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  • Pat Neuman, Hydrologist self-only
    A Biweekly Update from Defenders of Wildlife: Working to Save Wildlife and Wild Lands March 3, 2004 1. Bears May Be Next Victims of Aerial Killing in Alaska 2.
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      A Biweekly Update from Defenders of Wildlife: Working to Save Wildlife
      and Wild Lands
      March 3, 2004

      1. Bears May Be Next Victims of Aerial Killing in Alaska

      2. White House Still Calling for Trade in Endangered Species

      3. Scientists Claim Bush Administration Misusing Science

      4. Interior Department Changes Tune on Navy Landing Field

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      1. Bears May Be Next Victims of Aerial Killing in Alaska

      Apparently, the current aerial gunning of wolves in Alaska is not enough
      for some trophy hunters and their supporters in the state government. The
      Alaska Board of Game, which previously approved the aerial killing of
      wolves, leading to at least 91 wolf deaths already, is meeting to hear a
      number of proposals, including some that call for aerial gunning and
      bait-and-shooting of grizzly and black bears, as well as the selling of
      bear parts and the killing of bear cubs that are still with their
      mothers. The board may also extend aerial gunning of wolves to other
      areas. Sign a petition to oppose aerial gunning.

      2. White House Still Calling for Trade in Endangered Species

      Last fall, thousands of our readers urged the Bush administration to
      withdraw two U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposals that would allow
      commercial international trade in endangered species for the first time
      in thirty years. Months after it first promised to do so, the service has
      finally reopened the public comment period on one of these controversial
      proposals. Although the Bush administration claims it will consider
      public comments already received, it also says that the public was
      "confused" about the impact of the proposed rule � a cynical argument
      that will allow the service to easily dismiss thousands of comments on
      this important issue. Visit our action center and click on alert #282 to
      send a letter to the Bush administration letting them know that you're
      not "confused," and you still oppose international trade in endangered
      species. The deadline for comments is March 9.

      3. Scientists Claim Bush Administration Misusing Science

      Sixty renowned scientists, including 20 Nobel laureates, recently
      denounced the Bush administration for misusing science. According to the
      scientists, the administration has, among other abuses, suppressed and
      distorted scientific analysis from federal agencies, and taken actions
      that have undermined the quality of scientific panels. The statement and
      a report released detail multiple areas in which the White House is
      either ignoring, suppressing or distorting science. One example cited
      involves the suppression of an Environmental Protection Agency study that
      found that the bipartisan Senate clean air legislation would reduce
      mercury contamination and prevent human illness more than the
      administration's misnamed "Clear Skies Act."

      4. Interior Department Changes Tune on Navy Landing Field

      In a move that some critics called a "political fix," the Department of
      the Interior has changed its mind about the negative effects that a
      military jet landing field will have on endangered red wolves and a slew
      of migratory birds in North Carolina. A letter drafted by the Interior
      Department in November expressed concerns with the landing field site �
      located near Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge � stating that it
      could have negative effects on birds and other species. Craig Manson,
      assistant secretary for fish, wildlife and parks, now states that the
      department "can accept the Navy's decision." Local communities and a
      group of conservation organizations, including Defenders, are suing to
      halt the construction of the field. Learn more.

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      DENlines is a biweekly update of Defenders of Wildlife, a leading
      national conservation organization recognized as one of the nation's most
      progressive advocates for wildlife and its habitat. It is known for its
      effective leadership on endangered species issues, particularly predators
      such as brown bears and gray wolves. Defenders also advocates new
      approaches to wildlife conservation that protect species before they
      become endangered. Founded in 1947, Defenders is a nonprofit 501(c)(3)
      organization with more than 450,000 members and supporters.

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      Donna Bettinger
      U.S. Representative

      Scandinavian Joint Action For Wolves
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