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Early summer-the time each year when hopes blossom and new lives begin. Now is when young wolf pups and bobcat kittens first venture out of their dens. They will start to explore the world with fresh curiosity and an eagerness shared by youth everywhere. With so few Mexican wolves roaming the wild, each new youngster holds the promise of regeneration for this endangered species-but brutal leg-hold traps litter the New Mexican landscape and are a real threat to these puppies and kittens.
Thanks to your financial, moral and “boots-on-the-ground” support,
WildEarth Guardians continues our fight for the Mexican wolf, and wildlife everywhere.
Since 2002, Mexican wolves have been caught in traps. They’ve endured painful injuries, amputations and death. And since 2000, approximately 25,000 New Mexican bobcats have been trapped and killed so their fur could be shipped overseas to profit a handful of trappers. Thousands of untold other animals have also been maimed and killed.
Right now, WildEarth Guardians seeks to end public lands trapping in New Mexico for all species including lobos, bobcats, gray foxes, badgers, and more.
Today I’m asking you to join me in committing to end the slaughter by becoming a WildEarth Guardians monthly donor. Please add your monthly commitment of
$5, $10, $20 or more each month to mine-I give $20 each month.
Together we can give Guardians the financial security it needs to end trapping on public lands in New Mexico.
We are working to pass a bill that will ban trapping and expect it to be introduced in early 2013. Before then we need to continue building the public pressure by securing business, community and stakeholder backing that supports our
legislative champions. We need to dominate the media with messages about the cruel dangers and consequences of trapping.
Please join me in making a gift to secure a humane future for the wildlife of the Southwest. Our world is better when it’s shared with howling wolves, yipping coyotes, and purring bobcats.
For the Wolves,
P.S. Learn more about our campaign to Ban Traps here.
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Still Sticking Up for Wolves in the Northern Rockies
Call us stubborn, but we just don’t like dead wolves. That’s why we’re in court for the third time this year to protect Northern Rockies wolves from Congress and state mismanagement.
The latest bout over wolves began last April, when Congress passed a legislative rider that contravened a judicial order and eliminated federal protection for wolves in Idaho, Montana, and parts of Utah, Oregon and Washington. WildEarth Guardians, Alliance for the Wild Rockies and Friends of the Clearwater sued. Scientists believe wolves are not recovered in the Northern Rockies. We contend they should still be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
The U.S. District Court in Montana upheld the rider in August, although Judge Donald Malloy wrote that, if not constrained by what he believed was poorly reasoned case law from superior courts, he would have ruled the rider unconstitutional.
We appealed to the Ninth Circuit, which expedited the case for hearing this autumn, but not before Idaho and Montana announced new hunting seasons for wolves
that could eliminate one half of the Northern Rockies population – or more than 775 wolves. We have twice filed motions to stop hunting while the appellate court considers our case.
The court is considering our current request. Meanwhile, Montana and Idaho have
issued more than 36,000 licenses to hunt wolves this fall and the kill rate is likely
to accelerate as snow falls in the Rockies and the animals become easier to
So what’s next, and how can you help?
Our legal team is preparing to present oral arguments in two weeks for what may be our last chance to restore protection to wolves in the Northern Rockies. We seek to preserve wolves and their critical role as ecosystem engineers. We want to protect the public’s interest, YOUR interest, in wolf conservation and the enormous
investment in the 16-year wolf recovery program. And we hope to overturn misguided legislation that harms wolves and sets a bad precedent for Congressional meddling in endangered species management.
Thank you for your continued support for WildEarth Guardians’ Wolves in the American West Campaign, through activism, and through your generous financial gifts – we hope you will consider making a donation today.
We’ll continue to keep you posted as events unfold.
For the Wolves,
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On September 9th, a federal court approved our settlement agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to advance protection for nearly 900 imperiled species, including decisions that will likely lead to Endangered Species Act listing for more than 250 of them.
WildEarth Guardians’ campaign to fundamentally change the Service’s endangered species listing process required a major long-term financial commitment. All told we spent more than a decade and hundreds of thousands of hours of staff time to achieve this historic outcome.
Now we need your help to have the staying power to ensure that over the next six years – the timeframe for the settlement’s implementation – the Service upholds its promise to address every one of the species in our agreement.
Will you step up and help us to ensure our Nation’s most imperiled flora and fauna are protected? There is still so much work to be done. Please support our Endangered
Species Candidate Fund today.
This is one of the biggest milestones in the history of the Endangered Species Act.
Collectively, these species occur – or once occurred – in all 50 states. They are all a vibrant part of the rich natural heritage in our country, and all deserve to live.
I tried to post to your blog, but I got an error when clicking the Submit button (“The specified URL cannot be found”), so I am posting my letter here.
Open letter to the US Fish & Wildlife Service:
Dear US FSW:
There is a kid in my area who is always trying to save wildlife. I read about you in Virginia and I was wondering how to report this kid so you could take some action. Maybe you could put a “Report a Conservationist” link on your homepage?
We don’t want Americans to help save any animals and you’re the group to handle the problem (telling that little girl you’re gonna throw her momma in jail for trying to save a bird?? That is just awesome!! It’s important to deter everyone, especially children, from having any interest in ecology – and to deter from having any respect for F&W agents.
