Gray wolf, © Tracy Brooks/USFWS

Stand up and fight for wolf conservation!

Well folks, it’s time to stand and howl for what is right. This is our one opportunity to tell the Fish and Wildlife Service in person not to strip most gray wolves of their federal protection in the lower 48 states. And it’s a chance for wolf supporters to make their voices heard across the west. Join Defenders for our pre-hearing events where you will have the opportunity to get the latest information, meet other wolf enthusiasts and rally for wolves before heading to the FWS public hearings. So let’s tell the FWS that it’s time to make sure wolves are recovered, not abandon ship midstream.

 

Denver, Colorado - The first hearing will be in Denver on Tuesday, November 19 at the Paramount Theatre. To ensure that the pro-wolf voice is heard, Defenders is working with our conservation partners to organize a training and rally at the Crowne Plaza Hotel prior to the hearing. Coloradans have such an important stake in wolf recovery and Defenders wants to empower our supporters to make their voices heard!

At the pre-hearing event at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Defenders staff will give a presentation about what to expect at the hearing and provide tips on how to deliver effective testimony. We will conclude with an indoor rally with motivating speakers and wolf experts. There will also be refreshments, materials to make posters, a kids’ activity corner, and a chance to meet other wolf advocates.

After the rally, we will walk two short blocks to the official public hearing and ask that FWS finish the job on wolf recovery.

Photo courtesy of Michael Quinton/National Geographic Stock.

Photo courtesy of Michael Quinton/National Geographic Stock.

When: Tuesday, November 19th

Where:
Paramount Theatre
1621 Glenarm PL
Denver, CO 80202

Crowne Plaza Hotel
1450 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO 80202

Time:
3:30pm – 4:10pm: Training, Comment Writing and Q&A with Defenders Staff (Crowne Plaza Hotel)
4:15pm – 4:45pm: Save the Wolves Rally (Crowne Plaza Hotel)
5:00pm: sign up for comments (Paramount Theatre)
6:00pm – 8:30pm: FWS Public Hearing (Paramount Theatre)

 

Albuquerque, New Mexico – This hearing will be held at Albuquerque’s Embassy Suites on Wednesday, November 20, and will focus on the proposed changes in management rules for Mexican gray wolves. If you care about lobos and the crucial role that they play in our natural world, we need you to be there. Before the public hearing begins, join Defenders and other wolf advocates for kids’ activities and a photo opportunity with a life-size cutout of an actual Mexican gray wolf from the Wolf Conservation Center. You’ll also have the chance to talk to a retired school teacher who camps among the wolves, and join the Save the Lobo Sidewalk Rally. Even if you aren’t planning to testify, show your support for the wolves just by showing up!

When: Wednesday, November 20th

Where: Embassy Suites
1000 Woodward Place NE,
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Time:
4:00pm: Information, coffee, snacks and children’s art activities in the Ocotillo room
5:15pm: Sidewalk rally
6:00pm – 9pm: Public hearing

 

Sacramento, California – The Sacramento hearing will take place on Friday, November 22nd in the Golden State Ballroom at the Marriott Courtyard Sacramento Cal Expo. Join us for our pre-hearing event outside the Fairfield Inn, directly adjacent to the hearing location, where you will be able to rally with fellow wolf enthusiasts and hear from a variety of speakers including a predator-friendly rancher. Defenders staff will be talking about wolves in the Pacific West, where they are just beginning to recover, and a brief training will be given on what to expect at the hearings and tips for testifying.

Wolf supporters gather at the White House, howling for continued federal protections.

Wolf supporters gather at the White House, howling for continued federal protections.

