Wisconsin’s northern and central forests are home to 955 gray wolves. Wisconsin is one of about a dozen states in the country with a wild gray wolf population. Gray wolves, also referred to as timber wolves, are the largest wild members of the dog family. Wolves are social animals, living in family groups or packs. A wolf’s territory may cover 20-80 square miles, which is about one tenth the size of an average Wisconsin county. WDNR Website about wolves
The following video clip was shot in July 2017. When we got out of the vehicle a Raven began to talk to us.
The gray wolf in the western Great Lakes region is currently on the Federal Endangered Species List. This listing status limits the state of Wisconsin’s management authority including the authority to hold a trophy hunts on wolves.
Photograph by Rachel Tilseth 03/04/18. Gray wolf travels down gravel road in northern Wisconsin.
Photograph by Rachel Tilseth 03/04/18. Lichen covered trees in northern Wisconsin.
Photograph by Rachel Tilseth 03/04/18. A wolf scat in the center of the gravel road. White-tailed deer hair and bones can be seen in this wolf scat.
Photograph by Rachel Tilseth 03/04/18. Gray wolf track in mud.
Photograph by Rachel Tilseth 03/04/18. There are gravel roads in wolf habitat spanning up to nine miles with little or no signs of human development.
I filmed this video clip two summers ago.
Featured photograph by Rachel Tilseth 03/04/18 in wolf county.
…Snare Trap is a device concealed underground and baited with tantalizing attractive scents capable of causing great suffering for its victims. A male Timber wolf in northern Minnesota became the latest victim of a snare trap. He became caught in a snare trap meant to catch and ensnare small game. The snare meant for small game, became wrapped tightly around the muzzle of the male wolf. Can we even begin to imagine the pain and suffering that occurred as a result of this man-made killing device. How could the male wolf have known the tantalizing scents concealed a land mine known as a snare trap and set in his home range. The more an unsuspecting woodland creature tries to pull out of the device, the more the noose tightens around the body part caught in the trap. Certain death from starvation became the fate of the male wolf as the noose became tightly wrapped around his mouth. Several people saw the male wolf north of Duluth Minnesota, and tried to help.
I spoke with a volunteer at Wildwoods Wildlife Rehabilitation out of Duluth, Minnesota. They said, “several people saw the wolf and tried to help him.” The Wildwood’s volunteer told me Kelly Looby was able to get within a few feet of the wolf, a photographer, even making eye contact with him. She kept following the wolf, but he seemed very wary of humans, and disappeared and reappeared several times.
Wildwoods reported the wire snare was wrapped tight around the wolf’s nose, and embedded into the nose. He clearly could not open his mouth at all. The male wolf was very thin, as was told to them by volunteer and eyewitness Kelly Looby.
“He might have been able to lick up some snow and sniff roadkill, but he had not been able to eat,” a volunteer from Wildwoods said. “He had been starving, and was a skeleton of fur and bones.”
No one knows how long the male wolf suffered. He was first sighted near Tettegouche State Park on Lake Superior’s North Shore earlier in the week, then north of the city in Duluth Saturday February 10th. Wildwoods reported they just didn’t have the equipment needed to catch him. Many people tried to catch him but he was too fast.
In the end the Duluth police made the heart wrenching decision to put him down at 2 pm Saturday afternoon. Wildwoods was able to examine the wolf. They reported that underneath his thick winter coat he was skin and bones.
“Humans caused the initial pain and suffering of this beautiful wolf by creating the snare, and in the end taking his life to end his suffering.” said Kelly Looby.
Wildwoods told me they were able to gain the equipment, a net gun, through donations after this tragedy. With this net gun they will be able to capture and treat victims of snare traps in the future.
“Snares are cruel trapping devices, causing pain, injury and death. Animals caught in snares can suffer from grotesque swelling and hemorrhaging of the head, can be hanged to death by jumping over a nearby fence or branch in a desperate attempt to escape, and can suffer from exposure, dehydration, and starvation. Snares are grossly indiscriminate, capturing any animal of the right height or size unlucky enough to pass through the snare – including pets, imperiled wildlife species, deer and raptors.” ~Melissa Tedrowe HSUS Wisconsin State Representative
In 2017, Howling For Wolves successfully passed legislation which approved funding for, and the establishment of, Wolf-Livestock Conflict Prevention grants administered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. This program allows applicants to receive reimbursement for the cost of using nonlethal methods which protect the lives of both livestock and wolves.
