As we began 2011, wolves of the Northern Rockies were listed as endangered. Just a few months later everything changed for this special population of predators. During the spring, Congress passed a 2011 budget rider (Sec. 1713) that removed Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from wolves in Idaho, Montana, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon and northern Utah. Congress excluded Wyoming from the rider stating that it’s wolf management plan wasn’t viable.
Although U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) criticized the Wyoming wolf plan in the past, this summer the federal agency announced their plan to accept Wyoming’s proposal and now wildlife advocates fear disastrous consequences will follow.
Thankfully, it’s not too late for Wyoming’s wolves. The Wyoming wolf management plan is out for public comment and WildEarth Guardians is calling all wildlife advocates to speak up on behalf of the wolves that call this state home. Click here to learn how you can share your comments with USFWS.
Thank you WildEarth Guardians!