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defenders of wildlife

Post by zeldise » Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:47 pm

if u want to take action and help animals like the wolf and polar bears go to www.defenders.org
that way u can help an animal or help a whole family of them. remember if u want to help save animals go to www.defenders.org
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Re: defenders of wildlife

Post by pawnee » Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:22 pm

some other wildlife organizations that might be of intrest to you are

World Wildlife Fund

World Society for the Protection of Animals

Wild Aid

Shark Savers

If you have any other suggestins just add them to the list :mrgreen:
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Re: defenders of wildlife

Post by SolitaryHowl » Sun Aug 02, 2009 3:59 pm

Canadian Wildlife Federation.

That's the only other one I know.
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Post by Nor-easter Forecast » Tue Aug 04, 2009 3:13 pm

Thanks for posting this you guys, it's very helpful.

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Re: defenders of wildlife

Post by Koa » Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:06 pm

Agreed with Hoover. I've heard of defenders of wildlife before, but never truly investigated it or it's site.
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Re: defenders of wildlife

Post by zeldise » Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:46 pm

wow some those i haven't evan herd of thanks pawnee
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Re: defenders of wildlife

Post by Razorfang » Sun Oct 18, 2009 2:11 pm

Greenpeace?

just another one. ;)

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Post by Lupiswolf » Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:13 pm

I have an account on there, and it's usually wolves I take action for. It's a really cool site! :3

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Post by zeldise » Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:05 am

i'll have to check out some of those sights. haven't herd of a lot of these. so thx :mrgreen:
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Post by 55wolfqueen » Wed Nov 25, 2009 3:38 am

yes i will check those out.ive done alot for defenders of wildlife and theyve done me good in return.theyre awsome.
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Re: defenders of wildlife

Post by Vail » Thu Jan 07, 2010 11:06 am

I joined this a few months ago, only have donated once.. I wish I could more. ):
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Re: defenders of wildlife

Post by ulogoni » Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:22 pm

Conservation organizations working to help wolves:

Western Watershed Project - http://www.westernwatersheds.org/

They do much for the wildlands and wildlife in the west. Just yesterday it was announced that they filed litigation in federal court to protect wolves in Central Idaho. Recently the United States Department of Agriculture's agency that kills wildlife for the livestock industry (Wildlife Services) destroyed most of the wolves in the Basin Butte pack by gunning them down from a helicopter. All livestock had been trucked out of the area for the winter, and earlier in the year the rancher that made the complaints had not been using any non-lethal methods to protect the animals in his care, which resulted in this wolf packs near demise.

This is part of what triggered the lawsuit. You see, in 2002 a federal District Court judge ruled that a 1972 law establishing the Sawtooth National Recreation Area (where these wolves were killed) gave wolves and all other wildlife precedence over livestock.

Furthermore, Wildlife Services in general has been killing wolves even when they were listed as endangered. They could do this through a loophole in the 10(j) ruling. WS has an extremely destructive impact on wildlife. Their killing combined with the deaths of wolves from the unscientifically sound wolf hunts in the Northern Rockies equaled out to about 500 dead wolves by the end of 2009. And 4 more entire packs are on their hit list.

According to Western Watershed Project they've been doing this "without conducting adequate, legally required environmental analysis". So there are at least two blatant legal issues right there.

Not only is “wolf control” brutal and destructive. It is also pointless.

From an old article (http://www.cyberwest.com/wolves/wolf-co ... oned.shtml):

‘Musiani and colleagues analyzed wolf attack information for Alberta from 1982-1996 and for Idaho, Montana and Wyoming from 1987-2003. The data demonstrated that tracking and killing wolves that prey on livestock did not result in decreased depredation rates regionally, or over the long-term. Additionally, wolf attacks appeared to follow seasonal patterns reflecting the feeding needs of wolf packs, livestock calving and grazing cycles.’

