Wolf Dad Takes His Hungry Pups For A Stroll With Brown Bears Near By….

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

“Alpha male wolf plays with and regurgitates food for 4 pups in a high density brown bear (grizzly) feeding area of the Katmai coast, Alaska. filmed by naturalist guide Brad Josephs”

Looks like dad has his hands full with four hungry pups. Watch how he regurgitates food for them as they lick his mouth. They just can’t get enough. He’s one dedicated alpha male and there are brown bears around too.

Alpa male with his pups Katmai Alaska Courtesy Brad Josephs

Wolves are the parents, the mothers, the fathers, the brothers and sisters that we always hoped we could be….Ed Bangs, Former Wolf Recovery Coordinator, USFWS

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Video: YouTube Courtesy Brad Josephs

Photo: Screen Grab Courtesy Brad Josephs

Posted in: Coastal gray wolves, Brown Bears,  Biodiversity

Tags: wolf pups, wolf dad feeds pups, Katmai Coast Alaska, Coastal wolves, Coastal brown bears, biodiversity, Brad Josephs

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Portland Audubon Society Votes to sue Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Stop the Slaughter!

Originally posted on earthwhispererconservation:

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US Army Corps of Engineers announces it will move forward with plan to slaughter 11,000 cormorants.

March 20, 2015: The US Army Corps of Engineers has issued a final record of decision announcing it will move forward with the decision to slaughter nearly 11,000 Double-crested Cormorants and destroy more than 26,000 Double-crested Cormorant nests on East Sand Island in the Columbia River Estuary.

Cormorants will be shot out of the sky with shotguns as they forage for food and with rifles at close range as they tend to their nests. The Corps still must obtain permits from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to commence the killing, and the Audubon Society of Portland urges the Fish and Wildlife Service to deny those permits. However, if those permits are issued, the Audubon Society of Portland’s Board of Directors has voted to sue the Corps and…

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“THE TOXIN THAT KEEPS ON GIVING”

Originally posted on Wisconsin Wildlife Ethic-Vote Our Wildlife:

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“Sick Swan rescue spotlights severity of lead-poisoning problem”

A touching story of a mother Trumpeter Swan saving the life of a lead-poisoned Cygnet on the ice of the St. Croix River (Source: St. Croix 360, Feb., 2015). Discusses pushback from hunting organizations, retailers and manufacturers; superiority of copper; cascading effects of lead in wildlife species; impacts on human population and ultimately a call to action. By not banning the use of lead, our legislators, state and federal agencies are violating their fiduciary responsibilities as trustees of our natural resources. See “Lead Exposure in Wisconsin Birds” (WDNR; Strom et. al, 2009); and the WDNR’s “Precautions for lead ammunition”. Lastly, take action by contacting your U.S. Senators and Representatives to OPPOSE the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015: prohibits EPA from regulating lead ammunition, opens up increased public lands to hunting, shooting ranges, importation of polar bears and much more.

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Welfare Ranchers, Riding High (Again)

Originally posted on Vickery Eckhoff:

Stewart and BundyNearly a year ago, following Forbes response to my writing about Cliven Bundy and the federal grazing program, I was approached by AlterNet with a proposition.

There had been some speculation that my Forbes departure had been spurred by Steve Forbes having grazing leases or that people with influence at Forbes did and that my exposing the federal grazing program was not to their liking. Would I be interested in writing a piece on rich welfare ranchers?

The idea of exploring that topic was attractive, even though I knew it would be challenging, so I agreed.

Today, almost a year later, I’m proud to publish “Forbes Billionaires Top US Welfare Ranchers List” on AlterNet and also the Daily Pitchfork.

The article is the fourth part of the Daily Pitchfork’s “SourceWatch” series on ranchers in the media (you can read the first three parts here, here and here).

SourceWatch was created to address the media’s twin habits of…

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Maresa’s vegan deviled eggs. Vegan. Deviled. Eggs!!! That taste and look like….EGGS!

Originally posted on Lagusta's Luscious!:

My BFF/right-hand-chocolatier Maresa and I have been talking about making vegan deviled eggs for years. This Thanksgiving we finally got around to it and I think the results are going to change your life forever.

