Speak For Wolves: Yellowstone 2014

Speak for wolves Yellowstone 2014

Roosevelt Arch – North Entrance Yellowstone National Park (Gardiner, Mt)

Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014 is essentially about hope. It’s an opportunity for the American people to unite and demand wildlife management reform and restore our national heritage. On June 28-29, 2014, thousands of Americans will meet in Arch Park in Gardiner, Montana to hear why we need to reform wildlife management, at both the state and federal level, and how we can do it.

There are five main principles behind reforming wildlife management:

1. No killing of predators–period. The best available science suggest that predators, including wolves, are a self-regulating species. In other words, predators don’t overpopulate; instead their populations naturally fluctuate, as do prey or ungulate populations. “Managing” predators is code word for killing them, and it is not necessary, and no longer to be tolerated. Non-lethal measures can be effective in rare instances where there are actual human/predator conflicts.

2. Removal of all livestock from federal public lands. It is well documented the damage that cows/cattle/livestock cause across our wildlands. They are non-native and invasive and are responsible for soil compaction, a decrease in water retention and aquifer recharge, erosion, destruction of wetlands and riparian areas, flooding, and a net-loss of biodiversity. They enable invasive plant species to proliferate, which effects the West’s historic fire regime.

3. Banning trapping/snaring on all federal public lands. We must evolve as a society and move away from this barbaric, unethical, cruel and tortuous method(s) of killing native wildlife. Leg-hold traps, conibear traps and other devices are indiscriminate killers. In other words, anything and everything can walk into them, including humans and dogs. Trappers are currently required to check their traps once every 72-hours.

4. Abolishing Wildlife Services. Hidden within the US Department of Agriculture, is a rogue agency that is essentially the wildlife killing-arm of the federal government. For over 100-years this federal tax-payer supported agency has largely worked on behalf of the livestock industry and is responsible for the death of tens-of millions of native wildlife. Methods of killing include trapping, poisoning, and aerial gunning of native wildlife.

5. Restructuring the way state Fish & Game agencies operate. Politics: western governors currently appoint agency commissioners, which essentially, tell the state departments what to do. This is cronyism at its worst. Economics: state agencies are mostly funded by the sale of hunting/fishing tags or permits. They are binded into serving the interest of “sportsmen” because it’s the hand that feeds them. Science and democracy are sorely lacking in these departments.

Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014 is about taking an important step towards stopping the wolf slaughter that is currently taking place across the United States. We must look the real problem in the eye, however, and take bold measures. The status quo is broken, in both, how wildlife is being “managed” at the state and federal level, and how the public is dealing with it: public meetings, appeals, litigation, etc. We can continue to attempt to stop the bleeding or instead, address the real causes of the problem, which are the 5 principles.

Come to Arch Park in Gardiner, Montana June 28-29, 2014. The event is family friendly and will feature prominent speakers, live music, video production crews, education and outreach booths, food and drink vendors and the screening of wildlife documentaries. This is going to be the event of the year in the northern Rockies. Together we can make history and restore our wild national heritage!

Brett Haverstick
Organizer
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Posted in: Wolf Warriors, Gray Wolf, Activism, Biodiversity
Photo: Courtesy Brett Haverstick
Tags: Speak for Wolves: Yellowstone 2014, stand up for wolves, effect change, paradigm shift, grass roots movement, Arch Park, Gardiner Mt., North entrance Yellowstone National Park

USFWS Using Jedi Mind Tricks In Place Of Science

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Confused you are?  Worried you are?

Is Yoda working for USFWS, have they hired him to play Jedi mind tricks on us? Don’t they know we’ve all seen Star Wars?

Does USFWS believe Yoda can hypnotize us? We’re not “weak-minded fools” falling for the BS they routinely dish out about wolves!

We’re on to you USFWS and your wolf hating friends in high places. You’d like nothing better than to see wolves gone from the lower 48 as you plan to remove the grizzly bear’s protections. C’mon, stop pretending your wolf delisting nonsense is based on science.  Isn’t your real goal a predator free landscape for Agribusiness?

Recently USFWS made a mockery of the so-called independent peer review of their national wolf delisting proposal.

August 2013

“The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it will put on hold the scientific peer review of its proposal to remove protections for gray wolves across the country while it reviews its own actions leading to the disqualification of three scientists from the review panel.

Last week it was revealed that three scientists were excluded from the peer review because they signed a letter calling into question some of the science behind the proposal to delist the gray wolf. While the Service initially claimed that it had not asked for the three scientists to be removed, emails between the contractor supervising the peer review process and the scientists themselves confirmed that the Service had in fact done exactly that.”..….Center For Biological Diversity

Of course this fiasco was a bump in the road for USFWS in their inexorable march toward national wolf delisting They’ve now extended the public comment period from September 11 to October 28, 2013  AND scheduled  3 public hearings on the national wolf delisting .  I guess they believe it will placate us into thinking they actually care what we think.