In 2018, with your active prescence and actions, a ban on all wildlife snaring can become law in 2018. Join us as we work to #StandAgainstSnaring, require permission to trap on private lands, and have a wolf hunt removed from the books once and for all.
We are talking to Minnesota politicians and rallying for the wolf at the State Capitol. Our goal is to protect the wolf for future generations. This is a FREE event.
Howling For Wolves supports current state legislation that would eliminate recreational snaring of all wildlife: House File 2160, authored by Representatives Fischer, Loon, Kunesh-Podein, Rosenthal, Ward, Slocum, Allen, Dehn, R., and Hornstein and its companion bill, Senate File 1447, authored by Senators Hoffman, Wiger, and Dibble.
“To look into the eyes of a wolf is to see your own soul – hope you like what you see.” ~Aldo Leopold
Photos used in this story courtesy of Kelly Looby and photo of dead wolf credited to Wildwoods.
Wolves have an amazing olfactory sense. They will blow on the bed where a White-tailed deer slept causing all the particles to flow up and into their olfactory sense. By doing this the wolf can tell if the White-tailed deer is healthy or not. A wolf can tell if the tick that fell off the White-tailed deer has puss in the blood. Wolves can tell if a White-tailed deer has a tooth infection by smelling a chewed leaf. Wolves have kept a healthy balance in the wild for centuries. Yet, the politician claims to be the best at deciding the fate of the wolf. Stand firm, speak for wolves, because we have the moral high-ground. Wolves are a part of Wisconsin’s wild legacy. They keep the White-tailed deer healthy.
Written by John E. Marriott & Photographed by John E. Marriott and Foreword by Kelly Hrudey
John E Marriott is one of Canada’s renowned wildlife photographers
In January 1997, John E. Marriott sold his first image as a professional wildlife photographer. Twenty years later, Marriott’s Tall Tales, Long Lenses chronicles his rise as one of Canada’s renowned wildlife photographers, with a storied career that has included magazine covers, best-selling books, billboards, a Royal Canadian Mint coin, a Canada Post stamp a photography column in a national publication and a conservation-themed web series.
This remarkable book recounts many of Marriott’s favourite stories and photos from his most memorable wildlife encounters in some of Canada’s spectacular locales. It’s a fascinating autobiographical account of being in the right place at exactly the right times, from his on-day love affair with a pine marten to his lifelong quest to find monstrous male grizzly bears like Frank the Tank. Marriott takes you through two decades of his tallest tales and showcases many of his unforgettable images of the animals that have inspired him to become an outspoken conservation advocate. Here’s where to order your copy today. www.wildernessprints.com
I’ve been using John E Marriott’s photographs of wolves for several years now. So it could be said that John’s photographs have helped spread education & awareness in advocating for Wisconsin’s wild wolf! ~Rachel Tilseth Founder of Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin
Rick Lamplugh’s New Book Is Here: Deep into Yellowstone: A Year’s Immersion in Grandeur and Controversy is now available. There are two ways to get your copy.
Rick Lamplugh offers, “First, I would be glad to send you a signed copy. This makes a great gift for you or some other special person. You can personalize the inscription and create a one-of-a-kind gift that will be treasured. If you want a signed copy from me,” please click this link right away: http://bit.ly/2tIEt62 Second, you can order an unsigned copy from Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tgPU3E
Here’s what pre-publication reviewers say about the book:
“Eminent naturalist and wildlife advocate Rick Lamplugh draws from a deep personal wellspring of experience and knowledge to take readers into Yellowstone’s wild heart.” Cristina Eisenberg, PhD, Chief Scientist, Earthwatch Institute, author
“…an important book that deserves to be read by everyone who cares about wildlife and wildlands.” Barbara Moritsch, author
“Lamplugh is a word artist; Yellowstone is his palette.” Julianne Baker, Yellowstone instructor
“A touch of Bill Bryson’s whimsy, a dose of Edward Abbey’s insight, and the story-telling charm of John McPhee…” John Gillespie, geologist
Here’s what the book’s about:
The year of immersion begins when my wife Mary and I trust the pull of Yellowstone; leave family, friends, and security after thirty-five years in Oregon; and relocate to Gardiner, Montana, at Yellowstone’s north gate.
