Author Archives: Mitch Merry

Would Aldo Leopold support the FWS plan to delist wolves?

“We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes – something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger-itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean hunters’ paradise. But after seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither… Continue reading

Technology joins the fight against poaching

Elephant poaching is on the rise, and the international demand for illegal ivory continues to grow. In China, the ivory trade is extremely profitable; a single elephant tusk weighing 6 pounds can go for $12,700. The business in China is undergoing a crackdown and has largely moved online. In the United States, it is estimated that 30% of the ivory on the market is illegal. Continue reading

More than 120,000 tell Congress to oppose Doc Hastings plan to weaken the Endangered Species Act

More than 120,000 people have signed a CREDO Mobilize petition started by the Endangered Species Coalition that asks Congress to oppose representative Doc Hastings’s efforts to weaken protections for wildlife. Four bills being pushed by Congressman Doc Hastings, who is Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee,  could severely weaken the Endangered Species Act if passed into law. These bills would allow politicians — not scientists — to determine what is the best available science on endangered species listing issues.… Continue reading

Representative DeFazio speaks out for wolves

Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), a strong Congressional advocate for wolves, spoke out for wolves in an Op Ed published in the Eugene Weekly. In the piece, A Fight for Survival, Mr. DeFazio pushes back against the proposed delisting of gray wolves noting that,  “USFWS did not use the “best available science” and that they actively ignored data that conflicted with their own conclusions.” The highly controversial plan was released byt the USFWS over a year ago and has generated nearly… Continue reading

Father’s Day first for OR-7!

By now, you’ve likely heard that the wandering wolf known to his legions of followers as “Journey” (and to the biologists that track his travels as OR-7) is a father! Biologists in Oregon came across pups in the area where they believe he and his new mate have built a den. They were able to take a few pictures of 2 of the pups while Journey’s radio collar indicated he was out hunting for a meal for his new family.… Continue reading

Is a Wolf Stamp the Solution in Montana?

Last week, ESC member group NRDC announced they were working with the state of Montana to enact policy that would create what’s being billed as a “wolf stamp” that could be purchased to help fund wolf-related programs. First, it’s important to note that the stamp is not final and that there could be changes to the plan in the rulemaking process. But, here’s what we know today: the proposal calls for the stamps to be offered for sale at $19… Continue reading

To Save Endangered Species, Everyone Has a Role to Play

By Julie Fox Gorte Species of all shapes and sizes, including many large, charismatic mammals, such as tigers and elephants, are in a heap of trouble all over the globe—in most cases thanks to us. Unlike other species, people are capable of transforming the entire planet: We are living in the Anthropocene, an age in which Homo sapiens determines the fate of most of the other species on the planet. One-fourth of Earth’s species could be driven to extinction by… Continue reading

Celebrate Endangered Species Day

Friday, May 16th is Endangered Species Day 2014.  How are you celebrating? This is the 9th annual Endangered Species Day and is the biggest yet. Events have already begun, with nearly 200 scheduled around the country. In Washington, we will be talking about plants and pollinators at the U.S. Botanic Garden on Friday along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other conservation groups. This week of Endangered Species Day, we have partnered with the Spring of Sustainability to… Continue reading

Wisconsin Wolf Population Plummets

A a report in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel cited preliminary estimates released by the state’s Department of Natural Resources showing a nineteen percent decline in the state’s wolf population in the last year. Increased hunting and trapping resulted in the killing of 257 wolves in Wisconsin in 2013, up from 117 in 2012. This left the state with somewhere between 650 and 700 wolves statewide. That number is down from nearly 850 in 2012. In its federally-approved management plan, the state… Continue reading

White House Invites Pollinators to Its Garden

The White House has for six years planted a garden on the South Lawn, first planted in 2009 to promote a nationwide conversation about healthy eating. This year marks the inauguration of an addition to the garden that we hope will spur a conversation about bees, butterflies, and other vital yet imperiled species: a pollinator garden. The White House has kept bees for several years but this is the first year that they have included plants designed to attract native… Continue reading