I urge you to maintain existing federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves. A blanket, premature delisting of gray wolves across much of this country would severely threaten recovery of gray wolves in the United States. There are still few, if any, gray wolves in the vast majority of their former range. If the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removes gray wolf federal protections, wolves in the Pacific Northwest, California, the southern Rocky Mountains, and the Northeast will face even more difficult odds than they do already.
Maintaining federal protections for wolves across the lower-48 states is important for preserving already-limited opportunities for wolves to recover in additional parts of the United States, and to encourage wolves to mingle with the Yellowstone population--the most genetically isolated population of gray wolves in the northern Rockies.
As a keystone species, the presence of wolves is critical to maintaining the structure and integrity of their native ecosystems. I urge you to cancel plans to delist the gray wolf across much of the lower-48 states. Such a delisting would be premature and disastrous for gray wolf recovery in the United States.
Endangered Species Coalition
This petition closed over 2 years ago
We have a small window of opportunity to protect wolves across the states, but we urgently need your help if we're going to make this happen. Last month, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS)...
We have a small window of opportunity to protect wolves across the states, but we urgently need your help if we're going to make this happen.
Last month, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) announced they
were delaying their previously-announced proposal to strip the nation's
gray wolves of Endangered Species Act protections. This is welcome news
in the short-term, but we need to permanently stop this proposal.
Wolves in some areas of the country have recovered and we celebrate that success. However, this broad-brushed approach would put still-recovering wolves in the Pacific Northwest, southern Rocky Mountains, California, and eastern United States at real risk of never bouncing back. In areas where wolves have already lost Endangered Species Act protections, some states have allowed hunters to kill up to 60 percent of the existing populations--including wolf pups!
The FWS has issued an indefinite delay on delisting gray wolves, but they could lift that stay at any time. Please ask Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell not to delist gray wolves in the United States until they have recovered.