Posts Tagged ‘Wolves’

Extreme Animal Rights Groups: Do They Really Help Animals?

May 28, 2008

More than half of US households own a pet. Most are too busy to research the current politics behind the animal rights versus animal welfare movement.

Animal welfare, AW,  movement wants to improve the conditions of animals, animal rights, AR,  movement, in the long run, is against any and all animal use, even as pets.

The problem is, many animal rights groups are wolf in sheep clothing, pretending to be animal welfare. But upon close inspection it is clear they don’t do anything for the animals, most money is spent in high salaries, fancy offices and lobbying.

These sneaky groups use anything for their agenda to separate honest animal lovers from their money…

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Pets shouldn’t roam where coyotes do

May 19, 2008

Our 5-year-old cat, Sully, had survived two years in the near-wilds of Montana, where mountain lions also roam, but he couldn’t make it six months in the northwest Denver suburbs. This fat feline disappeared one night in early December, and we knew he was a goner.

Two weeks after his disappearance, we learned that a neighbor had seen three coyotes supping on our Sully one snowy evening. So fat that people always asked if he was pregnant, Sully didn’t have a chance against three lean, ravenous coyotes.

Sadly, family pets frequently disappear from back yards. It’s not just coyotes stalking them: Foxes, mountain lions, wolves, bears, hawks and alligators also make a dent in the pet population. But few predators are as ubiquitous as the coyote. And hawks and foxes can’t carry off a 30-pound dog.

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Sniffing Dogs Detect Feces To Help Monitor And Protect Threatened Animals In Brazil

May 13, 2008

It’s a tough job, but somebody, or at least some dogs, have to do it.

In the Cerrado region of Brazil, four dogs trained to detect animal feces by scent are helping researchers monitor rare and threatened wildlife such as jaguar, tapir, giant anteater and maned wolf in and around Emas National Park, a protected area with the largest concentration of threatened species in Brazil.

The researchers analyze feces found by the dogs to learn about where and how the threatened mammals live. Data such as numbers, range, diet, hormonal stress, parasites and even genetic identity contribute to a study of how the mammals use environments inside and outside the park, especially on privately owned lands of the region.

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Federal judge in Montana rejects bid to delay wolf lawsuit

May 10, 2008

A federal judge in Montana has rejected a request by the government to delay a lawsuit seeking to place the gray wolf back on the endangered species list, saying he’s “unwilling to risk more deaths.”

At least 39 of the Northern Rockies’ 1,500 gray wolves have been killed since they lost federal protection in March. That action placed wolves under the authority of state wildlife agencies in Wyoming, Idaho and Montana.

The three states have relaxed rules for killings wolves that harass or harm livestock. The states are also planning public hunts later this year — the first in decades.

Environmental and animal rights groups sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week, claiming the loss of federal protection threatens the wolf’s successful recovery. They also asked for a court injunction to restore federal control over wolves while the case is pending.

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Feds sued for taking gray wolves off endangered list

April 29, 2008

Environmental and animal rights groups sued the federal government Monday, seeking to restore endangered species status for gray wolves in the Northern Rockies.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lifted federal protections for the estimated 1,500 wolves in March. It turned over management responsibilities to state officials in Idaho, Wyoming and Montana for the first time in more than three decades.

The lawsuit alleges those states lack adequate laws to ensure wolves are not again eradicated from the region. At least 37 were killed in the last month.

The groups are seeking an immediate court order to restore federal control over the species until the case is resolved.

“We’re very concerned that absent an injunction, hundreds of wolves could be killed under existing state management plans,” said attorney Jason Rylander with Defenders of Wildlife, one of twelve groups that filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Missoula.

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Fur flying over wolf control tactics

March 23, 2008

 

In case you missed it, some university biologists are doing a study around Rocky Mountain House that involves reducing wolf packs from around 19 animals to two or three.

This is to be done by sterilizing the alpha wolf couple and killing pups and other wolves in the pack.

This has the blessing and support of the department of Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (headed by super-hunting fan Ted Morton) and is being partially funded by various hunting groups.

These facts, combined with some remarkably bad public relations, led the public to believe little wolf babies are going to get killed so that plaid-clad guys with rifles can have less competition on their weekend elk-killing sprees.

In fact, improving hunting is only a minor byproduct of keeping wolf numbers down.

