January 2013

LARC Newsletter: “The Howling Press”
January 2013
Saving Wolves ~ Healing Heroes
Wolf Slaughter
Killing In the Name Of
It’s hard to imagine Sera, pictured here, on a wall in a diner in Montana but that seems to be the trade off in modern day America.  It’s all about cheap beef and dining room decor in the Pacific Northwest and the West.  There seems to be no place for wild wolves to roam; an entire wolf pack in Washington was destroyed because they allegedly preyed on a rancher’s calves on public lands that were not supervised by that rancher.  Even a protected animal from Yellowstone with a collar on her neck is subject to the blast of a gun from an overzealous hunter.  What’s the excuse this time … that you can see the wolf in the scope but you can’t see the collar on her neck?  It’s time to stop with excuses and imaginary lines across National Parks and protect the wolf once and for all.
 
Let’s all do something for the wolf in 2013 and declare January a “no beef” month as we can make an impact on ranchers by hitting them in their pocketbooks.  “Wolves not Cows” should be the motto of the public lands of the west.  And if you are planning a trip to Montana, Wyoming, Washington or Oregon – let their tourism bureaus know that you want to see wolves thriving and not dying – otherwise you can spend your tourist and business dollars elsewhere!
Keeping In Touch
New Software and Staff
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The mission at LARC is “saving wolves and healing heroes” and to better track our success we have implemented a donor-software that ties in with our website and accounting.  We’ve tried to make all of our communication look and feel the same to you, our supporter, but there are limitations to any software package.  Suggestions are always welcome and we strive to be more responsive to all of you.  
 
With new funding in late 2012 and early 2013 we have hired new Veterans at LARC and Serenity Park – our sibling sanctuary at the West L.A. VA Hospital (www.parrotcare.org). The two staff changes at Serenity Park are Jeff Stoltz is now full-time as the bird curator and Greg Green has been brought on to assist in an environmental enhancement project.  At the LARC facility in Lockwood we are welcoming Jeffrey Martinez as a wolfdog caregiver and Roy Keowen as development and database manager.  We want to welcome all the staff and look forward to a productive and life changing year for animals in 2013.
Wolf Information
Rider
Article Image Rider, seen here smiling, as he often does – has been loving the January weather.  It has been cold cold cold here in the mountains… and we are thrilled – for the woofers benefit of course.  Their luxurious coats have grown out and even with the cold weather they still get in their frozen water troughs.  By springtime we are hoping to have large swimming troughs in each enclosure as swimming is like a “fetsih” with these animals :)))
Rider has been invited back to the Abilities Expo as LARC’s ambassador – anyone who meets him seems to fall hopelessly in love…as all of us at LARC have – and the feeling is obviously mutual – simply irresistible!
On the Anniversary of Journey’s Journey (see article from one year ago below) – Let’s Celebrate Wild Wolves and Their Imperative Place in Our Ecosystem
OR7
SAN FRANCISCO — On the Chinese calendar, this week ushers in the year of the dragon. But here, it feels a lot more like the year of the wolf.
On Dec. 28, a 2 1/2 -year-old gray wolf crossed the state line from Oregon, becoming the first of his species to run wild here in 88 years.
His arrival has prompted news articles, attracted feverish fans and sent wildlife officials scrambling to prepare for a new and unfamiliar predator.
“California has more people with more opinions than other states,” said Mark Stopher, senior policy adviser for the California Department of Fish and Game. “We have people calling, saying we should find him a girlfriend as soon as possible and let them settle down. Some people say we should clear humans out of parts of the state and make a wolf sanctuary.”
The wolf, known to biologists as OR7, owes his fame to the GPS collar around his neck, which has allowed scientists and fans alike to use maps to follow his 1,000-mile, lovelorn trek south from his birthplace in northeastern Oregon.
Along the way, OR7 has accrued an almost cultlike status.  In Oregon, students participated in art contests to draw OR7’s likeness and a competition to rename him (the winner: “Journey”) … Continue reading. (Source: NYTimes)
Horrific Raffle Proposed for Largest Wolf Killed
written by Lorin Lindner, PhD, MPH to be submitted to the Vancouver Sun
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In a recent article printed in the Vancouver Sun, a contest is being pushed by local gun clubs which rewards contestants who kill the largest wolf – and a booby prize for the smallest wolf killed.  The plan to kill the largest of any species is a “final solution”-style proposal that effects a species’ entire ecological and social role.  First, there will be adolescent and juvenile individuals in packs left without proper role models – and just as with humans without proper adult supervision – youth are not experienced enough to properly carry the social structure on their backs.
Second, creating a competition of this nature further promotes the myth and misunderstanding that the “big bad wolf” is dangerous and threatening to humans while the facts show that there has been only one recorded incident of a wolf killing a human in North America – and it is unclear as to whether or not that animal was a wolf or a wolfdog.
Third, this wolf “hunt” is a carnival-like free-for-all that teaches children and adolescents to have fun by killing and falsely empowers those with the biggest guns to feel powerful by killing the largest “take” – albeit with the help of high powered rifles with scopes and lasers as well as aircraft, and deadly leghold traps (which has a much larger “incidental take” of other wildlife, birds and companion animals than it does wolves).  Clearly, this is no well thought out management plan with sound conservation science behind it but instead is being carried out indiscriminately and run by contestants motivated by a finder’s fee and encouraged to go kill as many wolves as they like without any kind of monitoring or reporting.
Kevin Boon, general manager of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association, has been noted as saying:  “At what point did the wolf become the prize jewel where we can’t touch it and everything else is to be sacrificed because of it.”
However, the more accurate question is: At what point did cattle become the crown jewel that we can’t allow our natural predators to exist without creating an atmosphere of fear which allows them to be killed without accountability?   Clearly the great majority of people would prefer to maintain this natural heritage and do not care to have them slaughtered for a prize.

