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Living with Wolves: Spring 2010 Report

[large thumbnail url=”living-with-wolves-spring-2010-report” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”09″] [thumbnail icon url=”living-with-wolves-spring-2010-report” filename=”news” year=”2010″ month=”06″ day=”09″] Jim and Jamie Dutcher are very well known names in the world of wolves. This is a quarterly report from them. I highly recommend visiting their Web site.

With snow melting in the mountains, and spring arriving, we have some positive developments to report:

A strong, well-presented cover story on wolves led the March issue of National Geographic magazine. Balanced, factual reporting will make a difference for wolves. We were delighted to see it, and hope you did too.

¬†There’s a movement developing in the ranching community aimed at using non-lethal methods to control depredation and produce “wolf-friendly” beef.

We’re headed to Washington, D.C. to discuss wolf management policies with the Department of the Interior. Our Board member Jim Gilliland, General Counsel to the Department of Agriculture (home of the Forest Service) from 1993-97, arranged the meeting with key wildlife managers. We’re also indebted to Senator John Tunney, another Board member, and Senator John Kerry, a strong supporter of our work, for their help. It is crucial that those making decisions about wolves hear from us about the intricacies of wolf behavior and how that conflicts with current management policies. Unlike Washington managers, we are here in Idaho, witnessing on a daily basis the devastating impact of the current flawed policies, and will make sure¬†your voice is heard on behalf of wolves.

But overall, wolf news remains very disturbing. Well more than a third of the wolves in the West have been killed, without regard to the social nature of the packs, or the status of the wolves shot. Wolves collared for scientific study have been killed, ending valuable research. And, sadly, a large percentage of wolves reported killed were yearlings and puppies, 62% in Montana.

You can help. Go to our web site, www.livingwithwolves.org, and click on “You Can Help Wolves,” where you’ll find how to effectively contact government officials, and their contact information. Your actions do matter, most of all to wolves, and for their keystone role in the ecosystem

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