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12 The Julian News 'EARTH TALK00o Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear Earth Talk: Is the gray wolf still endangered in the United States and how successful have re-intoduction efforts been? -- Loren Renquist, Salem, OR The gray wolf is still considered "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). But a June 2013 proposal by the Obama administration to "delist" the animals--save for a small struggling population of Mexican gray wolves in Arizona and New Mexico--could change that if finalized later this year. Gray wolves were added to the Endangered Species List in 1975 after being wiped out across the contiguous 48 states by government-sponsored trapping and poisoning programs. Thanks to protections under the ESA, populations have since bounced back nicely in two out of the three regions where protections and reintroduction programs were initiated. In the Great Lakes, wolf populations rebounded from just a few hundred individuals in the '1970s to over 5,000 today, expanding their range from Minnesota to Wisconsin and Michigan. In the Northern Rockies, natural migration from Canada and reintroductions in Yellowstone National Park and central Idaho have resulted in some 1,700 gray wolves now roaming across Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Washington and Oregon. "Despite these substantial gains, the job of wolf recovery is far from over,', reports the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD). "Wolves need connected populations for genetic sustainability, and natural ecosystems need wolves; yet today wolves occupy less than five percent of their historic range." That's why CBD has joined a chorus of voices in urging the federal government to continue protecting gray wolves under the ESA. The U.S. government had been scaling back wolf protections in recent years, so animal advocates weren't surprised to see the Obama administration's proposal. "In April 2011 Congress attached a rider to a must- pass budget bill that stripped Endangered Species Act protections from wolves in all of Montana and Idaho, the eastern third of Washington and Oregon, and a small portion of northern Utah--an unprecedented action that, for the first time in the history of the Act, removed a species from the endangered list by political fiat instead of science," says CBD, adding that wolves were subsequently delisted in Wyoming and the Great Lakes. "Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Minnesota and Wisconsin have begun public wolf hunting and/or trapping, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, cooperating with state agencies, is expanding its program of trapping, radio-collaring and releasing, then aerial gunning the pack-mates .of these collared wolves--a program that...had been limited to those that preyed on livestock." CBD fears that such tactics will become common if ESA protections are removed in the lower 48 states. Luckily for the wolves, the Obama administration's delisting proposal suffered a setback this past February when an independent review panel concluded that the decision was based on insufficient science and should therefore not be enacted. "The science used by the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) concerning genetics and taxonomy of wolves was preliminary and currently not the best available science," reported panel member Steven Courtney, a scientist at UC Santa Barbara. The review panel finding has opened a new public comment period on a proposal that has already generated more than a million comments. A final decision on the delisting proposal is expected by June. CONTACTS: CBD, www. biologicaldiversity.org; USFWS, www.fws.gov/home/wolfrecovery. EarthTalkฎ is written and edited by Ruddy Scheer and Doug Moss and is a registered trademark of E - The Environmental Magazine (www. emagazine.corn). Send questions to: earthtalk@emagazine.com. Gray wolves were added to the Endangered Species List in 1975 after being wiped out across the lower 48 states by government-sponsored trapping and poisoning programs. Thanks to Endangered Species Act protections, populations have since bounced back, but new efforts to "de-list" them could put the animals under the gun again. photo: Don Burkett, courtesy Flickr \\; County Animol Services is Hiring But It Takes More Than Love Looking for a career protecting those who have no voice and cannot ask for help? Have compassion for animals and want to improve their lives? Help keep our communities safe? County Animal Services is looking for you! The department is hiring 10 Animal Control Officers. While it sounds as if anyone who loves animals could step right in, the reality is far different. Animal Control Officers are responsible for a wide variety of