MEDIA ADVISORY: MINNESOTA RALLY, PUBLIC HEARING TO FOCUS ON TRUMP PLAN TO END WOLF PROTECTION

MEDIA ADVISORY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2019

CONTACT: Dr. Maureen Hackett, Howling For Wolves, 612.250.5915 or Leslie Rosedahl, respond@howlingforwolves.org 651.353.1818

Minnesota Rally, Public Hearing to Focus on Trump Plan to End Wolf Protection

St. Paul, Minn.— Wolf advocates will rally on Tuesday in Brainerd, Minn., just before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s only public hearing on the Trump administration proposal to end federal protection for nearly all gray wolves in the lower 48 states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is providing just one public hearing and open house on its nationwide wolf delisting proposal. That hearing, on Tuesday, will be preceded by a rally for wolves featuring speakers and advocates with signs.

Dr. Maureen Hackett, founder and president of Howling For Wolves, a Minnesota-based wolf advocacy organization, said:

“Removal from the Endangered Species List means wolves will lose federal protections and states may allow senseless wolf trophy hunting, which is a death sentence and the road to extinction for the wolf. Many state officials already disregard the damage that wolf-killing has on the population, the pack structure, and the wolves’ genetic diversity. Wolves die in many ways when they lose federal protections, and these harm the long-term survival of wolves for future generations.”

What: A rally for wolves followed by a public open house and hearing, where the public can testify on the administration’s plan to end federal wolf protection.

When: Tuesday, June 25; rally at 5 p.m.; public open house from 5 – 6:30 p.m.; public hearing from 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Where: Rally at Gregory Park, 511 North 5th St., Brainerd; public open house and hearing three blocks east at Franklin Arts Center Auditorium, 1001 Kingwood St., Brainerd MN 56401

Media availability: Wolf advocates and conservation groups will be on hand to speak to the media before, during and after the event. Video and photos of the rally will also be available for media use.

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Howling For Wolves educates the public about the wild wolf to foster tolerance and to ensure the wolf’s long-term survival. Howling For Wolves opposes recreational wolf hunting and trapping and all wildlife snaring. We advocate for nonlethal prevention methods that reduce wolf-livestock conflicts and support current federal protections for the wolf. www.HowlingForWolves.org.

URGENT: ATTEND THE ONLY PUBLIC HEARING ON WOLF DELISTING IN BRAINERD, MN ON JUNE 25

PROPOSED FEDERAL WOLF DELISTING FROM ENDANGERED SPECIES PROTECTIONS: The U.S. Department of Interior extended the official comment period of their proposed rule to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the wolf to July 15, 2019. Delisting will be a death sentence for many wolves because states will implement hunting and trapping seasons.

URGENT: ATTEND THE ONLY PUBLIC HEARING ON WOLF DELISTING IN BRAINERD, MN ON JUNE 25: We are organizing buses from Duluth and Minneapolis and the wolf needs you to speak. Please use this link for more details and to sign-up to attend today. 

You can oppose the federal delisting on the Howling For Wolves TAKE ACTION website (top link). We have prepared a customizable official comment – and encourage you to add your own personal statement as well. Our system will automatically submit your comment for you.

#LiveAndLetHowl,

-Maureen Hackett, MD
President and Founder, Howling For Wolves

P.S. Come join the many wolf advocates in Brainerd, MN on June 25 to oppose wolf delisting. Please use this link for more details and to sign-up to attend today. 

Wolf Experts to Speak at Bemidji Public Library, 6/13

On Thursday, June 13th from 5 to 7 pm, two regional experts on wolves will discuss the impact of the removal of the gray wolf from the Endangered Species Act. Barry Babcock of Laporte and Robert J. Shimek of the White Earth Reservation will be talking about the removal of the gray wolf and the impacts of a possible recreational hunt season on the population of wolves in Minnesota.

Barry Babcock will speak about how the wolf has a balancing impact on Minnesota’s deer herd and act as a potential check on CWD and depredation of livestock. He is the founder of the grassroots organization Jack Pine Coalition and a regular witness on wolf issues with the legislature in conjunction with the non-profit group Howling for Wolves. He is the author of Teachers in the Forest.

