To those who want to send the USFWS a quick note on their plan to delist wolves, here’s the email address to their comment form: http://www.regulations.gov/#!submitComment;D=FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073-30560
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY THEY WILL BE ACCEPTING COMMNTS!
In addition to written comments earlier this year, I just sent them the following comment:
In light of the fact that Western and Great Lakes states have proven time and again that they can’t be counted on to manage an endangered species such as wolves fairly–Wisconsin uses hounds to run wolves to exhaustion; Montana changes their wolf hunting rules, to the benefit of hunters, on a regular basis; Wyoming treats wolves like vermin outside the park; Idaho has hired a professional hunter/trapper to kill off two packs within a Wilderness Area at the behest of trophy elk hunters and now has added wolves to a coyote contest hunt–I respectfully urge you not to delist gray wolves from the Endangered Species List.
States with small populations of wolves adjoining the tri-state area are poised to start in with the same misguided policies of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Utah has taken steps to disallow wolves to expand their territory, South Dakota has listed wolves as vermin–ahead of their possible expansion–and Washington has implemented the same loopholes for ranchers to kill wolves that their neighbors came up with a few years ago.
The job of wolf recovery is unfinished. Please don’t remove them from ESA protections only to see them subjected to irresponsible contest hunts and eradicated once again.