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Disproving anti-wolf propaganda and contributing to the dA wolf community since 2008.
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Founded 6 Years ago
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:bulletgreen:What is AoW?

Army of Wolves, or AoW for short, is a group dedicated to canine art and photography. Giving all canine predators a voice in our society is also a main priority.

:bulletblue: Who/what are we against?

We are against the killing of wolves and other canines. We're against the buying and selling of fur, taxidermy, and the exploitation of wildlife.

:bulletpurple: Does AoW accept art from its members?

Yes, AoW accepts art from members that do canine art (wolves, coyotes, dogs, foxes, etc.). Also, art that stands up for wolves and/or other canines being wrongfully killed is greatly appreciated!

:bulletred: When was AoW established?

AoW became a deviant profile on December 13, 2008. On December 31st, 2009, AoW became an official devaintART Group.

:bulletpurple:On November 10, 2011, AoW reached 1000 members.

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:bulletblack: Absolutely NO taxidermists or fur "artists". NO pelts or corpses of animals are allowed in our gallery.

:bulletgreen: NO offensive material towards wolves or other canines.

:bulletpurple: NO spamming or trolls. If you are a troll, you will be reported.

:bulletyellow: The highest ranking a member can be is Contributor. No one can be Co-Founder except for UrosWolf, who helped found the group.

:bulletred: The art submission limit is now 3 deviations per deviant per day.

:bulletblack: NO extreme wolfaboos, or wolf-haters allowed.

:bulletpink: NO fetishes such as vore, bondage, scat, etc.

:bulletpurple: If you join, you will be at least 75.2412534% more awesome.

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“We killed hundreds of thousands of wolves. Sometimes with cause, sometimes with none. In the end, I think we are going to have to go back and look at the stories we made up when we had no reason to kill and find some way to look the animal in the face again.”
—Barry Lopez in “Of Wolves and Men.”

No state in the Lower 48 hates on gray wolves more rabidly than Idaho. If you think vigilantes in Wyoming and Montana have done reprehensible things — actions ranging from running down exhausted lobos on snowmobiles to openly promoting the poisoning of wolves and threatening pro-wolf conservationists with violence — they don’t come close to matching the odium that’s condoned by law enforcement and elected officials in the Gem State.

One wolf advocate was warned that she shouldn’t set foot inside the state capitol building in Boise to testify for wolf protection because deranged anti-wolf activists might do her bodily harm. Think for a moment about the sickening symbolism of that.

Late last year, community folk from Salmon made international headlines when they staged an inaugural “predator derby” that offered cash to participants who bagged the biggest wolf and brought in the most dead coyotes.

No wolves died in the controversial competition, but 21 coyotes were felled for no compelling reason other than they were gunned down “for fun.” Now members of a group called “Idaho for Wildlife” are seeking a permit from the Bureau of Land Management to stage the derby for five years on federal public land. Derby proponents claim the contest will help protect elk herds and reduce livestock depredation.

There is, however, zero scientific evidence supporting those claims. Ironically very likely the opposite is true.

Boosters also say the wolf derby is no different from “big buck contests” staged across the country and which offer prizes to hunters who harvest trophy deer that weigh the most or have the biggest racks.

In fact there’s a huge difference. Those who partake in big buck contests are discriminating. They carefully assess their targets. They’re not pulling the trigger merely to document a tally; they’re killing to put meat in the freezer.

In contrast, the wolf derby has little to do with discrimination or with celebrating the mystique of an animal. It is all about feeding mythology based upon assumptions that often don’t hold up to scrutiny.

“There is no excuse for derbies in 21st-century wildlife management,” says Suzanne Stone, the Idaho director of Defenders of Wildlife. “This derby would commercialize the harvest of predators and will not achieve any management objective.” Stone helped start the Wood River Wolf Project outside Sun Valley that has achieved remarkable success using non-lethal management tools to reduce wolf-livestock conflicts.

One thing state fish and game departments seldom discuss, she says, is the complex social pack structure of wolves and coyotes. Canid packs are led by breeding males and females that teach their offspring how and what to hunt. They maintain pack unity and tend to be the only animals that breed and raise pups.

Canid researchers say that understanding social dynamics of predators is essential in knowing how to manage them. The BLM office reviewing the wolf derby permit request has no grasp of wolf and coyote biology.

“I have been working on wolves for 20 years and predator-prey issues for 30. These predator derbies make little sense in terms of solving any wildlife issue as they tend to destabilize social structure in wolves and lead to reproductive responses in coyotes that then have larger litters and breed when they are younger,” says Bob Ferris, a biologist and executive director of Cascadia Wildlands.

Ferris, a long-time hunter, suggests that derbies, which almost equate blowing away animals with playing a video game, turn people off.

“As a hunter, this sort of exercise seems more driven by a ‘red mist’ mentality that does not strike me as consistent with ‘fair chase’ strictures about killing for a purpose or doing so out of respect for the animal,” he adds. “Events like these only lead to an unfortunate degradation of the public perception of hunters.”

