On Becoming a Wolf Activist—Do the wolf waltz


By Bob Ferris “Silence in the face of injustice is complicity with the oppressor.” Ginetta Sagan   The title of a recent opinion piece in a Utah paper nailed it: Making War on Wolves.  Because what we are seeing out there is truly a war waged on a wildlife species. And like with most wars … Continue reading On Becoming a Wolf Activist—Do the wolf waltz

Gray wolves need time


  Recovery has been robust, but it’s not yet complete Eugene Register Guard  June 12, 2013   The federal government should abandon its premature plan to remove endangered species protections for gray wolves in the lower 48 states — including Oregon, where the apex predator’s numbers have yet to reach sustainable levels.   The U.S. … Continue reading Gray wolves need time

Don’t Forsake the Gray Wolf


By Jim Dutcher, Jamie Dutcher, and Garrick Dutcher June 7, 2013   KETCHUM, Idaho — IT has been celebrated as one of the great victories of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. After several decades of federal protection, gray wolves — once nearly wiped out in the continental United States — have reached a population … Continue reading Don’t Forsake the Gray Wolf

USFWS Draft Wolf Delisting Rule Exit Strategy not Recovery Plan


Statement of Cascadia Wildlands:   We are exceedingly disappointed in the Obama Administration, Department of Interior and US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for abandoning science and the intent of the Endangered Species Act in their draft delisting proposal of the gray wolf in the lower 48 states. The USFWS's pandering to the livestock lobby … Continue reading USFWS Draft Wolf Delisting Rule Exit Strategy not Recovery Plan

NYT: After Years of Progress, a Setback in Saving the Wolf


By Verlyn Klinkenborg June 1, 2013 The 1973 Endangered Species Act provides federal protection — breathing space, in a very real sense — to plants and animals threatened with extinction. Had this task been left to the states alone, almost none of the species that have returned to health would have done so. But the … Continue reading NYT: After Years of Progress, a Setback in Saving the Wolf

Don Peay: the Man Who Would Be King… Baron


by Bob Ferris   Rudyard Kipling wrote a tale once about two pals in the British army serving in India who figured they could travel north to Kafiristan in present-day Afghanistan and essentially create their own mini-kingdom.  The tale was fanciful and was eventually turned into a popular 1975 movie starring Sean Connery and Michael … Continue reading Don Peay: the Man Who Would Be King… Baron

Wolves Need Protection: DeFazio Asks the Feds to Extend Their Protected Status


Editorial by the Register-Guard March 7, 2013 Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., and Ed Markey, D-Mass., along with 50 other members of the House of Representatives, have asked U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ash to continue existing federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves. Ash, whose agency reportedly is close to removing federal protections … Continue reading Wolves Need Protection: DeFazio Asks the Feds to Extend Their Protected Status

Congress Members Seek Continued Wolf Protections


Peter DeFazio » Congress members seek continued wolf protections Associated Press By John Flesher Mar. 5, 2013    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of U.S. House members urged federal regulators Tuesday to retain legal protections for gray wolves across most of the lower 48 states, saying the resilient predator could continue expanding its range … Continue reading Congress Members Seek Continued Wolf Protections

Press Release: 52 Members of Congress Urge Continued Federal Protections for Wolves in Lower 48 States


For immediate release, March 5, 2013 Contacts: Noah Greenwald, Center for Biological Diversity, (503) 484-7495 Josh Laughlin, Cascadia Wildlands, (541) 434-1463 PORTLAND, Ore.— In an effort championed by Reps. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), 52 House members sent a letter today to the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service urging an … Continue reading Press Release: 52 Members of Congress Urge Continued Federal Protections for Wolves in Lower 48 States

What We Might All Learn from James Fenimore Cooper


  by Bob Ferris “The books he wrote later tell how he never forgot the howl of the wolf across the icy field of Otsego on cold winter nights, the peculiar wail of the sharp-toothed panther in the quiet wood roads, nor the familiar springs where the deer lingered latest. In James Fenimore Cooper by … Continue reading What We Might All Learn from James Fenimore Cooper