Call to Action : Saturday January 12, 2019:
by Jan Medema, Lead of Advocacy
In early December 2018, OR59, a young, collared gray wolf from Oregon entered California and was shot and killed. Wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act in California which makes the poaching of OR59 not only disturbing, but a criminal act. The California Department of Fish & Wildlife is conducting a criminal investigation, according to their website. Please contact the Director of the CDFW to let him know that the killing of wolves in California is unacceptable and that you are expecting a full and unbiased investigation regarding the killing of OR59.
Charlton Bonham, California Director of Fish & Wildlife
By phone: 916-445-0411
Address: California Department of Fish & Wildlife
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244-2090
The attached letter can be used as a sample for wording.
Original article can be found here.
TAKE ACTION TODAY : Wednesday, January 09, 2019:
FREE Film Showing in Flagstaff to Support Wildlife
What are wildlife killing contests?
Are they legal?
Are they considered hunting?
Are they about controlling coyote populations?
What does Arizona Game and Fish do about killing contests?
We have the answer to all of those questions and more.
Join us for a FREE public screening of the film Killing Games: Wildlife in the Crosshairs which examines the growing plague of wildlife killing contests. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and information on our initiative to ban wildlife killing contests in Arizona this year.
Wildlife killing contests are events in which participants compete for cash and prizes (e.g., guns, belt buckles, and more) for killing the most animals in a given time frame. The animals targeted are usually predators such as coyotes, bobcats, foxes and in some cases mountain lions. Outside of Arizona wolves are also included in these killing sprees.
The contests often include side bets and tiered prize levels awarded for the largest animal killed or the smallest (in other words, the youngest).
Our campaign in Arizona to ban these events is gaining momentum. Recently in collaboration with the City of Dewey and Yavapai County, a resolution and proclamation were passed opposing these “contests.” We are now focusing on Coconino County where the killing contest March Madness will take place benefiting a local 4H group.
Killing Games is produced by the nonprofit group Project Coyote. It will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Betsy Klein, Co-founder of I AM WOLF NATION™ with panelists Matt Francis, Program Associate, Project Coyote; Joe Trudeau, Southwest Advocate, Center for Biological Diversity; Amber Fields, hunter and conservationist, and Emily Renn, Executive Director, Grand Canyon Wolf Recovery Project.
The event is co-sponsored by Matt Francis, Lain Kahlstrom, Tina Meredith, and Betsy Klein, four concerned residents of Arizona who started the campaign www.EndKillingContests.org with support from I AM WOLF NATION™ and Project Coyote.
The event is FREE; however, an RSVP is much appreciated. Please click here:
WHAT: Killing Games film screening and panel discussion about wildlife killing contests
WHEN: January 24, 7-8:30 pm
WHERE: Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 North Valley Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (559) 425-6191.
There Is Still Time to Protect Our Country’s Wolves
The iconic gray wolf, a symbol of the wild, once roamed throughout the United States, their numbers in the millions. However, due to conflicts with livestock in the early 1900’s, and with the blessing of the federal government, they were hunted and killed almost to extinction.
Realizing their important role in the ecosystem, wolves became protected under what would later become the Endangered Species Act in the 1960’s and were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park in the mid 1990’s. They thrived and the gray wolf has once again become a small part of the national landscape, attracting millions of visitors to Yellowstone, yearly. However, their recovery is in its infancy.
Special interest groups are again pressuring our elected officials to strip the gray wolf of the critical protections needed for survival. Not only has the gray wolf been targeted by these groups, the Endangered Species Act, which has protected thousands of species from extinction, is also under attack.
On November 16, 2018, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6784, a bill that removes federal Endangered Species Act protections for the recovering gray wolf in the Lower 48 states. This bill also, amazingly, prohibits judicial review, preventing any legal action against it. So much for the checks and balances of our three branches of government!
On November 26, 2018, this bill made it to the Senate floor and was immediately moved to the Senate Subcommittee on Environment and Public works for discussion.
The Chairman of this committee, who is anti-wolf, is touting this bill as strengthening the ESA, which we know is not the case. It is not yet decided if this bill will remain as a stand-alone Endangered Species Act Amendment or if the senate will attempt to hide it as an attachment on a separate and unrelated appropriations bill such as the Farm Act.
Either way, we must fight to keep this amendment from making it out of the Senate and on to the President’s desk.
Below is a list of the members of the Senate Subcommittee on Environment and Public Works. Please call all of them and let them know that you are not in favor of this anti-wolf bill/amendment. Also call your own senators at (202) 224-3121 to tell them the same. We must act now, we cannot be complacent regarding the destruction of this species and of the ESA. This is only the beginning of what will be done if they are not stopped.
