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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have great momentum – hope to see you in a few weeks!
While testimony time is limited, we invite you to attend the hearing on Wednesday, March 27 at 9:45 AM in Room 200 of the Minnesota State Office Building in St. Paul. Through your presence in the audience, we can show great statewide support for the wolf which will influence lawmakers to push this bill forward this session.
With the U.S. Department of Interior’s proposal to remove Endangered Species Act protections for all wolves in the United States, states could implement hunting and trapping seasons immediately. This is our chance to remove the hunt from Minnesota state law.
If you know you’re attending, please RSVP through this weblink and we will follow up. However, RSVP is not required.
Lawmakers need your push to stop wolf hunting in Minnesota.
Together we can protect the wolf!
ALL UNITED STATES RESIDENTS: The U.S. Department of Interior has recently proposed delisting and removing federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves, which would again allow state-organized wolf trophy hunting. We have prepared pre-written and customizable comments that are submitted directly into the regulations.gov comment site on this proposed rule. Click here to take action and comment to oppose delisting.
MINNESOTA RESIDENTS: In addition federal delisting comment to the proposed rule (link above), we need Minnesota residents to oppose wolf hunting in our state through your personalized comments to Governor Walz and state legislators. If the wolf is delisted, there WILL be a push to have wolf hunting and trapping (even using wired neck snares!). We need to oppose this now! We have prepared pre-written, customizable letters. These are purposely short – and we strongly encourage you to add your own personal thoughts so legislators won’t think these are “robo” letters. The system easily identifies your legislators based on your address – it is very easy and efficient. Minnesota residents, please take both actions! Click here to take action and email Gov. Walz and your specific legislators to support the wolf.
It is very important add your voice! Thank you!!
Wolf trophy hunting was described as sustainable and even acceptable by Dan Stark, a specialist in large carnivores for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, in the March 13 article “Wolves again in cross hairs.”
Stark never mentioned several important facts that are vital to this conversation.
DNR estimates of the wolf population are woefully inaccurate, and the method fatally flawed. The DNR has not, and does not, count wolves: It uses collared wolves to estimate a pack territory size and an average number of wolves per pack. It then guesses at a “total” number of wolves. That is bad enough, but about half of the collared wolves — upon which this flawed model depends — have been found dead, have gone missing or have had their collars malfunction during the past two years of population reports.
Additionally, Stark did not state how estimates dropped by 25 percent after the first hunting and trapping season of 2012. In fact, the DNR even reported this to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and wolf numbers have not returned to pre-hunt levels. In one season, the DNR wiped out 30 years of conservation efforts and funding and brought wolf numbers to nearly 1988 levels.
Most important, we have no understanding of wolf genetic diversity and what the wolf can tolerate in order to survive for future generations.
It is time the DNR stop discussions about wolf hunting and instead work toward protecting wolves for future generations.
MAUREEN HACKETT, HOPKINS, MN
The writer is president and founder of Howling For Wolves