26 July 2013 Wolf Weekly Wrap-up Posted by: John Motsinger | 3 comments | Share: An agency out of control — Need more reasons why Wildlife Services is sorely in need of reform? Then you should read Monday’s editorial from the Eugene Register-Guard in its entirety. In a nutshell: “This low-profile arm of the U.S. Agriculture Department wastes money killing wildlife, with no demonstrable benefits for the public or the environment.” The agency’s budget lacks transparency, its programs are expensive, and predators quickly return to areas where they were removed, perpetuating the endless cycle of pointless killing. It’s long past time for a new approach. When will the federal government finally start listening? Wood River update – Last week our Wood River Wolf Project team leader (and former Idaho representative for Defenders) Jesse Timberlake spent time talking to sheep herders. Their job is to guard sheep as they pass through the Idaho backcountry. Since they’re living outside with the sheep full-time, from spring until fall, they know the landscape and the animals better than anyone. So Jesse wanted to get their opinion of which nonlethal deterrents worked best to keep hungry predators away from their flocks. Though portable flagging can work well in some settings, the herders prefer to use air horns and high-powered spotlights to scare off wolves that venture too close. In addition to working closely with the herders to protect their sheep, our team continues to monitor the area for wolf activity using motion-activated cameras. Below are a few more pictures we’ve captured in recent weeks. You never know what you may find out there… PausePlayPlayPrev|Next A porcupine scales a tree in the Sawtooth Mountains. Photo courtesy of Defenders of Wildlife. Sinovio and his horse keep a close eye on a flock of sheep in the Wood River Valley of central Idaho. Photo courtesy of Jesse Timberlake/Defenders of Wildlife. This wolf has found itself a tasty treat. Identifying the call of the wild – Wolf researchers may soon have a new way to track wolves in the wild…by their howl. NBC News reports that scientists in the U.K. have developed a computer program that can identify individual wolves by the pitch and volume of their howl. Each wolf has its own unique howl that can be used to detect its presence from far away, potentially making it easier for biologists to monitor wolf activity in hard-to-reach places. Once perfected, this technique could allow wolf managers to survey wolf populations more accurately and more cheaply. Now that’s something to howl about. 3 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-up” JR July 30th, 2013 Unfortunately there is a Zombie element in congress that makes the government dysfunctional. Elections don’t seem to rid the country of this Zombie element. It seems like a never ending congressional weed and seed process and unfortunately the seeds or in this case many congressional minds inherit a type of brain rot that makes them dysfunctional !!! PK August 3rd, 2013 Please do all you can to stop the delisting madness. I have donated already. SAVE OUR WOLVES!!! Redneck scum make me SICK we CANNOT leave wolves to their mercy. dear God Erick Martínez February 26th, 2014 First at all, I just want to say Justin Nice work, what you have been doing all this years, a lot of people see this animals like a treat, the real treat indeed it’s to preserve wildlife as possible as we can, Justin Timberlake, I used to work with you in Cayos Cochinos Biological Marine Reserve in June, July and August 1999, I hope I can contact with you, you nicknamed me Mariachi Desnudo, you Send me a letter that year, maybe someday I will see you again my good friefriend 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?