• John Barrasso (Chairman) Wyoming (202) 224-6441
• James M. Inhofe Oklahoma (202) 224-4721
• Shelley Moore Capito West Virginia (202) 224-6472
• John Boozman Arkansas (202) 224-4843
• Roger F. Wicker Mississippi (202) 224-6253
• Deb Fischer Nebraska (202) 224-6551
• Jerry Moran Kansas (202) 224-6521
• Mike Rounds So. Dakota (202) 224-5842
• Joni Ernst Iowa (202) 224-9369
• Dan Sullivan Alaska (202) 224-3004
• Richard Shelby Alabama (202) 224-5744
• Thomas R. Carper (Ranking Member) Delaware (202) 224-2441
• Benjamin L. Cardin Maryland (202) 224-4524
• Bernard Sanders Vermont (800) 339-9834
• Sheldon Whitehouse R. Island (202) 224-2921
• Jeff Merkley Oregon (202) 224-3753
• Kirsten Gillibrand New York (202) 224-4451
• Cory A. Booker New Jersey (202) 224-3224
• Edward Markey Massachusetts (202) 224-2742
• Tammy Duckworth Illinois (202) 224-2854
• Chris Van Hollen Maryland (202) 224-4654
Finally, contact those in support of keeping wolves listed and thank them on behalf of the majority of Americans. Those senators can be found in the articles above.
Thank you for taking action to save our country’s wolves,
Lead of Advocacy
11/26/18 is the day the Senate votes on the bill that could remove all protections for wolves in the lower 48.
PLEASE CALL YOUR SENATORS AND SHARE THIS POST
URGENT! CALLS NEEDED! A bill (H.R. 6784, at https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/6784) will be voted on by the full U.S. House of Representatives THIS FRIDAY MORNING that would delist all gray wolves in the lower 48 states from the Endangered Species Act. If this passes, states will open up trophy hunting, trapping, and even hounding seasons on these amazing animals as soon as the fall of 2019.
TAKE ACTION: Please go here to find your U.S. Representative: https://bit.ly/1gRruDl, then contact him or her *by Thursday* to say that you’re opposed to the Congressional delisting of wolves, and ask them to vote NO on H.R. 6784. THANK YOU for speaking up for wolves!
EMERGENCY TWEET STORM TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018!WEET STORM TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018!
GET READY TO JOIN THE "TWEET STORM" to protect the Endangered Species Act! Starts at 10:00 am Central Time until 4:00 pm Central Time.
If you've never been one to speak up - now's the time. Never in our lifetimes did we ever believe that the ESA would be in this much danger. We are living at a time when we are seeing man wipe major species to extinction right before our very eyes. It's time to #speakup. #ExtinctionIsForever - A Tweet to your senators takes a second.
Visit www.govtrack.us for a list of your government officials.
Click the link for details/instructions:
Action needed TODAY to save California Predators!
Assembly Bill AB 2422 to ban use of certain "rat poisons" needs your support, now. Today.
Assembly Bill 2422, passed Assembly Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials Committee late Tuesday afternoon and is scheduled to be heard by the Committee for Water, Parks, and Wildlife at the State Capitol on April 24th.
The Committee for Water, Parks, and Wildlife needs to hear from you today, April 13th!
Please, take a minute to email or call - even if just to say that you are in support.
Address Comments to: Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife:
Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia, Assembly Member James Gallagher, Assembly Member Frank Bigelow, Assembly Member Wendy Carrillo, Assembly Member Steven S. Choi, PhD, Assembly Member Kansen Chu, Assembly Member Laura Friedman, Assembly Member Todd Gloria, Assembly Member Matthew Harper, Assembly Member Ash Kalra, Assembly Member Marc Levine, Assembly Member Devon J. Mathis, Assembly Member Blanca E. Rubio, Assembly Member Rudy Salas, Assembly Member Jim Wood
Emails should be sent to their staff:
Mark.Rossow@asm.ca.gov, David.Evans@asm.ca.gov, Hannah.Ackley@asm.ca.gov, Brandon.Seto@asm.ca.gov, Cameron.Demetre@asm.ca.gov, Diego.Lopez@asm.ca.gov, Annie.Pham@asm.ca.gov, Jim.Metropulos@asm.ca.gov, Yvonne.Munoz@asm.ca.gov, Alexander.Henthorn@asm.ca.gov, Roseryn.Bhudsabourg@asm.ca.gov, Justin.Boman@asm.ca.gov, Joaquin.Pacheco@asm.ca.gov, Celia.Mata@asm.ca.gov, Paul.Ramey@asm.ca.gov
The list, If you'd like to call or email separately:
Eduardo Garcia, Dem-56
(916) 319-2056, Eduardo.Garcia@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Mark Rossow, Mark.Rossow@asm.ca.gov
James Gallagher, Rep-03
(916) 319-2003, James.Gallagher@asm.ca.gov
Staff: David Evans, David.Evans@asm.ca.gov
Frank Bigelow, Rep-05
(916) 319-2005, Frank.Bigelow@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Hannah Ackley, Hannah.Ackley@asm.ca.gov
Wendy Carrillo, Dem-51