Sure, some hunters will have more elk to shoot, but this is only of benefit to a small number of people and, as such, was only a minor objective of this study.

A grander goal – often overlooked – is to find a kinder way of keeping the wolves in this province from driving woodland caribou to extinction.

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Wolves — the Jimmy Carter of the animal world?

March 20, 2008

You have to hand it to the wolf. As far as turning around a bad PR image goes, they’ve done an astounding job — they’re like the Jimmy Carter of the wildlife world. Once detested as the red-eyed, bloody-fanged creatures of Grimm fairy tales and generations of children’s nightmares, wolves are the cause célèbre in Alberta, ever since the University of Alberta announced it was planning to sterilizing wolves and shooting pups to test the effects on ungulate populations.

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Animal-esque artist “AIDS Wolf” breaks “Glass”

March 13, 2008

 

Montreal noisemakers AIDS Wolf, the four-piece whose motto is “We are a f****** cult and will cause you harm and ill will,” have announced a quick round of North American shows before a whole bevy of European ones leading up to the release of their second full-length, Cities Of Glass, this summer on Skin Graft. But if you don’t live in one of the eight seemingly random cities they’ve chosen, don’t sweat it: You can check out footage of past live AIDS Wolf performances in Fingered Dvdzine, a documentar-style collection of the current music and art scenes in international cities, which is out now.Tour Dates For AIDS Wolf:
03/26 – Buffalo, NY – Soundlab
03/27 – Columbus, OH – Bourbon St
03/28 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
03/29 – Detroit, MI – Scrummage University
04/10 – Montreal, QB – Sala Rossa
04/11 – New York, NY – Knitting Factory
04/12 – Providence, RI – As220
04/13 – Jamaica Plains, MA – The Milky Way

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Animal-esque artist “Wolfkin” is SpinMagazine.com’s Artist of the Day

February 29, 2008

Wolfkin play music that is as much informed by Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound as it is the Beatles, Kraftwerk, and breezy indie-pop melodies. The PB&J-esque single “Use Your Illusion” oscillates between lush harmonies, dancey beats, ’60s pop guitar solos, and quiet harp and string parts, while “San Pedro” is nearly jazzy in its approach. Wolfkin isn’t afraid to let it out though, as both singers wail and yelp in the provocative title cut.

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Don’t Ban Exotic Pets

February 25, 2008

More than a thousand Lewis County residents got up close and personal with an 11-foot King Cobra, a trio of young cougars and a variety of other exotic animals Saturday at the Phoenix Exotic Wildlife Association’s annual meeting.

The event… featured numerous speakers who ranged in expertise from veterinarians and animal owners to state legislators and an animal communicator.[…]

The Phoenix Exotic Wildlife Association is a Chehalis community service organization that works to protect and maintain the rights of private animal ownership through responsible behavior. The event, which was free to attend, is held annually by the association […].

Animal experts answered questions and displayed birds, mammals and reptiles at booths throughout the day, which culminated with an hour-long show by Anacortes-based organization Predators of the Heart. Director of that organization, Dave Coleburn, introduced the audience to venomous snakes, an alligator, a gray wolf, and three young cougars, among other animals. […]

Coleburn asked the crowd to howl in unison after he brought out Tahoe, a gray wolf, who then reciprocated by howling back. Children were given the opportunity to sit on the back of an alligator, hold a boa constrictor and stand on stage with the cougars.

Coleburn told the volunteers on stage that “you might be the last people in Washington” that have the opportunity to have hands-on experience with a cougar legally. He was referring to House Bill 1418, a measure passed by the state Legislature last year that restricts the ability of people to own big cats, wolves, venomous snakes and a number of other potentially dangerous animals.

The bill was “grandfathered” to allow those who already own the animals to keep them, but they cannot be transferred or purchased and no new animals will be allowed.

“Whenever you remove the private sector, then the animals have no place to go,” Coleburn said, adding that it is too expensive for most citizens to afford AZA certification that is now required. “Unless the private sector can jump in and raise them and take care of them, they are doomed for extinction in some cases.”[…]

“Those guys are for rights in general,” said Hall, who up until last year owned an adult cougar named Jake. “Not just for animals.”

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Alarms ring over the marking of wild animals

February 25, 2008

Researchers and conservationists are warning against the policy of marking wild animals in Norway, while officials want to expand the controversial process.

