Wolves Call To Us On Earth Day…..

When a man moves away from nature his heart becomes hard.~~~Lakota


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  1. Those who seek to control nature, will never understand it.

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    • Beautiful quote John.

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  2. Afraid for Wolves
    April 21, 2011
    Friends of Animals’ Summer Act’ionLine 2011 — Preview

    by Priscilla Feral

    Although gray wolves were reintroduced into the Northern Rocky Mountains in 1995, with promises to foster their recovery, wolf persecution resurfaced 14 years later. In March 2009, the Obama administration’s Interior Secretary Ken Salazar activated a Bush administration plan to delist wolves in the Northern Rockies from the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

    Five hundred wolves were shot that year in Idaho and Montana by hunters and federal agents under the “livestock protection” banner.

    One legal defender of wolves was a federal judge whose subsequent rulings blocked wolf hunting proposals created by government bureaucrats.

    Although there are thought to be only 1,500 wolves in Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, these states championed their ranchers’ and elk hunters’ interest in removing wolves from the ESA and legalizing public wolf hunts.

    Since the ESA passed in 1973, no species has been delisted — stripped of their legal protections — in political bargains, despite the Bush administration’s repeated attempts to weaken the Act. Scientific reasons prompted delistings. But in April 2011’s budget bill, a deal was cut.

    “Science has been subordinated to political instrumentalism, setting a dangerous precedent for the future,” warned David N.Cassuto, Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law, in an April 19, 2011 editorial in The Christian Science Monitor.

    On Friday, April 8, 2011, Rep. Mike Simpson (R, ID) and Senator Jon Tester (D, MT) conspired to overturn Judge Donald Molloy’s ruling in U.S. District Court last summer, which returned wolves to the endangered species list, thus safeguarding their lives in the western region.

    Simpson’s and Tester’s trigger fingers attached an irrelevant rider into the federal budget bill pending before Congress to remove federal protections from the wolves of most of the Northern Rockies. They threw the wolves’ fates to Idaho and Montana hunters.

    Jay Tutchton, an attorney at WildEarth Guardians told High Country News that the actions of Tester/Simpson were “cowardly…because slipping wolves into a ‘must have’ budget bill pre-empts the legislation from being open to full scrutiny, and from being argued on its own merits.”

    The wolves were in a particularly weak position at this point, as several environmental groups had just attempted to cut a settlement deal to remove ESA protections from wolves. Molloy refused to accept that settlement—on two main grounds. First, Malloy had already ruled that the 2009 delisting was legally flawed, and declined to go back on that ruling. Second, the settlement wouldn’t satisfy all the parties, especially the four environmental groups which, represented by Tutchton, rightly wanted to keep their original court victory.

    Immediately after Judge Molloy’s ruling against the delisting scheme, Montana’s Senator Tester started talking about delisting wolves as part of his political campaign. Tester, a cattle rancher, is battling Rep. Denny Rehberg (R, MT) in the upcoming 2012 election, and apparently thinks the state’s biggest wolf-hater will garner the most votes.

    Congressional leaders and the White House gambled that wolf hunting might save Tester’s seat in the Senate, so with a wink and nod, the rider had few votes to slow it down.

    Settlements and Sell-Outs

    As noted above, 10 of the 14 plaintiff groups that sued Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to block them from delisting wolves made a strange decision in March 2011. They moved to settle the lawsuit, and place wolves under state management in Idaho and Montana. This would have exposed wolves in two states to public hunts. The groups said such a settlement would protect more wolves than a delisting that eliminates wolf protections in five states.

    Most oddly of all, the ten groups claimed anti-wolf sentiment would grow if they held the line. They were offering political (not ecological) reasons to compromise.

    How could “anti-wolf sentiment” get any worse? Idaho’s Gov. Butch Otter already claims “respect” can be the same as “hate” for wolves, and has boasted about joining a wolf trophy hunt.

    Judge Molloy sided with the four non-settling parties and rejected the settlement on the day Tester and Simpson imposed the wolf rider.

    A week later, on April 14th, Congress, as expected, approved the budget deal, including the rider that directs Ken Salazar to reinstate the 2009 decision that delists wolves in five states: Idaho, Montana, Washington, Utah and Oregon. Wyoming is expected to follow.

    “This is more than a victory for Montana,” chirped Tester, who chairs the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus, “and it’s what’s right for the wolves themselves.”

