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    • Pegeen
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      4 days ago

      Very disturbing. My Reiki group gathers each Monday for intentional group healing services. This is our agenda for today. I know that there are others globally doing the same thing. The power of Spirit is a mighty force. So pleased that we can unite as one for such a worthy cause. Please don’t lose hope - we ARE waking up!

      • Jessica
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        4 days ago

        🙏 Thank you, Pegeen

      • DellwoodBarker
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        4 days ago

        So pleased that we can unite as one for such a worthy cause. Please don’t lose hope - we ARE waking up!

        💓

        Wonderful!

        This is on to-do list this morning to email and call about.

    • DellwoodBarker
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      4 days ago

      If anyone here would like to copy and paste into Governor email governor@gov.idaho.gov - Feel Free ~

      I titled the email Please Veto Bill SB 1211

      Dear Governor,

      You hold a position of immense responsibility and power - both of which one in your position should stand strongly against abuse of and share your power in abundance with the people, land, nature so sacred and so dear.

      In this Spirit I write to you and join the voice of many others in asking you to please veto SB 1211 which calls for the reduction of wolves. The amount of money willing to committed to this bill is unjust in the wake of the clear benefits wolves bring to balancing natural environments.

      As evidence I present:

      1. https://www.outsideonline.com/2422854/fact-checking-idahos-wolf-eradication-law-sb-121-bill

      2. simply Search within Youtube: Benefit of Wolves in Yellowstone for more video evidence for the case of Protecting wolves.

      The money of the taxpayers and people should be spent on helping protect living beings rather than destroy and kill them which in turn affects Us All in dire ways; some visible and some invisible until further down the timeline.

      We should be using 500,000 plus dollars to feed and clothe and house the homeless and protect our precious nature cycles and environment. The circle of Life should be edified and rectified rather than annihilated and violated.

      This decision is so much bigger than killing wolves. Please Veto SB 1211 and allow Nature to Harmonize and Balance and Centralize on its own terms and in its own wild ways. In the wake of your veto, work with those opposing forces to suss out alternatives which keep the wolves alive and the lives of those affected by the living wolves to maintain their best lives as well.

      Thank you for reading and listening.

      Hummingbird J (of Taos, NM)

      1. Update (5/3/2021):

        Just left a voicemail reading this as well.

        🪶💓🐺💓✌️ Done & Done ✌️💓🐺💓🪶

      • Jessica
        Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
        4 days ago

        Dellwood, thank you so much for sharing. I too have sent an email and also left a voicemail earlier today.

        Adding my note below for some additional food for thought with Dellwood's, and some great information here

        Dear Governor Little,

        As someone who has dedicated her career to protecting our water quality and the beauty of the relationship between people and the natural world that we depend on, I am writing to urge you to veto SB 1211, which not only encourages the slaughtering of wolves, but will degrade other parts of our ecosystem, and ultimately cascade down to negatively affect the state of the planet our children and children's children inhabit.

        Biologist Doug Smith has dedicated his life to the welfare of wolves and speaks to seeing magic in the everyday - to me, wolves are an essential part of that magic. As Dr. Smith says, "Wolves are an odd species. We have persecuted them more than any other wild animal, and yet they will stop to look at you, and occasionally take a step toward you. To me those moments are spiritual. That’s what we’re losing today. People don’t have those experiences anymore. I want to get that connection back. That contact is powerful, and without it we’re untethered."

        If we kill our wolves, we will not only lose our spiritual connection with the wolves, but with all that this planet has to offer.

        Ecosystems see no boundary in state lines. Rivers will continue to erode rock that crosses state borders. I'm counting on you to set precedence for all of our country's leaders and protect our wolves, and ultimately, determine if cruel extermination is the story we want to tell our children.

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    • DellwoodBarker
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      5 days ago

      Hope this becomes AOTD.

      Essential and Important Info In Defense of Wolf Population Support System.

      that wolves may be effective at slowing its spread by killing infected animals. Wolves cannot be infected by the disease.

      “Wolves wouldn’t be a magic cure everywhere,” Ellen Brandell, the Penn State University researcher leading the project, told The New York Times. “But in places where it was just starting and you have an active predator guild, they could keep it at bay and it might never get a foothold.”

      For the hunters (some of whom I personally Know and Respect IRL) who kill In Honor of the taking of life With Gratitude as taught by Ancient Elders...the following does not apply.

      Hunters who hunt simply for sport and complain that the wolves are taking their sport away is rather egoic to me, personally. If that is happening and bothers so much then take your son and daughter and switch up your seasonal activity for a year or two to allow for equal quality time on a different hobby while the ecosystem recovers and balances. Perhaps gardening or farming or creating art about hunting (which might plant seeds of alternative ways of thinking).

