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North Carolina’s Red Wolf: in the Spotlight and in Peril

The red wolf is a normally a secretive animal that avoids humans, waiting for nightfall to hunt and socialize.  But in North Carolina, these endangered creatures can no longer find safety under the cover of darkness.  The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission recently approved a temporary rule allowing night hunting of coyotes with spotlights, putting the rare wolves at risk of being accidentally shot.

Defenders of Wildlife, along with the Animal Welfare Institute and the Red Wolf Coalition, has filed a court challenge against the NC Wildlife Resource Commission and a request to stop this rule.  Not only does the rule threaten an endangered species, but the NC Wildlife Resource Commission also adopted it illegally, via a temporary rulemaking procedure that violates state law.

There are only about 100 red wolves left in the wild, and they’re all living in North Carolina, their natural habitat. This is the first successful reintroduction of red wolves into the wild, and they need help.

Please help spread the word and consider donating to Defenders of Wildlife.

But the truth is, you were never there. You won’t ever be.
Sometimes I think I’m not either so what do I do.
When every day still seems to start and end with you?
And you won’t ever know, you won’t ever see,
How much your ghost since then has been defining me.
—  You and I in Unison 
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Ocean Defender Tour Philippines 

  • Greenpeace activists showing their message at Apo Island while a green sea turtle blends into to the reef.
  • What used to be the healthy corals of the MPA of Apo Island now resemble a coral graveyard.
  • Scientists and volunteers put a coral module at the MPA of Apo Island. These modules are made up out of old coral rubble and cement and can encourage coral growth so the reef can recover quickly. (x)

New hunting seasons and heavy-handed state management plans could cost the lives of hundreds of wolves across Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies.

Defenders of Wildlife has a better answer.

That’s why we’re launching new ads in the Northern Rockies to promote support for wolves and secure a lasting future for these magnificent animals.

Ads like these can make a powerful difference for our wolves. They can educate. They can inform. And they can shift public opinion — which too often can paint wolves in an unfavorable light.

Pretty awesome gift idea from Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is my favorite wildlife charity, with 91% of it’s funds going directly to programs and support services, and the other 9% going toward fundraising. When you adopt a wolf your money goes to: 

  • Helping Defenders fight anti-wolf extremism on the ground and ensure a lasting future for wolves in their natural homes.
  • To underwrite wolf-saving work with ranchers to keep livestock and wolf packs apart.
  • To post rewards and help bring to justice people who illegally kill wolves.

The wolf adoption gifts are currently on sale, but they have a ton of other animals to choose from!

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http://www.defenders.org/national-wolf-emergency/delisting-disaster

The wolves in the United States are in serious danger. Its not just peoples right that are in danger here. Its the rights of these creatures as well. The Defenders of Wildlife need everyones help here. They can’t do it alone. So there is the link to the information and where people can also donate to try to help save our wolves. 

Right whales spend much of their time feeding on or near the sea’s surface, which make them especially vulnerable to ship strikes and entanglement in commercial fishing gear. One recent study found that 75 percent or more of surviving right whales bear scars from past encounters with commercial fishing lines.

Even worse, new threats to whales and their habitat are emerging, like the use of powerful sonic blasters for offshore energy exploration and military research.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has publicly acknowledged that new habitat protections are urgently needed. The agency agreed in 2010 to act, but so far has done nothing.

Tell NMFS to expand critically-needed ocean habitat for the North Atlantic Right Whale, before it’s too late!

How your click helps Defenders of Wildlife

Your free click generates donations from our sponsors. You may click once a day, every day. 100% of the donations raised go directly to Defenders of Wildlife to help stop aerial hunting of wolves, continue efforts to expand wolf recovery in the Northern Rockies, and more.

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Caribou Habitat Protected in Idaho and Washington

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Many groups, including Defenders of Wildlife, worked hard this week to help protect the habitat of caribou in the Selkirk Mountains of northern Idaho and northeastern Washington. 

The US Fish & Wildlife designated 375,562 acres as critical habitat for the caribou. Many worried the increased snow mobile routes and winter sports in the area would compromise the already small herd.

Thousands of caribou used to exist in the northern regions of North America but logging, hunting, poaching, and building roads have dwindled that number to only around 45 caribou left making them an endangered species.

Protecting their land is a positive way to start increasing their numbers again.

Random Venting...

I feel so helpless right now because I can’t do anything real to stop wolf hunting and animal abuse and all that stuff. All I can do is sit here behind a computer screen and sign petitions, but it doesn’t seem to be helping at all. This Christmas I only have a few things for myself on my list, for the rest I’m going to ask my parents to donate to certain causes like Hurricane Sandy, World Wildlife Fund, and Defenders of Wildlife. It’s the least I can do…

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