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Jim Robertson

First Known Litter Of Mexican Gray Wolves Born in The Wild


Jul 20, 2014t;em class=”wnDate”>Sunday, July 20, 2014 9:33 PM EDT</em>


Mexico- Officials in Mexico have released video of the first known litter of Mexican gray wolves to be born in the wild.

The births are part of a three-year program to reintroduce the subspecies to a habitat from which they disappeared three decades ago.

The country’s National Commission of Natural Protected Areas says the wolf pups were spotted last month by a team of researchers in the Western Sierra Madre Mountains in northern Mexico.

The above footage shows the wolf cubs playing.

Mexico began reintroducing the wolves three years ago. The parents of this litter were released in December with hopes they would breed.

Authorities seldom reveal the exact location of breeding pairs in recovery programs in order to protect endangered species.

The Mexican gray wolf was almost wiped out in the southwestern United States by the same factors that eliminated the animal in Mexico, such as hunting, trapping and poisoning.

The Mexican gray wolf is still an endangered species in the United States and Mexico.

45 cows killed by single lightning strike near Darby


DARBY – A single lightning bolt killed 45 cattle on a Darby-area ranch last week.

The cows, calves and a prize bull were crowded together under some small crabapple trees when the lightning struck, said rancher Jean Taylor.

The incident happened Monday, July 14.

“It was exactly at 10:28 p.m.,” Taylor said. “The clap of thunder woke me up. Some friends told me they felt the shock in their house.”

The Taylors live south of Tin Cup Road.

The family had spent years building their herd of Black Angus cattle.

“They were beautiful cattle,” she said. “It killed cows and their calves and a bull that we had just bought last spring. It’s very sad.”

Local ranchers helped the family dispose of the dead animals.

No one had ever heard of so many cattle being killed by lightning l”





Carlton Complex Fire now 16% contained as rain expedites relief effort

Originally posted on Q13 FOX News:

PATEROS, Wash – Crews fighting the Carlton Complex fire in north central Washington are beginning to make progress on that fire, helped by Mother Nature and a steady drizzle.

Tuesday morning authorities said the Carlton Complex Fire, the largest fire in the history of Washington, fire was 16 percent contained.

The largest previous wildfire was the Yacolt Burn Fire at 238,000 acres in 1902.

Still the fire that was more than 100 miles long had grown to 250,136 acres in size. The number of resources on the ground grew as well and now includes around 2110 firefighters and fire personnel.

The Carlton Complex fire was sparked by lightening one week ago. At least 185 homes so far have been destroyed by the fire. One person died of a heart attack while trying to protect his home.

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Jail time awaits Baudette hunting guide for years of bear and deer poaching

Photo Copyright Jim Robertson

Photo Copyright Jim Robertson


by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune

  • Updated: July 22, 2014 – 10:22 AM

Keith Slick also was sentenced for fleeing in a motor vehicle and second-degree drunken driving for briefly trying to elude a conservation officer.

A longtime big game guide in far northern Minnesota is facing jail time after admitting to years of poaching bears and deer, acts that also have cost him his hunting privileges for three years, state conservation officials said Monday.

Keith R. Slick, 33, of Baudette, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Lake of the Woods County District Court to 90 days in jail for various misdemeanors and gross misdemeanors, including: transporting a big game animal, lending/borrowing a bear license, two counts of taking/possessing an over-limit of bear and failing to register a bear.

Along with his jail time, Slick also was sentenced to 120 hours of community service and must pay $2,090 in fines and restitution. Once out of jail, he will be on probation for two years with conditions that he surrender his weapons and agree to random searches.

Slick also was sentenced for felony fleeing in a motor vehicle and gross-misdemeanor second-degree drunken driving for briefly trying to elude a conservation officer. Slick will serve 30 days of electronic home monitoring for fleeing, with that time starting once his incarceration ends.

Ac­cord­ing to the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which investigated the case:

Dur­ing last fall’s bear hunt­ing sea­son, state con­ser­va­tion of­fi­cer Robert Gorecki spotted an ac­tive bear bait sta­tion be­long­ing to Slick. A search of his home un­cov­ered nu­mer­ous bear capes and skulls, as well as sets of deer ant­lers.

“There were no pos­ses­sion or reg­is­tra­tion tags found with any of the bears,” Gorecki said in a state­ment re­leased by the DNR. “The bears did not have any cuts in their ears that would in­di­cate that a site tag was at­tached at any time in the past,” Gorecki said.

A check of DNR re­cords in­di­cat­ed that Slick nev­er reg­is­tered a buck or bear tak­en in the past 10 years, which is as far back as a­gen­cy re­cords go.

A cellphone seized in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tained pic­tures of Slick with a dead bear. Nu­mer­ous text mes­sages were also found with Slick tell­ing peo­ple a­bout the bear he had shot. Oth­er text mes­sages from Slick stat­ed that he had shot seven bears in his life.

Only two of the six ant­ler sets re­cov­ered had site tags on them, but they were from in­di­vidu­als oth­er than Slick.

A rifle and bow that Slick used for poaching will be auctioned by the state.

