State kills 6 wolves so far in drive to exterminate

State kills 6 wolves so far in drive to exterminate predatory pack

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – The state so far has killed six members of the Profanity Peak wolf pack, which has been preying on cattle in Ferry County.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is using hunters flying in helicopters to shoot the animals north of Sherman Pass.

The Spokesman-Review says the wolf pack is estimated to contain 11 animals, including six pups.

Since mid-July, the state says wolves from this pack have killed or injured six cattle, and possibly five others.

Fish and Wildlife Director Jim Unsworth authorized the elimination of the wolf pack on Aug. 19. That decision has drawn criticism from some conservation groups.

Profanity Peak is one of 19 known wolf packs in the state.

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Stop the Slaughter of the Profanity Peak Wolves!

Tell Governor Inslee — Stop the Slaughter of the Profanity Peak Wolves!

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In early August, two members of the Profanity Peak wolf pack were brutally gunned down by helicopter sharpshooters in northeast Washington. The fallen included the pack’s matriarch, whose death could destroy this wolf family.

The wolves were killed by the state on behalf of livestock operators who run their cattle on public land in wolf territory. The killings occurred after the pack was confirmed to have preyed on three calves and a cow and three other stock losses were deemed probable wolf kills.

There is strong science showing that killing a breeding animal like the Profanity Pack’s matriarch may lead to a splintering of the pack and cause increased conflicts with livestock.

The Profanity Pack wolves were killed to satisfy the demands of a politically connected minority of cattle interests that want to operate America’s public lands like a publicly subsidized feedlot.

Authorities have finally suspended their hunt but say they will reinitiate efforts to kill wolves if more livestock conflicts occur. Take action — tell Washington Governor Jay Inslee to prevent the slaughter of any more members of the Profanity Peak wolf pack by ordering non-lethal measures if further conflicts arise.

Make Hunting, Culling the Wild Horses of the Brumby population Illegal !!

Hunting wild horses is not illegal in Australia. Proponents of hunting, or culling as they refer to it, point to the fact the Brumby is a non-native species that is invasive and destructive to the environment. Earlier this year, the Australian government released details of their plan to kill 90% of the Brumby population in the Snowy Mountain region. The wild horses in this region were made famous by the movie The Man From Snowy River. These horses have been there for 150 years, and opponents to this plan do not find a reason to change this. Please sign my petition to put an end to this brutal, unnecessary cruelty to horses.

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Wolf advocates outraged over plan to kill E. Wash. wolf pack

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Some wolf advocates are outraged that the state is preparing for the second time to exterminate an entire wolf pack for preying on livestock in northeastern Washington state.

This is the second time in four years that a pack of endangered wolves has received the death penalty because of the grazing of privately owned cattle on publicly owned lands, the Center for Biological Diversity said.

Washington is home to about 90 wolves, and killing the 11 members of the Profanity Peak pack would amount to 12 percent of the population.

“By no stretch of the imagination can killing 12 percent of the state’s tiny population of 90 wolves be consistent with recovery,” said Amaroq Weiss, of the Center for Biological Diversity, on Thursday.

“We can’t keep placing wolves in harm’s way by repeatedly dumping livestock onto public lands with indefensible terrain, then killing the wolves when conflicts arise,” she said.

Last week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife announced it would exterminate the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County. Since mid-July, the agency has confirmed that wolves have killed or injured six cattle and probably five others, based on staff investigations.

Jim Unsworth, director of the agency, authorized the wolf hunts between the towns of Republic and Kettle Falls.

Wildlife officials shot two pack members Aug. 5, but temporarily ended wolf-removal efforts after two weeks passed without finding any more evidence of wolf predation on cattle.

“At that time, we said we would restart this operation if there was another wolf attack, and now we have three,” said Donny Martorello, WDFW wolf policy lead. “The department is committed to wolf recovery, but we also have a shared responsibility to protect livestock from repeated depredation by wolves.”

Since 2008, the state’s wolf population has grown from two wolves in one pack to at least 90 wolves and 19 packs.

Wolves were hunted to extinction in Washington at the beginning of the last century. Since the early 2000s, they’ve moved back into the state from neighboring Idaho and British Columbia.

That has set off alarm bells from people in rural areas, especially in northeastern Washington where the animals are concentrated.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife has walked a fine line between environmental groups, who support wolf recovery, and ranchers who want to protect their herds. The issue has become a dividing line between urban and rural residents.

