Monthly Archives: March 2010

Knitting for Wolves

Wolfsong, hand-dyed wool, before winding into a skein

Dani, a neighbor and friend, is an amazing artist with wool.  She hand-dyes this natural fiber with colors she sees in the landscape, and colors she would like to see.  Her new colorway is called Wolfsong (image above), and is inspired by the colors of the Gray Wolf.  If you are a knitter and a supporter of wolves, check out the Sunshine Yarns website!  Dani is generously donating $5 from every skein of Wolfsong she sells, to Earthjustice, the environmental law firm leading the court battle to re-list the Gray Wolf on the Endangered Species Act.  Thanks so much to Dani and Sunshine Yarns!


Month of the Wolf at University of Colorado, Boulder

A Reply from Senator Michael Bennet, Colorado

I recently sent letters to President Obama & Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, as well as Senator Michael Bennet and Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado.  Senator Bennet has graciously sent a reply, posted below.  Please write to your representatives in Washington.  Many voices can make a difference!

Dear Suzanne:

Thank you for contacting me regarding protection of the gray wolf. I appreciate hearing from you.

As you may know, an animal or plant may be a candidate for federal protection under the Endangered Species Act if, according to the Secretary of the Interior, a significant economic or growth-related factor is threatening its livelihood. I share your concern that conservation efforts are critical as habitat loss continues to affect many sensitive animals. The gray wolf is certainly one that deserves our consideration.

You may be interested to know that I joined a bipartisan group of Senators in writing a letter to Senator Kohl of Wisconsin and Senator Brownback of Kansas, the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, commending them for properly resourcing the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s enforcement of key animal welfare laws. The letter also urged Senators Kohl and Brownback to continue their commitment to these efforts in Fiscal Year 2010.

The letter also recommended proper resourcing for practices and enforcement of humane methods of slaughter, monitoring the general animal welfare, investigative and enforcement services to meet the rising need of animal welfare cases, maintenance and improvement of
Animal Fighting Enforcement agencies, furthered implementation of the National Veterinary Medical Service Act, and increasing the range and scope of the Disaster Planning for the Animal Emergency Management System. The goal of such work on the federal level is protecting animal welfare nationwide.

I value the input of fellow Coloradans in considering the wide variety of important issues and legislative initiatives that come before the Senate. I hope you will continue to inform me of your thoughts and concerns.

For more information about my priorities as a U.S. Senator, I invite you to visit my website at Again, thank you for contacting me.


Michael Bennet
United States Senator

Eco-Poets at The Jack Kerouac School

The Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, at Naropa University, has on its faculty two distinguished poets who consistently speak on behalf of ecological concerns:  Jack Collom and Andrew Schelling.

Jack Collom has been teaching Eco-Lit for the past twenty years. In the upcoming edition of Bombay Gin, Naropa’s literary journal, Jack’s work, and that of selected students from Eco-Lit, will be prominently featured.  Below is a wolf-inspired poem by Jack Collom, as typed on his electric typewriter.  Click on the image of the poem to enlarge.


Andrew Schelling is a professor of poetry, literature, and translation at Naropa University, and Editor-in-Chief of Bombay Gin. The following poem is an excerpt from a larger work, called  Arapaho Songbook. A more extensive selection from this work will be featured in the upcoming issue of Bombay Gin.

Biologists on the plateau
studying wolf incursions from Idaho
keep the name taboo alive –
‘visitors from the north’
they photograph pawprints collect scat
there’s message in urine marks
a parda grammatica
If I knew your real name
could read it off the rocks would you too
be anamika, Un-Named?

Mother Wolves in Peril

She-wolf feeding her young

The latest news is that hunting season in Idaho has been extended to March 31st, allowing hunters to kill pregnant wolves.  Most hunting seasons end at an appropriate time to allow animals to gestate, give birth, and raise their young.

Please watch this short video that Defenders of Wildlife aired recently on TV:

狼 beast-kind/kind beast

The poet Zhang Er sent this beautiful poem from her book Because of Mountain, translated into English by Martine Bellen.  Included is the Chinese character for wolf: 狼.  This character is of two parts, translated as beast-kind, or kind beast. The character is spelled phonetically as “lang,” pronounced as “long.”

A poem written for one person can also
be for the world. Because

This sphere comprised of us two

or a leaf pressed in a notebook’s leaves
causes the entire forest to shed?

Thinking of him, you wander in and out
Of my secret; shut out even from daylight,
the window shades guard this dreamless
legend. To be perfectly clear, the dreaming
done in the past, has become
reality, we’re left only with
reality. OK, then, let’s walk around the
river that can’t be untangled. Let me go home
to my ancestors. They
walk uphill, walk downhill

Behind mountains are packs of wolves                                                                                                                                                                   virgin forest

Letter to the Obama Administration

March 14, 2010

To President Barack Obama and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar:

Why are you allowing “Predator Hunting Derbies,” and why do you follow Bush Administration environmental policies?  Since the Gray Wolf was protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1974, and reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in 1995, scientists and wildlife managers have worked to restore wolves to a genetically viable population.  Many scientists say we have not, as yet, reached that level. They have pointed out an undeniable fact:  Gray Wolves have drastically improved the ecosystems of Yellowstone National Park, as well as surrounding areas of the Northern Rockies.  They have cited that less than one percent of livestock deaths are caused by wolves.

What would wilderness be without wolves and other large predators?  A sickly-sweet, Bambi-esque romp through over-grazed meadows and ravaged forests.  An environment where trees succumb to disease and blight due to overpopulation of deer and elk, thus diminishing habitats for constellations of other species.  In the wild world, prey balances predator, predator balances prey – this is nature’s logic; there is no cruelty involved, it is the hub of the wheel, survival at its most basic.  For many humans, wolves represent the savage beauty of our natural world, connecting us to our own primordial DNA.

As someone who voted for the Obama Administration, I ask, in all sincerity: How can a species be considered “endangered” one day, and a “game animal” the next? What is your reasoning?  Who are you listening to?  The current issue of National Geographic magazine is just one of many publications presenting a balanced report based on scientific evidence.  There are years of research to back it up.  Will you listen to scientists?  What are your answers?

I challenge your administration to respond to the U.S. citizens and taxpayers who desire responsible protection of our wild lands and wildlife for future generations.  When pondering a decision in the present, many Native American traditions look seven generations forward to envision its effect.  I ask you:  Are you making responsible decisions for that seventh generation?

Please take immediate action to protect Gray Wolf populations from further decimation, and create a sound, scientific plan for their future survival.

Respectfully and ardently,

Suzanne DuLany

Boulder, Colorado

Watch Ashley Judd’s appeal to the Obama Administration:

Send your own letter to President Obama through his link at right.

To send a message to Ken Salazar, go to the link at right, click on “feedback.”

Also, you can go to the National Resources Defense Council site at right to “Find your elected officials” by typing in your zip code.