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Out of concern that logging will spoil some of Colorado’s most scenic landscapes and lynx habitat, WildEarth Guardians, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, filed suit in federal court challenging the “Tennessee Creek (logging) Project.” 

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The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council say that Feds’ “Grizzly Bear Czar” is “belittling” tribal opposition to delisting of the Yellowstone grizzly bear from endangered species protection.

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Tribal Leaders Concerned that Feds’ “Grizzly Bear Czar” is “Belittling” Tribal Opposition to Delisting the Great Bear
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Seeing what it is we protect plays a key role with the staff of WildEarth Guardians. Recently several staff members visited Red Desert near Ferris Mountains to see iconic sage grouse strut their stuff. Check out our fun photos from this excursion: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wildearth_guardians/sets/72157651582429849/
A lek near the Ferris Mountains. Photos by Erik Molvar, attribution "photo courtesy WildEarth Guardians."
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866 bobcats killed in 2013 by the USDA's Wildlife Service's killing program is 866 too many!

Join us in sending a message today to Congress. Ask them to defund this archaic, inhumane program: http://bit.ly/1axwmuW
photo credit: Outward Bound, Creative Commons License, Flickr
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Delist, Downlist, or Destroy: What to Do with America’s Wolves by wolf advocate and author Rick Lamplugh

The battle over wolves has entered a new and scarier phase. Keeping wolves listed as endangered may not be possible. Listing them as threatened may be. Or the entire Endangered Species Act could be gutted, leading to the death of many wolves and other animals.

The battle intensified last year when a coalition of conservation organizations filed a lawsuit, demanding that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service return wolves to the protection of the Endangered Species Act in the three Great Lakes states and Wyoming. A federal judge ruled that those wolves must again be protected.

Tempers flared and disgruntled members of Congress claimed that the ESA was being misused. The members wrote two bills that are based on politics rather than science and would delist the wolves again. These anti-wolf have begun the long and uncertain journey to becoming law. 

When politically savvy conservationists learned of the bills, they understood that the ESA as well as wolves were in the sights of predatory politicians. If the two bills pass, the members of Congress who wrote them might feel emboldened enough to go all the way and write a bill that kills the Endangered Species Act. If such a bill became law, many animals—not just wolves—would suffer. 

Thus, conservationists came up with an approach that has never been tried before. In late January, they petitioned Secretary of the Interior Jewell to downlist wolves—to change their status from endangered to threatened in the lower 48.

My latest blog post explores this important political and cultural issue in depth and provides links to help you further understand just how crucial this battle is to the survival of wolves. Here’s the link: http://bit.ly/1aitXVK

Rick Lamplugh is a wolf advocate and author of the bestselling In the Temple of Wolves.
Available as eBook or paperback at http://amzn.to/Jpea9Q 
Or as a signed copy from the author at http://bit.ly/1gYghB4

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Over the last five years, Bluewater creek in New Mexico has been transformed. Today the area is home to multiple beaver ponds. The grass, sedges, and wildflowers are thigh high. Cottonwood and willow are 10-30 feet tall and home to multitudes of birds and other wildlife. This all comes as a result of our Restoration Director Jim Matison and his team, and volunteers like you. 

For some more inspiration read today's inspiring story from Jim entitled, "The Power of Trees." 
http://www.wildearthguardians.org/site/PageServer?pagename=A_WildEarth_Story_The_Power_of_Trees#.VRLSiWY7QWw
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As our Executive Director, John Horning, says, the right wing movement to take away our public lands is "disturbing." Veiled as a "states rights" movement, what it would really do is take our treasured lands and put them in the hands of those bent on destroying them for their own profit. It's time to pushback, if you value your public lands, whether you live in New York or New Mexico, you need to pay attention and you need to speak out!

http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2015/04/14/us/ap-us-public-lands-transfer.html?_r=1
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2.7 million animals horrifically killed last year by the USDA's Wildlife (Dis)Services killing program. Let's end the war on wildlife.
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Kudos to Mendocino County in California who has agreed to suspend renewal of its contract with a federal wildlife management agency (Wildlife Services) pending completion of an environmental impact report that will consider nonlethal methods of predator control. This bodes well for critters who would have been killed by this rogue agency.
Lets end the war on wildlife!
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Another reason why fracking should banned on public lands! Colorado's North Park is home to thriving sage grouse populations and other wildlife, amazing mountain backdrops, clean air, and pure water, yet the Bureau of Land Management expects to approve nearly 200 more oil and gas wells in this irreplaceable mountain valley.

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The oil fracking boom threatens wildlife, clean air, and water in Colorado's North Park.
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Action opportunity to protect otters from trapping in Pennsylvania from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals):

Once nearly wiped out due to hunting, habitat decimation and water pollution, otter populations have just begun to rebound. Yet on April 9, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners will consider allowing professional/recreational trapping of this sensitive species that has been protected in the state for over half a century! And trappers would be permitted to use notoriously cruel "Conibear" traps—medieval devices that slowly crush their victims or cause them to drown (which for otters can take more than 15 agonizing minutes). Such traps are also indiscriminate, commonly killing companion animals and "non-target" wildlife! Please e-mail the Board of Game Commissioners at pgccomments@pa.gov and let them know that otter trapping is cruel and tears wild families apart, and could cause the population to drop further than anticipated! And have everyone you know urge them to keep otters protected!

Please also consider speaking out at the Game Commission's public meeting on April 9 at its Harrisburg Headquarters (2001 Elmerton Avenue). The meeting starts at 8:30 AM but please plan to arrive early so that you can sign up! More information about the meeting can be found here.

Thank you for your compassion, and please forward this alert widely!
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WildEarth Guardians works to protect and restore wildlife, wild places and wild rivers in the American West.
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WildEarth Guardians works to protect and restore wildlife, wild places and wild rivers in the American West.