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Photos of coyote and deer in a standoff

Coyote and deer in standoff. Photo by Scott Campbell, Fairfield, CA
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Gary:
I’m that guy who captured the photo of the river otters in the Richmond Marina a year or 2 ago. http://bit.ly/aw7cub

I was on a hike in the Marina Headlands National Park yesterday and saw something amazing.  I looked up the cliff and saw a deer and a big old coyote nervously watching each other.  The coyote was sizing up the deer while the deer stood motionless, and then I guess the coyote decided, “Naaa, he’s too big, I think I will just lay down tight here and chill.”  I was able to capture that moment with my camera.  The coyote was BEAUTIFUL!  HUGE for a coyote!  It was one of those moments photographers and nature lovers live to see!  Hunter and Hunted just chilling together.

Anyway, I just wanted to share these with you. Have a great day!!
Scott Campbell, Fairfield, California
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Posted on Thursday, January 19th, 2012
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U.S. wolves in danger — here’s what you can do to help

Wolf by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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I found this important bit of news in the latest weekly e-newsletter of the Center for Biological Diversity. Do you like wolves? Read this and do what you can to help them. Thanks for caring. /Gary

Center for Biological Diversity e-newsletter N0. 550, Feb. 3, 2011:
Southwest wolf attack stalls, but ALL U.S. wolves are in danger — Take Action!

“In a victory — however temporary — for the Southwest’s most endangered wild canine, ranchers and counties on Feb. 1 withdrew from a lawsuit meant to get Mexican gray wolves out of New Mexico. The suit asked the federal government to remove endangered Mexican wolves from the wild because of a few cattle depredations — even though the most recent count finds that only 52 Mexican gray wolves and just two breeding pairs survive in the United States.
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Posted on Thursday, February 10th, 2011
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Local wildlife: Great photos by Dave Harper of Oakley

Baby barn owls. Photo by Dave Harper, Oakley, CA
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Just got this letter and photographs from Dave Harper of Oakley, Calif. Dave is one of our many talented local photographers who periodically e-mails me wonderful photos of local wildlife he has taken. Here are some more of Dave’s goodies. Enjoy yourself. /Gary

Gary:
I’m sending recent photos of wildlife I have seen. Thanks to my friend Thom for allowing a special photo opportunity to capture baby barn owls in one of his large hay barns.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
Under: Barn Owl, Ospreys, Owls, Wildlife, Wolves | No Comments »

Gray wolves: People will decide if they are to survive

Gray wolf. Photo by Flickr user Fremlin used under a Creative Commons License.
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The latest issue of The Journal of Wildlife Management has a very interesting article on “Survival of Colonizing Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains of the United States, 1982-2004.” You care about wolves? Check it out. /Gary

Humans—both predators and protectors—will decide survival of gray wolves

The Journal of Wildlife Management – Survival of the gray wolf in the northern Rocky Mountains of the United States depends not as much on the wolves as on people. Humans are both predators and protectors of this species, which has been reintroduced into parts of Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Humans were responsible for eradicating gray wolves from this area by the 1930s. Annual survival was considered adequate to sustain the present population, but  killing, both legal and illegal, continues and should be monitored to ensure their survival.
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Posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2010
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Wolf hunt ends in Idaho, Montana — after killing 500

Lonely wolf. Photo by Flickr user Ghetu Daniel used under a Creative Commons License
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Here’s an important (and sad) item from the weekly e-newsletter for the Center for Biological Diversity. /Gary

E-Newsletter, Center for Biological Diversity, April 8, 2010, “Wolf Hunts End in Idaho, Montana — After Killing 500″:
Last week as Idaho’s wolf-hunting season finally came to a close, the Center for Biological Diversity and wildlife lovers across the country mourned the killings of more than 500 imperiled northern Rockies gray wolves by hunters and the feds.
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Posted on Monday, April 12th, 2010
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Wolves: Fight to keep gray wolf from being gunned down in Idaho & Montana

I never thought I’d see the day when the Obama administration AND the National Rifle Association would both defend the killing of wolves.

That happened last week when the NRA sought to intervene against a lawsuit by 13 conservation organizations to put the northern Rockies gray wolf back on the endangered species list and save it from being gunned down in Idaho and Montana.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Humane Society of the United States, Center for Biological Diversity, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Western Watershed Project, Wildlands Network and Hells Canyon Preservation Network.
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Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2009
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Wolves: Conservation groups seek to stop wolf hunts in Idaho & Montana

Howling wolf photo by Flickr user moosewhisper used under a Creative Commons license.
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Conservation Groups Seek to Stop Wolf Hunts

In a continuation of the legal battle over wolves in the Northern Rockies,On Aug. 20 the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and a large consortium of conservation groups filed for an injunction to block wolf hunts this fall in the states of Idaho and Montana. The groups, with significant scientific backing, claim that the hunts will prevent the conditions necessary for full recovery, including a larger population and genetic exchange between the three subpopulations in the region.
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Posted on Monday, August 24th, 2009
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Alaska wolves: Miller introduces bill to outlaw airborne hunting of wolves & bears

Bill outlaws controversial airborne hunting of wolves and bears.

Alaska’s wolves and bears would be protected from the controversial practice of airborne hunting under legislation introduced by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) on Wednesday (July 29). The Protect America’s Wildlife Act, or PAW Act, protects wolves, bears, and other wildlife from the unethical, unscientific, and unsportsmanlike practice of shooting these animals from airplanes and helicopters.
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Posted on Thursday, July 30th, 2009
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Gray wolves lose federal protection: Let the killing begin …

Here’s an eye-opener from the weekly e-newsletter of the Center For Biological Diversity:

This Monday (May 4), the feds’ April 2 rule went into effect to prematurely remove federal protections for gray wolves in the northern Rockies, Great Lakes region, and other areas — just more than a month after the rule was finalized and the Center for Biological Diversity and allies, represented by Earthjustice, filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue.

The rule — the same rule published in Bush’s last days and temporarily put on hold when President Barack Obama came on the scene — is a follow-through on a Bush administration plan to increase federal and private wolf hunting.
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Posted on Friday, May 8th, 2009
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Wolves killing lambs in Oregon caught on Camera

Wolves looking at dead lambs. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)
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A motion-detector camera has photographed two wolves that were killing lambs on a ranch in Eastern Oregon — the first documented wolf attack on livestock in Oregon since they started moving into the state in 1999.

Baker City-area sheep rancher Curt Jacobs said Wednesday his family — third generation sheep ranchers — had been moving ewes and lambs from the ranch compound, where they had been brought in for lambing, out to pasture last week.

When his brother and nephew went out to gather a band to load into trucks Friday morning, April 12, they found more than a dozen lambs penned near the house had been driven through the fence and killed. Only a few had been eaten.
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Posted on Monday, April 20th, 2009
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