OR7 The Journey – World Premiere – Sunday May 25, 2014!

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‘OR7 – The Journey’,  is a mesmerizing new documentary film about one adventurous young wolf, from Northeast Oregon, who struck out for new country and ended up making history.

While the reasons behind the radio-collared wolf OR7’s extensive journey were most likely humble and based on instincts alone, the moment he stepped into the state of California, in the fall of 2011, OR-7 became a worldwide celebrity. He’s the first wild wolf known to make tracks in California in almost 90 years.

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This amazing story has been recreated for the big screen by accomplished Oregon filmmaker, Clemens Schenk. While initially intrigued by this one wolf’s story, researching  the film led the producer to discover issues and social attitudes negatively impacting all wild wolves in the U.S. Exposing the shameful way American wildlife agencies are treating wild wolves became a driving force behind the movie. While telling the story of this captivating wolf’s journey, the film is interspersed with thought-provoking interviews and information that will shake the status quo of so-called “wolf management” in America.

OR7 – The Journey promises to be a treat for the eyes that will touch your heart and soul as well. Order your tickets for the world premiere of ‘OR-7 -The Journey’ in Portland, Oregon, on Sunday, May 25th, here:

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Starring in the film is Niwa, a captive-born ambassador wolf, named after the wolf advocacy group, the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, which also goes by “NIWA.” Clemens Schenk visited the Wolf People wolf education center in Northern Idaho three times throughout 2013,  to spend time filming Niwa running free in a five acre enclosure at the Wolf People compound. Niwa is a big, sociable, fun-loving wolf with a heart of gold, and he had no trouble at all charming Clemens into picking him as the star! Niwa’s petite and princess-like mate, Maiah, has a few cameo moments in the film, as do the rambunctious young Wolf People pups, Mahaway and Cuan.

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Wolf People of Cocolalla is the exclusive dealer of the official OR7-The Journey tee shirts and other souvenirs. Check out the Wolf People online  store at http://www.wolfpeople.com/wolfstore/search.php?mode=search&page=1 to order your own OR7 tee-shirt today!

http://www.wolfpeople.com/index.php
http://www.or7themovie.com/

Howls To OR7,

Ann Sydow

Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance

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Photos: Courtesy Ann Sydow

Posted in: gray wolf, OR7

Tags: OR7 – The Journey, Clemens Schenk, NIWA, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, Wolf People of Cocolalla, Ann Sydow, World Premiere Sunday May 25, 2014, Ratty and the Watchers

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Wolf Rally – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho (August 30, 2012)

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Published on Sep 13, 2012 by

“One year after wolves lost federal protection, over 40% of the wolf population has been killed by trophy hunters and trappers in Idaho and Montana. A total of 545 wolves were killed for fun in these two Northern Rocky states. Watch this video to learn more about wolves and help stop the war on wildlife.

“Watch the story of Bella, a husky who lost her leg in a snare that was set in Idaho by a trapper from Wildlife Services at this link:”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MxMlQA3V6A0&feature=relmfu

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Special thanks to Predator Defense, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Footloose Montana and all dedicated wolf advocates who made this rally a success. The rally was well covered by the media and made the Los Angeles Times, my good friend Ann Sydow (NIWA) was mentioned in the LA Times article.

It’s our hope this video, produced by Brooks Fahy of Predator Defense, will inspire you to hold your own rally in defense of wolves. They need our voices to save them from brutal state kill/management. While I type this wolves are being bow hunted in Montana and stalked in Idaho. In Montana an 83 pound male wolf was killed outside of Glacier National Park in the North Fork of the Flathead, arrowed to death. It made the front page of the Hungry Horse News ( a weekly Montana newspaper in the Flathead Valley.)

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C-Falls bowhunter takes wolf

Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 8:15 am By CHRIS PETERSON Hungry Horse News |

http://www.flatheadnewsgroup.com/hungryhorsenews/article_464a30b6-fce4-11e1-9b89-0019bb2963f4.html

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Our wolves have been hijacked for blood sport. The wolf reintroduction has turned from a success story into a nightmare, thanks to the Obama Administration, his rancher Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and the US Senate Democrats, led by Harry Reid D-Nevada. They sold wolves out in the Northern Rockies to boost Sen. Jon Tester D-MT chances of re-election and hold onto their slim Senate majority.

