May 20th, 2009 13:57 EST
Killed Endangered Female Wolf Dumped Along Roadside
She was one of the rarest in the world: a southwest wolf (also known as a lobo). Scientists gave her the designation F836 to keep track of her.
Raised in South Salem, New York`s Wolf Conservation Center, she was released with excitement into her native habitat in Arizona late last year.
But just two months later, a poacher killed her then dumped her like garbage along a road near Pinetop, Arizona. Sadly, her few remaining brethren could face a similar fate if we don`t act right now.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation of $25.00, $50.00, $100.00 or whatever you can afford to help catch lawless wolf killers like the ones who senselessly killed wolf F836, fund our vital action in the courts to end mismanagement of the lobo recovery program and support our effective on-the-ground education, organizing and conservation efforts to save lobos like F836 and other endangered animals.
Lobos like F836 are the most endangered wolves in the world. Only 52 lobos -- and only two breeding pairs of these Southwest wolves -- now exist in the wild.
Your compassionate contribution today will help pay for rewards to bring the killer of wolf F836 to justice and catch other criminals who kill endangered wolves. According to the Fish and Wildlife Service, illegal shooting was the leading cause of documented loss of lobos in 2008.
With your help, we can bring the lawless wolf killers to justice, save our lobos and put them back on the road to recovery.
Your donation will also provide vital support for on-the-ground conservation work to save these magnificent animals, paying for fencing, range riders, fladry and other non-lethal tools we can use to keep lobos and livestock away from each other " and out of harm`s way!
Your contribution is also vital to our court battle to correct the terrible mismanagement that has undermined lobo recovery efforts. In 2007, 19 wolves were removed from the wild under flawed management policies now in place -- more than one-third of the lobos then in the wild.
We know there is a better way to manage wolves in the southwest. With the support of caring people like you, we recently scored an important initial legal victory in our case to return wolf management responsibilities to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and to end the controversial three-strikes " rule that has led to the unwarranted killing and removal of lobos from their natural habitat in the wild.
But we need your help save our lobos from extinction. Please give whatever you can afford today to fund these vital efforts and our ongoing programs to save the lives of endangered species.
There are only 52 lobos left in the wild, and the fight to save these magnificent wolves from extinction will be a tough one. But, with your help and rapid action, we can prevail. We owe it to wolves like F836 and other lobos.
For the Wild Ones,
Defenders of Wildlife