In 2012, hunters hired by the state killed members of the Wedge pack of wolves, in the same general area, for killing livestock.

Conservation groups say the livestock is the problem, not wolves.

“Cows grazing in thick forest and downed trees in the Colville National Forest are in an indefensible situation,” said Tim Coleman, executive director for Kettle Range Conservation Group. “We believe the wildest areas of our national forests should be a place where wolves can roam free.”

Under Washington’s wolf plan, livestock owners are eligible for taxpayer-funded compensation for losses. Taxpayers have also funded the radio collars placed on wolves.

Those collars are now being used to locate and kill the wolves. This practice is referred to as the use of “Judas wolves,” because the collared wolves unknowingly betray the location of their family members, Weiss said.

Some conservation groups do not oppose the hunt. Wolf Haven International, the Humane Society of the United States, Defenders of Wildlife, and Conservation Northwest said they are focused on long-term goals.

“We remain steadfast that our important goals remain the long-term recovery and public acceptance of wolves in our state alongside thriving rural communities,” the groups said in a press release. “We believe that ultimately we can create conditions where everyone’s values are respected and the needs of wildlife, wildlife advocates, and rural communities are met.”

WA Gov. Blames Climate Change for Wildfires

A major fire in the forests at Ahirikot in Srinagar, Uttarakhand state, India, Monday, May 2, 2016. Massive wildfires that have killed at least seven people in recent weeks were burning through pine forests in the mountains of northern India on Monday, including parts of two tiger reserves.(Press Trust of India via AP) INDIA OUT, MANDATORY CREDIT, NO ARCHIVE

Inslee declares state of emergency, blames climate change as E. Wash. wildfires rage

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Several wildfires continued to burn in Eastern Washington Tuesday and Gov. Jay Inslee declared a state of emergency for 20 counties.

Firefighters appeared to be gaining the upper hand against wildfires burning in the Spokane region, although heavy smoke blanketed the state’s second-largest city.

Inslee visited a fire command center on the Spokane County Fairgrounds on Tuesday morning, and blamed tree diseases and rising temperatures caused by climate change for the state’s recent spate of record wildfire seasons.

Inslee says diseased trees and climate change have created “explosive conditions” in forests.

“Our forests and wild lands are under attack from climate change,” Inslee said.

More: http://komonews.com/news/local/eastern-wash-wildfires-keep-growing-gov-inslee-heads-to-area

Book Review: Exposing the Big Game

Exposing the Big Game

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Book Review: Exposing the Big Game

Exposing the Big Game: Living Targets of a Dying Sport

by Jim Robertson

Earth Books, 2012

Exposing the Big Game, Jim Roberton’s fire-breathing jeremiad on the evils of hunting, opens with a passage that deserves quotation in full:

During the nineteenth century, a serial killer known as Buffalo Bill terrorized the American West, shooting and dismembering his victims who numbered in the thousands. But no special agents from the FBI headquarters in Quantico were ever sent to stop Bill or the procession of copycat killers joining in the fun. The carnage was endorsed and encouraged; the targets, though gregarious, caring and benign, were nonhuman after all.

Robertson refers to the near-extinction of the American buffalo as “a holocaust to the tenth power,” with over 60 million bison massacred, sometimes by ‘hunters’ shooting from the windows of passing trains…

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Hunting: the Sport of Sociopaths

Exposing the Big Game

How can some people torment and kill animals and call it a “sport?” They must have the same merciless attitude as Canadian pig farmer, hands-on butcher and serial killer, Willy Pickton.

When asked by a Vancouver police interrogator to reveal the locations of the 49 women he’d murdered over his career (some of whose remains were ground up, mixed with pig meat and sold or given away to friends or family), Pickton asked, “Why should I do that?” To which the investigator replied, “For the families. They need to know.”

Willie’s chilling comeback summed up his entire outlook on life, “Not my problem, shit happens.”

Pickton was clearly a sociopath (or psychopath, if you prefer), and so must be those who subscribe to his “shit happens” philosophy. While a lot of folks are pretty unsympathetic about things that don’t directly affect them, hunters (like serial killers) take it a step…

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Video of hunter killing Alberta bear with spear draws death threats

Video of hunter killing Alberta bear with spear draws death threats; provincial ban coming

Alberta to Ban Spear Hunting After Bear Video Sparks Outrage

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The Alberta provincial government plans to ban the practice of spearing wildlife after a video posted online showing an American killing a black bear with a spear sparked outrage.

