Trapped, Tortured Wolf Did Not Die In Vain….

A trapper posing for the camera  with a  wounded wolf in the background caught in  a leghold trap  (Photo Courtesy Earth Island Journal)

The picture has now become iconic. A beautiful, black wolf, caught in a leghold trap, wounded, STILL ALIVE, blood soaking the snow around him, holding his injured foot off the ground, with the face of a trapper mugging for the camera.

The situation had become something of an arena sport because the trapped wolf was shot at by “hunters” just  having a little “fun”??  What a blast (pun intended) that must have been for them to fire on a trapped, defenseless animal?  Right?? Whoever shot at that wolf should be charged with a crime, this was animal torture and cruelty at its worst.  BUT, was what they did anymore cruel than trapping the wolf in the first place? Who knows how long he’d been tethered to that trap without food or water, frightened, shot and bleeding?

Initially the photo was downloaded from a trapping website and  posted on Footloose Montana’s Facebook page, which received hundreds of comments. On Monday Footloose received a vile, threatening email which prompted them to contact the authorities.

As sad as this story is the picture exposed the cruelty and torture of  the wolf for all to see, having the opposite effect of that which it was intended.  His image has become the face of the repulsive, ugly practice of trapping. It’s not a sport, it’s  medieval torment that belongs in the 5th century,  NOT in a civilized society.

  With his suffering exposed, will this animal’s tragic final moments on earth, caught on camera, finally be the  wake up call for America to say NO MORE??

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Photos of live, trapped wolf prompt threats to Missoula-based group

March 29, 2012
Written By John S. Adams

HELENA — A Missoula-based anti-trapping organization said it received a threatening email this month after the group posted graphic photos on the Internet of a live Idaho wolf caught in a foot-hold trap.

READ MORE:

http://www.greatfallstribune.com/article/20120330/NEWS01/203300316/Photos-live-trapped-wolf-prompt-threats-Missoula-based-group?odyssey=tab

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The Predator Persecution Complex

The Perverse Logic of Wolf Hunts

by GEORGE WUERTHNER
The hysteria that surrounds wolf management in the Rockies has clouded rational discussion.  Wolves are hardly a threat to either hunting opportunity or the livestock industry.

ELK NUMBERS ABOVE OBJECTIVES

For instance, the Wyoming Fish and Game reports: “The Department continues to manage to reduce Wyoming’s elk numbers. The total population of the herds with estimates increased by 16 percent in 2009 and is now 29 percent above the statewide objective of 83,640 animals.”

Things are similar in Montana. Populations have grown from an estimated 89,000 animals in 1992 prior to wolf recovery to 140,000-150,000 animals in recent years.

In Idaho we find a similar trend. According to the IDFG 23 out of 29 elk units are at and/or above objective. Hunter success in 2011 was 20%: one in five hunters killed an elk.

Wolves are clearly not a threat to the future of hunting in any of these states.

READ MORE:

http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/03/30/the-perverse-logic-of-wolf-hunts/

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Wolf Torture and Execution Continues in the Northern Rockies

by James William Gibson – March 28, 2012

Montana Anti-Trapping Group Gets Death Threat for Releasing Photos

On March 16, a Friday, a US Forest Service employee from Grangeville, Idaho, laid out his wolf traps. The following Monday, using the name “Pinching,” he posted his story and pictures on www.Trapperman.com . “I got a call on Sunday morning from a FS [Forest Service] cop that I know. You got one up here as there was a crowd forming. Several guys had stopped and taken a shot at him already,” wrote Pinching. The big, black male wolf stood in the trap, some 300-350 yards from the road, wounded—the shots left him surrounded by blood-stained snow. Pinching concluded his first post, “Male that went right at 100 pounds. No rub spots on the hide, and he will make me a good wall hanger.”

READ MORE:

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/wolf_torture_and_execution_continues_in_the_northern_rockies/

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Photo: Courtesy Earth Island Journal

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Trapping Wolves, Animal Cruelty

Tags: Animal cruelty, animal torture, evils of trapping, suffering wolf, Footloose Montana, Earth Island Journal, Great Falls Tribunedotcom

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Hacker Attack On Howling For Justice?

UPDATE: April 1, 2012

Everything seems to be working OK, so comments are back to normal. If anyone has any problems please contact the blog. Sorry for the inconvenience!

