Speak for Wolves 2015 was an incredible 3-day experience with wildlife advocates from around the country in attendance. People traveled from Washington, Oregon, California, New Mexico, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, and more. It was a tremendous display of people coming together to advocate for wildlife management reform in America.
Friday night’s film OR7-The Journey was well received and we highly recommend seeing it. We want to thank filmmaker Clemens Schenk, as well as Amaroq Weiss of the Center for Biological Diversity, for attending the screening, and answering questions from the audience.
The speakers on Saturday were excellent. Please continue to follow the important work of Kim Wheeler and the Red Wolf Coalition. Oliver Starr delivered a passionate call to end the killing of gray wolves near the park boundary of Alaska’s Denali National Park. Brian Ertz of Wildlands Defense moved the audience with his explanation of the corruption behind the current Department of Justice’s McKittrick Policy. A huge thank you to Neil Haverstick and Matt Stone for entertaining the crowd with music and good vibrations.
The panel discussion on Saturday night was led by Camilla Fox of Project Coyote and featured a short-film on current efforts to ban wildlife killing contests in the U.S. Please consider supporting the group in completing this important documentary so that is can be screened nationwide. Thank you to Amaroq Weiss and Andrea Santarsiere of the Center for Biological Diversity, Kevin Bixby of the Southwest Environment Center and author/ecologist George Wuerthner for serving on the panel.
Thank you to all the volunteers and staff of the Buffalo Field Campaign for having a strong presence throughout the event. Make sure to keep following the work of Wolf Patrol. And with the recent tragic killing of the grizzly bear and cubs in Yellowstone National Park please continue to follow the advocacy of Doug Peacock and Louisa Willcox.
Lastly, we want to thank MaryLee Sanders for her dance performance, Cindi & John Knox of Funflicks, Gary Grimm of Mountain Visions, all our event sponsors, and the community of West Yellowstone, Montana for having us.
We are already making plans for the 2016 event. Look for an announcement this fall.