where wolf? nowhere wolf!

Es­ti­mated reading time is 5 min­utes.

THE SLAUGHTER OF OUR WOLVES CONTINUES al­most un­abated, al­though one would never know that we are ex­ter­mi­nating yet an­other species in a rather hor­rific manner from the near total lack of at­ten­tion given the topic by the mainstream-cor­po­rate media. Thank Grom­mett for the In­ternet! Be­fore pro­ceeding here, I sug­gest reading “The Slaughter Of The Wolves” here on Neal Umphred Dot Com. It is sub­ti­tled “A Little Less Ac­tion, A Little More Con­ver­sa­tion, Please” after the Elvis Presley record A Little Less Conversation.

This was my first essay ad­dressing this issue and ac­tu­ally had me con­sid­ering launching a new and sep­a­rate web­site de­voted just to this and re­lated topics. That is, an all-wolves all-the-time web­site. But I have a fourth site being readied now and I don’t see a fifth soon.

I have a Face­book page ti­tled Bleeding Heart Lib­eral Pe­ti­tions where I post pe­ti­tions for such is­sues as the en­vi­ron­ment, wom­en’s equality, healthy food, over­turning vic­tim­less crime laws and Cit­i­zens United, calling for jus­tice for the war­riors whose strength is not to fight, for the refugees on the un­armed road of flight, and for each and every un­derdog sol­dier in the night.

And for wolves.

I re­ceive these pe­ti­tions via emailed newslet­ters from a va­riety of sim­i­larly bleeding heart or­ga­ni­za­tions. Each email fea­tures a beau­tiful pho­to­graph of a wolf or wolves. So here is a gallery of then such photos. Each is fol­lowed by the name of the or­ga­ni­za­tion who sent me the image (and each is linked to a web­site, a pe­ti­tion, or a re­quest for a donation.

That is fol­lowed by a quote from the emailed newsletter, which the links will not take you to. But you can sub­scribe to each and re­ceive your own up­dates and requests.

Un­for­tu­nately, the in­di­vid­uals who took the pho­tographs in these newslet­ters are al­most never listed.


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Center for Biological Diversity


“Any day now Con­gress will de­cide whether to strip away wolf pro­tec­tions in Wyoming, Min­nesota, Wis­consin, and Michigan. If the worst hap­pens, thou­sands of wolves could be gunned down, snared, and hunted with trained dogs.

The poi­so­nous ha­tred that’s dri­ving these wolf-killing bills in Con­gress isn’t iso­lated to Wash­ington, DC. No species draws more hys­teria than these in­tel­li­gent, so­cial animals—wildlife-haters gloat over every wolf-kill on so­cial media, swap­ping pic­tures of grue­some, painful wolf deaths.

It’s due to this kind of ir­ra­tional prej­u­dice that in Oregon, the wildlife com­mis­sion re­cently ended pro­tec­tion for wolves under the state’s En­dan­gered Species Act. And in Cal­i­fornia, a new draft man­age­ment plan threatens to start killing wolves as soon as they reach a pop­u­la­tion of 50-75, a ridicu­lously low number in a state with mil­lions of acres of prime wolf habitat.”


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Defenders of Wildlife


“State-sponsored wolf killing is un­derway in the Northern Rockies. Nearly 292 wolves in the Northern Rockies have been trapped or gunned down this year with other wolves being killed by state and fed­eral agen­cies. And the car­nage is just get­ting started.”


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Sierra Club


“We can’t sit back while gray wolves are killed by the hun­dreds. That’s the gut-wrenching re­ality if plans to strip gray wolves of en­dan­gered species pro­tec­tions get ap­proved. No na­tional pro­tec­tions equals open season on the gray wolf. Hunting, trap­ping, poi­soning. It all comes raging back, dec­i­mating the sparse pop­u­la­tions of gray wolves we’ve worked so hard to re­build. Over 1,000 wolves have been killed in the Rocky Moun­tains by hunting and trap­ping since they were delisted a few years ago.”


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Defenders of Wildlife


In the two years that Wyoming’s wolves were stripped of en­dan­gered species status, more than 310 of them lost their lives to bul­lets, snares, and traps. Among the first wolves killed when the shooting began was a spec­tac­ular alpha she-wolf known only as ‘06. Three years ago this month, ‘06 was gunned down a few miles out­side the park boundary. Her radio collar showed that she resided within the park 95% of the time.

She was the mag­nif­i­cent ma­tri­arch of Yel­low­stone Na­tional Park’s Lamar Canyon Pack. People trav­eled from all over the world to see her. One wildlife pho­tog­ra­pher mourned her as ‘the most fa­mous, most pho­tographed, most beloved wolf in the world.’ ”


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“Wolves are among our country’s most iconic wild species, but they were nearly wiped out by cen­turies of ruth­less hunting, trap­ping, and poi­soning. And today, de­spite suc­cesses in wolf re­covery in parts of their former range, the species faces mounting threats across the country.”


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Center for Biological Diversity


“The same vi­cious at­ti­tudes that drove the po­ten­tial budget riders to end wolf pro­tec­tions will be back at the local, state, and fed­eral levels. Wolf hunts are still legal in Idaho and Montana—hundreds have died so far this winter. Gov­ern­ment agen­cies, like the rogue Wildlife Ser­vices, are still killing far too many wolves at the be­hest of spe­cial in­ter­ests. And the wolf-haters in Con­gress will re­turn, trying next year to again strip wolf protections.”


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Center for Biological Diversity


This little critter ain’t a little critter—he’s a target. (I said that.)


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“We just de­feated an anti-wolf rider that was slipped into must-pass spending bills in both the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Senate! This sense­less rider would have stripped wolves in Wyoming and the upper Mid­west of ex­isting fed­eral pro­tec­tions and sub­jected wolves in those areas to the same sort of un­reg­u­lated killing that nearly wiped them out in the first place.

And we’re still fighting sev­eral bad bills in the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Senate that would re­move pro­tec­tions for wolves and weaken the very laws we use to pro­tect them. In ad­di­tion to our work in court to de­fend Wyoming wolves, we’re fighting for the Alexander Arch­i­pelago wolf in the Ton­gass Na­tional Forest, the Mex­ican gray wolf in the South­west, and en­dan­gered gray wolves across the country.”


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Endangered Species Coalition


“Journey, or OR-7, be­came a beloved wolf when he made his solo 1,200-mile, 2-month trek into Cal­i­fornia in search of a mate in 2011. He be­came the first wolf in Cal­i­fornia since 1924, when all of his fore­fa­thers were shot, trapped, or poi­soned to ex­tinc­tion in that state. With no fe­male wolf to be found in Cal­i­fornia, Journey re­turned to Oregon where he found a mate and had pups. Yes, those are his pups in the photo!”


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Defenders of Wildlife


“This year, more than 80 bills and amend­ments were in­tro­duced to cripple the En­dan­gered Species Act or se­lec­tively delist gray wolves and block pro­tec­tions for other im­per­iled species. Next year could be even worse.”


Young Franken­stein ( ju­nior ) - Were­wolf! ...There!

FEATURED IMAGE: The title of this piece is a play on the fa­mous scene in Mel Brooks’ mar­velous 1974 movie Young Franken­stein. Inga (Terri Garr) de­clares some­what fright­ened, “Were­wolf!” Dr. Franken­stein (Gene Wilder) re­sponds ques­tion­ingly, “Were­wolf?” And even­tu­ally, Igor (Marty Feldman) points and says, “There wolf.”


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