29 November 2013 Wolf Weekly Wrap-up Posted by: Pamela Flick | 3 comments | Share: Wolf advocates came out in droves last Friday in Sacramento to tell U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials that we will not stand for their proposal to remove federal protections for gray wolves across most of the continental U.S. Defenders and our conservation allies organized an awesome pre-hearing rally with an exciting slate of speakers, including a passionate 15-year-old wolf advocate from Washington State, and a singer-songwriter who sang his touching song, “Spirit of the Wolf,” to more than 100 rally participants. Afterwards, we all marched together to the hearing, where we joined a line of folks eager to speak out on behalf of continued wolf protections that stretched around the building. PausePlayPlayPrev|Next About 100 wolf supporters attended the rally, excited for the chance to speak up for wolves! I also got a chance to speak to the crowd at the rally. One of the many signs that supporters brought to the rally before the delisting hearing. Matt Stone performed for the crowd. More than 425 people – a huge majority of which were pro-wolf, anti-delisting – packed the hearing to standing-room-only capacity. These folks included tribal leaders, doctors, predator-friendly ranchers, teachers, photographers, and wildlife lovers, and all spoke emphatically about retaining federal protection for wolves, especially in areas like California and the Pacific West where the species is just starting its journey to recovery. Even if you were not able to attend the hearing in Sacramento, your voice was heard! Kim Delfino, Defenders’ California program director, provided testimony on behalf of Defenders, and delivered more than 33,000 petition signatures from our members in California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho. Despite the hearing being extended by an extra 45 minutes, only 75 of the 170 people who signed up to testify were able to speak. But there’s little doubt that the Fish and Wildlife Service officials heard loud and clear that a vast majority of people in attendance support continued wolf protections. A big howl of thanks to everyone who came out to speak on behalf of wolves! Pamela Flick, California Representative 3 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-up” Tom Stafford November 29th, 2013 Great news that someone has a heart and will stand up for the wolves who cannot speak for themselves…..yeeehhhaaaaaa Ertugrul November 30th, 2013 For our children’s future…. Ann Womack November 30th, 2013 I don’t understand what has happened to the people of the United States who changed from admiration of the wolf to pure economic greed. Killing wolves, I believe, is a means for people with no other talent than to kill something with no self defense, to make money off of promoting the slaughter of wolves to sell hunting gear, rent cottages/motels, hire out guides and air pilots. None of them have a conscience and I’m sure it reflects their behavior toward their families, their jobs, and their empty hate-filled lives. Have men (and God knows) women lost so much self-confidence and self respect that they have to prove some sort of machismo by shooting a defenseless animal with a high tech rifle, scope, tracking gear, etc. That isn’t hunting. That isn’t even machismo. It’s guys (and evidently women) who think butchering something will make him or her a “man”. If our governing population has a conscience, it certainly would vote for the protection of this species. If they don’t, then enough said. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?