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Reader's View: Killing one wolf impacts a larger system

Reader’s View: Killing one wolf impacts a larger system

From:  Duluth News Tribune

February 22nd, 2015 by Lisa Herthel-Hendrickson

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Much of what’s in the media regarding wolf hunting is propaganda. “Propaganda” is biased with undertones promoting a particular cause. The statement in a Jan. 14…

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Over 5 years ago, WDC, in partnership with The Humane Society of the United States, Center for Biological Diversity, and Defenders of Wildlife, petitioned the U.S. government to increase federally designated critical habitat for the 500 remaining critically endangered North Atlantic right whales.  On that day in 2009, we believed we had laid out all of the necessary data, new information, and reasons as to why these whales needed more than 8.5% of their U.S. “home” area protected.   But it wasn’t until last week that the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. agency charged with protecting North Atlantic right whales, finally announced its proposal to increase critical habitat!

So why did it take almost six years to get here?!  It’s complicated.

Critical habitat is a tool available to species listed under the US Endangered Species Act (ESA). When a species is listed under the ESA, the government designates specific habitat necessary for the conservation and recovery of the listed species.  This critical habitat may need special management consideration.  For North Atlantic right whales, a portion of their calving and feeding range was protected in 1994.  Since that time, research has shown that these whales use additional areas for calving, mating, feeding, and migrating - far beyond what was originally designated.  These data constituted “new information” which we used when we submitted our petition, asking the government to expand the boundaries of critical habitat. This 79-page petition was submitted on September 16th, 2009, requesting protection of the waters from New England to Florida.

Once the government receives a petition such as this, a clock starts ticking.  Under the law, they have up to 90 days to review the request and publish a finding that the petition is either warranted (they generally agree to proceed in the process); unwarranted (no, they don’t agree and that’s the end of it); or warranted but precluded (they agree that you made some valid points, but they state that they can’t grant the request at this time for a variety of administrative reasons).

On October 1, 2009, we received a letter indicating that the agency in charge, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), had received our petition.  According to the law, they would have had to respond with a finding by the end of December.  We were dismayed and surprised that we didn’t hear a response after this mandated 90 days. We tried to be patient, but our patience started to wear thin, so in February of 2010 we sent a letter notifying the government of our intent to sue for not responding when they were supposed to (under the Endangered Species Act, you are required to warn the government that you are intending to take legal action).  In response to our letter, the government agency asked to meet with us. WDC and our conservation partners traveled to NOAA Headquarters in Washington DC on April 19th, 2010, to find out what was holding up their response to our petition.    We felt optimistic after what we believed to be a successful meeting, anticipating an imminent response to our petition, but still, it didn’t come.

The day after our meeting, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began, dumping more than 200 million gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, and much of NOAA went into crisis-mode, focusing its attention on the disaster.  Understanding the need to triage, we waited longer for a response.

On May 25, 2010, two hundred and thirty days after filing our petition, we finally went to court, charging NOAA with an unreasonable delay of the process.  It was this action that finally led NOAA to make a determination on our petition. On October 6, 2010, they agreed that our petition provided substantial new information and said they would propose a revision of right whale critical habitat by the second half of 2011.  Finally a victory!  But was it?

It was frustrating to have had to wait over a year to receive a response and now we were asked to wait another year to see a proposal.   We waited again.  The end of 2011 came and went and no proposals were published. In January of 2012, we sent a request to NOAA under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) asking them for all records of what they were doing to move forward with revising right whale critical habitat so we could understand what exactly was causing the delay.  In March, NOAA responded and assured us that they had “made substantial progress” and “were moving forward as quickly as possible”.   While we were frustrated, we were concerned that the court would be sympathetic to NOAA’s assertion that they were moving forward, so we had little to do but wait again. And we waited….through the rest of 2012 and all of 2013.

In 2014, four and a half years after we petitioned, we lost our patience and went back to court.  On April 10, 2014 WDC and its conservation partners filed suit, charging NOAA with “unlawful and unreasonable delay” in responding to our petition.  In response to this lawsuit, NOAA signed a legally binding time frame for revising right whale critical habitat that can be enforced by the court. As a result of our efforts, NOAA is legally obligated to designate additional areas as critical habitat for right whales by February 2016!  This additional year is needed to allow the public time to weigh in on the proposed changes.

Now we need your help and your voice to ensure protections for not just right whales themselves, but also their habitat—their “home”.  We have not given up on fighting to protect North Atlantic right whale habitat over the past five years.  Now we are asking you to take just five minutes to add your name to the letter of support for increasing right whale critical habitat.

Impacts from humans may currently be jeopardizing right whale habitat, but input from humans can make all the difference for their survival.

  Please sign and share our letter.


