The feds are poised to remove all Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves in Wyoming, leaving them under the power of state officials intent on slaughtering most of them to appease livestock interests.
Wyoming law has already made 83 percent of the state -- home to at least five wolf families -- a "no-wolf zone," where anyone can shoot wolves and their pups on sight. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service predicts that without federal protection, no wolf packs will survive in this zone within a year.
Wolves would remain fully protected only within Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks -- around 4 percent of Wyoming. In the remaining 14 percent of the state, they would be hunted, trapped and snared, with the goal of reducing roughly 29 packs to around 10.
Your help is urgently needed: Tell the White House to uphold protections for Wyoming's wolves until the state replaces its bloodlust with proper wolf management and respect.
Letter Subject: Don't Abandon Wyoming's Endangered Wolves
Dear President Barack Obama,
Please do not remove the wolves in Wyoming from the endangered species list.
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Wolves are vital to the ecology of Wyoming and nearby states such as Colorado -- which currently has the largest population of elk in the lower 48 states -- but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to allow powerful special interests in Wyoming to slaughter most of the state's wolves.
That would isolate the wolves in Yellowstone National Park, putting them at risk of decline, and would unnecessarily destroy a successful endangered species recovery program.
Wolves are beautiful, intelligent, social animals that help maintain the balance of nature. The job of wolf recovery is not finished -- and it would be terribly undermined if you sacrifice Wyoming's wolves to the short-sighted politics of the Cowboy State.
Thank you for your sincere consideration of this important issue.
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