Hundreds of wolves across Montana and Idaho could soon share the same cruel fate as Yellowstone's Wolf 527 -- unless they are swiftly granted federal protection. So please take the important wolf-saving action of sending this message to Interior Secretary Salazar while there is still time to call off the guns.
Tell the Interior Secretary, "Call off the Guns! Put Wolves Back on the Endangered Species List!"
Dear Secretary Ken Salazar
I am outraged that you have carried out the Bush Administration's plan to take gray wolves off the endangered species list in Montana and Idaho, leaving them vulnerable to mass killing. In so doing, you have abandoned President Obama's pledge to follow a science-based approach to environmental protection.
According to a letter signed by some 230 scientists, a severe reduction in current wolf numbers would dramatically increase the threat of extinction for a gray wolf population that is still recovering. By handing wolf management back to the states, you've paved the way for the first public hunting of wolves in decades. These hunts, combined with other state programs,have already killed 325 wolves -- and could ultimately destroy 40 percent of the entire population. That is not sound science, it's a disaster.
Wolves once thrived in much of the lower 48 states. Today, they reside in only five percent of their former range. If there is one place in this country where they should be allowed to flourish, it is in and around Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and the remote Selway Bitterroot ecosystem in central Idaho.
I urge you to restore the wolf's protection under the Endangered Species Act and submit your plan to rigorous scientific review. The wolves of the Northern Rockies are world-renowned as living icons of the American West. Please call off the guns and develop a sound wolf recovery plan that ensures a healthy future for these magnificent creatures.