Michigan Men Confessed to Killing Gray Wolves…

DNR officials caught the men responsible for two separate Upper Peninsula wolf poaching incidents in a span of 24 hours. A 58-year-old from Greenland Township and a 67-year-old from Menominee Township, both confessed to the crimes in Ontonagon and Menominee counties, respectively, on Tuesday. Their names are being withheld pending their arraignments in the respective … Continue reading Michigan Men Confessed to Killing Gray Wolves…

Killing is Not Conservation…

...The idea that only man is equipped for conserving our planet's natural resources is a dying concept; dying right along with the untold numbers of wild sentient beings killed in the name of conservation. Such problems drive home a critical flaw in the paradigm of conserving wildlife. In the state of Wisconsin alone coyotes are … Continue reading Killing is Not Conservation…

Ill conceived Assembly Bill 712 Takes a Nose-Dive in Public Hearing

On Wednesday January 10th the Committee on Natural Resources & Sporting Heritage held a Public Hearing on Assembly Bill 712. Assembly Bill 712 is legislation not guided by or based on good sense. This bill ties the hands of local law enforcement from assisting federal authorities in any investigation into the illegal killing of Wisconsin’s … Continue reading Ill conceived Assembly Bill 712 Takes a Nose-Dive in Public Hearing

Twelve year old Canyon pack alpha female’s life ended with a shot from a poacher…

...Sad news for Yellowstone wolves. The 12-year-old Canyon pack alpha female who died last month was shot by a poacher close to the northern park boundary. Preliminary Necropsy Results Reveal Well-Known Wolf Shot Date: May 11, 2017  Contact: Morgan Warthin, (307) 344-2015  MAMMOTH HOT SPRINGS, WY – Preliminary results from the necropsy of the Canyon … Continue reading Twelve year old Canyon pack alpha female’s life ended with a shot from a poacher…

Poaching may be a bigger threat than the state thought…

Hunters may need to keep their paws off Wisconsin wolves.  By Sarah Fecht, Popular Science  Wisconsin's wolves are a great success story in many ways. When the state began monitoring its gray wolf population in 1979, there were only about 25 left in the area, after bounty hunting and prey decline nearly wiped them out. … Continue reading Poaching may be a bigger threat than the state thought…

A new study proves more wolves have been subject to poaching than the DNR reported.

Study by Adrian Treves and other scientists published in the  Journal of Mammalogy: The UW study investigated the deaths of 937 gray wolves from October 1979 to April 2012 — a period that ends before Wisconsin initiated hunting seasons for wolves. Of the 937 wolves that died and whose deaths were investigated, 431 wore radio collars. … Continue reading A new study proves more wolves have been subject to poaching than the DNR reported.

Guillaume Chapron and Adrian Treves decided to find out whether legal killing of wolves really does reduce poaching

Source: When you start killing wolves, something odd happens by By Niki Rust 11 May 2016 The US sometimes allows the killing of wolves, on the grounds that it can help conservation, but in fact there is a surprising knock-on effect As the cold early spring sun began to shine between the trees, the only sound heard … Continue reading Guillaume Chapron and Adrian Treves decided to find out whether legal killing of wolves really does reduce poaching

New Italian wolf plan would call for 60 wolves to be legally killed every year, in a context where hundreds of wolves are already killed by poachers using rifles, poison baits or traps. 

By the end of next month the Italian Government should approve the Piano di conservazione e gestione del lupo in Italia”[ Plan of conservation and management of the wolf in Italy. This plan, in spite of the hypocrisy of its title, provides some alarming exceptions to the ban on hunting the wolves in Italy. I’ve just … Continue reading New Italian wolf plan would call for 60 wolves to be legally killed every year, in a context where hundreds of wolves are already killed by poachers using rifles, poison baits or traps. 

Jill Fritz: Captive hunts increase CWD concerns

 Sounding the alarm against captive breeding farms used for canned hunts can spread fatal diseases. Jill Fritz: Captive hunts increase CWD concerns Lansing state Journal  August 14, 2015 The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has been sounding the alarm over new cases of chronic wasting disease that were found in three free-ranging deer in the state … Continue reading Jill Fritz: Captive hunts increase CWD concerns