Please come to fill the courtroom with elephant advocates

Please come to fill the courtroom with elephant advocates

Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants has filed numerous public disclosure requests to the Zoo. The Zoo has been frequently unresponsive claiming it isn’t subject to Washington State’s Public Records Act.  In order to hold the Zoo accountable and to learn more about the elephants’ plight, we filed a lawsuit on March 12th, 2014: Fortgang v. Woodland Park Zoo.  The request for summary judgment will be heard this Friday, July 25th at 1:30pm.

We need you there to show the judge WE ARE WATCHING
History could be made!  Please there!

What:    Request for summary judgment for Fortgang v. Woodland Park Zoo
When:   Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 1:30pm
Where:  King County Superior Court. 516 Third Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104
Honorable Judge Jean Rietschel’s courtroom.

What is the zoo hiding?
The Zoo has taken over $108 million dollars from tax payers since 2002.  The Zoo has use of city parkland and city buildings RENT FREE.  The Zoo acquired their “product”, the animals, from the city for FREE.  Yet the Zoo has refused to answer the most basic financial information and details about the welfare of Bamboo, Chai and Watoto, the three elephants confined in the Zoo.  When it did respond, some information was not accurate—such as how many times Chai was artificially inseminated or where the water sources are located in the yard.

   Photo credit: The Seattle Times

More recently, the Zoo has refused to provide records on the imminent transfer of Watoto to another Zoo.  Despite acknowledging that the Zoo is communicating with other zoos, it says it has no records.

It’s time for secrecy to end.  Taxpayers deserve to know what’s going on inside the walls of Woodland Park Zoo.  Please come and show your support against the Zoo’s arrogance.

We will all wear an orange tag that says in big letters:  TRANSPARENCY

Thanks so much,
Nancy Pennington and Alyne Fortgang

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Remembering the Basin Butte Pack Thanksgiving Week Massacre….

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

Basin Butte wolf “Little Sis”

July 22, 2014

It’s been almost five years since the Basin Butte pack was gunned down, during Thanksgiving week, in Stanley, Idaho.

I hope you will remember these wolves and the cruel, disgusting agency that took their lives. Wildlife Services must be abolished and defunded. They’re an extermination arm of the Department of Agriculture, killing millions of animals annually for agribusiness. They do horrific damage to gray wolves and other native wildlife.

I will be paying tribute this week to the wolves and wolf packs who’ve have been slaughtered in wolf hunts, by Wildlife Services, poachers and ranchers.


Thanksgiving Week Massacre of The Basin Butte Wolves

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A Basin Butte wolf pup, 6 months old.

December 6, 2009

All Photos by Idaho WildWolf Images Copyright 2008.

This is an account of Idaho’s popular Basin Butte wolves and their tragic end, as told to me by…

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Carlton Complex Fire is largest in Washington history, over 4 times the size of Seattle

Originally posted on Q13 FOX News:


Wildfire working its way up a hillside of trees in Okanogan County, Wash. (Photo: KCPQ-TV)

NEAR CARLTON, Wash. — The Carlton Complex Fire in north-central Washington has grown to 244,000 acres, or 381 square miles — more than four times the size of Seattle — and is the largest wildfire in state history. An estimated 185 homes have been destroyed so far in the flames that are only 2 percent contained.

The largest previous wildfire was the Yacolt Burn Fire at 238,000 acres in 1902.

Moreover, a new wildfire called the Bugg Road Fire, about 8 miles east of Tonasket, along Highway 97, broke out Monday and quickly grew from 300 acres to 1,100 acroes. “Multiple structures threatened,” the Washington Department of Natural Resources tweeted. Mandatory Level 3 evacuation orders were issued for Tonasket, and from Siwash Road at North Siwash Road and Oberg Road.

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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Doomsday climate scenario no longer far-fetched

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:


“Consider this. What if all life on earth could go extinct because of man-made climate change?” — “Last Hours” documentary

There is little, these days, that brings state power in line with the best interests of the public or the planet. Those in power devour Koch money for breakfast and deliver destruction of the planet all day long.  Concentrated corporate and special-interest power monetize what was sacred, and have taken over governments, including our own, cannibalizing the planet to exhaustion. This trajectory is accelerating such that this may be the last century of life on this planet. Each of the five former known extinctions eradicated more than half of life on earth. Several of them involved global warming.

Everyone should watch Thom Hartmann’s short “Last Hours, a preamble to a documentary in the works, covering the projections of how climate change will likely play out. Rather than a…

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Blog Follow-up

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:

Please watch Thom Hartmann’s short documentary linked in the just posted column and add to the conversation by emailing my editors at tctvoice@madison.com.

Over 100,000 bear killers apply each year to kill more bears ( 2/3 cubs) over packs of dogs and bait set since April and dogs run by anyone who wants to run them, tearing apart wildlife including cubs on the ground as they go.  We have less that 1500 signatures on the petition against using dogs on all wildlife in Wisconsin, the only state that kills wolves using packs of dogs – and that runs dogs on all wildlife under the excuse of killing coyotes without limit, statewide, year-round, night and day. They started running dogs on bears who have babies just a few months old, July 1 – and will continue whenever they want, through the bear kill into October. While killing, all the others who…

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