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Howling For Wolves rally at the Capitol The public is invited to join Howling For Wolves for a rally at the Minnesota State Capitol on Friday, August 24, 2012. Family friendly, please share and bring a friend. Together, we can be a voice for the wolves. Time: 11AM – 2PM Location: 75 Rev Dr Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard Saint Paul, Minnesota 55155
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The Druids are the most celebrated wolf pack in North America. For almost a decade, they have held the Lamar Valley in northern Yellowstone. The valley is prime winter grazing for thousands of elk and thus the most coveted wolf country in all the Park. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Bob Landis has chronicled the adventures of the Druids since their very beginnings and in this, his third film on the wolves, the Druids find themselves in trouble for the very first time. After reaching the astonishing number of 37 members, the largest wolf-pack on record, the Druids begin to decline. Their leaders are failing with age and new packs are crossing their borders looking to claim the valley. This is the three year story of the fall and rise of the most famous wolves in America, their battles against rival wolves to hold on to their beautiful range, the dramatic twists in fortune that banish them from their valley, and the perseverance and devotion that bring them home at last.
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We are all deeply disappointed by the MN wolf hunt signed into law yesterday to start this fall 2012. We knew this would be nearly impossible to stop because of the misinformation and long-standing societal conceptions about the wolf.
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (July 30, 2012) – The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is being asked to answer questions about how and why the Gray Wolf is being targeted for an open sport trapping and shooting season immediately after it was removed from protection under the federal Endangered Species Act. A Minnesota Government Data Practices Act was formally submitted to the DNR to understand how and why the State of Minnesota DNR breached its legal commitments to: (1) wait five years before considering proposing a wolf shooting and trapping season; and (2) that any shooting and trapping season would only be one option for “population management measures”, not just for sport. (Currently, lightened state laws already allow for more wolf killing if they are considered threatening to people, livestock, domestic animals, or pets.)
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An emotional day of protest, shared disappointment as well as visions of hope filled the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol as members of American Indian Tribes, Humane Society of the United States, Howling For Wolves and individuals from around the state joined to protest the scheduled wolf trapping and shooting season.
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Barry Babcock, environmental activist and wolf advocate from northern Minnesota, will speak about his experience with wolves, Native American spiritual beliefs in regard to the wolf, and the wolf's impact on ecosystems.
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The WI wolf season, approved unanimously by the Natural Resources Board, is egregious in the extreme on many counts: high kill quota, night hunting, baiting, electronic calls, more. But the primitive cruelty of hunting wolves with dogs sets the stage for what dog expert Patricia McConnell says is "state sanctioned dog fighting". See Dane County Humane Society's statement, and expert testimony presented at the recent hearing.
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Read the commentary by Karin Winegar on MPR and find out what she thinks. Read the full article here.
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Wolf numbers and population recovery resilience can be especially undermined periodically by outbreaks of the contagious skin disease called mange or scabies. It can become endemic---literally embedded in a population. Read the full article from Michael W. Fox, PhD, DSc, Veterinarian.
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The wolf is a social and complex animal with so much more to give us by living and thriving ecologically than with its death and flesh. Just think about what we have already learned about our dogs from studying wolves.
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Dr. Maureen Hackett, founder of Howling for Wolves, says the upcoming wolf hunt in Minnesota is "really for sport". Howling for Wolves will keep fighting because this is "an issue of justice for the wolf", says Dr. Hackett. Read the full article here.

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