Sacramentans, it's time to cry wolf, to protect those canines. Wolf recovery in California has only barely begun. Here's Sacramento's chance on October 2, 2013 to speak out about supporting the California Wolf Center by helping to protect wolves as an endangered species. Californians are at a historic crossroads for wolf recovery. Will you lend your voice to help wolves? Check out the campaign's site.
The California Wolf Center is co-sponsoring a pre-hearing meet-up organized by its friends at Defenders of Wildlife, who will be training wolf supporters to testify on behalf of wolves. (Click here for helpful talking points). There will short talks by inspirational leaders, refreshments, and fun activities. Even if you do not wish to testify, your presence will make a huge difference in showing support for wolves.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) extended the comment period on its proposal to de-list nearly all gray wolves across the country
It's holding public hearings on this proposal and on planned changes that could threaten the future of Mexican gray wolves. Wolves need supporters like you to come in person to show your support for continued federal protections for wolves and to make sure Mexican gray wolves have the best chance at recovery. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has only scheduled three hearings across the country, so every voice counts.
Click for details on the Sacramento hearing on October 2, 2013. Click for details on the Albuquerque hearing on October 4, 2013. Check out this website for more information about The California Wolf Center. If you're a California resident, now is your opportunity to make a difference for wolves. Federal protections are critical to ensure a future for wolves in our state. Your presence at this hearing on October 2, 2013 will help make that happen. Join the California Wolf Center in Sacramento on October 2, 2013 to make a difference for wolves. The program operates from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. for the pre-hearing meet-up and training. The location is the Comstock Ball Room of the hotel, The Clarion Inn at 1401 Arden Way. in Sacramento.
Then from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. is the Official FWS hearing in the Martinique Ball Room. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend the Sacramento hearing. For more information, check out the Facebook page for the California Wolf Center.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is planning to implement changes that threaten the continued existence of Mexican gray wolves. Only one hearing will be held on this proposal
Science and conservation groups throughout the four corners states and beyond are organizing a Save the Lobo event on the day of the hearing. Mexican gray wolves need your support to ensure their recovery. Currently, they stand at the brink of extinction.
Your testimony in support of Mexican gray wolves will help put this endangered species back on track to recovery (click here for talking points). Even if you prefer not to testify, your presence will provide crucial support.
Will you also make a difference for wolves on October 4th in Albuquerque? After the Sacramento meeting, on October 4, 2013 will be a meeting in Albuquerque, NM. Please RSVP here if you plan to attend the Albuquerque hearing.
The Albuquerque hearing runs from 3:30 p.m. for the pre-hearing meet-up and refreshments. Then at 4:00 p.m. is the Training by Defenders of Wildlife. At 5:00 p.m. will be the Save the Lobo Rally in Albuquerque. Then at 6:00 p.m. will be the Official FWS hearing. If you're going to Albuqurque, the location is the Embassy Suites hotel, 1000 Woodward Place NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Sacramento will host one of three hearings in the West on the federal government’s proposal to withdraw Endangered Species Act protection for the gray wolf
You can read more about the issue in a September 10, 2013 Sacramento Bee news article by Matt Weiser, "Hearing in Sacramento Oct. 2 on federal protection of gray wolf." You can attend the meeting or email your comments, or send your comments in by letter. The hearing will be held October 2, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Clarion Inn, in the Martinique Ball Room, 1401 Arden Way, in Sacramento.
Join in at the meeting if you disagree (or agree) with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposal to take the gray wolf off of the endangered species list in 42 states, including California and Oregon. Once the wolf comes off the endangered species list, it opens the probability of hunters killing wolves. And how many people actually eat wolves? Hunting for meat is one thing, but hunting wolves for sport is a different issue.
The question arises whether there are too many wolves and whether or not they need to be hunted
The proposal is based on evidence that the species now exists in sufficient numbers to sustain itself after being reintroduced in several states more than a decade ago. There have been some cruelties to wild animals reported in the media. Who decides when a population of canines is too many?
Some people eat wolf meat as a gourmet delicacy, which is disturbing to vegans and to those who have canine pets. And recipes for cooking wolf meat have been uploaded on various websites. Check out the culinary sites such as Wolf Butchering, Cooking & Recipes | Facebook. There's diversity in opinion about wolves varying from those who rescue wolves to those who hunt them.
Should California have wolves? At this time, there are no wolves in California. If you remember last year the wandering gray wolf, possibly in search of a mate, trekked hundreds of miles from Oregon to California. The wolf, known as OR7 walked back to Oregon now, and has been in Oregon since March 1, 2013, possibly still in search of a mate after spending more than a year in Northern California..