      Personally, it is appalling that we as a society can spend an insane sum like 500,000 plus on destroying living beings callously rather than putting our funds to better use of edifying species; the poor, endangered humans and/or animals and/or plants.

      We Need To Cultivate More Respect and Awareness for alternatives to killing in any way, possible. If we Must kill we need to cultivate Respect and Honor in taking any life.

      That’s just the way DB sees it.

      1. Update (5/2/2021):

        the wolves are necessary to a healthy ecosystem.

        🪶Aho Mitakuye Oyasin🪶

      2. Update (5/2/2021):
      • Jessica
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        5 days ago

        Dellwood, thank you for sharing that powerful phrase and prayer... 🙏

        https://gov.idaho.gov/contact-us/

        If you are an Idaho resident, contact Governor Brad Little now to let him know how you feel and ask him to veto Senate Bill 1211.

        Call his office at 208-334-2100, send an email to governor@gov.idaho.gov, or submit your comment using this webpage.

        This carnage would be allowed nearly year-round and with little oversight by wildlife managers. Some of the wolf killing would be conducted by private contractors, and paid for using taxpayer dollars. Idaho’s recreational hunters and trappers could also be paid per wolf killed through a controversial and corrupt wolf bounty program that draws from public funds.

        From https://www.nrdc.org/experts/jennifer-sherry/idaho-legislature-defies-experts-mad-dash-kill-wolves

    • Jessica
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      6 days ago

      This is awful, and also happening in other states in the US (Wisconsin and Montana come to mind). Wolves were almost extinct several decades ago, and this kind of slaughtering is going to affect both the future of wolf populations and other organisms that thrive off of wolf activity.

      1. Update (5/2/2021):

        Please also consider reading this article: https://readup.com/comments/the-sun-magazine/the-howling-wilderness--al-kesselheim--issue-541--the-sun-magazine

        Kesselheim: What are their arguments against wolves?

        Smith: Simply put, that life is better without them. For starters, we compete with wolves head-to-head for wild game. What wolves do or don’t do to game populations is an immense topic. Game populations generally fare better when some of the animals are thinned each year, but almost all hunters argue that they are competing directly with wolves for deer and elk.

        Then there’s livestock. Wolves do occasionally take livestock, but not much. Wolves predominantly live in wild places, so their biggest impact is on wild game. When you look at all the causes of death for livestock — disease, weather, accidents, being hit by trains — wolves account for less than 1 percent.

        What ranchers will say is that losses to disease and weather are unavoidable, whereas all losses to wolves are avoidable. Ranchers also tell me that they’re always worried about the next wolf attack, that they lose sleep over it. If we didn’t have wolves, that anxiety would go away.

        The last argument they’ll use is that wolves are a threat to human health and safety, although that’s way overblown. Wolves do have a tapeworm that can be defecated out and could potentially cause cysts on human lungs and kidneys, but it’s extremely rare. The only known case of human transmission was among people living with sled dogs.

        There were just twenty documented, nonrabid wolf attacks in Canada and Alaska in the entire twentieth century, and no fatalities. Then, in the last few years, there have been two fatalities: one in Alaska and one in northern Canada. One was around a dump, where wolves were eating human food. The other was a slight woman running on a road that led to a dump. A dog or a wolf or a bear will chase something that’s running. She had earbuds in, which isn’t a good idea in wild places. It’s still exceedingly rare that wolves pose a threat to humans. Statistically they are the least-dangerous carnivore in all of North America.

        Kesselheim: Do you ever feel sympathetic to the people arguing against wolves?

        Smith: Yeah, I do. They are salt-of-the-earth people. They live an outdoor life. They are tough-minded and tough-bodied. To make a living off the land is something I hold dear and respect. I mean it. It’s a hard life. I get why an outfitter might not like wolves. When a client pays thousands of dollars to come shoot a bull elk, and you just rode by a fresh elk carcass with wolves feeding on it, it pisses you off. I get that.

      • DellwoodBarker
        Top reader this weekReading streakScoutScribe
        5 days ago

        Jessica, thanks Tremendously for keeping this Important Issue Front and Center for each one of Us Readers Here.

        As an individual who once had the great Honor of getting to know a Warrior Goddess for wolves She helped as a CrowBar for internal Awakening.

        This Is Essential and Important. Curious if there is a number we can call to speak Up Lovingly In Defense of Mother Nature regarding this bill.

        If anyone discovers this number first Please Share Here so we can Act Together in support of a more Divine Whole-listic Conscious Wolf Support System.

        🐺🪢💓🌈🪶

        1. Update (5/2/2021):

          the wolves are necessary to a healthy ecosystem.

          🪶Aho Mitakuye Oyasin🪶

        2. Update (5/2/2021):