Saturday, September 3, 2016

Wolf Weekly Wrap Up

Breaking: Snipers Snuff Out Four More Wolves In Washington. More grim news out of Washington state: Snipers have killed four more wolves -- three adults and a female pup. The Profanity Peak wolf pack family has been shattered, reduced to just one adult struggling to care for the four surviving four-month-old pups.
Profanity Peak Wolves
The killing of this pack -- which, once it's done, will have wiped out 12 percent of the wild wolves in the state -- has been authorized by Washington's wildlife agency despite evidence that a rancher placed his cattle right over the pack's den. Robert Weilgus, director of the Large Carnivore Conservation Lab at Washington State University, told reporters that "This livestock operator elected to put his livestock directly on top of their den site; we have pictures of cows swamping it." We can't allow this kind of provocation to keep leading to state-sanctioned wolf slaughter.

It's time for the gloves to come off -- we're in a bareknuckle fight for these animals' survival. But time is not on our side, so please help now. Make a donation today to the Center's Wolf Defense Fund.

Wolves desperately need our help. Not only are the state bureaucrats in Washington hoping to finish off the Profanity Peak pack, local Ferry County officials also swear they'll take matters into their own hands. They've said they're eager to send their sheriff to finish the job by killing any remaining pack members. This would be a gross violation of the law and set a terrible precedent -- a local posse bent on killing is brutal and primitive. When and if Ferry County tries this tactic, the Center's ready to go to court to stop it.

Please help us in this war on wolves with a donation to the Wolf Defense Fund.

The Center is leading the counterattack against the wolf haters. From Washington, D.C. to Washington state, our lawyers, scientists and activists are fighting anti-wolf extremists who would destroy the progress we've made over the past quarter-century. We've saved the lives of countless wolves across America, shutting down those trying to turn their habitat into feedlots, timber farms and open-pit mines.

I know you believe in a future where wolves still live wild. Please help us make that future real with a gift to the Wolf Defense Fund today.
Profanity Peak wolves
Snipers Kill 6 Washington Wolves, Target Rest of Pack
Washington state's Profanity Peak wolf pack has been shattered by government-funded snipers who've already killed six of its members and now plan to finish off the rest of the family. State officials put the pack on the kill list after conflicts with livestock on public land -- even though a rancher reportedly had moved his grazing cattle into an area known to contain a wolf den and rendezvous site. Killing the entire Profanity Peak pack would wipe out 12 percent of the state's wolf population.

The Center is on the front lines of the fight to save this pack and establish a safe haven for Washington's fledgling wolf population. We and allies organized a rally today outside the state wildlife agency's headquarters.

Take a moment to watch our video on Facebook or YouTube, sign this petition opposing the killing, and consider donating to our Wolf Defense Fund.
Speak Out For Red Wolves. Red wolves are dangerously close to extinction in the wild, and they need your help.
Under relentless pressure from special interests in North Carolina, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has all but abandoned its efforts to recover these shy wolves in the wild. Red wolves can still be recovered, but not without a dedicated effort from FWS.

As you read this, there are no more than 60 red wolves in the wild, down from almost 150. That number could reach zero if FWS does not take immediate action to protect and expand the existing wolf population as well as prepare a revised recovery plan that ensures the recovery of red wolves in the wild in the Southeastern U.S. Insist that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service not abandon red wolf recovery!
Ready to Speak Up for Red Wolves? Join Our Thunderclap
Red wolf
The Fish and Wildlife Service and its director Dan Ashe are caving to political pressure and turning their backs on red wolves, among the most endangered species in the world. Fewer than 45 exist in the wild -- but the Obama administration has pulled the plug on red wolf reintroductions and even curtailed law-enforcement efforts to bring wolf killers to justice.

Join our Thunderclap and Tweetstorm on Sept. 6 and tell the Fish and Wildlife Service and Director Ashe to do their jobs and save red wolves.

Lee McIrvin should be fined, and make land available to replace the wolf pack, Profanity Peak, that was murdered.

Target: The Washington Department of Fish And Wildlife, with the agreement of conservation groups that include Defenders of Wildlife, Humane Society of the United States, Conservation Northwest and Wolf Haven International

Every day the wolf disappears a little more. We have to stop this, before it's too late. We have to fight for the future of the wolves, and the future of us knowing them.