PRESS RELEASE: Department of Interior Officially Proposes to Remove Endangered Species Act Protections For the Wolf

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2019

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

Department of Interior officially proposes to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the wolf; Statement from Howling For Wolves

 (St. Paul, Minn.) – Today the Acting Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, officially announced a proposed rule to administratively delist and remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves, which would allow for state management. The proposed rule will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow, and a 60-day public comment period will follow before a final rule is made.

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

“The battle to protect the wolf began when they were first listed as endangered in 1974. Since then, efforts by the Department of Interior to remove these protections have occurred continuously because the agency is under constant pressure to delist wolves so special interests can develop land and extract resources without concern for an endangered species.

This proposal to remove federal protections for the wolf would allow unfettered wolf killing including wolf trophy hunting. We oppose removal of federal protections for the wolf.”

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Howling For Wolves President and Founder Maureen Hackett is available via phone, or Board Member Joe Wolf in person, for individual media interviews to highlight:

  • What this federal action means for the gray wolf in Minnesota
  • Ongoing wolf and wildlife legislation under consideration at the Minnesota State Legislature
  • The potential of a future state-organized wolf trophy hunt in Minnesota.

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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.

PRESS RELEASE: STATEMENT FROM HOWLING FOR WOLVES CONDEMNING THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR’S PROPOSED PLAN TO REMOVE FEDERAL ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT PROTECTIONS FOR WOLVES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 6, 2019

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

Statement from Howling For Wolves condemning the Department of Interior’s proposed plan to remove federal Endangered Species Act protections for wolves

 (St. Paul, Minn.) – Today the Acting Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will soon propose a new rule to administratively delist and remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves. This would allow for state management of wolves. The USFWS will publish their proposed rule in the Federal Register in the coming days, and a public comment period will follow.

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

“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 will 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 this harms the long-term survival of wolves for future generations.”

MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Howling For Wolves President and Founder Maureen Hackett is available via phone, or Board Member Joe Wolf in person, for individual media interviews to highlight:

  • What this federal action means for the gray wolf in Minnesota
  • Ongoing wolf and wildlife legislation under consideration at the Minnesota State Legislature
  • The potential of a future state-organized wolf trophy hunt in Minnesota.

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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.

Wild for Wolves Meet and Greet at Lake Monster Brewing

On March 5th from 7 to 9 pm, visit Lake Monster Brewing to meet with local pack-tivist to learn about the status of the wolf and how you can take action to protect the wolf as the USFWS readies to propose the removal of federal protections under the Endangered Species Act of this great species.

Howling For Wolves is working alongside the Endangered Species Coalition and the Center for Biological Diversity in a national effort to proactively protect the gray wolf and gather public comment in opposition of delisting.

If you would like to join a Twin Cities Wolf Pack advocacy group and learn more about how you can proactively join our efforts to collect signatures, email our Projects Manager at devon@howlingforwolves.org

Wild Heritage: 12 Things Dogs and Wolves Have in Common

From YourDogAdvisor.com:

“Hollywood often portrays wolves as dangerous, mysterious animals, but truthfully they have more in common with our beloved dogs than most people realize. Both are beautiful, intelligent, and complex creatures, and both are worthy of our respect.”


Click here for the full article

Wild for Wolves Meet and Greet at Brewed Awakenings

On March 4th from 230 to 530 pm, visit Brewed Awakenings in Grand Rapids to meet with local pack-tivist to learn about the status of the wolf and how you can take action to protect the wolf as the USFWS readies to propose the removal of federal protections under the Endangered Species Act of this great species.

Howling For Wolves is working alongside the Endangered Species Coalition and the Center for Biological Diversity in a national effort to proactively protect the gray wolf and gather public comment in opposition of delisting.

If you would like to join the Grand Rapids Wolf Pack and learn more about how you can proactively join our efforts to collect signatures, email our Projects Manager at devon@howlingforwolves.org

Brewed Awakenings provides organic, farm-to-plate foods, Fair Trade coffee and a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere. They are located at 24 NE 4th Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, conveniently located on the corner of Hwy 2 East and NE 1st Ave (1 block east of Old Central School and Pokegama Avenue). They are kitty-korner from the Itasca County Courthouse.

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Op-Ed for the Duluth News Tribune: Use captive wolves to repopulate, help Isle Royale

The news story Feb. 7, “Wolf leaves Isle Royale across ice,” marked yet another setback for wolf reintroduction on Isle Royale. Three of five wolves now have been lost, which should draw attention to the multitude of issues that come from randomly trapping and relocating wild wolves.

Maureen Hackett
Dr Maureen Hackett, President and Founder of Howling For Wolves

Howling For Wolves supports the reintroduction of wolves with wide genetic diversity to Isle Royale, but we strongly believe that wolves currently living in captivity should be chosen for the mission. The island’s local ecology deserves this compassionate conservation. The wolf assists with necessary natural changes to the island, including the browsing behavior for moose, which then allows trees to grow and support other wildlife.

 

While challenges exist regardless of which wolves are used for repopulation, using captive wolves would lessen the problems involved with trapping, sedating, and transferring wild wolves. It also would eliminate any issues with removing wild wolves from existing established packs and their territories. Breaking up and disrupting family packs of wild wolves is damaging both to the transferred wolf and the pack members left behind. Two of the five wolves that were trapped and transported to Isle Royale died shortly afterward, indicating severe issues.

Using captive wolves also would have the bonus of giving freedom to wolves that have had no other chance of living wild. The National Park Service should choose from the many captive wolves available to be freed. These include the more than 50 wolves recently rescued by court action from Minnesota’s Fur-Ever Wild. These captive wolves are now residing at Lockwood Animal Rescue Center in California. Even wolves at the Wildlife Science Center in Minnesota, currently living a caged and desolate existence, could be freed.

