Remember The Wolves This Holiday Season…

There are no borders_Louise du Toit

December 23, 2012

To all my faithful readers, I know this a dark time but things WILL turn around for the wolves. I will do everything in my power to make that happen!!

I’ll be off and on the next few weeks, mainly updating hunt numbers and approving comments but not posting much during the holidays. You can use this time to read older blog posts, which chronicle the tragic delisting and slaughter of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies and now Great Lakes.

We hope to unveil our new project in January or February!!

Keep the wolves in your thoughts, the haters are having their way now but it will be short-lived. Keep believing and never, ever give up!

For the 790 slain wolves,

Nabeki

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Photo: Louise du Toit

Posted in: Wolf Warriors

Tags: Louise du Toit, fight for the wolves, animal rights

Published in: on December 21, 2012 at 10:22 pm  Comments (26)  
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Wolf Warrior Mato Woksape….

mato woksape boise weekly city desk_andrew crisp

Thank you Mato for your dedication and sacrifice for the wolves!

Open your eyes everyone and see what a true Wolf Warrior looks like.

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Mato Woksape Fasts for Wolves at Idaho State Capitol

POSTED BY  ON THU, DEC 20, 2012 AT 1:28 PM

Sitting on the steps of the State Capitol today, Mato Woksape of Corvallis, Ore., is midway through his third day of prayer fasting in opposition to the hunting and trapping of gray wolves in the U.S., including Idaho.

“I’m performing the Sun Dance prayer, which was performed for the buffalo,” said Woksape.

READ MORE

 http://www.boiseweekly.com/CityDesk/archives/2012/12/20/mato-woksape-fasts-for-wolves-at-idaho-state-capitol

gray wolf USFWS

 715 innocent wolves slaughtered in 3 1/2 months 

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Top Photo: Boise Weekly City Desk_Andrew Crisp

Bottom photo: USFWS

Posted in: Wolf Warriors, Native Americans, Spiritual

Tags: Mato Woksape, Solstice Fast And Prayer, Wolf Warrior, over 700 wolves dead

‘Solstice Prayer and Fasting for Wildlife’

MatoWoksapeDemonstrationAtIdahoFishAndGame

Press Release: 12/12/12

‘Solstice Wolf Fast and Prayer’

Advocates to fast four days at state capitols in Idaho and Oregon for wolves and other wildlife.

Boise, ID.
Mato Woksape, Richard Wise Bear of Lakota, Blackfoot, and Pottawatomie nations, leader of Oregon Autonomous A.I.M. chapter, has been organizing, demonstrating, walking and praying to protect wolves and other wildlife in Idaho and around the globe for a year.

This month, in solidarity with Howl Across America, Ravensong Group and the Northwoods Wolf Alliance, he will fast in front of the Idaho state capitol in Boise for four days in hopes of drawing attention and support to the need for reverence for the land and preservation of the ecology of the wolf and other wildlife.

He will be joined by Orion Cannon, of Salem OR, who will be fasting in front of the state capitol there. The prayer fasts will begin at sunrise on December 18 and last until sunset on December 21.

As of Monday, 51 Wolf and wildlife advocates across the country and around the world have pledged to fast in solidarity.  States represented in the U.S. are MT, MN, WY, AZ, CA, IL, WI, TX, WV, ID, MD, IA, OR, KS, LA and MA.   Fasters from Canada, Germany and Austria will also be joining in.

Wildlife advocates are alarmed at what they describe as a return to the days in which predators, in particular, were unreasonably vilified and persecuted.   Says Woksape “Wolves manage their own numbers as the creator has made them perfectly. I am spreading a prayer for the wolf and other wildlife across the world; to unite nations for the sanctity of the wolf. Like the river with no banks our prayer is unstoppable.”

It looks like he might be right. Woksape’s tireless efforts are drawing the attention of activists from across the nation, dozens of whom are planning to fast in solidarity from locations as far away as Minnesota, Arizona and Austria.

