Friends of wildlife, meet the mule deer in his native Rocky Mountain habitat. The mule deer is a common species. You can see them all over the western United States, with their wiggly ears and winsome eyes. But just because they're 'common' doesn't mean they don't need our help.

Right now, lawmakers are considering a bill called America's Wildlife Heritage Act. The bill empowers federal land managers to maintain healthy levels of wildlife species so that we can keep wildlife habitats healthy and thriving for future generations.

Under current law, animals don't get federal protection until they're endangered and their population numbers are critically low. But if this new law passes, we can make sure this deer and others will continue to be common everyday creatures in our natural world.

Why wait? Let's protect America's wildlife today–before it becomes critical.

Published: July 30, 2009