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wildlife protection

57 petitions

Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to California Fish and Game Commission

Help Protect Wolves in California

Snares, lethal traps, night-hunting. These are the deadly dangers that wolves face as they attempt to return to their native home of California. Project Coyote and the Center for Biological Diversity are taking swift action to protect wolves from these lethal practices and your voice is needed now! We have petitioned the California Fish and Game Commission to ban lethal trapping and night-hunting in the wolf recovery zone to better protect wolves from deadly traps and bullets. BACKGROUND: In June 2014, the Commission listed wolves under the California Endangered Species Act, providing wolves recolonizing their historic range in California with the extra protections needed for recovery (wolves in California are also still listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act though those protections are tenuous as the Fish and Wildlife Service debates delisting wolves from the ESA). While these regulatory mechanisms render both the intentional and accidental taking of gray wolves in California illegal, specific regulations are necessary to protect wolves in the state from one of the greatest threats to their recovery: the accidental killing of gray wolves mistaken for other species, particularly coyotes, in night-time hunting and lethal trapping currently permitted in occupied and potential wolf territory. WHAT YOU CAN DO: The Commission is considering taking regulatory action in response to our petition and we need your support! Please sign this petition urging the Commission to support a ban on night-hunting and lethal trapping in the wolf recovery zone of Northern California. After signing, please share this petition widely with friends, family and colleagues.  For more information about this issue, see our action alert and read our joint letter to the Commission on this issue here. Sign up for Project Coyote’s E-Team to stay apprised of this and other related issues. Together we can protect wolves in California from night-hunting and lethal traps! Thank you!

Project Coyote
44,186 supporters
Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to Martin Adams, Susan Rowghani, Richard Harasick, David Ryu, Mitch O'Farrell, Sarah Dusseault, Jeanne Min, Adam Miller, Mary Rodriguez

ESTABLISH A SILVER LAKE WILDLIFE SANCTUARY NOW

We, the undersigned, request the City of Los Angeles and the DWP (Department of Water and Power) to establish a Wildlife Sanctuary within the current boundaries of the Silver Lake Reservoirs. By preserving the open waters of the Silver Lake Reservoirs and their surrounding acreage as a sanctuary, this will create a protected habitat for migratory birds and urban wildlife, to be enjoyed by all. CURRENTLY:The Silver Lake Reservoirs have been permanently taken offline from the City’s drinking water system. Water from the Eastern Sierra snowpack is being used to refill the Reservoirs, and existing ground water from the nearby Pollock Wells will be used to keep them replenished. BRIEF HISTORY:Silver Lake is known to naturalists as a "nature hotspot." Over 140 species of birds have been sighted here, along with the raccoons, opossums, skunks, coyotes and bobcats that have long been part of Silver Lake's ecosystem within the Reservoirs' area. Additionally, Silver Lake has been a vital link in the Pacific Flyway for 100 years, connecting bird habitats from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia. The Reservoirs’ quiet, protected expanse has provided life-sustaining food and rest to thousands upon thousands of migrating birds each year; among them, the Canada Goose, the Bank Swallow—an officially threatened species in California—as well as Buffleheads, Great Blue Herons, American Pelicans, American Wigeons, White-faced Ibis, Northern Pintail, and beloved Mallard Ducks. Silver Lake has one of the rare bodies of fresh water large enough to host many flocks alighting at once. Everyone who loves experiencing Silver Lake's nature will know that a Sanctuary will preserve the Reservoirs as a protected habitat for urban wildlife and a critical resting place for migratory birds. THEREFORE:We request that the City of Los Angeles and DWP immediately support the establishment of a Wildlife Sanctuary within the current boundaries of the Silver Lake Reservoirs, thereby protecting this precious place for the animals who make their homes here, and ensuring this tranquil oasis is preserved for the benefit of the community and the entire city. Note:• We are not requesting any city funds for this Wildlife Sanctuary.• We fully support the amenities that currently exist around the Reservoirs, such as the meadow, the walking paths, the dog park, the recreation center, the tots playground, the basketball courts, and the pocket park on Tesla. (While not an “amenity,” we also support the neighborhood Nursery School there.) ---------- MORE INFO: Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary

Silver Lake Wildlife Sanctuary
1,210 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller

Urge Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to cancel use of warfarin laced bait

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has approved the use of a poisoned bait that he says may herald a "hog apocalypse" in a state where an estimated 2.5 million hogs roam. His intent is for the bait to be laced with warfarin, which is used as a blood thinner but has proven lethal to hogs. The bait will be infused with a toxic amount of warfarin, the same ingredient used in blood clot prevention medicine for humans. It is probably safe to assume that public hearings across the state where citizen input is heard were not conducted, nor a call for written public input, or an environmental impact statement prepared. This announcement will allow the use of bait to be laced with warfarin, across Texas. If bait is to be applied in areas used for grazing, all livestock must be removed and excluded from baited areas before applying this product and for at least 90 days after toxic baits are removed from bait dispensers. Much is at stake: It will increase the risk to livestock, grazing lands (whether fenced or open), rangeland, forests, non-crop areas, and crop lands -- that will threaten habitat for imperiled wildlife, from bald eagles and the red-cockaded woodpecker to the southwestern willow flycatcher and the golden-cheeked warbler. While the acute avian toxicity of warfarin indicates that it is practically non-toxic to game birds. In subacute studies, warfarin ranged from moderately toxic to practically non-toxic to upland game birds and waterfowl. Another source indicated that a mallard duck study was performed with a 10% formulation of warfarin. This formulation of warfarin was considered moderately toxic to mallard ducks when administered as a single dose. However, when exposed for a period of 14 days, 4 out of 5 ducks died. According to the Environmental Protection Agency: This product may be toxic to fish, birds and other wildlife. Dogs and other predatory and scavenging mammals and birds might be poisoned if they feed upon animals that have eaten the bait. Do not apply this product directly to water, to areas where surface water is present or to intertidal areas below the mean high-water mark. Do not contaminate water when disposing of equipment wash waters. Please act now to urge Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller to cancel this use of warfarin laced bait and protect our way of life, wildlife, water, and communities from harm. Photo: Robert Bailey/Audubon Photography Awards

Mark Olinger
1,217 supporters