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HOWLColorado passes 3 year mark with 60,000 visitors and new initiatives

Reflecting the increasingly intense attention of the public in the plight of wolves, HOWLColorado has now served information to over 60,000 visitors.

HOWLColorado quietly celebrated our third anniversary. The somber world which surrounds us made it so we observed the passing of the date without much fanfare. In many ways, the reason for our existence was to try and avoid times like now – where wolves are in more rifle sights than ever before and their legs snared in brutal traps.

We initially believed that the three northern rocky mountain states were to be the focus of our attentions. And while Idaho, Montana and Wyoming continue to use politics and not science to define their wolf management plans, it has become clear that wolves are finding new homes, and enraging more special interests.

HOWLColorado is prepared for the battles ahead, however. We have provided our 60,000 visitors with news from around the country and the world, interviews with key players, the latest wolf science available and a constant, fully sourced and supported position to counter the opposing movement’s rhetoric and talking points.

We have constantly debunked the attacks, proving that:

– Wolves are the least dangerous wild predators in North America to both livestock and people.
– Elk populations are increasing (to excess in many places).
– Parasites in wolves were not imported with them, but acquired in their new homes.
– Canadian wolves don’t exist, they are just wolves – applied human tags by their current geographical location. Most scientists are agreeing that there are only 5 subspecies of wolves in North America.
– 150 wolves per state is not a sustainable population. Ed Bangs always maintained that it was a number misinterpreted by the anti-wolf movement and that science should be and was always planned to be the tool by which that wolf number was going to be managed.

But now Minnesota, Wisconsin and even Michigan are all either in the process of killing their wolves, or looking for ways to gain the ability to do so.

Native American tribes are disturbed to their core by the callous shooting of wolves for sport. It is against everything they believe and several tribes have outlawed wolf hunting on their land.

There are bright spots in our wolves’ future though. They are dispersing from Canada in to states they haven’t been seen in decades. Packs are establishing themselves in Washington and Oregon – two states which have the history and political bent to do their best to balance the needs of their prodigal canines and addressing conflicts with humans.

One particularly forthright wolf, OR7, has ventured further south in to a state that we didn’t expect wolves for many years. But he is a solo wolf, and while he is calling California home, it is for an all too short a time if no other wolves come to be with him.

And there is Colorado.

A state where wolves would represent a battle between powerful special interests, much like those in Wyoming or Montana or Idaho, and an urban population which is turning the state blue in a political sense. As much as Ohio is the battleground for our recent elections, Colorado is a battleground waiting to happen for wolves.

We will likely not win the fight to reintroduce wolves here – at least it is a highly improbable situation. The politics of such a move would be highly contentious and a Colorado Rancher called Ken Salazar has the final say. However, it seems inevitable that wolves will eventually call Colorado home. They have already visited – and in true form, a human managed to kill the adventurous wolf, with illegal poison no less.

In recent months, HOWLColorado has started a few new initiatives. A redesign of to better reflect the future of our fight in under way. And we were recently approached about being an educational resource for The site takes the approach of not being “owned” by any particular group. We invite any and all wolf advocates to participate in PROJECT: Wolf in whatever way they wish – the name, logos and information are all free to use. ┬áThere are logos available to download on the site.

In short, we are prepared for the long haul – and our goal will be to inform another 60,000 visitors, hopefully at a continually accelerating pace. Millions of people across the nation are learning about wolves, but we are only scratching the surface and our 60,000 seems like a small scratch, but HOWLColorado is a small part of a massive whole.

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