Author Archives: Mitch Merry

Petition Filed With U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeking Updated Recovery Plan for Red Wolf

Via The Center for Biological Diversity With Only 45 Remaining in North Carolina, New Plan Would Save Wild Population   WASHINGTON— Seven animal protection and conservation organizations filed a petition today with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service seeking an updated recovery plan for the rapidly dwindling population of wild red wolves. The recovery plan for the red wolf has not been updated since 1990. Since that time red wolves have expanded their range in the wild, faced additional threats… Continue reading

Unknown Tourism: Commemorating the Wildlife We’ve Lost

  In a series of vintage-style travel posters, Expedia UK illustrates places you can travel to today, but species that have vanished.  The Unkown Tourism series highlights six species that the world has lost to extinction. From the commonly-known thylacine and dodo to the less well-known Jamaican giant galliwast, the travel posters give viewers a visual reminder of wildlife that has slipped away. “We created the posters as a way of paying tribute to some of the amazing animals we’ve lost and… Continue reading

Give to Keep Wolves Protected

This Giving Tuesday comes at a deciding moment for gray wolves around the country. Multiple bills under consideration by Congress would slash protections in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wyoming. One bill even calls for a nationwide delisting. Wolves need these protections. In states that have seen Endangered Species Act protections lifted, sport hunting and trapping seasons have been set and packs have been torn apart. Wisconsin represents what could be the worst-case scenario for wolves, should they lose protections.  Wisconsin represents… Continue reading

Vote for Endangered Species

This election could be the most important in recent history for endangered and threatened species. The outcome of local, state, and federal elections will decide whether policies and legislation that help to recover species that are imperiled by climate change, habitat loss, over-exploitation, and other causes are enacted or if we will see more attacks on wildlife. Please vote. Find out where to vote and what issues are on your ballot at www.vote.org. Important ballot initiatives are on the ballot,… Continue reading

Happy Howl-o-Ween!

This Halloween could be especially scary for wolves in the United States. Some members of Congress are working to kick still-recovering wolves off of the endangered species list and subject them to hunting and trapping. We have seen what follows in states where wolves have been delisted. Packs are torn apart, young wolves are left to fend for themselves, and an American icon is needlessly persecuted.  You can be a voice for wolves tonight if you are participating in Halloween:… Continue reading

Enter the Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest

One of the most popular elements of our annual Endangered Species Day celebration is the Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest. Every year, students from around the country submit their artwork highlighting endangered and threatened species for consideration, and every year the judges have an enormous challenge in picking a winner from so many inspiring and thoughtful submissions (you can see last year’s semi-finalist and award-winning entries here.) Last year’s winner was Miles Yun, his entry is pictured to the… Continue reading

To Kill a Mouse: Congress Quietly Increases Attacks on Endangered Species Act by 600%

By Taylor Parker, contributing writer to Endangered Species Coalition. Congressman Steve Pearce introduced a 200-page bill over a mouse. Representative Pearce said he is trying to bring jobs to his district by stripping the New Mexican Meadow jumping mouse of protections. He is trying to sneak his bill in as a rider to H.R. 5538, a bill meant for funding the Department of the Interior. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma has a bill to ban listing of the Lesser Prairie… Continue reading

Oregonians Oppose Hunting of Wolves

A new poll conducted by Mason Dixon Polling and Research finds that the vast majority of Oregon voters — from both rural and urban areas — oppose using hunting as a management tool for wolves in the state and believe wildlife officials wrongly removed state protections from wolves. The poll also revealed that most Oregonians believe nonlethal methods should be the primary focus in reducing conflicts between wolves and livestock. Continue reading