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Back from Pasadena.The Struggle for Wolves Continues

November 11, 2011 | Wolves
Priscilla Feral

Dear Friends of Animals,

I have just returned from Pasadena, where I stood on your behalf in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals as an Amicus Curiae - Friend of the Court.

Friends of Animals' brief supported a filing for an injunction submitted and argued by Attorney Jay Tutchton of WildEarth Guardians on behalf of an alliance of non-profits litigating to return federal protection to the wolves of the northern Rocky Mountains. The case asserts that Congress used an unconstitutional method (slipping a rider onto a must-pass budget bill in April) to remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Idaho, Montana, and parts of Oregon, Washington and Utah.

Idaho and Montana have, since August, offered more than 36,000 hunting permits against wolves. Hundreds of wolves are now being killed. In their case against federal protection, the states insist this bloody business won't endanger the wolf population.

Yet Montana wildlife biologist Jay Mallonee recently reviewed the state's data regarding wolf population numbers and found that wildlife agency figures are derived through faulty mathematics. Consequently, any management decisions based on the data are also flawed.

The Ninth Circuit is considering an emergency stop to the state-sponsored, systematic assault on wolves as the judges review the merits of the litigation. We gave it our best shot; now, it's in the judges' hands.

Meanwhile, we'll not sit on ours. Friends of Animals members and supporters are holding Howl-Ins from New York to Montana. Contact Dustin Rhodes for help setting one up in your town. We look forward to working with you for the future of wolves of the Western States.

We also ask people who care about wolves "“ and that should be a global population "“ to continue to boycott Idaho and Montana, where wolves are being actively targeted. (This includes Yellowstone National Park travel.)

Thank you for being a supporter of Friends of Animals. As always, I can assure you your determination is being seen and heard where it matters most.

Sincerely,

Priscilla Feral,
President
Friends of Animals

Comments

Thank you so much, Priscilla and Dustin for your continued efforts to save our wolves here in America. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel. Wolves are the most magnificent, intelligent, and family oriented animals on the planet and deserve to thrive, like all wildlife. My world centers around saving them and other imperiled wildlife. You can always count on me to do all I can to make their freedom and safety a reality. Hugs and Howls, Karen Wallo

Thank you for all you are doing to help save the wolves.

Priscilla, I deeply appreciated your blog post. You've summarized the "bloody business" well. Here in my home state of Oregon, many of us are trying desperately to support the very few wolves who've managed to survive attempts at a second statewide extinction. I've dealt with some of the myths and misconceptions about wolves in my recent book PART WILD (Scribner 2011) www.myurbanwild.com. I will share your excellent blog post with others. Thank you for the vital work you're doing!

Thank you for working to save the wolves!

Thank you for all that you have done to save America's wolves.

Priscilla, I wanted to share a wolf article with you. It's my cover story for High Country News. Just came out today. Behind the scenes in the lives of captive wolves With science, heart, and intestinal fortitude as we fight the good fight. Ceiridwen

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