A free copy of the study is no longer available from Prof. Marco Musiani’s site, unfortunately -

Seasonality and reoccurrence of depredation and wolf control in western North America (http://www.jstor.org/pss/3785024)

The third item that WWP's litigation addresses is Idaho Fish and Game's request to land helicopters to collar wolves in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness. This is another violation of the law. Helicopter landings are prohibited by the 1964 Wilderness Act, Section 4(b) and 4(c). And despite 90% of the received comments opposing this plan, the Forest Service is advancing it by means of a non-appealable "categorical exclusion." A type of document for public land issues that do not require environmental analysis. The purpose of designating Wilderness is to protect and keep what is wild, WILD. This action threatens the entire system. Having loud, high-tech machinery roaring over the land to chase down, dart, land, and collar wolves even in these last fragmented and ever-diminishing places that we are supposed to be protecting, is not okay.

Especially when Idaho Fish and Game could use the results of the study to allow them to kill more wolves in possible future hunts. If they count more wolves there, then they will adjust the quota to reach their "management objectives".

So let's hope that Western Watershed Project prevails and that Judge Molloy reinstates protection for wolves in the Northern Rockies. More info on the former litigation here:
http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/4358 ... 6d3c74df2/
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Whilst we're on the topic of aerial gunning, another great organization is: A National Coalition to End Aerial Gunning of Wildlife (AGRO) - http://www.goagro.org/

Plenty of information on this site particularly about Wildlife Services bloody footprint, but other issues are also covered, such as the aerial wolf killing program in Alaska. The site details the number of wildlife killed, what biological effects this has, costs of the program (starting at $800/hour just to lease the helicopter, and on the tax payers dime! That's right, they kill wildlife with the money from people who would never agree to such a thing), and how unnecessary it all is. Weather alone killed more livestock in 2005 than all predator depredations combined. And wolf take is a fraction of a fraction of that.
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Western Wolf Coalition - http://www.westernwolves.org/
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The Wolf Recovery Foundation - http://www.forwolves.org/

Be sure to check out Ralph Maughan's excellent wildlife news blog. This group has also filed litigation with Western Watersheds Project for the wolves in Central Idaho.
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Boulder White Clouds Council - http://www.wildwhiteclouds.org/news_wolves.html

On the ground, with the wolves. One dedicated founder worked for years helping to keep the Basin Butte wolves out of conflict with local ranchers. The sad outcome of that story can be found here:

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs02 ... 20092.html

She also witnessed the demise of the Whitehawk pack. And is out and about diligently keeping tabs on the local packs. Such as the Phantom Hill wolves, Galena, and others.
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Two groups from British Columbia that do wonderful non-invasive research on coastal wolves are:

Raincoast Conservation Foundation - http://www.raincoast.org/
Pacific Wild - http://www.pacificwild.org/

They have discovered that this distinct population of wolves has more genetic diversity than those known anywhere else on earth. Previously the largest number of haplotypes (a version of genetic material, in this case mitochondrial DNA) found in a single population was 5. The coastal wolves of the Great Bear Rainforest have 14 haplotypes. The working hypothesis is that wolves have not been as heavily persecuted in this region as in elsewhere.

Pacific Wild has an amazing remote camera with plenty of video of wolves fishing for salmon. They may even have a live, streaming version of this up soon, so check 'em out!
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Center for Biological Diversity is another group that does much for many different species of wildlife including wolves. They have e-mail updates on news and cases they have succeeded with or are still working on, and actions you can take, etc. - http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/index.html
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This next group I post because the last free-roaming, genetically pure bison left in America need all the help they can get:

Buffalo Field Campaign - http://www.buffalofieldcampaign.org/

They are the only group working in the field each day to stop the slaughter and torment of bison in Yellowstone. For a quick overview of what and why this is occurring, watch this video:
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And lastly I bring you Project Coyote - http://www.projectcoyote.org/

Like wolves, coyotes are terribly misunderstood and heavily persecuted. Since they are so adaptable, many more are killed than wolves, because they are one of the few animals that the killing of them can actually produce more of them, in the way of larger litters as a result. 400,000 coyotes are killed every year. That's about a coyote a minute! This group does much to help educate people and to protect the song dogs themselves.

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Re: defenders of wildlife

Post by Wolf Runner1 » Sat Jan 09, 2010 12:04 pm

I love Defenders of Wildlife! They are making a difference around the world. :D
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