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Lost in campaign politics leading up to re-election is the disturbing news that the Obama administration has declared war on Wyoming's wolves.

Already, Idaho and Montana have removed protections, but Wyoming was the last holdout because of their extreme anti-wolf plans. However, Ken Salazar (a hack of a SOI appointed by Obama and a corporate rancher who loathes endangered species) has caved in, and now in 80% of Wyoming, the rare wolves can be shot on sight. No bag limits. No hunting rules.

See one, shoot it.

This is indeed disturbing policy coming form a supposed Democratic administration. There's no science involved here.

Ken Salazar has struck again.

At the peak of their recovery, wolves pushed to 1700 animals across Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho. (some 350,000 square miles). To give you a mental image of what 1700 wolves across 350,000 square miles looks like, I offer you Cook County (home of Chicago) which is 945 square miles, and has five million people...  Now wolves will be cut down in all three states to under 500, with no outside watchdog to make sure "the books aren't cooked".

In a way, history is repeating itself. Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming once wiped out wolves proving they were not responsible enough to manage them. Now they are proving it again as they play shell games to keep the wolves from dropping below meager minimum population numbers.

As you can see, the wolf hysteria has become completely overblown, and now the animals stands for more than just a wolf -- it stands for certain individual's unhappiness, a symbol of liberal tree hugger intervention, and a symbol of big government (nevermind that ranching subsidies are one of the biggest budget busters in D.C.)

What can you do? Contact the Obama administration and tell them you expect a Democratic president to appoint a Democratic Secretary of the Interior (a position more powerful than any governor, and one that oversees national parks, BLM, and our wildlife). Tell the Obama administration that shooting wolves on sight, just because, is a shameful way to operate as a Democrat, a party  where we pride on solving problems with our minds rather than bullets. Tell them Ken Salazar is a hack, and anti-endangered species, and that you expect a Secretary of the Interior that is more friendly towards science.

Lastly, tell them to keep wolves protected in Wyoming, period. An 80% kill on sight zone is no acceptable.

You can read more here (note the hostile, angry reactions by hunters and ranchers in the comments...this hysteria is fueling these awful policies, and Salazar, as a former rancher, buys right into it):

This bizarre policy is simply so far off the grid one has to wonder why the Obama administration would ever approve of it. Does Obama even know? Many Bush cronies still populate the federal agencies that oversee our land, air, and water. When GWB took over, he expunged Democrats from those agencies. Obama has never done that. All he had to do was appoint a progressive SOI, but he did not,and now all of us are paying the price....especially a wolf that just happens to be trotting along a forest road.

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  •  This is so sad. (10+ / 0-)

    I just don't understand the hate toward wolves.  They are such a vital keystone species, and so manageable without destroying.  This western policy is archaic and unnecessary.

    Republicans...What a nice club that is. A club of liars, cheaters, adulterers, exaggerators, hypocrites and ignoramuses. Der Spiegel

    by CanyonWren on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 12:34:09 PM PDT

    •  I saw a shirt two days ago that said something (4+ / 0-)
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      Gallatin, Shirl In Idaho, PhilJD, joanil

      to the effect of "fuck you, I've got my own way to control the wolf population" with an image of a wolf in the crosshairs of a sight. Yeah, that's "responsible" management of a species. :P

      Romney's religion is only an issue because he's a high priest in the Church of Mammon.

      by ontheleftcoast on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:17:13 PM PDT

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    •  You should live here in WY (6+ / 0-)
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      PhilJD, Gallatin, joanil, kurt, skrekk, Agathena

      the talk about wolves is unbelievably crazy.  White macho guys (the ones I'm around are in their 50-70's) talking about how they have to kill all the wolves.  When I ask why they hate them so much they reply because they kill the cattle and livestock and it is a terrible $$ loss for the ranchers. . .Really???

      None of these avid wolf haters have any cattle or live stock at all.  And it is my understanding, regarding wolves, that the re-introduction of wolves included repayment for lost cattle killed by wolves from the government.

      They are just privileged white males who own guns and love to shoot live things dead.  They are all in a financial position to buy any and all meat of the highest quality and quantity to feed themselves, but they are all hunters for the meat, doncha know.  My B-I-L has two freezers full of game meats and ends up giving away or throwing out much of it every year when they clean out the freezers for the new kills.

      I don't get it.  I don't understand it.  It is one of those things they DO because THEY CAN.    What is it with guys and guns and weapons?  Never been able to understand the total fascination so many of them have.  

      Wyoming is very well armed and loaded with retired East Coasters who fancy themselves gun toating cowboys from the old West.  Rpublicans to the core!

      It is a challenge to converse with any of them.

      *the blogger formerly known as shirlstars

      by Shirl In Idaho on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:14:34 PM PDT

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    •  See, that's the difference between the Dems (3+ / 0-)
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      and the Thugs.

      Republicans hate wolves.

      Democrats admire wolves. They just keep their eyes on Rule #1: Wolves don't vote. Farmers and ranchers do.

      I'm sure you find that as comforting as I do.