As you read Deep into Yellowstone, you are right there with us as we cross-country ski, hike, bicycle, and backpack into Yellowstone’s wild grandeur. You will also learn about important controversies: the dispute over hunting park wolves along Yellowstone’s border, the debate about whether wolves help or harm the ecosystem and the local economy, the outrage over the proposed removal of grizzlies from ESA protection, the fight to stop the slaughter of park bison, the reality of overuse of the park, and the effort to stop a gold mine right on the park’s border.
I ended my year of immersion with an even stronger love for Yellowstone’s grandeur and a deeper knowledge of the controversies that threaten the park from many directions and factions. And I hope you will too. ~ Rick Lamplugh
Rick Lamplugh writes to protect wildlife and preserve wildlands. A signed copy of his new book, Deep into Yellowstone, is available from Rick at http://bit.ly/2tIEt62. The book is also on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2tgPU3E. A signed copy of his best seller In the Temple of Wolves is available from Rick at http://bit.ly/1gYghB4. It is also on Amazon at http://amzn.to/Jpea9Q.
The mission of Speak for Wolves is to create an opportunity for the American people to unite and demand wildlife management reform and restore our national heritage. On July 27-29 2017 Americans from all over the country will meet in West Yellowstone, Montana to discuss, strategize and unite in building a coalition to address the need to reform wildlife management in America. It’s time for wildlife management to integrate the science of the 21st century and the ever-changing demographics and values of our citizenry.
The status quo of wildlife management in America is broken and it needs to be fixed. Gray wolves are keystone predators that fill a crucial ecological niche across the landscape. Known throughout the scientific community as trophic cascade, wolves are apex predators whose behavior effects dozens of other species, leading to an increase in biodiversity. Soils, plant communities, other wildlife species, riparian areas and forests are all effected by the presence of wolves. www.speakforwolves.org
• 7:00pm — Panel discussion on the displacement of native wildlife by invasive livestock with:
Katie Fite, Public Lands Director, Wildlands Defense
Dan Brister, Buffalo Field Campaign
Dr. John Carter, Ecologist, Yellowstone to Uintas Connection
Dr. Zoe Hanley, graduate of Washington State University, Large Carnivore Conservation Lab
• 8:30pm — Performance by singer-songwriter and environmental activist Dana Lyons | Details
• 8:30pm — Performance by singer-songwriter and environmental activist Dana Lyons | Details
• 9:30am — Doors open
• 10:00am — Poem by Corrine Nugent-Hayes, ‘Grand Dame, To The Spirit Realm You Rise’ | Poem
• 10:10am — Book reading by author Beckie Elgin, Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7, the Oregon Wolf that Made History | Details
• 10:30am — Will Science or Politics Determine the Future of the Mexican Gray Wolf?, Michael Robinson, Conservation Advocate, Center for Biological Diversity
• 11:30am — NEPA days and lobo nights, Jean and Peter Ossorio, Citizen Activists and Mexican Gray Wolf Advocates
• 12:30pm — Lunch – Free pizza will be served
• 1:00pm — Wolf recovery in Utah and Colorado – What will it take?, Kirk Robinson, Founder and Executive Director Western Wildlife Conservancy
• 2:00pm — The Yellowstone to Uintas Connection, Jason Christensen, Director, Yellowstone to Uintas Connection
• 2:30pm — Ending the War on Wildlife: Using the Power of the Courts to Prevent the Needless Slaughter of Black Bears and Cougars in Colorado, Kelly Nokes, JD, Carnivore Advocate, Wild Earth Guardians
• 3:30pm — Recovery of Jaguars in the American Southwest, Randy Serraglio, Southwest Conservation Advocate, Center for Biological Diversity
• 4:00pm — Break
• 6:00pm — Evening Introductions
• 6:10pm — Performance by singer-songwriter and environmental activist Dana Lyons | Details
• 6:30pm — Forecasting livestock losses by wolves in Washington – Lessons from the past and opportunities for the future, Dr. Zoe Hanley, graduate Washington State University, Large Carnivore Conservation Lab
• 7:15pm — The Profanity Peak Pack: Set Up and Sold Out, Short-film by Predator Defense followed by a question and answer session with Steph Taylor, Predator Defense and Ken Cole, formerly of Western Watersheds Project
• 8:15pm — An end to grazing on federal public lands, Katie Fite, Public Lands Director, Wildlands Defense followed by a community discussion
• Field trip into Yellowstone National Park
The morning of July 28 join us for a
Book reading by author Beckie Elgin:
Journey: The Amazing Story of OR-7,
the Oregon Wolf that Made History
Join the adventures of the famous wolf OR-7, also known as Journey, as he trots across the landscape of the Pacific Northwest into territories that have not seen his kind for nearly a century! Follow this remarkable animal as he searches for, and finally finds, what he was seeking during his three-year, 4,000-mile trek. Along the way, you’ll discover fascinating facts about wolves and meet the humans that had a role in Journey’s quest. Enjoy the many photographs, maps, and sketches that help tell the tale of this courageous wolf.
