SPEAK OUT AGAINST DELISTING WOLVES

Action Alert from Project Coyote:

Wolves need our help! A war continues against endangered wolves across the United States, a war that will gain deadly momentum if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) proposal to remove federal protection for gray wolves is approved.
On October 23rd this depraved photograph was posted on the Facebook page of an anti-wolf group- Sportsmen Against Wolves.

 Wolf killers WY masked hunters

When I saw such brutal violence against our wildlife I had to speak out. I wrote this blog on Huffington Post The War Against Wolves and Wildlife: Time to Stop the Killing to expose this increasing anti-wolf and predator zealotry and to encourage people to speak out for wolves and against delisting. This photograph and the many comments posted supporting such cruel violence make it clear: safeguards for wolves must be maintained and enhanced.
The FWS’ proposal to remove federal protections for wolves has inadequately considered the continued threats posed by poachers and others openly hostile to wolves. Moreover, they have allowed excessive state-sanctioned killings including trophy hunting and fur trapping. Poaching and wolf killing at the behest of livestock interests also threaten to derail wolf recovery.
We must not let this proposal go unchallenged! The FWS’ proposal to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from the remaining gray wolves throughout the lower 48 states is premature and is not based in sound science. Please join me and Project Coyote in speaking out against the delisting proposal and against anti-wolf fanatics to ensure the full recovery of this keystone predator.
From Sacramento to Washington, D.C., Project Coyote representatives are working with allies against the delisting proposal. Read on for important information about upcoming public hearings, how to submit comments to the FWS, and talking points for your personalized letter:
What You Can Do:
The FWS is now accepting comments on the proposed delisting rule. Please write  the FWS today to let them know that you oppose the delisting of gray wolves from the ESA. Please submit your comments no later than December 17th.
The channels for submitting written comments during the proposed regulation public comment period are:

Public Comments Processing Attn: FWS-HW-ES-2013-0073 Division of Policy and Directives Management U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, MS 2042-pdm Arlington, VA 22203

(Please also cc your letters to Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and urge her to ensure federal protections for wolves by keeping them listed under the ESA. Send emails to feedback@ios.doi.gov or phone 202-208-3100. Letters can be sent to: Department of the Interior, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240).<br>Please consider attending and testifying at these<strong> </strong>public meetings<em>; individuals will have from 1-3 min. to speak</em>:

  • November 19th, Denver, CO, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Paramount Theatre, 1621 Glenarm Place
  • November 20th, Albuquerque, NM, from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, Embassy Suites, Sandia Room, 1000 Woodward Place NE
  • November 22nd, Sacramento, CA, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Marriot Courtyard Sacramento Cal Expo, Golden State Ballroom, 1782 Tribute Road
​​Join Project Coyote and our allies for a pre-hearing rally in support of America’s wolves. Marriot Courtyard Sacramento Cal Expo, 1782 Tribute Road Rally will begin at 4:00 pm. (Please plan to arrive by 3:45 pm.)
  • December 3rd, Pinetop, AZ, from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Hon-Dah Conference Center, 777 Highway 260 (A public information meeting will be held from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm at the Hon-Dah Conference Center.)

Additional information on public hearings can be found here.
Suggested talking points (in addition to points above):

  • The proposal to remove the gray wolf from the list of threatened and endangered species comes at a time when gray wolf recovery is incomplete. Maintaining federal protections under the ESA is critical if gray wolves are to recover throughout their historic range. Their protection should not be abandoned as wolves have only begun to recover in many regions, occupying only a fraction of suitable habitat throughout the United States.
  • As a keystone apex predator, wolves are critical to maintaining the structure and integrity of healthy native ecosystems, providing ecological assets to hundreds of other species. The reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone National Park has resulted in the regeneration of streamside vegetation following decades of over-browsing by elk, contributing to the return of beavers and many songbirds to the area.
  • The delisting proposal would leave gray wolf management to individual states. The FWS has expressed its confidence in the ability of state wildlife agencies to successfully manage wolf populations, yet state conservation and management plans have proven detrimental in maintaining wolf recovery efforts. Under the management of state wildlife officials who have authorized liberal wolf hunts, wolf numbers have declined significantly.
  • Wildlife policy decisions should be based on the best available, peer-reviewed science. Scientific evidence does not support the claim that federal protection for wolves is no longer necessary, but rather shows that populations have just begun to recover. Currently wolves occupy less than 10% of their historic range and only a third of their suitable habitat. Gray wolves are only beginning to return to suitable habitat in California, Utah, and Colorado.
  • The long-term recovery of wolves, a formerly widely distributed species in the western U.S., depends on wolves being able to successfully disperse between widely-separated populations.

