The Intent Upon Killing Wolves for Trophy on Public Lands is Exploitation

The War On Wolves Continues. Wolf advocates we must make our voices heard. By Alex Krevitz, M.A. Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin Science Editor

In recent years state and federal natural resource agencies have targeted grey wolves Canis lupus, for elimination.  Scientific organizations and reputable non governmental wildlife organizations have had their peer reviewed scientific research eschewed by policy makers.   Individual scientists have had aspersions cast upon their professional legitimacy for questioning wolf management policies.

The purveyors of the anti wolf misinformation have been affiliated with groups associated with extractive industries, agricultural interests and trophy hunting. Their goal has been a mission to depict wolves as wanton killers of deer and livestock. Their interests have been served by legislators whose campaigns they have funded.  Cases before the Supreme Court of the U.S. such as Citizens United and Montana Copper Kings have infused those who seek to exploit public land for private gain often at the expense of wildlife with a source of revenue with which to influence policy makers.  Fortunately, the judiciary on several occasions have restored protections to wolves. Justices have characterized the fervent and scientifically unfounded war on wolves as “arbitrary” and “irresponsible.”

Historically, over decades, Americans, in polls and on ballot initiatives,  have expressed strong support for banning wolf hunting and protecting public lands. Surreptitious attempts by extractive industries and ranchers to devastate these lands for personal gain have met with massive and vocal public opposition and some plans have been stopped or delayed.

Miraculously, persistent communications to legislators by wolf advocates resulted in the species continued protection. Numerous NGOs and grass roots activists update each other and the public on legislative maneuvers and upcoming votes. Countering large well funded and experienced entities determined to remove wolves from Endangered Species protections is an ongoing task. Certain members of Congress with hitherto positive environmental records have capitulated to their well funded cohorts with opposing agendas.

The current Interior Secretary has elevated the trophy hunting and mineral extraction as top priorities of his department. He has faced skepticism and criticism from scientists, the conservation community and the public. Naturalists at all levels  have been appalled by this single minded focus on transforming the Interior Department into  a safe haven for those intent upon killing trophy animals and exploiting natural resources on public lands as  primary objectives.

Once a species had been extirpated there is no return. The cumulative effects of killing, border walls and habitat destruction is terminal.

So the fight goes on to advocate for our wildlife who cannot protest in their own right.  To protect our sacrosanct and irreplaceable natural resources; It is imperative that severe exploitation actions be publicized, and that those who advocate for these destruction be held accountable.

We must  make our voices heard as individuals through the media, petitions, at public meetings, using our informed communications networks to rally support. We must all vote. America’s natural resources, including wolves, were protected in the past due to public support.  It is incumbent upon all of us to provide that same support for wildlife and wildlands now.

Alex Krevitz,  M.A.

Science Editor

Action Alert: Stop the War on Wolves Act 

Senators from Midwest introduce bill to strip protections from endangered gray wolves. The legislation would stop citizens right to challenge this legislation in a court of law. There are currently two bills in congress that call to delist the wolf in three states, S. 164 (Senate) introduced on 01/17/2017 by Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and H.R. 424 (House of Representatives) introduced on 01/10/2017 by Representative Collin C. Peterson (D-MN).

The legislation would further strip citizens of the right to challenge these lethal programs in court. ~Earthjustice 

The War on Wolves Act would turn management of wolves back over to states that are clearly hostile to wolves. The state of Wisconsin’s wolf management plans include; Out of all the states that hunt wolves, only Wisconsin allows hound hunters to use unleashed packs of dogs to hunt wolves. Wisconsin, quite literally, throws “dogs to the wolves.”  Source   Wyoming’s wolf management plans include; In Wyoming, this would allow the state to resume a hostile management program that allowed for unlimited shoot-on-sight killing of wolves across 85 percent of the state.  Source

