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Words From Walt, #4

Nate Blakeslee wrote a remarkable article for The Wall Street Journal on October 7-8, 2017, entitled “The Plight of the West’s Wolves, Wyoming reinstates wolf hunting – with distressing consequences for man and beast.” I found his careful analysis strikingly accurate and agree wholeheartedly with his question “How does a dog loving hunter shoot a wolf?” Read the rest of this entry »

Words from Walt, #3

In this my third Words From Walt, I lament two particular crisis situations for wolf recovery in our country. The first involves Wyoming, where wolves have now lost any Endangered Species Act protection. The second concerns the State of Washington, where wolf packs are being exterminated on federal lands at the behest of ranchers. Read the rest of this entry »

Words from Walt, #2

In my last Words from Walt, I lamented what I characterized as the continuing problem of the “I thought it was a coyote” defense in the potential prosecution of wolf killers under the federal Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). This issue arose because of the so called McKittrick policy, whereby the US Department of Justice (“DOJ”) would not prosecute a wolf killer without evidence that said killer knew the biological identity of the animal before killing it. I have followed this issue since its misguided inception in 1999. Let me briefly explain. Read the rest of this entry »