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Information found in the Narwhal section of the World Wildlife website, the National Geographic website, and the Defenders of Wildlife website.  All pictures taken from Google. 

I feel like I should mention I am in no way an expert on narwhals this is all information I found using the internet and the internet had a lot of conflicting information. My deepest apologies if any of the information is wrong.

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Sea Shepherd Does What Others Can’t or Won’t

Sea Shepherd. Who are we? What do we do? Sea Shepherd is not just an organisation. It’s a global movement. Volunteer crews boldly go where others can’t or won’t. Here’s a look at some highlights of some of our recent campaigns to defend, conserve and protect marine wildlife and habitats worldwide.
#seashepherd #oceans #Conservation #world #ForTheOceans #marinewildlife #globalmovement

Character prompt was “insect control and near invulnerability to physical damage” so…

Simon F. is an expert scientist in the field of insect communication. Part of his success could be attributed to a secret superpower of insect control… He’s an avid defender of wildlife reservations, was a star of his university wrestling team and his hobbies include building card houses with ants, choreographing butterfly acrobatics and jamming to funky tunes (Uptown Funk might be his favourite song and he’s won quite a few dance competitions).

The most anti-wildlife Congress in decades is just warming up, but gray wolves are already in their sights.

Plans are underway to introduce legislation that would strip gray wolves in Wyoming, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota of newly reinstated protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

It was Congress that stripped gray wolves in Montana and Idaho of ESA protections. As you know, Idaho has been a veritable free-fire zone since the state took over wolf management.

And to make matters worse, while we’re certain of congressional efforts to delist wolves in Wyoming and across the Great Lakes, it could be only a matter of time before legislation is introduced or amended to delist almost all gray wolves in the Lower 48 and bar protections for other critically imperiled species. We have to stand strong against any congressional attempt to delist individual species. If politicians, not wildlife biologists, are able to dictate which species deserve protection, it opens up a Pandora’s box on endangered species protection!

Thanks to the ESA, we have seen the recovery of some of America’s most beloved species, including the bald eagle, our national symbol – it is one of the greatest wildlife conservation achievements of our time.

Politically delisting gray wolves will only open the floodgates to an endless series of other congressional proposals to delist endangered species. And it could be the beginning of the end of the ESA itself!


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Please Sign this Petition for Red Wolves:

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission wants USFWS to END the red wolf recovery program in the wild.

Urge USFWS to stand strong on red wolf recovery: via Defenders of Wildlife.

Red wolves are among the world’s most endangered species; with just a few hundred animals in existence (and less than 100 in the wild), they are classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as “Critically Endangered.”

Nowhere else on the planet are wild red wolf populations viable and secure. NCWRC specifically requested that USFWS terminate the entire red wolf recovery program in North Carolina which would inevitably result in the loss of the last wild population of red wolves and render the species “Extinct in the Wild.”


Green groups unhappy with Apple solar land buy | Green Jihad

Green groups unhappy with Apple solar land buy | Green Jihad

Apple computer company is ready to go solar. Breaking Energy reports the company has bought a 2900 acre piece of land known as California Flats in Monterey County, California in order to build a huge solar powered plant as a way to help boost the company’s green credentials. There is only one problem, Defends of Wildlife and other environmentalist groups are disappointed with the location. So…

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Access today's newly posted public comments on the FRAP word limit reduction proposal

Access today’s newly posted public comments on the FRAP word limit reduction proposal

Access today’s newly posted public comments on the FRAP word limit reduction proposal: The Center for Constitutional Litigation has submitted this comment opposing the reduction.

Jason C. Rylander, Senior Attorney, Defenders of Wildlife, submitted this comment opposing the reduction.

And attorney Stanley Neustadter has submitted this comment supporting the reduction.

Whether you oppose or support…

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Apple's $850 million solar plant investment rockets it to first place among U.S. corporations

Apple’s $850 million solar plant investment rockets it to first place among U.S. corporations

[cfsp key=”adsense_336x280″]”Apple over the next year or so is expected to surpass Walmart as the largest corporate user of solar power,” Lucas Mearian reports for Computerworld

“The company this week announced it will invest $850 million dollars to build a solar power plant through a partnership with First Solar, one of the nation’s largest photovoltaic (PV) manufacturers and provider of…

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Here's Why We Should Help Dearborn Wolf Sanctuary (Please)

Here’s Why We Should Help Dearborn Wolf Sanctuary (Please)

I’m reposting this because there was something faulty with the Paypal link and I want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to help.

I’ve always loved wolves; I first became an active defender in the 70s, doing what I could to support their originally being listed as an Endangered Species, and more recently, I provided testimony at the Fish and Wildlife Services hearing in Sacramento.


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