The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list in the Northern Rockies, and the public comment period ends May 9!
If these critical protections are eliminated, the recently recovered gray wolf population in this area will be at the mercy of state governments that are determined to resume widespread wolf killing.
De-listing of an animal can work if the states are prepared with effective programs to keep populations healthy. But these states do not have wolf-friendly programs in place. In January, Idaho Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter said that once the wolves are de-listed, his state would kill all but 100 of the wolves, making the decades-long efforts to strengthen wolf populations in vain.
Tell the Fish & Wildlife Service that you're outraged by their proposal to remove wolves in the Rockies from federal protections under the Endangered Species Act.
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Dear U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,
I am deeply concerned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's proposal to remove wolves in the Northern Rockies from protection under the Endangered Species Act.
Your department has an obligation to ensure a healthy population of gray wolves in the Northern Rockies. Yet, handing management of these fledgling wolf populations over to states that are planning wide-spread wolf eradication programs is irresponsible and counterproductive.
I strongly urge you to reconsider your proposal to de-list gray wolves in this region and maintain strong federal protections for these wolves until responsible state management plans have been put into place.
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