Howl Across America

May 26, 2011

I want to take the opportunity to once again thank Louise du Toit for creating this amazing song for Howl Across America.

Howl Across America was launched in July 2011 to protest the brutal  Idaho and Montana wolf hunts. We continue to demand the end of wolf hunts and wolf slaughter.

Wolves in the Northern Rockies were stripped of their ESA protections in a travesty of justice when the US Senate passed a budget bill with a wolf delisting rider attached.  On a dark day, in the Spring of 2011, wolves were delivered to their enemies on a silver platter. President Obama signed the bill into law, making it the second time in just a few short years he had delisted wolves in the Northern Rockies.

  We call on the USFWS, Ken Salazar, President Obama and Congress to right this wrong and relist gray wolves before state management silences their howls forever.

Louise has been a stalwart supporter of wolves and this cause. Thank you again dear Louise.

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August 12, 2011

“The song for HOWL ACROSS AMERICA was written by Louise du Toit as a contribution to the August 2011 events, organized by NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance), Wolf Warriors, Howling For Justice and individual wolf advocates around the world, protesting against the killing of wolves. Music, lyrics, performance and recording by Louise du Toit in Greece, 2011.”

Created by members of NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance), Wolf Warriors, and Howling For Justice, HOWL ACROSS AMERICA is calling on all wolf advocates to speak up for the wolves in August 2011. Please join their page at the following link and add your voice of protest against the war on our precious wolves”….Louise Du Toit

http://www.facebook.com/HowlAcrossAmerica?ref=ts

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HOWL ACROSS AMERICA

I watch the wolves go by
It seems as if they fly
As they run across the never-ending plane

With a spirit fierce and wild
And playful like a child
They embrace the earth in sunshine, snow and rain

And we don’t have the right
To keep them from the light
To hunt them down; to let them die in pain

So speak up loud and clear
Let the whole world hear
That roaming free is how they must remain

HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
To keep the wolves alive
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
Help them to survive

The earth is full of signs
That we have crossed the lines
But we refuse to listen, see or hear

But endless tears will fall
When we will lose it all
We must stop at once to interfere

HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
To keep the wolves alive
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
Help them to survive

HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
To keep the wolves alive
HOWL ACROSS AMERICA
Help them to survive

(Music and lyrics by Louise du Toit – 11 August 2011)

Louise du Toit – CD Albums @ http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/LouiseduToit
Louise du Toit – Official Website @ http://www.louisedutoit.com

Video: Courtesy Louise du Toit

Posted in: gray wolf, Activism, Howl Across America

Tags: Louise du Toit, Howl Across America, protest, activism, stop killing wolves, NIWA, Wolf Warriors, Howling For Justice

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Howls To The Wolf Advocates Who Participated In the Vigil Tonight!!

What a beautiful photo, Courtesy Keith n Anna

Thank you everyone who participated in the vigil  for the fallen Montana/Idaho wolves, who continue to be slaughtered in the hunts.

We received wonderful responses from all over the world.  Thank you to Ann Sydow and Nancy Taylor of  NIWA who organized the vigil in Coeur d’ alene. To Arctica and Nini, Wolf Peoples’s eight month old wolf pups, who were so cute on camera. To Beckie and  Trap Free Oregon for organizing the vigil in Ashland Oregon, to Wally, to Tallulah for the vigil in Santa Barbara, to Dr. Raven, to Agnes Delanis in France to Lynne S. , Katie, Brianna,  Keith n Anna for your wonderful picture, Wazaiyata, Norma, Sandra, wolfdog, Holly C., vibeke, Iszaria, Gitte, Erika,  Sheila, Barb, Josie, Zia, Captain Sakonna, N.Parry and all the dedicated wolf advocates who lit a candle for  wolves tonight.

NIWA had great success @ their vigil in downtown Coeur d’ alene.  KREM Channel 2 Spokane, KXLY Channel 4 Spokane, The Coeur d’ alene Press and NPR covered the vigil.  More on this tomorrow and hopefully people will be posting their pictures on Howl Across America so we can compose a montage and post them here on Howling for Justice. If you don’t want your face shown on the picture we’ll white it out.  We’d like people to tell us where your picture was taken but you don’t have to include that information. Also if you have a link to any media that covered your vigil let me know so I can post that as well.

HOWLS TO ALL FOR MAKING THIS A SUCCESS.

WE’LL BE DOING IT AGAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE BECAUSE THE HUNTS CONTINUE!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

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Wolf lovers hold vigil to protest Idaho wolf hunts

http://www.kxly.com/news/30172841/detail.html

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North Idaho group holds vigil for wolves killed during hunt

http://www.krem.com/news/local/North-Idaho-group-holds-vigil-for-slain-wolves-136978788.html

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Pro-wolf vigil tonight in CDA

http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_c61ce9d0-3ae0-11e1-89ec-001871e3ce6c.html#user-comment-area

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Photo Courtesy Keith n Anna

Posted in: Wolf Wars

Tags: Candlelight Vigil, Full Wolf Moon, Fallen wolves,  NIWA, Wolf Warriors, Howling for Justice, Howl Across America, Wolf People

ACTION ALERT: Please Comment On Wyoming’s Bad Wolf Plan by Tomorrow, January 13, 2012…

“Reintroduced wolves being carried to acclimation pens, Yellowstone National Park, January, 1995”

Time is running out to comment on Wyoming’s horrific wolf  “management plan”, a euphemism for killing wolves. Please let your voice be heard and tell Wyoming what you think about their “wolf plan” that would allow unregulated killing of wolves in much of the  state.

