“Lords Of Nature” US Senate Project…

Recently Howling For Justice was joined by NIWA and Wolf Warriors , to complete the substantial project of sending  “Lords of Nature; Life in a Land of Great Predators” to 75 Senators in Washington DC.  This excellent documentary, which illustrates the essential role that wolves play in a healthy ecosystem, was produced by Greenfire productions of Oregon.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to Maggie and the other wonderful volunteers who delivered Lords of Nature and our “Wolf Truth Letter”, to the Senate today.

We sincerely appreciate all the people who helped with this project behind the scenes; some that we have never even met!

We are grateful for the opportunity to send this very important message to Washington on behalf of the wolves of the Northern Rockies. Today both Budget bills have been defeated, our timing turned out to be perfect.

Now Senators have an opportunity to watch the ground breaking documentary, Lords of Nature, which so beautifully outlines the vital role wolves play in nature. We hope Senators gain a better understanding of the importance of apex predators, like the wolf.

Wolves do not belong in budget bills. We have to ensure that whatever version of the budget the Senate adopts, delisting wolves will not be part it.


Photo: Courtesy Lords of Nature

Posted in: Endangered Species Act, biodiversity

Tags: Lords of Nature, Senate, “Wolf Truth Letter”. Biodiversity, Trophic Cascades, gray wolf

Wolf Recovery Sought Across US…Please Support This Plan!!

I’m reposting this because I think it’s the future of wolf recovery in this country. Wolves must be allowed to reclaim their historical home range, not be boxed in by brutal state management plans. USFWS should scrap the outdated wolf plan and give serious consideration to the Center For Biological Diversity national wolf plan!!  We have to take the lead on this people. Start writing USFWS, in support of this plan. It’s the only thing that makes sense for wolves.


For Immediate Release, July 20, 2010

Contact:  Michael Robinson, (575) 534-0360

Wolf Recovery Sought Across Country: West Coast, New England, Colorado and Great Plains

Silver City, N.M.— Gray wolves should be recovered in multiple, connected populations throughout the United States, according to a scientific petition filed today by the Center for Biological Diversity with Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The petition asks for development of a national recovery plan for the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act to establish wolf populations in suitable habitat in the Pacific Northwest, California, Great Basin, southern Rocky Mountains, Great Plains and New England.

“Existing recovery plans for wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains and upper Midwest are out of date and apply to a small fraction of the wolf’s historic range,” said the Center’s Michael Robinson. “It’s time to develop a national recovery plan to facilitate true recovery of the gray wolf.”

Currently, gray wolf populations are limited to the northern Rocky Mountains, western Great Lakes and Southwest, which makes up less than 5 percent of their historic range. In part, this reflects the fact that the gray wolf has never had a national recovery plan, though it has been listed in the entire conterminous United States since 1978. Instead, individual recovery plans have been developed for only the three areas that now harbor populations. These plans were developed in the late 1970s and 1980s and are now outdated. Besides failing to recognize that wolves can be recovered to other areas, the plans set population goals well below what are now considered necessary for population health and survival. In the northern Rocky Mountains, for example, the recovery plan only called for 30 breeding pairs, split between three subpopulations.

“Small, isolated wolf populations are a recipe for extinction,” said Robinson. “Science teaches us that we need far more wolves that range across a much wider swath of the continent than the current minimalistic approach.”

The Center’s petition starts a process in which the Fish and Wildlife Service must make a determination on whether to develop such a recovery plan based on the science in the petition and the requirements of the law. The Endangered Species Act requires recovery of endangered animals and plants throughout all significant portions of their range.

“Wolves are an engine of evolution,” said Robinson. “They help feed bears, eagles and wolverines with the leftovers from their kills; they help pronghorn antelope and even foxes survive by controlling coyotes. A continent-wide approach to wolf recovery is necessary both to save the wolf and to restore ecosystems across the United States.”



Finally someone is calling for a national wolf recovery plan. I think the Center is seizing the opportunity to propose true wolf recovery in this country. 