The video was posted in June on the YouTube account of Josh Bowmar, who runs an Ohio-based fitness company, and shows him killing the bear on a hunt in northern Alberta. By the time it was removed from public view on Monday it had garnered more than 208,000 views.

The 13-minute video shows Bowmar launching a massive spear — with a camera attached — at a bear from 11 to 14 meters (36 to 46 feet) away and captures his jubilant reaction when the animal is hit.

“I just speared a bear!” Bowmar says on the video. “He’s going down. I drilled him perfect … I smoked him.”

He later says he got “mad penetration. That’s a dead bear.”

Commenters on YouTube were livid. At least one comment threatened to do to the hunter what he did to the bear. Twitter users called the bear’s killing sick, inhumane, shameful and disgusting.

Alberta’s Environment and Parks department issued a statement, calling the spear hunting an “archaic” practice. Spear hunting is already illegal in Ontario, Canada’s most populous province.

“Work is well underway to update Alberta’s hunting regulations. We will introduce a ban on spear hunting this fall as part of those updated regulations,” a spokesman said in an emailed statement. “‘In the meantime, we have asked Fish and Wildlife officers to investigate this incident to determine if charges are warranted under existing laws.”

Wayne Pacelle, CEO of The Humane Society of the United States, welcomed Alberta’s plans to strengthen the law to ban spear hunting.

“Our attitudes toward animals evolve for the better, and there is more antipathy for acts of cruelty like the one from Alberta,” said Pacelle. “At one time, cockfighting and dogfighting were legal. Then we got our act together as a society and forbade these practices as depraved, archaic and inhumane.”

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Athletic clothing company Under Armour drops sponsorship of wife of Ohio hunter who killed bear with spear in Canada

 

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An athletic clothing company has severed ties with the wife of the Ohio hunter who killed a bear with a spear in Alberta, Canada.

The video of Josh Bowmar impaling the animal sparked such outrage that it prompted a vow from the Alberta government to outlaw spear hunting in the fall. Officials are also mulling a decision to file charges against Bowmar.

Bowmar’s wife Sarah was also featured in the video. A spokeswoman for Under Armour, a sportswear supplier based in Baltimore, said while the company is “dedicated to the hunting community,” spearing the bear may have gone too far. The company has decided to end its sponsorship of Sarah Bowmar.

“The method used to harvest this animal was reckless and we do not condone it,” said the spokeswoman, Danielle Daly.

Ohio hunter kills bear with spear (WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO)

Social media users called for a boycott of Under Armour products because of the brand’s association with the Bowmars, who runs a fitness business in Ohio.

But many also came to the Bowmars’ defense, blasting Under Armour’s decision as unfair.

“Apparently you can lose your sponsorship for doing what you were sponsored for. Logistics,” tweeted Olivia Jones.

The controversial bear hunting video was posted in June on Josh Bowmar’s YouTube account. By the time it was removed from public view on Monday it had accumulated more than 208,000 views.

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The 13-minute video shows Josh Bowmar heaving a huge spear — with a camera attached — at a bear approximately 40 feet away.

“I just speared a bear!” Bowmar celebrates in the video. “He’s going down. I drilled him perfect … I smoked him.”

At least one YouTube commenter threatened to do to Bowmar what he did to the bear. Twitter users called the killing sick, inhumane, shameful and disgusting.

Alberta’s Environment and Parks department called spear hunting an “archaic” practice. Spear hunting is already illegal in Ontario.

The hunt was also condemned by the Humane Society and PETA. Humane Society CEO Wayne Pacelle labeled Bowmar “this year’s version of Walter Palmer,” the Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe.

“It’s extremely frustrating to me,” Josh Bowmar said in a recent telephone interview. “They’re trying to make this out to be the next Cecil the Lion situation. It’s clearly not. I didn’t do anything illegal. The bear died very humanely. The truth is I honestly care more about animals and hunting than anybody could.”

Bowmar denied reports that the bear took 20 hours to die, saying it ran 60 yards before collapsing and was likely dead in 30 seconds.

Hunters are coming to the support Sarah Bowmar and her husband.

“If I was a killer, why wouldn’t I pick up a rifle and shoot him from 500 yards (460 meters) away and just kill?” said Bowmar, who threw the javelin competitively in college at Heidelberg University in Ohio. “Yet I chose a weapon whose effective killing range is only ten yards (nine meters). That gives the animal the greatest chance of escape. That’s showing the most amount of respect for the animal, not the least amount of respect. So I don’t understand why this is getting so much hatred on it.”