Defenders of Wildlife



We came around the corner of a rutted dirt road and spotted him as he slipped into the forest...just a glimpse of the cinnamon colored tail and he was gone. We ditched the bikes and scurried quietly over to where the trees had swallowed him up, and there he was. I will never forget the feeling of his wild eyes staring straight into mine. He stood motionless for a few seconds, then turned and trotted away.

We had set off on this ride in Cades Cove, Smoky Mountains National Park, knowing that a pack of introduced red wolves was making a home there. That day our family had seen many birds, rabbits, deer, even a black bear, but the sight of that wolf was incredible.

The natural resources and natural history of our beautiful country are things that we should treasure and hold close to our collective hearts. These things are very important to many people...please do not allow legislature that will put wildlife and our wild places at risk.


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