Urgent Action Alert: Stop senate bill 1514 calling to delist gray wolves 

Action is needed to save the Gray wolf.  Wolves could be delisted as soon as September if anti-wolf legislation S. 1514 passes effecting wolves in the Great Lakes States; Minnesota, Wisconsin & Michigan. 
This is what it’s all about. They do not have a voice in the human world, so we must be their voice.
If the wolf is to survive, the wolf haters must be outnumbered. They must be outshouted, out financed, and out voted. Their narrow and biased attitude must be outweighed by an attitude based on an understanding of natural processes. ~L. David Mech
We are currently being outshouted, out financed, and out voted. Our politicians care neither; for the wolf advocates nor for the wolf haters, but only for catering to the moneyed-special-interest groups that are financing their elections. They are currently whipping up a frenzy of anti-wolf rhetoric; the wolf-hating crowd is enraged and engaged. 
The Gray wolf needs you to fight for him now! 
We all have to step up our game, and be more active & more engaged; more compelling. We should make it a habit, that for every time we log onto Facebook, we also make a call, send an email, or write a letter to our politicians. If we have time to “Like” photos, posts, blogs, we also have time to make a phone call to our politicians.
Please be the voice for the Gray wolf…
The wolves need us now more than ever. The anti-wolf sentiment that our politicians are spewing; is at an all-time high. If we don’t act now, there may be no chance for the Wisconsin wolf. 
Call now
Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI): 202-224-5653
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI): 202-224-5323
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI): (202) 225-3365
Rep. Tom Tiffany (R-WI) : (608) 266-2509
Rep. Adam Jarchow (R-WI): (202) 225-3365 
Sen. Al Franken (D-MN): 202-224-5641
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN): 202-224-3244

Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI): 202-224-6221
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI): 202-224-4822

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Please take action for wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan

Trophy hunts are about power not conservation. We don’t need to kill wolves. Killing to conserve them is not ethical. We must do what’s right. There are some who demand we kill an endangered species in the name of management. Well…you know what? That’s wrong. We’re not going to kill wolves.

Call Senator Tammy Baldwin and tie up those phones with pro wolf calls:Washington, DC Office Phone: 202-224-5653


Tell Senator Baldwin not to approve s. 1514.  Keep wolves listed! 

Some good news, and some not so good news on the “War on Wolves” across America…

It certainly has been an up and down whirlwind of a week for news on gray wolves. From the disheartening reports out west where wildlife officials are killing members of Washington’s Smackout pack and the Harl Butte pack in Oregon, to the two encouraging news stories concerning Wisconsin wolves.
The first story affecting Wisconsin’s gray wolf was the Washington DC appellate court’s 3-0 decision to retain protection for gray wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. The court cited that the USFWS had not sufficiently considered how loss of historical territory would affect the predator’s recovery and how removing the Great Lakes population segment from the endangered list would affect wolves in other parts of the nation.
The second story affecting Wisconsin’s wolves was Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) filing a criminal complaint citing state payments to hunters to compensate for hunting dogs killed or injured in clashes with wolves as evidence of violations. PEER has requested a criminal investigation for violation of the Endangered Species Act. PEER Staff Counsel Adam Carlesco states, “Endangered species are legally protected from human activity which adversely affects the animals, not just physical injury but harm to habitat or breeding. Loosing packs of dogs on them absolutely constitutes an adverse impact.”
“Wisconsin encourages hunting practices that seem calculated to cause fatal conflicts with wolves,” ~Adam Carlesco, PEER
According to PEER, the WI DNR has not been authorized to give payments for hound depredations since 2014, but have been doing so in violation of Wisc. Stat. § 29.888 since then. This statute reads as follows:
“The department shall administer a wolf depredation program under which payments may be made to persons who apply for reimbursement for death or injury caused by wolves to livestock, to hunting dogs other than those being actively used in the hunting of wolves, and to pets and for management and control activities conducted by the department for the purpose of reducing such damage caused by wolves. The department may make payments for death or injury caused by wolves under this program only if the death or injury occurs during a period time when the wolf is not listed on the federal endangered list and is not listed on the state endangered list.”
“Wisconsin DNR does not pretend to manage bear hunting in any discernible fashion, nor do they even bother to monitor what is taking place.” ~Adam Carlesco, PEER
Rachel Tilseth, worked closely with PEER in gathering information for this criminal investigation. Rachel reached out to PEER a couple months ago requesting their help and stated that she was impressed at the amount of investigation, research, and digging that PEER did. Read her blog on this story here. WPR will be publishing more on this story. Email us at wolvesdouglasco@gmail.com for more information.
Both of these stories are wonderful news for Wisconsin’s gray wolf, but this is no time to rest on our laurels; we must remain vigilant and continue advocating. US Senate bill S1514 is getting closer to coming to the Senate floor for a vote. This bill would permanently delist wolves in the Great Lakes states, and preclude any judicial review – no appeals period – taking away a fundamental bedrock of our democracy. Our wolves deserve better than this.

This wolf news update is by one of Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin freelance writer Beth Phillips. WODCW’s Blog

Ouroboros

The ouroboros has several meanings interwoven into it.  Foremost is the symbolism of the serpent biting, devouring, or eating its own tail.  This symbolizes the cyclic Nature of the Universe: creation out of destruction, Life out of Death.  The ouroboros eats its own tail to sustain its life, in an eternal cycle of renewal.

I have something to share about this Wolfdog named Winston, well it is really about what I experienced and how it impacted me.  Many of you know I have worked with Wolfdogs for many, many years. And once in a while those Canines teach me something so profound that I need some time to sort it all out and share it with youthis is one of those precious times and life lessons I just live for.  Winston is not as easy a Wolfdog to handle as Natalie Lagstrom makes it look.   Continue reading “Ouroboros”

Press release: Wisconsin hounders illegally harass wolves.

Washington, DC — Hunters unleashing packs of dogs to tree bears in Wisconsin woods are criminally harassing gray wolves in violation of the Endangered Species Act, according to a complaint filed today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The complaint cites state payments to hunters to compensate for hunting dogs killed or injured in clashes with wolves as evidence of violations.

https://wolvesofdouglascountywisconsin.com/2017/08/02/press-release-wisconsin-hounders-illegally-harass-wolves/

 

Raven & wolf in the northern Wisconsin forest

I stopped along a country road to check some bear scat, and right above me perched in a tree was a very vocal raven.  it is said that ravens will tell you where the wolves are, and this one spilled the beans. We heard wolves just a mile up the road.

In the northern forests of Wisconsin the wolf resides. This year there’s been a record amount of rainfall making this ecosystem extremely lush.  I heard song birds, Sandhills crane, whiperwill, raven and timber wolf.

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The Bird Sanctuary in northern Wisconsin is part of wolf country.   I journeyed north on Friday evening to conduct a wolf howl survey.  The night sky was full of thirsty insects, and hungrier bats.