For the wolves,

Nabeki

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I’ve received reports people are getting strange messages from Howling for Justice. Hackers may have been involved. If you receive any strange emails please post them here with the address they came from ( I will not make your comment public), otherwise I’ll approve your comment unless you ask me not to.

You can still continue to post it, will just take a little longer for me to read every comment.

Sorry for the inconvenience, hope to have this sorted out very soon!!

For the wolves,

Nabeki

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Published in: on March 29, 2012 at 10:12 pm  Comments (18)  

EIJ: Wolf Torture and Execution Continues in the Northern Rockies by J. William Gibson

(From Earth Island Journal) A Hunter and his dead prey

Montana Anti-Trapping Group Gets Death Threat for Releasing Photos

On March 16, a Friday, a US Forest Service employee from Grangeville, Idaho, laid out his traps wolf. The following Monday, using the name “Pinching,” he posted his story and pictures on www.Trapperman.com . “I got a call on Sunday morning from a FS [Forest Service] cop that I know. You got one up here as there was a crowd forming. Several guys had stopped and taken a shot at him already,” wrote Pinching. The big, black male wolf stood in the trap, some 300-350 yards from the road, wounded—the shots left him surrounded by blood-stained snow. Pinching concluded his first post, “Male that went right at 100 pounds. No rub spots on the hide, and he will make me a good wall hanger.”

The Trapperman website went wild with comments. “That’s a dandy!! Keep at it,” wrote Watarrat. Otterman asked, “All the gray on that muzzle make a guy wonder how old he is or if it is just part of his black coloring.” Pinching’s picture of the wolf’s paw caught in the trap got special attention. “Is that the MB750 stamped ‘wolf’ on the pan?” asked one man. “Looks to be a perfect pad catch. Congratulations! Pinching confirmed the trap model and commented, “Oh an [sic] by the way, a wolf is a heck of a lot of work to put on a stretcher! Man those things hold on to their hide like no other!”

Read More: 

http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/elist/eListRead/wolf_torture_and_execution_continues_in_the_northern_rockies/

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Trapped Wolf Used for Target Practice

Wolf torture continues and is praised by some while critics are threatened.

Published on March 29, 2012

by Marc Bekoff, Ph.D. in Animal Emotions

Wolves remain in the crosshairs and the teeth of leghold traps in the Northern Rockies (see and). Let me say upfront that I apologize for posting this brief alert, but it’s essential that people who don’t know about what’s happening learn about the barbaric treatment of wolves, and also for the skeptics to see it up close and personal if they can stand it.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/animal-emotions/201203/trapped-wolf-used-target-practice

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Photo: Courtesy Earth Island Journal

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Trapping wolves

Tags: trapping cruelty, war on wolves,  wolves suffering,  Earth Island Journal, J. William Gibson

Calling All Wolf Warriors….

This is the hardest post I’ve ever written, starting over more times than I can count, wanting to get it right.  I won’t be pulling any punches.

Wolves recently suffered two stinging defeats, the Ninth Circuit loss and the passage of the brutal Wisconsin wolf hunt bill that sailed through the Badger State legislature.

Every one is asking the same question, where do we go from here? What can we do to save wolves? Is the war lost? Are wolves doomed to a lifetime of trophy hunts, torture and slaughter? The answer is no but with a caveat. We have to get active and that means in the real world!!

When I started this blog in September 2009  wolves had recently been removed from the Endangered Species List by our new President, who promised “hope and change” but instead  delivered “more of the same”.  The war against wolves had begun and it’s been unrelenting. Yes, wolves were under siege from Wildlife Services before the delisting, hundreds killed every year for agribusiness and poachers certainly took their toll but a wolf hunt? After millions of dollars of tax payer money was used to reintroduce these animals, who were extirpated from the lower 48, 16 years later we’re on the road to destroying them once again?

I won’t go through the battle we all waged to stop the delisting, it’s in the blog archives if you’re new to Wolf Wars. It’s been a long, grueling battle and we fought hard but in the end the Democrats and Obama betrayed wolves for a Senate seat, so here we are. And one thing I want to make clear, I’m not a Republican. I’m just presenting the facts as they happened. Lets not make this about party affiliation.  I wish we had a third-party because as far as I’m concerned we can’t count on either of the two we have now.