During the contentious budget battle of Spring 2011,  Senator Tester slipped a wolf delisting rider, that prohibits judicial review, into a must pass budget bill. Every Senate Democrat voted for it save three, Wyden, Leahy and Levin.  The very same Democrats who pretend to be  supporters of the ESA weakened it, by stripping wolves of their Endangered Species protections and turning them over to hostile state management, all for a few votes.

To add insult to injury the USFWS under the Obama administration delisted wolves in the Great Lakes (Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin). Minnesota and Wisconsin immediately planned wolf hunts for 2012/2013 but the Wisconsin hunt was challenged in court. Judge Anderson granted an injunction to stop the hunt because Wisconsin wanted to allow hunters to use up to six dogs to hunt to wolves to their deaths.  A Michigan state representative has introduced legislation to allowing wolf hunting. This is the dire situation wolves find themselves in. Wyoming is planning to allow wolves to be shot-on- sight in 80% of the state,  as of October 1, 2012 but faces legal challenges from two coalitions of environmental groups.

Please remember on November 6, 2012 what the US Senate Democrats did to betray wolves. If your Senator is not Wyden, Leahy or Levin  vote them out of office.  We cannot allow politicians to play fast and loose with our wildlife.

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Wolves not endangered in Rockies? Activists arm for fight

By Kim Murphy

September 4, 2012, 5:38 p.m

On Aug. 30, activists held a rally in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, to memorialize the more than 540 wolves killed in Idaho and Montana wolf hunts since the species was removed from the endangered list in those states in 2011. Last year’s tally in Idaho alone was 379 wolves — not counting wolves killed by government wildlife agents seeking to prevent livestock predations.

“Of the 379 wolves killed in last year’s hunt, 40 were puppies, 56 suffered in leg-hold traps before being killed, and another 67 choked to death in snares,” Ann Sydow of the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, one of six organizations sponsoring the rally, said in a statement.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-wyoming-wolves-20120904,0,2035222.story 

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Video: Courtesy Brooks Fahy

Photo: Courtesy Hungry Horse News

Tags: Wolf Rally Coeur d’Alene Idaho, Predator Defense, NIWA, Friends of the Clearwater, Footloose Montana, trapping, wolf slaughter, Hungry Horse News,  Montana wolf hunt, Idaho wolf hunt

ALERT: Coeur d’ alene Wolf Rally and Memorial, Thursday, August 30, 2012

UPDATE: August 31, 2012

The rally was a tremendous  success!!  Between 80 and 100 people attended, with many wonderful speakers. Bella the Husky, who lost her leg to a trap brought a tear to everyone’s eye.  Thanks to everyone who attended.  This was the largest wolf rally crowd by far!!

Please keep our beloved wolves in your thoughts and prayers, the wolf hunt in Idaho started yesterday and Montana’s wolf /witch hunt begins  September 1, 2012 with wolf archery. Wolf families will be arrowed to death by black-hearted trophy hunters, who take pleasure in killing innocent animals.

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“Wolves Belong: Stop the Slaughter”

Rally & Memorial  set for  Thursday, August 30 in
Coeur d’Alene’s Fort Sherman/City Park, 3:30  to 7:30pm Pacific time

For Immediate Release

August 22, 2012
Contacts: Catherine Feher , Predator Defense 
Brett Haverstick, Friends of the Clearwater 
Ann Sydow, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance 

COEUR D’ALENE, ID. — A rally honoring the 379 wolves killed in Idaho, during the 2011-2012 wolf hunt, is set for Thursday August 30, 3:30 – 7:30pm at Fort Sherman/Coeur d’Alene City Park.  The rally will feature live music, guest speakers, a ceremony honoring wolves killed,  information tables,  and a trap-release workshop put on by Footloose Montana, aimed at educating citizens on how to identify traps/snares, and if necessary, how to release a pet from a trap.

Over 500 wolves have been killed in Idaho/Montana since the species was delisted via legislative rider from the Endangered Species List in 2011. The 2012-2013 wolf hunt on public lands in Idaho begins the same day of the rally. Hunting on private lands in the Panhandle region of Idaho has been occurring since July 1, making it a year ‘round hunt in some areas.

“It’s time to end fairy tale fantasies. Science clearly shows that healthy populations of wolves and other predator species are critical for a healthy environment,” said Brooks Fahy, Executive Director of Predator Defense. “The shooting, trapping, snaring and torture of wolves must stop. The slaughter of wolves in Idaho is being driven by a fanatical blood lust that has no place in modern wildlife management.”

Many conservationists in the Northern Rockies feel that the Obama administration has failed in their duties to protect the iconic species.

“Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar has utterly failed in his duties to keep federally endangered species like wolves from the blood-thirsty hands of our state fish and game agencies. What is happening in Idaho and Montana is about to happen in Wyoming. A lack of federal leadership and foresight is leading to a killing floor for wolves”, said Brett Haverstick, Education & Outreach Director for Friends of the Clearwater.

According to the 2011 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Progress report issued by Idaho Fish & Game and the Nez Perce tribe, there were 746 wolves in the state of Idaho last December.

“Of the 379 wolves killed in last year’s hunt, 40 were puppies, 56 suffered in leg-hold traps before being killed, and another 67 choked to death in snares,” said Ann Sydow with the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance (NIWA). “Special interest groups refuse to share their hunting grounds and their grazing allotments, even in publicly owned National Forests.”

Predator Defense, Friends of the Clearwater, Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Footloose Montana and Center for Biological
Diversity are co-sponsoring the event.

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From Boise Weekly

Event to Honor Slain Idaho Wolves

POSTED BY GEORGE PRENTICE ON TUE, AUG 28, 2012 AT 9:50 AM

http://www.boiseweekly.com/CityDesk/archives/2012/08/28/event-to-honor-slain-idaho-wolves

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

Easter At Wolf People….

Wolf People’s wolves went on an egg hunt, well kinda, sorta…lol.  Here they are sniffing, analyzing and tearing their eggs to shreds. Hanta Yo looks particularly upset with his egg.

HANTA YO

“I think Hanta expected to be given a steak treat on today’s Easter Tour @ Wolf People, not an Easter Egg!”

“Hanta inspects further… ”  “And decides to attack the egg anyway!”

HANTA YO and his soul mate LEGACY

 Legacy:  “I am much too much of a princess to eat that!”

 or  “If i act uninterested, maybe he’ll leave one for me…” 

NIWA

Niwa is a Timber wolf, age 3 (and the nicest wolf i have ever met ;D)  He is the “pack clown”  … always doing something funny.  Named “Niwa” because he is the mascot for the Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance, who advocates for his relatives in the wild.

 “Now if i roll this just right it will drop into my water bucket…”

MAIAH

She is 1/2 Arctic 1/2 Timber Wolf , just turning 5 years old

“Hey…what’s this? Niwa left something uneaten? Unbelieveable!”

These are ambassador wolves that people see up close, inspiring them to want to help wolves in the wild. Having the wolves gives us the opportunity to educate the public about them.  We take the wolves to schools and events for educational outreach and  schools tour the Wolf People facility.

 Wolf People’s wolves are often photographed and filmed , including two Australian documentaries and National Geographic.

Wolf People has been educating the public about wolves since 1993.

Ann Sydow (Co-Chair Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance)

P.O. Box 246 

Cocolalla, ID  83813

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Wolf Comments: Courtesy Ann Sydow

Wolf Photos: Courtesy Ann Sydow

Easter Eggs and Easter Bunny Photos: Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Wolf People Logo Courtesy of WP (Nancy Taylor)

Posted in: Gray Wolves

Tags: Easter, Wolf People, NIWA, MAIAH, LEGACY, HANTA YO, beautiful wolves, Nancy Taylor, Ann Sydow

Published in: on April 8, 2012 at 5:21 am  Comments (17)  
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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

NIWA Holds Howl Across America Rally in Spirit Lake, Idaho

This is what Howl Across America is all about. NIWA (Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance) held a pro-wolf rally in Spirit Lake, Idaho where Governor Otter was “meeting with constituents”.

They brought wolf ambassadors NIWA and Maya from Wolf People. The wolves  represented their species with grace and beauty, even though it looked like the Governor wished he was miles away from them.

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Wolf snaps up spotlight

Protestors, citizens come out for Gov. Otter’s visit to Spirit Lake

Posted: Thursday, September 1, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 1:35 am, Fri Sep 2, 2011. By TOM HASSLINGER/Staff writer

SPIRIT LAKE – The two sides stood apart in the drizzling rain, one holding signs protesting Idaho’s second wolf hunt, the other the state’s governor, about to honor Spirit Lake residents Rod and Nancy Erickson.

“He doesn’t want to talk to us,” said Bill Ross, one of 12 members from the wolf advocacy and education group, Wolf People, out of Cocolalla, who made the trip to Spirit Lake to protest the wolf season during Gov. Butch Otter’s Capital For a Day celebration. “He wants to avoid us like the plague.”

