Author Archives: Mitch Merry

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

Mexico: Say NO to Copper Mining in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

While the U.S. channels millions of dollars into research, citizen science outreach, and public education on the importance of the Monarch butterfly migration, Mexico is considering the approval of permits that would allow its largest mining company with the country’s worst environmental record to reopen a copper mine in the heart of the Monarchs’ ancestral roosting sites. Continue reading

The War against Poaching In 2016

This is a guest post from Jack Smith. Poaching has been around almost as long as people have been hungry, but only became an offense during the late middle ages when the right to hunt was limited to landowners. Clearly, back then the reasons were to protect the nobility’s right to sport rather than for wildlife conservation. Things changed somewhat during 1700’s, at a time when poaching was a means of survival for many. Poaching gangs began selling on the… Continue reading

Mexican Gray Wolves Need More Help

This is a guest post from animal activist and advocate Barbara Troeger. Mexican gray wolf recovery The Mexican gray wolf reintroduction into the wild is the third and most recent such wolf introduction in the United States. Red wolves were introduced into North Carolina in 1987, from an initial set of 14 “founders”; they now number fewer than 45 in the wild. The Northern Rockies were repopulated with 54 wild gray wolves from Canada in 1995; there are now 1,704.… Continue reading

Conservationists Express Outrage That Entire Pack of Wolves, 12 Percent of State Population, to Be Killed for Preying on Livestock on Public Lands

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has indicated it plans to kill the entire Profanity Peak wolf pack over conflicts with livestock on national forest lands in northern Ferry County. Continue reading