12 October 2012 Wolf Weekly Wrap-up Posted by: John Motsinger | 1 comment | Share: Panel of experts at Yellowstone wolf symposium. Reintroduction reconnection – Defenders’ Northern Rockies wolf expert Suzanne Stone traveled to Yellowstone National Park this week for a class reunion of sorts. It’s been 17 years since she and others helped reintroduce wolves to the region, and those involved with the effort were invited to a symposium to gather an oral history of the momentous undertaking. Suzanne participated in a panel discussion about wolf reintroduction alongside leading biologists and fellow veteran wildlife managers—all of them playing a key role in making reintroduction happen. Many attendees were amazed by the re-growth of area willow, aspen and willow in places that just years ago were almost stripped of young trees and bushes, a favorite of over burgeoning elk herds. Today’s Yellowstone is a remarkably different place than it was less than two decades ago thanks to the wolves returning to their historic role in maintaining ecological balance between predator and prey. “It’s been great to reconnect with a lot of old friends again. Today, the wolves in Yellowstone are the fifth generation from those we released into the Park and central Idaho in 1995 and 1996. It’s hard to believe that 17 years has gone by this fast.” – Suzanne Stone Rocky Mountain Director Mike Leahy testifying in opposition to Gallatin County’s large predator policy. Photo courtesy of NBC Montana. Boos from Bozeman for county predator policy – Residents of Bozeman, Montana turned out in force Tuesday morning to oppose Gallatin County’s ill-conceived predator policy. Not a single person testified in support of the policy, which endorses reducing predator populations to the bare minimum required under the law. Defenders and colleagues are proposing less acrimonious alternatives such as a citizens working group on wolves, yet the county commission suggested it is likely to approve the resolution nonetheless. Watch this clip from NBC Montana, including footage of Rocky Mountain Director Mike Leahy sharing his concerns with the commission. WDFW evaluates Wedge Pack decision – Thanks to all the wolf supporters that showed up for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s meeting in Olympia last Friday. According to coverage from the Seattle Times, some 40 people offered public comment on the state’s handling of the Wedge Pack situation, which resulted in the removal of six wolves in response to continued cattle losses. Defenders board member Ruth Musgrave testified on our behalf, expressing our serious concerns with the state’s failure to exhaust nonlethal options before deciding to remove the entire pack. We hope the state will use this painful lesson to avoid losses of both cattle and wolves in the future. Get ready to be WAW’d – Don’t forget Sunday starts Wolf Awareness Week. You can help us spread the word by telling your friends on Facebook and Twitter and encouraging them to follow Defenders. Stay tuned…we’ve got a few surprises in store… One Response to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-up” Deborah Allton Maher October 16th, 2012 First, thank you for all the work that you are doing on behalf of wolves and wildlife. I just read that Wisconsin is allowing an open season on wolves and four were killed today. Is this accurate and if so is there something that we can do in response? Thank you, Deborah Allton Maher Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?