Organizations Devoted to Wildlife Reform and Protection



Coyotes and Wild Predators Need Protection

Please note: Coyotes and Wild Predators Need Protection was established as a repository for evidence against abuse of coyotes and other predators. Graphic images are posted here. It is our hope this site can be used as a quick reference to establish that current predator management and policy is inappropriate and protection for these animals greatly needed. 

Coyote Watch Canada

Our mission includes wildlife co-existence, coyote preservation, conflict resolution, field observations, municipal partnerships, sustainable wildlife programs and data collection. Within an ecological framework, we research animal husbandry, government policies, current wildlife management legislation and how it impacts the Eastern Coyote. Communitybased education and conservation awareness initiatives about coexisting with the Eastern Coyote, are essential goals of our work. Coyote Watch Canada advocates positive human and wildlife experiences.

Eastern Coyote Institute

Learn the facts about coyotes and the truth about coyote hunting.

The mission of Eastern Coyote/Coywolf Research is to promote the appreciation and acceptance and provide better protection of this creature throughout its range in Northeastern North America through sound science and public education.

Ma Coyote Conservation Alliance

Project Coyote

Project Coyote, a North American coalition of wildlife scientists, educators, predator- friendly ranchers and community leaders, promotes compassionate conservation and coexistence between people and wildlife. As a national non-profit organization based in Northern California, Project Coyote works to change negative attitudes toward coyotes, wolves and other native carnivores by replacing ignorance and fear with understanding, respect and appreciation. All of our work — through education, science, and advocacy — strives to create fundamental and systemic changes in the ways wild carnivores are viewed and treated in North America.

Our Vision
Project Coyote envisions a world where…

  • Human communities coexist synergistically and peacefully with wildlife;
  • Science empowers lasting solutions for resilient carnivore populations;
  • Native carnivores are valued for their critical ecological role and their intrinsic worth;
  • Children understand the value of Wild Nature;
  • Compassionate conservation drives wildlife stewardship.

Stop Coyote and Wildlife Killing Contests New Mexico

Stop-Ban-End Coyote and Wildlife Killing Contests in New Mexico and North America.
The purpose of this page is to educate the public about coyote and wildlife killing contests/events.
Coyote Converts
Daily Coyote
Daily Coyote is not an advocacy site but was created to chronicle one woman’s journeys with Charlie the coyote. Charlie came into Shreve Stockton’s life after his parents were destroyed  by Wildlife Services for killing sheep in Wyoming. Because Charlie was treated and loved like a pet,  he behaves more doglike than wild. Yet, his caretaker is aware that Charlie is at heart a wild animal and as Charlie develops she agonizes over what to do with Charlie once he is old enough to return to the wild. On determining that it would be more cruel to set him loose than to keep him, Charlie is integrated into her life. He sleeps with the family cat. His best friend is a canine and he shows a great deal of affection for the horse. Charlie will win over even the most hardened coyote hater. Like pets he loves play, toys, affection, and a cozy bed. Make no mistake, coyotes are wild animals not pets. Yet, in seeing Charlie living as a family pet, we are reminded of the traits and similarities in this species that make dogs so special. After all Coyotes like our beloved dogs, are canids!
Wiley the Coyote 
Read the incredible story of A Wisconsin hunter and his transformation from coyote hater to coyote lover
A Wisconsin hunter and his family adopt an orphaned coyote.
Predators, Generally

Carnivore Ecology & Conservation

Welcome to Carnivore Ecology & Conservation, where you will find useful resources about carnivores, including permanently updated news, extensive literature database with ~20,000 papers, ~500 full theses to download, action plans, future meeting details and proceedings of past ones …

Predator Defense

Predator Defense is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization funded solely by member donations. We work to spearhead legislation, disseminate research findings, monitor government agencies, and, when necessary, pursue legal action to protect predators. We also serve as a resource for reporters, elected officials, and the public.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation

...Human influences, inadvertent and intended, continue to threaten the survival of wildlife populations. Although rarely considered, habitat destruction, trophy hunting, and over-exploitation of food resources also cause suffering of individuals through displacement, stress, starvation, and reduced security. Yet the notion that animal welfare applies to wildlife has escaped most welfarists and conservationists. Consequently, a well-accepted and applied ethical foundation for animal conservation that considers animal welfare is necessary…


