7 Million Bats Killed By White Nose Syndrome: How You Can Help

This is an issue very dear to my heart. Years ago I used to live on an island in the North filled with bats. Over the years I have watched their numbers dwindle.

Part of this is due to tourists. People that aren’t used to bats often worry that they are going to fly into their hair or attack them.  The chances of this happening are so slim it’s almost nonexistent. So sometimes people squish them. They spray them with bug spray. (Extra crazy considering the little guys do a marvelous job keeping bugs away from us) They scream and flail about when they fly overhead. But the bats aren’t interested in you. They are shy and (understandably) scared of people. They would occasionally cling to a window screen or nestle in an archway, but they don’t bother people even when they are being poked with sticks or being surrounded by flashbulbs and clicking cameras. 

White nose syndrome is very serious. It’s wiping them out. We need bats. They are a vital part of the ecosystem. These little guys provide billions in free pest removal services. (Seriously. They eat bugs. Want less mosquitos? Advocate for the bats!) The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been warned about the severity of the situation but have yet to take any serious action.  Defenders of Wildlife are asking to have the Northern Long Eared Bat listed as endangered. While although there is presently no cure for white nose syndrome, the protection this would provide would extend to to their habitats in an effort to better study and preserve them. 

PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION BY AUGUST 29TH!!! THIS IS THE DEADLINE THE FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE IS PROVIDING FOR COMMENTS.

U.S. Proposes Wildlife Protection for Captive Chimps
By 
JAMES GORMAN  (article selections below)

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed Tuesday to bring captive chimpanzees under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, a move that would create one more major barrier to conducting invasive medical research on the animals for human diseases.

If the proposal is enacted, permits will be required for any experiment that harms chimps, and both public and privately financed researchers will have to show that the experiment contributes to the survival of chimps that remain in the wild. The recommendation is now open to public comment for 60 days. 

Daniel M. Ashe, the director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, said the proposal would end the so-called split list, with wild chimps declared endangered since 1990 and captive chimps unprotected under the law.
The move was a long time in the works, a response to a petition filed in 2010 by theHumane Society of the United States, the Jane Goodall Institute and other groups with concerns about biomedical research on chimpanzees and the use of the animals in advertisements and entertainment.

Dr. Goodall, who joined Mr. Ashe in announcing the proposed ruling in a conference call, said the move was an important step forward in the effort “to conserve these extraordinary beings in their home.”

If enacted, the new listing would affect not only medical research but also the import or export of chimps and the sale of chimps in interstate commerce. It would not affect people who own chimps as pets. Whether the use of chimps in entertainment could be regulated is an issue that will be discussed during the comment period, Mr. Ashe said.

While the argument for medical research has been that there is a compelling human need, he said there was no such argument for using young chimps in television advertisements, for example, which he described as “entirely frivolous.”

But under the Endangered Species Act, only uses that are considered harmful or harassing require permits. And use in entertainment has not traditionally been considered to be in the same class as taking blood or other invasive procedures.

In separate interviews, Mr. Pacelle and Dr. Goodall said chimps who are trained for entertainment are taken away from their social group when they are young, which is very harmful to them.

And, Mr. Pacelle said, once the animals reach the age of about 7, they become too strong or unruly, and the owners “typically dump them into the animal welfare movement for us to care for for the next 50 years,” at a cost of about $1 million over the lifetime of each animal kept in a sanctuary.

But, Dr. Goodall said, the Fish and Wildlife Service’s action was a major step forward.

“We’re moving in the right direction,” she said. “You take one step at a time.”

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On a personal note, I don’t believe that blood draws are invasive if done properly. Chimps are trained to present an arm or leg to technicians and are cooperative in the process. Also, it is something that needs to occur regardless of whether they are in a biomedical laboratory or in a state of the art zoo. Do you go to the doctor regularly? Do they collect your blood? Have you been trained that it is an annoying but generally painless process that is beneficial to keeping track of your overall health? Yes. 
That isn’t to say I’m not very happy about this news. I just hope the sanctuaries can support the chimps leaving biomedical research. Also I hope that stronger legal action is taken to prevent chimps being used in the entertainment industry - or even worse - as personal pets. These are intelligent and incredibly complex (never mind strong) wild animals. They are not a furry little baby or a pet you can keep out back and dress up in clothes when you have company over. Do not insult them by thinking such things. 