July 28 at 7:15 pm The Profanity Peak Pack: Set Up and Sold Out, Short-film by Predator Defense
JULY 27 AT 8:00PM.
Dana has produced nine albums, and toured across the country and world for over thirty years. Dana’s performances have been described as, “a blend of comedy, beautiful ballads, and fascinating stories from the road. Prepare to laugh, sing, and renew your appreciation for earth we all call home.”
For complete information about speakers, supporting organizations & more got to:
The Revelator aims to be a new voice for conservation in the 21st century. The Revelator provides investigative reporting, analysis and stories at the intersection of politics, conservation, art, culture, endangered species, climate change, economics and the future of wild species, wild places and the planet. www.therevelator.org
Coming in May
About The Revelator
The Revelator, an online news and ideas initiative of the Center for Biological Diversity, provides investigative reporting, analysis and stories at the intersection of politics, conservation, art, culture, endangered species, climate change, economics and the future of wild species, wild places and the planet.
Our aim is to:
Hold politicians and corporations accountable through incisive reporting on environmental issues;
Provide in-depth and on-the-ground understanding of the day’s conservation news;
Drive and deepen the national conversation among the public, politicians, environmental groups, scientists and academics on the important environmental issues of our age;
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Wisconsin Conservation Congress’ annual spring hearings will take place throughout the state, on Monday, April 10th, 2017. There will be 72 public hearings, one in each county starting at 7:00 p.m.; where individuals interested in natural resources management have an opportunity to provide their input by non-binding vote and testimony to the Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Board and the Conservation Congress on proposed rule changes and advisory questions relating to fish and wildlife management in Wisconsin. Annual Spring Meeting of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress (WCC)
The Wisconsin Conservation Congress is not exclusive to the hunting community. The WCC welcomes the input from all individuals interested in natural resources management in the state.
County residents have the option to run for a seat on the Conservation Congress and to elect delegates from their county to represent their county views regarding natural resources on the Conservation Congress. (WCC)
Also, individuals have the opportunity to bring forth new conservation issues of a statewide nature to the attention of the Conservation Congress through the citizen resolution process. (WCC)
WI DNR beginning the process of developing a hunting season for Sandhill cranes is one of the questions to be voted on at the Wisconsin Conservation Congress Spring Hearings.
Some of the question to be voted on WCC Spring Hearing Questions are: Opening up a new zone for bear hunting in the southern part of the state. Landowners being allowed to use cable restraints to trap animals on their property year-round. Hunters being allowed to use lights to scan prior to the kill. WI DNR beginning the process of developing a hunting season for Sandhill cranes.
Should there be a bear hunt opened up in the southern part of the state?
Landowners being allowed to use cable restraints to trap animals on their property year-round is one of the questions to be voted on at the April 10th WCC spring hearings.
Please attend the WCC spring hearings to vote on the questionnaire; Opening a hunting season on Wisconsin’s Sandhill Crane population. Allowing year-round. Use of coyote cable restraints by landowners Increasing the maximum jaw spread for beaver and otter foothold traps. Allowing predator hunters to use lights to scan after dark. Adding new bear hunting zones in southern Wisconsin. Removing protections in specified wildlife areas for more hunting/trapping opportunities. Removing protections for the exotic collard dove to allow hunter harvest. Listing monk parrots as a nuisance to allow lethal removal without permission. Imposing a moratorium on DNR-issued frac-sand mining permits. Opposing the Enbridge Pipeline expansion, and Restoring state funding to state parks.
