Missoula man runs-down wolves, brags on Facebook

John S. Adams 10:52 p.m. MDT September 19, 2014

Editor’s note: What follows is a graphic description that may be difficult for some readers.

A Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks law enforcement official said Friday the agency is “looking into” a Missoula anti-wolf extremist’s Facebook claim that he purposefully ran down a pair of wolves on Interstate 90 just east of the Idaho-Montana border.

Montana FWP Region 2 Warden Capt. Joseph Jaquith said they were aware of Toby Bridges’ Facebook post in which he brags about killing two young wolves with his wife’s van.

“We’re trying to determine, first of all, what exactly we can do with something somebody says on Facebook with no other physical evidence,” Jaquith said. “Whether or not it’s true remains to be seen.”

Bridges, who runs an anti-wolf website and Facebook page called Lobo Watch, on Tuesday posted pictures on Facebook and described in graphic detail how he accelerated his vehicle in an apparent attempt to intentionally run down the wolves.

Bridges did not respond to an email seeking comment.

Bridges described a scene in which he claims a group of wolves were chasing a cow and calf elk across the highway about four miles east of Lookout Pass. Bridges said he “let off the brake and hit the accelerator.”

“Just past MM4 (mile maker 4), a cow elk and calf suddenly ran right out onto Interstate 90, and I let up on the gas and had just started to brake — in case more elk followed,” Bridges wrote. “What followed were two adult wolves. The cow jumped over the concrete barrier separating (sic) West and East traffic lanes, the calf stayed on ‘my’ side — and both were running up the highway, toward the pass. The wolves went after the calf … and I let off the brake and hit the accelerator. I was going to save that calf.”

Bridges said his vehicle was driving approximately 55 mph “when suddenly four young wolves shot right out in front of me.

Wolf Hunting Reinforces Intolerance

Attitudes about wolves after 1st wolf hunt
 
Hypotheses: Attitudes towards wolves and wolf policy among residents in wolf range since 2009, and since the wolf harvest, with increase in tolerance with hunt. (Note: this was one of the rationales the state used for establishing the legal hunt.)copyrighted Hayden wolf walking
Plurality of wolf range respondents  said tolerance would increase if people could hunt wolves in pre-hunt surveys.
Assumption: Making wolves a game species even in a limited number might make wolves part of the utilitarian culture of wildlife and provide rural residents with increased comfort.
Survey sample: 81% male, 19% females, 70% hunters. Most in “wolf range.”
Results: Significant change occurred: Tolerance decreased by 35% within the wolf range.
 
35% net shift towards agreement with the statement “killing wolves is the only way to protect people and pets.”
Conclusion: Wolf hunting reinforces social acceptance of intolerance, decreases tolerance for wolves in “wolf range” in Wisconsin.
Need to explore other publically acceptable, ecologically sustainable methods of carnivore conservation

Wolf hunt limits set for 2014-2015; landowners may kill up to 100 threatening wolves per year

Private land | Owners can kill wolves they believe are a threat without it counting toward hunting season

MISSOULA — Private landowners may kill up to 100 wolves a year they believe are threatening livestock, dogs or people under a new state law that doesn’t count toward Montana’s wolf-hunting season.

But Fish, Wildlife and Parks commissioners opted to monitor those landowner killings in blocks of 25 instead of an earlier plan to allow 50 kills before review. The decision came during the commission’s meeting in Missoula on Thursday.

The landowner quota is separate from the state’s annual wolf hunt. Hunters must have a wolf license and operate during an annual season, while landowners or their agents can kill wolves “that are a potential threat to human safety, livestock or domestic dogs” at any time of year. That option comes from Senate Bill 200, passed in the last Legislature.

Landowners may also kill wolves in the act of attacking livestock without affecting the 100-animal quota.

But they can only use that privilege on private land — not on public-land grazing allotments. And while landowners may allow private hunters to kill threatening wolves on their property under the quota, the landowner (not the hunter) would be responsible for any illegal wolf kill.

So, for example, if a rancher told elk hunters on his land they had his permission to shoot wolves near his cattle, they could do so under the landowner quota without using their hunting licenses. But if a hunter killed a wolf after the quota was exceeded or somewhere that the wolf posed no believable threat, the landowner could be liable for the violation.

On Thursday, the commissioners also set rules for the 2014-15 wolf hunting season, which remained generally the same as last year. The coming rifle season will run from Sept. 15 to March 15, with a bag limit of five wolves per hunter. Two hunting districts near Yellowstone National Park have quotas of three wolves, to protect packs popular with wildlife watchers in the park.

Hunters have no quota on wolves except in those areas close to Yellowstone and Glacier National parks. Last year, hunters killed 128 wolves while trappers took another 97.

Landowners have killed far fewer wolves under previous shoot-on-sight rules for livestock protection. FWP wildlife manager Quentin Kujula said the past several years averaged less than 10.

“Landowners want the opportunity to deal with the situation themselves,” FWP director Jeff Hagener said after the unanimous approval of the quota. “They don’t want to wait for compensation for wolf depredation or for (federal) Wildlife Services to arrive. This way, they don’t have additional costs, and we the taxpayers don’t have additional costs.”

That prompted commissioners Matthew Tourtlotte and Gary Wolfe to amend the landowner rule. The original version required commission review after the first 50 wolves were killed. Tourtlotte and Wolfe proposed making checks in 25-kill blocks.

“I’m really concerned about a perception there’s open season on wolves on private land in Montana,” Wolfe said. “This is to give landowners the ability to address legitimate perceived threats, not to create an open season on private land. It’s easier to become more liberal than try and back off in the future.”

