This week, a Montana state court denied a preliminary injunction request to significantly curb wolf hunting and trapping methods and quotas in Montana until the merits of a lawsuit from two conservation groups can be heard.
The news means that Montana’s efforts to kill 456 wolves—nearly 40% of the state’s entire wolf population, based on potentially unsound modeling—during the 2022-2023 hunting and trapping season move forward unabated. On November 15, 2022, the court granted some protections for wolves under a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) that was in place until the judge’s ruling came out this week, which dissolved the TRO.
“We are devastated that the court has allowed countless more wolves—including Yellowstone wolves—to be killed under the unscientific laws and regulations we are challenging,” said Lizzy Pennock, the Montana-based carnivore coexistence advocate at WildEarth Guardians. “We will keep fighting for Montana’s wolves in the courtroom while our case carries on and outside the courtroom in every way possible.”
The lawsuit claims that there are significant flaws in the population model used to estimate the total number of wolves in the state. Since the 456 quota for the 2022-2023 season relies upon a flawed population model, reaching the quota could have devastating consequences on the state’s wolf population. Per allegations in the motion, “Montana does not have an accurate picture of how many wolves are living in Montana and cannot sustainably and legally manage the species through another wolf hunt this winter.”
So far, hunters have killed 69 wolves this season in Montana. The court’s refusal to issue an injunction this week means that an additional 387 wolves could be killed between now and March 15, 2023, via hunting, trapping, snaring, shooting wolves over bait, and via hunting at night on private lands with technology including night-vision scopes.
This week’s order also removes the two-wolf kill quota in the wolf management unit (WMU) west of Glacier National Park that was temporarily in place under the terms of the TRO, and reinstates the six-wolf kill quota in the WMU just north of Yellowstone National Park. This means that an additional five Yellowstone wolves could be killed this winter. Last year, recreational hunters and trappers killed 25 Yellowstone wolves, with 19 killed in Montana.
“Today, Montana’s wolves and wild places lost an important battle but the greater campaign to protect North America’s wildlife and evidence-based democratic decision-making continues,” explained Michelle Lute, PhD in wolf conservation and carnivore conservation director for Project Coyote, a project of Earth Island Institute. “What happens to wolves in Montana doesn’t stay in Montana because wolves and the benefits they bring aren’t restricted by geographic boundaries. Protecting a robust source population of wolves in the state has broader implications for wolf populations, genetic exchange and healthy wildlands in surrounding states, national parks and Canada.”
“The #Relistwolves Campaign is outraged that the Montana Court has decided to overlook Montana’s plan to kill 456 wolves – nearly 40% of their wolf population based on an outdated and skewed population model. Today, conservationists and wildlife advocates were dealt a blow, but with Montana’s wolf hunting season underway, we will push back even harder,” Leslie Williams and Samantha Attwood, founding members of The #RelistWolves Campaign, told WAN.
“We applaud the wildlife conservation organizations who are pursuing these legal remedies and will continue to fight alongside these groups – demanding the immediate relisting of wolves in Montana and all the Northern Rocky states under the Endangered Species Act,” concluded Williams and Attwood.
Street Cat Bob, Who Helped His Human To Overcome Addiction, Has Passed Away
James Bowen, who was a recovering heroin addict, first met a beautiful ginger cat in 2007. At first glance, the cat was clearly abandoned and had injuries, so James took him in. Every morning, James had a positive reason to wake up; Bob.James would take Bob with him on the streets to go busking and selling ‘The Big Issue’ around London. A couple of years later, in 2012, James published a book through Hodder & Stoughton called ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’. The book detailed their lives together and became a best seller. The popular book spurred on the sequels ‘The World According to Bob’, ‘A Gift From Bob’ and ‘The Little Book of Bob’.
These books were not only best sellers but were published in over forty languages, becoming a hit worldwide. In 2016, James and Bob’s wonderful partnership inspired a film to be released starring Luke Treadway as James. Bob the kitty also made a feature in the film.
Later in 2020, we can expect a sequel to the film called ‘A Gift From Bob’. We hope that kitty cat Bob has all the catnip treats in the world up there in kitty heaven as he continues to watch over his human James. Rest in peace, Bob.
Bob passed away on June 15th 2020, leaving behind a legacy only most of us could dream of pursuing. For a cat, he touched so many lives in so many ways.
“Bob saved my life. It’s as simple as that. He gave me so much more than companionship. With him at my side, I found a direction and purpose that I’d been missing. The success we achieved together through our books and films was miraculous. He’s met thousands of people, touched millions of lives. There’s never been a cat like him. And never will again…I feel like the light has gone out in my life. I will never forget him.”
Hi fives all around for a job well done!
Mr. Bob was clearly royalty-worthy
Bob hi-fived anyone that deserved his love
Busking on the streets of London
Rest in Peace
Fans of Bob and Bowen expressed their sympathies to the duo
A Cute Foster Kitty Smiles for the Camera and Breaks the Internet
Blossom the cute foster kitty has had a rough time since she was born. The cute kitty never gave up, though. Her foster mother, Lauren Boutz, didn’t gave up on the cutie as well. Just look at the kitty – such a smile can disarm anyone. Not only it can disarm everyone, it’s also quite contagious. As soon as Blossom’s pics were uploaded by Lauren online, her smile almost broke the Internet.
In the post, Lauren said that Blossom isn’t her sole foster kitty. She helps the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department often, taking in kitties that need the help. She calls the gang Powerpurr Girls. Apart from Blossom, the other kittens are called Bubbles and Buttercup. How cute!
All kittens are around 5 weeks old and have a smile that can make your day.
Aren’t they adorable?
A Dog Runs Through Flames to Save His Kitten Buddy
In the hectic world we’re living in, positive news often go unnoticed. We’re so obsessed with tragedy and drama that we miss heroic acts every day. Take this one from Ukraine for example – not a month ago, a hero dog ran through a burning house to save his kitten buddy. If you ever needed one more reason to love dogs, this story it a pretty big one.
Last month, a fire in a house in the city of Donetsk broke out, spreading clouds of smoke and ash over the sky. As soon as it broke out, the residents headed out in panic with their dog. They forgot about the kitten though – it was unfortunately trapped inside and no one could get to it.
Well, no one but the dog. While the poor owned cried unable to save the kitty, the dog ran through the flames to save his buddy from certain death. He got out in minutes with the kitten in his mouth. Miraculously, both were unharmed. The dog and kitten were best friends and spent whole days playing with each other. Thanks to this dog, the owner was relieved to have both his buddies come out alive from this tragic event.
The dog took a massive risk to save his little buddy. It’s fair to say that people wouldn’t do the same, but dogs are special creatures. The moral of this story is that we should never leave anyone behind. If a hero dog could do it, so could you.