National Wildlife Federation’s Adopt-a-Wildlife-Acre program addresses the conflicts between livestock and Yellowstone wildlife. We compensate ranchers to give up their public land grazing leases, and they use our funds to obtain new lands in areas without conflict. Yellowstone wildlife is secure, and ranchers’ cattle is protected. It’s truly a win-win situation!
Without secure habitat, there is no future for Yellowstone wildlife. Here are a few of the species that benefit when you Adopt-a-Wildlife-Acre today:
The American bison is an iconic symbol of the great American West that is in desperate need of our help. Once there were more than 50 million bison roaming the United States. But today there are only a few thousand that roam free. When they leave the protected boundaries of Yellowstone, they’re often killed by government agents in fear they’ll spread disease to nearby cattle. In recent years, more than 1,600 have been killed for this very reason! We must stand up on behalf of this treasured species before it’s too late.
The gray wolf was reintroduced to the Yellowstone area in 1995, and National Wildlife Federation was a leader in that effort. But more and more wolves are killed when they wander outside park borders onto adjoining national forest lands. Approximately 81 of the 267 wolf packs known to exist in the northern Rockies in 2007 were involved in either livestock depredations or killing pets. By the end of 2009, 25 of these packs no longer existed, usually because government agents killed them to protect livestock. During this period 272 wolves were lethally removed from grazing lands. If we want to have wolves outside of national parks, it’s imperative that we create secure habitat for them.
Like the gray wolf, the Yellowstone grizzly is only secure in the park and its surrounding wilderness. When bears kill livestock on public land near the park, government agents are required to either kill or move them. The only significant grizzly populations remaining in the lower 48 states are in the Yellowstone area and in northwestern Montana. These populations need room to expand.
This striking species is distinguished by its large, curled horns and blocky body. Diseases and parasites carried by domestic sheep are readily transferred to wild bighorn sheep populations and have caused long-term population declines in many areas. Domestic sheep grazing on public land adjacent to bighorn sheep habitat is a significant ongoing threat to the survival of this species. That’s why it’s so important that through our Adopt-a-Wildlife-acreprogram, we continue to secure habitat for this animal.
I am an old follower but I love questions :) A fact about myself. I just turned 22 yesterday and I just bought an iPhone today to celebrate. I'm excited :) question for you: what are five things that you love about your life?
Yes! I’m glad you’re still around. A lot of my favorite blogs have gone inactive over the past few months. And to answer your question:
Having taken the Standard Class at the Tracker School. I know I go on and on about that, but it really has completely altered my perception for the better.
All the wonderful people in it and what they’ve taught me. I really am lucky to have met each and every one of them.
That I’m probably getting a tattoo this Saturday. Probably. Sorry, had to throw something superficial in there, haha.
Where I’m going to school in the fall. I’m pretty excited about that.
The fact that I am alive, on this beautiful earth. Trite-sounding, but very true.
EDIT: Your ask box isn’t enabled so I can’t ask you anything.
I want to go to San Francisco again. What's your fav city?
I’ve never been to the west coast! I’m jealous. Most of the cities I want to visit are west of me, actually. But out of all the cities that I’ve actually been to (that I actually consider to be cities) I’d probably pick Burlington, VT.
I’d really appreciate it if you all could leave something in my ask box, so that I can get to know you better! A question, a comment, a fact, something about yourself, a song, or a quote. Anything, really. I’d love to hear from you, and, I’ll return the favor. Old followers, you’re welcome to do the same.
“It may, after all, be the bad habit of creative talents to invest themselves in pathological extremes that yield remarkable insights but no durable way of life for those who cannot translate their psychic wounds into significant art or thought.”—Theodore Roszak
If this turns out to be true then it is disgusting.
"Willie Soon, a U.S. climate change skeptic who has also discounted the health risks of mercury emissions from coal, has received more than $1 million in funding in recent years from large energy companies and an oil industry group, according to Greenpeace…
… Beginning in 2002, Soon’s funding mostly came from oil companies, including Southern Co, one of the largest coal burners in the United States, and the American Petroleum Institute, according to documents uncovered in a Freedom of Information Act request by Greenpeace and seen by Reuters.”