Category Archives: US Fish and Wildlife Service

1.8 Million Americans Speak Out Against Stripping Federal Protections from Wolves 

Almost two million Americans stated their opposition to the Trump administration’s proposal to strip endangered species protections from gray wolves in a comment period that closed today. This is one of the largest numbers of comments ever submitted on a federal decision involving endangered species and reflects broad dissatisfaction with the Trump administration’s politically driven move to turn wolf management over to state agencies across most of the lower 48 states. 

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For Wildlife, There’s No App for That

This is a guest post from Trisha White at the National Wildlife Federation.   Thanks to smartphones and applications (apps), we can easily swipe and tap for everything we need right from the comfort of our couch and have it delivered to our door. From food to friends to fantasy vacations, we humans now have it all at our fingertips. But wildlife can’t be slackers–no one delivers to a nest or den. Turtles don’t have Tinder to find mates, they… Continue reading

#BecauseLoboWeek

It’s that time again, y’all – #LoboWeek2019! It has been 21 years since the Mexican gray wolf (also referred to as the Lobo) was returned to the wilds of southern New Mexico and Arizona. Their persistence, despite years of mismanagement and suppression, is astounding. So this week is to them! Raise your glasses and / or mugs in their honor! To me, the lobo represents a fullness that flows beyond them. Their presence on the land depicts health and equity.… Continue reading

Endangered Species Youth Art Contest Opens

K-12 Students of all Ages Encouraged to Enter by March 1  WASHINGTON, DC — Today, the Endangered Species Coalition announced the opening of its annual youth art contest. Elementary, middle and high school teachers and their students are encouraged to submit artwork by the March 1 deadline.The Saving Endangered Species Youth Art Contest is an integral part of the annual Endangered Species Day, celebrated the third Friday of May each year (May, 17, 2019).Started in 2006 by the United States Congress,… Continue reading

It’s time to end killing contests

Wildlife killing contests are legally, morally and scientifically wrong. Scientists, conservationists, hunters, and farmers, know that indiscriminate killing is ineffective in controlling livestock losses because only some, often few, individual predators participate in depredation. Killing contests are not a reliable method of regulating deer populations either. There is zero scientific justification for it. Deer populations are much more influenced by food supply and climate conditions than any natural predator outside of man. These contests do just the opposite of the intention,… Continue reading

Extinction Plan: Ten Species Imperiled by the Trump Administration

Washington, D.C. – The Trump Administration is on the cusp of finalizing a set of rules to weaken the Endangered Species Act, and a new report out today lists ten animals threatened by the Administration’s existing and proposed policies. Draft Department of Interior rules designed to make it harder to protect wildlife and important habitat would have negative impact on declining species such as the manatee, two sea turtles, and a rare bumble bee, according to the report, “Extinction Plan:… Continue reading

Because #LoboWeek: 20th Anniversary Edition!

There’s never been a time in my life when wolves weren’t my favorite animal.  I remember looking at a book about wolves when I was little. My dad and I were sitting in the car in my grandma’s driveway, waiting for my brother to jump in. I was looking at a picture of a snarling wolf.  I’d bet his teeth were as big as I was at that time. But I remember turning to my dad and proclaiming that I… Continue reading

The Wisdom of Wolves

On March 6th, Jim and Jamie Dutcher released their new book, The Wisdom of Wolves: Lessons from the Sawtooth Pack (published by National Geographic). This book could not be more welcome, both as inspiration and educational tool, at this time of great uncertainty for America’s wolves.

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Climate Change is Already Harming Imperiled Wildlife

In early January, one of the worst cold snaps in years hit Florida. Temperatures lingered around freezing in Brevard County, which is home to many Florida manatees. In a canal in Satellite Beach, nature fought back against the cold – in the form of hundreds of Florida manatees cuddling together for warmth.

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Save Florida Panthers by Reducing Vehicle Strikes

Florida panthers are an endangered species residing primarily in southwestern Florida. In 2016, 42 panthers died in the wild, mainly from vehicle-related incidents. This is especially devastating news as the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission estimates there are, at best, 180 panthers remaining in the wild. Here’s how you can help reduce the volume of vehicle-related panther deaths.

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