Truthfully, the recipe is more Maresa’s than mine. We both started out tinkering around with a pile of ingredients, a food processor, and some scribbled ideas late in the kitchen one night, but I could feel that she was in hardcore recipe development-mode—her mind was whirring with modifications, improvements, tricks. I went home, and when I showed up at work the next day Reesey excitedly brought out a perfect platter of the little guys. Jacob and I pretty much died, and so did everyone at the friends-Thanksgiving we all went to the next day. Vegans immediately started jumping up and down with excitement, and non-vegans were initially puzzled but quickly entranced by their cleaner, lighter…

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Nuisance Species: Mostly About Inconvenienced Humans

Originally posted on earthwhispererconservation:

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is planning to kill over 11,000 Double-crested cormorants and destroy over 26,000 cormorant nests, on East Sand Island, Oregon.

They can call it harvesting, culling, reducing the overpopulation, or any other term meant to divert attention from the calculated bloody slaughter of native cormorants whose only crime is disrupting human agendas, by living their lives, feeding themselves and their young, nesting and breeding, on a sand island at the mouth of the Columbia River.

According to animals24-7.org, “Animals 24-7 research files include coverage of sixty-odd public controversies involving cormorants during the past decade. Each began in more-or-less the same manner, with fishers, fish farmers, and politicians erroneously blaming cormorants for the consequences of overfishing, habitat destruction, and short-sighted resource management.Each ended in the same manner as well, with large numbers of cormorants…

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Alaskan Wolves and Grizzlies Fishing for Salmon Side By Side!

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

This is such a great video, Alaskan wolves and coastal brown bears fishing for salmon together in relative harmony.  Wonderful footage!

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Video: YouTube Courtesy Brad Joseph

Photo: White Wolf Pack/Courtesy Brad Joseph

Posted in: Coastal gray wolves, Brown Bears,  Biodiversity

Tags: Coastal wolves, Coastal brown bears, Alaska, salmon fishing, biodiversity, Brad Joseph

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Climate Change Is Burning a Wolf Pack’s Last Bridge to Survival

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http://www.takepart.com/article/2015/03/12/there-are-9-wolves-left-island-and-climate-change-burning-bridge-their-survival

March 16, 2015

For the gray wolves of Michigan’s Isle Royale National Park, climate change has turned their island home from a refuge of solitude into untenable isolation. From a population of 50 at its height, the number of wolves has dropped to fewer than nine on the 206-square-mile enclave today.

Soon the island population could go extinct, thanks to a warming world.

Isle Royale rises out of the northwest corner of Lake Superior, about 11 miles from Canada’s coastline. For its size, the island is thick with forest and teems with wildlife, especially moose.

Wolves were first spotted on Isle Royale in 1948; they were likely attracted by the moose. But how did either species get out there in the first place?

By way of ice bridges from the mainland to the island, said wildlife ecologist Rolf Peterson of Michigan Technological University. But continued burning of fossil fuels has warmed winter temperatures in the region. Ice formation on Lake Superior has decreased, and ice bridges are becoming increasingly rare.

“In the ’60s, an ice bridge would form about four out of every five years; now, it’s more like one out of every 10 years,” Peterson said.

But during a February cold spell that nearly paved the Great Lakes in ice, two wolves made the trek from their home range in Minnesota’s Grand Portage Indian Reservation to Isle Royale. The pair were a young male and a female with a radio collar that allowed researchers to monitor their travels.

Experts hoped that romance would blossom between the locals and the tourists during their five-day stay. But they saw no signs of mating before the pair crossed back to the mainland.

Peterson knows firsthand how critical ice bridges are to the survival of the Isle Royale wolves. In 1997, he observed how one male wolf that made the crossing affected the genetic health of the island pack. “He revitalized the wolf population,” Peterson said, “but now, 15 years later, all of the wolves on the island are descendants of his.” Generations of inbreeding have left the wolves susceptible to disease, heart abnormalities, and low sperm counts in males.

From an average of 25 individuals over the past several decades, only nine wolves were spotted in 2014. Peterson will not be releasing this winter’s head count until the end of the month, but he admitted that, to his dismay, the number was fewer than nine.

“There’s no scientific doubt,” Peterson said. “The problem is genetic isolation, and if something isn’t done soon, the existing population will cease to exist.”

