Monthly Archives: January 2010

Full Wolf Moon

It was a beautiful winter night at the Hakubai Temple in Boulder, Colorado.  In honor of the full Wolf Moon, Andrew Schelling read his poems “To the Secretary of the Interior,” and “Colorado Wolf Dance Song.”  Eloquent reminders of the fact that Gray Wolves are currently in urgent need of our defense.


Dear Secretary Salazar,
Here in your home
state Colorado
polls show the population
largely in favor of reintroducing
the Gray or Timber Wolf to our
mountains. I once wrote
that I hoped my children would live
to hear the wolf howl some day.
Word has it you are working to
remove the wolf from Federal protection
and hope shortly to delist it
from the Endangered Species Act.
This leaves as you know wolf
management in the hands
of ranching interests, and as a federal court
noted, does bypass proper scientific
study of whether the Northern
Rocky populations are viable.
I want to suggest
that should you remove
protection, and many of Idaho’s wolves
disappear under the guns of mid-level bureaucrats,
we request the Teton Lakota rename
their winter month ‘Moon when the
wolves used to run,’
and petition the Farmer’s Almanac
to delist January as Full Wolf Moon—
they could rename it Moon of
Political Payback,
Aerial Gunning Moon
or Full Moon of the Rancher’s Lobby.

Thank you.

Andrew Schelling


Old Lefty of Burns Hole

Old Whitey of Bear Springs Mesa

Rags the Digger of Cathedral Bluffs

The Unaweep Wolf near Whitewater

Big Foot, west of DeBeque

The Phantom Wolf, outside Fruita

The Greenhorn Wolf of Butler Pasture

Three Toes of the Apishapa

Andrew Schelling

EcoJournal: Management of Wolves

Wolf conservation has reached a crossroad.  Recently removed from the Endangered Species List in Idaho and Montana due to pressures from ranchers (who often use public lands to graze livestock), the wolf hunt is on.  The wolf, canis lupus, was, and still is, threatened with extinction in the continental U.S.  In 1985, after being placed on the Endangered Species List, and with re-introduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park in 1995, an organized effort was made to restore populations and conduct research, costing taxpayers millions of dollars.  This effort succeeded in raising numbers to a level that approached genetic viability.  As of 2009, populations in Idaho, Montana,and Wyoming had reached approximately 1,600 wolves, but many scientists consider this to fall short of a genetically healthy number.  Wolf management must be conducted in a mindful and humane manner.  Leaving this management in the hands of states creates conflicts of interest, and fragments the wolf populations.

The following organizations are involved in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, seeking to reverse the decision to de-list the Northern Rockies Gray Wolf from the Endangered Species Act:

Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Center for Biological Diversity, The Humane Society of the United States, Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Friends of the Clearwater, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands Project, Western Watersheds Project, Wildlands Project

Human intervention CAN be beneficial for species on the planet, but much depends upon propaganda, economics, and the current political climate.  Since wolves cannot speak for themselves, we, as articulate individuals, have the power to advocate in their behalf.  Although we will never know the wolf’s perspective first-hand, we can be sure they desire the basic rights of life: safe habitat, food, water, shelter, and freedom.

Ce loup est magnifique!

Predator Genocide


of                                      and it                                      think of

wilderness                                    or wolves

complex                              fences

on      on



canis lupus/hóóxei

news about wolf 314F, a young female of the Mill Creek Pack, who travels from Montana north of Yellowstone National Park, through five states into northern



researchers track signals            1,000 miles          “we think she seeks a mate”

[wolves were wiped

out in

this state

about eighty years

ago                               /                              ago

about eighty years]

this is a prayer to end predator-genocide:             the wolf-bitch travels!






The 18-month-old wolf 314F was found dead near Rifle, Colorado in April, 2009.  See David Frey’s article, and other articles online.