News update from DC and St. Paul by @Howling4Wolves
The Difference a Year can make! Howling For Wolves was proud to watch this November begin without a wolf trophy hunt.
For the first time in three years, wolves were not hunted, due to
federal protections under the Endangered Species Act put in place in
There have been two further developments in Washington, D.C.
This fall our actions to protect the gray wolf were successful in
the U.S. Congress. December’s federal funding agreement in Washington
D.C. did NOT include a policy “rider” that would have legislatively
removed the Great Lakes gray wolf from the federal Endangered Species
List and given authority back to individual states. This would have most
certainly meant a return to state-organized wolf trophy hunting.
However, just this past week on January 20, a U.S. Senate committee
approved an amendment which, if enacted and signed into law, will
remove federal endangered species act protections for the gray wolf in
Wyoming, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota. This measure will also
prohibit courts from intervening on this rule. This amendment has the
potential to destroy the Endangered Species Act and puts the wolf on the
path to extinction once again. Without federal protections we know now
that the state agencies like Minnesota’s Department of Natural
Resources will “pick up where we left off” and have another
state-sponsored wolf trophy hunt. This unpopular, unnecessary, and
reckless policy is not ethical or scientific wolf policy nor is a wolf
trophy hunt the popular will of Minnesotans. We will keep you posted on
how to best engage with public officials in Washington, D.C.
Save the Date for the Upcoming Wolf Day 2016 in St. Paul, Minn.
While we keep diligent watch in Washington, D.C., our attention is
turning toward the Minnesota State Capitol for the 2016 session
beginning in March. Wolf Day 2016 is Wednesday, March 23rd. The wolf needs you to stand for her and her pack with your state lawmakers.
We are fighting to pass wolf protecting bills including a ban on wolf
baiting and trapping and all wildlife snaring that injures and kills,
dogs, wolves, and lots of other wildlife especially the ground birds
pheasants. We will also introduce a bill to repeal the wolf hunting and
Celebrating No Wolf Hunt for 2015:
On Saturday, November 7, Howling For Wolves held a celebration event at
The Happy Gnome restaurant in St. Paul to express gratitude for our
supporters and celebrate the federal protection of wolves. After three
consecutive trophy wolf hunting and trapping seasons in Minnesota,
there was no trophy hunt in 2015. Thank you to state lawmakers who
joined the HFW supporters to cheer wolves living, including Senators
Wiger, Hoffman, and Eaton, and Rep. Selcer. A special thank you goes to
nature photographer and artist Jim Brandenburg who spoke so beautifully
about his time with and passion for wolves. And to Michael Fox, DVM who
spoke about his deep relationships with wolves he has lived with and has
written about in his book “Soul of a Wolf.” Click here to watch Dr.
Hackett giving a recap of activities from 2015 at the event: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baGUS2BVbRg
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