Saturday, August 1, 2009

The PAW Act and Wolves Update Summer 2009

We are making some serious headway this summer! On the heels of Palin's exit as Alaska's Governor, 15 more representatives signed on as cosponsors for the PAW Act, bringing the PAW Act cosponsor count to an impressive 106 representatives in the House. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island joined Senators Dianne Feinstein of California and Ben Cardin of Maryland as a Senate cosponsor of the PAW Act. It is important to note that the PAW Act was actually introduced by California Senator Dianne Feinstein. Thank you to everyone in government for your support!

With the funds that Defenders of Wildlife has received in support of wolves, they were able to run a powerful new ad in Roll Call, one of Capitol Hill’s most influential publications. By doin so, a powerful message has been sent to Congress about the need for action to save wolves.

Even with the addition of some very powerful allies, there remains a serious battle ahead. Now is the time to step up our efforts in this fight.

Please consider making a donation to help support the Campaign to Stop the Alaska Wolf Massacre’s efforts to captialize on this amazing momentum and build even more vital support for the PAW Act.

Representatives are headed to their home districts for the August congressional recess, and senators will return home at the end of the week. However, we must continue our fight to end Alaska’s awful aerial wolf-killing programs and to prevent this terrible practice from spreading to other states.

We have to make August the month to gain more wildlife supporters! Defenders is putting the spotlight on the dirty truth about aerial gunning through their powerful new video and contacting more Congressional offices to build support for the PAW Act. Please help them by reaching out to others for further support and by stepping up your financial support, if you are able. Please remember that everyone can do something. Strong voices are needed just as much as monetary dontations.

Please lend your voice or make a donation - or both! - to support the efforts of Defenders of Wildlife throughout August to build even more support for the PAW Act.

Together, we can Save the Wolves Now!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sarah Palin Resigns as Alaskan Governor July 3, 2009

Wolves dead since 2003: 1074

Body count so far this season: 251

Goodbye, Ms. Palin. Oh, how I do not hate to see you go.

Apparently, that sentiment is shared by so many others. Read Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund President Rodger Schlickeisen's response to the resignation of Alaska governor, Sarah Palin:

Palin's Resignation Leaves Wake of Wildlife Devastation: Parnell Has Opportunity to Chart New Science-Based Path
"Governor Palin's surprise resignation comes at a crucial point for wildlife and wild places in Alaska. In the just two and a half years of her term, she has made a series of decisions that prove she had absolutely no interest in being an environmental steward of the unique natural treasure that is Alaska.

"Instead, Governor Palin ignored our nation's leading wildlife laws and filed senseless lawsuits to pursue her anti-wildlife agenda. Palin's increasingly extreme anti-wildlife management policies included shooting wolves from airplanes and helicopters, using airplanes to track black and brown bears then shooting them from the ground, and the gassing of wolf pups in their dens. She even targeted wolves that had been part of a fifteen year long scientific study conducted by the National Park Service. All this, as well as her decision to fight much needed protections for both polar bears and Cook Inlet beluga whales, shows her blatant disregard for both science and environmental laws.

"Her efforts were, and still are, a threat to the natural integrity of America's last frontier, a state that boasts many national wildlife refuges, forests, parks and other federal lands, covering more than 200 million acres of the state. And if this isn't enough, Palin's persistent denial of global warming is sure to fast make her a political relic.

"Palin's successor, Lieutenant Governor Sean Parnell, must now decide whether he intends to extend Palin's devastating and destructive wildlife legacy even further, or whether he intends to chart a new path, by removing politics from wildlife management and restoring science to the decision making process. He can be sure that Defenders will be paying close attention to his decisions."


The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund (www.defendersactionfund.org) provides a powerful voice in Washington to Americans who value our conservation heritage. Through grassroots lobbying, issue advocacy and political campaigns, the Action Fund champions those laws and lawmakers that protect wildlife and wild places while working against those that do them harm.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Another Wolf Killed

One of the rarest in the world - a Southwest Mexican wolf (also known as a "lobo") who scientists gave the designation of "F836" - has been added to the list of wolves that have been caught in the crossfire, literally, of the wolf debate.

