Action Alert: Contact Washington Governor to End the Slaugter of the Huckleberry Pack Wolves

copyrighted wolf in water

 

From another list:

Having killed one Huckleberry pup, WDFW continues aerial gunning: http://wdfw.wa.gov/news/aug2514a/

Below is an example of a letter to WA Governor Inslee. You can contact him at governor@gov.wa.gov and/or 360-902-4111. The points elucidated in the letter make it clear that WDFW is repeating the dishonest and secretive behavior that led to the slaughter of 7 Wedge Pack wolves in 2012.

The bulleted points in the letter were provide by Amaroq Weiss at the Center for Biological Diversity.

Let’s see if we can make enough noise to stop this killing…

Thanks, W

Dear Governor Inslee –

Please intervene and prevent further slaughter of Huckleberry pack wolves. The WDFW has been dishonest and misleading in its handling of this issue and it is by no means apparent, due to WDFW’s secretive behavior, that nonlethal deterrents and techniques were properly employed or even if they were used in good conscience and with serious intent. Below are points which make it very clear that lethal removal at this juncture is unjustified and unwarranted.

  • This wolf pack has denned 3-4 miles from this location – on reservation land, but still that close – for the last 3 years and WDFW knew it.

     

  • The terrain the sheep were being grazed in should not have been used for sheep grazing; it’s rugged terrain, there are 1800 sheep spread out all over the place; the sheep owner had his shepherd quit a month ago so the sheep had only 4 guard dogs out there with them and no human presence and even then, 1 shepherd for 1800 sheep is not enough; there should be more shepherds out there.

     

  • The Dept said a week ago the sheep were being moved right then to a new location; but the sheep still haven’t been moved.

     

  • The Dept said a  range rider would be on site on Aug 15 – he did not get out there until late the night of Aug 20 and so was not out monitoring until Aug 21, 6 days later.

     

  • The dept said they had staff on site – but staff went home 1-2 nights in the midst of all this.

     

  • The dept did not accept an offer from a conservation group early on of special lights that help deter predators.

     

  • The dept did not accept an offer from WA State Univ researchers early on to come help with nonlethal measures and help sheep carcasses out that would be drawing in wolves.

     

  • The Dept showcased only their limited nonlethal efforts on the tv news, not giving any hint to the public they would carry out a secret kill operation on a weekend morning while the public slept unaware.

     

  • They have betrayed the public trust in their lack of transparency and misleading assertions of having used all nonlethal possible before resorting to lethal control.

     

  • The sheep rancher himself had signed up this spring to participate in WSU’s nonlethal research project which would have given him assistance on the front end but then he pulled out.

     

  • The sheep rancher cannot expect the public to think he can reasonably monitor 1800 sheep with no shepherds present; in fact when he first discovered sheep losses the bodies were too decomposed to determine how they died, which demonstrates it had been awhile since anyone checked on them.

     

These sheep need to be moved. Now.

Respectfully,

11 thoughts on “Action Alert: Contact Washington Governor to End the Slaugter of the Huckleberry Pack Wolves

  1. Am I not correct that these sheep are on leased public land?! We are nlt going to have balanced ecology with wolves or grizzlies if we do not halt this continuing encroachment. Ranchers, maybe the most entitled thinkers on earth continue eating up pubic land for a pittance and have the gull to complain about wildlife. Lethal management on public land should be prohibited.

  2. Encroachment Situations: Re: The Huckleberry Wolf Pack in WA and their management (WDFW), and 1800 sheep on rugged mountainous land, sheep depredation and decision for lethal management action on public land: This situation amounts to wolf baiting and gross encroachment. There is very low likelihood that these sheep, this many on rugged, mountainous public land can be managed without essentially baiting wolves by their very presence. We are not going to have balanced ecology with wolves or grizzlies if we do not halt this continuing encroachment. Ranchers, maybe the most entitled thinkers on earth continue eating up public land for a pittance and have the gall to complain about wildlife. Lethal management on public land should be prohibited. There is an unholy alliance of the traditional anti-wolf crowd of hunters and ranchers and state wildlife agencies, groups parochial and irrationally biased and actually ignorant, their heads full of folklore and myth and lies about ungulate predation and stock predation, and when it comes to balanced ecology, wolf and other predator management. There are 23,000 leases on public land in 16 western states for grazing on national forests lands and BLM land. Even when the public opinion is taken and it is overwhelmingly in the favor of wolf presence, nonlethal management, wildlife agencies and politicians let a minority crowd of ranchers-hunters-parochials have their anti-wolf way, which shows that they are of the same ilk and the need to do something about major reformation of state and federal wildlife agencies.

  3. Go, Huckleberry Pack, Go!

    http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/outdoors/2014/aug/27/wolf-update-huckleberry-pack-avoids-helicopter-gunners/

    We did not fly on Tuesday evening and do not plan to fly today. We have established a trapline and have provided instructions to euthanize up to three more wolves caught. We also have ongoing authorization for our staff and the rancher to kill up to two wolves observed in the vicinity of the flock. We will continue to assess these efforts each day, and the directive is to remove up to four wolves from the Huckleberry pack.

    Okay, so now we’re up to six wolves authorized to be killed? Azzholes.

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