The Plan

“Under the agreement, negotiated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials and Gov. Matt Mead, the state’s roughly 243 wolves living outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Indian Reservation could be killed on sight in all but the northwest part of the state, where they would be designated as trophy game and could only be hunted with a license.

The plan also establishes a flex zone covering northern Sublette and Lincoln counties, as well as southern Teton County, in which wolves would be protected only from Oct. 15 until the end of the following February.”

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Talking Points

•Wolves are vital to a thriving ecosystem. They keep elk healthy by culling the old, sick and weak. Having wolves on the landscape push elk and other ungulates to keep moving (ecology of fear), preventing over-browsing of young trees,  specifically ash and cottonwood along stream beds. This is called a trophic cascade.

•Wolves are accused of effecting rancher’s bottom line by preying heavily on cattle. In fact this couldn’t be further from the truth.  In 2010, Wyoming ranchers lost 37,100 cows to non-predation. Wolves were responsible for just 26 cows and 33 sheep losses, yet 40 wolves were killed in response.

•Wolves are blamed for decimating elk numbers in Wyoming. The truth is in 2010 there were 120,000 elk in the state up from 95,000 in 2009, plenty of elk by any standards. There are close to 400,000 (371, 000) elk in the tri-state area Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

•Assigning “predator status” to wolves, in 90% of the state, is essentially a death sentence for Wyoming wolves.

•Wolves in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National park will be in grave danger from this “plan”

•Wolves are an economic bonanza for the Greater Yellowstone Area or GYA. They generate 35 million annually to the area. Tourists flock from all over the world to Yellowstone,  just to get a glimpse of a wild wolf. They are the rock stars of the park. Yet Wyoming is willing jeopardize  park wolves and all wolves in the state just to please a small, vocal group of hunting and ranching interests.

•”Predator status” means wolves can be killed at any time for any reason in 90% of the state. They can be run over by ATV’s and snowmobiles or chased by these vehicles until they drop dead. They can be tortured and nobody will be the wiser, because a license won’t be needed to kill a wolf. The only requirement is the wolf killer report the killing to the state.  Sort of like being on the buddy system with no incentive to report.

•This “plan” will destroy wolf families and leave wolves unprotected from the fierce hatred of anti-wolf factions. They could suffer unimaginable torment.

•The current plan is almost identical to the one USFWS rejected for years as insufficient.  What has changed?

•Let them know you will be boycotting Wyoming, specifically Yellowstone and Grand Teton NP,  until they stop the push to exterminate wolves in the state.

• Be courteous but resolute

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From EarthJustice

Defend Protections For Wolves

Northern Rockies wolves are in peril! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently proposed to remove wolves in Wyoming from the endangered species list. This deadly proposal would allow unlimited, shoot-on-sight killing of wolves in nearly 90 percent of the state.

Under intense political pressure from Wyoming state officials, the Fish and Wildlife Service cut a deal that could hand wolf management over to the state, allowing politics—not science—to decide the fate of wolves in the region.

Independent scientists say that 2,000 to 3,000 wolves are needed for a sustainable, fully recovered population. But at the end of last year, only an estimated 1,650 wolves were living in the Northern Rockies—with just 343 wolves in Wyoming.

The federal government has spent 16 years and millions of dollars to reintroduce wolves in the West. This proposal combined with the recent congressional delisting and hunting of wolves in Idaho and Montana threatens their very survival. Help us fight back against this deadly proposal.

Take action to speak out for strong wolf protections and a plan that supports a full recovery for the species.

CLICK HERE TO COMMENT

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Send Written Comments to:

Public Comments Processing
Attn: Docket No. FWS–R6–ES–2011–0039
Division of Policy and Directives Management
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-PDM
Arlington, Virginia 22203

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Speak out for Wyoming’s wolves!!  Deadline tomorrow, January 13, 2012.

The anti-wolf forces have alerted their followers to send in their comments. Please do not let them drown out our voices.

BE HEARD!! 

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Public Comment Opposing De-Listing of Wolves in Wyoming

Friends of Animals

January 07, 201

http://www.friendsofanimals.org/news/2012/january/public-comment-oppos.html

From the Wildlife News:

Peer Review concludes that Wyoming Gray Wolf Management Plan is Deficient

By On January 12, 2012

“Soliders displaying Wolf pelt at Soda Butte Creek patrol station, Yellowstone National Park, 1905”

Photos: Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Wyoming Wolves, Howling for Justice

Tags: Unregulated killing of wolves, Wyoming, wolves threatened, Wyoming wolf delisting

Judge Molloy Upholds “Wolf Delisting Rider”! Horrible News!!

