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DENlines Issue #22     
Defenders Electronic Network (DEN)
Friday August 25, 2000

1. ALASKA WOLVES: Anti-Hunting Measure on State Ballot
2. WOLVES: Speak Out Now for Wolves!
3. ENDANGERED SPECIES: Proposed Canadian Legislation Has 
   Conservationists Crying Foul 
4. SEA OTTERS: They're Hearing Our Side
5. PUBLIC LANDS: Wildfires Affect People, Wildlands and Wildlife
6. WILDLIFE CALENDAR: Dolphins Feast on Sardines

1. ALASKA WOLVES: Anti-Hunting Measure on State Ballot

The Alaska Division of Elections has placed a measure to ban aerial 
wolf-hunting on the November 7  ballot.  With Defenders help, our 
partners in Alaska submitted more than 38,000 signatures to place 
the ban on the ballot -- almost twice the number needed. But wealthy 
anti-wolf special interests will spend whatever it takes to defeat 
this citizens effort to save Alaska wolves. 

To learn more about the Alaska wolf situation, click here: 

2.  WOLVES: Speak Out Now for Wolves!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) needs your input on its 
proposal to reclassify wolf populations in the lower 48 states.  
The government's proposal calls for changing the status of  wolves 
in several regions from "endangered" to "threatened" -- an action 
that threatens the future of some wolves. Speak up now and let FWS 
know you want them to complete the job of recovering wolf populations 
in suitable habitat throughout the lower 48 states.   

To take action, click here: http://www.savewolves.org

3. ENDANGERED SPECIES: Proposed Canadian Legislation Has 
   Conservationists Crying Foul

The Species At Risk Act (SARA), introduced this spring by the 
Canadian government, is the country's first federal endangered 
species legislation.  However, it is fatally weak in crucial areas 
such as habitat protection and in proper scientific listings of 
species. Defenders and other conservation organizations are concerned 
that SARA does not adequately protect such endangered species such 
as the Peary caribou, wolverine and wood-poppy. Now, Canadian 
conservationists are in the unusual position of fighting against 
SARA.  Fortunately, the act has not yet been passed and conservation 
groups in Canada are fighting to ensure that it does not become law 
in its current form. Defenders and a coalition of groups have released 
"Promises at Risk", a report detailing ways the proposed legislation 
can be strengthened. 

To learn more about wildlands and wildlife issues in Canada, visit 
Defenders' new electronic advocacy site: http://www.wildcanada.net

For more on the "Promises at Risk" report, click here: 

4.  SEA OTTERS: They're Hearing Our Side

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) held four public hearings 
in California on changing its current practice of relocating sea 
otters to reduce potential conflict with shell fishermen.  The 
hearings in Santa Barbara and Monterey provided opportunities 
required under the National Environmental Policy Act for people to 
comment verbally on the FWS proposal.  The hearings were well 
attended by individuals who want to stop the government's relocation 
policy. Thanks to all who attended and gave their support to the sea 

To learn more about sea otters in California, click here: 

5.  PUBLIC LANDS: Wildfires Affect People, Wildlands and Wildlife

Wildfires have consumed more than 750,000 acres in Montana and Idaho 
during the past several weeks and posed grave danger to people and 
wildlife.  Large portions of the Bitterroot, Salmon-Challis, and 
Boise National Forests burned to the ground and habitat for such 
species as bighorn sheep, black bears, mountain lions and salmon 
have been destroyed.  Air and water quality also pose concerns for 
western states and will require national efforts to repair.  The 
effects of these fires will be felt for years to come.

To learn more about wildfires, click here:  http://www.nifc.gov/

6.  WILDLIFE CALENDAR: Dolphins Feast on Sardines

During August, a unique and fascinating phenomenon occurs in the 
Gulf of California as water temperatures rise. The changes cause 
shoals (schools) of sardines to leave coastal spawning grounds and 
venture into the central areas of the gulf following the plankton 
on which they feed. The sardines' summer migration drives schools 
of common dolphins into a feeding frenzy. By emitting rapid bursts 
of clicking and whistling noises for echolocation, the dolphins 
locate the shoals of sardines, then frighten them into swimming 
tightly together. The sight of their feast is amazing as dolphins 
leap out of the water and snatch sardines on their way up and down.
(Source: The Wildlife Year)

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