The Ninth Circuit loss was our wake up call.  Even though I believed we had a slim chance of winning , I was still shocked by the decision. It took the wind out of our sails. We’ve always held out  hope wolves would be saved by the court. It was a stinging blow. The reality is we can no longer count on the courts  to come riding in on a white horse to save the wolves.  Even IF the ruling is appealed to the Supremes, it could take years for them to hear it or they could decide to pass it by.

It’s time for every wolf advocate to do some serious  soul-searching and ask yourself what are you willing to sacrifice to turn this around? What kind of time and energy are you willing to dedicate to building a powerful grass-roots movement and take on the ranching and hunting lobbies.?  Sitting on FB talking to ourselves is not the answer. Yes FB is a great tool and we can use it to our advantage but we have to do more, much more. Writing endless petitions that go nowhere is not going to cut it either. Yes petitions CAN make a difference but starting wolf petitions over and over rarely achieves anything.  How about one big petition that we can all work together on until we get a 100,000 or 500,00o or 1,000,000 signatures?  Wouldn’t that make more sense? But therein lies the problem. We’re not organized enough for that. There are so many wolf groups on FB they could form a ring around the earth twice. It’s easy to hit the LIKE button and join a wolf page, then come back every once in a while to express outrage and move on. I started Wolf Warriors with a friend because we wanted to post the lastest wolf news that I don’t have a chance to cover on the blog.  But the point of  Wolf Warriors and Howling for Justice is not just to be outraged but to actually do something with the information. To say to yourself,  I live in Montana or Idaho or Wyoming or Oregon or Wisconsin or Minnesota, or any state in the union:  THE WOLVES ARE UNDER ATTACK.   I can organize with like-minded people in my town and form a group to fight the persecution of wolves. And then little groups become big groups and those groups network with other groups and pretty soon we’re a force to be reckoned with. Outrage is good but outrage alone does nothing to help wolves. It only leads to more outrage and more frustration.  Doing something about that outrage, that’s the key to change.

I’m just as guilty as everyone else for doing things the way we’ve always done them but  after our recent losses it’s evident we need a new game plan. If anyone is a Walking Dead fan then you’ll understand this metaphor. “It was about time they got off the damn farm”  For others who don’t follow the show, it’s time for a change.

So how do we accomplish these lofty goals? By putting one foot in front of the other every day. To commit our time and effort to this cause so we don’t have to look at dead wolf pictures with their killers holding them in some kind of weird bear hug, smiling like Cheshire cats. The photo of the wolf trapper grinning from ear to ear with the poor wolf ALIVE, stuck in a leg hold trap, blood all over the snow, having suffered god only knows how long  in that trap, without food or water, in pain and scared to death,  is something I never want to see again.  If  we intend to  help wolves and battle this cruelty we have to  get active!!

•I suggest a wolf summit where activists can gather and meet each other to brainstorm and exchange ideas. And let’s include our International friends, wolf persecution is global.   But remember, it’s up  to you to make this happen.  But I will be involved. I’m going to talk to other wolf groups and advocates  to get their take on a Summit and where we can hold it. Not everyone has the resources to travel, so well see but the main thing is to get started.

•Boycott  the wolf states and mean it!  Create a website dedicated to it. Start a petition that will mean something,  ask people to take a pledge not to visit or buy anything from any state that is engaged in wolf hunts and let them know the “economic sanctions” will continue  until the wolf killing stops. The wolf states will sit up and take notice if we hit them in their wallets.  With one exception, we don’t want to punish businesses or organizations who support wolves, especially the wolf sanctuaries and educations centers  like Wolf  People and WERC.

•Defeat pandering politicians at the polls, those who support anti-wolf policies must be booted out of office. Click here for the list of the 81 US Senators who voted to delist wolves. See who’s up for re-election in your state and VOTE THEM OUT!!

DC Rally August 2011

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•Twitter Campaign

*This great idea was given to me by a reader of this blog.

Twitter IDAHO campaign.
Post a ‘documentation’ tweet every other day (or 3 x a week) to get the message repeating and retweeting…(one can simply copy and paste your own tweet also)

The words
BOYCOTT EVERYTHING IDAHO Until ANIMAL TORTURE STOPS
That should be the one line message.

Twitter MT
Twitter WY
Twitter WI rotate.

Those are just a few ideas, I know you can come up with more.