    Denise Boggs, the Executive Director of the Montana-based Conservation Congress, has a sobering view of Tester: “He’s a consummate liar who has gone back on virtually every environmental promise he made while unning for the Senate.”

    Attorney Jay Tutchton warns that once Obama signs the bill, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service will re-publish its 2009 delisting rule in the Federal Register and then that rule delisting wolves will be in effect.

    Ask not why Congressional leaders felt they had read the tea leaves on how environmentalists would react to their reckless, revolting deal-making that preserved the wolf rider in the 2011 budget. Ten groups — a few of them extremely wealthy – showed their disinterest in wrangling with Congress, crafting an unnecessary “settlement” to heave wolves to hunters in Montana and Idaho.

    Here is a list of the Plaintiff groups that offered a settlement, effectively asking a federal judge to reverse a previous hard-won decision for wolves:

    Cascadia Wildlands
    Center for Biological Diversity
    Defenders of Wildlife
    Greater Yellowstone Coalition
    Hells Canyon Preservation Council
    Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance
    Natural Resources Defense Council
    Oregon Wild
    Sierra Club
    Wildlands Network

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    • Priscilla….this is brilliant. Would you mind if I led with it on the blog tomorrow?

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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      • Am flattered to have your agreement,
        Nabeki. Please do reprint and distribute
        widely. Today, we’re replying to a
        misleading editorial in The New York Times.

        Priscilla

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      • No worries Priscilla…..go get em.

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,
        Nabeki

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    • A work of art. Powerful words, sobering truth of betrayal,from both sides. For these 10, there are no excuses. In principle, you can’t say one thing, and then do another.

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      • Thanks so much and you’re right about the group of 10. No excuses. They’re not our
        US Congress — the bulk of whom are climate deniers, elected with business money and Holy Roller propaganda.

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      • Priscilla, do I have your permission to re post this on other web sites and share with all friends and other media outlets?

        Your spirit is an inspiration. Shine on….

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      • Almost forgot to mention, I was a monthly contributor to several of these organizations. Although after settlement I called and told them I wanted to cancel it, and all the reasons why. They were just as guilty of seeking a “quick fiz” as Congress.

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      • WhiteWolf, Yes,of course, do re-post wherever. Would be so pleased to have
        reporters hear other voices. Silence is deafening!

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    • Priscilla, Have been posting, sharing,and sending out your amazing work all afternoon. Is this also to be sent to local newspaper/television stations?

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      • White Wolf — The piece is appearing as my coumn in Friends of Animals Summer magazine, Act’ionLine. It’s now on our blog: http://www.friendsofanimals.org Feel free to share it. So far, no reporters have picked it up.

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    • Otter signs “Furricane” Disaster Bill into Law:

      http://www.idahoconservation.org/blog/governor-otter-signs-furricane-disaster-bill-into-law

      Here we go…

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  3. I think that every event that Obama goes to, we need to get wolf and AR people together to protest him and protest him wherever he goes until we have the big protest in DC.

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  4. This picture of a wolf paw and human hand is, and has been, one of my favorites for many years. I have seen first hand the impact of man on wolf and most of the time it is the negative side of the spectrum. When I lived in PA, I visited a wolf sanctuary in Lancaster county. Imagine that, wolves in PA… but not what you would expect. Most were wolf hybrids that people thought they could own but soon found out the innate wildness still present in them, so they would discard them like you would a piece of scrap paper. This was my first time seeing a wolf, live and in person. I burst into tears immediately cause I felt the pain in these animals, having been disregarded and left for dead. There was even a full bread wolf there that was a descendant of one of the wolves that starred in the movie “Dancing With Wolves”. All of these wolves and wolf hybrids, numbering in the 40s, caged like criminals, had a sadness in their eyes, not because of where they were, but because of the cruelty of man that had made it necessary to be imprisoned. The people who owned the sanctuary loved their wolves and did all they could to keep them alive and well, since if they hadn’t done just that, all those poor animals would have been destroyed. But even caged as they were, you could still see the spirit and wisdom in their eyes that spoke volumes to me. I have yet to see a wolf in the wild, even living in Montana, but I’m sure the same thing will hold true in their eyes, but one thing will be different. The wolves here in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, Washington, even Utah and Colorado, and now reports coming in from North Dakota, will have in their eyes the fear cast over them from the hatred, cruelty, and total disregard as a sentient being, capable of more love and respect for their own kind than most people have.
    In a documentary by the Dutchers, where this photo was taken, one of the wolves in their pack was killed by a cougar, and the rest of the pack cried out for weeks looking for their sister wolf. The cries called out in sorrow over a loss of one of their own just goes to prove the gentle and caring nature of wolves. We could learn a lot from wolves, and all wildlife, if we just take the time to listen to what they are telling us.

