February 20, 2014
Another Chance to Keep the Gray Wolf on the Endangered Species List!
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
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.
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,
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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 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
I respectfully ask the FWS to reconsider the
proposal to delist gray wolves, and ensure the ongoing preservation of this