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Sad News Update: Pack Mother Wolf Killed

Photo: Center for Biological Diversity

Photo: Center for Biological Diversity

How do you kill a pack of wolves with one shot? Shoot the pack leader, the mother wolf.

The horror of this is that not only is the pack leader dead but that most of the other wolves will die slowly and painfully.

“Washington wildlife officials have determined that the wolf they killed last week was the Huckleberry Pack’s alpha female. It’s devastating news: This killing could shatter the structure of the entire pack and her orphaned pups may face starvation this winter.”


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Can Bighorn Sheep Coexist Next To Domestic Sheep?

Photo: Steve Woodruff

Photo: Steve Woodruff

How big is Idaho?  About 80,000 square miles with a population of about 1.5 millions. And Montana? About 145,000 square miles with about one million people living there. Both states belong to the least densely populated states in the US. So why would the U.S. Department of Agriculture have a research facility in close proximity to animals who live in the wild, have not many choices of where they want to live, but are threatened by diseases spread by other animals if they get too close to them?

“For bighorn sheep who make their home in the mountains running through Idaho and Montana, transmission of diseases from domestic sheep are a deadly problem.

Pneumonia can be passed to bighorns from domestic sheep and goats, and the outcome can be deadly to entire populations. In fact, over the last 25 years, bighorn sheep populations in Idaho have declined by nearly 50%.

Right now, bighorn sheep are at risk to disease transmission from grazing domestic sheep at a U.S. Department of Agriculture research facility in Idaho.”

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Brown Bears and Mining Do Not Mix

Photo: Stop Pebble Mine

Photo: Stop Pebble Mine

Photo: National Wildlife Federation

Photo: National Wildlife Federation

Bears feed on salmon, salmon returns to the same spawning places every year. So the bears come back to these same places every year as well. But if the mining company has the say there will be no more salmon at this place next year. There will be no food for the bears, either.

“Every summer, brown bears gather in the pristine waterways of Alaska’s Bristol Bay to catch salmon swimming upstream to spawn.

But soon, this vast habitat area that is home to brown bears and the largest runs of salmon in the world could be devastated by a massive open pit copper mine.

The Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of making final decisions about allowing the proposed Pebble Mine project to move forward, and they need to hear from you.”

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Animal Event: Rallye in Washington, DC July 29th, 2014

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If you can be in the Washington, DC area this coming Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, please consider joining the rallye in Washington, DC:

“On Tuesday, July 29th, you can join hundreds of advocates like you at a the rally that kicks off a two-day public hearing with the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C. to show the overwhelming support for climate action that is critical to wildlife.

RSVP today to join in!

Here are some more details:

Who: You, National Wildlife Federation, and hundreds of advocates like you
What: Climate rally and EPA public hearing on carbon limits for power plants
Rally: Tuesday the 29th at 10:30 a.m. outside the EPA headquarters
Hearing: Tuesday, July 29th and Wednesday, July 30th from 9:00 a.m. 8:00 p.m. at the William Jefferson Clinton East Building, Room 1153, 1201 Constitution Avenue, NW. Washington, DC
Buses: A bus will be traveling from Richmond, VA to the hearing—let us know if you want to hop on!
Questions? Email Sam Lockhart,


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Red Wolves Adopted into the Wild

red wolf. Photo: USFWS

red wolf. Photo: USFWS

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For ages, wolves have been hunted and killed by humans. They have been vilified immensely, coming close to extinction in the recent past. Some animal welfare organizations are trying to save wolves from this fate:

“Two small red wolf pups just joined their new foster family in the wild. The young wolves are crucial additions to an endangered species that is slowly recovering from the brink of extinction.
The biggest danger for these endangered red wolf pups and their foster families is being killed by poachers who are hunting them down.
Through a red wolf recovery program in eastern North Carolina, a few pups born in captivity every year are placed in dens to be fostered by wild parents. And the program has worked wonderfully! The pups are usually embraced by their new parents, learn to survive in their natural habitat and eventually go off to have their own families.
Right now, only about 100 red wolves exist in the wild—so the survival of the two young pups is crucial.
But these endangered red wolf pups may never have a chance to grow up and reproduce in the wild if they are killed by poachers who are breaking the law.”

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Butterflies Need Food, too

National Wildlife Federation

National Wildlife Federation

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monarch butterflies

In a world without bees and butterflies we humans will probably not last very long.
Pollination is mainly done by bees and butterflies, but there often is nothing for them to feed on.

“About 75% of flowering plants rely on pollinators, such as the graceful monarch butterfly.
But sadly, pollinators — especially monarchs — are on the decline worldwide. In fact, in California alone, the number of overwintering monarchs up and down the coast since the mid-1990’s has declined by nearly 90 percent.

Since Pollinator Week is June 16-22, there’s no better time than now to help these beautiful, hard workers and a great way to do so is to turn your yard or garden into a welcoming haven.

The best way to both help monarchs and attract them to your yard is to provide milkweed—an important host plant and food source for their caterpillars.

There are many different types of milkweed plants, so be sure to check which are indigenous to your region before planting. Here are five types that are native to the eastern two-thirds of North America, except for showy milkweed, found from the central states west to California and Oregon.

Whorled milkweed prefers really dry and sandy soils. Its white flowers appear between July and September and also entice native bees.
Butterflyweed’s orange flowers attract many butterfly species in addition to monarchs, including tiger, spicebush and pipevine swallowtails.
Common milkweed blooms purplish flowers from early to mid-summer. Be sure to plant with caution, as this plant’s aggressive nature can take over a garden.
Swamp milkweed prefers wet conditions in the wild but many gardeners find that it will also take to the average garden soil.
Showy milkweed boasts clusters of pink, star-shaped flowers and thrives in most western habitats, except deserts and high mountains.”

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