endangered species

A North Atlantic right whale, found dead off the Virginia coast and entangled in fishing lines. (Photo: Sea to Shore Alliance / NOAA permit

She was #3893 in the New England Aquarium’s catalog of North Atlantic right whales. But, as one of only around 100 reproductively mature North Atlantic right whales remaining on the planet, she may well have helped save her species from extinction.1Last Monday, whale #3893 was found dead and entangled in fishing line off Virginia’s coast in what is 2018’s first […]
Gray Wolf. Photo: Stuart Seeger via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

We talk a lot about wolves. Here’s why.The lonesome howl of a gray wolf may conjure romantic images of the American West, but the species has long been targeted for eradication. In the 1900s, gray wolves were trapped, poisoned, hunted, and otherwise largely eliminated from the Lower 48 United States. In 1960 no more than 800 remained of a wolf population that had […]
Gray Wolf. Photo: Stuart Seeger via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Wolves in Eastern Oregon’s Harl Butte pack could be wiped out. It’s up to us to save them.Imperiled Wolf Pack Just nine wolves, including three pups, make up the Harl Butte pack. The pack ranges across eastern Oregon’s woods and mountains, but four of them have already been tracked, hunted and killed by the state of Oregon in 2017. The state […]
Gray Wolf. Photo: Bruce McKay via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

I have great news: a federal court just ruled that gray wolves around the Great Lakes will keep their Endangered Species Act protections, meaning they can’t be trapped and hunted for sport.1Now we need to stop Congress from not only removing these protections but blocking any further review by the courts.Together, you’ve sent more than 50,000 messages asking your representatives […]
Polar Bear Mother and Cubs

You wouldn’t turn off the firehose during a five-alarm inferno.So why are some of our elected officials moving to eliminate lifesaving protections for some of our country’s most threatened and endangered species — even as scientists worry about mass extinctions on the horizon? 1The threat to endangered species We’re already in the middle of the worst extinction crisis in 65 million […]

These are precarious times for America’s gray wolves.Wolves were once hunted and trapped to near extinction in the continental US, but healthy wolf populations can again be found around the Great Lakes and in the Northern Rockies. [1]Trucked from Canada, wolves were reintroduced to Yellowstone National Park in the mid 1990s after being nearly hunted and trapped to extinction in […]