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Wolf in the crossfire of a fight over the ESA

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Dear Center Supporter,

Complaining, "We've just not had enough guns in the woods to harvest wolves this year," a Montana anti-wolf group just announced that it's offering $100 for every dead wolf.

A shocking 110 wolves have already been slaughtered in Montana since their federal protection was stripped away. But the wolf killers aren't satisfied. They want to take out another 110 wolves.

This is your last chance to help stop them with a donation to our Save the Endangered Species Act Fund. All donations by Saturday, Dec. 31 will be matched dollar for dollar by a Center member.

The Center for Biological Diversity is in court right now to stop the killing -- but we need additional funds to win the expensive legal battle. There are only five more days before our special matching funds run out.  This is your last chance to help stop the killing and double your gift.

"You have to encourage people to kill wolves," the bounty group said. "You can't eat a wolf. There's no food value."

The situation is just as bad in Idaho where the state is about to send aerial gunners and government trappers to ratchet up the killing after declaring that the 154 wolves slaughtered there since spring aren't enough.

The Center's Save The Endangered Species Act Fund was set up for just this kind of emergency and this is your final opportunity to give. Please help us prevent more slaughter by making a donation to the fund today.

America hasn't witnessed such a wolf-killing frenzy in more than 100 years. Wyoming just got the go-ahead to kill more than 200 wolves, and Oregon is doing everything it can to decimate its own tiny wolf population. Even though just 14 wolves survive there, government sharpshooters want to kill two of them.

The Center's legal team temporarily stopped the wolf killing in Oregon, but we need your help to shut it down permanently.

Please help by donating today to our Save The Endangered Species Act Fund -- all gifts doubled until Dec. 31.

The hurdles we face to win these cases are huge. The federal government and the states are lined up against us with all their resources and lawyers. 

Thanks in advance for your help.

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity

P.S. Here's an excerpt of a recent media story on the wolf bounty. We can end this barbaric bounty and the killing of wolves in Montana with a court order restoring Endangered Species Act protection, but we need your help in the next 5 days with a generous donation to our Save the Endangered Species Act Fund. Donations will be matched by a Center donor, so your gift by Dec. 31 will be worth twice as much.

wolf-taxidermy bailout
Dustin Nielson of Darby's Big Bear Taxidermy examines a wolf pelt from Alaska. Nielson hopes that this year's wolf hunting season will mean more work for the Darby shop where local business has dropped with the recent decline in elk numbers.

Bitterroot group offers $100 per dead wolf
Ravalli Republic -- December 21, 2011

STEVENSVILLE - Hunters now have another incentive to try to fill their wolf tag. The Montana Sportsmen for Fish and Wildlife is offering $100 and an annual membership for photographs of wolves killed in any open wolf hunting district between Dec. 19 and the end of the season, or until a quota is filled.

"This contest is one way to encourage folks to get out and harvest wolves," said the organization's president, Keith Kubista of Stevensville.

So far, hunters have killed 110 wolves of the 220 quota set for the state's second wolf hunting season . . .
"You have to encourage people to do it," Kubista said. "You can't eat a wolf. There's no food value." . . .
A lack of snow this year has certainly made wolf hunting efforts more difficult, Kubista said . . . "We've just not had enough guns in the woods to harvest wolves this year," he said.
Kubista said his organization ran the "Montana Wolf Hunting Photo Contest" by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks before unveiling it this week.
To qualify, hunters will have show a photo of a successful wolf hunt and show their tag. Hunters must acknowledge the wolves were harvested in an open Montana wolf hunting unit and taken legally . . .

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Gray wolf photo courtesy USFWS/Tracy Brooks.

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