The idea promoted by photographer John Marriott of Canmore, Alberta to urge a tourism boycott is something that might help discourage this kind of wild, wild west tomfoolery. 
The information that these wolves yield is far more valuable in helping understand and resolve issues surrounding their proper management and conservation.  The wolf has been persecuted and exploited by people with no knowledge of the effects of their actions on the species. Gun groups and local businesses have no business determining the management of this species. Conservation science should be what leads decisions regarding the long-term security and survival of the wolf – let us not promulgate a second extermination simply due to our fear and grandiosity.
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‘Famous’ Wolf Is Killed Outside Yellowstone
Yellowstone National Park’s best-known wolf, beloved by many tourists and valued by scientists who tracked its movements, was shot and killed on Thursday outside the park’s boundaries, Wyoming wildlife officials reported… Continue Reading (Source: NYTimes)
Max and MSM
This lovely boy, Max, who came from LARC’s rescue in Alaska just over a year ago, has been limping lately.  His packmate, Sir Lancelot, who is our elder statesman, has truly benefitted from a course of vegetable glucosamine and MSM and we are beginning this treatment now for Max – with the hope he will be running all about again. If you are interested in supplementing these supplements they run about $20 per month.
Let your Donation do the Howling
Jeffrey and Troy, both US Army veterans invite your help with the following Needed Items for LARC and Serenity Park in 2013:
We plan on purchasing additional heaters for the parrots in Serenity Park and heated water troughs for the wolfdogs and horses at LARC.  The heaters are $500 each and the troughs are $250 each.  Please note these items with your donations on our PayPal link.
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
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.
Photo Credits
LARC is very grateful to those talented people who help us with their art – their photos can be found in this e-newsletter and on our website:
Austin Briscoe
Stephen Coleman Photography
Jennfer Dallas Photography
Katie Mayfield
Meggi Reader Photography
Lisa Thackaberry
Buzz Varley
Natasha Woodall
If we have forgotten to include you please forgive our momentary lapse and do remind us!!