The Northwoods Wolf Alliance based in Duluth, Minnesota is helping to publicize the event and, according to Reyna Crow, spokesperson for the group, also joining the fast. “We asked Mato if we could participate early on because we believe there is a need for both urgent and unified action across the nation to protect wolves and other wildlife”.
Residents of Idaho and Oregon who would like to support the prayer fast are encouraged to visit the Solstice Facebook pages at:

 https://www.facebook.com/notes/jrey-crow/press-release-please-share-support-events-by-going-to-event-pages-of-same-names/10151231699252615

Rainbow Warriors

“When birds fall from the sky and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colors, classes, creeds, who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the Rainbow.” ~Hopi prophecy

Published in: on December 17, 2012 at 10:09 pm  Comments (29)  

For The Wolves……

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Photo: USFWS Flickr Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wolf Warriors

Tags: over 600 dead, wolf slaughter, fight back, get active, save America’s wolves

Killing Wolves To Save Wolves?

Wolf Hate

Example of Wolf Tolerance?

Jim…you beat me to it but you nailed it in your post  “Killing Wolves Provides “a Level of Tolerance”? 

Here’s my take.

It was pretty remarkable to hear Doug Smith, the Yellowstone wolf biologist, agree with Randy Newburg, on NPR, about the need to hunt wolves to increase tolerance for them.

“Randy Newberg hunts wolves and makes hunting television programs. He says tourists love wolves, but many people who live around them don’t like them and hate that the federal government forced wolves on them. He thinks wolf hunts are easing the animosity many local people feel toward the predator.”

Having these hunting seasons has provided a level of tolerance again,” Newberg says.

Smith says as much as he hates to lose a wolf as valuable as 832, he agrees.

To get support for wolves, you can’t have people angry about them all the time, and so hunting is going to be part of the future of wolves in the West. We’ve got to have it if we’re going to have wolves,” Smith says”.….WHQR 91,3 FM

I’d like to see one scientific study that supports this premise. Name one?

I would expect that rhetoric from Newburg but not Smith. Although it’s not all that surprising. In 2009, during Montana’s first wolf hunt, outrage erupted over hunters killing Yellowstone’s iconic Cottonwood Pack alpha female, 527f, her famous daughter 716f, the alpha male and one of their pups.  Very similar to the 06 Female and other Yellowstone wolf kills this year.

Cottonwood Pack alpha female 527f

Yellowstone’s Cottonwood Pack, alpha female, 527f, killed by a hunter one mile outside of Yellowstone, 2009

Smith said this:

“Despite any effects on his research, Smith still supports the Montana wolf hunting season.

Although some people have called for a buffer zone around Yellowstone’s borders to protect packs that roam over its edges, Smith doesn’t like that term. He said he’d rather see the season moved back to a time of the year that the more remote, mountainous terrain surrounding Yellowstone would be more difficult to access and when wolf pelts would be in better shape for harvest.“….Billings Gazette

And as you said Jim, who the hell cares if wolf hunters are happy? Ridiculously flawed logic. Mountain lions haven’t been hunted in California in two decades because the people of the state outlawed lion hunting. I’m sure there are lots of unhappy trophy hunters in California that would love to shoot a lion, in fact:

“The California Fish and Game Commission, created in 1870, manages California’s wildlife, which is the complete opposite of what its chief executive is doing. Since it’s illegal to do so in California, Daniel Richards, the president of the Commission, paid $7,000 to hunt and shoot a mountain lion in Idaho. Richards used professional guides and hounds to stalk the cougar through the forest, chase him up into a tree and shoot him. He then posed for a heartwarming photo with the carcass. Western Outdoor News wrote, “Asked about California’s mountain lion moratorium, Richards didn’t hesitate. ‘I’m glad it’s legal in Idaho.’” -….Global Animal

Just blowing off steam? Did he travel to Idaho and kill a lion to gain tolerance for the species? Inquiring minds want to know?

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Wolf hunting tolerance?

WARNING GRAPHIC VIDEO

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Video: Shared Under Fair Use Doctrine

Top Photo: WWP

Middle Photo:  Billings Gazette: Wolf 527F, shown tranquilized in 2006, led a well-documented life after she was collared in Yellowstone National Park at the age of 2. Her shooting by a hunter on Oct. 3 has prompted criticism of Montana’s inaugural wolf hunting season.

