Event Aims to Address Need for Wildlife Management Reform in America

Event’s official press release:

West Yellowstone – The 2nd annual Speak for Wolves is set to take place on August 7-9, 2015 in the historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge of West Yellowstone, Montana. The three-day family friendly program will feature guest speakers, panel discussions, live music, children’s activities, interpretive dance and the screening of wildlife documentaries. The event will examine current policies towards carnivores and address the need to reform wildlife management in America, at the state and federal level. The event website is www.speakforwolves.org

On Friday August 7, filmmaker Clemens Schenk will be present for a screening of the award winning documentary, OR7 – The Journey: The epic journey of a lone wolf from Oregon to California. Accompanying him for a question and answer session will be Amaroq Weiss of the Center for Biological Diversity. Tickets are $10. Film begins at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm with music by Neil Haverstick.

On Saturday August 8, Kim Wheeler of the Red Wolf Coalition will give a presentation on struggling red wolf populations, and the challenges of the US Fish & Wildlife Service Red Wolf Recovery Program. Doors open at 11:30am, with opening remarks at 12:00pm.

Activist Oliver Starr will address the alarming decline of gray wolves in Denali National Park and the concept of buffer zones to better protect wolves and other carnivores from aggressive state hunting and trapping policies.

Brian Ertz of Wildlands Defense will examine the controversial McKittrick Policy and why federal officials fail to prosecute the killing of threatened and endangered species. The entire afternoon program is free of charge and runs to 4pm. Children’s activities provided by authors Gail McDiarmid and Marilyn McGee of Running for Home. Live music by Neil Haverstick and Matt Stone.

On Saturday evening, Camilla Fox of Project Coyote will screen a new film about wildlife killing contests that target wolves, coyotes, bobcats and other species for prizes and inducements and efforts to end the practice on public and private lands in the U.S. After the film, Camilla will lead a panel discussion on the issue with colleagues Amaroq Weiss, Kevin Bixby of the Southwest Environmental Center and author George Wuerthner. Program is free and begins at 7pm. Doors open at 6pm with music by Matt Stone.

The Sunday August 9 program begins at 9am and will feature artist and interpretive dancer Mary Lee Sanders, followed by musician Goodshield Aguilar. Mike Mease of the Buffalo Field Campaign will present information on the continued hazing and senseless slaughter of wild bison in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem, and provide a vision for recovery and science-based management.

Conservationist Louisa Willcox will then discuss the current role states play in wildlife management, and the misguided efforts to remove federal protections for the grizzly bear. The entire program is free and concludes at 1pm.