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Feature: Wolves in the Rockies

Fighting for the Gray Wolf's Recovery

Gray wolves once roamed the United States from coast to coast and from Canada to Mexico. But in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, wolves were intensively killed in staggering numbers, eradicating them from almost all of the lower-48 by the 1930s. Today, wolves have mounted a comeback, but their recovery is far from certain. Congress, for example, recently kicked wolves in Idaho and Montana off the endangered species list, which opens the door for hundreds of wolves to be killed.

Today, NRDC is increasing its efforts to reduce conflicts between wolves and livestock in the Northern Rockies. This work is critically important, as many wolves are killed in response to conflicts with livestock. Ultimately, NRDC fights to ensure a healthy, sustainable future for wolves in the Northern Rockies.

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Posted April 7, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places, U.S. Law and Policy

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In case you missed it, this weekend NPR News featured a story about Wildlife Services, the federal program that kills 100,000 native predators each year, and the ongoing federal investigation into its activities. In the piece, several claims are attributed...continued

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Posted March 25, 2014 by Nick Magrisso in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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The following is a guest blog by NRDC wildlife attorney, Rebecca Riley: Illinois is seeing an amazing wildlife resurgence, with wolves, black bears, and mountains lions returning to our state after a decades-long absence. The trouble is, because these...continued

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Posted March 11, 2014 by Elly Pepper

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Posted February 7, 2014 by Andrew Wetzler

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Today the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released an independent scientific review of its proposal to strip endangered species protections from gray wolves in the lower-48. The panel was specifically asked...continued

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Posted January 6, 2014 by Melissa Waage in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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An unreleased, internal audit at USDA's secretive Wildlife Services division uncovered big accounting problems, including $12 million missing from its coffers, the LA Times revealed yesterday. This new information comes as USDA's Inspector General prepares to conduct a congressionally-requested...continued

New Rules Would Allow Montana Landowners to Shoot, Trap More Wolves

Posted January 3, 2014 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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This blog originally appeared on The Wildlife News. Last week, more than a million Americans registered their opposition to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) proposed plan to remove Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in most of...continued

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Posted January 2, 2014 by Melissa Waage in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Posted December 19, 2013 by Zack Strong in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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This blog is part of NRDC’s OnEarth Magazine’s Answers from the Past month, in which contributors explore how contemporary thinking on sustainability has been influenced by wisdom handed down to us from previous generations.  The theme was inspired by New...continued

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Posted December 17, 2013 by Andrew Wetzler

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Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Normal 0 false false false EN-US JA X-NONE Today marks the official end of the “public comment period” on the Obama Administration’s nation-wide regulation “delisting” the grey wolf.  The proposed regulation...continued

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Posted December 4, 2013 by Andrew Wetzler in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Responding to Congressional requests and well over a hundred thousand letters from the public, the Department of Agriculture’s Inspector General confirmed today that it plans to conduct an audit of the USDA’s controversial Wildlife Services predator control program.  Every year,...continued


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