When: Friday, November 22nd

Where: Outside Fairfield Inn (next to the Marriot Courtyard)
1780 Tribute Road
Sacramento, CA 95815

Time:
4:00pm – 5pm: Rally with supporters
5:00pm: Sign up to testify
6:00pm: Public Hearing

 

Pinetop, Arizona - The fourth public hearing, which will focus on the proposed changes in management rules for Mexican gray wolves, will be held in Pinetop on Tuesday, December 3rd,. If you care about lobos and the crucial role that they play in our natural world, we need you to be there. Before the public hearing begins, visit our hospitality suite to meet Defenders staff and other wolf advocates. There you can grab a snack, pick up the latest information, or ask for help with your testimony. Even if you aren’t planning to testify, you can show your support for the wolves just by showing up!

When: Tuesday, December 3rd

Where: Hon-Dah Conference Center
777 Arizona 260
Pinetop, AZ 85935

Time:
3:00pm: Hospitality suite is open until end of hearing
3:30pm – 5:00pm: US Fish and Wildlife Service Public Information meeting
6:00pm – 8:30pm: Public Hearing

 

Also, don’t forget to submit your comments telling the Fish and Wildlife Service that they need to finish the job in order for wolves to fully recover!

 

John Yeingst is Defenders’ Communications Coordinator 

71 Responses to “Stand up and fight for wolf conservation!”

  1. Vicki Dickinson

    The Wolf is a part of our Natural Wildlife…we have already LOST so much of our precious heritage that we NEED to preserve what little we have left..PLEASE…do NOT destroy these beautiful animals….they deserve LIFE also.

  2. Brandon

    Thank you for sending ways to Help the Wolves. Best news I’ve heard All day!

  3. Donna L Moore

    Our wolves need saving. It’s so sad that so many people have no idea of what wolves do to bring forth healthy and well balanced ecosystems or that they tend to kill the elder and diseased, leaving a healthier herd. Its sad to see that our government, beginning with President Bush, is on the side of the wealthy and not making decisions based on scientific fact. May God forgive those who are trying to hunt wolves back into extinction~

  4. Garland Middleton

    I won’t be able to attend any hearings or conferences in person but I feel passionate and anxious to say a few things. The idea that we as a human race thing we have the right to kill an entire group of animals is so absurd, so insanely reminiscent of the old west, slaughtering millions of buffo, that I feel a sickness inside me. The fact that we, the people who think solely about ourselves see no problem with killing an entire group of animals is not only ignorant but frustrating. There is an obvious balance in this planet that humans seem to always ignore. To think a group of animals is the cause of personal problem people face and to think that if all the wolves are gone will fix it just reaffirms how unintelligent most conservatives are. Wolves are important to the ecosystem, for our knowledge in scientific studies and for the pure sense they evolved to survive. Guns were invented by a species that is so selfish they destroyed things over and over and over again with those weapons. Think of the history of this country and how much is utterly lost and destroyed not because of wolves,
    Buffalo or anything but because of humans. I am tired of this waste. Stand tall and consider the balance we all can attribute to our happiness. Don’t think animals don’t play a part in every single thing in this world. Because they do.

  5. Laura Nieves

    Save the wolves!!!! They have always been my favorite wild animal! They deserve & need our protection! They have a vital roll in nature & the food chain! We need all species in this web of life! We need to protect all of nature!

  6. Alex Gray

    All animals, wildlife and just the environment in general need to be protected. We have been given an amazingly beautiful gift in the form of our world and all people do us squander it by doing things like this! Wolves are one of the most majestic, beautiful and intelligent animals on the face of the earth and we need to fight to protect them and all that they stand for including preserving our world for every living creature and not just man’s futute generations. Thank you.

  7. James Bowman

    We must have wolves in our country. They were here first. Man cannot be the only apex predator around . My belief is that those who are afraid of the existance of wolves cannot stand how wolves parallel human society and reflect back to us who we really are.

  8. Jackie Baker

    Please do not let the wolves be given over to hunters. They play a vital role in our ecological system. It would be like hunting all the dogs. How sad that the cattle growers have such an effect on our decisions to eradicate a species based on their greed! And how sad!

