Raise Your Voice for Wolves – No to Delist!

Huckleberry pups

Huckleberry pack in Washington State.

UPDATE ON GRAY WOLF DELIST PROPOSAL!

The comment period has officially been extended to 10/28! Because of the strong public response to this proposal, USFWS will hold three public hearings: DC, Sacramento and Albuquerque. Dates have yet to be determined, so stay tuned. If you live near any of these cities, please consider attending one of the hearings & speaking out for wolves.

Raise your voice for wolves!

You only have until September 11, 2013, to send your comments to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on their proposal to delist gray wolves in the lower US. Your comments are critical – conservation organizations throughout the US are striving to have 1 million comments sent to the USFWS to emphasize the importance of this issue for the continued recovery of wolves in the lower US.

Here are some points to consider including in your comments:

  • Delisting gray wolves throughout the lower 48 is premature and contradicts the best available science. The gray wolf has barely begun to recover or is absent from significant portions of its former range where substantial suitable habitat remains. The USFWS draft rule fails to consider extensive suitable habitat in the Pacific Northwest, California, the southern Rocky Mountains and the Northeast. It also fails to consider the importance of these areas to the long-term survival and recovery of wolves, or the importance of wolves to the ecosystems of these regions. The very scientists whose research is referenced in the draft rule to remove the gray wolves’ protections have stated publicly that the science does not support the delisting.
  •  If delisted, wolves throughout Washington will lose federal protections, which will allow for more lethal control under our current Washington Wolf Conservation and Management Plan.
  •  Wolves were delisted in 2011 in the northern Rockies, and recreational wolf hunting has significantly reduced wolf populations in those states. Washington’s wolf population largely originated from these adjacent states, and under full federal protection have flourished and expanded. Less wolves dispersing into Washington and the proposed loss of federal protection could greatly reduce the chances for wolves to continue to repopulate areas of Washington that do not have wolves at this time such as Southwest Washington, the North Cascades, and the Olympic Peninsula.
Mexican gray wolves

These Mexican gray wolf brothers currently reside at Wolf Haven International and are pre-release candidates.

  • Giving Mexican wolves their own Endangered Species Act listing is long overdue, however, delisting gray wolves throughout the U.S. is counter to protecting Mexican wolves. Fewer than 80 Mexican gray wolves exist in the wild. New populations of these wolves are desperately needed for them to thrive. The best available science confirms that the Grand Canyon region and the Southern Rockies are essential for Mexican wolf recovery. But the proposed rule will leave gray wolves unprotected in these places, making the survival of Mexican gray wolves much more difficult should they expand into new areas.
  •  A comprehensive recovery plan is needed for Mexican wolf. The current recovery plan was written in 1982 and lacks up to date scientific information. Once a recovery plan is written, any proposed changes should support that plan and should not conflict with recovery needs of the Mexican wolf.
  • Allow more Mexican wolves to be released in more places, particularly into suitable habitat outside currently proposed release areas that scientists say is the best habitat and is critical for recovery.  At least two more populations of Mexican gray wolves need to be established. Picking up wandering wolves and returning them to the proposed recovery area will inhibit the dispersal of new genes, which is necessary to keep wolves healthy.

WHAT TO DO

Written comments and information concerning each proposed rule can be submitted by one of the following methods to the appropriate docket numbers:

Federal eRulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov  Follow the instructions for submitting comments to the following docket numbers:

Gray wolf: Docket No. [FWS–HQ–ES–2013–0073]
Mexican Wolf: Docket No. [FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056]

Linda Saunders, Director of Conservation
Wolf Haven International

21 replies
  1. My Info
    My Info says:

    Leave our wolves alone!! What kind of statement is U.S.making when they let a almost extinct species be hunted down.This is sickening too me!! Fish and, and wildlife workers killing at will!!

  2. Judy Schumacher
    Judy Schumacher says:

    Do not delisting the wolves as they are a critical part of our eco system. They cull the sick or dying keeping the system in check.