Take action to stop the War on Wolves Act by calling your members of congress 

Tips on Calling Your Member of Congress

When you dial 202-224-3121 you are directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard. This switchboard can direct you to both senators as well as representatives.
Once the operator answers, ask to be connected to whomever you are trying to reach. They will send you to your senator’s or representative’s office line, and a legislative assistant will answer the phone.
It is important to let them know why you are calling and what issue you are calling about. You will sometimes be able to speak directly to your senator or representative, but more often you will speak to a staff person in the member’s office. This person keeps track of how many people called and their positions on issues, and provides a summary to the member. Be assured that your call does count, even if you are not able to speak directly to your senator or representative.
It is usually most effective to call your own senators and representatives, as each is primarily concerned with residents from his or her district. However, you may occasionally find it useful to call other members, if they are on a certain committee or in a particular position to help get a bill passed.
*Although you may find it easiest to always call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reach your senators or representative, you can also find the direct number to any member’s office by consulting the Senate Phone List or House Phone List.


More information on the War on Wolves Act:

It’s all carefully crafted propaganda to make the wolf look bad
Lawmakers renew war on wolves HSUS
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So many have stepped forward for wolves..


There is a community of wolf advocates from across Wisconsin and the nation coming together to work for wolves. This warms the heart ❤️ and gives hope for the future. We are together as one large body ready to fight the War on Wolves. Anti wolf politicians, lacking core values; are striking at the heart of the environmental movement. But we are there Standing on the moral high ground to defend the earth; wilderness, wolves and wildlife.


Keep fighting on!

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin 



Urgent Action Needed to Stop Anti-wolf and Wildlife Legislation in the U. S. House Being Voted on Today.

Today, February 25, 2016, The Share Act (Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement (SHARE) Act of 2015 (H.R. 2406)) is being voted on in the U. S. House of Representatives today.  This bill would return wolf management back into states that cannot be trusted to manage an endangered species like the iconic wolf. 

It’s important that you contact Your U. S. House member right now. You can call this morning (you can call the Congressional switchboard at 202-225-3121 and be connected with the office of your U.S. Representative) (Source: HSUS)

The following is from Wayne Pacelle’s blog. Read on:

It is imperative that lawmakers hear from you this morning or by early afternoon. Here are some provisions coming up in this bill.


An amendment from Rep. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin would subvert two federal court rulings and cherry-pick gray wolves for removal from the federal list of endangered species for purely political reasons. When wolves were delisted in 2012, 20 percent of their Wisconsin population was wiped out in just one hunting season, including 17 entire family units. In a three-year period, more than 1,500 wolves were killed in the Great Lakes states alone. The federal courts put a stop to this reckless mistreatment and slaughter of wolves, and politicians shouldn’t undercut judicial review of delisting actions. We are urging House members to oppose the Ribble amendment, since it would lead to the slaughter of more than 1,000 wolves in the states of Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, many with baiting, hound hunting, and painful leghold traps. [to read Wayne Pacelle’s full blog click HERE]

 

This photograph of a Wisconsin wolf was taken by outdoor writer and citizen volunteer wolf tracker Steve Meurett.

 
Please make the call now to stop the war on Wisconsin’s iconic and endangered wolf. 

Take Action- There are two anti-wolf bills in the senate.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) introduced an amendment  that would remove wolves from federal Endangered Species Act protections in four states and no judicial review.  This is the second anti-wolf bill to be introduced in the senate. The first is the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act.  Both of these bills call for delisting wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming.  Anti-wolf special interest, trophy hunt clubs backed by big money, have been fighting to delist wolves in these four states ever since a federal judge placed wolves back on the endangered species list on December 19, 2014.

It’s time to take action to stop the attacks on the endangered species act. 

Contact your U.S. members in the senate and ask them to oppose delisting of wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming. Trophy hunting is about power not conservation! Take action to protect our endangered species! 

Use this easy form, Democracy.io to contact your U.S. representatives in the senate.

