Glacier Light And Magic Winter 09: Nabeki
Glacier National Park, Lake MacDonald, Autumn 09. Nabeki
Sunset In Glacier National Park Winter 09: Nabeki
I live in the Northern Rockies, ground zero for Wolf Wars, where wolf supporters and wolf detractors square off. I’ve been involved in wolf issues since the early nineties. Anyone who’s had the pleasure of hearing wolves howling in the wild will understand my passion. But you don’t have to live in wolf country to appreciate this important apex predator.
Sixty six MacKenzie Valley wolves from Alberta, Canada, were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park and Central Idaho in 1995 and 1996. Wolves had been absent for seventy years, they were hunted to extinction in the West and by the 1940’s the last wolf was killed. Since their reintroduction wolves WERE thriving in the Northern Rockies but wolf slaughter ensued in 2009, due to their delisting by the Obama administration. Wolves were hunted mere months after losing their ESA protections. In 2009, 500 wolves died in the Northern Rockies.
We won a major victory when wolves were relisted by Judge Molloy on August 5, 2010 but in 2011 wolves were removed from the ESA by Congress. A rider was attached to an appropriations bill by Senator Jon Tester. 81 Senators voted to delist gray wolves, including all Democrats but three. Please remember these names in 2012 and vote them out of office.
The war on wolves has waged for over a hundred years, it’s time for it to stop! We can live in harmony with the wolf if people would just take the time to educate themselves about this amazing animal and not base their thinking on urban legends or antiquated dogma BUT we must adopt a new paradigm and stop killing wolves for agribusiness.
Howling for Justice is my chance to give back to wolves by dispelling myths, educating the public and exposing the injustice perpetrated against them.
For the wolves,