In the Spotlight

The Wolf in America is Fighting for its Life

Our wonderful government is at it again. Recently they just don't seem to be able to do anything right. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service wants to remove the wolf from the Endangered Species List in all of the continental U.S. There are only 5500 of them left in only 10 states in the continental U.S.

The wolf is an iconic, keystone species. Since its return to a small portion of its former range, there have been tremendous ecological improvements, but its recovery is far from complete. It occupies less than 5% of its former range and its present population is less than 2% of what it was less than 100 years ago. They were delisted in the Northern Rockies region and the Western Great Lakes region in 2011. Since then over 2200 of them slaughtered.

To delist them in the remaining states is a plan motivated by politics and special interests, which is specifically prohibited by their policies and procedures. In the public hearings that are being held, I have pointed out the specific regulations and policies that this proposal violates. I seem to be the only force that seems to speak of these violations. Defenders of Wildlife has been virtually silent in this regard. They have had training sessions telling those who are chosen to speak the things they want them to say, but these sessions have not mentioned anything about the relevant issues that are listed in the actual proposal itself.

You have until Dec 7 to voice your opposition to this proposal.

Visit the website and respond:

www.regulations.gov
In the search box enter:
FWS HQ ES 2013 0073 (this is this proposal's docket number)

Postal mail:
Public Comment Processing
Att: FWS HQ ES 2013 0073
Div of Policy & Directive Management
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
4401 N. Fairfax Dr. MS 2042 PDM
Arlington, VA 22203

Wolf News - Last Month's Article

The ongoing battle to keep the government from delisting wolves has made no progress. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has once again rescheduled the public hearings on their proposal to delist gray wolves across most of the U.S., and has extended the public comment period now to DECEMBER 17th. Read Bill Chamberlain’s comments on this subject and how to make your voice heard.

Our Newest Pack Member

"Gianni"

GianniWe recently received a desperate phone call from a person totally down on his luck. He had gotten sick which led to him losing his job. This led to a downward spiral where he lost his home and his car. He wound up walking the streets of Reno with his dog. He was unable to stay with his friends because their apartment complex didn't allow pets.

Gianni is a 6 year-old in-tact male that he has had since he was 6 weeks old. He is an absolute love-bug that is as comfortable on the couch as he is chasing rabbits. He does have some slight separation anxiety though. He seems to get along with everyone but Takoda. They growl and snarl at each other, but have not been given the opportunity to take that any further.

We extended to Gianni's owner the option to get his dog back when he gets his life back together and can provide him a safe and secure home. Gianni is the only wolf at the Refuge that is in-tact and he will be neutered as soon as funds and time allow.

Holiday Shopping on Amazon???

If you are doing any of your holiday shopping on Amazon, CLICK THE AMAZON LINK in the left column on this page! It’s as simple as that --- just shop as usual after you click on the link and a portion of your purchase will be donated to our refuge by Amazon.

colored t-shirtsT-Shirt Tuesday

Place your order for a U.S. Wolf Refuge t-shirt on any TUESDAY throughout the month of December 2013 and it will ship to you before the following TUESDAY and the shipping charges are on US!

Visit the Gift Shop to order!


Pack Member of the Month

"Kasa"

One of the best things that has ever happened to the United States Wolf Refuge was the day that we rescued “Kasa” from a county animal shelter in Northern California. All we knew about her at the time was that she came from a home with a family whose home went into foreclosure. They had no choice but to surrender Kasa to the shelter which (now that we know Kasa much better) had to have been one of the hardest things they had ever had to do.

Kasa with a red bowNot only is Kasa breathtakingly beautiful ~ she has an aura about her that draws people in. She’s as wonderful in public as she is in the privacy of the refuge. We selected her new name very carefully with respect to the Native American community that cherishes the wolf in addition to taking into account how pretty she is. “Kasa” is Hopi for “dressed in furs” which of course she is.

Kasa is a powerhouse of energy and affection. Anyone paying her a visit has to be ready for “her way” of greeting you…there is no other way! Brace yourself to be over-run (literally) by her excitement as well as her love of jumping up on you face-to-face to give you wolfie kisses that will wet your entire face!

Because of our special bond with Kasa and because she has proven herself a wonderful ambassador of her kind, Kasa is a U.S. Wolf Refuge Ambassador and a permanent resident of the United States Wolf Refuge. She is not available for adoption…she has found her place in our hearts and at our refuge.

Reminder

$$$ 2013 Income Taxes $$$

Just a little reminder that the end of 2013 is approaching us VERY quickly. If you are considering making any last minute tax deductible donations this year please consider donating to the U.S. Wolf Refuge pack.
Thank you!

Next Month's Newsletter

The January 2014 U.S. Wolf Refuge newsletter will be a review of all of the wonderful things that happened to us throughout the 2013 year.

Upcoming Events

Watch for announcements about Bill Chamberlain’s future speaking engagements to help the fight to keep wild wolves on the Endangered Species List.

No other current USWR events are scheduled until after the first of next year ...
we’re huddling together for a snowy Winter!

 

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Happy Holidays

Paw PrintFor more information about the U.S. Wolf Refuge,
contact us at:
(775) 475-0510

WOOOOOOF... see you next month ...