…including California, Alaska and British Columbia. Speak for Wolves is an annual wildlife advocacy conference in the heart of Yellowstone at West Yellowstone, Montana • July 26-28, 2018
Approximately 5000 gray wolves have been slaughtered across the United States, particularly in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes regions, since 2011. Political interference from Congress in certain parts of the country has prematurely stripped these native carnivores of protections afforded under the Endangered Species Act, hindering biological recovery, and resulting in state “management” that includes hunting, hounding, trapping and snaring.
Poaching is rampant in parts of the country, and aerial gunning is sometimes employed by state/federal government officials to benefit welfare ranchers and public land outfitters. Despite their resiliency, gray wolves today only occupy a very small part of their historic range, red wolves are on the brink of extinction in the wild, and the government refuses to produce an adequate recovery plan based on the best available science for mexican gray wolves.
Speak For Wolves 2018 will focus on rewilding efforts in the Pacific Northwest, including California, Alaska and British Columbia. We hope you will make plans to join us in West Yellowstone, MT. on July 26-28, 2018! Register for the event.
We are also grateful to announce that Dr. Robert Wielgus, former professor and Director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University, will be joining us for a presentation titled, Effects of hunting on cougar population, community, and landscape ecology. Rob’s program is based on the lab’s 15-year study of cougar management in the state of Washington.
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All the programming for the 5th Annual Speak for Wolves is almost complete, and we are excited to announce that Amaroq Weiss, West Coast Wolf Advocate for Center for Biological Diversity, is presenting, West Coast Wolves: Progressive Values, Regressive Policies.
Amaroq Weiss will be presenting her program at Speakf or Wolves 2018 on 27 July at 11:45am. Head over to our PROGRAM page to see who else will be speaking at this year’s event!
“Decades after the extermination of wolves in the Pacific West, Washington, Oregon and California seemed to wolf advocates to be an ecologically promising and culturally progressive terrain for the species’ return. West Coast social and political values led many to wishfully conclude that the cultural landscape would be far less contentious and infinitely more welcoming toward wolves than in the northern Rockies, Southwest and Western Great Lakes states. But wolves dispersing into the West Coast states are first arriving in the geographic parts of each state which are culturally much more like the northern Rockies, Southwest and Great Lakes states than they are like the rest of Washington, Oregon and California, and which wield disproportionately large political power.
“Ten years since the first established wolf packs were confirmed, outdated, entrenched views about predators and especially wolves have resulted in management policies and actions which are unsupported by best available science, in violation of state laws, and which cause the needless killing of wolves.
“Despite these obstacles, the vast majority of West Coast residents continue to strongly support wolf recovery, want wolves legally protected, are outraged by proposed and effected agency actions designed to appease the livestock and hunting industries, and are speaking up for wolves. On the Left Coast, opportunities exist for wolf advocates to channel public support for wolves into management policies that reflect the region’s progressive values.”
We are very excited to announce that we will be screening Project Coyote’s new film: Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs at this year’s event! The film will be shown on Thursday July 26, 2018 at the Historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, Montana. The description of the film is below:
“On any given weekend, some of America’s most iconic wildlife are massacred in wildlife killing contests, and prizes are awarded for killing the largest or most of a targeted species. Coyotes, bobcats, wolves and foxes fall prey to “hunters” as young as ten. These legally sanctioned contests ignore the critical role apex predators play in maintaining healthy ecosystems. In the groundbreaking exposé KILLING GAMES ~ Wildlife In The Crosshairs, Project Coyote brings these shadowy contests to light and uncloaks this hidden war on wildlife, inspiring viewers to call on their state and local legislators to end these brutal contests where wild animals become living targets.
Project Coyote founder and executive director (and director and producer of KILLING GAMES) Camilla Fox and Project Coyote Science Advisor David Parsons will discuss how wildlife killing contests are symptomatic of a larger issue of predator mismanagement by state and federal wildlife agencies for social canids (wolves and coyotes) to illuminate both the problems and their solutions. We will examine what can be done to press for a paradigm shift in how we coexist with large carnivores in North America.”
Stay tuned for more details about this year’s Speak for Wolves conference.