(Side note: photo is a screen capture from the movie “Chimpanzee”. The only way I’m happy to see animals in entertainment is if it is in the documentary style format)

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Upper:  Whooping Crane in a field of gold (from the Nature Conservancy website)

http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/texas/explore/whooping-cranes-protecting-rare-habitat.xml

Lower: A Sandhill Crane in flight in the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge (taken from the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest Region facebook page)

https://www.facebook.com/USFWSMidwest

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Kristin Bauer delivered impassioned remarks today at the Ivory Crush

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will destroy some six tons of elephant ivory seized over the years by its special agents and wildlife inspectors in connection with violations of U.S. wildlife laws and treaties.

More than 30,000 elephants are killed each year for the illegal ivory trade. Elephant poaching is at its highest level in decades and it continues to rise. These animals are being slaughtered across Africa to meet an insatiable global demand for ivory. Scores of the park rangers who work to protect them have also been killed.

We’re sending a message to ivory traffickers and their customers that the United States will not tolerate this illegal trade. We’re standing with nations that have already destroyed their illegal ivory and showing our commitment to working with partners around the world to stop this trafficking and save elephants.

Excerpts:

"These new comments and the results of the scientific peer review follow on the heels of the submission of approximately 1 million comments in late 2013 requesting that the Fish and Wildlife Service continue to protect gray wolves. These comments represent the highest number of submissions ever to the agency on an endangered species, showing America’s overwhelming support for the charismatic wolf.

"In addition to the nearly half-million comments submitted by the American public in recent weeks, ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released a bipartisan letter co-signed by 73 House members urging Secretary Jewell to continue protections for gray wolves and rescind the proposed delisting rule immediately.”

I’ve been working on this for years. I’ve submitted my own comments to FWS, in addition to the “form” comments promoted by several environmental and conservation organizations. I’ve written to and contacted Representatives and Senators, and made a few additional contacts. I’m proud to be one of the million who believe that preservation of a species and a part of our national heritage trumps the orgiastic pleasure of the hunter pulling the trigger.

We’ll see what happens next.

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reviewing a decades-old rule that allows chimpanzees to be used for frivolous entertainment, invasive experiments and as exotic pets, even though chimpanzees in the wild are protected as an endangered species.  Please urge the Fish and Wildlife Service to give all chimpanzees - captive and wild - full protection under the Endangered Species Act.  This would finally give captive chimpanzees protection from the suffering they endure, and would show that the U.S. is truly committed to the conservation of this majestic species.  The Fish and Wildlife Service will only accept comments until Oct. 31, so please add your voice before it’s too late!" -Wayne Pacelle, President & CEO of the Humane Society of the United States

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New Post has been published on http://misguidedchildren.com/domestic-affairs/2014/07/fish-and-wildlife-service-has-a-way-to-get-more-guns-from-you/27062

Fish and Wildlife Service has a way to get more guns from you

The Fish and Wildlife Service, under the auspices of the Obama administration’s National Strategy for Combatting Wildlife Trade, could stop someone from selling any item with ivory across state lines. The ban would include items with legal ivory. Such regulations could make you hand over firearms that have ivory in them to the federal government. Lawful Ivory Protection Act of 2014 has been introduced to combat this new set of regulations.

Lamar Alexander on the new way to get firearms from citizens

Here, via Senator Lamar Alexander’s website, is what is happening.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) yesterday spoke on the Senate floor on legislation he has introduced that prevents the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from prohibiting the interstate commerce of legal ivory, and products that contain legal ivory, such as firearms, musical instruments, antiques, and family heirlooms.

“For those of us who are concerned that this administration is trying to take away our guns, this regulation could actually do that,” Alexander said. “If this regulation is approved, when you decide to sell a gun, a guitar or anything else across state linesthat contains [legal] African elephant ivory, the government would actually take them away – even if you inherited them or bought them at a time when the sale of ivory was not illegal.”  

