Biologists work to separate wolf fact from fiction

From the Gillette News Record:

“Those who say wolves are responsible for the decline in elk populations are missing the big picture, Smith said. Bears and mountain lions also eat wolves, but food abundance or shortage, in ebb and flow patterns on the landscape, affect the populations more than any predator, Smith said.

“Humans,” he said, “are the leading cause of wolf mortality everywhere.”

Smith said he is surprised how many wolves get hit by cars.”

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PRESS STATEMENT: NEW COOPERATIVE EFFORTS TO USE NONLETHAL METHODS NOW IN USE AND WORKING TO PREVENT CONFLICTS BETWEEN LIVESTOCK AND WOLVES

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 3, 2019

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

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New cooperative efforts to use nonlethal methods now in use and working to prevent conflicts between livestock and wolves

St. Paul, Minn.— In an effort to reduce the number of wolf conflicts with domestic animals and the number of wolves removed in response, Howling For Wolves began a partnership in mid-July, 2019 with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services (WS) for a cooperative wolf damage management effort in the state of Minnesota.

Update:

Nonlethal deterrents were deployed by WS at a location where wolves were regularly observed and heard at a rural residence within Mille Lacs County. Six young wolves were repeatedly observed within 50 yards of a family’s residence. To address the concern, WS deployed approximately a half mile of fladry and three anti-predator lights around the perimeter of the residence. Since then, the residents have not seen or heard the wolves.

Background: 

The recently established cooperative effort between APHIS WS and Howling For Wolves provided one mile of fladry which may be used in 2019 and 2020 in an attempt to reduce conflicts with wolves at a limited number of sites in Minnesota. Fladry is a line of brightly colored flags hung from a rope which may be electrified and when deployed serves as a barrier to deter predator access to areas where their presence may lead to conflicts with humans and domestic animals. Because wolves are often wary of new items in their environment, the use of such barriers may serve as a nonlethal method to reduce wolf conflicts with humans and domestic animals. Fladry may be an effective tool to deter wolves from vulnerable domestic animals or prevent wolf conflicts in areas where its use is feasible and practical.

Under this cooperative effort, WS and Howling For Wolves will be working with a limited number of livestock producers in MN who agree to initially deploy fladry as an alternative to using lethal control methods to prevent livestock predation by wolves. Howling For Wolves will provide the fladry and WS will provide the stakes and solar powered energizers for electrifying the fladry at the selected sites. The effectiveness of the fladry as a wolf deterrent will be monitored and evaluated where deployed.

Under federal Endangered Species Act protections, wolves in Minnesota and the Great Lakes region may not be harmed or killed without federal authorization. In Minnesota, wolves may be euthanized by government employees when livestock predation by wolves has been verified. In 2017, there were 89 verified wolf complaints at 76 sites in MN. In response, 199 wolves were removed by WS at those sites as part of an integrated wolf damage management program. Existing state funds are available to compensate farmers for livestock killed by wolves, provided the incident is reported and verified.

Other nonlethal prevention methods recommended to reduce wolf/livestock conflicts include alarms or scare devices, livestock protection animals, reducing attractants such as carcasses, and human presence.

Dr. Maureen Hackett, founder and president of Howling For Wolves, a Minnesota-based wolf advocacy organization, said: “While livestock losses from wolf predation are relatively low in Minnesota, reducing the losses of livestock (and wolves) is critical to helping Minnesota’s farmers, wolves, and communities co-exist and thrive.”

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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.

The mission of USDA APHIS Wildlife Services (WS) is to provide Federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist. WS conducts program delivery, research, and other activities through its Regional and State Offices, the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) and its Field Stations, as well as through its National Programs.

An Unprecedented Attack on the Endangered Species Act

Despite devastating new reports of catastrophic species loss, the USFWS just finalized regulations that would eviscerate the Endangered Species Act– our nation’s most effective law for saving imperiled wildlife from extinction. Thanks to the ESA, 99% of listed species have survived and many more have been set on a path to recovery. At a time of unprecedented global mass extinction, it is unconscionable that the administration is rolling back protections for our most imperiled species. 

