Speaking for Wolves Under A Beautiful Montana Sky!

Speak for Wolves

Neil Haverstick on guitar

Wonderful rally, beautiful weather (most of the time..lol), lots of passion, amazing speakers.

 Thank you Brett for all your hard work putting the rally together and making it a success!!

More details tomorrow Wolf Warriors, just got home and ready for a good nights sleep!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

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Elk lounging behind Arch Park today at the rally (June 29, 2014) They were there to support the wolves 🙂

Speak for Wolves!

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Here we go Wolf Warriors. Time to head on down to Gardiner, Montana and Speak For Wolves!

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Published in: on June 26, 2014 at 10:39 pm  Comments (13)  

Speak for Wolves – Schedule of Events…

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Published in: on June 21, 2014 at 11:10 am  Comments (9)  

How Many Wolves are in Montana? Just Ask the Hunters

Yeah, great idea Montana FWP, put hunters in charge of counting wolves. Of course they wouldn’t over-inflate numbers so more wolves are killed. Oh no, that would never happen. And how scientific. Unbelievable!

Exposing the Big Game

FWP looks to new technique to document wolf population sizeBy TOM KUGLIN Independent RecordHelena Independent Record
June 19, 2014 6:00 am  • 

Researchers from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks and the University of Montana estimate the state’s wolf population at more than 800 using a new statistical technique.

Researchers conducted a study of the new technique from 2007 to 2012…

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“For $20,000, George R.R. Martin will kill you and save the wolves”……

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Grey Wind (GoT)

June 19, 2014

Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire  author, George R.R. Martin is a wolf advocate. Think how great it would be if GoT fans got behind George’s wolf advocacy. (pun intended). Even if you don’t have $20,000, any amount donated to the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, will give you a chance to win a helicopter ride and tour of the sanctuary with George R.R. Martin. How cool is that? Help wolves and have fun with one of the most famous authors on earth!

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For $20,000, George R.R. Martin will kill you and save the wolves

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For a writer so enamored with gore and, uh, more gore, George R. R. Martin sure has a soft spot for all creatures great and small. Or maybe it’s more like ‘all creatures great and greater’: We can’t confirm his feelings toward bunnies, but the Song of Ice and Fire author is definitely a fan of wolves.

For several years now, Martin and his wife have been raising money for the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary, in Santa Fé (somewhere in the Red Waste). On his Prizeo campaign page, Martin writes:

I’ve always been fond of wolves … direwolves in Westeros, and real wolves in the real world. US wolf populations hit critical lows during the twentieth century, and finding a way for humans to co-exist with this majestic creatures is an important part of the conservation movement.

If you are generous and loyal enough to wed your fortune to that of the wolves — to the tune of $20,000 — GRRM will stab, pummel, disembowel, dismember, behead, poison, immolate, target-practice, flay, eye-gouge, moon-door, wildfire, White-Walker, or otherwise render your fictional self no longer living in an upcoming book. Buyer beware.

Unless your pockets are as deep as those of a Bravosian banker, the steep price tag of literary immortality — well, technically, mortality — may be a deterrent. But since Right Conquers Might, you can still, with Pride and Purpose and a little coin, get A Taste of Glory, saysMashable:

If you don’t have $20,000 on hand, don’t worry. Everyone who donates any amount is automatically entered to win a tour of the wolf sanctuary and take a helicopter ride with the author/murderer-of-all-hopes-and-dreams himself. Other donation tiers include signed maps of Westeros, show scripts and Martin’s own hat.

I can think of few things nerdier nobler than to stride through a pack of direwolves, discussing dragons and wearing the maester’s own hat. Plus, I hear the Game of Thrones afterworld isn’t so bad.

http://grist.org/list/for-20000-george-r-r-martin-will-kill-you-and-save-the-wolves/

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Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary

Win A Wolf Sanctuary Tour and Helicopter Ride With George R. R. Martin

http://wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org/

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Westeros Pack

http://wildspiritwolfsanctuary.org/westeros_pack.php

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Summer (GoT)

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Elephant Love And Happiness!

Elephant Nature Park

“Elephant Nature Park is a unique project set in Chiang Mai province, Northern Thailand. Established in the 1990′s our aim has always been to provide a sanctuary and rescue centre for elephants. The park is located some 60km from the city, and has provided a sanctuary for dozens of distressed elephants from all over Thailand.

Set in a natural valley, bordered by a river, and surrounded by forested mountains the area offers a timeless glimpse of rural life.”

http://www.elephantnaturepark.org/

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Published in: on June 17, 2014 at 11:29 pm  Comments (15)  

A sad Montana moment for wild bison

And what’s even sadder is the tribes are involved in the slaughter.

