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


Colville Tribe opens wolf hunting season on reservation

Posted by Rich
Dec. 4, 2012 5:54 p.m.
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Wisconsin Tribes Struggle to Save Their Brothers the Wolves From Sanctioned Hunt

August 14, 2012
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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.

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

by Dan Kraker, Minnesota Public Radio

October 31, 2012
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Minnesota Ignores Indians, Allows Wolf Hunting

July 05, 2012
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Environment 360

The Crucial Role of Predators:A New Perspective on Ecology


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.

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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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  1. What a wonderful and all inclusive site this has become. I wish to complement Nabecki for all the first rate information that is becoming a book of history of the future of the human primates and how they became extinct. This has been informative, scientific, political and very useful and tragic throughout. Thank you, Nabecki. I can’t thank you enough. If you know a wonderful woman named Teresa Tsimmu Martino, please relay to her that I love her books and her wonderful outlook. I can’t find a way to communicate as I don’t get on facebook. She and the many like her give me hope that we can evolve into a species that lives in peace with our Mother, Father and little brothers. You, too, are that kind of person. For the Wild ONes and thank you again.

    • Thank you nancy for your kind words, we are a community bound together by our love for wolves. I don’t know Teresa Tsimmu Martino but I will try and locate her on Facebook to relay your message!

      I believe this is a culture clash that we will win. It may look bleak now but fifty years ago there was little concern for the lives of animals. We have a very long way to go but we are challenging the old paradigms that have existed for so long. Animal rights will continue to grow as an important issue, that’s why the hateful forces are fighting back so hard. They know they are outnumbered and their time at the top has a shelf life.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  2. Native People are still human primates. Some share, some don’t. One of our Coos Tribal leaders said once that if his people had had chain saws there wouldn’t have been any forests left when the whites got here. It was an unhappy thought but it was still uttered to a room full of whites.

    • Yes, but especially sad that even the Native Americans are turning against and killing “brother wolf.” The most ferocious animals on this earth are human beings.

      • I am shocked – I am sad and frustrated – do they want to be like the white man? Kill innocent animals? Watch them die in the worst pain one can inflict and then take a picture and show it around proudly? I have always respected the Indians or First People – and I never thought they would sink to low –
        I do not feel we ever going to win that War – and I can’ t tell you how much my heart bleeds for them – especially in legtraps and other horrible devices.

        My Respect for their ways and beliefs just fell off the Chart – sp mow I can hate ALL the Abusers – don’t have to excuse anybody killing Wolfves.

  3. Can’t expect others to do the right thing and leave the worlds many beings alone and in peace.

    “As long as humans continue to be the ruthless destroyer of other beings, we will never know health or peace. For as long as people
    massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, those who sow the seed of murder and pain will never reap joy or love.” Pythagoras of Samos, ca. 530 B.C.

    • Doesn’t look as if we have learned much since 530 B.C. except more methods of killing and more excuses for doing so.

  4. And Nabeki, I am loving the snow you got here.

  5. We are all human and all share the same traits, good and bad. Many native peoples have become separated from their beliefs and traditions, whether forcibly by European settlers and Christian missionaries(!), or through the shallow mainstream beliefs of the dominant culture. This is true of all people. What are we replacing our heritages with, is what is disappointing.

    I read somewhere that this arrangement has been made with non-native hunters for several years. The tribes may need the money. Of course there are always the great pretenders and Wahnahbes who make claims to native heritage who have none at all.:(

  6. Only 2 or 3 packs in the whole area!! We have to stop this!

  7. As long as man is roaming the earth nothing is safe.Someday it will all be returned to the animals.
    Innocent dolphins are washing up dead along the Louisiana coast. Someone is shooting and mutilating them. A plea has been put out to try and find the person or persons doing this. Just like the wolves the dolphins have a right to the oceans that belong to them. This is just another example of the innate evil that resides in man.

    • I hope that the killer is caught and prosecuted under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and any other conservation and/or animal welfare laws that apply. As a life-long dolphin-lover I cannot even begin to imagine how anybody can kill these magnificent, intelligent, gentle creatures. Did you know that dolphins are legally hunted in some nations? It’s disgusting! Dolphins, wolves, and all other species have the right to exist in their native environments, regardless of how humans feel about them, since they all contribute to Earth’s biodiversity and because they are a part of and play a role in the ecosystems.

      • I agree completely and hope the killer is caught very soon. The dolphins have suffered since the oil spill in the gulf two years ago. This summer lots of dead baby dolphins washed ashore along the gulf coast. Most were stillborn and a few were born alive but only lived a few days. Scientist believe there is a connection to the spill.
        This latest turn of events is very disheartening and disturbing.
        I will stake my life on the thinking that it is most likely a shrimper or a fishermen who’s catch is down so now they are going after the dolphins.The world is sick and twisted. Human’s are very selfish and evil.
        You are so correct to say it is disgusting! And we call our selves civilized…

  8. They are apples and traitors and going agsinst their culture and i for one wont have anythimg to do with Colville nations.

