Proving Ourselves to Save the Wolf

Remote camera photo from July 21, 2013, documenting three pups in the newly formed Mt Emily pack. Photo courtesy of ODFWFinally a plan to do something to help save wolves!

Exposing the Big Game

Bold Visions by Bold Visions @ 11:16am

Stephen Capra

For some time now, many of us–me included–have bitterly complained about the current state of wolves in the West. There is plenty of blame to go around, but recently the focus has turned to the conservation community itself and the actions of groups like Defenders of Wildlife. Yet, it’s small conservation organizations like Bold Visions, which have yet to fully prove their merit in the debate over wolves.

Smaller organizations contribute to helping wolves via updates, commenting, video, rallies and determined writing on the subject.  This is not meant in any way to diminish the hard work that these groups have made. But to date, the only groups that seem to control efforts and the funding around the wolves are major groups that have wantonly compromised away wolves, in order to proceed with what they term ‘incremental change,’ which ultimately means their actions…

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  1. “The basic thought is this: we are killing wolves to appease ranchers and their powerful allies. In so doing we show no respect for ourselves (as conservationists), or the fate of wolves. We are constantly told that we must stop being so “extreme” and learn to work with our opposition for the sake of the wolf.

    This mealy-mouthed rhetoric sounds great in a corporate board room, and sounds weak and aimless outside the borders of Yellowstone and high up in the Gila. We need to become galvanized, intelligent and begin to shift the paradigm of wolf recovery.”

    Couldn’t agree more, Stephen. And I can’t wait to be part of a new coalition that will not pander to the livestock industry and compromise the lives of wolves and other wildlife away. Game on!

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    • I FIGHT FOR WOLVES CONSTANTLY,AND YES I HAVE BEEN LOOSING A LOT OF SLEEP,BUT I LOVE THEM,AND I HAVE NOT ONLY RESEARCHED THEM AND THEIR BEHAVIOR,BUT I HAVE GROWN UP AROUND WOLF DOGS,AND THEY ARE THE MOST INTELLIGENT COMPASSIONATE CREATURES,THAT MANY WILL NOT EVER HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO KNOW,ESPECIALLY IF WE ALLOW THIS SLAUGHTER TO CONTINUE.WOLVES ARE NOT INDISCRIMINATE KILLERS THAT HUNT,JUST FOR SPORT,BUT RATHER THEY HUNT FOR FOOD TO FEED THEIR FAMILIES AND THEMSELVES,MUCH AS WE DO.THEY DO NOT ATTACK HUMANS UNLESS THEY ARE SICK,OR ARE PROTECTING THEIR YOUNG.WOLVES HAVE BEEN FALSELY ACCUSED OF ATTACKING LIVE STOCK AND PETS IN AREAS WHERE THESE WOLF HUNTS HAVE BECOME COMMON.IF A HOUND IS ATTACKED,IT IS BECAUSE A WOLF IS DEFENDING ITSELF FROM BEING RIPPED TO SHREDS,,AS THESE HUNTERS HAVE TRAINED HOUNDS TO ATTACK WOLVES.I HAVE SEEN WEB SITES THAT SPREAD PROPAGANDA ABOUT WOLVES,AND POST PICTURES OF LIVE STOCK THAT HAVE HOLES IN THEM,OR HAVE BEEN CHEWED UP AND LEFT TO DIE,WOLVES HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF THESE ACTIONS,BUT THESE ACTIONS ARE NOT WOLF RELATED,AS WOLVES DO NOT HUNT IN SUCH A MANNER,WOLVES TAKE THE WEAK ,AND SICK FROM THE HERD,WHICH KEEPS THE HERD HEALTHY AND STRONG,AND THEY EAT WHAT THEY HAVE KILLED,THEY DO NOT WASTE THEIR FOOD.ANY ONE WHO BELIEVES THE ACCUSATIONS OF WOLVES NEEDLESSLY KILLING FOR SPORT AUGHT TO DO SOME RESEARCH,WOLVES DO NOT HUNT FOR SPORT!

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  2. Wrote to Pres. Obama, again:

    I, as an American citizen, request to you stop the slaughtering campaigns of our wolves that you created for political blood money and reinstate the wolf on the Endangered Species list, who was illegally removed. He is the child of the earth. He is extremely important to our Eco system. Without him, lands are over grazed because herds of elk, moose, etc do not move. They stay and graze in one spot. Deer feed on trees, kill the trees because they have not moved on either. So trees die. The rivers dry up..once again…herds do not move. Beavers, badgers, fish disappear. No water. Do you see a picture forming? A barren waste land. We need the wolf. He moves the herds, weeding out the sick and elderly, therefore, making the herds stronger. The trees have a chance to grow where song birds can once nest again and raise their families. The riverbeds are no longer dry, the herds are moving. Fish flourish, the eagles, hawks now have food for their young. The otters and beavers now have a home. The beavers build damns making for ponds and lakes and giving more wildlife a chance to thrive. The wolves hunt in packs. They do not hunt farm animals on private lands….unless some blood thirsty human has slaughtered most the pack. If only one or two wolves are left it is near impossible for them to bring down large animals. Common sense.

    The wolf is the grandfather of our family dogs. We love our dogs because they love us back, unconditionally. Our dogs are loyal, forgiving, social, lifetime companions. They didn’t learn these miraculous traits from the town library. These traits that we so love, admire and need….they learned from their ancestor….the wolf.

    Most sincerely

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    • I have to congratulate you on your excellent letter to O .

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    • What a beautiful letter! I especially love this part:

      The wolf is the grandfather of our family dogs. We love our dogs because they love us back, unconditionally. Our dogs are loyal, forgiving, social, lifetime companions. They didn’t learn these miraculous traits from the town library. These traits that we so love, admire and need….they learned from their ancestor….the wolf.

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      • Yes ida, it was amazing and finally someone has put it all in an nutshell!

        BTW, IDFG has not updated their wolf hunt numbers since September 9, this is very disturbing, what are they waiting for?

        For the wolves, For the wild ones,
        Nabeki

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  3. God bless you, sir! You have posted incredibly insightful blogs as well as composed beautiful and very intelligent letters on behalf of this greatly loved and respected species (wolves).
    I think your proposal to unify wolf advocates and form a cohesive knowledgeable force is right on! I have signed 50 petitions, written hundreds of letters and set up a web page to educate everyone I possibly can as to this continuing catastrophy and it’s war on wolves, to no evail. We must do more! Please Mr. Capra go forward with your plan, and God Speed! I offer my help in any way possible, but I am afraid my small capabilities would not serve you justice. But, when you get to the point that volunteers are needed, please know I am here.
    Again, thank you for your knowledgeable contribution, and I wish you every success with this highly worthwhile endeavor!

    Sincerely, Karen Lafountain for KEEP Wolves ALIVE @ facebook.com / Karen.lafountain13

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    • Thank you karebear, nice to hear from you and thanks for your very kind words. We need all wolf advocates to work together. I appreciate your input 🙂

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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  4. Sometimes good news from IDAHO! The City of Ketchum, ID, passes a resolution promoting cohabitation with the wolf:
    http://www.kmvt.com/news/latest/Ketchum-City-Council-Vote-on-Wolf-Resolution-275234741.html
    This is an intelligent blueprint that could applied eslewhere in many states and countries.
    I wrote an email of appreciation from my home in France to Nina Jona, Mayor of Ketchum. She thanked me and forwarded my email to the Councillors. I suggest wolf-lovers to express their appreciation and support: NJonas@KetchumIdaho.org

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    • Thanks for the update Erik!!

      For the wolves, For the wild ones,
      Nabeki

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