Robert J. Shimek of the White Earth Indian Reservation will speak about the importance of the wolf to the Anishinaabe culture and spiritual beliefs. An expert witness, Shimek, will discuss the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Proposal on the delisting of wolves and their current status in Minnesota State Government and how legal hunting and trapping seasons will impact the future of the wolf.

Wolf Experts Find Fault in USFW Wolf Delisting Proposal

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the scientific peer reviews of its proposal to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for the gray wolf across the lower 48. The five scientists were unanimous in their criticism. The experts cite substantial errors and claim that they agency’s plan misrepresents the most current science.

Join these scientists in opposing this dangerous proposal

The scientists were selected to independently review the proposal to guarantee its accuracy and objectivity. Their unanimous disagreement with the plan shows that the science is on our side. We have until 7/15 to amplify that science by submitting public comment to the Federal Register.

Read the peer review here

Now is the time to mobilize and take action . Join the over 1.5 million people who have already used their voice to speak up for the wolf.

Public Comment Signing and Art Show in Duluth, MN

When: Saturday, May 11, 4 to 6 pm

Where: The Red Herring,  208 East 1st Street, Duluth, MN 55802

With the national public comment period on the USFWS wolf delisting proposal ending on May 14th, we are hosting another event in Duluth, MN to gather public comments and showcase wolf themed art from local Wolf Flow Artists.

Here is a statement from the artists

Wild Icon or Mere Statistic?

We wouldn’t be true wolf advocates if we didn’t acknowledge the conflict issues between humans and wolves.  We commit ourselves to being part of the solution.

We recognize it has been established that the recreational hunting and trapping of wolves does not solve the depredation dilemma.  We do know for certain that there is so much more to learn

and understand about this intelligent Apex species, the vital role it plays in our ecosystem; notably, in current times of climate crisis.

The most fascinating way of the wolf is that ironically, when the wolf is free from our imposing grip and blunt interference it naturally manages its own population while steadying and increasing the population of its prey.  If wolves begin to recover in any region, it is good overall for the health of our natural lands and other wild species of concern.

This is not the time to De-list the wolf from the ESL.  We ask you to learn more, ask questions to better understand the scope of this issue.

“If only we could match tolerance to the magnificence of this wild icon, our nation would be in a better place.”- WFA

MN House votes to end wolf hunting

FANTASTIC NEWS IN MN: Yesterday was an epic day! The Minnesota House of Representatives voted to prohibit wolf trophy hunting in Minnesota! Congratulations and thank you to everyone who reached out to their legislators – now and in the past. We know it made a difference for the vote and the wolf. See how your House member voted and our media statement here.

The wolf hunting prohibition is part of a large environment bill in the House and will be negotiated with the state Senate.

FEDERAL WOLF DELISTING: The U.S. Department of Interior continues their quest to remove Endangered Species Act protections for all wolves in the United States and is taking public comments until May 14. Delisting puts their fate in the hands of many states who could implement hunting and trapping seasons immediately. Clearly this will be a death sentence for many wolves. Howling For Wolves stands for continued federal protections to ensure the wolf’s long-term survival.

NATIONAL HEARINGS THIS WEEK:

  • Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (Republican) is holding an open, public meeting to hear comments on the proposed delisting. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services staff will be there, along with many local decision-makers. The event is from 10 AM to 1 PM this Friday, May 3, at Hudson House Grand Hotel, 1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI, which is very near the Twin Cities, Minnesota. There will be a short presentation, and then the audience will have an opportunity to make statements. This is not a question/answer forum. Please attend if you can and make a short comment against the delisting.
  • Wolf supporters are holding a public hearing on the delisting in Sacramento, California this Thursday, May 2. Details are available here.
  • Wolf supporters are holding a public hearing in Portland, Oregon on Monday, May 6. Details are on their Facebook page here. 

You can oppose the federal delisting on the Howling For Wolves TAKE ACTION website (top link). We have prepared a customizable comment – and encourage you to add your own personal statement as well. Our system will automatically submit your comment for you. If you’re a business owner, please add your name to this group letter opposing federal wolf delisting.

