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Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Let’s howl with the wolves, not kill them

10 Jun

Here is today’s Madravenspeak column – please link it to your networking sites and network it to your email lists. www.wiwildlifeethic.org needs your help in organizing to fight these massive abuses of our wildlife.  If you can join as a member at whatever level, it empowers us to pay tabling fees at various events to gather support and educate the public, long left out of wildlife decisions.

Please comment and join the conversation – this is YOUR venue to express yourselves about animal issues positively – yet it has been dominated by hunting interest comments.

There is a link to a petition against the gutting of the 1964 Wilderness Act, and a wolf survey to network.  You can bet the hounders and wildlife killers and trappers will be networking the survey.  Please take it and pass it along – especially those of you on the wolf tracking volunteer groups.

Thanks.

Patricia

Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Let’s howl with the wolves, not kill them

 
4 Comments

Posted by on June 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

4 responses to “Patricia Randolph’s Madravenspeak: Let’s howl with the wolves, not kill them

  1. Bobette Traul

    June 12, 2012 at 12:04 am

    Rali -What are the tribes afraid of?

     
    • rali74

      June 12, 2012 at 10:31 am

      I honestly think that they are waiting until the DNR finalizes their plan before they take any action.

       
  2. moquah

    June 14, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    From your column, referencing a volunteer tracker, Racheal Tilseth –

    “She is starting an ecotourism business, taking people out to howl with the wolves.”

    How is this not exploitative? Howling is not a recreational activity for wolves – it has important social implications, one of which is territoriality. By howling in a pack’s territory, you are announcing your presence as a trespasser. This can be very disruptive during denning, rendezvous, and breeding seasons – repeated broadcasts of “foreign” howls have been used by European researchers to induce wolves to relocate their pups from “undesirable” rendezvous sites.

    Biologists use howl surveys as an important tool to conduct assessments of pup production, but there are strict guidelines detailing how to conduct these surveys with a minimum of social impact. I teach a wolf ecology course and a volunteer carnivore trackers’ workshop, and we caution attendees against recreational howling because of the stress it can cause.

    I also doubt that Ms.Tilseth has considered that any howl responses she elicits could be heard by wolf hunters as well, pinpointing rendezvous sites for them. She sounds about as clueless about wolf behavior as the wolf haters.

     
  3. Bobette Traul

    June 15, 2012 at 2:18 am

    The last thing you want is hunters knowing where wolves are. Problem is, hunters can call them also. I understand what you’re saying. I wish we could kidnapp them. The wolves that is. I can’t say what I’d like to do to the hunters.

     

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