CALL TO ACTION
Within three weeks, the Fish and Wildlife Service intends to release a pair of known problem wolves at McKenna Park in the Gila Wilderness. This is just 10 miles from several ranches in the region.
The female is F1108 (look up Mexican Wolf F1108 for more information on her) which was part of the Aspen Pack that officially killed 12 yearlings on the Adobe Ranch in 2007. The male is M1133 (look up Mexican Wolf M1133 for his history) which was the wolf that had to be darted and removed for loitering in a residential neighborhood in Reserve, NM this past January.
The only reason for this release is to introduce the DNA of F1108 into the existing wolf population in the wild to shore up deteriorating genetics.
Please encourage Congressman Pearce to introduce legislation to defund the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Program. Feel free to use the example email below. Please send in your emails as soon as possible to Fred Huff in the Congressman’s Las Cruces Office.
April 16, 2013
Representative Steve Pearce
2nd Congressional District of New Mexico
Dear Congressman Pearce,
The Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Program continues in disarray. The destruction of local economies, the unrelenting deception, fear and intimidation perpetrated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the people of the affected communities and the devastation to ranching and outfitting industries continues unabated.
(I), (We), (Organization), (Unit of Local Government) urge you to lead the effort to stop this egregious program by introducing legislation to permanently defund the Mexican Wolf Reintroduction Program.
This travesty has to end.
The victim was trying to feed the obviously rabid or ill wolf.
Staying calm, Dawn Hepp gets to Ashern, Man., and treatment for injuries
Posted: Mar 18, 2013 9:07 AM CT
Last Updated: Mar 18, 2013 5:19 PM CT
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A Manitoba woman credits a childhood lesson for saving her life when she was attacked and bitten by a wolf at the side of a highway.
Dawn Hepp was driving along Highway 6 near Grand Rapids on March 8 when she pulled over to help another driver.
When she walked over to the car, a wolf lunged at her.
“His face and his jaws were around my neck … so it was his fur I can feel on my face,” she said.
“I could just hear my dad saying, ‘stay calm Dawn, stay calm Dawn.’ So what I did was I just stayed calm, I didn’t yell, I didn’t scream.
“He dug a little deeper with that tooth and by the larynx, whether he couldn’t get a good enough grip or what, he let go.”
At that moment, Hepp jumped into her car and pulled up next to the people in the other vehicle she had stopped to help.
“I rolled down my window and said, ‘You guys are OK? I’ve gotta go. I’ve gotta get to the nearest hospital,’” she said.
“I just said, ‘I gotta get going’, and they said, ‘Yeah, we were worried about you.’”
Remaining calm, Hepp drove herself to the hospital in Ashern and was treated for puncture wounds and rabies.
Ken Rebizant is with Manitoba Conservation and said the animal could have been hungry or sick.
“It is very rare. I have been with wildlife branch for 25 years, and this is the first case that I have heard of of this kind in Manitoba,” said Rebizant.
Grand Rapids is located about 415 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
John Cornyn Introduces Endangered Species Act Settlement Reform Act
by Cole Shooter Yesterday
Texas U.S. Senator John Cornyn has introduced legislation to prevent abuse of Endangered Species Act litigation.
Cornyn introduced the Endangered Species Act Settlement Reform Act, which will give impacted local parties a say in the settlement of litigation between special interest groups and the Fish and Wildlife Service.
“ESA litigation abuse has shut out those folks most affected by the kind of closed-door settlements we’ve seen,” said Cornyn. “My bill opens up the process to give job creators and local officials a say.”
Cornyn says that the bill adds protection for American citizens from the regulatory impact of closed-door litigation settlements between special interest groups and the Fish and Wildlife Service.
In 2011, two environmental groups settled multi-district litigation with the FWS that resulted in a “work plan” for the agency to make endangered species list determinations for hundreds of species, and the settlement also required taxpayers to pay the plaintiffs’ litigation fees.
The suits were brought against the FWS because it failed to meet certain statutory deadlines after being flooded with requests to list hundreds of species.
Cornyn’s office says that Closed-Door ESA settlements not only threaten unwarranted regulation, but give plaintiffs undue leverage over local land owners, businesses, and elected officials in the conservation process