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NEW THREAD FOR JANUARY
Take Action! Tell Washington: Don't Delist Wolves in Lower 48
Nicole - 15 hours ago - theanimalrescuesite.com
We are now working to launch a citizen engaged legislative effort to stop the recreational killing of wolves in Minnesota in 2013 and beyond. Please stay tuned for specific actions you can take to contribute to these efforts. As always, your financial support is crucial. If you are able, please make a year end donation by clicking here.
2012 was a Busy Year
Howling For Wolves flashed on the scene and hit the ground running with radio and television ads asking the public to tell Governor Dayton to veto the wolf hunting portion of the Fish and Game Bill. This media campaign was a vital monetary investment made by supporters dedicated to the iconic wolf. With this massive media buy we reached over a million Minnesotans multiple times with our message to stop the wolf hunt. After the wolf hunt was signed into law, the DNR online survey showed that nearly 80% of respondents opposed recreational wolf hunting and trapping in Minnesota. Our organization worked to alert Minnesotans to this survey, resulting in one-third of the public comments submitted in opposition to the hunt.
Over the summer it was clear the hunt was moving forward and we ramped up our public awareness efforts with a massive billboard campaign to engage the public. We initially had 12 billboards up simultaneously in the Twin Cities Metro Area and Duluth. During this time our regular public rallies amplified street level awareness and garnered significant media attention with tv, radio, and newspaper coverage (see our Media + Resources page for coverage highlights).
Howling For Wolves volunteers rallied at the Minnesota DNR Headquarters, the Minnesota State Capitol, the Minnesota Governors Mansion, and weekly in Duluth in coordination with the Northwoods Wolf Alliance - with over 200 participants joining us for the October 20th Wolf Walk. We honored Ma'iingan at the Fond du Lac Reservation, and rallied in Hinckley, St. Cloud, and Virginia Minnesota, where we were joined by many hunters who also oppose recreational wolf killing. Our volunteers really made us proud advocating for the wolf at many large events including the Minnesota State Fair, the Renaissance Festival, the Midwest Mountaineering Expo, Woofstock, and Bark n Rec day.
In addition to rallies, Howling For Wolves' presence was felt through participation in many public education forums at universities, community colleges, citizen forums, and rotary clubs.
On the legal front, Howling For Wolves petitioned the DNR for a rule-making change and joined the Center for Biological Diversity in a lawsuit against the DNR to stop the hunt. We were stunned to learn through this legal action that the DNR had not provided an opportunity for public comment on any hunting laws since 1995. The DNR also admitted in writing that the Minnesota wolf population has not been expanding since 1998, which is contrary to what they had been leading the public to believe. It's time for a change and with your support we can do it!
PS: We are continuing to gather signatures of support to stop the wolf hunt in Minnesota, please click here to add your name.
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Delisting would turn wolf management decisions over to the states, and we've already seen what can happen when federal protections for wolves are eliminated. Montana, Wyoming and Idaho -- all states where wolves have been delisted -- have become free-fire zones. Hundreds of wolves have been gunned down or trapped, and as the recent tragic killing of eight collared Yellowstone wolves outside the boundary of the park attests, the sustainability of wolves in the Rockies is in jeopardy.
Please send an urgent message to the Obama Administration and demand that wolves retain the federal protection they need to ensure their recovery in the wild.
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