Lastly, re-wilding is important for many species’ recovery. Most people would believe it is better to free a captive wolf from a cage than mistreat existing wild wolf packs. Re-wildling also offers a great opportunity for scientific studies with captive species.

Wolves deserve to live wild and free. Humans are “using” them to help an important function to assist the wildlife in this national park and ecosystem. Let’s help captive wolves — and help Isle Royale.

Maureen Hackett of Minnetonka, Minn., is president and founder of Howling for Wolves

Unready and Ill-Equipped

Minnesota scores an F on its ability to manage endangered species in an analysis based on funding and protective laws.

According to the report, put together by the Center for Biological Diversity Action Fund:

“Not a single state has a law in place that is as protective for imperiled wildlife and plants as the federal Endangered Species Act. More troublingly, only three states currently provide a reasonably high level of funding to ensure the conservation and recovery of these species. As a result, transferring management to states would put hundreds of threatened and endangered species at far greater risk of extinction.

Other key findings:

  • Thirty-four states received an overall grade of either a D or an F, including Wyoming, West Virginia and Alabama, the states that have most aggressively sought to weaken the Endangered Species Act.
  • Only five states protect habitat for threatened and endangered species to a similar degree to the Act.
  • Only seven states require that state agencies consult in advance with the state wildlife agencies to ensure that state activities do not harm threatened and endangered species.
  • Twenty-nine states do not have the authority to protect the full spectrum of plants and animals covered by the federal Endangered Species Act”

Read the report in its entirety, here.

Wild for Wolves at Bent Paddle Brewing

Join Howling for Wolves for the National ‘Wild for Wolves’ Day of Action at Bent Paddle Brewing in Duluth, MN on March 5th from 7 to 9 pm.

Howling for Wolves and local pack-tivist will be hosting an activist evening at Bent Paddle Brewing, during which we will be showcasing wolf themed art from local artist, discussing the federal attempts to removed Endangered Species Act protections from the gray wolf in the United States, the need to protect wolves for future generations, and how you can help. We will have a brief presentation, followed by a social hour and public comment signing party in opposition to upcoming proposals from US Fish and Wildlife to remove federal protections.

If you would like to join the Duluth Wolf Pack and learn more about how you can proactively join our efforts to collect signatures, email our Projects Manager at devon@howlingforwolves.org

Bent Paddle Brewing Location and Directions:

1832 W Michigan St floor 1, Duluth, MN 55806

From downtown Duluth take Superior Street southwest toward West Duluth. Stay left to continue onto West Michigan Street. Stay left again onto Lower West Michigan Street. Turn right on 19th Avenue West and a quick left into the large shared parking lot adjacent to Hanks Specialties. Walk left onto West Michigan Street to reach our front entrance.

When traveling North to Duluth on Interstate 35 take exit 255A on the left and merge onto U.S. 53 N toward 21st Ave W. Take the first exit toward West Superior St. / 21st Ave W. Stay in the middle lane to merge onto N 20th Ave W. Travel straight 3 blocks on N 20th Ave W then turn left onto W Michigan St. Travel past the main Bent Paddle Brewing Co. entry and take a right into the large shared parking lot adjacent to Hanks Specialties.

When traveling South within Duluth on Interstate 35 take exit 255A and merge onto U.S. 53 N toward 21st Ave W. Take the first exit toward West Superior St. / 21st Ave W. Stay in the middle lane to merge onto N 20th Ave W. Travel straight 3 blocks on N 20th Ave W then turn left onto W Michigan St. Travel past the main Bent Paddle Brewing Co. entry and take a right into the large shared parking lot adjacent to Hanks Specialties.

From Wisconsin travel on Interstate 535 across the Blatnik Bridge. Continue onto U.S. 53 N. Take the exit toward West Superior St. / 21st Ave W. Stay in the middle lane to merge onto N 20th Ave W. Travel straight 3 blocks on N 20th Ave W then turn left onto W Michigan St. Travel past the main Bent Paddle Brewing Co. entry and take a right into the large shared parking lot adjacent to Hanks Specialties.

Free Parking

There is a large gravel parking lot located in between 18th and 19th Ave W on W Michigan St. where patrons are encouraged to park. We also share a parking lot on the corner of 19th Avenue West and Michigan Street with our friendly building neighbor Hanks Specialties. There is also free street parking all around the brewery.

Thief River Falls Wolf Pack Call

Saturday, February 16th at 1 pm, the Thief River Falls Wolf Pack will be holding a conference call to discuss our campaign in partnership with the Center for Biological Diversity’s Ignite Change network to collect public comment in opposition to an upcoming proposal to delist the gray wolf.
In addition, ahead of time, please follow the attached link to request an outreach packet from the Center for Biological Diversity which contains public comment forms and other materials which we will discuss on the call. Please do so as soon as possible. When the proposal is published in the Federal Register, this will be one of the most impactful things that we can do to fight to keep America’s wolves protected.
For further details on how to conference in, please email our Projects Manager at devon@howlingforwolves.org

Grand Rapids Wolf Pack Call

Saturday, February 16th at 3 pm, the Grand Rapids Wolf Pack will be holding a conference call to discuss our campaign in partnership with the Center for Biological Diversity’s Ignite Change network to collect public comment in opposition to an upcoming proposal to delist the gray wolf.
In addition, ahead of time, please follow the attached link to request an outreach packet from the Center for Biological Diversity which contains public comment forms and other materials which we will discuss on the call. Please do so as soon as possible. When the proposal is published in the Federal Register, this will be one of the most impactful things that we can do to fight to keep America’s wolves protected.
For further details on how to conference in, please email our Projects Manager at devon@howlingforwolves.org