My first thought when waking up this morning, October 1st, was “Oh no, today is the start of the needless killing of wolves in Wyoming, yet another state set to kill wolves in an inhumane way.” However, Yellowstone National Park is located in Wyoming, and while thousands of tourists flock to the park to see its wolves and other wildlife, wolves outside of the park and in the rest of Wyoming, are doomed.
Nature belongs to us all, even if we don’t live in a particular country that abuses it’s natural heritage, and even when we live thousands of miles away. A toxic string of words has therefore been brewing in my head for the last few weeks regarding wolf preservation, if not months, or years.
Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve been captivated by wolves, and adopted one in Spain. And that’s all we can do from Europe: we can email decision makers in asking them to review their stance on wolves. We can advocate and help the world see that wolves are needed to keep the circle of life turning. It doesn’t matter if we’re 100 miles away from the hunting grounds or 10,000 miles. Nature belongs to all of us. To see the importance of wolves to nature… please watch until the very end: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q
US Fish and Wildlife Service mentioned on August 31st, 2012 that “Wyoming’s thriving population of gray wolves no longer requires the protection of the Endangered Species Act, allowing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to return management to the State of Wyoming and write the final chapter in the remarkable comeback story of wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains (NRM). Beginning September 30th, wolves in Wyoming will be managed by the State under an approved management plan, as they are in the states of Idaho and Montana. Wyoming’s regulatory framework will maintain the State’s share of a recovered NRM gray wolf population in the absence of the Act’s protections.”
They said, “The Service will continue to monitor the delisted wolf populations in all three states for a minimum of five years to ensure that they continue to sustain their recovery. Although we do not expect it will ever be necessary, as with all recovered and delisted species, we may consider relisting, and even emergency relisting, if the available data ever demonstrates such an action is needed.”
“Our primary goal, and that of the states, is to ensure that gray wolf population in the Northern Rocky Mountains remain healthy, giving future generations of Americans the chance to hear it howl echo across the area. No one, least of all Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, wants to see wolves back on the endangered species list. But that’s what will happen if recovery targets are not sustained.” (http://us.vocuspr.com/Newsroom/Query.aspx?SiteName=fws&Entity=PRAsset&SF_PRAsset_PRAssetID_EQ=130903&XSL=PressRelease&Cache=True)
So, if they want to keep up the recovery of wolves’ endangered status, why do they need to be killed in horrendous ways? Wyoming isn’t the only state to hunt wolves… only last week a WHOLE wolf pack (8 wolves in total, including pups) was slaughtered in Washington State. Why? Because 1 (yes: ONE) rancher called Bill McIrvin lets his cattle graze on PUBLIC. Some of his farm animals were allegedly attacked by wolves because he refused to follow simple rules other ranchers implemented to discourage wolves, from targeting their cattle. McIrvin uses public land, which he shouldn’t do at all, and then is allowed to legally hunt and kill wolves. McIrvin… ever heard of common sense?
“Since this rancher refused, the state had no business killing the wolves and instead should have evicted this rancher and his cattle off public grounds permanently for refusing to comply. The way these crazy wolf haters are going at it, we will be lucky to have any wolves by the middle of next year. A forty year program to bring wolves back from the brink of extinction only to see all those decades of work destroyed in less than 2 years. Absolutely sickening.” (http://howlingforjustice.wordpress.com/2012/09/27/wedge-pack-slaughter-hangs-like-a-pall-over-washington-state/)
“The mailing address for rancher McIrvin is P.O. Box 99. Laurier, WA 99146. The actual address and phone number for Bill McIrvin of Diamond M Ranch
198 McIrvin Rd
Laurier, WA 99146
“Call and let him know that he has no right to let his cattle graze on public land. Bill McIrvin was responsible for the slaughter of the Wedge Pack. His grazing lease is expiring this week from what I understand; we should make sure it is NOT RENEWED! Contact WDFW to voice your opinion – Dave Ware, (360) 902-2509” (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Against-kill-all-the-wolves-page/142442489143517)
The backward madness of killing wolves is picking up, and people in favour of conservation are struggling to convince governmental agencies to review their decisions regarding the delisting. We need to get word out about what is happening and that this is against everything nature stands for.
Some people call wolf hunting a “sport.” How on earth is killing living beings, a sport? It makes my stomach turn thinking of wolves this way. Once again governments and farmers/ranchers get their dollar-filled wishes granted by condemning Mother Nature. That is the almighty dollar at work for you. I am a fan of President Obama, but taking wolves off the Endangered Species List was a big mistake. “Yes, we can” is “No, you are so wrong” in regards to the future of wolves, President Obama.
So why does mankind (lots of ‘men’… very little ‘kind’) want to keep on proving its worth over Mother Nature? Why wolves? Ever since the Bible, they’ve been persecuted and killed, just for the sake of killing something mankind refuses to understand. Why do people want to prove they are better, stronger, smarter and more humane than animals, when animals are the better link in the chain of life?
Killing wolves is based on many misconceptions. Too many, and all this because of mankind’s preoccupation with being the hunter. Is it because men/women want to show that they are the only ones who should control nature? That we have mastered our own brains, and that we are therefore allowed to be mightier than most animals? Why are wolves being denied to walk free in their own natural territory? Why does the cattle industry always win? What have wolves done to earn this totally unjust behaviour?
It kills me knowing that in a few hours, people will go out there, ready to kill. Over 2200 wolf hunt tags were sold to kill 170 wolves. Surely a lot more wolves will be killed, and if hunters are not pushed to report their killings straight away, if they don’t keep tags on it from day one, people will keep on killing wolves until none are left. Because sure, they don’t know how many are left (whoever came up with this idea anyway?!)
We need to keep informing – or harassing if need be – the United States House of Representatives, the Senate and President Obama to undo their delisting of wolves and push them to relist wolves as an endangered species. To show them that people should be able to live next to nature and in agreement which each other’s role in our universe.
Right now, somewhere in Wyoming, people are picking up their guns, traps, and poison to kill and hurt wolves. I already foresee pictures in newspapers and social media of hunters showing their stupidity and their utter arrogance by posing over a dead wolf, saying “Look momma how strong I really am!” The sheer idiocy of hunters already ended up on pages like Facebook. Not of the brightest bulbs of the lot, showing how “strong” they are. Bastards. High IQ? Never in a million years.
Somewhere, wolves are about to be hurt badly, pups falling without their parents, alpha wolves being separated from their packs, and howling out for people to understand they did nothing wrong. Right now they are still living free as a bird, but not for much longer.
To contact your local senators, please click here: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm
To email US Fish & Wildlife Services: http://www.fws.gov/duspit/contactus.htm
For more info search the web for causes and other pages linking you to the conservation of wolves:
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