Alexander continued, “I support stopping poachers, and I support stopping the trade of illegal ivory. What I don’t support is treating Tennessee musicians, antique shops, and firearms sellers like illegal ivory smugglers… This legislation will stop the administration from taking away our legal guns, guitars, and other items that contain legal ivory if we try to sell them across state lines.”

Alexander introduced S. 2587, the Lawful Ivory Protection Act of 2014, in response to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s announced plan to prohibit interstate commerce of African elephant ivory as part of President Obama’s National Strategy for Combatting Wildlife Trade. Restricting interstate commerce of ivory would affect whether an item containing ivory can be sold across state lines within the United States, as well as whether it can legally re-enter the United States if carried abroad during travel.

Alexander’s bill would “stop this misguided policy from going forward” and prohibit the Fish and Wildlife Service from implementing any new rule, order, or standard that wasn’t in place prior to Feb. 25, 2014. Alexander also introduced this month the same proposal as an amendment to the Sportsmen’s Act (which the Senate failed to vote on). 

It seems that the government is trying yet another way to get firearms out of the hands of the people who own them legally. The bad part is, the people of the US have to rely on the Senate.

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I am pretty disappointed in the US Fish and Wildlife Service at the moment.

I know they aren’t the only ones in control of course, but honestly, when your mission is to 

"The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is, working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people."

don’t bluff. 

Seriously, to say the Populations are flourishing isn’t necessarily a lie, but it isn’t the truth either. Wolves once roamed far from just in the Northern Rockies and the Great Lakes region and they’re not currently in a vast majority of the habitat they CAN occupy.

Essentially, it’s basically like they’re saying let’s give up and set extremely low standards. Come ON.

I agree with a majority of what they do but this is absurd. I understand you need to answer to “higher ups” and there’s all that but when somethings you are doing goes against the mission statement of your agency than fight it, don’t just accept it.

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Meeting the Injurious Wildlife Challenge: Legislative, Regulatory, and Voluntary Approaches

05/20/14 Asian carp, Burmese pythons, zebra mussels, and other injurious animals cause billions of dollars of harm each year to the economy, environment, and human health.

Excerpt:

"A coalition of food safety, good governance and conservation groups filed a formal legal petition today demanding that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service protect wildlife and habitats by prohibiting the use of genetically engineered crops and neonicotinoid pesticides in national wildlife refuges. The legal action also called on the Fish and Wildlife Service to comply with the Endangered Species Act to ensure that America’s most imperiled plants and wildlife are protected from these dangers.”

US Fish and Wildlife Service: Centaurs. No Go.

THEY RESPONDED!!!! Within an hour, so they clearly get no mail/no love.

"Ms. C————-,

Thank you for contacting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Centaurs are just what they’re portrayed as being: mythological creatures affiliated primarily with Ancient Greece. There is no evidence to suggest that such a hybrid of totally unrelated species could ever exist in the natural world.

Sincerely,

Customer Service Center - Tier II
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service”


I want to reply with “Not even in Mexico?” :> But nah, let this go. 

Now have formal documentation of Eurasian Collared Dove (Streptolia decaocto) on the Refuge with the photo above. This species has been in the town of Stevensville for a couple of years already, as is typical (towns are habitat of choice) of it’s spread across the country. It will be interesting to observe how much/little this dove will use Refuge habitats. A Florida study found that the Eurasian Collared Dove did not seem to impact native dove populations. BTW, the bird is in the trees immediate to the Refuge Office :-)

"The Obama administration’s plan to end protections for nearly all wolves in the lower 48 states." Might I add "Wolves now occupy a mere 5 percent of their historic habitat in the lower 48."

This pisses me off so much. This is who runs our country? A bunch of ass holes who don’t care about animals that can go extinct and will if they are not protected. 

http://action.biologicaldiversity.org/o/2167/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=13725

That would be a online petition. I can’t make anyone do it, but please. If there is one thing I am passionate about it is wolves and I would do anything and everything for them. It would be nice if more could help out. 

US Wolves Shot For Pennies

NDJ – Hunters can get their heart’s fill in Montana where they are allowed to shoot and kill up to five wolves for less than $US19. The ‘controlled’ wolf killing is because of alleged over population of the animal which reportedly made a great comeback in Montana despite…

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