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Wolves and Bears in Alaska are Under Attack

Even before the ink had dried on the new U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation rule, special interests in Congress were advancing measures to allow the excessive and extreme killing of bears and wolves on federal wildlife refuges in Alaska. Such proposals have already passed the full House twice. Without your help today, it’s only a matter of time before they get what they’re after.

And other anti-federal government forces are watching closely. If Alaska’s gruesome plans are allowed to go forward, it could set a precedent for state-led invasions of federal lands in the lower 48!

If you love wildlife, or hate special interestes, please make a generous donation to save animals in peril.

Please make donations now to save wolves and bears:

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Wolf Awareness Week
Few species are as historically vilified, as ecologically valued, and as continually controversial as wolves. Despite the vital role they play in many of our native ecosystems, wolves were nearly eliminated in the U.S. by relentless hunting and predator control programs determined to wipe them out. Today, though wolves have returned to some parts of the American landscape, intolerance, fear, misinformation and loss of federal protections continue to threaten wolves’ recovery and survival.

Happy Wolf Awareness Week, everybody!

VICTORY FOR WOLVES IN WYOMING 
Victory: Federal Judge Reinstates Federal Protections Statewide

On September 23, 2014, federal protection for the gray wolf species in Wyoming were reinstated after a judge invalidated U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s 2012 decision to delist wolves from the Endangered Species List. The new ruling from the U.S. District Court stops Wyoming, a state with extreme anti-wolf policies, from managing wolves within the state. 

“The court has ruled and Wyoming’s kill-on-sight approach to wolf management throughout much of the state must stop. Today’s ruling restores much-needed federal protection to wolves throughout Wyoming, which allowed killing along the borders of Yellowstone National Park and throughout national forest lands south of Jackson Hole where wolves were treated as vermin under state management. If Wyoming wants to resume management of wolves, it must develop a legitimate conservation plan that ensures a vibrant wolf population in the Northern Rockies.” - Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso

Earthjustice, representing Defenders of Wildlife, Natural Resources Defense Council, the Sierra Club, and the Center for Biological Diversity, challenged U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s 2012 decision to remove the gray wolf from the ESA on the basis that Wyoming law authorized unlimited wolf deaths in a “predator” zone that ranged throughout most of the state, and inadequately oversaw protection for wolves in areas where killing was regulated.

“Today the court affirmed that delisting gray wolves in Wyoming by the Obama administration was premature and a violation of federal law. Any state that has a wolf management plan that allows for unlimited wolf killing throughout most of the state should not be allowed to manage wolves. Wolves need to remain protected under the Endangered Species Act until the species is fully recovered. State laws and policies that treat wolves like vermin are as outdated and discredited today as they were a century ago.” - Defenders of Wildlife President and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark

“The decision makes clear that ‘shoot-on-sight’ is not an acceptable management plan for wolves across the majority of the state. It’s time for Wyoming to step back and develop a more science-based approach to managing wolves.”  - Dr. Sylvia Fallon, senior scientist and wildlife conservation director at the Natural Resources Defense Council

“The court has rightly recognized the deep flaws in Wyoming’s wolf management plan. Wolves in Wyoming must have federal protection until the state gets it right. That means developing a science-based management plan that recognizes the many benefits wolves bring to the region instead of vermin that can be shot on sight in the majority of the state.” - Bonnie Rice of the Sierra Club’s Greater Yellowstone Our Wild America Campaign

“We’re thrilled that protections for Wyoming’s fragile population of wolves have been restored. With Wyoming allowing wolves to be shot on sight across more than 80 percent of the state, there is no way protections for wolves should have ever been removed.” - Noah Greenwald, endangered species director with the Center for Biological Diversity

U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s 2012 decision to delist the wolf from the protection of the Endangered Species List in Wyoming turned management over to the state. This resulted in the authorized and indiscriminate killing of wolves in 80% of the land as well as insufficient protection in the rest. Since the delisting, 219 wolves have been killed. 

Backround: In North America, there was once an estimated two million wolves inhabiting the land. By the early 1900s, wolves had been extirpated from most of America and driven to the lower 48 states. By 1960, less than 300 of the remaining wolves existed throughout the lower 48 states, deep in the forests. After 1973, the gray wolf population began to recover and rebound in many areas with the protection of the Endangered Species Act.An estimated number of 5,500 wolves currently live in the United States. 

Photo: Wolves in Lamar Valley, Wyoming, by Rwarrin/Flickr

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!

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.

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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. 

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Hey check out this thing I made.

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.

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

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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Interning at Defenders of Wildlife by Vanessa Stewart

Wolves, lynx, and wolverines are on my list of favorite animals. As a wildlife biology major, I frequently dream of the day when I’ll be able to help these majestic creatures. I am doing this much sooner than I had expected, thanks to a class I took on a whim called Introduction to Climate Change Studies. This class led me to the opportunity to intern with the Defenders of Wildlife.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national organization that protects our America’s wildlife. They develop innovative programs that conserve and restore key species and their habitats through local, state, federal, and international policy-making. The Rocky Mountains and Plains branch here in Montana focuses on 10 key species in the region: gray wolves, grizzly bears, lynx, bison, black-footed ferrets, fishers, wolverines, prairie-dogs, woodland-caribou, and Sage-Grouse. The focus of my supervisor and I are the wolverines, fishers, and lynx.

Wolverines, fishers, and lynx are reclusive animals. Biologists have a difficult time accurately determining their population sizes and distributions. This lack of information makes it hard for the US Forest Service to determine the status of these animals- whether they are least concern, threatened, endangered, critically endangered, etc. In my internship, I am working on a project that will help discover what areas these 3 key species are in. This information will improve the policies made by the Forest Service.

Defenders of Wildlife has set up motion sensor cameras, with bait, in 23 different locations in the Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests, to see what species may be in that area. My job is inputting data and sorting through the photos. The cameras are very sensitive and are sometimes triggered by things as simple as strong wind or falling snow, so there are thousands of photos to go through every day. Most pictures are of martens, a common species, which are adorable but not endangered. Occasionally though, a wolverine shows up, and it feels like Christmas. So far, we haven’t seen any fishers or lynx, which we find odd. Defenders plans to continue this project for a few years, to gain the most accurate data.

I love being involved in Defenders’ work. I hope to eventually develop my own project. If you’d like to read more about Defenders of Wildlife and find out how to support their work, check out their website.

http://www.defenders.org/rocky-mountains-and-great-plains/habitat-protection

Defenders of Wildlife and Florida working to help panthers

I love Defenders of Wildlife. My daughters main Christmas gift is an adopted jaguar from them (she’s obsessed with jaguars). 

I’m also loving all of the articles NaplesNews.com runs on animal goings on in Florida. They posted this article two days ago about Defenders of Wildlife and the Florida Department of Transportation working together to install sensor devices that will warn drivers along a highway that crosses the Everglades if an animal is detected in the road so they can avoid collision.

The primary concern is for panthers (the article states there are probably fewer than 150 left). 8 panthers have been killed along the 1.3 mile stretch the sensors are being placed on by car accidents.

One poor panther was hit, rehabbed, released, and then hit fatally! 

The system is on track to be fully installed in December.