A few feet away from the demonstration, which included two caged wolves that licked their handlers’ hands, stood Otter, fielding questions about his position on wolf management.

READ MORE: http://www.cdapress.com/news/local_news/article_8d27110f-a5c1-5456-af06-9652ba474a2e.html

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Wolf advocates in North Idaho protest against grey wolf hunts

http://www.krem.com/news/local/Wolf-advocates-in-North-Idaho-protest-against-grey-wolf-hunts-128849008.html

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Video: Howl Across America

Photo: Courtesy JEROME A. POLLOS/Press

Posted in: Howl Across America, Howling For Justice

Tags: NIWA, Howl Across America, NIWA and Maya wolf, stop killing wolves, peaceful protests, brutal wolf hunts, Idaho, Montana, wolf persecution

RED ALERT: From The Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance (NIWA)

I’m re-posting the NIWA ALERT because Howling For Justice is part of the newly formed coalition between pro-wolf groups to prevent any meddling or weakening of the ESA.   

Gray wolves are still in danger of losing their ESA protections. This is a grave threat, not only for wolves but for any species protected under the ESA.

We must remain vigilant until this Congress convenes. Then it will start all over again in January with the new Congress, unfortunately.

NIWA website: http://www.niwa.us/

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RED ALERT: From The Northern Idaho Wolf Alliance

A few days ago, Interior Salazar Secretary assured 3 western governors that the Obama administration would help get the bills passed in the next two weeks.

This bill would circumvent the Endangered Species Act (ESA), & remove wolves from it’s protection.It would set a dangerous precedent, by, for the first time, removing an animal from the ESL for political, not scientific reasons. No animal that hunters, ranchers and anti-wildlife forces dislike would ever be safe again.The immediate consequences would be wolf-hunting seasons in Idaho, Montana, & Wyoming, as well as wolf exterminations by the US Wildlife Service.

Almost half of the wolves recently brought back from extinction would be killed, thus reducing them to a remnant, token population, unable to fulfill their biological role in our forests and subjecting them to their possible second extinction. 

We are asking you to take 3 actions:

1. Contact pro-environmental Congressmen on the House Committee on Natural Resources, listed below, and ask them to oppose this legislation.

2. Forward it to people who care about wolves.

3. Network with local pro-wildlife organizations & ask them to get on board in this effort (big ones like Defenders of Wildlife, NRDC, etc are already working on it)

Here are important talking points:

• Rather than decimating livestock, wolves are responsible for less than 1% of depredation.

• Rather than reducing elk populations, elk numbers have increased since wolf re-introduction to over one million in the Northern Rockies.

• Scientific studies show that wolves have positive effects on forest health.

• This bill would set a dangerous precedent, subjecting other species in the future to political rather than scientific scrutiny to delist them.Thank you for your efforts. Together, we can successfully defend the wolves.

Nancy Taylor, Co-Chair

Ann Sydow, Co-Chair & Newsletter Editor

Ken Fischman, Vice-Chair

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You can:

(1) Call,

(2) FAX, or

(3) click on the Representatives’ email

Committee on Natural Resources:

Rahall, Nick – (D – WV), Chair
(304) 522 6425 Huntington office
(304) 529 5716 fax
eMail –http://www.rahall.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=91&sectiontree=91

Hinchey, Maurice – (D – NY)
(845) 331 4466 Kingston office
(202) 226 0774 fax

DeFazio, Peter – (D – OR)
(541) 465 6732 Eugene office
(541) 465 6458 fax
eMail – https://forms.house.gov/defazio/IMA/contact.html

Grijalva, Raul M. – (D – AZ)
(520) 622 6788 Tucson office
(520) 622 0198 fax
eMail –
http://grijalva.house.gov/index.cfm?sectionid=49&sectiontree=2%2C49

Miller, George – (D- CA)
(925) 602 1880 Concord office
(925) 674 0983 fax
eMail –
https://georgemiller.house.gov/contact/email-me.shtml

Committee on Natural Resources, Sub-Committee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife

Bordallo, Madeleine Z. (D – Guam), Chair
(202) 225 1188 Washington, D.C. office
(202) 226 0341 fax
eMail – http://www.house.gov/bordallo/contact.shtml

 

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Posted in: Wolf Wars, Action Alerts

Tags: NIWA, Assault on the ESA, gray wolf, take action

Published in: on December 8, 2010 at 2:09 am  Comments (5)  
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