Keep Wilderness Wild: Act now to stop the Trump Administration from killing Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves!
Nothing quite symbolizes wilderness and wild country quite like a howling wolf.
Unfortunately, the Trump Administration has proposed a rule to strip Endangered Species Act (ESA) protection for all gray wolves in the contiguous 48 states.
If wolves lose ESA protection, states would be granted full management control even though wolves occupy only a small portion of their original range. In states where wolves has already lost ESA protection, trophy hunters and trappers have killed thousands of wolves – including deep within iconic Wilderness areas such as the Bob Marshall, Selway-Bitterroot, River of No Return, Hells Canyon, Absaroka-Beartooth, Anaconda-Pintler, Gros Ventre and Fitzpatrick Wildernesses.
Remember, wildlife knows no boundaries, and if the Trump administration is successful that means wolves that use designated Wilderness for part or all of their range could be killed! This includes wolves currently living Wilderness areas, such as the Boundary Waters, Headwaters, Blackjack Springs, Sylvania, Big Island Lake, Eagle Cap and Mount Thielsen Wildernesses.
Please ACT NOW to protect wolves and help keep our Wilderness wild! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments until May 14.
Please write in your own words, but considering making the following points:
I strongly oppose removing Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for gray wolves in the contiguous United States. As with past delisting attempts, this action is premature and would undo gains that wolf populations have made under federal protection, which has saved them from the brink of extinction.
The 5,000-6,000 gray wolves that occupy the contiguous 48 states are a small fraction of the hundreds of thousands of wolves that once roamed this area. Currently, wolves occupy only about 10 percent of their historic range. To establish a reasonable, scientifically valid level of recovery for gray wolves, they must be given the opportunity to repopulate their remaining suitable habitat.
Wildlife knows no boundaries and wolves that use designated Wilderness for part, or all, of their range could be killed.
This proposed rule would cede management of the species to state agencies. In Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, states where wolves have lost ESA protections, thousands of wolves have been killed during state hunting seasons.
Wolves that are no longer protected under the ESA have been cruelly (and legally) snared and caught in barbaric steel-jaw leghold traps, and Wyoming went even further—allowing people to run wolves over with snowmobiles and ATVs, poison them, incinerate them in their dens with gas or dynamite, and gun them down from aircraft.
For these reasons, I urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep gray wolves protected under the Endangered Species Act.
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