Timber Wolf Pair in Winter


Justice For Wolves, and other predators

JFW promotes restoring and maintaining federal protection for wolves and establishing state & national carnivore conservation acts to protect carnivores.
Wolves and other wild predators are often targeted for special and singularly inhumane persecution at the behest of special interest groups or at the hands of so called “trophy hunters”. Justice for Wolves is working to shift the policies and laws that allow native predators to be legally killed under the guise of “management”. We believe that before things can change there is a need for improved coordination between existing NGOs and that we all must work to change the laws. To that end, JFW and Eastern Coyote Research,, drafted a state Carnivore Conservation Act for Massachusetts that would shift management policies for predators and provide key protections from the abuses that are typically allowed under state laws. As a keystone species, wolves and other predators are an indicator of healthy forest, mountain, and wilderness environments. It’s up to all of us to protect these amazing animals. Please stand with us, and other NGOs. to support initiatives to strengthen and protect the Endangered Species Act (ESA), to create stronger state and federal laws to protect wolves and other predators and the habitats that they need for survival and to make trapping, snaring, poisons, hounding, bow and arrow hunting, penning, predator derbies, and the use of body gripping traps for wolves and all wildlife policies, nightmares of the past, where they belong. It’s 2014, insist on humane and ecologically defensible!

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected

Keep Michigan Wolves Protected is a coalition of conservation groups, animal welfare organizations, Native American tribes, wildlife scientists, faith groups, veterinarians, hunters, farmers, and concerned Michigan citizens working to protect Michigan’s fragile wolf population.

After 50 years on the protected list, wolves in Michigan are only now starting to recover. The current population estimate is only 658 wolves.

It’s not right to spend decades bringing the wolf back from the brink of extinction only to turn around and allow them to be hunted and trapped for trophies. People don’t eat wolves. It’s already legal in Michigan to kill wolves in order to protect livestock or dogs. There is no scientific reason to hunt and trap wolves for sport. Wolf hunting may involve especially cruel and unfair practices, such as painful steel-jawed leghold traps and hunting over bait.

Living With Wolves

Living with Wolves is dedicated to raising broad public awareness of the truth about wolves, their social nature, their importance to healthy ecosystems, and the threats to their survival. We build tolerance that can lead to coexistence between people and wolves sharing the same land…

Jim’s photography and Jamie’s sound recordings produced an intimate portrayal of wolves never before seen. As a result of years spent with the pack, they came to know wolves as complex, highly intelligent animals, caring, playful and above all devoted to family.  Only a select few other species exhibit these same traits so clearly.  It is for those traits that we do not hunt elephants or dolphins or gorillas.  Yet wolves are once again being killed.  Our goal is to stop this slaughter.

Howling for Wolves

Howling For Wolves (HFW) is a wolf advocacy organization that aims to educate the public and policy-makers about wolves to foster understanding and tolerance, and to ensure their long-term survival in Minnesota. HFW seeks innovative non-lethal solutions for conflict prevention and coexistence where wolves are perceived to be a threat. We oppose the random killing of non-problem wolves for sport and the cruel methods utilized. HFW current efforts focus on the Minnesota’s gray wolves, which is the largest and only original wolf population remaining in the lower 48 states.
Watch our TV ads and listen to our radio ads to learn more about our initiatives: HFW in Media. – See more at:

WildEarth Guardians, wolf program

These charismatic canids were eradicated from the American West by the mid-1900s at the behest of the livestock industry.  Science now tells us that wolves are critical to the health of the landscapes that they inhabit. WildEarth Guardians uses a variety of tools, including policy advocacy, public education and litigation to advance the cause of weaving wolves back into the heart of the American West.


The National Wolfwatcher Coalition is a 501c3 nonprofit, all volunteer organization. We ‘educate, advocate, and participate’ for the long term recovery and the preservation of wolves based on the best available science and the principles of democracy.  We educate the public, advocate for science-based decision making at every level of government and participate in activities that promote citizens’ awareness and participation in the decision-making process about wolves.   We are a moderate organization that seeks to (1) find common ground among all stakeholders and (2) encourage solutions to roadblocks that challenge wolf recovery. – See more at:

Wolves of Douglas County Wisconsin


A grassroots community organization designed for change with citizen participation, action and leadership currently working on banning wolf hounding





The Wildlife News

Ralph Maughan – Founder, Editor, Contributor – The Wildlife News
Dr. Ralph Maughan is a specialist in natural resource and environmental policies and politics. He is not a biologist. He was born, raised and has lived in Utah and Idaho his entire life. He has many years experience in Western public land and environmental issues. Maughan has written several hiking guidebooks in addition to academic books and articles. Maughan is the President of the Wolf Recovery Foundation. Founded in 1986 as a nonprofit 501.C.3 tax deductible organization, the Wolf Recovery Foundation is dedicated to the restoration of wolves in the Rockies.  Dr. Maughan also serves as a Director of Western Watersheds Project a group that works to influence and improve public lands management in 8 western states with a primary focus on the negative impacts of livestock grazing on 250,000,000 acres of western public lands.

