"On August 5, 2010, a federal judge overturned a decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to remove gray wolves from the Endangered Species Act (ESA), paving the way for these critical predators to rebuild their numbers to ecologically sustainable levels. This ruling is the result of a lawsuit brought against the FWS in 2009 by Defenders of Wildlife and other conservation organizations.
"This decision is a significant victory for wolves, for the integrity of the Endangered Species Act, and for all Americans who care deeply about conservation,” said Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife. “The court’s ruling makes it clear that decisions under the Endangered Species Act should be based on science, not politics.”
This victory is the culmination of efforts by the Defenders legal team, on-the-ground work of our staff and volunteers and ongoing support from our dedicated and passionate conservation activists. Our supporters have sent hundreds of thousands of messages to federal and state government officials and attended critical hearings to ensure scientifically sound wolf management legislation and regulations."
Click HERE to go to Defender's of Wildlife website to see their full announcement !
The awesome image above, Gray Wolf Amongst Tulips, is an original watercolor painted by a very talented member of EFA (Etsy for Animals)... Heather Windmiller... & etsy shop owner of thebluewindmill. Heather does service work for our group promoting our monthly Challenges !
Heather is also a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife and will be donating 10% of her sales to them when this painting sells. Wolves fascinate her... "An interesting fact about wolves is that they run on their toes, which makes their legs longer so that they may take longer strides and run faster" and refers people to this link if they would like to learn more facts about wolves: http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/wolf,_gray.php
Thanks for letting me feature your beautiful painting !
(copyright remains with the artist)
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ABOUT DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE
"Founded in 1947, Defenders of Wildlife is one of the country's leaders in science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation. We stand out in our commitment to saving imperiled wildlife and championing the Endangered Species Act, the landmark law that protects them... Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities... We work to protect and restore America's native wildlife, safeguard habitat, resolve conflicts, work across international borders and educate and mobilize the public."
Click HERE to visit their website to read their full 'About Us' profile.