Program set for Speak for Wolves August 7-9, 2015

This year marks the 2nd Annual Speak for Wolves near Yellowstone National Park. On August 7-9, 2015 people will gather in the Union Pacific Dining Lodge in West Yellowstone, Montana to hear about the need to reform wildlife management in America. The 3-day family-friendly event will feature speakers, panelists, live music, children’s activities and wildlife documentaries. The Friday night screening of OR7-The Journey cost $10 and the rest of the event is free.

Filmmaker Clemens Schenk will be in attendance on Friday August 7 for the screening of the award-winning documentary, OR7-The Journey: The Epic Journey of a lone wolf from Oregon To California. Amaroq Weiss with the Center for Biological Diversity will be accompanying Clemens to answer questions at the end of the film. Doors open at 6pm with music by Neil Haverstick. Film begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased on-line right now.

The Saturday August 8 afternoon program will run from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. Kim Wheeler of the Red Wolf Coalition will be delivering a program about the plight of the red wolf and the need to continue the US Fish & Wildlife Service Red Wolf Recovery program. Wolf activist Oliver Starr will be delivering a program about the decline of gray wolves in Denali National Park and the need to re-establish a park boundary buffer zone to better protect wolves form hunting and trapping. Brian Ertz of Wildlands Defense will speak about the need to reform the controversial McKittrick Policy and equip the Department of Justice with tools to prosecute killers of threatened/endangered species. Live music by Neil Haverstick and Matt Stone. Children’s activities offered by Marilyn McGee and Gail McDiarmid of the children’s book, Running for Home.

The Saturday evening program will feature an exciting panel discussion led by Camilla Fox of Project Coyote. Joining her will be Amaroq Weiss of the Center for Biological Diversity, Kevin Bixby of the Southwest Environmental Center and author George Wuerthner. The group will discuss wildlife killing contests targeting wolves, coyotes, bobcats, and other species for prizes and inducements and efforts to ban them on public and private lands in the U.S. Doors open at 6:00 pm with music by Matt Stone. Panel discussion begins at 7:00 pm.

On Sunday August 9 Mary Lee Sanders will wake us up at 10:00 am with an interpretive dance of the wild wolf. Music and song by Goodshield Aguilar will follow. Mike Mease and other members of the Buffalo Field Campaign will end the program by giving a presentation about the hazing and senseless killing of bison in and outside of Yellowstone National Park in order to appease the livestock industry. The group will offer a vision for a new management plan of America’s last and only genetically pure wild bison herd and speak about the efforts to list buffalo under the Endangered Species Act.

Speak for Wolves is an opportunity for the American people to unite and demand wildlife management reform and take steps to restore our national heritage. Check out the five principles to reforming wildlife management.

We hope you and your family can join us on August 7-9, 2015 in the historic Union Pacific Dining Lodge of West Yellowstone, Montana! Send questions to







  1. Ida Lupine Avatar
    Ida Lupine

    Bizarre story of a wolf killed at a WI (where else?) zoo:

    Innocent Wolf Killed After Visitors Break Zoo Rules By Going Into Restricted Area

    1. Ida Lupine Avatar
      Ida Lupine

      Rebel and three of his litter mates were brought to the zoo last fall from Yellowstone National Park, through a donation from the Oshkosh Zoological Society.

      So, a few months later, one of the wolves ends up dead due to zoo employee negligence and herd mentality of visitors (questionable area of public access, but since everybody else doing it, we will too). Nice way to show appreciation!!!

      Oshkosh Parks Dept. Still Looking Into How Public Gained Access to Restricted Zoo Area

      1. Ida Lupine Avatar
        Ida Lupine

        Doesn’t this seem strange? How did wild wolves from Yellowstone end up in a crappy zoo in Wisconsin? Is there an exception to laws that allow the taking of wild animals to be put in zoos, or were they already from a captive exhibit?

  2. Marc Bedner Avatar

    Western state Game Commissions are beyond reform. We should work to abolish them! See my post at EARTH for Animals.

  3. Joanne Favazza Avatar
    Joanne Favazza

    I attended last year’s event and loved it. Lots of great info, great speakers, and great people! I really wish I could be there again. Best wishes for another awesome event this year, Brett. Speak For Wolves!

  4. Doreen Chapman Avatar

    All wolves matter!!! They should not be trapped, hunted or poached. They need to be protected so future generations can see them, hear them and know that the wolves will be around. People are invading their habitat not the other way around. You need to start listening to people who are involved with protecting the lives of the wolves!!


Brett Haverstick is the Education & Outreach Director for Friends of the Clearwater, a public lands advocacy group in Moscow, Idaho. He has a Masters of Natural Resources from the University of Idaho.

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