The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finalized its deeply flawed recovery plan for the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf last month that will prevent the species from recovering in its historic homelands. Former federal officials say it strays far from scientists’ minimum recommendations for recovery.

So, we’re taking USFWS to court.

On January 30, Earthjustice, on behalf of the Wolf Conservation Center, Dave Parsons (Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator for the USFWS), the Center for Biological DiversityDefenders of Wildlife, and the Endangered Wolf Center filed a lawsuit challenging the federal government’s fatally flawed plan.

We’re standing up for critically endangered lobos like F1435 (aka Magdalena) in the hope that one day, her species will be fully restored to their rightful place on the wild landscape.



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A wild encounter with a young arctic wolf at -40°C.

Arctic wolves don’t often see people, so this youngster was noticeably curious when she encountered renowned filmmaker Oliver Goetzl.

Arctic wolves can be especially curious around people, much more so than their wild counterparts in other parts of the world. Anecdotal evidence suggests that arctic wolves show less fear of people because they rarely see humans and have not been subject to intense persecution like other wolves in North America. From passing down knowledge from one generation to the next, most wolves (beyond those in the Arctic) have learned that people pose a threat to survival.

Photo ©Doclights/Gulo Film Productions

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Even though Yellowstone belongs to all Americans as part of our National Park System, Wyoming is proposing that all visitors to America’s first National Park be required to pay an extra fee to support the state’s Game and Fish Department.

Wyoming is a state with a history of hostile and extreme anti-wolf policies. The state manages a trophy hunting season in its northwest corner. In the remaining 85% of Wyoming (a.k.a. the “predator zone”), wolves can be killed by any means, at any time, without a license.

National parks do not belong to one state – they are national properties in which every citizen has a vested interest. Moreover, each year, millions of Americans flock to Yellowstone in order to see the wolves, bison, bears etc… Should those Americans be forced to pay a fee to a state agency that seeks to destroy the very purpose of their visit? What say you?

If the fee is enacted, it will not be able to go into effect without federal action; the United States Congress would also have to act if the state fee were to be put in place.

Currently, there are no other national parks that have fees assessed that go to help state wildlife agencies. The Wyoming proposal is a first of its kind.

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