Wolf News Roundup 7/8/2018
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
July 8, 2018
Wolf advocates are urging the U.S. Forest Service to revoke a New Mexico rancherís cattle grazing permit after the man pleaded guilty to killing a Mexican gray wolf, a criminal misdemeanor. Defenders of Wildlife is leading the charge, with a petition demanding the permit cancelation. The petition claims, "As a holder of a grazing permit on a Gila National Forest allotment, the rancher has received significant taxpayer money in livestock subsides from the federal government and we believe individuals who violate the Endangered Species Act should not be able to receive tax payer money."
The Endangered Species Coalition has posted a similar petition on the Move On.org website.
Reporter Stephen Hamway of The Bulletin tackles the issue of living with wolves in Oregon in a recent feature titled Wolves in Oregon: The inside story.
An Illinois man in stirring up media attention with his claim that heís got a pack of wolves on his property. His photos and videos show small canids, similar to coyotes, but he claims they may be red wolves, according to media reports. To view the images, check out the links below.
The wolf population in France is experiencing a high growth rate, and plans are in place to keep boosting the population. With a 20-percent population increase during the past year, there are now at least 430 wolves in the country, but plans call for the population to grow to 500 for viability. Farmers are angry about continued livestock depredations by the growing wolf population.
The Alps are home to a population of about 600 wolves, and a cross-border coalition of alpine regions now argue that wolves no longer need special protected status. According to SWI, wolves may only be hunted if they kill more than 25 farm animals within a month.