activities. They must also: - Investigate complaints about animal cruelty, abuse, and neglect - Interact with people in a positive, friendly and ethical manner - Respond to reports of dangerous animals - Enforce state felony and misdemeanor laws, and local animal-related regulatory ordinances - Write detailed investigation reports - Give expert testimony in court cases - Serve search warrants - Arrest people suspected of violating animal-related laws - In a disaster, help evacuate animals to safety New officers are trained for these tasks through an extensive 10-week long academy, but not everyone has the right combination of skills to succeed Back Country Gardener continued from page 9 ,1 include extra nitrogen the first year.) Plant 6 corn kernels 1" deep and 10" apart in a circle around the center. When the corn is 5 in. tall, plant 4 pole bean seeds around each corn stalk. A week later, plant 6 squash seeds around the edge of the mound. Between mounds is an ideal place to put Jerusalem artichokes, if you wish. And you can replace the corn growing in the center of mounds with large, sturdy sunflowers, especially if you are going to grow hefty pumpkins instead of squash. A wide selection of traditional heirloom seeds for growing the "Three Sisters" can be ordered from www.NativeSeeds.org i a nonprofit located in Tucson. They have conserved nearly 2,000 varieties of aridland- adapted seeds from the greater Southwest, many of them rare or endangered. The mission of Native Seeds is to promote the use of these ancient crops and their wild relatives. Supporting this organization's work is a wonderful way to honor the Native American tradition of planting beneficial companion plants for a healthy diet. Lisa Rene Anderson has been gardening organically for 35 years and specializes in hoop house gardening and landscaping. Find out more at www.Backcountrygardener.com April 23, 2014 Petey is a 1.5 year old Pit Bull Mix who weighs 601bs. He is athletic and energetic, looking for an active home. Petey would make a wonderful walking or hiking companion and walks well using a Sensation Harness. A smart guy, Petey already knows "sit" and can't wait to learn more from his new pet parents. Petey likes to wrestle with other dogs and does best with other canines with similar play styles. Meet this handsome guy by asking for ID#A1565736 Tag#C428. He can be adopted for $69. Hillary is a spayed 9 years young dilute calico who weighs almost 91bs and whose previous owners could no longer care for. She isa mellow gal who can be found lounging around in the shelter's "zoo" area with her other feline companions. Hillary would do well in a multiple cat household with others of her kind to snuggle with. Meet this beautiful girl by asking for ID#A1276345 Tag#Ca97. Hillary can be adopted for the Senior Fee of just $35. All adoption fees include vaccinations, spaying/neutering .(upon adoption), a microchip and free Vet visit. Dog fees also include a 1 year license. Petey and Hillary are at our Central County Shelter, 5480 Gaines Street, San Diego. The Shelter hours are 9:30AM to 5:30PM, Tuesday through Saturday or visit www.sddac.com for more information in this type of work. IJlTh € g/" / The ideal candidate must indeed love animals but also must Plantin dealwith extremely complicated • ,-ar(0ll, Easterlilies, \\; t\\;'\ Y /rJ[ investigations and calmly interact I,1' L-J  ... / _ _'1 with highly emotional individuals. I qlt_q Find a sunny Sound like you? For more I |,,,J' ,' spot inyour  L :::; I information and qualifications, I garden, withsoilpH at 6.5 to 7.0. Plant. -7 "'i \\; , I check out the job posting, http:// I the bulb the same depth it was in the pot; 0 f/ ,J \\; 7-. - I agency.governmentjobs.com/ I and add a 2-inch layer of mulch. Lilies ENd\\; I sdcounty/default.cfm. I like sunshine, but coo[ soil. Cut back F,   ---4 [ The application deadline I decaying foliage, but allow new i/\\; % -/q [ is April 30. Reasonable I foliage to grow. It may be i or 2 t _-L-Q(A ;L / " / J accommodation may be made I years before it flowers again.  _:, to enable and individual with I -Brenda Weaver -------1" qualified disabilities to perform [ Source: gardening.about.com "-......._._.--'_....,..'---; '] the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis. ฉ 2014 by King Features Syndicate, Inc. World rights reserved. IMPORTANT NOTICE California Business and Professions Code Section 702"/, et sec. requires that any advedisement by a licensed contractor include the contractors license number, Section 7027.2 says that unlicensed persons whose work qualifies under the minor work exemption, less than $300 including material and labor, may advertise, provided that he or she state in the adverlisoment that they are not licensed. 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