Legal agreement halts federal killing of predators in Colorado

, jmarmaduke@coloradoan.comPublished 12:00 p.m. MT Nov. 7, 2017 | Updated 2:23 p.m. MT Nov. 7, 2017

A federal program hit pause this week on its involvement in Colorado predator-killing plans

Wildlife Services, a United States Department of Agriculture program, was tasked with killing Colorado mountain lions and black bears as part of two Colorado Parks and Wildlife plans.

But conservationist groups sued over the federal government’s involvement in state plans, and it’s unclear whether CPW can continue to kill predators without Wildlife Services help.

In a legal agreement with the conservationist groups, which was made public on Monday, Wildlife Services agreed to conduct a new environmental analysis of the plans by Aug. 1, 2018, and not kill any bears or mountain lions in the meantime.

The predator control plans are meant to boost dwindling mule deer population in the Piceance Basin and Upper Arkansas River areas.

CPW and Wildlife Services began trapping and killing predators this year in a 500-square-mile area west of Rifle and a 2,370-square-mile area in south-central Colorado. CPW hasn’t shared how many animals have been killed.


The Piceance Basin plan allows wildlife crews to capture up to 15 mountain lions and 25 black bears annually for three years using cage traps, culvert traps, foot snares and hunting dogs, then shoot them, according to CPW documents. The Upper Arkansas plan allows crews to trap and kill an unspecified number of mountain lions over a nine-year period.

CPW spokeswoman Lauren Truitt declined to comment on whether killing will continue without federal involvement, saying CPW hasn’t reviewed statements about the lawsuit. Wildlife Services representatives didn’t return a phone call from the Coloradoan requesting clarification, and Matthew Bishop of the Western Environmental Law Center said he’s unsure whether killing will continue.


Wildlife Services’ new environmental analysis will consider environmental impacts of the predator control plans and their alternatives, Bishop said.

“This agreement represents a sign of good faith moving forward to do the right thing when it comes to Colorado’s wildlife and ecosystems,” he said in a statement. “It’s a big swing to go from deciding to ignore the best available science to halting potentially harmful wildlife killing while improving the science.”

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit, including the Western Environmental Law Center, WildEarth Guardians and Center for Biological Diversity, argue predators aren’t to blame for the dwindling mule deer population in Colorado. They point instead to habitat infringement by oil and gas development. 

But CPW research indicates that predation, not oil and gas development, is the major cause of shrinking mule deer population in the two predator control plan areas, officials previously told the Coloradoan.

The state’s mule deer population currently sits at about 80 percent of wildlife managers’ desired population of 560,000.

Wildlife Services has also agreed not to use or fund the use of M-44 sodium cyanide capsules — so-called “cyanide bombs” — on public lands in Colorado. The conservationist groups alleged earlier this year that the traps, meant to protect livestock from predators, kill wildlife and pets indiscriminately, the Associated Press reported.

CPW and U.S. Department of Agriculture spokeswomen told the Associated Press the traps haven’t been used on public lands in decades.

Animal Advocate of the Year Named at ‘Bark & Wine’ Fundraiser


La Plata County Humane Society (LPCHS) announced the recipient of the 2017 Animal Advocate of the Year –  Paula Woerner, Owner and Director of Wolfwood Refuge. The award was announced at the LPCHS annual fundraiser, the Bark and Wine event, held at the Doubletree Hotel October 28.

“We were so honored to present the 2017 Animal Advocate of the Year to Paula Woerner. Wolfwood is the result of Paula’s deep passion and determination to care for wolves and wolf-hybrids from all over the country. Her commitment to our community, our youth, and to educating all of us about wolves is invaluable. She is a true hero to all of the animals who come into her care.” – Michelle Featheringill, Executive Director.

Wolfwood Refuge is a wolf and wolf-hybrid sanctuary, which began in 1995 when Paula rescued her first wolf, Winslow.

Wolfwood is a wonderful sanctuary of wolf-habitat enclosures, located in Ignacio, Colorado. Paula and her amazing team of volunteers have taken in wolves and wolf-hybrids from all over the country, including the “Alaska 9” pack. Currently, 60 animals call Wolfwood home and each lives in a habitat suitable to their individual needs; although no animal lives alone. Many of the animals arrive with injuries and behavioral issues, which are treated and rehabilitated. All of the residents of Wolfwood live out their lives in a peaceful and beautiful refuge.