  9. sandy maggied

    Wild animals’ lives are just as precious to them as our life is to us. They are simply wild dogs. Why do we hate and fear them so? Why do we feel the need to control, conquer and exterminate? What gives us that right? They are valuable, a part of our heritage. They belong on this planet as much (or more!) than we do. And, the more we meddle, the more we screw up the delicate balance of nature. We’ll be overrun with prey animals: rodents etc. It will backfire in the end.

  10. Randy Haugen

    Thanks DOW for all that you do to defend the Wolf,People must know that there are alot of Wolf haters in certain states more than others,Some would like Nothing but to do away with all of them..the GOV MUST protect them Strongly!

  11. anne rickaby

    Please do not destroy these wonderful animals we are a species of animal that have done extraordinary and wondrous things in these world please dont let us be remembered for the generation that stood by and did nothing to save wolves

  12. Karly wright

    We need to stop all the killing not just of wolves , but of all animals that are hunted for no reason. Man and man with a gun is the problem not the animals and man will destroy it unless something is done. What if there are no wolves left to hunt what will they hunt next !! This beautiful creature and all animals including us were put here for a reason.

  13. Sussi S

    Wolves still needs to be protected!! They’re important animals & they deserve to live & run free!! Save our beautiful Wolves!!

  14. Keira

    I won’t be able to attend any hearings or conferences in person but I feel passionate and anxious to say a few things. The idea that we as a human race thing we have the right to kill an entire group of animals is so absurd, so insanely reminiscent of the old west, slaughtering millions of buffo, that I feel a sickness inside me. The fact that we, the people who think solely about ourselves see no problem with killing an entire group of animals is not only ignorant but frustrating. There is an obvious balance in this planet that humans seem to always ignore. To think a group of animals is the cause of personal problem people face and to think that if all the wolves are gone will fix it just reaffirms how unintelligent most conservatives are. Wolves are important to the ecosystem, for our knowledge in scientific studies and for the pure sense they evolved to survive. Guns were invented by a species that is so selfish they destroyed things over and over and over again with those weapons. Think of the history of this country and how much is utterly lost and destroyed not because of wolves or anything but because of humans.

  15. Daryl Enzenauer

    It’s time to think about all of the species we’ve already lost-

  16. Jason Lambert

    We should be kind to animals. The bible says in Proverbs 12:10 – The godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.

  17. Ronnie Sipe

    So sorry I can’t be there, I’m all the ways across on the NE state side. We need to save our wolves, we have taken their land & it has become so difficult for them! Hopefully these idiots who are shooting them & dismembering them will be caught, karma will touch them deeply! Good luck in keeping out wolves ALIVE!

  18. Amanda Couzens

    please don’t remove their protection, they are an important part in the balance of the ecosystem, surely we are all here for a reason on this planet and we are just the caretakers, it’s time to care!

  19. Cassie

    This needs to be stopped… If we keep killing things no animals will be left for our children and children’s children ! Who says man kind makes the rules of who lives and who dies!! Please DON’T allow them to be hunted again!!

  20. Jerri-Beth Scott

    Wolves are a beautiful and necessary part of the ecosystem. It’s a shame that we, humans, feel the need to destroy so many of our fellow earthlings into extinction.

  21. wendy obrien

    I believe and know the wolf is a very sacred animal, and should and need to be protected at all costs. The heart, soul and life of these animals are so very important, priceless and precious, just as our own. They are very beautiful, smart and intelligent, and that is more than what I can say for most of the human kind. You can see the deep love in their beautiful eyes and, feel it in their tender heart and loving soul, the desperate need for survival.
    They belong here as surely as any tree, mountain, of river. Their howls in the forever wind will tell the story of man ……… of their deep suffering and, a hatred from man they could never understand.
    I also believe that if someone really has the need to shoot something ……… “USE A CAMERA” !!!! Don’t take away and destroy the beauty we posses, and that which GOD has given, from the future generation. What would be left for our children, and their children to come? Must they see the beauty of these precious animals through a museum and history books in school? No, I don’t think so. So Please please please put the protection back on our wolves and STOP the wolf hunt’s.

