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Nationwide Gray Wolf Delisting Proposal – What You Can Do

Four Decades of Wolf Recovery Slated to End

Last Friday the USFWS officially announced its plan to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the gray wolf (Canis lupus) in the contiguous United States. Federal ESA protections would remain only for the small population of Mexican gray wolves (Canis lupus baileyi) in the desert Southwest.

Will History Repeat Itself?

Wolves have been in the cross-hairs before. Gray wolves were persecuted so heavily in the past that by the mid-1900’s most lands in the lower 48 United States were void of this top predator. With the support of the American public, however, the wolf was able to return to portions of its native range. In areas where wolves were restored like the northern Rocky Mountains and western Great Lakes states, scientists have noted more diverse plant and wildlife thriving where they had been suppressed for decades. Wolves are a critical keystone species in a healthy ecosystem.  Without predators, such as wolves, the system fails to support a natural level of biodiversity.  As Aldo Leopold wrote in A Sand County Almanac in the Chapter “Thinking Like A Mountain”

“I now suspect that just as a deer herd lives in mortal fear of its wolves, so does a mountain live in mortal fear of its deer. And perhaps with better cause, for while a buck pulled down by wolves can be replaced in two or three years, a range pulled down by too many deer may fail of replacement in as many decades.”

The ESA let our country give wolves a second chance.  With second chances so hard to come by, should we be willing to throw it away?

Next Steps to Act for America’s Wolves

Although USFWS director Daniel M. Ashe declared victory for gray wolf recovery by stating  “Wolves are recovered and they are now in good hands,” the WCC feels that the delsiting rule is terribly premature.  USFWS is gauging gray wolf recovery solely on the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes wolf populations. Under the Endangered Species Act, USFWS is obligated to recover endangered species across a “significant portion” of their historic range.  In recent years, there have been several reports of wolves from Canada crossing the frozen St. Lawrence Seaway into Maine, wolves travelling miles south into the southern Rocky Mountain states of Utah and Colorado, and accounts of one wolf, OR-7, becoming a media sensation when he became the first wild wolf to enter California in over 80 years.  By stripping federal protections from wolves nationwide, these pioneers on the West Coast and in historically occupied areas like the southern Rockies and Northeast, may never be able to establish a viable populations despite suitable habitat and availability of prey.

The USFWS’s delisting proposal is be open for public comment for 90 days. We encourage you to begin taking action immediately here.

If your hackles are up, You can also email Secretary Jewell and your representatives.  The National Wolfwatcher Coalition offers helpful talking points.

Thank you for your support!

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8 Responses to Nationwide Gray Wolf Delisting Proposal – What You Can Do

  1. Marilyn Kopf says:

    You have just signed these beautiful creatures death sentences. Please reconsider your decision. These wolves are important to the ecosystem.

  2. jennifer volpe says:

    please help these beautiful animals.

  3. Bonnie hargis says:

    Save the wolves.

  4. Tracy Miklus says:

    Please save the wolves, enough of our animals are disappearing, don’t let it happen to another one.

  5. Deborah Ketchum Pippen says:

    Wolves should be put back on the list to endangered list, so these beautiful animals will not be killed, as they help to balance the eco system in so many ways. Thank you.

  6. Ashli says:

    Leave the gray wolves on the endangered list in the United States! Do what’s right for the beautiful animal. You would want the same done for you!!

  7. Stephanie says:

    There is a reason God created wolves!! Leave them be – they balance nature, just like so many other animals and insects

  8. Michael says:

    Wolfwatcher Coalition at gives
    talking points,
    link to where YOU can comment,
    supporting information by scientists involved with wolf recovery,
    Information of the corruption involved in the delisting proposal uncovered by PEER, Public Employees for ENvironmental Responsibility.

    Please read that stuff and make a comment

    -all the exhortations to the choir on sites like this by comment make NO difference. You have to speak the truth to those in power. Go there and DO IT!

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