(916) 319-2051, Wendy.Carrillo@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Brandon Seto, Brandon.Seto@asm.ca.gov
Steven S. Choi, PhD, Rep-68
(916) 319-2068, Steven.Choi@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Cameron Demetre, Cameron.Demetre@asm.ca.gov
Kansen Chu, Dem-25
(916) 319-2025, Kansen.Chu@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Annie Pham, Annie.Pham@asm.ca.gov
Laura Friedman, Dem-43
(916) 319-2043, Laura.Friedman@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Jim Metropulos, Jim.Metropulos@asm.ca.gov
Todd Gloria, Dem-78
(916) 319-2078, Todd.Gloria@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Yvonne Munos, Yvonne.Munoz@asm.ca.gov
Matthew Harper, Rep-74
(916) 319-2074, Matthew.Harper@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Alexander Henthorn, Alexander.Henthorn@asm.ca.gov
Ash Kalra, Dem-27
(916) 319-2027, Ash.Kalra@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Roseryn Bhudsabourg, Roseryn.Bhudsabourg@asm.ca.gov
Marc Levine, Dem-10
(916) 319-2010, Marc.Levine@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Diego Lopez, Diego.Lopez@asm.ca.gov
Devon J. Mathis, Rep-26
(916) 319-2026, Devon.Mathis@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Justin Boman, Justin.Boman@asm.ca.gov
Blanca E. Rubio, Dem-48
(916) 319-2048, Blanca.Rubio@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Joaquin Pacheco, Joaquin.Pacheco@asm.ca.gov
Rudy Salas, Jr., Dem-32
(916) 319-2032, Rudy.Salas@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Celia Mata, Celia.Mata@asm.ca.gov
Jim Wood, Dem-02
(916) 319-2002, Jim.Wood@asm.ca.gov
Staff: Paul Ramey, Paul.Ramey@asm.ca.gov
It's just as important to support officials when they protect wildlife as it is when we're urging them to take a protective action. Take a moment to congratulate Canada's Conservation Officer Service for educating the public on wolves and how to coexist without harming them. Send them an email here: email@example.com
IMMEDIATE ACTION REQUIRED: Let Alaska's Governor Bill Walker know that the recent and horrifying carnage of the wolves near Denali National Park is unacceptable and needs to be addressed immediately.
Click here and here to download two letters to Governor Bill Walker from the A-Team to help you get your letter-writing juices flowing...
Governor Bill Walker's Contact Information
Office of Governor Bill Walker
P.O. Box 110001
Juneau, AK 99811-0001
APRIL 11, 2018: Protect Minnesota's Wolves and "Stand against Snaring" with Howling For Wolves
Let Minnesota's state-level government officials know that protecting our country's wildlife isn't a state-by-state issue; it's a national issue, and we ALL care about the wolves of Minnesota.
* Click HERE to join Howling For Wolves at their state capital April 11th to talk to Minnesota politicians in person and rally for the wolf.
* Contact Minnesota state lawmakers and tell them you want the wolves of Minnesota protected.
- Visit www.govtrack.us for a list of MN state lawmakers and their contact information.
- Below is the letter Apex sent, modified for out-of-state residents to use, originally drafted by Howling for Wolves. Please feel free to use the talking points stressed by Howling For Wolves and add your unique touch to it. Download it HERE.
In July 2017, the misleadingly named HELP for Wildlife Act (S. 1514) passed out of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and could be taken up for a vote by the full Senate at any time. If passed into law, wolves in four states would lose all protections and courts would be prevented from reviewing this reckless action. This legislative interference in endangered species listing decisions not only puts that species at risk, but threatens the Endangered Species Act. Please email your senators today and tell them you expect them to protect wolves and the Endangered Species Act by voting no on S. 1514.
In addition to threatening wolf populations and weakening the Endangered Species Act, this bill (S. 1514) would prevent the regulation of lead fishing equipment to protect our waterways. Lead is highly-toxic and has no place in our rivers. This bill’s prohibition on progress is reckless and puts endangered and threatened species at continued risk of an excruciating death by lead poisoning.
Another portion of the bill would allow the import of polar bear carcasses killed by trophy hunters before they were protected. Polar bears are protected as threatened under the Act and cannot legally be hunted or their “trophies” imported–for good reason. Allowing these wealthy trophy hunters an exemption to the law encourages hunting of other soon-to-be-listed species. Please ask your senators to oppose S. 1514 if it comes to the floor.