Wolf advocates we must organize, exchange ideas, brainstorm and lend strength to each other. Asking pretty please, stop hurting wolves, won’t do the trick. We have to get serious and mean it. Most of all we need numbers, huge numbers of advocates coming together for a common purpose.

It’s time to play hardball, we’re the majority but we’re fighting billions of dollars and powerful organizations that have been in place for years and decades.

The anti-wolf movement is united in their purpose but we are all over the place. Some orgs support the delisting,  many don’t. We should know where each conservation group stands.  If they don’t support wolves and think it’s OK to blow them away in wolf hunts, we want to know.  Don’t give your money to groups that are wishy-washy on wolves.  The large orgs  should have to work for the money we give them.  Either they support wolves and want to see them protected or they don’t.  No back room deals, no compromises.

This is a seminal moment. We can write wolves off  and leave them to their killers or get busy doing something about this tragedy.  It’s time to come together and show some backbone.

Yes we’ve lost a few battles but this is not over by a long shot.  This is a fight to save gray wolves and if we don’t get serious we are going to lose them.

To kick things off I challenge every one that reads this blog to write  a letter to the editor of your local newspaper, it’s especially important for advocates that reside in the wolf states.  Let them know how you feel about the war against wolves.

I don’t have all the answers but I’ve been doing this long enough to know that beating our heads against a brick wall, doing the same things over and over and not getting results, is the definition of insanity as the saying goes.

We can do this if we make wolves a priority and keep at it no matter what. Persistence is always the key to anything in life.

Now let’s go!!

Endangered Wolves Sacrificed in Budget Deal

Glenn Hurowitz

Senior Fellow, Center for International Policy

Posted: 04/11/11 04:09 PM ET

Although Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama stood firm against Republican attempts to repeal clean air and clean water protections, wolves in the Northern Rockies weren’t so lucky.

Under pressure from ranching interests in Montana and Idaho, as well as anti-wolf zealots in those states, Reid and Obama agreed to accept an amendment from Montana Democrat Jon Tester mandating the removal of grey wolves in Idaho and Montana from the endangered species list. For Obama, at least, the move isn’t surprising: his administration backed the Bush administration’s delisting of wolves even though it would allow the two massive states to cut wolf populations to as few as 450 individuals between them.

Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/glenn-hurowitz/endangered-wolves-sacrifi_b_847673.html

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Photo: Top Howl Across America Rally

Middle Photo: DC Rally

Bottom Photo: Courtesy Mato W.

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Idaho wolf hunt, a new beginning, activism, stop the slaughter, 81 Senators, underhanded wolf delisting, save the wolves, Obama delists wolves

© 2009-2012 Howling For Justice

Idaho Wolves Howling For Justice…..

Update: March 27, 2012

I see the trapper website where those horrible images of the trapped and doomed wolf  reside has been password protected so you won’t be able to access the site through the KOS article, which is still up BTW. But the images are all over Facebook, not hard to find. The one thing trappers don’t want is for people to see the suffering they cause. Big mistake on their part posting those pictures but we’re thankful they were posted because the wolf won’t have suffered and died in vain. Now his pain  has been exposed for all the world to see and it’s uglier than anything I’ve ever witnessed and will stay with me all of my days. Rest in peace beautiful black wolf, we have your back.

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The Daily KOS spells out the terrible situation Idaho wolves find themselves in. The brutality and cruelty are escalating. With the addition of trapping and snaring to IDFG’s bag of tricks the suffering quotient for wolves has climbed dramatically.  The situation is spinning out of control.

Mon Mar 26, 2012 at 10:28 AM PDT

Idaho wolves in serious trouble

by Gallatin

Ever since Obama and John Tester worked to remove wolves from the endangered species list for political purposes, it’s been bad times for wolves. Of course, there’s a track record for all of this. It was the failure of the states that initially killed off the wolves to begin with, forcing them into the government’s hands and the Endangered Species List.

It looks like the states are at it again, and this time Idaho is leading the path to extermination.

There were many of us who cried foul when Tester introduced a rider that would undermine the ESA, the first of its kind, opening the door for wholesale destruction of species by single interests. It was even more shocking when Obama signed the bill into law.

Reasonable people would expect a few wolves to be killed with rifles, and that many of these would be clean. But there’s nothing reasonable about the wolf hate in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

Recent images have become available of a trapped wolf at the far end of a blood circle in the snow. In the photo, a hunter appears to be smiling for a pose. Posters to the website indicate the wolf was shot at while it waited for the trapper to return. Who knows how long it was there, but it looked like quite a while with all that blood in the snow.

