July 2, 2013
Speak Out and Protect Gray Wolves!
The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has launched an attack on the endangered gray wolf that threatens to decimate its slowly recovering populations. FWS has published a proposal to remove gray wolves from the list of endangered species, and we must speak out against this travesty.
Thousands of these majestic animals once roamed across the United States, but exploitative bounty programs, poisons, trapping and aerial shooting nearly eliminated the gray wolf from the lower 48 states over the past century.
Gray wolves were placed on the Endangered Species List in 1973, but their recovery is far from over and their survival is still precarious. The gray wolf has already been delisted in the Great Lakes Region, and Born Free USA is part of a major lawsuit to restore protection. If delisted, states could open trophy hunting seasons that encourage the most inhumane methods of hunting, including steel-jawed traps, baiting, and attacking wolves with packs of dogs.
We have an opportunity to reverse this decision, but we must act quickly before wolves are again made vulnerable because we have only 3 months to weigh in. The short-sighted proposal is driven by a disregard for this iconic species, and all compassionate Americans should submit a comment in opposition of this decision.
PS. See our fact sheet for more information about the gray wolf and its dire need for federal protection.
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I wish to express my disappointment in the proposed delisting of the gray wolf from the list of endangered species. This magnificent animal came perilously close to extinction in the 1900s, dropping from a one-time population of 400,000 down to less than 5,000 across the country. As a keystone predator, it is crucial to the ecosystems in which it resides, and we cannot afford to lose this crucial link in the ecological chain.
Many states have already announced plans to institute wolf hunting seasons, which would herald the return of cruel hunting methods such as steel-jawed traps, baiting, and hounding. The gray wolf population will immediately be in serious danger if it is no longer federally protected.
While recovery efforts since it attained endangered status in 1973 have been beneficial, they are far from over, and wolf populations are still fragile. I respectfully ask the FWS to reconsider the proposal the delist gray wolves, and ensure the ongoing preservation of this iconic species.