In the Spotlight

The Attempt to Remove Wolves from the Endangered Species List

Wolf RallyAs you all know, we always try to bring you enjoyable reading about the small events that are happening at our wolf refuge. We do not want to add to the list of political emails that most of you are already receiving from various organizations that are trying to protect our wolves, but this is just too important not to talk about.

On September 7 our director Bill Chamberlain and long-time friend and supporter Pat McLaughlin went to Washington, DC to attend a huge rally on National Mall about the USFWS's proposal to take the wolf off of the Endangered Species List. It was a huge event that brought awareness of this proposal. Bill was one of 9 distinguished speakers who spoke about various aspects of it. His presentation focused on the scientific and legal issues and how this proposal directly contradicts the basic intent of the Endangered Species Act and how it violates several specific provisions within it. He also presented specific verifiable information about the credibility and validity of the scientific research on which the proposal is based. After the rally the event embarked on a march down Constitution Avenue to the nation's capital.

Wolf Rally, Washington DCThere is now going to be three public hearings held around the country about this proposal. They will be in Washington, DC on Sept 30, Sacramento, CA on Oct 2 and Albuquerque, NM on Oct 4. Bill will speak at each of these. Bill is quite experienced at these kinds of events. Prior to the release of the Mexican wolf into AZ and NM in 1998 there was over a dozen public hearings that were held over a year's time period and they were all held in locations that would be impacted by wolf's restoration. Bill spoke every one of them. To have only 3 of these current hearings all held within a one week time period in locations that have no real stake in this proposal (except Albuquerque) is an indication of our government's questionable ethics and behavior.

Wolf RallyIf you are unaware of this drastic proposal please the reference material listed below, it tells you what this proposal is all about and what you can do to help stop it. It begs you to write letters to the director of USFWS and the Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell that tell them to withdraw this proposal and why. If have any questions feel free to contact our director:

William E. Chamberlain, Jr.
Curator and Director of Operations
United States Wolf Refuge
P.O. Box 2756
Sparks, NV 89432
Contact Bill a the US Wolf Refuge

Reference material links:

Wolf Delisting, Federal Register
Vol. 78, No. 114, Thursday, June 12, 2013
 Proposed Rules (PDF 1.3 Meg)

References Cited for the Proposed Rule “Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Maintaining Protections for the Mexican Wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) by Listing It as Endangered” Proposal File Download (PDF 114 Kb)

Endangered Species Act of 1973
As Amended through the 108th Congress
Download the PDF (175 Kb)

We know that many of you are reluctant to write letters. So let all your friends, family, coworkers, business associates and colleagues, and anyone you know who might be willing to help. If you don't want to write letters, won't you please make a tax deductible donation to the U.S. Wolf Refuge to help pay for our campaign to fight this governmental debacle? Thank You.

You will find links attached to the actual Endangered Species Act, Wolf Delisting Federal Registry and Cited References for Delisting Proposal.

Pack Member of the Month


NikitaOne of our very favorite pack members is Nikita. You have to love him if for nothing else than his colorful past! We are convinced that it is unlikely that Nikita is a wolf-dog, but of course we have no way to know this for sure…he can howl with the best of them! We feel that Nikita is just a very large Samoyed Mix.

In his younger days Nikita had a way of making himself not very popular and was re-homed several times AFTER Samoyed Rescue of San Francisco rescued him from a California animal shelter. After all of their attempts to keep him in a home (without escaping constantly) failed, they suspected that his behaviors were an indication that he might possibly be a wolf-dog and asked us to take him to our sanctuary. We were his last hope.

Seven year old Nikita has lived with us close to half of his life now. He is a good boy deserving of a new forever “escape-proof” home. He enjoys the company of many of our other pack members and runs and plays with most of them and is very comfortable with his life at our refuge. All in all he’s a great boy who deserves a new forever home. Nikita is available for adoption and would make a great companion for an experienced dog owner.

To celebrate our very special “NIKITA” his Adopt-a-Wolf packet will be on special the entire month of October for $20.00.

Recurring Monthly Donations

Important, Please Read

If you are one of the people who signed up via our website for recurring monthly donations to the refuge, or if you intended on signing up as soon as we got this new program corrected and working correctly, we would like to thank you for your dedication and support but we are not going to be able to do this. Due to technical difficulties we are not able to use this feature so we are going to have to once again ask you to just donate whenever you can via our websites regular “donation” button or by mailing checks.

Thank you for your patience. We are disappointed but optimistic that we will still have your support.

Coming Soon!

New Items in our Gift Shop

U.S. Wolf Refuge Colored T-shirtsWe have been testing the waters at the last couple of events that we have attended and have found that people love our new COLORED T-Shirts so we are going to be adding them to our gift shop. We also (at long last) have children’s t-shirts. We will have these items available for order within a few weeks so please check back soon.

Our very popular Microfibre Tote Bags have been discontinued by the manufacturer  so a suitable replacement is being sought. In the meantime they are available in very limited quantities. If you would like to check on availability of a specific color or design, please Contact Bill a the US Wolf Refuge

Upcoming Events

WCN Expo 2013October 12th – U.S. Wolf Refuge Staff at the
“Wildlife Conservation Expo” – 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Mission Bay Conference Center
1675 Owens Street, San Francisco, CA.

Guest Speaker this year is our good friend Jane Goodall!

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

WOOOOOOF... see you next month ...