November 1. 2012
I’ve been posting wolf hunt numbers as the lead on the blog for the past week. As of today 201 wolves are dead. The numbers are staggering and it’s only going to get worse. Idaho wolf trapping begins on November 15, Minnesota’s wolf hunt starts November 3rd and Montana wolf trapping opens on December 15.
This is the third wolf hunt I’ve reported on in the Northern Rockies since 2009 and now the Great Lakes wolves are in the cross-hairs.
We are at a crossroads. As wolf advocates we can sit silently by and lament the passing of hundreds of wolves every year, we can say we cry for them, that we’re sorry they’re dying, that if only they would stop killing them, that wolves are such beautiful and magnificent animals, that wolf hunting is wrong, that killing wolf puppies is terrible, that wolves are valuable to the ecosystem….and guess what?… it’s falling on deaf ears because we are preaching to the choir.
Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, Wisconsin, Minnesota aren’t going to stop hunting and killing wolves because wolf advocates are sad. They have the floor and unless and until we get active, organize, hold protests, boycott the wolf states and mean it, write letters to the editor, speak out and be heard, nothing is going to change. We’ll be right back here next year mourning the passing of hundreds more wolves until they are gone.
The wolf hunters are having a grand ole time killing wolves, this has exceeded their wildest expectations. The sadism displayed in wolf hunt pictures, in hunting forums, the gloating, the grinning, the back slapping, is nauseating beyond measure. BUT it will go on and on unless we truly get serious about saving these animals. We are the majority and the wolves have been hijacked by the minority. Spending countless hours on FB or other forums arguing with wolf haters about elk and livestock get us nowhere. These are diversionary tactics designed to distract and excuse the senseless slaughter of innocent animals.
I started this blog September 2009, just as the first legalized wolf hunts began in Montana and Idaho. After three, long, sad years our only major victory came when Judge Molloy relisted wolves on August 5, 2010 after a protracted court battle.
Five hundred wolves died in the Northern Rockies in 2009 and hundreds more were wiped out in the 2011/2012 hunt. 2012/13 will be even more bloody with the addition of wolf hunts in Wyoming, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
I’ve written many posts with the same message. In order to change the status quo you have to do more than lament.
•BOYCOTT THE WOLF STATES AND MEAN IT!!!
•ORGANIZE PROTESTS IN YOUR HOME TOWN, NOTIFY LOCAL MEDIA TO COVER IT!!
•WRITE LETTERS TO THE EDITOR!!
•NETWORK WITH OTHER WOLF ADVOCATES!
SIGN THE TWO RELISTING PETITIONS ON THE FRONT OF THE BLOG!
DO NOT VOTE FOR THE 81 SENATORS WHO DELISTED WOLVES VIA BUDGET RIDER!
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA!!
The ultimate goal is to see wolves regain their federal protections. The states will continue to kill them until that happens.
We aren’t helping wolves crying for them BUT we can help wolves by fighting for them!
Photo: “OR-11, a male pup (born spring 2011) from the Walla Walla pack”, Courtesy ODFW
Video: YouTube, This is The Real Grey – Save the Wolves
Posted in: Wolf Wars
Tags: get active to save wolves, organize, network, stop the wolf slaughter