Read More

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/03/26/1077348/-Idaho-wolves-in-serious-trouble-graphic-images-

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Contact information is included in the article for President Obama and Senator Tester. Please use them!!

Idaho wolves need protection from the hate.

IDAHO: 364 wolves killed. (368 Wolves Killed (251 shot, 117 trapped or snared)

 (3/26/12)

535 Wolves DEAD in Idaho/Montana hunts 

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Photo: http://candleinthedarkness.com/

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho Wolves, Animal Cruelty

Tags:  Idaho wolves, trapping cruelty, wolves suffering, speak out, Senator Tester, President Obama

Trapping And Killing Wolves With A Smile….

warning graphic videos

These two are having themselves a great time, snaring and trapping wolves,  laughing their heads off.  Killing animals is so much fun isn’t it? I mean what’s not to love about a wolf being strangled to death??

The videos were shot in Canada but there are pictures on the  Internet showing extreme cruelty to wolves caught in traps and snares in Idaho. They’re  hard to watch but necessary. This evil cannot be hidden anymore, it needs to be  spread far and wide for people to see.  Wildlife have no protection from this madness.  This is legalized animal torture.  What does this say about us as a culture? Can we sit silently by while these animals are brutally killed?

How many Idaho wolves are stuck in traps or snares right now, without food or water, scared to death, in excruciating  pain waiting to die? Or choking slowly to death in snares. Is this what we brought wolves back for? Spent millions of taxpayer dollars, only to slaughter them back into extermination?  Where is the outrage? Are we just going to sit by and watch this happen? Idaho has killed half of it’s wolves, 368 are dead in the state. 534 DEAD in the Northern Rockies and that’s not counting Wildlife Service killings, poaching, 10j and general wolf mortality. Pregnant alphas are being slaughtered. When is the media going to cover this story? Shame on your silence!

Traps and snares are indiscriminate killers. Wolf pups, dogs or any animal, wild or domestic,  is at risk.

It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds…Samuel Adams

Speak Out For Them!

CONTACT

Governor Butch Otter

Mailing Address:
Idaho.gov
999 Main St, Suite 910
Boise, ID 83702

 Phone: 208-334-2100

Fax: (208) 334-3454

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Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners

http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/about/commission/members.cfm

Panhandle Region

Tony McDermott
mcmule@msn.com

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Clearwater Region

Fred Trevey
fred.trevey@idfg.idaho.gov

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Southwest Region

Bob Barowsky
bbarowsky@fmtc.com

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Magic Valley Region

Wayne Wright
2wrights@cableone.net

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Southeast Region

Randy Budge
rcb@racinelaw.net

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Upper Snake Region

Kenny Anderson
kenny.anderson@idfg.idaho.gov
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Salmon Region

Gary Power
gpower@centurytel.net

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Idaho Fish and Game

IDFG Director Virgil Moore:

(208) 334-3771

virgil.moore@idfg.idaho.gov

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Jon Rachael, IDFG Wildlife Dept.

(208) 334-2920  

jon.rachael@idfg.idaho.gov

Idaho Fish and Game General Numbers Click Here

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Idaho tourism office

http://www.visitidaho.org/contact/

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Write the Potato Commission

http://contact.idahopotato.com/

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Video: YouTube

Photo: fish and game

Posted in: Animal Cruelty, Idaho wolves, Wolf Wars

Tags: wolf snaring, choking snares, wolf suffering, wolf hunts, where’s the outrage

© 2009-2012  Howling For Justice

Wolf Advocates Pleas To IDFG Commissioners “Fall On Stony Ground”…

Wolf advocates made a brave trek to Boise on Wednesday to remind the IDFG commissioners there were other people residing in the Gem state  besides hunters and ranchers.  With firm resolve they stood their ground,  stressing that wolves  play an integral role in ecosystem health, that wolves didn’t deserve the treatment they’re gettingYet the words of passionate wolf advocates who attended the meeting and spoke out for wolves,  ”fell on stony ground.”