Big money special interests push their anti wolf and environment policies in congress against the will of the American public, read on:

Wisconsin Voters Support Protecting Wolves by 8 to 1 Margin (2013) and public opinion surveys demonstrate that Minnesotans clearly value their wolves. Michigan voters reject wolf hunting.  In Wyoming, the state ordered wolves shot on sight. It was no small wonder that a Judge restores protections to wolves in Wyoming. These four states proved they could not manage an endangered species such as wolves. 

Take action today to stop extinction! Stop trophy hunts on endangered and threatened species! 

For more information on how to stop the wolf delisting legislation contact the following organizations.

Humane Society of the United States
Center for Biological Diversity 
Born Free USA
Defenders of Wildlife
Earthjustice 
For wolf education, wolf awareness and wolf advocacy go to the following blogs and Facebook sites.

Canis Lupus 101
Living with Wolves
Campaign for Yellowstone’s Wolves
Protecting Yellowstone Wolves
Wolves and Writing 
Rick Lamplugh’s blog
California Wolf Center
Oregon Wild
Wolves of the Rockies
Keep Michigan Wolves Protected
Howling for Wolves
Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin 

Medicine of the Wolf 


Information on anti-wolf and environment legislation go to the following links.

January 20, 2016 Senate Committee Passes Anti-Wildlife Package with Poison Pills, Strips Wolves of Federal Protections 
SENATE SPORTSMEN’S BILL TAKES AIM AT WOLVES 

Second Senate bill has wolf delisting amendment 

{Featured image ‘Wolves’ is from Living with Wolves website}

  

A new amendment on the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act would remove wolves from federal protections in four states.

Take action for wolves in the Great Lakes Region and Wyoming. Wolf advocates must focus all their efforts on stopping the new ammendment that would remove federal protections in four states, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming.  If this ammendment passes wolf hunts in these states will resume again. 

Out of all the states that hunt wolves, only Wisconsin allows hound hunters to use unleashed packs of dogs to hunt wolves. Wisconsin, quite literally, throws “dogs to the wolves.”  (Source)

Young wolf killed in Wisconsin’s third wolf hunt. Wisconsin is the only state that allows unregulated wolf hound hunting.

Minnesota and Wyomng states were no better at protecting an endangered species just of the list. Minnesota used snares to trap wolves that quite literally strangled them. Wyoming ordered wolves shot on site.

“This is yet another special-interest driven attack on gray wolves that will lead to the vicious and cruel slaughter of thousands of these magnificent animals,” Brett Hartl, endangered species policy director at the Center for Biological Diversity, said in a press release. “The American people know that the gray wolf is still just beginning to recover in places like the West Coast, southern Rockies and New England. Without healthy populations in Wyoming and the Great Lakes, this recovery will not happen.” (Source)

The following is what the Humane Society of the United States said about the ammendment attached to the Sportsman’s bill in a press release:

Just last month, Congress rejected a rider to the end-of-year spending bill that would have removed Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in the Great Lakes states and Wyoming. Today, the committee adopted by voice vote an amendment by Senator Barrasso, R-WY, to accomplish the same. This proposal would both subvert judicial processes and undermine the ESA, one of our nation’s bedrock environmental laws. When wolves were delisted in 2012, 20 percent of the Wisconsin population was wiped out in three hunting seasons, including 17 entire family units. In a three year period, more than 1,500 wolves were killed in the Great Lakes states alone. It is clear that federal oversight is necessary to provide adequate protections for gray wolves as required by the ESA. (Source)

Take action for wolves in the Great Lakes Region and Wyoming.

Action Alert – for wolves in the Great Lakes and Wyoming states: Senate panel backs bill to drop wolf protections
Take the poll: Should wolves be protected by the Endangered Species Act?

Wolf advocates must focus all their efforts on stopping the new ammendment that would remove federal protections in four states, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and Wyoming. If this ammendment passes wolf hunts in these states will resume again.  ~Rachel Tilseth 

For more information: 

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin
Humane Society of the United States
Center for Biological Diversity
Born Free USA
Keep Michigan Wolves Protected
Howling for Wolves