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: killing wolves to increase tolerance?, where’s the science?, Yellowstone wolves, Doug Smith, Randy Newburg, NPR interview, Billings Gazette, Global Animal, WHQR 91,3 FM

Published in: on December 14, 2012 at 2:45 pm  Comments (42)  

Originally posted on Exposing the Big Game:

Yep, you read it right, according to Randy Newberg, who hunts wolves and makes hunting television programs, many people who live in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho don’t like wolves and hate that the federal government forced their recovery on them, “Having these hunting seasons has provided a level of tolerance again.” Newberg told NPR News that wolf hunts are easing the animosity many local people feel toward the predator. And Yellowstone biologist, Doug Smith, adds, “To get support for wolves, you can’t have people angry about them all the time, and so hunting is going to be part of the future of wolves in the West. We’ve got to have it if we’re going to have wolves.”

So, let me get this straight, in order to placate and appease good ol’ boys and get them to put up with the presence of one of North America’s most historically embattled endangered species…

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Published in: on December 14, 2012 at 1:53 pm  Comments (16)  

The Imperiled American Wolf by Brooks Fahy

Thank you Brooks, George Wuerthner, Marc Bekoff and Bob Landis for this powerful video. May it shine a bright light on the darkness that has descended on America’s wolves.

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Video: YouTube Brooks Fahy

Photo: Wolf Environment News Service

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Predator Defense, Brooks Fahy, George Wuerthner, Marc Bekoff, Bob Landis,  wolves under siege, wolf persecution, stop the hunts

Published in: on December 12, 2012 at 8:56 pm  Comments (51)  

Yellowstone’s Iconic 06 Female Falls To a Hunter’s Bullet…

Yellowstone wolf Lamar Canyon Pack Alpha Female_832F and Wolf 754 killed in the hunts

Yellowstone’s Lamar Canyon alpha female, also known as the 06 female or 832F, was shot to death last Thursday,  December 6. Her pack mate, wolf  754 on the right, was killed on November 10th….Photo Doug McLaughlin, NYT 

The iconic alpha female of the Lamar Canyon Pack,  is dead. 832F, was shot to death 15 miles outside of Yellowstone, joining the other collared and un-collared park wolves who’ve had their lives snuffed out in the hunts. Her death saddened people around the world. She was widely known as the 06 Female.

“She is was the most famous wolf in the world,” said Jimmy Jones, a wildlife photographer who lives in Los Angeles and whose portrait of 832F appears in the current issue of the magazine American Scientist….New York Times

06 was the granddaughter of the legendary Druid Peak Pack alpha pair,  21M and 42F.

Will her passing awake a sleeping America to the horrors of the wolf hunts that are not only killing iconic Yellowstone wolves but another 600 wolves in just over three months since the hunts began?

Let her death be a rallying cry for all the lost wolves!

Flood the US Capital with phone calls, contact your Senators and Representatives. Keep the faxes and emails coming. We can make a difference. Wolves must be re-listed or their howls will be silenced forever in the lower forty-eight and Yellowstone wolves will be doomed to live on an island, reducing their chances of genetic connectivity with other wolves living outside the park, who are being subjected to brutal hunting and trapping.

No wolf is safe in America.

STOP THE HUNTS!!

Aug 18, 2011

“This is a video of the Alpha female of the Lamar Canyon Pack (06) on a kill near Slough Creek in Lamar Valley on July 24, 2011. This was shortly after she treed a black bear.”

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‘Famous’ Wolf Is Killed Outside Yellowstone

By NATE SCHWEBER

Published: December 8, 2012

The wolf, known as 832F to researchers, was the alpha female of the park’s highly visible Lamar Canyon pack and had become so well-known that some wildlife watchers referred to her as a “rock star.” The animal had been a tourist favorite for most of the past six years.