Commission chairman Dan Vermillion said estimates of the state’s wolf population show it has been able to absorb the impact of no-quota hunting seasons. Montana has around 600 wolves.

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“I think this is the kind of program that helps foster more tolerance for wolves on the landscape,” Vermillion said.

When wolves were protected under the federal Endangered Species Act, Montanans felt powerless to deal with the predators’ impact, and that fostered intolerance for their presence, he argued.

Tonight’s the Night…

…that Animal Planet spreads their latest wolf lies.

Contact info for Discovery (their corporate parent).

The above link is quite slow, perhaps due to an overload of comments, so you might try their phone number – this works!  (571 )262-4899.
Petition:
 
Full episodes will air:
Today, Sunday May 25th at 1:00 p.m. EST 
Tuesday, May 27th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern. 
Wednesday May 28th at midnight Eastern and 4:00 a.m. Eastern on the Animal Planet channel (630 HD on Fios). 
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Ewwwww, We’re Not Watching “Animal Planet” Anymore

Boycott Animal PlanetTo anyone who is angry at what Animal Planet did to wolves and are fed up with the anti-wildlife and non-educational programming being aired on Discovery owned networks, here is a number to call to tell them off.

Discovery: 571-262-4899 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 571-262-4899 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting. Feel free to call them and tell them how you feel. Time to take a stand.

Animal Planet: Remove Wolf-Hating Episode!

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/animal-planet-remove.fb47?source=s.icn.fb&r_by=10588579

Petition by Elizabeth Huntley

To be delivered to John S. Hendricks, Chairman of Discovery Communications

Petition Statement

It’s unacceptable and irresponsible to air an episode depicting wolves as over-populated, man-eating, and causing “murderous carnage”. To air such an episode perpetuates myths and misconceptions about wolves that scientific research has long ago de-bunked! Tell Animal Planet to remove this episode and issue a formal apology to viewers for airing such a false and misleading program about wolves!

There are currently 1,816 signatures. NEW goal – We need 2,000 signatures! 

Petition Background

Wolves in the United States are fighting for their lives. De-listed from the Endangered Species List in six states, they are hunted, trapped, and gassed in their dens, resulting in at least a 20% overall drop in their population. Wolves are not a threat to humans, and have a minimal impact on livestock losses. Wolves are deeply committed to family life, and when a pack member is slain, it can fatally disrupt pack life. Animal Planet must stop perpetuating lies about wolves!

You can leave a comment for Animal Planet at this number  1-571-262-4899 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-571-262-4899 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting – it’s the best way to do so – thank you!

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Animal Planet falsely portrays wolves as killers “who threaten us as never before”

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You can leave a comment for Animal Planet at this number  1-571-262-4899 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-571-262-4899 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting – it’s the best way to do so – thank you!

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201405/wolves-have-razor-sharp-teeth-and-hear-your-beating-heart

Blood sells but it shouldn’t

I’ve written many essays about how media (print and film) often offers sensationalist and thoroughly misleading stories about various nonhuman animals (animals). Now, Animal Planet is guilty of putting forth sensationalist lies about wolves. Concerning gray wolves, Brooks Fahy, Executive Director of Predator Defense, alerted that they’ve recently written: “Razor sharp teeth, killer instincts, and senses so precise they hear your beating heart, and your fear. They’re on the hunt, and now with numbers growing out of control, they’re threatening humans like never before.”

These lies — there have been only two verified accounts of wolves killing humans — are to publicize Anmal Planet’s series called Monster Week and their episode titled “Man-Eating Super Wolves.”

As research is anthrozoology has clearly shown, our relationship with other animals is a complex and challenging affair and the least we should expect — and demand — is that media represent animals as they really are, not as some imagine them to be. And, surely, misleading advertisements and stories about animals should not be used to make money or to induce fear when, indeed, existing data show that they are not dangerous at all. Shame on Animal Planet. Blood and lies should not sell.

PLEASE CONTACT ANIMAL PLANET – to protest their reprehensible misrepresentation of wolves and other animals and please find something else to do when these programs air. THIS IS HORRIFIC AND MISLEADING HYPE!

Seal/Sea Lion Killers Are Guilty of Hate Crimes

(Note: The following was based on an earlier post I wrote on December 18, 2012, entitled Wolf Hunters Are Guilty of Hate Crimes. The wolf hunting and the seal/sea lion killing situations are so similar that about all I had to do was substitute the words seal/sea lions for wolf.)

 

It occurs to me that the killing of seal and sea lions by those who detest them qualifies as a hate crime. By definition, a hate crime is: A crime, usually violent, motivated by prejudice or intolerance toward a member of a social group.

Well, you don’t get a much more social group than a herd of sea lions—and you don’t find any greater prejudice or intolerance than among those who hate the seal family.

In addition to charges of pre-meditated murder and kidnapping, the person or persons who ran over the mother seal and left with her newborn pup in Ocean Park, WA, should be charged with committing hate crimes.

The same goes for the people who have been hatefully killing sea lions up at Bonneville Dam.

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Self-entitlement—on steroids

Talk about a bad case of self-entitlement—when it comes to wildlife, Idaho hunters give new meaning to the words. Ever since wolves were removed from the endangered species list, hunters in Idaho have been making a federal case of the fact that their “game” is feeding wild predators (as nature intended).

Meanwhile, you hear next to nothing about poachers, who take a bigger bite of the “resource” than wolves ever could. Their reaction to poaching seems to be: “Why get excited about that? At least they’re humans like us.”

To challenge poaching is to challenge all human entitlement to prey species who here long before humans even set foot on this continent.

It’s another case of the “it’s all here for us” mentality—on steroids.

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson. All Rights Reserved

Text and Wildlife Photography ©Jim Robertson. All Rights Reserved