  9. There is money involved somewhere,more than likely the Cattlemens Assoc,or a PAC

  10. I can’t believe that there is now a wolf hunt in Washington, even though the population there is not fully recovered! First the removal of the Wedge Pack, and now this! It’s horrible! How do they expect wolves to recover in the state if they keep killing them?

    I’m even more shocked by the fact that this is being conducted by a Native American tribe. Yes, they do kill wolves on occasions, but I’ve never heard of them hunting wolves or any other animal for sport before. I too hope that the tribe reconsiders this and decides to manage the wolves non-lethally. I respect the Native American tribes’ right to manage their lands and resources the way they see fit and do not oppose this in any way, but wolves should not be hunted. Perhaps we can try to work with the tribal members so that any conflicts that they may be having with wolves can be resolved without killing the predators. I’m sure that they’d be more willing to cooperate with us than the state fish and game agencies are.

    As terrible as this is, I’ll admit that it is a little comforting to know that the tribal hunt is much more restrictive than the state hunts are. Obviously it’s not as good as no wolf hunt at all, but it is better than the free-for-all wolf killing that is occurring in the states.

    Does anybody know where I can find out how many wolves have been “harvested” (killed) so far during this hunt?

  11. Colville Confederated tribal members are also fond of driving to the boundary of Yellowstone National Park to shoot bison who earlier in the day grazed protected and interacted with tourists. It’s the tribal version of a canned hunt. Members of the Colville tribe also engage in the insanely cruel Omak Suicide (horse) Race. There is an All Indian Rodeo Association. Their wolf-killing is indistinguishable from other cultures that inflict cruelty upon individuals from other species.

  12. Hi Nabeki Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year all the best, I love the Movie Dances with Wolves I cried Buckets when Two Socks was shot, redneck idiots, but I think you see two socks at the end of the Movie when you hear him Howling, I hope soon the Wolves will be left alone and live in Peace and Harmony, Im a dreamer and beleive this will happen soon!

    • Maree…Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you! May the New Year be a better one for wolves. Like you I’m a dreamer. I dream of a day when wolves will run wild and free, safe from persecution. I’m also a realist and know we face fierce opposition. But I believe the passion and will is all on our side and the gloating the killers of beauty are exhibiting with their horrible pictures of wolf corpses will backfire on them. I believe wolves will re-gain their ESA protections for this very reason.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  13. I just saw this on Rick Meril’s blog. I am sorry if this is inappropriate, Nabeki, but this blog never seems to shy away from what the greed huggers are doing to our wolves. Please feel free to delete it if you choose. For me, it only serves to strengthen my resolve to do all I can to compensate what other humans have done and continue to do to our wildlife.

    • No problem Gail…I saw those images a few days ago..just horrific and such a senseless loss of life. I’m glad Rick debunked the 165 lb wolf “big fish story”. Apparently these killers of beauty think the bigger the wolf, the bigger their image of themselves? They can never be the great hunters that wolves are, they can never have the senses that wolves have…so they kill a wolf to brag what mighty hunters they are when in fact it takes zero skill to to shoot an animal with a high powered rifle, or lure it with distress calls and bait, or use traps and snares. They could never go mano y mano against a wolf and they know it.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  14. Thanks, Nabeki. I am surprised that she has not found this blog and written here. She has which is a wildlife rehabilitation place on Vashon Island in the Puget Sound.
    Half Native, she has rehabilitated quite a few wolves and illegally but very professionally reintroduced them back into nature. Her book, The Wolf, The Woman and The Wilderness will send shivers up anyone’s back and tears of joy to the heart. It is a good book for the soul. I’m not sure if all of it is true but the heartfelt love of nature is.
    I could have sworn I saw her blogging here on this blog about reintroducing lovely wolves and then seeing them hunted and killed about a month ago. She travels to the Blackfoot reservation and wolf sanctuaries around the country. I think volunteering at her sanctuary would be a wonderful thing.

    • Nancy….you are right, I believe she may have commented here. I’m going to search the comments and see if I can find her.

      She sounds like a wonderful person, I’ll have to read her book!! Anyone that is a friend of wolves is a friend of mine.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  15. What they are doing is disrespectful to Brother Wolf.

  16. IS A SHAME TO BE HUMAN, Animals are better than humans, Animals have a heart they don’t kill for pleasure, A person who torture an murder an animal for pleasure, for sport or for a thropy is a psychopat. SHAME ON ALL HUNTERS.

  17. Unfortunately, it is a few so called leaders in charge who have agreed to this. Ranchers deep pockets speak loudly over the reasons and valid arguments of others. Don’t assume everyone from the Colville Rez is agreeable to this because not everyone is. Power corrupts and It’s the self aggrandizement of the few whose poor decisions reflect badly on the rest. Sending prayers up for our beautiful wolves and all the creatures humans seek to destroy for no good reason.

    • Thank you, Ruth, for allowing us to know there is some light in your part of the world and amidst the wolf killing. Ranching is ranching is ranching – regardless of the cultural context. Ranching’s decimation of first ecosystems is literally everywhere.

  18. Reblogged this on Exposing the Big Game and commented:
    Obviously, all tribes are not of the same mind…

    • Sadly Jim that is very true.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,

  19. Man is insane!

  20. Shame on them! They are dead to me, they are not on the Red Road.

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