USA: Wolves Being Pursued By Hunting Dogs In Wisconsin.





Despite being protected under the Endangered Species Act, wolves in Wisconsin are chased, harassed, and sometimes wounded or even killed by packs of hunting dogs that run the state’s landscape for more than six months of the year. Bear “hounders” face few regulations and little to no enforcement when turning packs of dogs loose to pursue native wildlife.

These hounds are most frequently released at bear “baiting” sites. These are areas where hunters have dumped hundreds of gallons of stale pastries, syrup, or other foods with the intent of habituating bears to feed there. At last count, there were more than 82,000 baiting sites in the state! Not only is this practice disastrous for bears, and destructive to public lands–imagine dumping hundreds of gallons of syrup and rotting pastries in your favorite park–but it puts Wisconsin’s wolves in frequent conflict with packs of hunting dogs.

Help us fight the entrenched political interests that further this dangerous and unsporting hunting practice.

With more than 82,000 bait stations covering Wisconsin’s wild spaces, it is difficult for wolf packs to establish rendezvous sites that do not intersect with these pastry dump sites. Wolves are territorial, protective animals–it’s how they have survived for centuries. This same defensive behavior leads them to defend their packs and their pups from these hoards of bear hunting dogs running the state half of the calendar year. In protecting their rendezvous sites, these wolves are often wounded or killed, and often kill or wound dogs from the hunter’s pack. Hunters in the state are disincentivized to change their ways by a state program that pays them up to $2,500 for dogs lost to wolves safeguarding their pups, packs, and rendezvous sites. This has led to wolves and hunting hounds being killed and wounded at an unprecedented and alarming rate.

This is no way to protect Wisconsin’s wolves or any of its wildlife.  Anyone who loves wolves, anyone who loves dogs, should want to see an end to these practices. We are working on the ground in Wisconsin to stop bear hounding and the virtually-unregulated dumping of bait across the state. We need your help. Please make a 100% tax-deductible donation today to help us fight to end bear baiting and hounding to protect the state’s wolves.

Thank you for your commitment to wildlife and wild places.


Leda Huta
Executive Director
Endangered Species Coalition


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EU MASTERPLAN: Jean-Claude Juncker unveils 10-point plot to SAVE struggling Union



EU MASTERPLAN: Jean-Claude Juncker unveils 10-point plot to SAVE struggling Union

JEAN-CLAUDE Juncker has today unveiled the European Union’s roadmap for 2017 as he struggles to save the bloc from the triple threat of mass migration, economic stagnation and Brexit.

By Nick Gutteridge

The EU Commission chief called for a “Europe that delivers” as he vowed to focus on youth unemployment, tax-dodging and green initiatives in the next calendar year. 

His new proposals come as the EU enters a make-or-break year, with bitter divisions growing between member states over a variety of escalating crises from migration to how to deal with Britain.

The Commission’s new work programme, published today, contains 21 key initiatives in 10 policy areas designed to bring stability back to the lurching political project. But Mr Juncker is likely to find certain parts of the document difficult or nearly impossible to complete, with raging arguments over free trade and migration in particular likely to sink certain initiatives.

At the heart of Brussels’ drive to restore confidence in the bloc will be a proposed blitz on sky-high youth unemployment which has condemned a generation of Mediterranean youngsters to misery. 

The EU will pump taxpayers’ money into training and job creation schemes in stricken Spain, Greece and Italy – where youth joblessness is between 40 to 50 per cent – in a bid to boost their ailing economies. 

Another policy is boosting green policies with work on low-emission vehicles, which will be seen as an attempt to repair Brussels’ tarnished reputation over its involvement in the Volkswagen emissions scandal. 

Other promises made in the work plan may prove more difficult to deliver. Further integration of the monetary union, which is being fought by some eurozone countries who fear losing their sovereignty, is fraught with difficulty. 

And a pledge to seal the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade deal with the US seems fanciful in light of the fate of its sister deal with Canada, CETA, and the pledges of both presidential candidates to scrap it after entering the White House. 

But perhaps the thorniest issue for Mr Juncker, as ever, will be trying to build a consensus on migration. In his action plan he promises to implement the European Agenda on Migration, but this is being fiercely contested by some member states. 

Eastern European countries like Hungary and Poland in particular are incensed by the imposition of mandatory migrant quotas and have vowed to block the scheme, despite being outvoted under Qualified Majority Voting (QMV) rules. 

Hungarian premier Viktor Orban recently held a referendum on the quotas in his homeland in which 98 per cent of voters rejected the EU plan, but Brussels has insisted it will go ahead with it regardless.

Announcing the work programme today, Mr Juncker said: “We are focusing on the things that matter, concrete actions that improve people’s lives. We must unite around a positive agenda. 

“This is what the Commission’s Work Programme is about. This is the Europe that delivers.”

The EU’s First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, admitted that Europe was facing a “challenging era” and said Brussels must work harder to make itself more relevant to ordinary Europeans. 

He said: “In this challenging era, we must work harder together and help to protect, empower and defend Europe’s citizens.

“We have made sound progress on challenges like boosting investment and employment, managing migration and advancing on climate change and the fight against terrorism. 

“But there is still more to do and this year we must deliver agreements on the many crucial proposals already on the table. Now we must all deliver.”

The EU Commission draws up a work programme, setting out its goals for the coming year, on an annual basis. 

But few will receive as much scrutiny as the current one, with the entire future of the bloc in extreme jeopardy and Brussels bureaucrats so far having proved powerless to quell a growing eurosceptic movement across the continent. 

Leading eurocrats have admitted that the EU has become deeply unpopular in recent months due to economic stagnation, the migrant chaos and growing questions over Britain’s decision to leave.

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