Lynx Driven to the Brink
Riding around on a "Wild Cat," "Arctic Cat" or any other snowmobile model could be harming a real-life wild cat on the verge of extinction in the lower 48 states. Defenders filed a motion in Wyoming district court in August after snowmobile advocacy groups sued in May to remove critical habitat protection for lynx in Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota and Maine. Conservation groups want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect lynx from harmful activities within areas that are crucial for the species' survival and recovery.
The Right Thing to Do
The death of a single right whale could contribute to the species' extinction, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service. And if the current rate of mortality and serious injury continues that's exactly what will happen, say researchers. That's why Defenders filed a petition with other conservation groups in September to expand the whale's protected habitat in its calving grounds off the coast of northern Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, and in the whales' feeding and nursery grounds throughout the Gulf of Maine as well as their migration route to the north. Fishing gear entanglement and vessel strikes are the right whales' most significant causes of death and injury. Other threats include offshore energy development, ocean acidification and pollution, sonar and noise from vessel traffic. For more, visit Defenders' Right Whale web page.
Living with Wildlife
With human populations expanding and populations of some wild carnivores on the mend in parts of our country, crossing paths is inevitable. But conflict doesn't have to be. Ranchers and farmers, hikers, campers, hunters and anglers and even suburbanites living in carnivore country, can turn to Defenders' new Web site for some handy tips and tools for minimizing or preventing conflicts with our carnivore cousins. Visit coexistingwithcarnivores.org.