In a special letter to the government, National Parks mountain ranger Geir Skillelbæk gives several grotesque examples of how wolves, bears, lynx, and other animals have suffered because of the radio marking, reported Norwegian daily Aftenposten over the weekend…

..Large wild animals are currently marked mostly for research purposes, not least to track their wanderings and migration patterns. Now Norway’s Directorate for Nature Management (Direktoratet for naturforvaltning, DN) wants unlimited ability to mark animals so they can have complete control over where they are and follow their movements.

“Wolves and bears are no longer nature if they go around with collars and embedded radio senders,” claims Lars Haltbrekken, leader of Friends of the Earth Norway (Norges Naturvernforbund).

He fears that the marking will make it easier for people to catch the animals, in addition to the suffering the animals undergo through the marking.

Skillebæk has a number of examples of wild animals in Norway and Sweden that have been injured or killed as a result of the marking. “There has been too little focus on wild animals that have been taken and exposed to these technical operations,” he said. “This is a very ethical debate.”

Skillebæk has filmed wolves sitting and clawing around the radio band fixed to their legs. He claims there are other ways to follow the animals than the currently used radio-marking…

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Roadside zoo loses jaguar in latest blow

February 15, 2008

Gone are the tigers at Guha’s Tiger & Lion Farm, a modest roadside zoo near Bracebridge in Ontario’s Muskoka region; they’ve all been shipped off for breeding. Also gone is the wolf that shared a cage with a tiger, sleeping in a refrigerator.

And now Bhino the black jaguar is gone as well, felled by an OPP bullet Tuesday after the animal escaped from its cage and began savaging the zoo owner’s chained-up dog Blue, an Australian shepherd.

Blue, too, had to be shot, so severe were the dog’s injuries. All of which has left proprietor Nanda Guha in great distress.

The dozens of roadside zoos that dot Ontario’s rural highways and remain largely unregulated if they host non-Canadian wildlife have long been a sore point with animal-rights activists.

Mr. Guha, however, blames scavenging foxes for the loss of his beloved Bhino, who in happier times used to play with Blue and for years lived in Mr. Guha’s house. “I was feeding him some raw meat and the foxes later swarmed on his cage and he must have been really upset with those foxes,” he recounted. “Some of the food must have dropped out of my hand and a bunch of foxes came to eat that, and he must have been terribly upset about that because he made a little hole in the fence.”

When the Ontario Provincial Police were summoned, “I wanted to stun him and put him in another cage, but there was no taser or tranquillizer gun. So the only choice we had was to shoot him, for the safety of the neighbours.

“This didn’t happen because of anybody’s fault, it happened because of the fault of nature. If those foxes hadn’t been there, this wouldn’t have happened.”

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I feel sorry for the animals. I also feel sorry for Mr. Guha, losing all his animals. It seems like he liked them.

From Idiot Pilot – New Animal-esque album, sale and tour!

February 12, 2008

The day has finally arrived!  That’s right, on February 12th, 2008, you can pick up a copy of our new album “Wolves” in stores.  We are very proud of this release, and hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.  You have a good few weeks to live with the record before we hope to see you out on the Taste of Chaos Tour to catch us rocking out!  We play 2nd on the 2nd stage.  Get there nice and early!  Below are the dates for the tour,  and links for the tickets!

2/29 Denver, CO Fillmore ON SALE
3/1 Kansas City, MO Memorial Hall ON SALE
3/2 Milwaukee, WI The Eagles Ballroom ON SALE
3/4 St Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium ON SALE
3/5 St. Louis, MO Family Arena ON SALE
3/7 Dayton, OH Hara Arena ON SALE
3/8 Detroit, MI Cobo Arena ON SALE
3/10 Rochester, NY Armory ON SALE
3/11 Chicago, IL Aragon ON SALE
3/13 Norfolk, VA Ted Constant Convocation Center ON SALE
3/14 Camden, NJ The Susquehanna Bank Center ON SALE
3/15 Asbury Park, NJ Convention Center ON SALE
3/17 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center ON SALE
3/18 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center ON SALE
3/20 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum ON SALE
3/21 Lowell, MA Tsongas Arena ON SALE
3/22 Albany, NY Armory ON SALE
3/24 Duluth, GA Gwinnett Center ON SALE
3/25 Tampa, FL USF Sundome ON SALE
3/26 Miami, FL Bayfront Park ON SALE
3/28 Orlando, FL UCF Arena ON SALE
3/29 Biloxi, MS Mississippi Coast Coliseum ON SALE
4/1 Grand Prairie, TX Nokia Theatre ON SALE
4/3 Oklahoma City, OK Fairgrounds Arena ON SALE
4/4 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Amphitheatre ON SALE
4/5 San Antonio, TX Freeman Coliseum ON SALE
4/6 El Paso, TX County Coliseum ON SALE
4/9 Glendale, AZ Jobing.com / Glendale Arena ON SALE
4/10 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Arena PRE-SALE
4/12 San Jose, CA Event Center ON SALE
4/13 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena ON SALE
4/15 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater ON SALE

