Best News I Heard All Week!

Oh Dog! Happy Sunday everybody!

I gotta tell ya, there was lots of animal welfare news out there this week, and much of it was bad.

photo from National Wildlife Federation website
photo from National Wildlife Federation website

But there WAS some good news heard right here in the US, and I want to share it with you.

Ya see, there’s a strong push underway to de-list the gray wolf from the Endangered Species list. If you aren’t familiar with the issue and want to learn more, Nathan Rott did some great reporting on the issue from all sides. You can hear some of his stories on NPR. I’ll list them at the bottom of the post.

So what is the good news? Well, the Peer Review Panel that studies the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s rationale for de-listing the gray wolf challenged the science used by the agency.

Seems USFWS used the findings of one study conducted by four USFWS scientists to justify its’ recommendations, and the peer review panel said that study wasn’t the best science available. In other words, you might try to appease some folks that hate wolves, but we’re not gonna let you do it with shoddy science. Booyah! 

from the National Geographic website
from the National Geographic website

For now, it seems USFWS is backing off its attempts to de-list the gray wolves.

Now I’m not naive enough to think this is the end of the fight to make it legal to kill wolves in all 50 states. But I do know this really puts a kink in the government’s justification for doing so. 


By the way, the biggest enemy to the gray wolves is cattle ranchers. You could do a lot to help wolves by not eating beef.



Here’s those stories from Nathan Rott:


Montana Ranchers Learn Ways To Live With Wolves

32 thoughts on “Best News I Heard All Week!

  1. They are endangered, why take the Grey Wolves off the list.

    Buy the way, there is something about the look and intensity of the wolf’s eyes in the picture above that reminds me of Rumpy. Maybe the shape of his face. Whatever, I look at the picture and see Rumpy. 🙂

  2. Super news Rumpy! You’re right though about the threat not going away as long as pressure groups (ranchers) aren’t compensated for losses. But surely it should be part of the costs of raising beef? Feed that onto the end user and reduce consumption.

    1. Well if you’re used to getting what you want, and folks in this industry are, you don’t like it when you’re told you have to share with others.

  3. You can eat my beef though, I have no wolves, and my coyotes are a well behaved bunch of dogs! This good news age is going to be my favourite! I love good news.. c

  4. We lubz wolfiez n we wantz to see dem alive n able to live in peece. It seemz hard fer Beef peeple to understand dat wolfiez eat meet….butt so do da Hu’Manz so why dey get mad at wolfiez fer doin da smae fing??
    *scratchezhead in thott*
    Rumpy sum Hu’Manz confuse me ALOT!!!
    Lub Nylablue xxx

  5. Rumpy! That IS great news! I had no idea this was even on the cards, but I am so pleased. You’re right of course, it won’t be an end to it but every little kink that is made is worth celebrating. Lot’s of little kinks can hopefully make the break that is desperately needed.
    Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

  6. I read some other good news in NPR this week that talked about how ranchers are trying to figure out how to live with wolves. One was training her cattle to cluster in circles to protect themselves from predators, much like bison do.

    Personally, I’m with you and think the US doesn’t need to eat so much beef. But I’m always glad to hear that people living in wolf country are looking for creative ways to co-exist.

  7. wow! What a great good news this is! These gray wolves are gorgeous, so humans should keep them as endangered species because they truly are! They look like us, dogs arent they?

  8. I’m glad we don’t eat meat! I love my wolf descendent LOADS 🙂 I didn’t know about the Vermin Championships in Australia … and to think they put a “positive twist” on it by donating money to the RFDS 😦

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