The wolf was fitted with a $4,000 collar with GPS tracking technology, which is being returned, said Daniel Stahler, a project director for Yellowstone’s wolf program. Based on data from the wolf’s collar, researchers knew that her pack rarely ventured outside the park, and then only for brief periods, Dr. Stahler said.

Read More:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/science/earth/famous-wolf-is-killed-outside-yellowstone.html

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‘World’s most famous wolf’ shot and killed outside Yellowstone

By Dylan Stableford, Yahoo! News | The Lookout

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/author/dylan-stableford/

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Montana FWP  finally relented and extended a buffer zone around Yellowstone National Park  for the remainder of the hunt and trapping season. I’m sure their phone lines were burning down from an outraged public, after the killing of the 06 Female and 6 other collared Yellowstone wolves.  She was the most famous, well-known wolf in Yellowstone, known around the world. Her loss will be acutely felt,  not only by her human admirers but her pack, who are now left without their powerful leader.  BUT it doesn’t change the fact that wolves in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming and the Great Lakes are still under siege. There is no buffer zone for them. Idaho is trapping and snaring wolves, Montana’s wolf trapping season starts in 5 days, Wisconsin’s wolf hunt continues and the state is still pushing to hunt wolves with dogs…..only a court injunction stopped it but a hearing is scheduled on December 20th to revisit the issue, Minnesota is trapping and killing wolves and Michigan is moving ahead with legislation to hold a wolf hunt.

Please get active and oppose the wolf hunts!!! Nothing will change if we sit silently by! Hold the politicians and feds, who are responsible for this travesty, accountable!

Speak out for the wolves, we are their voice!

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TAKE ACTION FOR WOLVES (CONTACTS HERE)

 

Contact the 81 Senators Who Voted To Delist Wolves In the Northern Rockies

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Photo: NYT, Doug McLaughlin

Video: 06 Female, azeline16

Posted in: Wyoming wolves, Yellowstone wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: Iconic 06 Female killed, stop killing wolves, political wolf hunts, wolf slaughter

Wolf Blood Soaks The Ground – Over 600 Dead…

Wolf Killed_Source FB Posted November 13

I can hardly believe the numbers. 605 wolves have been slaughtered in the combined hunts since August 30, 2012.  In 102 days or a little over three months, hundreds of wolves have been wiped out. Images of their mangled, bloodied bodies litter FB and hunting forums. The smiling, grinning wolf killers are gloating in their blood bath. AND this is only December. Montana opens wolf trapping season on December 15.  The Colville Tribes in Washington state are  hunting wolves on their reservation.

Seven collared wolves from Yellowstone National Park have been killed.

Killed late October: 824M of the Mollies pack.

Early November: 829F of the Blacktail Plateau pack.

November 10th in WY: 754M of the Lamar Canyon pack.

November 13th in MT: 823F of the Junction Butte pack (sole collar).

Date/location unknown: 762M and 763F of the Madison pack.

Date unknown, killed in WY: 793(?) of the Snake River pack.

December 6th: 832F. Iconic Alpha Female of  the Lamar Canyon pack.

Wolves are being gut shot, tortured, trapped, strangled in choking snares, arrowed and god only knows what they’re doing to them in Wyoming’s  predator zone, any method of killing is allowed, including poison.  Wisconsin wants to hunt wolves with dogs. A temporary injunction stopped it for now BUT  the issue is being revisited on December 20, 2012.

This is the state of “wolf management” as of December 9, 2012.

We can thank the Obama administration and its Interior Secretary Ken Salazar,  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid D-N, for allowing the Northern Rockies wolf delisting rider to remain in the budget bill, Senator Jon Tester D-MT, for slipping the wolf rider into the Senate budget bill and the majority of  Senate Democrats who voted for it, USFWS for delisting wolves in Wyoming and the Great Lakes and the state game agencies of  Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin and Minnesota for allowing the hunts to take place. Everyone who is responsible for the massacre should hang their heads in shame but it’s fairly obvious they’re not ashamed. This will continue until wolf advocates come together and put pressure on the politicians and feds to stop to this insanity. Wolves must be relisted!!

