The future of wolves in the U.S. is at stake. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has officially proposed removing federal Endangered Species Act protection for most of the gray wolves across the lower 48 states.
This decision comes at a time when the recovery of gray wolves is not yet complete. Delisting will turn wolf management over to the states and we've seen what's happened when wolves are at the mercy of politicians who are unwilling to protect them.
In Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, more than 1,200 wolves have been shot or trapped since losing ESA protection in 2011. And we have seen some of Yellowstone National Park's most iconic wolves shot and killed just across the park border.
FWS is required by law to accept public comments before they can make their final decision on this proposal.
Please sign this petition today and tell the FWS that you strongly oppose their misguided proposal to delist nearly all gray wolves.
Dear [decision maker],
I am writing to oppose the move to delist wolves from the Endangered Species Act.
[Your comments here.]
Gray wolf recovery is not complete. This decision could derail wolf recovery efforts in areas around the country where it has barely begun -- in places like the Pacific Northwest and in states that possess some of the nation's best unoccupied wolf habitat, such as northern California, Colorado, and Utah.
Delisting would prematurely turn wolf management over to the states. We've already seen what can happen when rabid anti-wolf politics are allowed to trump science and core wildlife management principles.
Montana, Wyoming and Idaho -- where wolves have already been delisted -- are not managing wolves like other wildlife such as elk, deer, and bears. Instead they're intending to drive the wolves' population numbers back down to the bottom.
Other species, such as the bald eagle, American alligator, and peregrine falcon were declared recovered and delisted when they occupied a much larger portion of their former range. Wolves deserve the same chance at real recovery.
I urge you to continue to protect wolves under the Endangered Species Act.
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