Websites, Facebook Pages and NGO Groups Opposed to Dirty Hunting and “Management” – Trapping, Snaring, Hounding, Aerial Gunning, Penning, Baiting, Calling etc...


Lonely Howl


Anti Fur Society

To help convince every man, woman and child on the planet about the barbaric practices of the fur industry, or we will never live to see the suffering of fur-bearing animals come to an end. Thus, our focus is to form groups or support already existing ones in areas notorious for cruel methods of fur production. By informing consumers across the globe, we hope to encourage them to make conscientious choices by not purchasing fur or leather products as well as other items based on animal exploitation. We plan to help connect anti-fur groups around the planet, like links in a chain, each group bringing awareness of the issues at stake to people in their respective communities. Through diplomacy, education and outreach, we strive to make people around the world aware of the intense suffering caused by the making of fur and leather garments.

Born Free

Our mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife — including highly endangered species — in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. (anti trapping)

Coalition Against Bloodsports USA
Bloodsport is any sport involving killing or the shedding of blood as bullfighting, cockfighting, trophy hunting, trapping, penning and bear tethering. Bloodsports such as trapping, penning, and bear tethering do not attract attention from the public at large because it is practiced away from residential areas and/or foot traffic. Therefore, individuals who commit these savage acts of cruelty feel comfortably free to inflict atrocious suffering on sentient beings as a way of entertainment. Protected by the law, these groups enjoy seeing animals writhing in agony as they are torn apart, still alive, by dogs trained specifically to attack fur bearing animals. The animals most used are Coyote and Fox which are trapped and penned while bears are baited, tethered and penned.  WHYis cock or dog fighting outlawed while other canine species such as coyotes and foxes are NOT protected under the  law? Penning of any kind should be outlawed and offenders should be prosecuted. Bear baiting/ penning has been outlawed worldwide, except in Pakistan and the United States. Please sign our petitions: BAN PENNING & BEAR BAITING IN THE US  AND BAN FUR TRAPPING ON PUBLIC LANDS IN THE UNITED STATES


Exposing the Big Game, Living Targets of a Dying Sport

Jim Robertson is a wildlife photographer and self-taught naturalist who makes his home in a remote wilderness setting in the Pacific Northwest, beyond the reach of cable television and mercifully out of earshot of Sarah Palin’s daily sound bites.

Living among the likes of elk, wolves and bears has led to a keen awareness of animals as individuals. Yet, with wildlife habitat comes the depraved concept of “sportsmen’s paradise” and, consequently, the wanton evils of hunting. The painful loss of some of his cherished animal neighbors has triggered an evolution from outspoken animal advocate to all out anti-hunter.

Footloose Montana

Footloose Montana is not opposed to ethical hunting practices.  Our organization does not take an official stance on hunting, because we are a coalition of diverse people brought together by one single cause: the opposition to trapping on public lands.  Footloose Montana supporters include many hunters and also many non-hunters.

Non Government Organizations Protecting Wildlife or Engaged in Animal Rights 


Timber Wolf Pair Dances with Wolves

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

We believe that animals are entitled to kind and respectful treatment at the hands of humans, and must be protected under the law.

Supports laws to prevent keeping dogs in outside kennels (a standard practice across America). They have also filed a brief supporting the lawsuit aimed at shutting down wolf hunting with dogs in Wisconsin.

Center for Biological Diversity

At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

Defenders of Wildlife

On February 7, 2014 an independent scientific peer review paneltold the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that their proposal to strip federal protections for gray wolves across nearly all of the lower 48 states was not based on the best available science.

“The peer reviewers have now said what we have been saying all along: The Fish and Wildlife Service’s proposal to strip protections for gray wolves in the U.S. is not based on the best available science. This should now make it clear to the Service that delisting the gray wolf is premature and shortsighted.”
– Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife

Click here to ask Secretary Jewell to withdraw this misguided proposal!

