April 9, 2013
Common sense writing on Montana wolves, I thought it was worth sharing.
Are you listening to their howls Governor Bullock? Wolves are treasured by real Montanans who care about wild places and wilderness. Be bold! Don’t listen to the crazy rhetoric, it’s not grounded in fact.
BOLD VISIONS CONSERVATION
There was a time when I use to think politics really mattered. I remember going to a rally for Senator Eugene McCarthy, as he ran for President in 1968, in Madison Square Garden, the energy and belief could really change our nation, or so I thought.
I really believed that democrats would change our country, by the end of that year our heart had been stolen by too many bullets, to many great leader’s had fallen. I think of that today with the state of affairs in Montana, a state led by ignorance, political pandering and a Governor who fancies himself progressive.
This all comes back to our heart being stolen. In this case it’s not men that have fallen, its wolves. I have watched as Montana shared in the magical return of wolves to Yellowstone, watched as tourists have flocked from around the world, watched in Lamar Valley as you could not estimate the price of cameras in a one-mile stretch, all focused on wolves. Since President Obama sold wolves out and the Endangered Species Act on a rider that ensured another Democrat would get re-elected, Senator Jon Tester, clear thinking shows us that faith in political leaders is very overrated.
Over the past few months the Montana Legislature, seemingly some of the most ill-informed, and job destroying group of people God ever put under one roof, spent the majority of their time trying to find new ways of killing wildlife. Spear-hunting was a hot topic, yes spear-hunting. Of course, new ways to kill, more jobs. Yet, when it came to wolves and bison, this group could not have enough blood on their hands. If it was not so heartbreaking, it would be funny. Listening to Montana Game and Fish talk about “responsibly harvesting” predators, none of it with any science worth discussing.
This is a group designed to kill animals, not protect. New bills are now being introduced. to allow silencers on guns to protect the precious ears of hunters; continuing to allow dead wolf members to be used as traps set to kill the rest of the family; making licenses easier and cheaper. New non-resident permits can be had for $50.
When Governor Bullock panders to the wolf hating bunch, he opens the door to killing more beautiful animals and their family units slaughtered by ignorance and by the ego that demands reelection. If Democrats do not have the guts to stand up for wolves, [by standing up I mean vocally,] publicly, and ignore the stupidity of state Game and Fish departments, there will be shooting in the dens of newborn pups. Introduction of strong and important protections for wolves must happen now and end the shameless pain of trapping once and for all. The Governor is aware that people come from all over the world (meaning serious tourist dollars) to observe wolves.
The whining rancher scenario is a SNORE.
I believe in wolves, I love bison. I am sick and tired of Democrats that want only their reelection and refuse to acknowledge how important wildlife is to our humanity. I challenge them to causality.
It amazes me that some people can feel nothing when confronted with wild animals. For me it is so magical, such a spiritual experience. I have seen grizzlies in the wild, wolves and bison. It is a gift; there is more than enough land to share. Throughout our history we have destroyed as a means of growth for man to feel magisterial.
William Beebe said it so well, “When the last individual of a race of living things breaths no more, another heaven and earth must pass before such a one can begin again.”
I was inspired in 1968. I look forward to being inspired once again, but my Democratic party and Governors like Bullock must become inspiring, must take chances, and must become a voice for those who cannot speak.
Don’t be redundant Governor, wolves belong! Be BOLD!
Let your soul heal in the wild spirit that wolves bring to us. Amen!
Photo: Quanah Animal Edutainment
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Montana wolves
Tags: Bold Visions Conservation, Governor Steve Bullock, Montana, stop the wolf hunts, Steve Capra
Finally a victory! Today a big first step was taken to protect Minnesota’s wolves from hunts, that were thrust upon them when the USFWS delisted wolves in the Great Lakes.
“A Minnesota Senate committee approved a bill Thursday that would put a five-year moratorium on wolf hunting in Minnesota.
The Senate Environment and Energy Committee approved the measure on a seven to six vote. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Chris Eaton, DFL-Brooklyn Center, said she thinks it’s irresponsible to hunt wolves so quickly after the animal was removed from the endangered species list”….mpr news
Minnesota’s wolf plan previously included a five-year moratorium on wolf hunts if canis lupus was ever federally delisted. BUT the Minnesota legislature removed that safeguard in 2011, several months before the USFWS stripped Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota wolves from the Endangered Species List.
Soon after, just as their fellow wolf states had done before them, Minnesota rushed to hold a wolf hunt in 2012, pushed by powerful hunting and ranching interests. But wolf advocates are fighters and the battle is far from over.
This is the beginning of a push back in Minnesota, led by Howling For Wolves founder Dr. Maureen Hackett, who has been tireless in her fight to protect Minnesota’s wolves.
There is no reason to hold organized wolf hunts, hundreds of wolves are already killed each year by Wildlife Services for agribusiness. Wolf hunts are purely a money-maker for the states and serve no purpose other than to give trophy hunters another target to shoot at.
A big thank you to Howling for Wolves and bill sponsor Senator Chris Eaton for getting the ball rolling to end the unnecessary and brutal wolf hunts in Minnesota.
Now let’s get busy extending protections for the rest of the beleaguered wolf populations!
by Tom Scheck, Minnesota Public Radio
March 14, 2013
Photo: Courtesy Derek Montgomery
Posted in: Wolf Wars, Minnesota Wolves,
Tags: Senator Chris Eaton, Howling for Wolves, Maureen Hackett, restore five-year moratorium, stop the wolf hunts, wolves of Minnesota
And it’s not over yet. Idaho’s wolf hunt continues.
How many wolves have to die?
When will the brutality end?
So many wolf families destroyed, untold suffering!
Will you speak for them?
OR-16 shot dead near Lowman, Idaho
Idaho Says Make It Hurt!
Photos Courtesy: survivaltechniques101.com,AR15dotcom forbidanimalcrueltydotcom, tracksandsignsblogspot dot com, earth island journal, wikipedia commons, whitewolfpackdotcom, LA Times, Ann Sydow
Posted in: Wolf Wars
Tags: 1092 wolves killed for blood lust, wolf wars, unconscionable, stop the wolf hunts, stand up for wolves, wolf killing states, Montana, Idaho, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Minnesota, AR-15dotcom
I want to share a beautiful song by Robert Schmidt, his tribute to the suffering, majestic wolves.
This song and video was inspired by the cruel inhumane slaughter of wolves across the U.S.
Humans were created to care for the earth and it’s creatures, not kill for the sake of killing.
Thank you so much Robert! I can’t listen to goldeneyes without tears welling up.
Please share Robert’s moving ode to the wolves far and wide!
For the wolves, For the wild ones,
Photo: Courtesy of Ann Sydow and Wolf People
Posted in: gray wolf/canis lupus, Wolf Wars
Tags: Robert Schmidt, goldeneyes, tribute to wolves, wolf hunts, beauty of wolves, stop the wolf hunts!