  22. Jennie Richards

    Wolves need protection, wolf numbers are still significantly low and they’re being attacked from all sides–politically, from farmers, ranchers, hunters–they are part of the ecosystem and nature and should be left alone and not annihilated like they are being now! It’s sickening, protect the wolves!!

  23. George C. Nightwalker Sr.

    I’m so very glad the wolves and other “four-leggeds” yet have the ability to flee and hide. As my people once were “free”, essentially they (four-legged s) still are. There is much land where at least some living beings should be allowed to live as they always have….free. But, as the Eagles observed in one of their songs maybe “freedom is just some people talking”. My Cheyenne and Arapaho people, as well as other tribes, knew what true freedom was many years ago. Just because one culture does not think and act like another culture it does not give culture the right to destroy the other…human or four-legged. Religion ( & money) has been the bases for the destruction of many cultures, resources and lands in this world. Hope more people open their Spirits to what Maheo’/Creator is trying to teach us with the wolves. Their Spirits know only freedom and it is that which cannot be controlled/destroyed with out killing them….as it is yet with my people, we are Related. Peace.

  24. Sandra Morgado

    If it’s not enough, I ask their protection don’t be removed. They still need to be protected.

  25. Sandra Morgado

    They must be protected, not hunted, anymore, please. I hope they don’t be destroyed by humans, Save the wolves because they deserve to live.Thank you.

  26. arsailman

    Wolves are an important part of the cycle of nature. Killing them will effect all the other species in the area. They accomplish much good in keeping many other animals in check, which avoids overgrazing and loss of grazing areas.
    There is no natural justification to kill off the few wolves we have.

  27. erik fracasso

    The mankind has respect and dignity because he/she is a living being, therefore every living being deserves dignity and respect. Altruism is one.of the most amazing things these wolves are teaching us. They are essential.

  28. Marie Dartt-Bentley

    Wolves need continued protection. Please support the efforts.

  29. Sherrie Vitello

    Whats its going to take!! From some research I’ve done one of the main reasons these wolves are killed is due to the hunters don’t want to compete with the wolves. Wolves eat caribou, man hunts caribou. The hunters feel the wolves are taking away from their hunting opportunities.. which is totally bs! Because there are plenty of caribou to go around. If mankind would stop infringing on the wilderness where these American icons live, they wouldn’t bother livestock either. Wolves have the right to exist freely and without being murdered! Man was not put on this earth to extinguish living things because he felt they got in the way. Mankind has gotten in the way of nature.

  30. Lenore Bradford

    We MUST continue to protect our wolves. They are an intregal part of nature and are essential in the circle of life and the balance of nature. We are supposed to be a HUMANE nation. Now is the time to prove this! Stop the slaughter, now. Remember a nation is judged by how it treats its animals. Especially endangered.

  31. Terry Smith

    Why did FWS reestablish wolves? To kill ‘em. Seeing those magical creatures in steel traps and snares is horrendous. Ban the steel trap. Ban the snare. Stop the maiming. Stop the torture.

  32. Sabra Semo

    Please do NOT delist the gray wolves of the U.S. We must preserve these beautiful creatures for future generations. Why, why does mankind feel the need to obliterate all manner of wild animals to suit some societal force? We need to start seeking ways to protect and preserve as much wildlife and natural habitat on this planet as possible – starting now – there’s no time to waste on this issue!

  33. Karen Ryan

    We need to save the wolves. They are an important part of our ecosystem! We are to protect the animals of this earth that God entrusted to us. Man has caused enough damage by causing many animal and plant life to go extinct.

  34. Deb Allen

    The wolf is part of America ‘s history and should not be destroyed. They are necessary to balance natures ecosystem. Protect this wonderful animal, the symbol of all that is free.

  35. Tara

    Would like to be at one of these too. The wolves have an important role in the circle of life. Without them, we are overrun with deer and other prey animals. Please afford them protections to keep them alive. It’s the least we can do after taking much of their territory away from them. I want my kids to know that wolves exist in the wild in this country. Not just in silly cartoons and books.

