From Wildlife Refuge to Air Force Bombing Range?

Another wildlife refuge could soon be turned into a wildlife killing field.
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Desert bighorn sheep

Hi Everyaction,

In the mountains of Nevada, desert bighorn sheep are just beginning their breeding season.

These stocky, powerful animals have adapted to their habitat, able to go weeks without water and use their unique hooves to climb steep and rocky terrain.

But they can't outrun the U.S. Air Force — and now their desert refuge could turn into a bombing range.

We're fighting to save them. Please support this lifesaving work with a gift to the Saving Life on Earth Fund.

For years the Air Force has wanted to expand its Nevada Test and Training Range — and it just got its wish.

The Senate Armed Services Committee voted last month not to allow this expansion. But public lands opponent Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah) offered an amendment to the House version of the National Defense Authorization Act, which was approved last week on a voice vote by the Democratic-majority House Armed Services Committee.

Now almost 1 million acres of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge could be turned into a militarized zone. This must be stopped.

The Desert National Wildlife Refuge is the largest wildlife refuge in the lower 48. It's home not just to desert bighorn sheep but also to threatened Mojave desert tortoises.

We're already mobilizing to overturn this decision. We're grateful for our supporters, who so far have submitted more than 20,000 comments since last Friday in defense of the Desert National Wildlife Refuge and the wildlife that call it home.

This summer has seen a spate of ugly attacks on wildlife refuges. The administration has finalized rules allowing cruel hunting methods in refuges in Alaska and proposed expanding those tactics into Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

A separate proposal aims to open up refuges from Arizona to Massachusetts to hunting for the first time.

Refuges are supposed to be safe havens for wild creatures. We can't turn back the extinction crisis while refuges are turned into trophy-hunter amusement parks and military bombing ranges.

When it comes to saving wildlife, we can't let our guard down at any moment. And we won't.

Please support the Saving Life on Earth Fund today.

For the wild,

Kierán Suckling

Kierán Suckling
Executive Director
Center for Biological Diversity


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Photo of bighorn sheep by Jon Avery/USFWS.
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