The public hearing schedule.

• September 30, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Washington, DC.
• October 2, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Sacramento, California.
• October 4, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Albuquerque, New Mexico

What we must do is keep exposing their half-truths and manipulations. We must keep  pressure on them. The American people overwhelming support  wolves and want to keep them protected.

New Poll: Americans Love Wolves and Want Them to Stay Protected

A new national poll shows that just one in three Americans support the Obama administration’s plan to drop Endangered Species protections for wolves across most of the U.S.

The poll’s findings demonstrate that a majority of voters understand and support what our leading wolf researchers are telling us — that wolves have not recovered and should be returned to hundreds of thousands of acres of prime but uninhabited wolf territory in places like California, the Northwest, southern Rockies and Northeast.

The poll shows that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe wolves are a “vital part of America’s wilderness and natural heritage,” and should be allowed to play their role in nature. Such views are supported by decades of research showing that wolves create a cascade of changes that benefit a wide range of species, including songbirds, fishes, foxes, pronghorn and many others.

With such strong support for wolves, particularly among Obama voters, it defies reason that the president is moving forward with stripping protections”……Huffington Post

Why is the USFWS and Obama administration pushing a national wolf delisting when the American people are clearly against it? The answer is crystal clear, the AG industry, ranchers and hunting groups have undue influence over wildlife policy.  Clearly USFWS is tone deaf when it comes to wolves and average Americans and only seem to listen to certain “stakeholders”, namely ones that represent cows and hunting.

Please comment by the deadline of  October 28, 2013. Don’t let them get away with stripping wolves of their ESA protections, leaving wolves at the total mercy of the states. We’ve all seen the result of  that in Montana, Idaho and Wyoming with Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan not far behind.  Thousands of wolves have been slaughtered since 2009 and  if Federal protections are removed the states won’t even be required to keep token populations of wolves.  It will be extermination, part 2 and they are well on their way toward that goal right now.

This is the wolf’s last stand in the lower 48, The dream of expanding the range of canis lupus will die in America and never raise it’s head again, if we don’t act.  I’m sorry to be so blunt. but this is where the rubber meets the road and if you’re not willing to get actively involved NOW,  then we’ll have nobody to blame but ourselves.

As proof the USFWS  lacks sincerity concerning wolves, one only has to re-visit the 2009 delisting of gray wolves by the Obama administration. Prior to 2009, for more than a decade, the USFWS refused to accept Wyoming’s “wolf  management plan”, which included a “predator zone” where wolves could be killed on sight by any means, even poison,  anytime of the day or night,  encompassing over 80% of the state. (Sadly that is now a reality)  To get around this problem the USFWS delisted  only Montana and Idaho wolves in 2009, leaving Wyoming wolves protected. A lawsuit was filed by environmental groups challenging the delisting but the first wolf hunts since the 1940′s went forward. Over 500 wolves died in the Northern Rockies that year, due to hunting, poaching and Wildlife Service killings.  In August  2010 Judge Donald Molloy finally ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and wolves in the Northern Rockies were returned to the Endangered Species List, the wolf hunts cancelled. Judge Molloy was having none of USFWS attempt to cut Wyoming out of the equation,  so they could delist wolves in Montana and Idaho. He wrote:

“The northern Rocky Mountain DPS must be listed, or delisted, as a distinct  population and protected accordingly.”

Read his full decision here.

As you can see the USFWS has been trying to delist wolves for a very long time.  After Judge Molloy’s decision the USFWS changed their position on Wyoming’s “wolf plan” and accepted the egregious “predator zone” plan.  Apparently they will go to any lengths to see wolves stripped of their protections and given over to hostile state game agencies where wolves are already being decimated.

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COMMENT:

Removing the Gray Wolf from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Maintaining Protections for the Mexican Wolf by Listing It as Endangered

http://www.regulations.gov/#%21docketDetail;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073

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SIGN SIERRA CLUB PETITION TO STOP DELISTING

11th Hour for Wolves

signatures: 37,088

Target: Sally Jewell

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FWS blasted for attempt to remove protections from gray wolves

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/357879#ixzz2eQSOrAc2

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Romeo Sweet Romeo – In Memory Of  The Thousands Of Fallen wolves

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Top Photo: Courtesy Huffington Post

Bottom Photo: Courtesy John Hyde

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Activism, Wolf Warriors

Tags: USFWS, Obama Administration, Stop national wolf delisting, take action, gray wolves, wolf persecution. Romeo

Thank You Wolf Warriors!!

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DC Rally image by Oliver Starr

The National Rally To Protect America’s Wolves

Way to represent our wolves Warriors! Beautiful picture, great to see so many wolf advocates in one place!

