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Published:November 10th, 2008 18:57 EST

Bush Plan Could Signal Second Greater Yellowstone Wolf Slaughter

By SOP newswire2

In its waning days, the Bush/Cheney Administration is moving once again to eliminate life-saving protections for wolves and again allow states to kill these magnificent animals.

Over a hundred wolves were killed the last time the Bush Administration lifted federal protections for wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies this past spring. Limpy -- the celebrity wolf from Yellowstone that had an injured leg and was long admired for his courage and tenacity -- was among the wolves gunned down during the first days of killing.
 
To save wolves like Limpy, we must hold off the Bush/Cheney Administration`s plan for just 71 more days. Please make an emergency contribution of $25.00 , $50.00, $100.00 or another amount today to our Greater Yellowstone Wolf Defense Fund to support our efforts in the courts and on the ground to stop the next onslaught before it begins.
 
If the Bush/Cheney Administration is successful, the wolf killing could begin again before the end of January.

The Bush Administration only has until January 20th to adopt their awful plan for our wolves, and we have a three-pronged plan to stop the slaughter:

  1. In the Courts: Last week, we put the Bush/Cheney Administration on notice that that we consider their 11th-hour assault on protections for wolves to be illegal. We are rapidly preparing a full legal challenge.
  2. On the Ground: We`re organizing caring wildlife supporters in the Northern Rockies to attend public hearings, write letters to the editor and more to help save our wolves.
  3. Citizen Comments: Already, Defenders of Wildlife has collected nearly 50,000 comments in opposition to the Bush/Cheney wolf plan, urging the Administration to wait until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can develop a balanced, science-based management plan that ensures a lasting future for wolves in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies. This new plan needs to be reviewed by the public. Rushing this flawed old plan through now will likely mean it will again be challenged in court. 

With the help of dedicated Defenders supporters like you, we were able to restore protections for wolves like Limpy earlier this year. WE CAN AND MUST DO IT AGAIN.
 
But we need your support to maintain this campaign and keep the Bush/Cheney Administration from once again green-lighting the irresponsible killing. Please make a tax-deductible donation of $25.00, $50.00, $100.00 or another amount today.

I hope you`ll help ensure that our legal experts and our on-the-ground field team have the resources they need to save these wolves. Please donate whatever you can today to help us stop the slaughter.

Rodger Schlickeisen
President
Defenders of Wildlife