The Administrations’s Extinction Plan would gravely weaken critical endangered species protections by:

  • Making it more difficult to extend protections to threatened species, delaying lifesaving action until a species’ population is so small it may be challenging or impossible to save;
  • Allowing economic factors to be analyzed when deciding if a species should be saved;
  • Making it more difficult to protect polar bears, coral reefs, and other imperiled species that are most impacted by climate change;
  • Making it easier for companies to build roads, pipelines, mines, and other industrial projects in critical habitat areas that are essential to imperiled species’ survival.

Extinction crisis

 

 

  • A 2017 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that, of 27,600 species studied, nearly one-third of species are shrinking in population numbers and territorial ranges
  • As Americans, we have a responsibility to protect our natural heritage—including wildlife—for future generations. 
  • At a time of unprecedented wildlife extinction and habitat destruction, we should be working to strengthen, not weaken, our nation’s best tool for helping to prevent extinction. 

Favor to industry

  • The only winners in this Extinction Plan to weaken endangered species protections are industries that want to develop wildlife habitat, ranging from builders and oil companies to mining companies and other extractive industries.
  • All indications are that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt was a driving force for these proposed regulatory changes. 
  • The proposed changes directly benefit many of the industries that Bernhardt had as clients while working as a lobbyist for mining companies, oil and gas companies, and powerful water users in the West. 
  • We should not jeopardize our natural heritage for the benefit of corporate polluters.  

Climate

  • The regulations would make it more difficult to protect polar bears, coral reefs, and many other species that are impacted by the effects of climate change. 
  • Human destruction of nature is eroding the world’s capacity to provide food, water and security to billions of people at such a rate that the risks posed by biodiversity loss should be considered on the same scale as those of climate change.
  • Climate change is rapidly becoming one of the most significant threats to species and biodiversity across the United States. 
  • Wildlife are already exhibiting the myriad, acute impacts of climate change in both terrestrial and marine environments; conservation strategies must begin to provide for species contending with these effects.
  • The 2018 U.N. IPCC Report on Global Warming warns of severe consequences from current warming trends for both human and natural communities—and stands in stark contrast to the Trump administration’s relentless hostility to climate change preparedness.

Wolves Might Not Be The Biggest Threat Towards Elk

From KUNC:

“Critics of wolf reintroduction in the Mountain West say the canine is the biggest threat to elk, but a new study says that’s not necessarily true.

The study looked at Yellowstone elk and found that mountain lions had the largest effect on elk behavior.

Lead researcher Michel Kohl said male cougars in particular are more efficient hunters than wolves, and elk seem to be appropriately more scared of them.”

Read the Full Story Here

HFW Official Comment on the USFWS delisting proposal

July 13, 2019

Public Comments Processing

Attn: Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0097

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Headquarters, MS: BPHC

5275 Leesburg Pike

Falls Church, VA 22041-3803

 

To Whom it May Concern,

The following are the official comments offered by Howling For Wolves regarding the proposed delisting of the gray wolf, Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2018-0097.

Howling For Wolves is a Minnesota-based wolf advocacy group that formed in 2012 to oppose wolf hunting and trapping. Our mission is to educate the public about the wild wolf and to foster tolerance and understanding while we advocate for policies that ensure the wolf’s survival for future generations. We advocate for nonlethal prevention methods to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts, and we believe more work is needed for the wolf to survive and thrive before removing federal protections. Minnesota is the only state in the Lower 48 with its original gray wolf population that never went extinct and its wolf population is vital for the recovery of the gray wolf species.

Currently, the U.S. Department of Interior is proposing to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves throughout the entire U.S. If successful, states will conduct wolf hunting and trapping seasons. In addition to rifle seasons, wolves have previously been hunted with wire snares. In Wisconsin, wolf hunting has occurred year-round, at night, and using packs of dogs. The last time gray wolves in the Great Lakes region lost federal protections, in 2012, the Minnesota State Legislature hastily authorized a wolf hunting and trapping season to occur that same year, without even conducting a population estimate to determine whether the wolf population could tolerate losing those federal protections. Howling For Wolves supports protecting the gray wolf for future generations and vigorously OPPOSES any effort to remove federal protections for the reasons outlined below.

