Coyote and deer in standoff. Photo by Scott Campbell, Fairfield, CA
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.
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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
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. Read the rest of this entry »
Gray wolf. Photo by Flickr user Fremlin used under a Creative Commons License.
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. Read the rest of this entry »
Lonely wolf. Photo by Flickr user Ghetu Daniel used under a Creative Commons License
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
Howling wolf photo by Flickr user moosewhisper used under a Creative Commons license.
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
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. Read the rest of this entry »
Wolves looking at dead lambs. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)
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. Read the rest of this entry »