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife expect more wolves to eventually walk into California
Will the next wolf that crosses into California be hunted as a trophy? Or will the California Department of Fish and Wildlife finish their recovery and management plan for the wolf species? People interested in protecting wolves want to know which environmental groups have petitioned the state to protect the wolves. And they are concerned why the petition is still pending and when a decision will be made. You can comment publicly about the federal delisting proposal for the wolf.
The commentary period has been extended to be available until Oct. 28, 2013. If you want to comment online, click on the Regulations.gov website. and look for Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073.
You can also send in letters in writing. Address your comments to Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073; Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; 4401 N Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM; Arlington, VA 22203.
Other states have wolf sanctuaries for rescued wolves. For example, there's the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado. The non-profit sanctuary is a 720 acre refuge for large carnivores that have been confiscated from illegal or abusive situations and is currently home to over 290 lions, tigers, bears, wolves and other animals. It's the oldest and largest carnivore sanctuary in the United States, having been in operation since 1980.
If wolves drift into California, there needs to be some way to protect them as well as to protect domestic pets and livestock from being eaten by them. Should wolves remain an endangered species in California? Or should anyone be allowed to hunt them down, since most people would not be hunting for food. And for those living in rural areas, how do you protect your children from roaming wolves when they play in their yard?
The question remains up for discussion. On the other hand, baby wolves look so cute to those of us who will never have contact with real ones. Again, the final decision is about compassion for animal rights and puppy rescue versus the hunter's desire to bag a trophy that might be preying on his/her horses, dogs, or kids. Where do you stand on the issue? Also check out the article about what happens when radioactive wolves inhabit abandoned rural homes overseas. Radioactive wolves inhabit vacant houses.
Radioactive wolves inhabit vacant houses
Speaking of health, it took a nuclear reactor accident to bring the animal, especially the thriving wolf population back to Chernobyl. Should the US take note of what happens to an area when that place is deserted by humans due to an accident? See the three-part video, Wolf Battlefield : What life is really like for the Wolf Pack in the wild. (Video).
What happens to nature after a nuclear accident? And how does wildlife deal with the world it inherits after human inhabitants have fled? People looking for healthier environments such as wildlife parks to explore, can take a lesson just by looking at how the animals reclaimed the city when the people left.
What happened is that back in 1986 the world witnessed a nuclear meltdown at the infamous Chernobyl power plant in present-day Ukraine. The accident left miles of land in radioactive ruins.
The first animals to take over were the bison herds and then the wolves....So that the land began to look as it did just after the end of the last ice age. Residents living in areas most contaminated by the disaster were evacuated and relocated by government order.
Today, there's a no-man’s land human making that is now left to its own devices
That land will be radioactive for thousands of years. But has it changed the animal life? Not in many measurable ways, so far, say scientists. The wolves are healthy, at least for now, and so are the other animals--eagles, bison, horses, beavers, various birds, moose, and other animals looking much as they did before humans plowed the land.
In the ensuing 25 years, forests, marshes, fields and rivers reclaimed the land, reversing the effects of hundreds of years of human development, according to the Radioactive Wolves blog page.
For the animals, this radiation-wracked exclusion zone, or “dead zone,” has become a kind of post-nuclear wolf Eden, populated by beaver and bison, horses and birds, fish and falcons – and ruled by wolves.
Looks like wolves are kings in that land, in spite of the cold winters between Belarus and the Ukraine. The Belarus side is where the no-radio zone lies and the Ukraine side is radioactive. The wolves cross back and forth between the rivers that separate the two nations.
Access to the radioactive zone is now permitted, at least on a limited basis. So scientists are monitoring the surviving wildlife in the area, trying to learn how the various species are coping with the invisible blight of radiation.
So what makes the wolves kings over the bison? They're the top predators in this new wilderness. According to scientists, wolves best reflect the condition of the entire ecosystem because if the wolves are doing well, the populations of their prey must also be doing well.
Scientists put collars on the wolves, monitor their travels, give physical exams to the newborn wolves, and monitor their health
Check out the key long-term study of the wolves. Scientists want to find out more about the wolves' health, range, and numbers. In the PBS video, Radioactive Wolves discusses the state of wildlife populations in Chernobyl’s exclusion zone, an area that, to this day, remains too radioactive for human habitation. For those interest in health, it shows what happens when humans leave an area, the place becomes green with plant life, and the animals appear to thrive without intrusion from humans on their habitats.
You don't need a nuclear accident to restore living space for animals. There are parks, but space is tight. At least for the wolves, they seem to be getting back to their former glory as the area around Belarus and Ukraine formerly had one of the largest wolf populations in the world. Some villages still carry the name "howling wolf."
If you live near the wolf zones on the non-radioactive side, you may hear the howling all night. And since no humans are living on the radio-active side, the animals are free to make as much noise as they want. Apparently, there is no shortages of food, and the wolves have taken up residence in the houses formerly occupied by people. To their health, sometimes the wolves are toasted. Beaver plays a large part of the wolves' food sources.