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Stop the Slaughter 

Save Washington’s Wolves

As this is an emergency and last minute tweetstorm, this short set of tweets can be sent off at any time and as often as you like (note: twitter requires a 24 hour pause between sending identical tweets, slightly altering the tweet will allow you to send it more often). Please also find an email at the bottom of this post to send to the Governor and WDFW.

Feel free to use any of the graphics from below or from our Facebook page @intheshadowofthewolf. You will notice most of the tweets here do not have a graphic, this is because when adding an image, here, as part of the tweet, it removes 23 characters from the tweet (as it is a link). If you send the tweet and then add an image, no characters are removed leaving more room for a message.

As always, a warm welcome and thank you for raising awareness for the wolves in Washington state. As usual, all tweets can be automatically sent by tapping “Tweet4Wolves” at the end of each tweet. For ease of tweeting, open this link on your browser and close your twitter window. Should you still have trouble sending tweets then open this blog post on Twitter and send your tweets from there.

1. #Washington’s move 2 “remove” members of the #ShermanPack wolf family 4 infraction of killing cattle grazing #PublicLands is reprehensible. Tweet4Wolves

2. Washington’s removal of 2 members of the #SmackoutPack wolf family 4 infraction of killing cattle grazing #PublicLands is reprehensible. Tweet4Wolves

 3. #Washington’s removal of 7 members of the #ProfanityPeakPack #wolves 4 the infraction of killing cattle grazing public lands is reprehensible. Tweet4Wolves 

4. 3 wolf packs living on #PublicLands have suffered greatly at the behest of McIrvins #DiamondMRanch #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves @WDFW Tweet4Wolves

5. Killing wolves 2 benefit profit margin of private businesses utilizing public resources is an outrage. #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves @WDFW Tweet4Wolves 

6. Tragic that the “removal” of predators repeats itself over & over throughout the West. #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW   pic.twitter.com/Fza1BwMdEh  Tweet4Wolves 

7. Killing members of #SmackoutPack is emblematic of what is wrong with our wildlife policies, especially with regards 2 #publiclands @WDFW   Tweet4Wolves

8. Killing members of #ShermanPack is emblematic of what is wrong with our wildlife policies, especially with regards 2 #publiclands @WDFW   Tweet4Wolves 

9. What about preserving the ecological role of large predators on our #PublicLands. @GovInslee @WDFW @forestservice #StopTheSlaughter  Tweet4Wolves 

10. Killing members of any wolf pack on #PublicLands is emblematic of what is wrong with our wildlife policies. #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW   Tweet4Wolves  


11. The mere presence of #livestock socially displaces the prey of predators, replacing the #wolves main food source @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter  Tweet4Wolves 

12. Killing #ShermanPack members is an obvious harm 2 the public’s right 2 healthy wildlife populations on #publiclands #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves

13. Killing #SmackoutPack members is an obvious harm 2the public’s right 2 healthy wildlife populations on #publiclands #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves 

14. Aerial gunning #wolves by helicopters, running them 2 exhaustion B4 blasting w/shotgun is #AnimalCruelty @GovInslee #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves

15. The way @WDFW are slaughtering #wolves is an outrage! #ProfanityPeakPack #ShermanPack #WedgePack #SmackoutPack @GovInslee Save WA wolves  Tweet4Wolves

16. Displacing or slaughtering public #wildlife | #wolves 2 facilitate private use of our #publiclands is ethically wrong! @WDFW @GovInslee  Tweet4Wolves

17. Call @GovInslee  360-902-4111 Voice your opposition 2 slaughter of #wolves on our #publiclands #SmackoutPack   pic.twitter.com/HWgu0Awkcz  Tweet4Wolves   

18. Call @GovInslee  360-902-4111 Voice your opposition 2 slaughter of #wolves on our #publiclands #ShermanPack  pic.twitter.com/HWgu0Awkcz  Tweet4Wolves  