This is also a great way to save the USA some serious money. Seems like those tree-hugging Democrats are always the ones voting to spend taxes on ‘protecting nature’ and we don’t need that! The world doesn’t need that. With your continued efforts, they might not complain about us cutting your spending and reducing your workforce. We need more “I was just following orders” agents like the one in Virginia. I know the law was intended (by liberals) to stop the killing of animals, but you know how to use the laws to intimidate children and I applaud it.
I read about the Fish & Wildlife Server and the wolves in WY – you did real good work there, too. Those wolves can just stay inside the park if they don’t want to get killed. And if those wolves won’t respect our boundaries of Yellowstone, shoot ’em! We can’t abide by anyone crossing a border whenever they want. And don’t tell me they don’t know understand they need to stay in the park…they know. They just cross the border to steal our
jobs livestock (I mean livestock, I got sidetracked ).
Now when you’re talking about killing some at-risk species – that is the time to get some ‘civilians’ involved. Leave the rest of the work to the “I just follow orders” soldiers of the FWS super-agents. Even after being alerted to the incident, the FWS still processed the citation against Alison Capo. With the ruthless behavior shown by FWS in Virginia, we could use your “nature people” (wink-wink) in Homeland Security.
Let me know how to report other kids who actively protecting injured animals – in violation of the laws of this great land. You could have tossed her in jail, maybe even got her fired for missing work as a result. Then Skylar would have really learned the lesson you’re trying to teach. I’m sorry to see you’re going to let this little girl and her mother get away with ‘not killing’. That’s the problem with this country, too many bleeding hearts out there. Well, maybe next time that kid wants to help someone smaller or weaker, she’ll think twice.
On behalf of the Republican party let me say: May God bless you and thanks for all you do!
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe have agreed “in principle” to support a plan that would allow unregulated killing of wolves across most of Wyoming.
Let them know this is not an acceptable plan and that further protections are needed for wolves:
And the Winner is…
The race against extinction is one that neither the Sonoran
desert tortoise nor the white-sided jackrabbit can afford to
lose. That’s why we recently filed lawsuits to require the
federal government to protect them under the . Write a letter to Interior Secretary Salazar by ,
urging him to deliver this protection:
The facts are in: the Sonoran desert tortoise’s population has
been slashed in half over the past two decades, and surveys have
counted only five white-sided jackrabbits per year. Threatened
mostly by habitat degradation and the , both of
these are in need of immediate help.
WildEarth Guardians is working to protect the tortoise and the
jackrabbit as part of our “Western Ark” campaign, where we are
seeking federal protection for a diversity of life forms – from
plants to mussels to mammals – encompassing 19 U.S states,
Mexico and Canada.
Our Western Ark campaign launched last fall, but unfortunately
the Obama administration has not yet brought smooth sailing – at
least when it comes to endangered species. Despite over 300
species awaiting federal safeguards, the Obama administration
has provided just one previously unprotected species with
listing under the . Shockingly, the
tortoise, jackrabbit and hundreds of other imperiled species are
not yet even in the queue for protection.
That’s why we need your help today. Write a letter to Secretary
Salazar by June 21st demanding the change we need to prevent
native wildlife and plants from vanishing forever, including
those we first came to love through childhood fables:
For the wild,
Please go to this site and vote for WildEarth Guardians in the “Greater Outdoors” project! The WildEarth Guardians are a FOUR STAR charity (out of four stars) at Charity Navigator (a top auditor of charitable organizations). Hundreds of charities applied to win the $50,000 (that’s a lot of green!) and the list has been narrowed down to just a few charities – and the WildEarth Guardians (formerly the Forest Guardians) is on the short list! Please help vote, we just have until May 31st. You can help this charity w/o having to send money – just a couple of clicks!
Vote here now (and every day) and/or text message “earth” to 39668!
It only takes a minute. You can vote more than once and you can do it w/o getting any junk mail (there’s a checkbox to make sure you don’t get any extra email, or you can use a fake address.
We are in the Running… But We Haven’t Won Yet!
Ask Interior Secretary Salazar to Stop Bush’s Midnight Massacre
We have less than 23 days to convince Interior Secretary Ken
Salazar to protect critically endangered plants and animals,
from polar bears and gray wolves to silvery minnows and
Just before the clock struck midnight, the Bush Administration
finalized a series of industry-friendly regulations that strip
away protection for endangered species. Now you can help turn
back the clock and undo them:
On March 11, President Barack Obama signed a law that gives the
Interior Secretary authority to overturn two of the worst Bush
administration rules that weakened the Endangered Species Act
and put our nation’s imperiled wildlife at greater risk of
One regulation cuts expert wildlife agencies, including the Fish
and Wildlife Service, out of their oversight role to protect
endangered species. Another exempts greenhouse gases from being
considered as a threat to the polar bear, which is suffering
from the climate crisis.
With this opportunity, Secretary Salazar could reinstate the
Fish and Wildlife Service’s ability to check the actions of
other federal agencies to protect endangered species, and
provide full protection for the polar bear – but he only has
until May 9, 2009.
Don’t let the Bush Administration’s midnight massacre be the
last word for endangered plants and animals.
Join us in calling for Secretary Salazar to use every tool in
the toolbox – including the Endangered Species Act – to address
the climate crisis:
Imperiled mammals, fish, butterflies, frogs, wildflowers, and
many other species need and deserve every chance at survival.
For the Wild,
Wildlife Program Director
* P.S. Be sure to vote everyday for WildEarth Guardians in the
Redwood Creek Greater Outdoors Project. With your votes, we can
win $50,000 for river restoration. Remember, you can vote more