Tuesday, October 26, 2010

UPDATE - 759 Radio Collars On Yellowstone Wolves

I took this photo of this abused collared wolf two years ago near Swan Lake here in Yellowstone. Of the 48 adult wolves in the Northern part of the park, 25 are collared like the wolf in this photo. More than 50% of the adult wolves are handicapped by these devices.
During the seventeen years that this intrusive research project has been going on, more than SEVEN HUNDRED AND FIFTY-NINE (759) Yellowstone Wolves have been collared and treated this way. 759 Yellowstone Wolves chased to exhaustion by helicopter, darted with dangerous drugs and humiliated by having one of these gross things placed around their necks.
This horrible study needs to stop tomorrow!
Money for these monstrous collars are provided by the Yellowstone Park Foundation.
They solicit money for the collars and for chasing them to exhaustion with helicopters and harassing them with large groups of so called "researchers".
For $5000 they provided funding for putting this over-sized, intrusive GPS collar on this poor wolf.
Please write, call or e-mail them to STOP THIS ABUSIVE PROGRAM!
Yellowstone Park Foundation
222 East Main Street, Suite 301
Bozeman, MT 59715
Carol Miceli

1 comment:

  1. I strongly agree about these idiotic "studies" that purport to benefit other species but really only enrich human knowledge about them, if anything. Since there is nobody regulating these "studies" (not that I'd advocate anything short of their abolishment) and no agency putting the kibosh on unnecessary or frivolous research, we don't even know that anything of value for the species OR for humans is being learned. It is high time we stop enslaving the natural world for our own entertainment and calling it "education". Wolves have been all but exterminated at our hands. Haven't they suffered enough? The only point in the commentary above I would disagree with is that wolves are "humiliated" by the collars. This is a human emotion borne of civilized ideas about how we should behave and has no relevance to the natural world. It is purely because the collars impede the wolves' ability to fully function that I think they should come off NOW. It happens that domestic dogs are sometimes accidentally strangled by their collars. I wondered how much this has happened to wolves and that's why I started my research. I should not have been surprised to find that apparently nobody has even bothered to ask the question, never mind attempt to answer it. I am glad to have at least found this website where wolf tracking is being looked at with a critical eye. Thank you!
    Nora Lenz


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