Howling For Wolves opposes delisting the gray wolf because the consequences of doing so will result in widespread killing of wolves. This is in direct conflict with the wishes of the majority of Minnesotans and American citizens. The alleged economic benefit of delisting claimed by a few special interests should not over-rule the will of the people. The Endangered Species Act’s very existence indicates that the wolves of America are a resource for all, not a trophy hunting target for a few. Clearly, the vast majority of Minnesotans oppose trophy hunting and reckless killing which invariably will occur when protections are lost. Instead, our citizens value wolves and want them protected for future generations. This was demonstrated in a 2013 Lake Research poll, where 79 percent of Minnesotans agreed that the wolf is an asset to protect for future generations. Even a Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) online survey showed 79 percent of Minnesota residents who participate in the survey responded “no” to wolf hunting. And yet the pressure by special interests on states to hold hunts overwhelm these agencies so they hold wolf hunts despite the public opposition. Thus, the federal protections are still needed.

Howling For Wolves opposes delisting the gray wolf because doing so will betray the relationship with Native American tribes that the federal government is obliged to honor. Most Minnesotans think wolf hunting and wolf persecution is cruel and inhumane. This is particularly true for many of Minnesota’s Native American tribes who regard the wolf as a sacred animal as it fulfills a significant cultural role.  This is also true for the Ojibwe people of northern Minnesota. All Ojibwe tribes in Minnesota have forbidden wolf hunting and have designated their lands as wolf sanctuaries. For the Ojibwe people, killing wolves is egregiously disrespectful.

Wolves in Minnesota should not be hunted for trophies out of respect for Native American beliefs. Hunting has occurred in every state where wolves were delisted, and will happen again if this delisting proposal becomes the rule. As part of its responsibility to Native American populations (as the Bureau of Indian Affairs is a division of the USFWS), the federal government should not delist the gray wolf.

Howling For Wolves opposes delisting the gray wolf because the reckless killing that has invariably occurred – and will occur again – will threaten the survival of the species in direct contradiction of the intent of the Endangered Species Act. Human killing of wolves disrupts wolf packs, creating unstable and unpredictable effects such as increased wolf-livestock conflicts. Wolf killing causes more pack member deaths beyond the actual wolf killed because the affected pack becomes fractured and cannot survive. The massive loss of social and genetic diversity by a recreational wolf hunting season cannot be overstated. The wolf depends on her pack to survive. They hunt animals that are much larger, and they require an entire pack to succeed. A wolf pack has one litter of pups per year and the entire pack raises the pups. Still, nearly half of all wolf pups die. In fact, the population estimates in Minnesota decreased by 25% after the first wolf hunt in 2012, and have not yet returned to 1998 levels.

Howling For Wolves opposes delisting of the gray wolf because of the reckless killing that would inevitably occur, leading to harm – and possibly irreparable harm – of the Minnesota forest ecosystem. Wolves are vital for a healthy forest as their presence ensures vegetation growth. Wolves are crucial to healthy habitat for all species from insects and pollinators to birds and even the moose. Without the wolf, forest habitat degrades for all species. This is why the wolf is currently being restored to Isle Royale. The forest is alive when the wolf is ecologically present. Scientists are among the first to push for restoration of the wolf to the Isle Royale National Park: there are still many benefits from the presence of wolves to be studied.

Howling For Wolves opposes delisting of the gray wolf because MN DNR population estimates indicating the wolf population has “recovered” are wildly uncertain at best, and possibly completely useless. Delisting of wolves is often justified by those in favor of it by repeating the mistaken belief that “we already have too many wolves.” These misinformed individuals cite the figure of 1600 wolves as the maximum that should be allowed to exist. This is not a maximum: it is the minimum number of wolves needed in Minnesota to provide some chance for survival of the species.

To make matters worse, the very system used by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) to estimate the wolf population is fraught with over-simplified assumptions, outdated methodology, and a consistent bias in the analysis that results in an over-estimate of the population.