19. We want #Wolves #Wildlife on our #PublicLands not livestock @WDFW @forestservice @GovInslee 
#ShermanPack pic.twitter.com/AXCqcjfohQ   Tweet4Wolves 

20. We want #Wolves #Wildlife on our #PublicLands not livestock @WDFW @forestservice @GovInslee 
#SmackoutPack pic.twitter.com/AXCqcjfohQ  Tweet4Wolves

21. We want #Wolves #Wildlife on our #PublicLands not livestock @WDFW @forestservice @GovInslee 
#ProfanityPeakPack pic.twitter.com/AXCqcjfohQ  Tweet4Wolves

22. We want #Wolves #Wildlife on our #PublicLands not livestock @WDFW @forestservice @GovInslee 
#WedgePack pic.twitter.com/AXCqcjfohQ   Tweet4Wolves

23. Our tax $ pay 4 ranchers 2 destroy our land & wildlife’s habitat. #Livestock causes enormous environmental damage! @WDFW #SmackoutPack Tweet4Wolves

24. Our tax $ pay 4 ranchers 2 destroy our land & wildlife’s habitat. #Livestock causes enormous environmental damage! @WDFW #ShermanPack Tweet4Wolves 

25. We do not want our tax dollars to pay 4 the slaughter of #wolves at the behest of ranchers! @WDFW #publiclands #ShermanPack Tweet4Wolves

26. We do not want our tax dollars to pay 4 the slaughter of #wolves at the behest of ranchers! @WDFW #publiclands #SmackoutPack Tweet4Wolves  

27. “The idea of ‘protecting’ our cattle is ridiculous because they are out in the mountains”-Len McIrvin #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves

28. “The idea of ‘protecting’ our cattle is ridiculous because they R out in the mountains”-Len McIrvin #StopTheSlaughter WA #wolves @GovInslee  Tweet4Wolves

 29. “The idea of ‘protecting’ our cattle is ridiculous because they are often in heavy timber and rough country.” – Len McIrvin @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves 

 30. “The idea of ‘protecting’ our cattle is ridiculous because they are often in heavy timber and rough country.” – Len McIrvin @GovInslee  Tweet4Wolves  

31. Unprotected livestock in #NationalForests and you have the audacity to kill #wolves @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter  bit.ly/LossesLurking   Tweet4Wolves 

32. Unprotected livestock on #PublicLands and @WDFW has the audacity to kill #wolves @GovInslee #StopTheSlaughter  bit.ly/LossesLurking   Tweet4Wolves

33. “There are many cows that we won’t see all summer long” – Len McIrvin @GovInslee @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter  bit.ly/LossesLurking   Tweet4Wolves

34. #Washington with over 7 million people, well over 1 million cattle, cannot allow room for 115 #wolves Outrageous! #StopTheSlaughter @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves 

 35. #Washington with over 7 million people, over 1 million cattle, cannot allow room for 115 #wolves Outrageous! #StopTheSlaughter @GovInslee  Tweet4Wolves 

36. Ranchers grazing #livestock near known wolf habitat should gracefully accept losses &/or terminate their lease @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter  Tweet4Wolves 

37. Ranchers getting subsidized forage on #publiclands have NO right demanding removal of #wolves @GovInslee @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter  Tweet4Wolves

38. Ranchers getting reimbursement 4 losses due 2 depredation on #publiclands have NO right demanding removal of #wolves @GovInslee @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves 

39. Ranchers should take their cattle & go home. #SmackoutPack  #wolves R essential 
livestock is detrimental @WDFW 
pic.twitter.com/UFarDTcWEu  Tweet4Wolves

40. Ranchers should take their cattle & go home. #ShermanPack #wolves R essential 
livestock is detrimental @WDFW 
pic.twitter.com/UFarDTcWEu  Tweet4Wolves

41. Our #publiclands #ecosystems & #wolves should not be sacrificed 4 the private profit of individuals @GovInslee pic.twitter.com/KxmPYKgS3k   Tweet4Wolves