Earth Justice

Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law organization dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.

Friends of Animals

Friends of Animals is a non-profit, international animal advocacy organization, incorporated in the state of New York since 1957. Friends of Animals works to cultivate a respectful view of nonhuman animals, free-living and domestic. Our goal is to free animals from cruelty and institutionalized exploitation around the world. – See more at:

This group believes “hunting in all forms is unethical, socially unjustifiable and ecologically disruptive.” The group worked against bear hunting in New Jersey, deer hunting in Connecticut, and against other heavy handed animal management programs.

Humane Society of The United States

…We work to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world. We are a leading disaster relief agency for animals, and we provide direct care for thousands of animals at our sanctuaries and rescue facilities, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and mobile veterinary clinics…

In Defense of Animals

Founded in 1983 by Dr. Elliot Katz DVM, In Defense of Animals is an international animal rights and rescue organization dedicated to protecting the rights, welfare and habitats of animals.

…We are supported by a network of tens of thousands of determined activists, dedicated volunteers, interns and donors. We work to expose and end animal experimentation; protect wildlife and restore balance in their natural habitats; end the exploitation and abuse of wild species living in captivity, protect domestic and wild species worldwide from abuse and slaughter for food, conduct cruelty investigations and rescue operations, and provide veterinary care for sick, abused and orphaned animals in our natural habitat sanctuaries

Sued to stop bear hunting in Virginia, has called for a boycott of Alaska over its highly controversial and inhumane wolf management program, strongly opposes wolf management in the Northern Rocky Mountains, and is pushing for a federal ban on animal testing for medical research.

International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Our work connects animal welfare and conservation, demonstrating that healthy populations, naturally sustaining habitats and the welfare of individual animals are intertwined.

Natural Resource Defense Council

NRDC is the nation’s most effective environmental action group, combining the grassroots power of 1.4 million members and online activists with the courtroom clout and expertise of more than 350 lawyers, scientists and other professionals.

The New York Times calls us “One of the nation’s most powerful environmental groups.” The National Journal says we’re “A credible and forceful advocate for stringent environmental protection.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters.

PETA focuses its attention on the four areas in which the largest numbers of animals suffer the most intensely for the longest periods of time: on factory farms, in the clothing trade, in laboratories, and in the entertainment industry. We also work on a variety of other issues, including the cruel killing of beavers, birds, and other “pests” as well as cruelty to domesticated animals.

PETA works through public education, cruelty investigations, research, animal rescue, legislation, special events, celebrity involvement, and protest campaigns.

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 Sierra Club

The Global Population and Environment Program believes that healthy people and a healthy environment go hand in hand. We work to protect the global environment, preserve natural resources for future generations, and ensure healthy, thriving families and communities by promoting global reproductive health, reproductive rights and sustainable development initiatives. We seek to accomplish our mission through our work with domestic and international coalition partners by:

This group’s board of directors worked for—and implemented—a policy officially opposing all trapping. The Sierra Club also tried to end a decades old elk hunt on public land in Wyoming.

The Fund for Animals

The Fund for Animals was founded in 1967 by prominent author and animal advocate Cleveland Amory.

For more than four decades, The Fund has spearheaded significant events in the history of the animal protection movement by employing national advocacy campaigns, rescue operations and operating a network of world-famous animal care facilities like our Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch.

Western Environmental Law Center

The wild places that sustain all life and provide opportunities for recreation and quiet solitude

Worked with a group of eight organizations to ban wolverine trapping in Montana until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) determines if the wolverine will be placed on the federal threatened and endangered species lists.

Western Watersheds Project

The mission of Western Watersheds Project is to protect and restore western watersheds and wildlife through education, public policy initiatives and litigation.

Western Watersheds Project is a non-profit conservation group founded in 1993 with 1400 members and with field offices in Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and California. WWP is headquartered in Hailey, Idaho and manages the Greenfire Preservein Clayton, Idaho.  The group works to influence and improve public lands management throughout the West with a primary focus on the negative impacts of livestock grazing on 250,000,000 acres of western public lands, including harm to ecological, biological, cultural, historic, archeological, scenic resources, wilderness values, roadless areas, Wilderness Study Areas and designated Wilderness.

*Ken Cole is also a contributor to The Wildlife News