“This is the first time Yellowstone has turned bison over to the tribes under the slaughter agreements. According to James Holt, a Nez Perce Tribal Member and a member of BFC’s board, “It is disheartening to see tribes support these activities.”

“Buffalo were made free, and should remain so,” he said. It is painful to watch these tribal entities take such an approach to what should be the strongest advocacy and voice of protection. It is one thing to treat their own fenced herds in this manner, it is quite another to push that philosophy onto the last free-roaming herd in existence. Slaughter Agreements are not the answer.”  http://www.thewildlifenews.com/2014/02/12/yellowstone-initiates-2014-wild-bison-slaughter/

 

 

Exposing the Big Game

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For wild bison, the idyllic images of Montana being splashed across Seattle ads does not match reality, according to guest columnists Bonnie Rice and Glenn Hockett.

 

THE state of Montana has been spending big bucks in Seattle and other cities across the U.S. to entice people to visit its great state. You’ve probably seen the billboards, bus ads and store banners across town with beautiful, scenic images of Yellowstone National Park and its wildlife. Unfortunately, for one of Montana’s most recognizable animals, wild bison, this idyllic image doesn’t match reality.

Bison have been at the center of controversy this spring as they leave Yellowstone National Park in search of grass and calving grounds in Montana adjacent to the park. Instead of being allowed to roam outside the park year-round like other wildlife, bison are…

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Published in: on June 16, 2014 at 2:48 am  Comments (6)  

Happy Fathers Day!

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Father Of The Year – OR7  

Published in: on June 15, 2014 at 1:15 pm  Comments (17)  

20,000 African Elephants Wiped Out in 2013 – 68 Elephants Killed In Garamba National Park In Past Two Months

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“In this photo taken on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, Park rangers stand next to the remains of elephants that were killed by poachers in the Garamba National Park, situated in the Democratic Republic of Congo. At least 68 elephants, some 4 percent of the population of one of Africa’s oldest parks, have been slaughtered by poachers over the last two months using chain saws and helicopters, warned the non-profit group managing the park. The Johannesburg-based African Parks group said that since mid-May, the 5,000 square kilometer (1,900 square mile) Garamba National Park established in 1938 has faced an onslaught from several different bands of poachers. (AP Photo/African Parks)”

It’s all out war against the elephant, one of the most sentient creatures on earth.  They are being systematically slaughtered by poachers for their tusks and babies are being indiscriminately killed along with the adults.

“One group is shooting the elephants with rifles from a helicopter and then taking off their tusks with a chain saw. They are removing the elephants’ brains and genitals as well.

Conservationists say a thriving ivory market in Asia is helping fuel the worst poaching epidemic of African elephants in decades.”…AP

This is an international emergency!  Why is the world standing by watching this slaughter and doing nothing? This is a disgrace. The elephant population in the park has gone from 20,000 in the 1960’s to only 2000 counted in a 2012 census. I’m sure the count is much lower now since the park has lost 4% of its elephant population.

Soon the only elephants left will be in zoo’s! Where is the UN?

Poachers massacre elephants in Congo park

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — One of Africa’s oldest national parks is under attack “from all fronts,” said its director Friday after 68 elephants were slaughtered over the past two months by poachers wielding chain saws and grenades and shooting them from helicopters.

Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is under constant assault by renegade Congolese soldiers, gunmen from South Sudan and others. And this is just a slice of the carnage: international wildlife regulators say 20,000 elephants were killed just in Africa in 2013.

The Johannesburg-based African Parks group, which manages the park, said that since mid-May, the 5,000 square kilometer (1,900 square mile) Garamba National Park in Congo, which was established in 1938, has faced an onslaught from several bands of poachers who have already killed 4 percent of its elephant population.

“The situation is extremely serious,” Garamba park manger Jean-Marc Froment said in the statement. “The park is under attack on all fronts.” A 2012 census found just 2,000 elephants in Garamba Park, down from 20,000 in the 1960s.

One group is shooting the elephants with rifles from a helicopter and then taking off their tusks with a chain saw. They are removing the elephants’ brains and genitals as well.

Conservationists say a thriving ivory market in Asia is helping fuel the worst poaching epidemic of African elephants in decades.

In some cases the attacks in Garamba seem to be indiscriminate, killing baby elephants that do not yet possess the valuable ivory tusks.

African Parks, which runs seven parks in six countries in cooperation with local authorities, said the poachers include renegade elements of the Congolese army, gunmen from South Sudan, and members of the Lord’s Resistance Army, a militant rebel group whose fugitive leader Joseph Kony is an alleged war criminal.

In one skirmish with poachers, park guards had to try to protect themselves from hand grenades thrown by Southern Sudanese poachers, some wearing military uniforms.