42. Our #publiclands #ecosystems & #wolves should not be sacrificed 4 the private profit of individuals @WDFW pic.twitter.com/KxmPYKgS3k   Tweet4Wolves

43. Preserving ecological role of large predators & a balanced ecosystem on #publiclands is essential @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves  Tweet4Wolves

44. Preserving ecological role of large predators & a balanced ecosystem on #publiclands is essential @GovInslee #StopTheSlaughter WA #wolves  Tweet4Wolves

45. Grazing livestock depresses virtually all species of wildlife & has caused the demise of many WA #wolves @GovInslee #StopTheSlaughter  Tweet4Wolves 

46. Grazing livestock depresses virtually all species of wildlife & has caused the demise of many WA #wolves @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter Tweet4Wolves

47. The health of our planet & survival of our co-inhabitants should B of the utmost importance #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves

48. Our focus should B on eliminating that which degrades our forests & #PublicLands & destroys our ecosystems: Livestock @GovInslee  @WDFW  Tweet4Wolves

49. .@GovInslee @BLMNational @forestservice @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves  Cost of livestock grazing on #publiclands: bit.ly/2c7ovYL  Tweet4Wolves  

50. The ongoing “removal” of our wildlife at the behest of private businesses must stop! Save WA #wolves #StopTheSlaughter @GovInslee @WDFW Tweet4Wolves 


51. The ongoing “removal” of our wolves at the behest of private businesses must stop! #WedgePack #SmackoutPack #ShermanPack #ProfanityPeakPack Tweet4Wolves 

52. Domestic livestock R appropriating & limiting the natural food/native prey that sustains #wolves @WDFW #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves Tweet4Wolves

53. #StandForWolves #SaveWolves #StopTheSlaughter of WA #wolves @WDFW @GovInslee @forestservice @BLMNational  pic.twitter.com/frXDNmHk4q  Tweet4Wolves  

Send an email on behalf of the wolves of Washington state:

Dear Director Unsworth and Mr. Martorello,

The ongoing lethal removal of wolves to stop depredations on livestock grazing on public lands in known wolf territory is not acceptable and frankly an abomination. The state’s policy calls for wolves to be widely distributed throughout Washington, and the slow progress toward meeting statewide recovery goals can easily be attributed to lethal measures utilized to protect livestock.

The fact that Washington, home to over 7 million people, well over 1 million cattle, and approximately 50,000 plus sheep, can not allow room for a little over 100 wolves is just plain outrageous.

Ranchers getting subsidized forage on our public lands, reimbursement for losses due to depredation, as well as grazing livestock near known wolf habitat should gracefully accept their losses and/or terminate their lease. Our public lands and ecosystems should not be sacrificed for the private profit of individuals. 

Study after study has demonstrated that grazing of livestock depresses virtually all species of wildlife, and on western rangelands has probably had a greater adverse impact on wildlife populations than any other single factor. We all have a responsibility to the Earth, our environment, and our wildlife, including wolves. It is far past time for the health of our planet and the survival of our co-inhabitants to be of the utmost importance; our focus should be on eliminating that which degrades our forests and other public lands and destroys our ecosystems. 

The ongoing slaughter of our wildlife at the behest of private businesses needs to come to a full stop. 

Sincerely, 

Your name here 

Copy/paste (feel free to edit) and share your thoughts with those who allow the removal of wolves from our public lands in Washington:

Director Jim Unsworth: jim.unsworth@dfw.wa.gov

Also email a copy to: wildthing@dfw.wa.gov

Cc to: Donny.Martorello@dfw.wa.gov 

Please also send a copy of your letter to Governor Inslee here. Or here. Or to the  Governor Boards and Commissions

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Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is Dead Wrong

In Paris last December, the world turned a major corner on climate change. Some 195 nations agreed on the urgency of the threat. They also agreed to take steps to combat it, including promoting forest protection and reforestation — steps that are necessary, though not in themselves sufficient, if we are to avoid consequences as extreme for our economies and health as they are for the environment.