The incredible work done on behalf of wolves, as well as Paula’s natural teaching abilities, have made Wolfwood truly a must-visit animal sanctuary. Paula does provide tours at no-cost to visitors, and is a wonderful community partner, working with other non-profits in our region. As she never charges fees for visitors to Wolfwood, the sanctuary is supported through generous donations from many supporters.



2017 San Diego Wolfdog Walk November 4th and 5th, 2017 Location: San Diego, California

This is the 2017 San Diego Wolfdog Walk.  Please  come and visit with like minded wolfdog owners and interact with the public so they can learn about our chosen breed.

POSITIVITY is the theme for all interactions with humans and animals alike.

Please note that the Festivities start on Saturday the 4th at Lily Pond in Balboa Park and will finish on Sunday the 5th in San Diego Old Town Courtyard. Starts at 10am both days.

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Saturday the 4th at 10 AM to 1 PM – join us at the Balboa Park Lily Pond for the group walk and interaction with the public. We will be taking lots of photos.

Address to Botanical Building and Lily pond is:  1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday Afternoon starting at 3 PM to 7 PM Join us at the Ventura Cove on Mission Bay for food, and get to know your WDC and bring your wolfers.

Address: 3209 Gleason Rd, San Diego, CA 92109

We will be making Hamburgers with chips and Soda as well as Water. It will be $6.00 per person. You will need to get a ticket for your food. We will have the tickets at the Ventura Cove.  The Ventura Cove has plenty of parking, bathrooms and a fire pit.

Sunday, the 5th, we will be at Old Town San Diego from 10 AM to 12 noon for those that would like to join us.  We will be interacting with the public, going for the walk and doing photos.

More to come as we get closer.

Here is the address to Old Town San Diego:
4002 Wallace StSan Diego, CA 92110

Hybrid wolves reportedly doing well at sanctuary. Waiting for Luna’s DNA test.

Observer-Reporter.  Kathie Warco  October 17, 2017

The wolf dogs removed from a Bentleyville home in August are reportedly doing well as their former owner awaits a summary trial on charges he had them in his Bentleyville home without required permission from the state.

Frederick Frameli, 67, of 120 Spring St., was charged by a state Game Commission wildlife officer with three counts of keeping wolf hybrids without a permit. He was scheduled for a summary trial last month at the same time as a court proceeding into cruelty to animals charges filed against him by the humane officer for Washington Area Humane Society. But the trial on the charges regarding the hybrid wolves was delayed until DNA results were available on the animals. District Judge Curtis Thompson found Frameli guilty on 12 counts of animal cruelty. He was fined and ordered to make restitution to the humane society. Thompson also banned Frameli from owning a dog for three years.

Agents with the humane society, accompanied by Game Commission officers, served a search warrant Aug. 23 at Frameli’s home in response to a complaint from one of his neighbors of possible animal cruelty. They seized four suspected wolf hybrid dogs, as well as 11 German shepherd or German shepherd-type dogs. A veterinary technician at the humane society testified during the Sept. 27 animal cruelty trial that full evaluations of the dogs were done and indicated the animals were either severely or notably underweight. Frameli surrendered all of the animals.

The hybrid dogs were taken to the Wolf Sanctuary of Pennsylvania in Lititz, Lancaster County, where the DNA tests were conducted.

DNA tests came back as positive for Akeela, Gianni and Kaya all having a percentage of wolf in their DNA, said Kelly Proudfit, executive director of the humane society. The sanctuary is awaiting results of the test on the animal called Luna.

“They are doing great,” Proudfit said of the four animals. “They have doubled their weight since being admitted into the sanctuary.

“They are healthy now, and stable,” she added. “They will be moved into a natural habitat sanctuary at the center soon for a nice, stress-free, happy life.”

Frameli’s summary trial is now scheduled for Nov. 14 before Thompson.

Understanding the Role of the Attending Veterinarian Under the Animal Welfare Act. “FREE” Presentation available.