Froment singled out in particular elements of the LRA, which is notorious for its kidnapping children and using them as soldiers, and has been active in the park. In 2009, the group attacked the park’s headquarters, killing 15 park employees and family members.

The group is known to have a presence in the heavily forested areas around the park.

A spokeswoman for African Parks, Cynthia Walley, said the heavy vegetation and large concentration of elephants in the park have made it a target for poachers who have flocked to the area, leading to the sudden escalation in attacks.

“It’s pretty well documented that Garamba is one of the few remaining places where you get these large herds of elephants,” she said. “The supply of elephants in some parts of Africa for poachers has diminished and so in areas where you are protecting elephants you become a target.”

She said that African Parks, which has run Garamba in cooperation with the Congolese parks authority since 2005, beefed up their forces in anticipation of increased poaching this year but found recent spike to be “unprecedented.”

In addition to Congolese and park forces, there are units from the United States military’s African Command supporting anti-poaching efforts on the ground, African Parks said.

In recent years, the U.N. has warned that armed groups in Africa have been turning to ivory poaching to fund their struggles. Many are also using the more sophisticated weapons that flowed from Libya after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.

The Geneva-based Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora said Friday that 20,000 elephants were killed in 2013, but the overall poaching was on the decline due to better law enforcement.

The spike in attacks on Garamba, however, suggests that poachers may just be shifting to different targets. Poaching has been down in Chad, for instance, while it has been on the rise in Central African Republic which is being wracked by a civil war.

http://news.yahoo.com/poachers-massacre-elephants-congo-park-101751904.html

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Save The Elephants

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Elephant Crisis Fund

Every 15 minutes an elephant is killed for its ivory tusks. Unless we act now, elephants face an uncertain future.

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6 ways to help elephants

With the elephant poaching epidemic in Africa running rampant — and renewed ivory lust growing worldwide — experts fear the survival of the species is at stake.
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Posted in: Endangered Species, Animal Cruelty, Activism
Tags: elephant slaughter, barbaric poachers, Asian driven Ivory trade,  save the elephant, African elephant, Garamba National Park

Endangered Baby Rhino’s Mother Butchered In Front of Him…Now Bonded To Keeper

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June 10, 2014

They shoot poachers don’t they? Well at least in Africa where rangers are battling an epidemic of poaching that’s sending some of the most endangered animals on earth, racing toward extinction.   This baby rhino watched as his mother was butchered in front of him for her horn.  Little Gertjie is so traumatized he clings to his handler for dear life.  He was found by park rangers lying by his dead mother’s side, crying  in despair.

But there wouldn’t be poachers cutting off endangered rhino horns if there wasn’t a huge demand for it in Asian markets. Shame on countries like China and Vietnam for driving the slaughter. No animal is safe in this world from the greedy hands of the most destructive creature on the planet, MAN!!

Baby Rhino Is Glued to Keeper After Seeing Poachers Kill Mother

An orphaned baby rhino has bonded with its keeper after seeing South African poachers mutilate his mother for her horn.

The animal was brought to the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center in South Africa and affectionately named Gretjie by the staff.

The poachers slaughtered his mother at the Kapama Private Game Reserve in South Africa on the night of May 7, according to the center.

By the time rangers were alerted and rushed to the scene, the poachers were gone and the rhino was dead. Next to her body, the rangers found a baby rhino refusing to leave her side, crying inconsolably, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Center officials said.

Since arriving at their sanctuary, however, the thick-skinned creature can be seen clumsily rolling down to the floor and affectionately laying his head on a female staffer’s lap.

Gertjie is adapting well to life at the facility, taking two long walks daily, although it’s a challenge to feed him, the center says. He needs to be fed every three hours. Already weighing over 242 pounds, Gretjie drinks about 1.5 liters (roughly 50 ounces) of “milk” – a mixture of fat-free milk powder, vitamins, glucose and hot water – eight times a day.

Staffers say Gretjie gets grumpy when he is hungry.

The total number of rhino poached in South Africa last year increased to 1,004, or 50 percent, from 2012, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs in the Republic of South Africa.

Rhino horns are in high demand and priced in the traditional Asian medicine market, particularly in China and Vietnam.

http://gma.yahoo.com/baby-rhino-glued-keeper-seeing-poachers-kill-mother-161041139–abc-news-topstories.html

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GERTJIE’S RHINOLOG

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Gertjie having a meal and adjusting to a new life without his mother! Baby rhinos nurse up to 18 months.

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Save The Rhino

Poaching for rhino horn

http://www.savetherhino.org/rhino_info/threats_to_rhino/poaching_for_traditional_chinese_medicine

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Posted in:  Poaching, Endangered Species

Tags: endangered baby rhino, Gertjie, poaching destroying rhino, the evils of poaching, rhino horn, Asian market demand, SAVE THE RHINO

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