If Judge Molloy relists the Northern Rockies wolf population there will be a chance to rewrite the rules and wolves would no longer be under state controlled death sentences, following outdated management plans.  This is the only hope for wolves to make a full and complete recovery in America. 

I applaud the Center for their bold plan!! 

Read the full petition submitted to the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar and Rowan Gould, Acting Director, USFWS.

Petition to the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for  Development of a Recovery Plan for the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) in the Conterminous United States Outside of the Southwest.


Take Action For Wolves, Support This Plan!!



Photo: Courtesy Tambako the Jaguar Flickr

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, Positive wolf news, Wolf Recovery

Tags: bold wolf recovery plan, gray wolf, biodiversity, Lords of Nature

Run Wolf Warrior Run

July 18, 2010

Run, wolf warrior, to ends eternal
Through the wreckage of the death of the day
Scent of silence under starlight spinning
A captured beast within a human skin

Are you searching for long lost landscapes
Lit by flowers and crystal cascades?
Where the lamb lies down with the lion
Where the wolf is one with the wild

Run, wolf warrior, through kingdoms’ chaos
Senseless cities and ghost towns towering
Howl, O hunter, though few know you’re crying
Face upturned into that midnight moon

Are you hunting for mystic mountains
Where the air is like liquid laughter?
Where the beasts inherit the earth
Where the last again will be first

Run, wolf warrior, to hide your hunger
The rain will wash away the pains of the day
In your eyes there are cold fires burning
Tongues of flame that can never be tamed

Are you running from Man’s delusion
Majestic madness and your exclusion
To where the lamb lies down with the lion?

Are you running down ancient pathways
Through this dark and deserted land
To where man is once more a child?

Are you running to freedom’s fortress
By the side of wide open seas
Where the wolf is one with the wild?

Run, run, run…

Run, run, run, run, run, run on, run on through the rain…

Vocal: Joyce
Music: Yoko Kanno
Words: Chris Mosdell

Photo: Courtesy kewl wallpapers

Video: Wolf’s Rain

Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, Wolf Wars

Tags: anime, wolf warriors, Lords of Nature, gray wolves

Published in: on July 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm  Comments (22)  
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Lessons From The Wolf

Wolves may be “unwitting restoration biologists” states Jim Robbins, a freelance  journalist out of Helena, Montana.

He explains the positive effects wolves have on the ecosystem. Playing russian roulette with wolves’ lives only serves to marginalize this vital apex predator.

Wolves can work their magic outside of Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, if only wildlife managers would allow them to live in peace, instead of killing them to please two, small interest groups.

If only……

Lessons from the Wolf
Several scrawny cottonwood trees do not usually generate much excitement in the world of ecology. But on a wind-whipped August afternoon in Yellowstone National Park’s Lamar Valley, William J. Ripple, a professor of botany at Oregon State University, stands next to a 12-foot-high cottonwood tree and is quietly ecstatic.

“You can see the terminal bud scars,” the bespectacled Ripple says, bending the limber tree over to show lines that mark a year’s growth o f a foot or more on the broom-handle-size trunk. “

You can see that elk haven’t browsed it this year, didn’t browse it last year and, in fact, haven’t browsed it since 1998.”

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Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, biodiversity

Tags: “Lords of Nature”, appreciating wolves, wolves and trophic cascades

Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators

Lords of Nature is a ground breaking documentary filmed by Karen and Ralf Meyer of Greenfire Productions. It explores the importance of apex predators in shaping healthy ecosystems. 
Please visit http://lordsofnature.org where you can purchase the DVD and find a screening in your area. 
This enlightening video is for anyone interested in educating themselves and others on the role apex predators play in our natural world.  The current climate of intolerance is not acceptable.  We must find better ways to co-exist with the wolf, grizzly bear and mountain lion to assure that future generations will benefit from their presence in our wild-lands and forests.


Categories: biodiversity, gray wolf/canis lupus,  grizzly bear  

Tags: gray wolf, biodiversity, wolf recovery, Lords of Nature

Published in: on September 23, 2009 at 11:13 pm  Comments (5)  
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