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When Change Is Necessary: A Sort-Of Farewell
TL;DR: I'm moving, note me for my new account only if you're interested in my art.
For better or worse, it's been eight long, crazy, life-changing years since and because I joined this site under this account. The audience I once maintained has moved on, however, and it's time I did the same.
A precious handful of my watchers knew me first as "just another wolf artist," but the majority of you found me by way of my controversial stamps, and the controversies subsequent to their creation. For a time, I enjoyed the resulting minor wave of notoriety, but I was too young, too immature, and too caught up in the moment to consider that wave would eventually crash when I outgrew the one-upmanship of petty Internet squabbles which, in hindsight, feel like a time sink. I devoted too much time, energy, and consideration to people who hated me for the crime of disagreeing with their stance on their pet cause, and garnered an audience which only thirsted for the bloo
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very revealing:

animal slacktivists: this is disgusting. you should only kill what you will eat.
*state department of natural resources publishes recipe book on bear gumbo*
same idiots: OMG! this is disgusting! you shouldn't eat any predators!
animal slacktivists: hurry up NPS and save these wolves!!
*wolf dies after being captured for relocation*
same idiots: OMG leave these animals alone!!
USFWS essentially gives up on its Red Wolf Recovery program. They are gathering public comments over the next month and will determine what to do from there; but their announcement yesterday that they would no longer pursue take of red wolves outside of the NEP is both not surprising and startling.

www.fws.gov/southeast/news/201…
The NPS has made it official: they will begin to reintroduce wolves to Isle Royale. Over a 3-5 year period, roughly 20-30 wolves will be brought to the island. Is this truly a "win" for science? Or is it a win for emotions?

www.nps.gov/isro/learn/news/pr…
Hey TheScipio, I remember we had a conversation back in 2016 about re-wilding. Here is the most recent edition of Global Reintroduction Perspectives with case studies around the world. Hope it's to your liking!

portals.iucn.org/library/sites…
The D.C. circuit ruled today against delisting the gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes - a decision that was upheld by the 2014 ruling (see here Scientists to feds: Gray wolves are not endangered)

This ruling is a short-term setback, but it will very likely pave the way for a win for gray wolves, wildlife, and sportsmen in the long run. The Appellate Court's decision, for now, leaves ESA protections in place for the gray wolves in the Western Great Lakes. Crucially, the court has laid out a road map for the USFWS in order to achieve delisting and, most importantly, has dismantled many of the dangerous and unsupported holdings presented in the lower court decision.

The court has also ruled in favor of the USFWS on the most important legal issue: the definition of distinct population segments in regards to the Endangered Species Act and the USFWS's DPS policy. Conclusively, this shows that the FWS has the ability to list and delist a species at the distinct population segment level.

The central dispute in this case is whether the Endangered Species Act permits the Service to carve out of an already-listed species a “distinct population segment” for the purpose of delisting that segment and withdrawing it from the Act’s aegis. We hold that the Act permits such a designation, but only when the Service first makes the proper findings.” (Op. at 15-16).


The lawsuit brought by the Humane Society of the United States; Born Free, USA; Help Our Wolves Live; and Friends of Animals and Their Environment have argued that the FWS could never delist a smaller portion of a species unless the entire species had fully recovered. This was rejected by the court.

"The court’s ruling that regional delisting is legally possible is a victory for sound scientific wildlife management and further upholds DPS policy of the Endangered Species Act as an important tool for conservation moving forward. While we clearly would have preferred that wolves be returned to state management today, this ruling provides a path forward for the Fish and Wildlife Service on how to successfully delist wolves once and for all. Folks in the animal-rights community would like believe that the Endangered Species Act is a one-way ratchet. In their world, you can only put species on to the Endangered Species List based upon a distinct population segment. However, we know that this is not how the ESA is written. This distorted view of the DPS policy is simply emblematic of their view of the ESA as a whole. They view this as a means to enshrine federal protections in perpetuity, as opposed to a tool to help those in need recover and be returned to state management. This ruling clearly ignored years of Fish and Wildlife Service policy, court rulings and plain common sense. The idea that wolves can never be deemed ‘recovered’ in the Great Lakes states until they have recovered across the entire U.S. is a complete fantasy." -Evan Heusinkveld, president and CEO of the Sportsmen’s Alliance


Furthermore, the appellate court dismantled many of the main arguments brought by the HSUS-led coalition:

:bulletblack: The court upheld the FWS's interpretation that the ESA's definition of "range" refers to "current range" at the time of listing or delisting, not "historic range" as the HSUS have argued. The HSUS's dangerous interpretation would mean that populations may never be delisted if they could not rebound throughout their historic range. The court mentioned that we must consider large losses in historical range in evaluating the continuing viability of a species in its current range. On remand, the FWS must therefore decide a "baseline" date from which historical range loss is measured. One expected date would be 1973, the year Congress enacted the ESA.