Rally Speakers

Bob Goldman (event organizer)
Oliver Starr (son of a rancher & a wolf-lover)
Brett Haverstick (Friends of the Clearwater)
Merlyn Nelson (Adopt a Wolf Pack)
Laurie Hall (event organizer)
Elizabeth Huntley (Friends of Wisconsin Wolf)
Professor Hochtritt (University of Wisconsin)
William Huard (Good Wolf)
Bill Chamberlain (US Wolf Refuge Nevada)
Bob Goldman (speaking for Alaska Wildlife Alliance)
Bill Howell (NIWA)
Reyna Crow (Northwoods Wolf Alliance)

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Photos: Courtesy Oliver Starr, FB

Brett Haverstick

Posted in: Wolf Warriors, Activism

Tags: The National Rally To Protect America’s Wolves, gray wolf

Wolf Advocates Travel to Washington D.C. for National Rally To Protect America’s Wolves

Off to DC to Support Wolves

Immediate Release

Brett Haverstick, Friends of the Clearwater

Adrienne Cronebaugh, Kootenai Environmental Alliance\

Bill Howell, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance

Merlyn Nelson, Adopt A Wolf Pack

Moscow, Idaho—Representatives from four advocacy groups in north-central Idaho are traveling to Washington D.C. for the Saturday September 7, 2013 National Rally to Protect America’s Wolves. Wolf activists from around the country are marching at the National Mall this weekend to let the Obama Administration know that current management practices in states where wolves have been stripped of federal protection is leading to the slaughter of hundreds of wolves, and that the potential delisting of all grey wolves from the Endangered Species Act has no scientific basis and is unacceptable. The Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, Adopt A Wolf Pack and Friends of the Clearwater are co-sponsoring the nationwide rally.

On August 30, 2013, the 2013-2014 hunting/trapping season for wolves began in Idaho, marking the beginning of another 10-month long wolf killing spree.

“It’s time to take this message to the national stage and let all Americans know, including the Obama Administration, that states like Idaho are killing wolves by the hundreds and are currently incapable of managing the species for ecological benefits and the good of the American people”, said Brett Haverstick, Education & Outreach Director for Friends of the Clearwater. “We can either give wolves the federal protection they sorely need, or watch the states try to rid them from the landscape.”

Much to the surprise of many, wolves can be hunted year-round in the Panhandle region of Idaho, where wolves can be killed on private land when the public hunting/trapping season is closed.

“Americans would be outraged to hear that Idaho permits the year-round killing of grey wolves in certain parts of the state”, said Adrienne Cronebaugh, Executive Director for the Kootenai Environmental Alliance. “Demanding scientific management of predators, including grey wolves, has fallen on deaf ears in Idaho and therefore, we are taking this tragedy to the national stage.”

The National Rally to Protect America’s Wolves is a grassroots effort to demonstrate to our nation’s leaders that a respectful and humane majority of American citizens are demanding federal protection for America’s wolves, under the Endangered Species Act, in every state throughout their historic range.

“I have a dream that one day we will hold this truth to be self-evident, that all wildlife has the right to exist, regardless of it’s use to man,” said Bill Howell with the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance. “One day wildlife will be judged by its role in sustaining the natural world, and not by the prejudice, mythology and ignorance of man-kind.”

Despite the great distance, all of the group representatives are excited for the opportunity to meet with other wolf activists and to continue to take steps towards building a large, effective grassroots movement.

“We are proud to be a sponsor of the National Rally to Protect America’s Wolves and travel to Washington D.C. to speak on behalf of our nation’s grey wolves,” said Merlyn Nelson, Executive Director for the group Adopt A Wolf Pack. “Our current management model is broken and wolves are in the cross-hairs. We need change.”

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Top Photo: Nature: Cold Warriors – 3 Wolves

Bottom Photo: Nature: Cold-warriors – pack-traveling-through-snow

Posted in: Wolf Warriors, Wolf Wars, Activism

Tags: gray wolf, Washington DC Rally, activism

Published in: on September 5, 2013 at 6:56 pm  Comments (10)  
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ALERT: Wolf and Wildlife Rally March 11 In Sacramento, California: Be There For The Wolves

Howl Across America Cour D' Alene

From Justin Forte:

WOLF AND WILDLIFE RALLY IN SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA ON MARCH / 11 / 2013

Attention all wolf and animal rights activists! A wolf and wildlife rally will be held on the steps of The California State Capitol Building in Sacramento, California on March 11TH, 2013 from 1PM TO 5PM.

If interested in helping or attending, call Kim Richard at (903) 363-5353. Let’s remind the politicians that they work for us and we demand the slaughter of our wolves and wildlife be stopped! Everyone who can help or attend please do!

