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February 20, 2014

Another Chance to Keep the Gray Wolf on the Endangered Species List!

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Dear Friend,

The struggle over the fate of the gray wolf continues. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has reopened the comment period again for its proposal to remove the gray wolf from the list of endangered species. Their hesitation to make a final decision comes on the heels of a review by an independent panel of scientists, who found that the proposal is "not well supported by the available science."

It has always been clear that the FWS’s proposal is politically biased and scientifically unsound. The findings of this review merely underscore the point that the proposal was never based on the best interest of wolves. While gray wolf numbers have slowly increased over the past several decades, their populations are still fragile, and they inhabit only a fraction of their original range. See our fact sheet for more information about the gray wolf and its dire need for federal protection.

You, along with more than one million others who commented on the proposal, were the impetus behind this review, because the FWS authorized the objective scientific analysis after encountering a barrage of criticism. Now is the time to keep up the pressure, and force the FWS to withdraw this proposal altogether. If you have not yet commented, now is your chance.

There is a sample comment below which you can modify and submit here. Please make the compassionate decision to speak up for this majestic and imperiled animal before it’s too late!

For the animals,

Kate  

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Sample comment: 

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 fewer 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 link in the ecological chain.

Since the gray wolf attained endangered status in 1973, recovery efforts have been beneficial, but they are far from over because wolf populations remain fragile. Wolves inhabit only a fraction of their original range, which is one of the criteria for considering a species to be “recovered.” 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 be in immediate danger if it loses federal protection.

Furthermore, this proposal is not scientifically sound, as proven by the recent findings of an objective scientific review. The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis found that the proposal is "not well supported by the available science," and "was strongly dependent on a single publication, which was found to be preliminary and not widely accepted by the scientific community." It is unethical to move forward with delisting the gray wolf without stronger evidence that it is beneficial to vulnerable populations.

I respectfully ask the FWS to reconsider the proposal to delist gray wolves, and ensure the ongoing preservation of this iconic species.

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