    On this earth day, take the time to experience the calls of the wild, even if for only a couple of minutes. There is a humbling feeling standing in the wild places here in Montana, with all the wildlife we have here offering their wisdom for anyone willing to listen.

    I will quote Aldo Leopold once again because his words have been an inspiration to me and I hope they will be for everyone else as well… “Conservation is getting nowhere because it is incompatible with our Abrahamic concept of land. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. There is no other way for land to survive the impact of mechanized man, nor for us to reap from it the esthetic harvest it is capable, under science, of contributing to culture.
    “That land is a community is the basic concept of ecology, but that land is to be loved and respected is an extension of ethics. That land yields a cultural harvest is a fact long known, but latterly often forgotten.” ~Aldo Leopold “A Sand County Almanac”

    450 signatures and counting… keep sharing this petition and spreading the word about the travesty that has taken place at the hands of man.
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/defend-our-wolf-brothers-and-sisters/

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    • Terrence… “The soul would have no rainbows, if the eyes had no tears.” I can not give proper credit to the author, yet the sentiment is our reality over the injustice of it all. The utter shame of intolerance and persecution, the abject sorrow of betrayal. Thank you for your exquisite eloquence. Your soul is truly kindred with the wolf.

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  5. Is off the topic, but is it really? Still our government at work and out of control. We need a serious presence for the wolves as well, a force not to be reckoned with.

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/04/republicans-just-voted-to-end-medicare—-so-wheres-the-outrage.php

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    As for our friends in Montana:

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/Deals/idUSTRE73L09U20110422

    “The killings come just over a week after the state and federal agencies that oversee the nation’s last pure-bred herd of wild buffalo struck a deal to allow the animals to roam into some parts of Montana without facing capture or slaughter.”

    “Ranchers are outraged by the free-roaming plan because some Yellowstone bison carry brucellosis, a bacterial infection that can cause pregnant cows to spontaneously abort. Wildlife advocates have hailed the agreement for ushering in a new era of tolerance for the famed herd.”

    Brucellosis, tapeworms, fill in the blank. Nothing like a toxic brew of fear, uncertainty and doubt.

    I think we need to call a “deal” something other than a deal. Those who break the law have no problem with disrespecting a “deal.” Apparently, wolves, bison, and any other animal that threatens the holy cow are subject for retribution.

    This is the politics of ranching and the jagged reasoning wolves are also subject to.

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  6. Yes,Priscilla,great piece,and go,girl,go!

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  7. The Lakota proverb,
    “When A Man Moves Away From Nature,
    His Heart Becomes Hard”, is so very true,
    as we, as warriors of our sacred wildlife,
    have witnessed such narrow-mindedness
    and callous arrogance from ignorant redneck
    ranchers and hunters, with their deep hatred towards
    wolves (and other wildlife), animal-lovers and environmental like-minds,
    vegetarians and vegans, flower children and those with New-Age/Native American spirituality as well as those who don’t conform to their ultra-conservative lifestyle and/or repressive and bigoted ideology.

    Because of their hateful attitudes
    and unwillingness to change their ways,
    they shall NEVER see Heaven,
    nor receive the blessings of Eternal Life,
    from Great Spirit when their earthly lives are done.

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  8. @Terrence. Beautiful article. The howl of the wolf is the most haunting yet the most spiritually beautiful sound one will ever hear. I used to hear it from my Alaskan Husky, which we all know are direct descendent’s of wolves, every day. He would stop everyone one in their tracks with his haunting and melodic melody. He would not howl at the moon, but after an ambulance with it’s siren on, or answer the call of wolves on T.V. These sentient beings are the most spiritual and family oriented dogs I have ever known. Their spirit and innate intuition speaks volumes through their amber coloured eyes. Yes, we can learn a lot from this species, if we only wish to do so.
    @Priscilla….the bison are also under attack by the same group of money grabbers. People just love to tag a decline of a species(elk, deer, etc) on another species. The Bison are not at fault here but man. Every excuse they can find, they will pin on a species. It’s time cattle barons start giving back to nature and stop taking away for the sake of money. It seems they are hell bent on destroying everything in their path for money. Governments need to get a backbone and start drawing the line when it comes to nature. Alas, will we see this in our life time – I do hope so!