I’m away from home and have to report this terrible news. Judge Molloy upheld the “wolf delisting rider” via budget bill.

Part of the ESA died tonight along with the future of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. I can barely type this, it’s so heartbreaking.

Judge Upholds Wolf Law Passed By Congress

LEWIS & CLARK COUNTY

By The Associated Press

POSTED: 6:08 pm MDT August 3, 2011

HELENA, Mont. — A federal judge has reluctantly ruled to uphold a congressional budget provision that removed federal protections for the Northern Rockies gray wolf outside of Wyoming.
U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy says that binding precedent by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals requires him to rule against a constitutional challenge of the rider passed by Congress earlier this year.
Molloy wrote in his order Wednesday that without that precedent, he would have ruled unconstitutional the provision that strips wolves of their endangered status in Montana, Idaho and parts of Washington, Oregon and Utah.
Molloy says he believes the way Congress passed the provision undermines and disrespects the fundamental idea of the rule of law.
http://www.nbcmontana.com/news/28758626/detail.html
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Photos: Courtesy of Creative Commons
Posted in: Wolf Delisting Lawsuit, Wolf Wars, Endangered Species Act
Tags: gray wolves, Judge Molloy, wolf rider upheld, howling for justice

Howling For Justice Turns One!!

Thank you dear readers!! You’ve made this blog a success with over 200,000 hits in our first year!! 

When I started this journey it was a very dark time for wolves. They were hunted in two states and Wildlife Services was continuing to conduct “shadow wolf” hunts for agribusiness. 

Wolf advocates were stunned when the Obama administration followed in the footsteps of George Bush and stripped wolves of their ESA protections. The year that followed was the worst wolves have experienced in the Northern Rockies since their reintroduction.

The inspiration for this blog came from the iconic wolf Limpy, who was shot dead outside Daniel, Wyoming on the very day the then Bush administration delisted wolves the first time, in March 08. He died for nothing, a sad end for a stellar wolf. This blog is dedicated to his memory.

Limpy’s Story: The Life and Death of Wolf 253 

Here’s a look back at September 2009, when the hated wolf hunts began in the Northern Rockies!

Gray Wolves in the Crosshairs  9/16/09 (my first post)

Let Them Be  9/16/09

Wolf Hunt Motive Revealed: It’s All About The $$$$$!  9/16/09

2009 Gray Wolf De-Listing By Obama Administration  9/16/09

First Montana Wolf Killed in Absaroka Beartooth Wilderness Area 9/17/09

Montana Creates Website to Track Wolf Hunts  9/17/09

Boycott Idaho Potatoes In Response To Gray Wolf Hunt  9/19/09

Second Montana Wolf Killed Near Yellowstone  9/20/09

We May Have Lost The Battle But Will Likely Win the War  9/21/09

Ken Salazar, No Friend of The Gray Wolf  9/21/09

Merle Haggard No Fan Of The Cowboy  9/21/09

Idaho Wolf Hunt Celebrated By Auctioning Commemorative Tags  9/23/09

Idahoans Continue To Speak Up For Wolves  9/24/09

Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators  9/24/09

Yellowstone Wolf Pups Low Survival Rate Linked To Canine Distemper  9/24/09

In The Valley Of The Wolves:Yellowstone’s Legendary Druid Peak Pack  9/26/09

Update on Wolf Killing in Idaho and Montana Hunts  9/26/09

Stop Aerial Hunting of Alaska’s Wolves  0/27/09

Predatory Bureaucracy: The Extermination of Wolves and the Transformation of the West  9/28/09

Of Wolves and Men…….  9/29/09

Idaho Wolf Hunt….Fifteen Wolves Dead  9/29/09

Why Hunt Wolves?  9/29/09

Wolves Are Excellent Parents!  9/30/09

That was my first month of posts. I started writing at the beginning of the hunts and haven’t stopped since.

It’s been an unbelievable year, watching our beloved wolves slaughtered in the hundreds. So many stories went untold. So much death. Remember this?

Hunters Kill Two Wolves In Idaho On Opening Day

September 2, 2009 | 12:45 pm

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/outposts/2009/09/idaho-wolf-hunt.html

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Over five hundred wolves died in the Northern Rockies in 2009 and they continue to be targeted by Wildlife Services for agribusiness. 

Gray wolves remain under siege from ranching and hunting lobbies. Robbed of their wolf hunts, they are scheming and plotting, trying to find a way to undo Judge Molloy’s decision to relist wolves.

But we are here to stand with wolves, stronger every day, determined to fight on, we will never give up and never give in. May this be a better year for our wolf brethren. Onward Wolf Warriors!

For the wolves, For the wild ones,

Nabeki

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Photo: kewlwallpapers.com

Posted in: Howling for Justice

Tags: celebrating our first year, Howling for Justice, Wolf Warriors, gray wolves

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