The roll of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress: The conservation congress shall be an independent organization of citizens of the state and shall serve in an advisory capacity to the natural resources board on all matters under the jurisdiction of the board. Its records, budgets, studies and surveys shall be kept and established in conjunction with the department of natural resources. Its reports shall be an independent advisory opinion of such congress (s. 15.348, Wis. Stats.)
In 1972, Governor Patrick Lucey signed legislation that legally recognized the Conservation Congress (Statute 15.348), to ensure that citizens would have a liaison between the Natural Resources Board and the Department of Natural Resources. WI DNR
When a trophy hunter or rancher kills a wolf, it can have a cascading, splintering effect, leading to the deaths of other members of the pack, particularly yearling wolves and pups. Featured image: Photo by Alamy
Approximately 59 percent of the world’s biggest mammalian carnivore species—from wolves to tigers to lions— and 60 percent of the largest herbivores, are now listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species as threatened with extinction, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. That information is at the core of a new report from dozens of scientists from six continents, published in the journal Bioscience, that details how large mammals throughout the world are facing an existential crisis. The report warns that “business as usual” will allow the declines to continue and eventually lead to the extinction of some of the world’s most iconic species.
As I’ve written in The Humane Economy, by liquidating these species for short-term gains – whether trophy hunting, bush meat, the pet trade, or animal parts for medicinal or commercial uses, along with habitat destructions and fragmentation – we are robbing present and future generations of aesthetic, emotional, and economic opportunities. The animals should be protected for their own sake, but we’d be foolish not to recognize the benefits they bring to people throughout the world, especially to communities that live among or are adjacent to these species. These animals, who often have made a last stand in national parks and other protected areas, are the draw that bring millions of people to these public lands, and jobs and revenue to rural and gateway communities.
We see that circumstance in the United States. When state officials in Alaska relentlessly kill off wolves and grizzlies, by aerial-hunting the species, they are diminishing the economic potential of their national preserves and national wildlife refuges, which can draw immense numbers of visitors who want to see the animals in the wild. The same is true when Montana and Wyoming kill wolves around Yellowstone and threaten the viability of packs. We’ve engaged in litigation for years to protect wolves in this ecosystem. When a trophy hunter or rancher kills a wolf, it can have a cascading, splintering effect, leading to the deaths of other members, particularly yearling wolves and pups.
It’s ironic that there are more than 300million Americans and only 5,000 wolves in America, and some people say that’s too many wolves. If a single town had 5,000 people, settled within a few square miles, we’d call it a small town. But if it has 5,000 wolves scattered around tens of millions of acres of federal and state lands, some people say it’s too many. We’ve gone dangerously astray and lost perspective on the issue. [click here to read full article from Wayne Pacelle’s Blog]
Conservation Scorecard shows that citizens are making a difference!
Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to electing conservation leaders, holding decision makers accountable, and encouraging lawmakers to champion conservation policies that effectively protect Wisconsin’s natural resources and public health.
“Are your legislators walking the conservation walk? Or are they just talking the talk?
Know the score! Learn how your legislators are voting on the conservation issues most important to you with the Conservation Scorecard.
How are the Scorecard votes selected?
The votes most likely to be considered for inclusion are votes that:
Present a clear choice about whether or not to protect natural resources.
Reflect a cross-section of the conservation issues addressed during the session.” Source
Only bills that are broadly agreed upon by Wisconsin’s conservation community are considered for inclusion in the Conservation Scorecard.
Who Decides Which Votes to Include? Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters takes a position on and tracks the most important conservation bills considered by the state legislature during each week of their session (see the Conservation Notices of the Week).
At the end of the legislative session, the Conservation Scorecard Advisory Council—an independent and diverse group of conservation leaders, health professionals, academics, and more—recommends which votes to include in the Scorecard. conservationvoters.org/scorecard
The Board of Directors of Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters makes the final decision of which bills to include. Decisions are made without knowledge of how individual legislators voted.
The goal of the Conservation scorecard is to provide objective, factual information about the voting records of Wisconsin’s Senators and Representatives.
The Conservation Scorecard is designed to provide voters with the information necessary to distinguish true stewards of Wisconsin’s environment from those who just talk about it.
The Conservation Scorecard is released at the conclusion of each two-year legislative session (usually in the summer of even numbered years). The Conservation Scorecard is free to members of the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters. Become a member today!