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  9. THE THING IS, THEY LIE TO GET THEM, I CAUGHT THEM SELLING THEM IN THE FLORIDA LUPINE ASSOC FOR 5 THOUSAND DOLLARS.THEY SELL THEIR HIDES, WE NEED TO STRIP THEM OF THERES.IM NOT PLAYN WHEN IT COMES TO THESE ANIMALS.IVE WITNESSED THE CORRUPTION, I WITNESSED THERE NOT PROITECTED WHEN THINGS THEY WERE INNOCENT TO.I SAY WE FIGHT ON A INTIREALLY DIFFERANT LEVEL.IM IN MYSPACE TO IN THAT NAME,AND LOOKINGTHRUWOLFSEYES IN MYTRIBALSPACE.OBAMA, WHERE IS THIS MAN. WHY IS OUR WORLD ON A DISTRUCTIVE PATH.I SAY. SU THEM FOR MILLIONS.CONTACT ME.LETS GO.

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  10. OK, NOW LISTEN TO ME, I WON A PRETTY BIG LAW SUITE.MY INTEREST IS SAVING THE WOLVES.WHAT CAN WE DO TO SAVE THEM.IM GOING AFTER SARAH PALINE FOR SHOOTING THEM.THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR WAS SICK.WE NEED TO CHANGE LAWS.WE NEED TO FIGHT BACK.WE NEED TO GO TO ARIEL SHOOTINGS,WE NEED TO FORM THE BIGGEST PACK THERE EVER WAS IN HISTORY.I WILL HAVE THE BIGGEST WOLF RESCUE IN THE WORLD.THERE WILL BE WARNING SIGNS,YA COME IN THESE GATES YOUR A DEAD M.F.IM HELPING A LOT OF WOLVE RESCUES,I NEED YOU ALL TO CALL ME,TELL ME WHAT YOU NEED.IF A DOG CAN GO INTO THE WHITE HOUSE,SO CAN A WOLF.I LIVED WITH THEM ALL MY LIFE.SICK TO DEATH OVER THE LIES.I WILL GO FACE TO FACE WITH SARAH PALINE.DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE YOU NEED TO CALL ME TOO.352-293-5866.PEOPLE LOVE THESE CREATURES,CHILDREN PLAY WITH THEM.THEY HAVE MORE RIGHTS,THEN WE DO INVADING THEIR LAND. IT MAKES ME SICK.DONT TARE THE FOREST DOWN, TO THE HOMES OF MANY WILD LIFE THAT EXIST.GO TO A RESIDENTIAL IF WOLVES IS WHAT YOU DONT WANT.BUT THE BELONG IN THE WILD.ACTUALLY IN OUR HOMES TOO.THEY MAKE THE BEST PETS, BUT SNOBS THAT LIVE IN LUXURY HOMES DONT NO THAT.THEY DONT KNOW NOTHING,BUT FAIRY TALES. WE NEED TO FORM A PACKI. WHO IS WITH ME.

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  11. I WANT YOU ALL TO DO THIS.PUT HOARDER, PUPPY MILL, ANIMAL CONTROL,ETC IN GOOGLE SEARCH.CONTACT THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE BEEN RAIDED.GIVE THEM MY PHONE NUMBER 352-293-5866 OR EMAIL LOOKNTHRUWOLFEYE@EARTHLINK.NET. I WILL TEACH THEM HOW TO SU FOR FREE.IT WILL COST THEM ZERO TO SU.GOT IT.AND THEY WILL HAVE MORE LAW SUITES THEN EVER BEFORE IN HISTORY.GO DO THIS FOR ME.IF ANYONE HAD ANY ANIMALS REMOVED FROM THEIR PROPERTY,THERE IN BIG CHIT.SO GO FIND ME PEOPLE,GET THERE NUMBERS TO ME,I WILL CALL THEM,AND HELP THEM.THEY BETTER STOP SHOOTING THESE ANIMALS,BECAUSE IF THEY DONT, THEY WILL PAY 10 FOLD TO THE WORSE IN US FIGHTING BACK.TRUST ME.DO THIS FOR ME,SO WE CAN STOP THESE PSYCHOPATHS FROM DOING WHAT THERE DOING. GIVE ME DIRECT NUMBERS TO WHOS DOING THIS ACT.DO THIS FOR ME,THAT WILL SAVE THE WOLVES.

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