The Lobo bearing the ID of F836 had been raised in South Salem at the New York’s Wolf Conservation Center and then released into her native habitat in Arizona late last year.

However, in sad news, a poacher killed her just two months after her release into the wild and then dumped this poor Southwest Mexican wolf (as though she were garbage) along a road near Pinetop, Arizona. While this story is very sad, there is more tragedy ahead for the others just like her if wolves don't get the treatment and protection that they deserve.

We must take steps to fight lawless wolf haters and killers such as the one who has senselessly and shamelessly killed this lobo. Action must be funded in the courts to put an end to mismanagement of the lobo recovery program and support effective on-the-ground education, organization and conservation efforts to save lobos like F836, not to mention other endangered animals.

Lobos like F836 are the most endangered wolves in the world. In fact, they are so endangered that only 52 lobos -- with only two breeding pairs of these Southwest wolves -- now exist in the wild.

According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, illegal shooting was the leading cause of documented loss of lobos in 2008.

It is time to start going after hateful, lawless wolf killers!

We all know that there is a better way to manage wolves in the southwest. Recently, progress was made by an important initial legal victory to return wolf management responsibilities to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and to end the controversial “three-strikes” rule that has led to the unwarranted killing and removal of lobos from their natural habitat in the wild.

Only 52 lobos remain in the wild, and the fight to save these rare and deserving wolves from extinction will be an uphill battle, but it needs to be done because there aren't many left.

Your compassionate contribution to Defenders of Wildlife will help pay for rewards to bring the killer of wolf F836 to justice and will assist in the prosecution of the criminals who kill endangered wolves.

Time is of the essence. Please Save The Wolves Now!

Monday, March 23, 2009

What Is Sarah Palin Doing To Wolves?

Have you heard the latest news? What is the deal with Sarah Palin and wolves?

Just last week, 84 wolves were killed by means of aerial hunting, AND now, Governor Palin is "gunning" for the ability to drop poison gas into the wolf dens where wolf pups live. In fact, Palin’s Board of Game has already approved the use of poison gas and deadly snares to kill defenseless wolf pups and their families in and around their dens.

Why the hatred, Sarah Palin?

It is time for us to come forward in a big way. For the first time ever, I am asking everyone reading this who cares about wolves to pick up the telephone and call Governor Palin's Office to express your objections to her slaughter of wolves. Obviously, Sarah Palin does not have her direct line posted on her website; however, she does have a Communications Director by the name of Bill McAllister, and he can be reached by phone at 907-269-7450.

Then, I want you to send Governor Palin an email.

Finally, I would like to see you print off your email in letter form and then fax it to 907-269-7461. Her website does indicate that fax communications are preferred so don't pass up the opportunity to give her what she wants.

And one last thing, please support Defenders of Wildlife as they need the funds to run their most recent ad concerning wolf pups so that people can be informed concerning Sarah Palin's true nature. Defenders of Wildlife is also in need of funds for continued legal proceedings being handled by Earthjustice on behalf of wolves everywhere.

Please also feel free to print off the Defenders of Wildlife ad and post everywhere you can.

The presidential race is over; however, the race to save wolves is ON! We all need to take a collective deep breath and reaffirm our commitment to see the wolves and their pups running wild and free - - and safe under protections of the Endangered Species Act.

Please do all that you can and do it today and everyday to Save The Wolves Now!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Wolves Threatened Again

Last Friday, March 6, 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stated its intention to move ahead with the Bush Administration's anti-predator plan. Translation: Removal of wolves from the Endangered Species Act which would effectively take away protections from gray wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains and upper Midwest.

Wolves in the above regions still have yet to recover from the last onslaught and greatly need protections under the Endangered Species Act.

Idaho and Montana will likely begin the killing of wolves as soon as they are permitted, and this could mean certain death to approximately 1,000 wolves who now make Greater Yellowstone - Glacier National Park area their home. No thanks to state-sponsored wolf hunts.

