Snippets: A Defenders Roundup

Leaders of the Pack

Wolf, Photo: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Photo: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Coexistence is the order of the day in Oregon, thanks to months of discussions among Defenders of Wildlife, Oregon wildlife officials, the governor’s office and the ranching community. A livestock compensation and wolf coexistence bill unanimously passed the state House and Senate and was signed into law by Gov. John Kitzhaber in August. “Gov. Kitzhaber’s leadership was instrumental in bringing together traditional opponents to develop an innovative livestock compensation and wolf coexistence program,” says Suzanne Stone, Defenders’ Rocky Mountain representative. By empowering local communities to address wolf management issues in a responsible and transparent manner, this program may well become one of the best in the country.”

Learn more about Defenders program to reduce conflicts between wildlife and livestock.

Polar Bear Protections Upheld

For polar bears, life has never been more perilous. The challenge to survive promises to worsen as climate change transforms their Arctic home and offshore oil-drilling plans persist. Defenders fought for the bear’s protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and in June a federal judge upheld the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision that the bear remain categorized as threatened. The species will now continue to receive the protections afforded under the ESA.

Read more about what we can do to protect this Arctic icon.

Defenders Hits the Road in Montana

Montana License Plate Benefits Defenders of WildlifeNow Montanans can show their support for wildlife whenever they drive across town. To raise funds and awareness for wildlife in the West, Defenders worked with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles to design a license plate that honors the state’s diverse wildlife. Every time a Defenders’ license plate is sold or renewed, Defenders gets a $20 donation to help us keep working to protect wildlife in Montana and across the Rocky Mountains.

More Articles from Fall 2011

America's only true bison herd needs more room to roam. Will they find it in Montana?
In a huge victory in July 2011, wildlife champions on both sides of the aisle in the House of Representatives struck down the so-called “extinction rider” by a vote of 224 to 202, with 37 House Republicans supporting the measure.
For the second year in a row, Defenders and our conservation partners stepped up to help save hundreds of prairie dogs at the edge of Thunder Basin National Grassland in eastern Wyoming.
Sea Turtle, © Christina Albright-Mundy
The dead and stranded sea turtles began washing up on Gulf Coast beaches last year. There were so many that the National Marine Fisheries Service investigated, finding both the BP Gulf oil disaster and shrimp trawling were likely to blame.
Wolves in the West fan some people’s passions and fuel other people’s rage. The one thing they can’t seem to do is stay out of the crosshairs.
In recent years, the aquarium trade has decimated the wild population, which had declined by almost half in the last decade in areas still open to collection.
Weighing in at up to 60 tons, bowhead whales hold the record for the biggest mouth of any living animal and they have the densest blubber, measuring up to 2-feet thick.

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