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Where Are Germany’s Bears, Wolves And Eagles?

Originally Published in October, 2016, revised Feb 25, 2018.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOne of my wife’s fondest memories of Germany is the well maintained trails going through idyllic forests. She was visiting relatives during the late 1960’s and early 70’s. My impressions are both much later, and different. After my second trip to Germany, last year, I asked Andreas König, Head AG Wildlife Biology and Wildlife Management at the Technical University of Munich, where are Germany’s bears, wolves and eagles?

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Alberta to Protect Woodland Caribou

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The sharp decline of Alberta’s woodland caribou population has long been a concern. According to Mark Hebblewhite, associate professor of ungulate habitat biology at the University of Montana, compared the province’s previous attempts to resolve this situation by culling wolves – but not prioritizing habitat restoration –  to shovelling sand. The University of Alberta agreed, and pointed to the fact these animals are “in an area with high levels of human disturbance resulting from forestry and oil and gas activity.” That changed this morning, the province of Alberta is extending its’ protection over an additional 1.8 million hectares of forest.

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Four of Oregon’s Wolves Executed For Livestock Kills

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMThere is little doubt as to who carried out the recent livestock killings in Wallowa County, Oregon.  Both the tracks and numerous bite marks are wolves’.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife report of the first incident notes that “Four wolves of the Imnaha Pack were aerially observed by ODFW approximately 3 miles from the dead calf.” GPS radio collar data shows  OR4 and OR39, the Imnaha pack’s alpha pair, in the vicinity of subsequent cattle and sheep kills. Now four of Oregon’s wolves were executed.

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