Nearly free of predators, the moose on the island have nearly doubled in number, from 500 in 2007 to more than 1,000 in 2014. That’s bad news for their favorite forage, the island’s balsam fir trees.

“Moose are at extremely high-density levels on the island, and when they’re not kept in check, they can decimate the forest vegetation and their own food supply,” Peterson said. Without wolves to thin the population, moose eat as much vegetation as they can. Once that supply is gone, they starve.

It’s a cycle Peterson recognizes from reports on moose populations prior to the 1948 wolf crossing.

After watching wolf numbers decline over the past decade, officials at the National Park Service announced last spring that they would look into introducing outside wolves to the island as a way to increase genetic diversity. But the agency has not yet reached a final determination.

“This issue is bigger than only wolf genetics,” Isle Royale superintendent Phyllis Green said in a statement. “We are charged with a larger stewardship picture that considers all factors.”

But Peterson, who has been advocating for a wolf introduction program similar to the program at Yellowstone National Park, doesn’t think there’s time to go through the usual decision-making process, particularly an environmental analysis that could take years to complete.

“The headlines are going to read, ‘They’ve studied the wolves to their death,’ ” he said.

Remembering Limpy: The Life and Death of Wolf 253

Originally posted on Howling For Justice:

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March 16, 2015

On March 28, 2008, almost seven years ago, a cherished Druid Peak pack wolf,  nick-named Limpy, was shot dead outside Daniel,Wyoming.  It happened on the day wolves, in the Northern Rockies, lost their ESA protections for the first time by the then Bush Administration. 

“He died for nothing”  said Lake City resident Marlene Foard.  A senseless death for a beloved wolf.

RIP Limpy – we remember and miss you!

Here is Limpy’s story told  by the Trib.com.

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The life and death of wolf 253

Posted: Sunday, April 13, 2008 12:00 am  Trib.com

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A wolf died the other day in Wyoming. Along with three others, it was shot and killed on the first day that wolves in most of the state lost the protection of the Endangered Species Act. These were legal kills made by people simply because…

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THE NINE PLANETARY BOUNDARIES

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This stark warning comes after an Earth resilience strategist warned mankind has exceeded four of the nine limits for hospitable life on the planet.

Excerpt From: Climate change: Antarctica’s glaciers melting, sea levels rising

Johan Rockstrom predicts we are getting close to dangerously close to hitting the fifth in a an article published in Science earlier this year.

Rockstrom came up with the idea of nine planetary boundaries in 2007 and his theory goes that in order to keep Earth hospitable, humans need to live within these nine specific boundaries.

THE NINE PLANETARY BOUNDARIES:

1. Climate change

2. Lost biodiversity as species become extinct

3. Addition of phosphorus nitrogen and other elements to the world’s crops and ecosystems

4. Deforestation and other land use changes

5. Emission of aerosols into the atmosphere that affect climate and living organisms

6. Stratospheric ozone depletion

7. Ocean acidification

8. Freshwater use

9. Dumping of organic pollutants, radioactive materials, nanomaterials, micro-plastics and other man-made substances into the world’s environment.

The nine planetary boundaries. Picture: TED.

The nine planetary boundaries. Picture: TED. Source: Supplied

SO FAR, WE’VE WRECKED FOUR OF THEM:

As the above graphic shows, when it comes to harming the planet, humans have already made massive mistakes when it comes to climate change, extinction of various species and adding

phosphorus and nitrogen to the world’s ecosystems.

We’ve also made mistakes when it comes to deforestation and are on the way to ruining the Earth further in regards to poisonous aerosol emissions and stratospheric ozone depletion.

The nine planetary boundaries. Picture: TED.

The nine planetary boundaries. Picture: TED. Source: Supplied

However Rockstrom maintains his recent paper — which is co-authored by 17 colleagues — isn’t a doomsday message, but more of a reminder how lucky humans have been to survive this long.

The planet has been our best friend by buffering our actions and showing its resilience,” Rockstrom told Ideas Ted, earlier this month.

“But for the first time ever, we might shift the planet from friend to foe.”

More…http://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/climate-change-antarcticas-glaciers-melting-sea-levels-rising/story-fnjwvztl-1227266785504