At the bottom of this post is a photo quiz to test your skill at species identification and/or differentiation to go along with this action alert from WildEarth Guardian…..
Poachers [hunters] are shooting Mexican wolves in cold blood and the government is doing almost nothing about it.
Why? Because the Department of Justice has a policy that basically allows the killers to make the excuse that they thought they were shooting at a coyote.
And so anti-wolf forces are just laughing it off.
Sound outrageous? Well it is. What’s worse is that it’s now happened dozens of times. With the body count mounting, we said enough is enough. So last week we filed a landmark lawsuit to stop the practice of letting killers get off scot free. Now we urgently need your help!
We need to raise $20,000 in the next 21 days to ensure we can defend wolves in court – thanks to a fellow outraged Guardian, the first 50 gifts will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $10,000! With less than 75 Mexican wolves in the wild we need to act urgently. Please contribute to our Mexican Wolf Protection Fund.
The Department of Justice has decided to simply walk away from enforcing the Endangered Species Act, which strictly prohibits killing of endangered species—no matter the excuse. As a result it’s not only killers of Mexican wolves that have not been prosecuted, but also killers of other endangered species, including Grizzly bears, whooping cranes and California Condors.
Because of its so-called “McKittrick Policy,” the Department of Justice is loathe to charge or prosecute individuals who kill “endangered” species if they claim that they mistook the identity of the animal as their defense.
Since 1998, at least 48 endangered Mexican wolves have been shot, but the government has only pursued two cases! WildEarth Guardians believes it’s time the wildlife poachers are brought to justice, but we need your financial support.
…So, just how hard is it to tell a wolf from a coyote? A black bear from a grizzly? Should hunters be trusted to make that call?
I’ve posted some of my photos below so you can decide for yourself whether coyote hunting should be legal in an area where only 75 individuals of a critically endangered subspecies of wolves exist; or if black bears should be hunted in a grizzly recovery zone.
(Answers at bottom of post.)
Let’s start with an easy one. Choose which is the grizzly bear from the following two photos:
So how about these two; same question, (left or right)?
Now, which of these is the wolf?
Ok, this last one was a trick question; the two crossing the bridge are young wolves. But you get the point, it’s sometimes hard to tell.
Number 2. is the grizzly, as is the photo on the left below it.
Part of the credo of the alleged “ethical” hunter is, don’t pull the trigger unless you’re dead sure of your target. Better yet, don’t pull it at all; none of these animals deserve to die for your sporting pleasure.