WAKE UP AMERICA!

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Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Wolf slaughter, over 600 dead,  US Senate, Senator Harry Reid D-NV, 81 Senators voting to delist, Ken Salazar, Jon Tester D-MT, Mike Simpson R-ID, USFWS Dan Ashe, State game agencies

Colville Tribes Holding Wolf Hunts On Their Reservation…

LookOut Pack Yearling 2008

Washington Lookout Pack Yearling Wolf 2008 (WDFW)

The Colvillle Tribes,  in eastern Washington, are holding a wolf hunt on their 1.4 million acre reservation, which is larger than Glacier National Park in Montana.  There are at least 2 wolf packs  living on the reservation, maybe three.  Many wildlife advocates were shocked by this turn of events.  The Colville tribe’s actions run contrary to Native Americans in the Great Lakes, specifically the Ojibwe, who are struggling to save their wolf brothers.

“The wolf, Ma’iingan, is considered sacred by the Ojibwe and figures highly in their creation stories. Tribal member Essie Leoso noted that according to tradition, Ma’iingan walked with first man.

“Killing a wolf is like killing a brother,” she said.”….Indian Country, Today Media dot com

I understand the Colville Tribe land is sovereign and they have the right to manage their affairs as they see fit but it’s very difficult to understand why the  tribes would hunt wolves  when so few wolves exist in Washington state in the first place and are still protected under state law in Eastern Washington.  It’s especially disturbing coming on the heals of the slaughter of the Wedge Pack, which is still fresh in every one’s minds. I hope the tribe re-thinks this decision. Wolves are a vital part of the ecosystem, they keep ungulate herds healthy and strong.

Scientists are sounding the alarm over the loss of our top predators:

“Just as the world’s lions, tigers, and bears are disappearing worldwide, a scientific consensus is emerging that they are critical to ecosystem function, exerting control over smaller predators, prey, and the plant world. 

Using such terms as “deep anxiety” and “grave concern” to signal their alarm, the authors contend that the loss of large animals, and apex predators in particular, constitutes humanity’s “most pervasive influence” on the environment. It amounts, they argue, to a “global decapitation” of the systems that support life on Earth.”…Environment 360, The Crucial  Role of  Predators

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Colville Tribe opens wolf hunting season on reservation

Posted by Rich
Dec. 4, 2012 5:54 p.m.
Click HERE to read

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Wisconsin Tribes Struggle to Save Their Brothers the Wolves From Sanctioned Hunt

MARY ANNETTE PEMBER
August 14, 2012
Click HERE to read
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Wolf Hunting Not Allowed on Three Minnesota Reservations

October 29, 2012

The three reservations are depicted in Zone A on the map in the MnDNR Wolf Regulations. Tribal officials advise that going on Indian lands to take game, including wolves, is a federal crime under Title 18 of the United States Code and that they would seek the prosecution of violators.

The Tribal Councils say that hunting wolves for sport is inconsistent with a tradition of subsistence hunting and that for some members, hunting wolves presented conflicts with cultural practices.

Click HERE to read more:

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Ojibwe bands ban wolf hunting – but only on Indian-controlled lands

by Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio

October 31, 2012
Click HERE to read
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Minnesota Ignores Indians, Allows Wolf Hunting

ICTMN STAFF
July 05, 2012
Click HERE to read
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Environment 360

The Crucial Role of Predators:A New Perspective on Ecology

15 SEP 2011: ANALYSIS

Scientists have recently begun to understand the vital role played by top predators in ecosystems and the profound impacts that occur when those predators are wiped out. Now, researchers are citing new evidence that shows the importance of lions, wolves, sharks, and other creatures at the top of the food chain.

Click HERE to read

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Photo: Courtesy ODFW
Posed in: Washington Wolves
Tags; Colville Tribe, Eastern Washington state. 1.4 million acre reservation,  few wolf packs in Washington state,  Wedge Pack killed for agribusiness,  wolves need to recover, importance of trophic cascades, apex predators,  LookOut pack poached by White family, Washington wolves have  setbacks, no good reason to hunt wolves
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