USDA Animal Care has posted on its website a presentation that explains the role of attending veterinarians under the Animal Welfare Act.

Proper veterinary care is vital to ensure that regulated animals receive humane care and treatment, so Animal Welfare Act regulations require regulated entities to have a full-time veterinarian on staff or to contract with an attending veterinarian to develop a written program of veterinary care.

“The role of the attending veterinarian is critical, and this presentation thoroughly outlines the full extent of that role,” said Dr. Nora Wineland, director of APHIS’ Center for Animal Welfare.

The presentation is available here, under the Educational Materials subheading.   Scroll down midway and click the highlighted Attending Veterinarians link for the FREE course

If not us – Who? If not now – When?

So here it is….the aftermath.  The hurricanes have passed.  Crisis is over.  We go back to our lives. How normal everything is on all the wolfdog groups.  People are showing off pics of their pretty wolfdogs.  Wolfdog questions are being asked, answers are given.  Petty bullying is back.  Judgmental acrimonious behavior in full swing. Life goes on right?

It goes on until those affected in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico walk out the front doors of homes not theirs; either a parent’s house, a friend’s house or their children’s house if one is so fortunate…or we walk out of our houses (those that still have them!)  and see the big trees that have fallen, see the water still reddish from being off for over a week.  We sop the water off the floors and put fans to dry the walls.  We call out for our missing four legged friends that were lost in the storm and only here silence.  Our Puerto Rican brother’s and sister’s spend another night looking at the stars to light their nights.  Those of us that lost our jobs during this hurricane or lost work…pray for a miracle to pay next month’s bills. It all seems so surreal watching the world we live in and the world on Facebook.  All so simple…like rebooting a computer.

I am one of the fortunate ones.  We had hurricane force winds, rains, trees feeling down all around us…no power or water for 7 days, a house full of family and friends and we survived intact.  Long distance friends and family talk about how we all dodged a bullet and aren’t we glad it was not that bad. It was a bad storm.  Many of my friends lost their homes, their pets, their livelihood.  One acquaintance lost her life.  For those safe, warm and dry…….platitudes are not welcome in our home!

So what is the point?  Do I want the wolfdog community to be in perpetual mourning and grief?  Do I want thousands more PM’s stating how “sorry they are” for the situation? Do I want  another fundraiser?  Do I want yet another meaningless hashtag “we stand with florida/texas/puerto rico (which means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING when you have no water….electricity..or home).

Simply in a word..No.

I see at least 10,000 active in wolfdog community on Facebook, I see Wolfdog Radio with over 25,000 listeners.  I see people still crushed in spirit, still hurting standing fierce, tall, proud and silent as if to say “we are still here –we are alive!”

Everyone out there that is reading this blog…..and on Facebook.   When you PM someone…look at the menu on the PM screen….do you see that coin with the dollar sign?   Did you know you can send money?  $1, $5 any amount and with no charge to an individual person (image below!)


You can make a PERSONAL gesture.   All of you KNOW some one, one individual person that has been DRASTICALLY affected by the hurricanes, you KNOW someone who is in pain and needs help. Send them 1 dollar…send them $5.00 dollars.  When you go to McDonald’s – instead of getting Double Triple Quarter Pounder…get something on the dollar menu and send someone you know the other dollar.  This is something we ALL can do. We have to do it. We need to do it.  Sometimes just knowing that someone out there gave you their hard-earned dollar…means more than you will ever know.

A past president gave a speech that is pretty apropos:

“We have to ask ourselves if we do nothing, where does all of this end. Can anyone here say that if we can’t do it, someone down the road can do it, and if no one does it, what happens to the country? I know it’s a hell of a challenge, but ask yourselves if not us, who, if not now, when?”

Let’s rise to this challenge.  Right know wolfdogs face an uncertain future. Legislation is being passed like a knife through soft butter.  But we are not soft butter.  We have skins of steel and strong hearts.  We leave no one behind, we walk through hell together and what hurts one ….hurts all of us – Humankind and Wolf-kind alike.   Let the week of September 25th be the week where we reach out and help as many individuals that have been affected one on one.  Everyone of us can do this.  You can do this.  I can do this.  We can do this.

Deanna Moose

Owner/Producer Wolf Dog Radio