:bulletblack: HSUS argued that the FWS failed to explain why gray wolf mortality from humans and disease is not a continuing threat to the species' existence. The court found that the FWS had thoroughly examined these factors, and that gray wolf populations had continued to grow despite any disease or human-caused mortality.

:bulletblack: HSUS attempted to characterize Minnesota as an "unregulated killing zone." While the lower court's decision had agreed, the Circuit Court disagreed and found that Minnesota's depredation plan did not amount to an "unregulated killing zone," as it was indeed regulated and unlikely to threaten gray wolves' survival.

:bulletblack: HSUS argued that the lack of state regulatory plans to monitor and protect the Western Great Lakes wolves outside of their core recovery areas in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan did not support FWS's decision to delist these gray wolves. The court found that the lack of separate state plans in six nearby states was not a concern because gray wolves are virtually non-existent in those states, and those animals that do occasionally appear are protected by other measures, or that they do not significantly contribute to the WGL population.

:bulletblack: HSUS challenged the 2011 rule on genetics issues concerning whether or not there are one or two wolf species which would warrant additional protections. The court rejected this argument.

:bulletblack: HSUS argued that the FWS had inappropriately responded to political pressure from Sen. Amy Klobuchar in adoption its gray wolf-delisting order. The court rejected that argument, stating that HSUS could point to no science "ignored, misused, or manipulated" or to any material change in FWS's position (in response to a letter from Sen. Klobuchar) - in particular, the court cites that FWS had acted favorably in response to several delisting petitions before ever receiving Sen. Klobuchar's letter.

Congressional Republicans and some Democrats are currently working on legislation to force the FWS to again delist the gray wolf and to make sure that the courts cannot undo this decision. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee passed the "Hunting Heritage and Environmental Legacy Preservation for Wildlife Act" (HELP Wildlife Act) last week with a provision that would delist the gray wolf and prohibit judicial review. The House's appropriations bill for the Interior Department has a similar provision, as does a separate bill from Rep. Collin Peterson, neither of which has gotten a full House vote yet.

It is undeniable that the gray wolves have biologically recovered - what remains now are squabbles over political definitions. I will keep you all informed on any progress made hereafter.

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:bulletgreen: Mammals
:bulletgreen: Biological Evolution
:bulletgreen: Wildlife Ecology
:bulletgreen: Wildlife Biology
:bulletgreen: Wildlife Management
:bulletgreen: Wildlife Conservation
:bulletgreen: Population Dynamics
:bulletgreen: Population Biology
:bulletgreen: Canid Phylogeny and Genetics

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:bulletgreen: Ecology
:bulletgreen: Evolutionary Biology
:bulletgreen: Systematics (Taxonomy)
:bulletgreen: Wildlife Biology
:bulletgreen: Animal Genetics
:bulletgreen: Molecular Genetics
:bulletgreen: Molecular Biology

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Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Is there anything else you would like to add to this?  www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7c5i1… I for one thing would mention that you have to support criminal activity, terrorism, malnutrition, indocrination, and that Peta kills more than 80% of the animals their so called shelter takes in.
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Burricon-wolflord Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2018  Student General Artist
Hello, would you be interested in helping out a growing species, the Burricons? If so there's the group link: www.deviantart.com/theburricon… if you aren't interested, that's okay, but if you don't mind, could you spread the word about this group? Thanks for reading, have a good day. <3
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Inmyarmsinmyarms Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Student Writer
So in short, this brat is repeating itself ad nauseam once it was pointed out it was cherry picking. Kind of sad.
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Inmyarmsinmyarms Featured By Owner May 3, 2018  Student Writer
You seem like a decent biology, but do bother to do research on climate change. Kajm's an attention whore who has ultimately managed to draw in actual scientists explaining his nonsense.
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Sparklet-Rayne Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Care for some roasted Peta? www.youtube.com/watch?v=stvrtQ…
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