The population numbers published by MN DNR each year are not based upon an actual count of wolves. Instead, the agency relies on a simple three-term equation to theoretically calculate their numbers.  The population of actual wolves upon which the “pack size” term of the simple equation model is based only number about 140. Yet the calculated population is on the order of 2500, with a wide range of uncertainty of plus or minus 700 wolves. Stated another way, over 90% of the wolves reported in the population estimate are the result of calculations, not observations. This method is susceptible to error and dramatic changes in the outcome with different assumptions or small changes in some variables, particularly the “pack territory” term. These findings are based upon a detailed statistical analysis undertaken by Howling For Wolves and performed by Elite Research, LLC, a statistical analysis firm based in Texas. The analysis also shows that better estimation techniques are available according to current scientific literature. Applying these better methods would result in a smaller population estimate in every case examined and suggests that the confidence implied by MN DNR’s use of these estimates for management purposes is vastly overstated. The MN DNR’s population estimates are 10% calculation, 20% extrapolation, and 70% speculation.

In the last two years, Howling For Wolves has also discovered that the input information for MN DNR population estimates is even less reliable than thought at the time of the aforementioned statistical analysis. For the last two years, large percentages of the wolves that were used as the basis for the “pack territory” term of the extrapolation have either gone missing or died. In 2017-2018, 4 collared wolves were marked “???,” 7 marked “mortality,” 10 marked “missing,” 4 marked “failed/dropped.” That’s 48% out of 52 collared individuals that are the basis for the calculation, leaving 27 actual wolves upon which an inflated population of 2655 wolves was based, a mere 1% real wolves and 99% theoretical wolves.  In 2016-2017, 13 collared wolves were marked “mortality,” and 13 “missing” or “dropped.” That’s 49% out of 53 collared individuals, leading to a similar situation where the population estimate is based upon an actual wolf count amounting to, at best, a few percent of the total estimated wolf population.

Howling For Wolves opposes delisting of the gray wolf because the killing that will occur after delisting will destroy wildlife that provide an economic benefit to the State. Delisting will produce a net detriment to the economy, making the alleged economic basis for the proposed rule invalid. Having a state habitat with the wolf also creates significant economic value in Minnesota. A 1996 study showed the economic boost from wolves was $33 million per year just for Ely, Minnesota. Further, a 2011 United State Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) report highlights that Minnesotans spent $621 million on wildlife viewing. The wolf offers Minnesota an opportunity to distinguish our state as a home to a true wilderness. In fact, Howling For Wolves garnered international attention with people from as far away as New Zealand signing letters asking to stop the first wolf hunts.

Minnesota can be known as a wolf tolerant state and attract international tourists. The wolf is unique to our state and having the original population that never went extinct is a testament to our wild lands.  A trophy hunter can kill a wolf just once. Multiple visitors to Minnesota’s wild areas can hear a wolf howl or see one running over the ice many times, each time bringing the state an economic benefit.

Howling For Wolves opposes delisting of the gray wolf because the reckless killing that has invariably occurred will NOT benefit farming and ranching operations. Instead, it will make matters worse. Recreational wolf hunting and trapping is touted as a tool to decrease wolf-livestock conflicts. Yet, killing wolves, either in a recreational hunt or for livestock conflict, causes unstable packs of younger wolves. A December 2014 scientific study by Weilgus of Washington State University, found killing up to 25% of a wolf population resulted in increased predations on livestock the following year. When this happens, more wolves are killed, and the cycle does not stop until so many wolves die that they are no longer reproducing – a certain death spiral for the species. This effect has been proven in the data provided by the USDA Animal and Plant Health Information Services office located in northern Minnesota. Reported wolf-livestock conflict complaints increased after the first wolf hunting season. This impact on farming operations due to wolf killing has been well documented in multiple studies.

Howling For Wolves opposes delisting of the gray wolf because killing wolves will not improve matters and wolf predation is NOT economically significant in spite of claims to the contrary. Any economic loss can be reimbursed through State and Federal programs. These programs WILL END IMMEDIATELY if the wolf is delisted. In Minnesota, wolf-livestock conflicts are low. In 2017, there were 89 verified complaints of wolves at 76 sites in the state. Out of this, 76 calves/cattle were verified to be killed by wolves. Reimbursement is available for losses that can be verified as resulting from wolf predation. For the past two years and hopefully continuing, funding has been available through a pilot program from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture for farmers to purchase prevention methods including livestock guard animals, fladry, fencing, and other deterrents. This pilot project has earned the support of the agricultural community and now makes Minnesota eligible for federal matching dollars.