      When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

      by PhilJD on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 02:47:54 PM PDT

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      •  You have encapsulated what I haven't been (1+ / 0-)
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        able to:)  Dems kill what they admire for votes...that is actually a sickening thought, eh what?

        I'm going to go have a glass of red wine now.

        Republicans...What a nice club that is. A club of liars, cheaters, adulterers, exaggerators, hypocrites and ignoramuses. Der Spiegel

        by CanyonWren on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 03:01:27 PM PDT

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  •  very misleading diary, here's why: (3+ / 0-)
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    second gen, TooFolkGR, Deep Texan

    The Endangered Species Act protects not only endangered species but their habitat.  In order for this to work, when a species becomes large enough that it is no longer endangered in a certain habitat, the species loses protection in that habitat--but not in other habitats.

    Wolves are no longer endangered in this Wyoming habitat.  Salazar has no legal power to protect them.

    My best guess was a reflection that did not look back, an image lost in every mirror.

    by Zacapoet on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 12:38:14 PM PDT

  •  Yeah I Don't See How This Could Fail to Persuade.. (1+ / 0-)
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    Tell them Ken Salazar is a hack, and anti-endangered species, and that you expect a Secretary of the Interior that is more friendly towards science.

    Too Folk For You. - Schmidting in the Punch Bowl - verb - Committing an unexpected and underhanded political act intended to "spoil the party."

    by TooFolkGR on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 12:50:45 PM PDT

  •  Wyoming wolves to be classified as predators (3+ / 0-)
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    Gallatin, PhilJD, kurt

    From the Billings-Gazette article mentioned in this diary:

    The federal government's final delisting plan calls for Wyoming to maintain at least 10 breeding pairs of wolves and at least 100 individual animals outside of Yellowstone and the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. Wildlife managers say there are currently about 270 wolves in the state outside Yellowstone.

    The state intends to classify wolves in the remaining 90 percent of Wyoming as predators, subject to being killed anytime by anyone.

    I visited Yellowstone in 2009 in late September/early October. The weather turned from 80 degrees F and sunny to cold and snowy while we were there. One of my fondest memories was seeing a dark gray, nearly black wolf, moving through the snowy landscape. It was the only wolf I have ever seen in the wild and it brought tears to my eyes to actually see that these animals were again living in areas where they had once been exterminated. It is hard to understand why once endangered species protections are lifted, people are allowed to revert to the same stupid practices that caused the species to be listed in the first place.

    Strange days indeed. ~John Lennon

    by joanil on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 01:09:25 PM PDT

  •  Semi O.T. wolf story (0+ / 0-)

    This is Ontario near International Falls, Minnesota. My brother-in-law had to deal with a wolf that had chosen a boat dock as its place to crawl under and die. A distinctly unpleasant task given the maggots and such.

    His wife and kids went bug-eyed when he told me the story.

    "But, but, you told us that was a deer."

  •  More ESA weirdness (0+ / 0-)

    I've always found it bizarre the Grey Wolf is protected at all, being a LC species.

    •  It's not weird (1+ / 0-)
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      The wolf is still an endangered species in many places in the lower 48 where it once flourished. It is no longer an endangered species (at least for now, anyway) in Montana, Idaho, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. Prior to 1990, there were no wolves in Wyoming or Idaho, and a handful in the Crown of the Continent ecosystem (Glacier National Park and surrounding federal land).

      Because Alaska has a bunch of wolves (or Canada) does not mean the species is not endangered in the lower 48.

      If all we went by was the LC world-wide rating, we'd lose massive amounts of biodiversity every year.

  •  Too bad this diary chooses hyperbole over (2+ / 0-)
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    kenlac, Frank Knarf

    reason and fact.  

    The Obama administration did not "declared war on Wyoming's wolves".  There was no Obama administration "declaration" seeking the extinction of Wyoming's wolves - you created a false fact using an affirmative declaration that does not exist.  

    I loves wolves.  I hope to see them return to return to New England, along with the catamounts.  We need their return as wild predators, as part of a balanced bio-diversity.  I have financially supported programs to save wolves specifically, and I hope that these particular wolves (even as they have thrived and are no longer legally endangered in that area) in the west can and will survive.  You won't find me supporting the hunting of wolves, but there is a difference in Ken Salazar not acting (passive) and allowing the legal protections that have existed while the population of the wolves were in jeopardy, with an (active) "declaration of war" by Ken Salazar urging and funding the hunting of wolves.  

    You could have written that diary, which would have been factually correct, instead of this one which makes up an emotional "declaration of war" that does not exist, except in the emotional lens of your feelings about these beautiful, intelligent, worthy creatures.

    I share your feelings about wolves.  But your opening and dramatic statement is your feeling about the result of inaction, not an actual quotable "declaration", and for me, lessens the credibility of your diary.

    "Out of Many, One." This is the great promise of our nation -9.75 -6.87

    by Uncle Moji on Wed Aug 15, 2012 at 04:09:11 PM PDT

    •  It's forgivable considering there will be a (0+ / 0-)

      wolf slaughter in a few weeks. i am going to write a diary and leave out any mention of the Obama administration. People know who is in power.

      ❧To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Thu Aug 16, 2012 at 11:10:42 AM PDT

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