Posts Tagged ‘California Endangered Species Act’

Gray Wolf gets California Endangered Species Protections!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014
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Two of OR-7’s pups peek out from behind the log. Rogue National Forest. Photo courtesy of USFWS.

Great news for wolves! Early this afternoon, the California State Fish and Game Commission voted three to one to grant protections to Gray Wolves under the California Endangered Species Act.

The decision came after three hours of testimony from nearly two hundred members of the public, many of who were dressed in gray and wearing paper hats shaped and painted like wolves. One especially endearing comment, which made the entire hall smile, was delivered by two-year toddler Madrone Shelton who clearly stated to the Commissioners, “protect wolves.”

Cuteness was in the air when a new photo from the Oregon Department of Wildlife surfaced that verified California’s famous wandering wolf, OR-7 and his new mate, had successfully sired a litter of puppies!

This announcement further cemented the need to list the wolf under the California Endangered Species Act. It is likely that OR-7 and his family will travel back into California once the pups are old enough, and protections under the law will help ensure their future safety.

The serendipitous humor of OR-7’s activities could not be better timed. Back in February, the very day that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife told Commissioners that listing was not warranted because there were no wolves present, OR-7 jumped the border back into California; and again, as if on cue, today’s news of OR-7’s puppies happened within minutes of the Department’s stating that there is still not a breeding pair of wolves in California and that the other wolf that has been spotted with OR-7, may not be female.

We think OR-7 was trying to tell us something—that California is wolf country and that we will have wolves within our state in the very near future, so be prepared!

Meanwhile, the process for developing a California Wolf Management Plan is still underway. EPIC, and other groups representing a diverse set of interests, are helping the Department of Fish and Wildlife develop a management plan that balances the biological needs of wolves and the needs of society.

For more than two years, we have worked to get protections put in place for Gray Wolves. We could not have done it without you. Together we have sent more than 4,000 comments to Commissioners and today we were delivered a sweet and satisfying victory for wildlife protection.

Let us celebrate this announcement by sending out a collective howl for the future of California’s wolves, “Ahh-wooooooo!”

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Wolf Night Teach-in & Fish and Game Commission Hearing

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

wolf-event-flyer-final-CS5Join us for our “Wolf Night and Teach-in” on Monday, June 2nd, from 6-8pm at the D-Street Neighborhood Center (1301 D Street in Arcata), featuring a film screening, guest speakers, sign making, and tips on speaking to the Commission. This event is designed to prepared people for the upcoming California Fish and Game Commission hearing. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

The California Fish and Game Commission is coming to Fortuna and wants to hear from you. Attend the hearing in person on Wednesday, June 4th, at 8:30am at the Fortuna River Lodge (1800 Riverwalk Drive in Fortuna), and ask Commissioners to give wolves full state protection under the California Endangered Species Act. Come early for a rally starting at 7:30am, bring signs and wear gray to show your support for listing.

All events are kid friendly, free and open to the public.

Hosted by: the Environmental Protection Information Center, Bird Ally X, Humboldt Wildlife Care Center, Center for Biological Diversity, Northcoast Environmental Center.

Speak up for the Future of California’s Gray Wolves!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

A remote camera captured this photo of OR7, aka Journey, on May 3, 2014, in Jackson County, Oregon.

Take Action: Urge the California Fish and Game Commission to list the Gray Wolf under the California Endangered Species Act.

It is only a matter of time before wolves fully reestablish themselves in California and they need the fullest protection under the law to be able to be able to recover.

We know of one occasional visitor, iconic wandering wolf OR-7 also known as “Journey,” but there maybe other wild wolves in the state that we don’t know about. Coming from Oregon, these charismatic predators will disperse into California’s long unoccupied, high-quality habitat full of deer and other game. The return of wolves to California’s landscape will bring invaluable benefits to ecosystems, and conservation of these apex predators is a must.

Good News:

Lone wolf, OR-7, doesn’t appear to be so lonely any more. Remote cameras in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon indicate that Journey has found a mate and the two have likely denned with puppies. In his travels, Journey has staked out a territory in southwest Oregon’s Cascade mountain range with occasional forays into California. It won’t be long before this new pack travels back into California!

Click here to read EPIC’s comments from March 28, 2014 to the Commission.

Click here to read EPIC’s supplemental comments to the California Fish and Game Commission, May 22, 2014.


Gray Wolf Told to Wait

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt its April 16th, 2014 meeting in Ventura, California, the California Fish and Game Commission voted to delay its decision whether or not to list Gray Wolves as “endangered” under the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) for an additional 90-days in order to further consider evidence and testimony.

Recent legislation modifying the California Fish and Game Code allows the Commission to delay its decision-making for 90-days if it is necessary for the Commissioners to further consider its decision.

The Commission will hear further testimony and accept additional comments on the Gray Wolf listing decision at its next regularly-scheduled meeting on June 4th, in Fortuna, California. The Commission will schedule a special hearing date for July, prior to the expiration of the 90-day deadline, to make a final decision whether or not to list the wolf under CESA.

EPIC, along with the Center for Biological Diversity and others filed a petition to list the Gray Wolf as “endangered” under CESA in 2012. In February 2014, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife issued its Status Report for the Gray Wolf, recommending that the Commission not list the species under CESA, citing a lack of scientific certainty. Comments from EPIC and others have challenged the Department’s findings and have encouraged the Commission to list the wolf as “endangered’ under CESA.

Listing of the Gray Wolf under CESA is essential to the survival and recovery of the species in California. With a lack of state protections, and the looming potential of de-listing the wolf at the federal level clearly drives home the urgent need to protect Gray Wolves under CESA.

The Commission has indefinitely extended its public comment period regarding the Gray Wolf CESA listing. Please consider supporting the listing of the wolf under CESA by sending letters to the Commission at: [email protected].