Last but not least, we still have 10% off all of our merch in the Idiot Pilot store.  You could complete the trifecta by picking up the album, a piece of merch, and tickets all tomorrow!  So maybe we’re pushing our luck, but we also have 4 ringtones floating around the interweb.  Search your carrier for IDIOT PILOT and you should find some ringtones for: Retina and the Sky, Cruel World Enterprise, Last Chance and In Record Shape.

Wow, that’s a lot of news.

Idiot Pilot

Elusive wolves caught on camera

February 3, 2008

The team managed to film the wolves taking to the water to hunt waterfowl – behaviour that has never been seen before, according to an expert.

Arctic wolves live in the Canadian Arctic and northern parts of Greenland; observing them is a difficult task as they rarely interact with humans.

The team followed a pack on Ellesmere Island for several weeks last summer.

This glimpse into the lives of these elusive animals was filmed for the Natural World wildlife programme: White Falcon, White Wolf, which also features other animals, including gyr falcons, Arctic foxes and snowy owls, that live on the remote island.

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Conservation Congress: Should we hunt wolves?

January 15, 2008

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Wisconsin’s Conservation Congress plans to ask sportsmen this spring whether they want to hunt timber wolves, a year after the federal government removed the animals from the endangered species list.

The question isn’t binding on the state Department of Natural Resources or the Legislature, but it illustrates what some say is growing frustration with wolves in northern Wisconsin as their numbers rise.

Ron Waller, an Eagle River grouse hunter, said wolves are all over his part of the state. One of his hunts was ruined last fall when he and his dog, Zeke, came face-to-face with a wolf and had to hightail it back to the car, he said.

“If they don’t do something appropriate soon, it’s going to migrate to the three ‘S’ method – shoot, shovel and shut up,” Waller said. “People are just going to start taking things in their own hands.”

But others say the state’s current management methods are working.

“You send people out there hunting wolves, it’s going to screw everything up. It’s just not a good idea,” said Jim Olson of Eau Claire, who represents the Wisconsin Sierra Club chapter on a group of wolf stakeholders that works with the DNR.

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South Korean team claims world’s first cloned wolves

January 10, 2008

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A team at Seoul National University, which produced the world’s first cloned dog in 2005 – an Afghan hound named Snuppy – showed off the the two Korean wolves named Snuwolf and Snuwolffy that were born a year and a half ago…

…Lee said cloning Korean wolf could help the species survive. Wolves have not been spotted in the wild in South Korea for about 20 years, Lee said, and the only ones that are known to exist in the South are in a small pack of about 10 at a nature park in Seoul.

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Un-bear-able

January 2, 2008

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Throughout most of the world humans have exterminated carnivores in order to keep their places of habitation safe, and while large carnivores still exist in patches we have a sort of “You keep to your side, I’ll keep to my side,” sort of attitude towards them. The problem, however, is that we keep expanding our towns and villages out into areas where large carnivores live, some areas experiencing an increased level of conflict. Leopards eat stray dogs in the slums of Mumbai, wolves kill dogs left outside in Alaska, black bears raid trash cans in New Jersey suburbs, and even polar bears are starting to head into towns with a greater frequency as the local ecology changes. I don’t list such incidents to say that we’re experiencing some sort of epidemic and that carnivores should again be killed without mercy, but rather that we are changing ecology on local and global scales that can often bring large carnivores into contact with people. Sadly, human deaths do sometimes result due to this close proximity, but carnivores are an essential part of many ecologies and tragedy can often be avoided with proper education and management.

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