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!

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