I honestly want these hunters, ranchers, and anti-wolf activists to cease to exist. If you know anyone who is turning a blind eye to this issue, let them know how idiotic ANYONE is when they support such horrible treatment against wolves and other wildlife. If you truly are one of these quick-to-judge people who supports these cruel acts, and even puts down others for supporting wolves, you deserve to drink a nice cup of bleach.
Faced with a legal challenge by conservationists and an imminent hearing before a federal appeals court, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has abandoned its plan to resume a professional wolf-killing program in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness during the coming winter.

In a sworn statement submitted to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on July 24, 2014, IDFG Wildlife Bureau Chief Jeff Gould stated that IDFG “will not conduct any agency control actions for wolves within the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness before November 1, 2015.” IDFG had previously advised the court that the program could resume as early as December 1, 2014.

A professional hunter-trapper hired by IDFG killed nine wolves in the Frank Church Wilderness last winter and state officials in February announced plans to kill 60 percent of the wolves in the Middle Fork section of the wilderness over a period of several years in an effort to inflate wilderness elk populations for the benefit of commercial outfitters and recreational hunters.

“As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act this September, we are relieved that the Frank Church Wilderness will be managed as a wild place, rather than an elk farm, for at least the coming year,” said Earthjustice attorney Timothy Preso, who is representing conservationists challenging the wilderness wolf-killing program. “Now we must make sure that wilderness values prevail for the long term.”

Earthjustice is representing long-time Idaho conservationist and wilderness advocate Ralph Maughan along with four conservation groups—Defenders of Wildlife, Western Watersheds Project, Wilderness Watch, and the Center for Biological Diversity—in the lawsuit challenging the wolf-killing program. The conservationists argue that the U.S. Forest Service, which is charged by Congress with managing and protecting the Frank Church Wilderness, violated the Wilderness Act and other laws by allowing and assisting the state wolf-killing program in the largest forest wilderness in the lower-48 states.

In a separate sworn statement filed with the Ninth Circuit on July 24, the Forest Service committed to providing the conservationists with notice by August 5, 2015 of any plans by IDFG to resume professional wolf-killing in the Frank Church Wilderness during the 2015–16 winter, as well as “a final determination by the Forest Service as to whether it concurs with or objects to such plans.”

“IDFG’s announcement now gives the Forest Service the chance to play out its mission—its obligation to protect our irreplaceable Frank Church Wilderness for the American people and for all its wildlife against an effort to turn it into a mere elk farming operation on infertile soil,” said Maughan, a retired Idaho State University professor who was a member of the citizens’ group that drew up the boundaries of the Frank Church Wilderness 35 years ago.

“We are pleased to see this truce in Idaho’s wolf reduction efforts in the Frank Church for a full year,” said Suzanne Stone, Defenders’ regional representative who has worked nearly three decades to restore wolves in Idaho. “The Frank Church is both the largest forested wilderness area and a core habitat for gray wolves in the western United States. Wolves belong here as they have made the ‘Frank’ truly wild again. Ensuring healthy wolf populations here is critical for the recovery of wolves throughout the entire northwestern region.”

“It is hard to imagine a decision more inconsistent with wilderness protection than to allow the hired killing of wolves,” added Travis Bruner, executive director of Western Watersheds Project. “Today, some relief for wild places flows from the news that IDFG will not continue that odious operation this year. Next we will see whether the Forest Service will take action to protect the Frank Church Wilderness from such atrocities in the future.”

"It’s time for the Forest Service to stand with the vast majority of the American people by taking the necessary steps to protect wolves in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness for the long-term, not just the next 15 months,” stated George Nickas, executive director of Wilderness Watch. “Wolves are the epitome of wildness.  Their protection is key to preserving the area’s wilderness character.”

“We’re glad Idaho’s wolves are rightly getting a reprieve from the state’s ill-conceived predator-killing plan, at least for a year,” said Amy Atwood, senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “We’re also happy to see the Forest Service agree to be more transparent about any future decision to allow Idaho to kill wolves in the Frank Church.”
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anthonyS13 Featured By Owner 8 hours ago  Student General Artist
Here's an explanation about how killing coyotes isn't efficient. www.humanesociety.org/assets/i…
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xSilverSpiritWolfx Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! :wave: I was wondering if I could re-join the group as a member. Thanks :)
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anthonyS13 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Yes, of course :)
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xSilverSpiritWolfx Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! :)
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EliaOwl Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014   Digital Artist
Can I submit a pic with an husky but also other animals?
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Annlexi Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes
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anthonyS13 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student General Artist
As long as the husky is the main focus ^^
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anthonyS13 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Happy 5th birthday, AoW!
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Annlexi Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah !!!!!!!
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ilovewerewolfs Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
sorry take off on what i submited sorry again
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