February 2013

LARC Newsletter: “The Howling Press”
February 2013
Saving Wolves ~ Healing Heroes
Love is in the Air! Happy Valentines’ Day! 

It is no surprise that Valentines’ Day falls in the month of February – this is the mating season for many species, particularly wolves, who only breed once a year so the pups are born in the Spring when food is plentiful.  Rider and Blue and Rainier and Nala are showing how much they care for each other…but of course all of our canids are “fixed” because breeding would be the wrong thing to do with so many animals desperate for homes…and so few homes capable of giving them the appropriate care.  Exotic animals especially should not be considered as a “pet” and the wolfdog is ultimately the loser – the dog part wants to be in the house sleeping at our side and the wolf wants to be outside roaming in his or her pack – it is unfair to create a being who has such opposing desires…and no true “home.” Happy Valentines’ Day to All of our readers and thank you for being the ones who bring love into our lives!
Veterans Benefit from their Furry and Feathered Friends 
Article ImageIt has long been known that human emotional needs can be met by their companion animals – but is it possible to fulfill the psychological needs of humans with birds and wolfdogs?  The complex nature of human-animal relationships has not been revealed through scientific study but just about everyone loves being around animals – it simply makes us feel better.  Well, no less so than our US Military veterans who return from service and do not always have an easy time making the transition back into society, their families and the workforce.  The psychosocial benefits from the special bonds our veterans develop with the parrots and wolfdogs is part of what helps them recover from their psychological wounds.  There is nothing like the emotional attachment, unconditional understanding, affection and acceptance that comes from these unique companions.  Another factor that seems very appealing to the veteran is the loyalty these animals show them, and the fact that they do not do what you tell them to do – they do it because they want to.  The added value they provide to the lives of these veterans is sometimes the only thing they feel they have to live for.
We honor Stanley MacDonald this month, US Navy veteran, and foreman extrordinaire for the sanctuaries.  His specialty training as a Seabee in Desert Storm sure benefits the parrots and wolfdogs – but it is his dedication, hard work and devotion that makes us function not only efficiently and effectively but with heart and soul!  Thank you, Stanley, and a big Valentine’s HEART to you and your family.
Wolf Harvest 
Several States list the total number of wolves that are allowed to be killed at the hands of hunters this season. They refer to it as a “Harvest” and the numbers are truly astonishing.  The “Witch Hunt” has taken 1000 of these precious lives. 
Don’t know how to kill a wolf? In Idaho, you can pay a mere $8.00 and learn directly from the agency you’d expect would be protecting them. If you live in a state with hearings on the wolf hunt contact us for dates and times.
In California, although wolf hunting is not legal – yet – a gun club in Modoc County is holding a coyote hunting contest where scores of hunters have already signed up to see who can kill the most coyotes – this takes place from Feb. 8 to Feb. 10 – we recommend contacting the Chamber of Commerce and let them know you will not be visiting that area. And if this is not outrageous enough, the hunt is taking place not far from one of the latest sites that the only wolf in California – known as Journey and OR7 – has been seen.  We condemn the killing of coyotes but in the process this lone gray wolf could also lose his life.
Cascadia Wildlands Petition to Save Wolves 
We like what Cascadia Wildlands says about helping wolves, please read this excerpt from them and write a letter to the Director of Fish and Wildlife…and thank you for the wolf!
Since the late 1990s, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has been looking for ways to end its involvement in gray wolf recovery in the lower 48 states. The response from the scientific community and the public at that time was to argue that neither the science nor public will support discontinuation of federal protections for western wolves in areas outside the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes.

More than a decade later the USFWS is again going through a process that could ultimately remove Endangered Species Act protections for western wolves recolonizing areas outside the boundaries of the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes Wolf recovery areas. While wolf recovery progress has certainly been made in the Northern Rockies and outside that core western recovery area, western wolves are still absent, diminished from historic levels, or vulnerable in the majority of their historic western ranges.

If the USFWS proceeds with its plan to strip protections for wolves, OR-7 (or Journey), the iconic wolf who traveled from eastern Oregon to northern California to become the state’s first wolf in over 80 years, would now have a target on its back. Thanks for signing our petition and standing up for wolves!

Click here to sign the petetion! If you prefer to do things the old fashioned way, a sample letter is provided below for your convenience.
Mr. Dan Ashe
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Washington, DC 20240

Dear Director Ashe,

I firmly believe that the scientific and public good arguments against ending federal involvement in wolf recovery in the lower 48 states—particularly in the Pacific Northwest and Southern Rockies—that were valid in the late 1990s are still valid today.

Further, fundamental and largely unresolved barriers between realizing tenuous wolf recovery objectives in a region or two and the ultimate goal of enabling species recovery across the spectrum of remaining re-colonization opportunities;

Western wolf recovery as largely an issue of federal lands policy and priorities involving a widely roaming species whose expedited recovery cannot or should not be delegated to the states or localities;

The wolf as a keystone species contributing an ecosystem function that cascades down through a multitude of public landscapes in several states negatively impacted by unchecked populations of native and domestic ungulates; and

An inherent federal responsibility for wolf recovery for the simple reason that the Biological Survey—a precursor to the US Fish and Wildlife Service—was in large part responsible for the broad scale elimination of wolves in the lower 48 states.

For all of the above reasons and more I join with Cascadia Wildlands and others in calling for the USFWS—your agency—to materially commit to getting the wolf recovery job done in the American West. This path is supported by a substantial body of scientific literature, legions of wildlife scientists working the field and a sector of the US public committed to conservation ethics.

To all LARC supporters, thank you for taking the time to address this concern and heping to be the voice for the wolves.


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Let your Donation do the Howling
We thank you so much for your support.  With the winter months kicking into gear those heated water troughs make all the difference in the world.  Added to this we would like to place bales of straw into the doggie igloos – at a cost of $28 per bale  - the wolfdogs go through quite a bit of straw throughout the winter.  Your support is always invaluable and this will warm more than our hearts:))
I Give (Warriors and Wolves)
LARC’s Warriors and Wolves program, would like our supporters to use the IGive website when making purchases.  Just downloading the “Igive” app will donate $5.00 to LARC.  All purchases through the Igive site donate a percentage to LARC without any extra cost to you.  Most merchants and companies are listed with Igive.  It is an easy way to raise some needed funds for LARC simply by doing your regular shopping.  
Please visit them: www.igive.com
Donate Now to
the Lockwood Animal Rescue Center through the
Assn. for Parrot C.A.R.E.
our parent organization
Every month the expenses seem to increase to run the LARC sanctuary – whether it’s fuel bills, utilities or food…so every donation counts no matter how small.  
We Are All in it Together 

Not everyone can afford to sponsor a wolfdog every month or support LARC’s efforts financially but everyone can do something to help…remember the Antidote to Despair is Action – and all of us with our eyes wide open to the plight of animals feel a little sadness every now and then.  By doing something to help animals we can feel a part of something bigger, a growing sense of compassion and caring that IS making a difference.  Tell your friends, family and co-workers about the wolf hunts, sign a petition, send a letter to the editor of your newspaper, write a blog about the senseless breeding of wolves to dogs!  And if you can, help with frequent flyer miles to send LARC to the wolf hearings around the country.