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ID Fish and Game Commission Gets an Earful but Increase Wolf Hunting and Trapping Anyway

by  on MARCH 23, 2012

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 It’s time for new tactics.  We aren’t going to talk our way out of this!
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Photo: Courtesy Boise Wolf  Protest
Posted in:  Wolf Wars, Idaho Wolves
Tags: animal abuse, trapping cruelty, deafening silence from media,  speak out
© 2009-2012  Howling For Justice

Dr. Catherine Feher-Elston’s Comments, IDFG Commissioner’s Meeting…

 Comment–Idaho Fish and Game Commissioners Meeting, March 21, 2012, Boise, Idaho

Hello, Commissioners,

I am Dr. Catherine Feher-Elston. I live in Cottonwood, Idaho. I am an Environmental Historian and wildlife rehabilitator. I am the author of four major books related to environment,  wildlife and human-wildlife relations, including my latest work from Penguin, Wolfsong: A Natural and Fabulous History of Wolves. I am also a journalist. I represent the educational  Ravensong Group and I represent the will of the American people.
 
     As an American and an Idaho tax payer, I call each and every one of you out.  I remind you that wolves are apex predators and wolves are a globally endangered species.  Anyone who manages to pass  Wildlife 101 in college understands that healthy elk herds need healthy predators. I could confuse you with more facts, but Commissioners, I know you are not really ignorant or stupid and you know the facts. Wolves do not decimate herds–wild or livestock. Less than one percent of livestock depredation comes from all predators–PERIOD.  And as for elk, deer and bison herds–the number of predators, including wolves, is dictated by the number of prey–not vice versa.
 
Wolves are a type of dog.
 
In fact, they are America’s dogs. What kind of man kills dogs? If a dog killer enters my neighborhood or your neighborhood–they would be stopped and arrested. Yet Idaho persists in killing America’s wolves. The American people demand that you reassess your roles in the brutal destruction of American wildlife resources. The American people demanded and implemented the Endangered Species Act in 1973. The American people spent $300 million in wolf recovery. This includes the wolves of the Northern Rockies–of which you and men of your ilk have slaughtered 524 since October 2011. You sell game tags and demand hunters obey Idaho game laws when it comes to elk and deer. Yet you sell wolf tags and do not punish wolf poachers, like the female outfitter and her husband in northern Idaho who deliberately lured a wolf and killed him–without a tag. And like OR-9, the Oregon wolf who was poached by a killer without a tag a few weeks ago. The American people demand justice for these wolves and the other 500 killed for no reason.
 
            Your clear plan is extirpation of all wolves in Idaho. The American people are not stupid and we are angry at your killing. The children of Idaho do not have decent education and many are hungry. Yet you, in your arrogance, complained that not enough hunters killed our wolves in the Lolo and you contracted with the brutal federal Wildlife Services and spent $35,000 of Idaho tax dollars to butcher 14 Lolo wolves. Wolves who were bothering no one and only wanted to live in peace in American wilderness. $35,000 could have paid an Idaho teacher’s salary for a year. And it could also have fed hungry children. Some would say America has been sleeping while you destroy our wolves and our tax investment. Commissioners, THE SLEEPER HAS AWAKENED.
 
We are mad as Hell and we will not take your abuse of our investment and our wolves and wildlife any more. At this rate of your irresponsible killing and mismanagement,  you are putting Idaho wolves on the fast track to federal protection.
You have demonstrated that you are incapable of responsible wolf and wildlife management. We will see you in court and your state will remain boycotted. You can’t love Nature from the barrel of a gun.
 
 NO MORE WOLF KILLING-…STOP THE WOLF HUNT
 
 
Dr. Catherine Feher-Elston

ravensonggroup

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Photo: wolf wallpaper

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Idaho Wolves

Tags: Dr. Catherine Feher-Elston, Ravensong Group, IDFG Commissioner, wolf slaughter, Idaho wolf hunt, stop killing wolves

© 2009-2012  Howling For Justice

Action Alert From Friends of the Clearwater: Speak For Wolves in Boise on March 21

Update #2: March 22, 2012

There was a good showing of wolf advocates at the Idaho Commissioners meeting in Boise yesterday. Wolf supporters were represented well, with just a few anti-wolfers. People spoke of the importance of wolves to the ecosystem, the lack of representation of Idaho citizens who support and care about wolves and other wildlife. I’m very proud of each and every person who cared enough to take the time to speak out for wolves. In the end their testimony seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

The commissioners don’t appear to care what wolf advocates think. It looks like they’re going to increase the limits on how many wolves can be taken per hunter, expand trapping  and generally make like as miserable as possible for Idaho wolves, who are now caught in perpetual hell.