Howling For Wolves opposes delisting of the gray wolf because the killing that will occur after protections are removed will threaten the species’ survival, in very much the same scenario that threatened the bald eagle – our NATIONAL SYMBOL.  Rather than delist the wolf and then scramble to repair the damage as was the case with the eagle, wolves should not be delisted. The proponents of eliminating federal protections for the gray wolf justify their position by claiming significant economic harm and depicting the wolf as an evil predator that must be killed when and wherever possible. Most Americans believe quite the opposite. The abundance of artwork, promotional materials, T-shirt, hats, mugs, books, and even commercial use of the wolf (such as the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball team) all show that the wolf is regarded as a valuable national resource. The wolf is as much a part of the American spirit as the bald eagle, another critically endangered species saved by the Endangered Species Act. Even following the eagle’s removal from the Endangered Species List, an additional federal law was needed to prevent hunting the eagle after delisting. Fortunately for the eagle, the public’s attitude toward hunting eagles has shifted, but that additional protection is still needed to ensure the eagle will survive as a species. Today, the wolf faces a more hostile environment, even while under federal protection. The wolf must be protected by the Endangered Species Act until anti-wolf sentiments can evolve and “catch up” to the majority of American attitudes.

The people of Minnesota have made it clear, repeatedly, that they value the wolf as an asset that must be protected for future generations. As a representative of the vast majority of Minnesotans on this issue, we respectfully demand that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service immediately abandon any plans to delist the gray wolf.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Maureen Hackett, MD

Founder and President of Howling For Wolves

PRESS RELEASE: NONLETHAL METHODS TO PREVENT CONFLICTS BETWEEN LIVESTOCK AND WOLVES AVAILABLE THROUGH COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HOWLING FOR WOLVES AND USDA

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 12, 2019

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

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Nonlethal methods to prevent conflicts between livestock and wolves available through cooperative relationship between Howling For Wolves and USDA

St. Paul, Minn.— In an effort to reduce the number of wolf conflicts with livestock and the number of wolves killed in response, Howling For Wolves has recently partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Wildlife Services (WS) for a cooperative wildlife damage management partnership program in the state of Minnesota.

Dr. Maureen Hackett, founder and president of Howling For Wolves, a Minnesota-based wolf advocacy organization, said: “While livestock losses from wolf predation are relatively low in Minnesota, reducing the losses of livestock (and wolves) is critical to helping Minnesota’s farmers, wolves, and communities co-exist and thrive.”

Howling For Wolves has provided one mile of fladry which will be used in 2019 and 2020 in an attempt to reduce conflicts with wolves at a limited number of sites in Minnesota. Fladry is a line of brightly colored flags hung from a rope which may be electrified and when deployed serves as a barrier to deter predator access to areas used by livestock. Because wolves are often wary of new items in their environment, the use of such barriers may prevent livestock losses to wolves and serve as a nonlethal method to reduce wolf/livestock conflicts. Fladry has been an increasingly popular tool to deter wolves from vulnerable livestock in areas where its use is feasible and practical.

Under this cooperative effort, WS and Howling For Wolves will be working with a limited number of livestock producers in MN who agree to deploy fladry as an alternative to using lethal control methods to prevent livestock predation by wolves. Howling For Wolves will provide the fladry and WS will provide the stakes and solar powered energizers for electrifying the fladry at the selected sites. The effectiveness of the fladry as a wolf deterrent will be monitored and evaluated where deployed.

Under federal Endangered Species Act protections, wolves in Minnesota and the Great Lakes region may not be harmed or killed without federal authorization. In Minnesota, wolves may be euthanized by government employees when livestock predation by wolves has been verified. In 2017, there were 89 verified wolf complaints at 76 sites in MN. In response, 199 wolves were removed by WS at those sites as part of an integrated wolf damage management program. Existing state funds are available to compensate farmers for livestock killed by wolves, provided the incident is reported and verified.

Other nonlethal prevention methods recommended to reduce wolf/livestock conflicts include alarms or scare devices, livestock protection animals, reducing attractants such as carcasses, and human presence.

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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.

The mission of USDA APHIS Wildlife Services (WS) is to provide Federal leadership and expertise to resolve wildlife conflicts to allow people and wildlife to coexist. WS conducts program delivery, research, and other activities through its Regional and State Offices, the National Wildlife Research Center (NWRC) and its Field Stations, as well as through its National Programs.

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.