Pint-sized clothing stylist sews for species
A Wisconsin 9-year-old has started a clothing line -specifically to help endangered species. Evie Mutsch, of West Allis, is converting water bottles into hoodies, pants, dresses and shirts for her Eco Evie Apparel clothing line. With the help of her mother, she’s selling the garments to raise money to save endangered species.
“Instead of all this destruction, this could put an end to it,’’ she told local television news station WTMJ.
Each apparel item comes with a description of the threats facing the particular animal featured on the design. Says her clothing line’s homepage: Help us help our earth, one water bottle at a time.
Nevada hills alive with bighorn sheep.
State wildlife officials and the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe teamed up last week to release 20 bighorn sheep into the hills above the desert lake on tribal land in Pyramid Lake Range in western Nevada in an effort to reintroduce the species to part of its native habitat for the first time in nearly a century. Reintroducing species to their natural habitats is the gold standard of wildlife conservation.
The region once brimmed with sheep but westward expansion, unregulated hunting and disease wiped them out. Nevada officials have been working toward repopulating every mountain range where the sheep once lived, U.S. News reported. Nevada now has about 12,000 bighorn sheep.
Return of the wolf
Colorado wildlife officials confirmed what they called a historic citing of wolves in the northwest corner of the state. The last of the wolves in the state had been killed off by hunters in the mid-1900s. Hunters had killed of their prey and when wolves naturally turned to a new food source, farm animals, hunters systematically eradicated them by shooting, trapping and poisoning.
In 1973, the federal government protected wolves from hunters by listing them under the Endangered Species Act. Killing a wolf can result in federal charges, including a $100,000 fine and a year in prison
Colorado’s Governor heralded their return. In a statement released by Colorado Parks and Wildlife agency, Gov. Jared Polis said: “This is a historic sighting. While lone wolves have visited our state periodically including last fall, this is very likely the first pack to call our state home since the 1930s. I am honored to welcome our canine friends back to Colorado after their long absence.’
Unfortunately, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking to remove their ESA protections.