President Obama deserves much of the credit for this progress. On his watch, the United States has cut greenhouse gas emissions more than any other country. He has become a powerful voice at home and abroad for doing everything possible to cut emissions. And he is showing global leadership in policy areas that go beyond the Paris agreement; for instance, he has ordered an overhaul of the federal coalleasing program, which produces a tenth of all carbon dioxide emitted by U.S. sources.

In the Tongass rainforest, the Forest Service has clung to the old-school logging of some of the most biologically rich, scenically stunning and carbon-dense forests on Earth. 

So it was a surprise to see the U.S. Forest Service — as if in a time warp — recently working counter to that approach in the vast Tongass National Forest of southeast Alaska. There, the agency plans to continue liquidating carbon-laden old growth for at least another decade and a half.

Forest conservation is only one corner in the race to stem climate disruption that the Paris agreement, though broadly encouraging, did not get us far enough around. But it’s a vital one. As Secretary of State John Kerry said recently, deforestation generates nearly a quarter of all the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.

The science is clear: If we want to keep global warming from threatening the existence of coastal areas and low-lying island nations, the world must preserve its remaining old forests and the massive carbon reserves they’ve accumulated over the centuries. The new wood we use has to come instead from sustainably managed plantations and young stands that quickly regrow and recapture the carbon they lose to logging.

Mostly, our federally managed national forests have made that change over the past 25 years. But in the wilds of Alaska, it’s a different story. In the Tongass rainforest, the Forest Service has clung to the old-school logging of some of the most biologically rich, scenically stunning and carbon-dense forests on Earth.

The 17-million-acre Tongass absorbs about 8 percent of the nation’s carbon dioxide pollution from the atmosphere every year. It also teems with extraordinary wildlife, including bears, eagles, wolves and salmon.

Six years ago, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack decided that enough was enough. He announced a transition away from further logging of Tongass old growth, with the Forest Service “rapidly” implementing this change. This was met with high praise from the public and from scientists like me, but at the agency level, his initiative stalled. The Forest Service went years with no visible progress on the transition, while approving continued clear-cutting of America’s last great rainforest.

This fall, the agency released its final “transition” proposal: 16 more years of old-growth clear-cutting, and maybe more. According to one analysis, the logging proposed under the agency’s plan would release carbon dioxide emissions equivalent to about 4 million additional vehicles annually.

The agency says that neither it, nor the timber industry, can move any faster. In the Pacific Northwest, however, both transitioned to logging young forests almost overnight when courts halted access to old growth. The agency asserts that young Tongass trees growing on old clear-cuts are not yet big enough to log. In fact, though, they are older and larger than the ones that local Native corporation loggers cut and sell abroad, and small local mills say they would be happy to process these trees locally, if they could get them from the agency. 

Keeping global warming below catastrophic levels is not something that can wait until we finally get around to it. We need to be doing everything we can right now. We can’t afford to spend another 16 years or more liquidating Tongass old growth and losing the carbon reserves it stores. And we certainly shouldn’t signal other countries that the vital business of saving their carbon-rich rainforests can wait for decades. 

The Forest Service can and must move much faster and not undermine U.S. progress and leadership on climate change by protecting these biologically rich and most scenically stunning and carbon dense forests on Earth. It is long past the time to take the country’s biggest carbon asset off the chopping block. 

Thomas E. Lovejoy

Thomas Lovejoy is a professor of Environmental Science and Policy at George Mason University and previously a senior environmental advisor to the World Bank and the United Nations Foundation.

Originally published in The High Country News. 


Take action to save the Tongass National Forest. 

Alaska’s Tongass National Forest is nothing short of magical: it contains centuries-old trees and one-of-a-kind wilderness, home to animals like Alexander Archipelago wolves and bald eagles. Your voice is needed to pressure Congress to defund this clearcutting plan and save the Tongass for our children and grandchildren. 

Please sign and share this petition from the Sierra Club. Help protect the Tongass National Forest: Stop the Clearcutting. Thank you.

Feature Image: Alaskan Wolf by Doug Brown. Insert: Tongass National Forest photo by David Beebe 

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