Protect the Wolves in the Northern Rockies

Protect the Wolves in the Northern Rockies

WolfJust when you thought gray wolves were safely back on the endangered species list, the Bush administration has launched another 11th hour attack to strip them of federal protections.

Following its recent failed attempt to remove the wolves from the endangered species list, the administration’s Fish and Wildlife Service has issued a proposal allowing Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana to kill nearly 1,000 wolves — at a time when the wolf population is already declining.

Please tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to keep the northern Rockies gray wolves on the endangered species list.

Last July, in response to an Earthjustice lawsuit, a federal judge ruled that the Fish and Wildlife Service’s efforts to delist gray wolves in the northern Rockies were illegal, citing numerous flaws with the proposal.

But rather than fix any of the original proposal’s problems, the Fish and Wildlife Service has instead rushed this flawed proposal out for public comment.

We aren’t surprised by these last-minute shenanigans, and as always we’re prepared to mount an aggressive legal challenge to protect the northern Rockies gray wolves.

Stripping the wolves of their federal protections would reinstate wolf hunts in Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, and we need your help to make sure that doesn’t happen.

We want wolves to recover to the point where they can come off of the endangered species list — much like the success with the American bald eagle — but we want to see them come off under the right conditions.

This means taking steps to halt the current wolf population decline, increasing the population to at least 2,000-3,000 wolves, ensuring genetic exchange between Yellowstone’s wolves and wolves throughout the northern Rockies, and creating a legal safety net for wolves to prevent states from killing hundreds of wolves after delisting.

We can achieve true wolf recovery if we are willing to make further recovery progress, not go back to 19th century wolf eradication policies.

Right now, though, we need you to tell the Fish and Wildlife Service that you oppose delisting the gray wolves.

Please tell the Fish and Wildlife Service to drop its proposal to delist the wolves.

With your help, we will ensure that the gray wolves keep the protections necessary to their survival.

Sign the petition

http://action.earthjustice.org/campaign/wolf_delist_1108/w5eu8ix4okj673d

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