Like:

Increase bag limit to five each for hunting and trapping in the Panhandle, Palouse-Hells Canyon, Dworshak, Lolo, Selway and Middle Fork wolf zones.

Extend season on private land in Panhandle zone.

Add trapping season in Units 19A and 25.

Increase harvest limit in Southern Mountain zone from 25 to 40.

Increase season length in Beaverhead and Island Park zones to close on January 31.

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Update: March 22, 2012

I will update you later today on the Boise event but everything went well and there was a good turnout of wolf advocates!!

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End the Wolf Slaughter-Speak in Boise on March 21

MARCH 19, 2012

MOSCOW, ID — Over five hundred Northern Rocky Gray Wolves have been slaughtered since Idaho and Montana declared war on wolves last fall. The hunting season for wolves in Montana closed in mid-February with 166 wolves killed. But the trapping and hunting of wolves continues in Idaho, with 362 killed so far, and certain hunting zones open until late June. Such killing zones encourage the killing of cubs in their dens. The state of Idaho has also killed wolves via aerial gunning, and was close to passing a bill that would have permitted ranchers to use “live-bait” to lure in wolves and kill them.

Science demonstrates wolves are keystone predators, and play a crucial role in maintaining ecosystem health and resiliency. Since wolves returned to Yellowstone National Park over fifteen years ago, researchers have documented an increase in biodiversity, with riparian areas being restored, aspen stands regenerating, and habitat for birds, fish, and amphibians benefiting.

“The ranching industry of the West has no use for wolves or biodiversity. And a predator-free landscape is just what some outfitters in this state want,” said Ann Sydow, organizer for the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance. “Influential outfitters want the state management agencies to do whatever it takes to artificially boost elk populations so their clients can kill them for trophies.”

Biologists note that killing apex predators does not induce elk recovery. Rather, large-scale killing of predators usually has detrimental effects on the entire system. While wolves generally take the old, sick, and weak, trophy hunters can kill elk important for breeding.

The American people have invested hundreds of millions of tax dollars in species recovery since the US Fish & Wildlife Service reintroduced Grey Wolves in the Northern Rockies in 1995. Members of the public will speak at the Idaho Fish & Game Commissioner’s meeting in Boise on March 21st 600 South Walnut, at 7pm.

“I am an American taxpayer and Idaho resident who is fed up with this deliberate extermination of an icon of wilderness–and an animal sacred to many indigenous peoples,” said Dr. Catherine Feher-Elston, an environmental historian, author, and wildlife rehabilitator. “The states of Montana and Idaho are destroying America’s investment and subverting the will of the people.”
A lawsuit challenging the Congressional budget-rider that delisted wolves from federal endangered species protection last year has yet to regain federal protections for the iconic species.

“The federal government needs to step in and relist the Gray Wolf. It is abundantly clear that states like Idaho cannot manage wolves responsibly, “said Brett Haverstick, Education & Outreach Director for Friends of the Clearwater, a plaintiff on the lawsuit. “Killing half the wolf population is not managing.”

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Region-wide pro wolf rally in Boise, Wednesday March 21st. This is an important opportunity for us to speak out against the brutal slaughter of gray wolves. The public rally will occur at 5pm outside of the Idaho Fish & Game headquarters, which is located at 600 South Walnut. If you cannot attend the rally, the Fish & Game Commissioner’s are accepting public comments starting at 7pm in the “Trophy Room” of the building.

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Photo: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Action Alert, Activism

Tags: Friends of the Clearwater, Boise, Idaho Commissioners Meeting, speak out for wolves

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The Beauty Of Wolves…..

As I work on my next post, which I thought would be finished today but is taking longer then I expected,  please  enjoy these soothing videos , that capture the wolves’ free spirit and playful, joyful nature.

Here’s the original video. It’s French with music from Sacred Spirit (Dawa). The wolves are howling at the end,  which isn’t included in the first video.  That gives it something special, there is nothing more haunting then a wolf howl.

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Top Video: Courtesy YouTube

Bottom video: YouTube Courtesy  

Posted in: gray wolf, biodiversity

Tags: tribute to wolves, wild and free, the beauty of wolves

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