Red wolves nearing extinction — only 40 left in the wild

Originally posted on Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting Blog:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2018/05/01/red-wolves-nearing-extinction-only-40-left-wild/569027002/ Doyle Rice, USA TODAYPublished 3:18 p.m. ET May 1, 2018 | Updated 4:14 p.m. ET May 1, 2018 https://uw-media.usatoday.com/video/embed/34268105?sitelabel=reimagine&continuousplay=true&placement=uw-smallarticleattophtml5&keywords=red-wolves%2Cscience%2Cenvironment%2Cendangered-species%2Canimals%2Cfish-and-wildlife-service%2Cfear%2Cdisappointment%2Coverall-negative%2Cnature%2Calbemarle&simpleTarget=Chevron_Environment&simpleExclusion=&pagetype=story The endangered red wolf population could be completely gone in the next ten years. Buzz60 (Photo: Gerry Broome, AP) CONNECTTWEETLINKEDIN 1COMMENTEMAILMORE Only 40 endangered red wolves remain in the wild in the U.S., and the population could go extinct within eight years, according to a report recently released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Time is running out for red wolves,” said Collette Adkins, a biologist and senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “We need to move fast if we’re going to keep them from disappearing forever.” Once a common sight across the entire southeastern U.S., the red wolf was listed as endangered in 1967 and first declared extinct in the wild in 1980, according to the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). However, an experimental colony of captive wolves was reintroduced into eastern North Carolina in the mid-1980s in an attempt to bring the species back to the wild. While that colony peaked at about 120-130 wolves in 2006, that number has now dwindled down to 40. “It is obvious that there are significant threats (to the experimental population) in eastern North Carolina, and conditions for recovery of the species are not favorable, and a self-sustainable population may not be possible,” the FWS said. The red wolf “is one of the most endangered mammal species on the entire planet,” said Ron…

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Animal conservation group trying to save Vancouver Island wolves

Originally posted on The Extinction Chronicles:
https://globalnews.ca/news/3974625/animal-conservation-group-trying-to-save-vancouver-island-wolves/ By Michelle MortonReporter/News Anchor  CKNW File photo. An environmentalist group is trying to drum up petition signatures to stop the Ministry of Forests from extending wolf trapping season on Vancouver Island by two months. – A A + Listen Conservation group ‘Pacific Wild’ has launched a petition in an effort to save wolves on Vancouver Island, and…

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Redshank calls on pole, video

Originally posted on Dear Kitty. Some blog:
https://youtu.be/-QITUzxtOvs This 18 April 2018 video is about a redshank calling on a pole in Groningen province in the Netherlands. Maria Woortman made this video. Related articles Shell drilling damages many beautiful ancient buildings Shell billionaires claim ‘not enough money’ to repair homes they damaged Shell, Exxon give 100,000 Dutch people earthquake damage

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Targeted Grazing Scam

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
By George Wuerthner as published on The Wildlife News The Idaho BLM is implementing what is sometimes called “targeted grazing” with livestock in an effort to reduce large wildfires. The theory is that if livestock graze enough of the “fuel”, then large wildfires like the 600,000 Murphy Complex or the Soda Fire which burned across southern Idaho in recent years could be more easily controlled. On the surface, this strategy seems plausible. Less fuel should mean fewer large fires. But here’s the rest of the story. First, nearly all the acreage burned annually is the result of a very few large fire complexes. For instance, in the years 1980-2003 there were 56,320 fires in the Rocky Mountain states. Of those fires, 96% of the blazes were responsible for charring only 4% of the total acreage burned. By contrast, 0.1% of the fires—less than 50—were responsible for over half the acreage burned during that time. Therefore, the fires that are the biggest threat to both human communities and the ones fuel treatments like targeted grazing seek to control are those very infrequent but large blazes. However, large blazes occur during what are categorized as “extreme fire weather” conditions. These conditions include serious drought, low humidity, high temperatures and most importantly high winds. The reason winds are key to fire spread is because they “fan” the flames, and toss embers 1-4 miles ahead…

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BLM Lays Out Plan to Manage Wild Horses and Burros to Extinction

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
? The Bureau of Land Management Lays Out the Plan to Manage Wild Horses and Burros to Extinction By Debbie Coffey and Carol Walker, Wild Horse Freedom Federation 4/30/18 The BLM has submitted a report to Congress “Management Options for a Sustainable Wild Horse and Burro Program” with recommendations on managing the wild horses and burros on our public lands as well as the 46,000 held in short and long term holding facilities. Some of the suggestions include killing (misidentified as “euthanasia”) 10,000 wild horses and burros, massive roundups of 50,000 wild horses and burros currently on our public lands, then sterilizing 80% of the wild horses and burros that remain, and removing limitations on sale of these wild horses and burros, which exposes them to the risk of sale to slaughter. The options offered in this report would not lead to sustainability, but to the extinction of wild horses and burros on public lands, likely within the next generation or two. Here is the BLM’s plan: http://www.wildhorsefreedomfederation.org/BLM%20Management%20Options%20for%20a%20Sustainable%20Wild%20Horse%20and%20Burro%20Program.pdf The BLM is asking Congress for permission to proceed with these extreme measures, and yet the basis for this plan is rooted in false claims. “Since receiving federal protection in 1971, wild horse and burro populations on public lands have dramatically increased, far exceeding what is healthy for the land and the animals.” The BLM’s population estimates remain wildly inaccurate. Wild Horse Freedom Federation…

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The BLM Releases Plan to Congress that will Ensure Extinction of Wild Horses and Burros on Our Public Lands

Originally posted on Straight from the Horse's Heart:
From Wild Horse Freedom Federation The Bureau of Land Management just released its plan to Congress for managing wild horses and burros on our public lands. The options offered in this report would not lead to sustainability but instead would lead directly to the extinction of wild horses and burros on our public lands with the next 10-20 years. False claims such as thousands of starving and dying horses on the range, and the horses being the source of any and all range degradation are at the heart of their argument. The BLM proposes to remove 50,000 wild horses and burros from our public lands. They want to remove protections from our wild horses and burros that will lead to tens of thousands of wild horses being killed and slaughtered, and kill the wild horses and burros in holding facilities. This is not “euthanasia,” these are healthy wild horses and burros. The BLM wants to continue to keep the public in the dark about its actions, seeking to lift requirements for study and public comment that protect our public lands as well as the animals that live on them. The BLM also proposes to sterilize 80% of the wild horses and burros that live on our public lands, and they will use dangerous, cruel and inhumane methods to accomplish this. Wild horses and burros will no longer have the natural behaviors…

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