It’s time to speak for wolves and to move from persecution toward a path of recovery and coexistence. Together we can make a difference; for the sake of wolves and for the health of our planet, we must speak.
Please share this Action Alert with others!
For the Wild,
Camilla H. Fox Executive Director
PS- Read this week’s Forbes article about Project Coyote’s work with ranchers to promote tolerance and acceptance of wolves on the landscape, Ranchers Insistence On Cheap Grazing Keeps Wolf Population in the Crosshairs

17 thoughts on “SPEAK OUT AGAINST DELISTING WOLVES

  1. Wolf Myths: The wolf numbers have to be driven down
    Wolf slaughter is very American and very Canadian and very European. We, Americans, brought with us from the old worlds hysteria about wolves and posted the first bounty around 1630. Wolf massacre has continued since and is obviously still going on, especially in the wolf massacre states of Montana, Wyoming, Idaho and Wisconsin.
    State and federal wildlife agencies from the beginning to the present have sided with hunters and ranchers and bought into the lies, myths and folklore reasons (stock predation and ungulate predation) for marginalizing or wiping out the wolf and other predator populations. It is like the concept of ecology is beyond them, that wolves and the other predators are good for wilderness ecology but not man, and that it would be better for all if we had a prevalent concept and practice of living with the predators instead of against them. But no, the wildlife agencies think they have to drive down the wolf numbers (not true, not proven) for the hunters and ranchers so that the hunters can engage in more sports killing (recreational opportunities), and the exaggerated lie of stock predation can be validated.
    References:
    https://exposingthebiggame.wordpress.com/2013/10/31/sorry-but-wolf-slaughter-is-not-american-by-james-william-gibson/
    “The Hidden Lives of Wolves”
    “The Wolf Almanac”

  2. Besides the usual arguments we hear and present for not delisting wolves such as they have not recovered their available niches, they are good for wilderness ecology causing a positive/trophic cascade of benefits to flora and fauna (why should this be a surprise?), the predators keeping the wildlife healthy, that marginalizing them by over killing (called management) will endanger their recovery, is that the wolf slaughter states/wolf massacre states are too hostile to seriously, scientifically consider delisting. The wolf slaughter states (MT-WY-ID-WI) and with the Midwest gaining ground on wolf slaughter, delisting should not even be entertained as anything but political management.

  3. Trophy hunting and trapping are diseases, imposed by hunters, trappers and wildlife agencies, extreme minorities of the general population, upon game species and the public. Hunting is not good for the wildlife ecology, upsetting the health of game species and the balanced ecology of prey and predator. It is absurdly asinine as management tools (excuse for hunting). Man no longer needs hunting or trapping for subsistence. Predators, such as the wolf, bear, lion, coyote cull the weak, vulnerable, and make the herds move, thereby increasing their health. Man hunting, blood sports, especially trophy hunting, kills the strong and healthy and the teachers and caretakers of the young, and disrupts families. Man hunting (predation) is additive to game herds, a negative viability effect. Hunting is not healthy for man or targeted animals. It is a rationalization of hunters and wildlife agencies for killing wildlife, called management or recreational opportunity. Wildlife viewing, especially adding in wildlife photography, can be just as challenging. Wildlife viewing is also more of a revenue benefit for the economy and 5 times more popular than hunting. If the state wildlife agencies, and USFWS, and USDA Wildlife Services could be switched from wildlife killers to wildlife enhancers and facilitators of wildlife viewing, it would be better for wildlife, the public, and even the mental health of the hunters and trappers; and would move mankind closer to what we entertain ourselves as: humane, humanity, a part of nature instead of apart from it, but no longer subsisting on it.

    • Roger,
      Well said. I absolutely agree. Yesterday I got into an email tet-at-tet with a hunter via a mutual friend (the hunter and I were not email directly which is why he is referring to me as “she”. His last statement, seemed rather typical. I wish I had seen your comment, I would have sent it to him.

      Anyway, this is what he had to say:

      “Now, there is some stuff that I really object to here. It seems to be she distinguishes between humans and the nature that surrounds them — that we should wipe out humans for the benefit of “nature.” I don’t view humans as being distinct from nature, I view us (albeit a unique species) as a part of nature, and with a “rightful” place in it. For me, part of that experience is hunting animals and eating their meat, just as we evolved to do and have been doing for a million years. Even if the “natural” role of meat in a human’s diet is debatable, if I am going to eat meat, I think the best way for me to do it is to hunt my own. I have to live face to face with the consequences of letting that arrow or bullet fly, which brings to the forefront of my consciousness the seriousness of taking an animal’s life — especially big game. I learn to only kill what I will eat, the elements of fair chase, the ethics of killing quickly and minimizing suffering, the necessity of wild places and the critical role that conservation plays. All of that is not only a “natural” experience, but one that benefits the animals I am hunting (on the whole) and the ecosystem they live in.’

  4. I think the title of this article says it all. Killing these wolves really has little to do with the protection of the species or the ecology as a whole. It is purely and simply based on greed and of ignorance….and, in particular, the pathetic and cruel desire of a few to appear, what is in their own limited view, a show of their ‘masculinity’. It does make one wonder doesn’t it?

  5. Unable to do more than sign the petition and re-post on my FB wall but I’m behind you all the way. Will man never be happy until we have no wildlife left and these and other magnificent creatures are just a memory or a picture in a book. All the best and good luck from the UK ❤

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