STOP THE SLAUGHTER OF OUR WOLVES AND WILDLIFE

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Ph0to: Courtesy Ann Sydow

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Wolf and Wildlife Rally, Sacramento California, March 11, 2013, Stand Up For Wolves

Raul Grijalva For Interior Secretary

Tell President Obama: Appoint Raúl Grijalva US Interior Secretary

Tell President Obama: Appoint Raul Grijalva US Interior Secretary

A Champion For Our Public Lands. Protecting Our National Treasures. A Bold Leader.

For Secretary of Interior, the choice is clear. President Obama should appoint Rep. Raul Grijalva. He’s a bold leader and a champion of our public lands who will protect our natural treasures, including American wild horses and burros, for generations to come.

Dear President Obama,

Your choice for the next Secretary of the Interior will determine the future of our public lands and their natural resources, including wild horses and burros.The individual you appoint must reflect the ideals that you campaigned upon and that so many of us supported.

The person best qualified to represent these ideals and move the Interior Department forward is Rep. Raul Grijalva, Congressman from Arizona’s Third Congressional District.

Rep. Grijalva has spent his entire career standing up to special interests and for American taxpayers and the preservation of our natural resources. As the top Democrat on the House Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands since 2007, he has been an outspoken advocate for conservation. He has also been a leader in the fight to reform the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM’s) costly and inhumane wild horse and burro program.

As Interior Secretary, Rep. Grijalva will hold the BLM accountable, and he will stop the government giveaway of public resources to commercial interests that exploit our public lands.

Please nominate Rep. Raul Grijalva as the 51st Secretary of the Interior. He is clearly the best choice to protect and preserve our public lands and our natural heritage, including America’s treasured wild horses and burros.

Sincerely,

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PLEASE ClICK HERE TO SIGN PETITION

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Petition credit given to: www.wildhorsepreservation.org

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Howling For Justice

Tags: Wild Horse Preservation dot org, Appoint Raul Grijalva, Secretary of the Interior, biodiversity, gray wolves, wild horses, President Obama

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

To My Dear Readers….

Wolf People Pup Nini November 2011

UPDATE: April 27, 2012

Thank you everyone for your support! It is greatly appreciated. You’re the best!

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I want to apologize to you if I haven’t answered your comments directly or answered a question that you’ve asked. In the past I was able to respond to each comment directly but that is becoming more and more difficult, since the blog has grown and is much busier now then in the past.  I will try my best to answer as many comments as I can but unfortunately I’m not able to respond to every one. Please know that I value each and every one of you and will try my best to be as responsive as I can.

If your comment is held in moderation it’s usually because WordPress views any comments that contain links as possible spam. So if you include a link in your comment that is why it may be held up.

If you want to contact me or any  member of Wolf Warriors you can leave a message on the Wolf Warriors Facebook page. It’s a policy of the blog that I will not post anyone’s personal email or phone number. This is to protect your privacy.

Again thank you for your continued support and patience. We are traveling this road together and we will find a way to protect the wolves  from the vicious campaign of terror that is reigning down on them. At present I’m working behind the scenes with other wolf advocates to help and protect wolves.

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

Published in: on April 27, 2012 at 4:12 am  Comments (38)  
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“Sorry For The Inconvenience We Are Trying To Save The WORLD”…Mato Woksabe

April 23, 2012

This is what a Wolf Warrior looks like.

Mato in front of IDFG in Boise, Idaho, protesting the slaughter of wolves.

Take heed Warriors. Every single one of us has the ability to do what Mato is doing.

Remember the Idaho hunt is not over. Lolo and Selway wolves are being hunted during denning and pupping season, through June 2012. The alpha females are sitting ducks in their dens. What kind of people kill pregnant wolves or newborn wolf pups? Ask yourself that question? Will we sit silently by as the slaughter continues?

The time for silence is over!!

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Photo: Courtesy Mato Woksabe

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Activism, Wolf Warriors, Wolf Wars

Tags: IDFG, Mato Woksabe. STAND UP FOR WOLVES, wolf slaughter, wolf persecution

Wisconsin Senate Approves Wolf Hunt, Allowing Wolves To Be Hunted With Dogs

March 6, 2012

Just horrible news. I’ll write more about this tonight.  Wolf hunters can chase wolves with up to six dogs. This is a very dark day!!

UPDATE: Wisconsin Senate approves wolf hunt bill

Updated On: Mar 06 2012 04:07:56 PM CST
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The Senate voted to pass the bill 24-9 with no debate Tuesday. The Assembly was expected to take up the bill later Tuesday or early Wednesday.
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Photo: Courtesy Wikipedia Commons
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Animal Cruelty, Wisconsin wolves
Tags: Wisconsin Senate, wolf  hunt bill approved, hunting wolves with dogs, animal cruelty

 

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