Congratulations on a great win in Minnesota.

Epic Vote Tomorrow to Stop Wolf Hunting in MN

We can stop wolf hunting in Minnesota. The first step is a vote by the Minnesota House of Representatives and that will happen as early as tomorrow.  The wolf needs your action today to ask your state lawmaker to vote yes on a floor amendment to stop wolf hunting in Minnesota.

This epic vote will happen as soon as tomorrow (Tuesday, April 30). Our bill to stop wolf hunting (HF 1327) will be offered as an amendment to the MN House Omnibus Environment Bill by Representative Peter Fischer. There are also plans to offer an amendment to require written permission for trapping on private land in Minnesota.

Will you persuade your lawmaker to vote yes on the floor amendment to stop wolf hunting? The wolf truly needs your voice and your typing now. Use our website action where you can (and should) add your own comment www.howlingforwolves.org/takeaction or directly here

It took us years to get to this vote and it is here now. Think about what passing this legislation will say to the Governor and Lt. Governor? We think passing an amendment to stop wolf hunting will change the conversation for the better if and when the DNR seeks to reinstate the wolf hunt currently in state statute.

New lawmakers elected in 2018 need more persuasion, and pro-wolf veteran lawmakers need to know we have their back as they fight for the wolf. So please give the wolf a little more of your time and take an action at www.howlingforwolves.org/takeaction or directly here.

UPCOMING EVENT: Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (Republican) is holding an open, public meeting to hear comments from Wisconsin residents on the proposed delisting.

Last month the Department of Interior proposed to remove Endangered Species Act protections for all wolves in the United States. Delisting puts their fate in the hands of many states who could implement hunting and trapping seasons immediately. Clearly this will be a death sentence for many wolves. Howling For Wolves stands for continued federal protections to ensure the wolf’s long-term survival.

UPCOMING EVENT: Wisconsin U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (Republican) is holding an open, public meeting to hear comments from Wisconsin residents on the proposed delisting. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services staff will be there, along with many local decision-makers. The event is from 10 AM to 1 PM, Friday, May 3, at Hudson House Grand Hotel, 1616 Crest View Drive, Hudson, WI.  There will be a short presentation, and then the audience will have an opportunity to make statements. This is not a question/answer forum.

The wolf needs you to send a message to Governor Johnson and our political leaders at this event. Please attend if you can and make a short comment against the delisting.

If you can’t make this forum, please consider making a comment by May 14on the delisting through the Howling For Wolves TAKE ACTION website today to oppose this delisting. We have prepared a customizable comment – and encourage you to add your own personal statement as well. The system will automatically submit your comment for you.

Thank you for your actions. Together we can protect the wolf! 

Howl For The Wolves at Half Brothers Brewing Company| 4/27 in Grand Forks, ND

Please join us at Half Brothers Brewery for some painless wolf advocacy and socializing on April 27th from 1-3!

Grab a drink & some appetizers and sign a petition, make a call, or just listen to discussion and learn about the importance of predator protection.

The vast majority of Americans want wolf protections to remain and for wolves to be treated humanely but despite this fact, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a rule to remove wolves from Federal protection of the Endangered Species Act.
So why is our advocacy important?

Because without our support, hunters and trappers will be allowed to kill wolves based on bad science, political corruption, and fear mongering while ignoring scientific evidence showing the importance of stable wolf populations.

Children are welcome to join! Please share this event and bring a friend and help us build our pack!

Half Brothers Brewing is located at 17 North Third St in the heart of downtown Grand Forks, ND.

Legislative meetings with Howling For Wolves: RSVP today for April 10

Howling For Wolves is organizing appointments with lawmakers on Wednesday, April 10 at the Capitol in St. Paul. Lawmakers need our push to remove wolf hunting from state law in Minnesota.

For more information and to RSVP for Wednesday, April 10, please click here: 

https://forms.gle/75JZuNsFCiuxFXUi6

Your RSVP is important so we can pre-make appointments with your specific state legislators. If the sign-up link doesn’t work for you or you have any questions, reach us at social@howlingforwolves.org. 

We have great momentum – hope to see you in a few weeks!