  36. Tim Cammers

    I really wish I could go and be there to voice my words. But delist the grey wolf. This will be a very costly mistake. Doing this will only show people like me that our counties government dose not care about wildlife and the ecosystems. Do this gives into the farmers and Ranchers traps. Meaning that these people will have free rain in deal with wolf’s anyway they want to. You might think that you will still have control but it will only be a dream and nothing more then a dream. The simple reason is it is not wolf’s that are going into there land it is the other way around man is going and build in place were man should not and you are trespassing in there land. Just like white man did to the Native American tribes so long ago. You are still doing it now. Delisting the grey wolf will put a open season on wolf’s just like it did hundreds of years ago when white man almost put them on the extinction list. You can say well we are taking steps in making sure that will never happen again. Sorry but were things are going now and how I see humans now there is not difference and history has a way of repeating itself. How long before the Mexican wolf ends up dying out. It shows how in actions that our Fish and Wildlife Service and government are taking in protecting them. Nothing is being done to protect them and if you say you are taking steps. Well I can say it is piss poor steps in how the breeding Female got killed and other things that have happened. Time for a wake up call. Because Teddy Roosevelt would be pissed if he was standing here.

  37. TR ERWIN

    I am asking that the Fish and Wildlife Service not to strip gray wolves of their federal protection in the lower 48 states. Wolves are extremely important to the balance of the ecosystem. Please don’t allow them to be eradicated!

  38. Nancy Danneberg

    No more killing of these beautiful animals, the wolves. Dogs are descendants of the wolves. I love my two German Shepherds who are ,also, part wolf. Let the farmers and animal rights organizations work together to solve this problem of entitlement for both livestock and wolf.

  39. Uta Schildwaechter

    I won’t be able to attend because I’m out of the country presently. Here I would like to fully agree to what Garland Middleton and Keira have posted on Nov. 15th – couldn’t have said it better !

  40. Sylvia Tyree

    That this government seeks to destroy all protections for wolves indicates whose money has bought and paid for it, and is no surprise. For those of us who revere the wolf; STAND UP AND BE HEARD!! When special interest groups control what the government does, it is up to us, the people, to voice our opinions with our votes. So, to paraphrase: All that is necessary for evil to exist is for good men and women to do nothing.

  41. Laurie Zentner

    This needs to be stopped, these beautiful animals need to be protected. They hunt for survival in their packs, much like humans do to provide for their families, if we stop moving into their territories they won’t feel threatened, they won’t harm anyone and they can be at peace and provide for the packs. Leave them alone, stop building homes in the woodlands, and for those that do, you should expect to see wildlife around your home, you built your house in their back yard how dare you invade the homes of wolves and other wild life and expect them to go away, or not to protect their pack and defend themselves. I vote and howl to protect these beautiful majestic creatures. Who we could all learn from, watch some documentaries people and you will be amazed and you will see how important these wolves are to keep the balance.

  42. Lisa Thompson

    Wolves have been a part of wildlife. If they become fair game, this will upset our chain of life. They play a vital part. We may not see this now, but eventually we will be sorry. They have to be protected just like any other species. PLEASE do not remove their protection status. We should be able to live together in harmony.

  43. Rosemary Jones

    WHEN, IF EVER WILL STUPID PEOPLE JUST LEAVE ANIMALS ALONE……WHY!!!!!!
    BECAUSE NATURE SHOULD BE WHAT IT IS!!!!!

    WE ARE CARE GIVERS ONLY!!!!

  44. Sandra Morgado

    We need to stop all the killing not just of wolves , but of all animals that are hunted for no reason. Man and man with a gun is the problem not the animals and man will destroy it unless something is done. What if there are no wolves left to hunt what will they hunt next !! This beautiful creature and all animals including us were put here for a reason. The wolves were in the Earth before humans so if the Planet belongs to anyone, it belongs to all kind of animals. Try everything to protect the WOLVES.

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