When wolves were removed from the Endangered Species Act for just four months in 2008, 110 wolves lost their lives, one of which was the famous Limpy.

Please take action to Save The Wolves Now!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Obama / Salazar Effort to Destroy Wolves

President Obama's hands are not free of blood, either. Of course, now that the campaigning is over, and Barack Obama has gotten what he wanted, he is showing his true colors. I am not surprised. I realize that there were many readers of this blog who thought that I was bashing Palin because I was an Obama supporter, but stick around and read a while back, and you will find that I was not happy with any of our choices on Election Day.

Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, approved the Bush Administration’s plan to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana. Then, the Obama Administration reaffirmed the deadly Bush-era delisting plan, and another round of wolf killing could begin in just weeks.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that he intends to follow the path of the Bush Administration and delist wolves in the Northern Rockies and Greater Yellowstone region. Just six weeks into the Obama Administration, the slaughter of wolves is reaffirmed and continued. This delisting paves the way for almost 1000 wolves to be killed under deadly state management plans in Idaho and Montana. The killing could begin in just weeks.

Please make an emergency donation now to support our Northern Rockies and Greater Yellowstone Wolf Legal Defense Fund. The removal of wolves from the Endangered Species Act leaves wolves at the mercy of state governments, and we already know how they feel about the wolves. They wish to slaughter nearly 1,000 wolves as soon as possible. Just last year, in 2008, when federal wolf protections were temporarily lifted in that region of the country, in excess of 100 wolves were killed very quickly -- including the world renowned "Limpy" of theDruid Peak Pack.

Worse still, regular wolf hunting seasons could begin as early as this fall in Idaho and Montana -- and Idaho Governor “Butch” Otter has restated that he still wants the first available hunting tag to shoot a wolf himself! What are we going to do? We simply cannot stand by and watch as this out-of-control killing of wolves goes on.

For over 35 years, Defenders of Wildlife has fought for protection of wolves. Defenders of Wildlife was there when the first of the wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone National Park, and they have been there to defend them every day since.

The delisting of wolves could lead to the deaths of more than 1,000 wolves -- including wolves in the western Greater Yellowstone ecosystem!

Please call the US Fish and Wildlife Service at 1-800-344-9453 (between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday), select option “3” (for endangered species) and hit “0” to speak with the operator. Once you are connected, please let them know of your extreme disappointment in Interior Secretary Salazar’s decision to implement the Bush Administration’s flawed plan to eliminate Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in Idaho and Montana.

If wolf protections are lifted, nearly two-thirds of the wolves in the Northern Rockies could be killed almost immediately. Please strongly urge Secretary Salazar to stop the implementation of this awful decision and to reconsider his approach to wolf conservation in the Northern Rockies.

We need to make our voices heard! Secretary Salazar and the Obama Administration need to know how strongly we Americans feel about the support and protection of our wolves. Please contact President Obama, and please use every form of communication available in doing so in an effort to let your voice be heard concerning wolf protections.

Salazar’s wolf proposal could appear in the Federal Register within the month, paving the way for the slaughter of wolves this spring. Please call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today at 1-800-344-9453, and let federal officials know that you oppose the elimination of federal protections for our wolves.

Please donate to the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund as they are preparing for a legal challenge to Salazar’s decision.

Wolves are dying at the hands of unconscionable humans with skewed agendas. Our wolves cannot speak for themselves, and they do not know nor do they understand what is happening to them. We must speak for them to Save The Wolves Now!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Eye On Palin - Ashley Judd - Defenders of Wildlife

Another "Thank You" to Ashley Judd for setting the record straight on Sarah Palin's wolf-hating ways.

The video that Ashley Judd did sending a message about Sarah Palin was featured on The Today Show and The View. Finally, the wolves have America's attention, and Sarah Palin's wolf killing ways have been exposed.

The nation is talking about Sarah Palin's terrible wolf-killing program -- and now Sarah Palin needs to hear from you. Please let your voices be heard - - to include emailing Governor Sarah Palin
and urging her to stop her senseless and extremely unscientific aerial wolf killing program.

Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund's Eye on Palin campaign tells the truth about Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin’s anti-conservation agenda, all while she attempts to lay the groundwork for national recognition. Well, friends, I say let's give it to her - - national recognition, that is. Let's make sure that everyone in America knows what Palin stands for and how she treats wildlife.

Defenders of Wildlife has created a new website. Eye on Palin eyeonpalin.org, contains Ashley Judd's powerful video detailing Sarah Palin’s cruel aerial wolf killing program. That video has already been viewed more than 135,000 times on YouTube.

Ashley Judd helped Defenders of Wildlife in the Fall of 2008 to expose Governor Palin’s efforts to eliminate vital federal protections for America’s struggling polar bears. As Sarah Palin expands the barbaric and unscientifically supported aerial slaughter of wolves, Ashley Judd is taking a stand again. This time on behalf of our wolves.

Ashley Judd has said: "I am outraged by Sarah Palin's promotion of this cruel, unscientific and senseless practice which has no place in modern America. I am proud to be a part of Defenders Action Fund’s efforts to stop it.”

Watch Ashley Judd’s new video, and let your conscience be your guide. The wolves need you to take action now. It is time for Sarah Palin to find out that there are people who care about how she treats the wolves and all of the wildlife that Alaska is steward to.

It is obvious that Sarah Palin enjoys being in the limelight and is doing all she can to grab the national stage. With your help, we can give her what she wants; however, it will not be in the light that she desires. Let's shed light on her senseless killing of animals and use our voices and that limelight to educate all of America concerning the true character of Sarah Palin.

Act right away, and Save The Wolves Now!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ashley Judd Video / Sarah Palin's Stance on Wolves

Ashley Judd takes on Sarah Palin concerning her stance on wolves and wildlife in general:

Watch it here at Ashley Judd Video

Thank you Ashley Judd for joining the fight to Save the Wolves Now!

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Wolves in 2009 - Bush/Cheney Last Ditch Effort

Is anyone wondering what is going on in the fight to protect wolves? Well, I have bad news today.

Just today, the Bush/Cheney Administration has moved for elimination of federal protections currently in place for wolves in the Northern Rockies, including Greater Yellowstone. That effort - if their attempt is successful -- can result in the deaths of over 1,000 wolves (that's two-thirds of all the wolves living in the region).

It is my understanding that Defenders of Wildlife is already pursuing the incoming Obama Administration and conservationists in Congress to reverse the Bush/Cheney eleventh-hour attack on our wolves. Earthjustice (Defenders of Wildlife attorneys) are prepared, as always, for immediate legal action challenging this most recent attempt at delisting wolves in the Northern Rockies region, including the northern and western parts of the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.

Please help Defenders of Wildlife. You can do this by making a donation of financial support, but if you cannot afford to, please get the word out. Talk to your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, and even bosses (some of you out there actually have caring bosses who may want to help).

Over 100 wolves have already been killed. Tragically, Limpy, the famous Yellowstone wolf, was one of those fallen when protections were previously removed by the Bush/Cheney Administration.

All is not lost. Vital protections have been restored as quickly as they were removed not one year ago. We must remain steadfast. In their arrogance and ignorance, the Bush/Cheney Administration is using their final hours in office to attempt to push through the same plan that failed previously.

Prior to the successful court fight that stopped the Bush/Cheney Administration from delisting wolves earlier this year, the state of Idaho had plans in place to kill nearly half of the wolves in the state in the first year after delisting. Under delisting, terrible plans like this would remain in place.

Defenders of Wildlife has been responsible for reintroducing wolves to Yellowstone and central Idaho, and Defenders of Wildlife is taking that mission very seriously. They are not going to let the wolves go without protections.

The battle for wolf protections was won last spring, and wolf protections were reinstated after the Bush/Cheney Administration tried to eliminate important safeguards for wolves in the Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies area.

Still, here we are. The Bush/Cheney Administration is making one last attempt to have wolves placed at the mercy of state officials determined to kill them.

We can stop it, just as we did before. The time has come once more to
Save the Wolves Now!