Due to population growth and development of lands, wildlife that has been in existence for centuries has been devastated, reduced or extinguished. We need to co-exist, have balance and preserve wildlife worldwide. Here’s how you can help and preserve the wildlife in your area.
Know the issues. Research newspapers, magazines, watch TV, listen to radio and surf the Internet for wildlife conservation issues--aerial wolf hunting in Alaska, slaughtering of bison in Yellow Stone National Park or changing of the Endangered Species Act.
Start in your own backyard. Find out your state and county wildlife policies. Contact your state Division of Natural Resources or any other department that deals with wildlife conservation or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for further information.
View websites of wildlife conservation organizations, such as Defenders of Wildlife or World Wildlife Organization. These sites will inform you on all the current wildlife issues and when voting will take place along with facts and information on wildlife and their habitats. Through their site, you can also write to Congress about your concerns on any pending wildlife issue.
Know the state senator and representative that handles wildlife issues. Go to the U.S. Congress and The House of Representatives websites to find information and members (and how to contact them), assignments, committees, votes on bills and a calendar of bills up for vote.
Get involved. Attend meetings concerning wildlife or environmental issues in your area, write letters or make phone calls to lawmakers, make donations to wildlife organizations, or join wildlife conservation organizations. Make your vote, opinions and voice heard and counted.