

whaleAugust 13th, 2014. A humpback whale tangled in some fishing nets in Ísafjarðardjúp off the coast of Iceland’s Westfjord region may not receive the help it needs as there is no real system in place to assist it.

Gísli Víkingarsson, a whale expert with Iceland’s Marine Research Institute told Vísir that it is common for dolphins and porpoises to be caught by fishing nets but that it is rare for whales to get tangled in this way.

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BLM Delays Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup As Preliminary Injunction Motion Filed

Straight from the Horse's Heart

Adobe Town Mares in 2010 Roundup Adobe Town mares in 2010 roundup (photo by Carol Walker of Wild Horse Freedom Federation)

The update below was sent to us by Plaintiff Carol Walker, the Director of Field Documentation for Wild horse Freedom Federation, who has been documenting these Wyoming wild horse herds for 10 years.  

For Immediate Release

BLM Delays Wyoming Wild Horse Roundup As Preliminary Injunction Motion Filed

Rock Springs, WY (August 11, 2014)….The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has agreed to delay the proposed roundup of more than 800 wild horses in Wyoming to allow the court time to rule on a motion for a temporary restraining order and/or preliminary injunction filed late Friday by the American Wild Horse Preservation Campaign (AWHPC), The Cloud Foundation, Return to Freedom, and wild horse photographers Carol Walker and Kimerlee Curyl. The plaintiffs have requested a decision by August 29th.

The motion seeks to halt the…

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