  3. Jane Hallauer
    Jane Hallauer says:

    I don’t understand why this is even an issue…wolves need to be protected…They help keep things in balance.If you mess around with a species,you mess around with the entire eco system….the health of our Earth depends on it! All things are connected….

  4. Joanne
    Joanne says:

    Stop killing animals that are essential to our ecosystem! They need to be here and to be able to thrive. Killing them are unnecessary and wrong.

  5. Amber
    Amber says:

    Don’t delist the wolf until people stop irrationaly hating them. Too many people still want to eradicate them. Its ridiculous to delist them now when people still want to wipe them out. Its a death sentence for the species.

  6. Lia Haskett
    Lia Haskett says:

    Let’s allow for future Gray and Mexican wolves to thrive. Humans need to be educated about the necessity for these beautiful creatures.

  7. Suzanne M Jucksch
    Suzanne M Jucksch says:

    What are you people doing and thinking??? Wolves are such an important part of our environment and ecosystem. They are a necessity for the weak and diseased. How is it that one cannot see there is a reason for every wildlife animal to keep our,ecosystem healthy! Also…….how do you consider wolf hunting a sport?? Are they going to eat them or just murder them and stack their bloody bodies in a pile and laugh! Staking puppies to the ground, traps. Snares … What kind of sport and hunting is this?? It’s a sadistic cruel blood bath destined to destroy our existing and future environment. I would love to see my son grow up and enjoy experiencing the life and beauty of our functioning wildlife but you are destroying this for him and all our children, even your own children and grandchildren ! I know we cannot be so ignorant human mankind we cannot see this is the beginning of the end and when it’s finally realized it will be too late ! PLEASE let them live and protect them!!!!

  8. Stacy Jones
    Stacy Jones says:

    STOP ALLOWING THESE ANIMALS TO BE HUNTED BUT ESPECIALLY STOP ALLOWING THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS TO BE OPENLY SLAUGHTERED FOR SPORT!! THEY SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE HUNTED BUT IF YOU’RE GOING TO ALLOW THIS, AT LEAST MAKE IT FAIR!! TRAPPING, BAITING AND USE OF ALL WEAPONS IS A COWARDS WAY TO HUNT AND IT SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED FOR ANY KIND OF HUNT! WHAT’S THE MATTER WITH YOU PEOPLE?!? SHOW SOME RESPECT FOR NATURE! I DO NOT WANT THE WOLVES TO BE DELISTED!!!!!

  9. Francine Hauck
    Francine Hauck says:

    Please leave the Wolfs alone, we need them to keep the elk and deer herds healthy, if you must control something then control man, we are the one infesting the earth and stripping it clean and screwing up the eco system. let nature do what it knows how to do, if you want to do something do something about the poachers and farmers that kill off animals like Wolfs and Cougars because they don/t know how to share and we subsidize them for there loses, hell they probably make more that way…. It makes me sick how you people cant seem to figure that out!!!!! By the land and put a fence around there cattle and don’t let them free range.

  10. Gypsy Gemini Caroline
    Gypsy Gemini Caroline says:

    Stop attacking wolves! They are an important part of the cycle of life in nature. Wiping them out will create an overabundance of other things…perhaps something that will create bigger problems. And then you will be wondering what happened, why there are so many. BECAUSE YOU KILLED ALL THE WOLVES, stupid.
    Predators are equally important. The fact that they are carnivorous doesn’t make them evil…I don’t understand why they are even an issue.
    Leave them alone.

  11. katheleen gerrity
    katheleen gerrity says:

    i can’t believe the inhumane and cruel treatment these wolves are getting. they deserve to be here and live their lives in their enviorment. they are part of our eccosystem. please don’t delist the wolves, let them be. killing of all animals is barbaric.

  12. carteret
    carteret says:

    Laissez les loups vivre!!!!!!!!!! Ils sont indispensable dans l’éco-système!!!!!!! Le loup “nettoie la nature des animaux malades, faibles… Le tuer ne règlera pas le problème des éleveurs…Il faut qu’ils apprennent à vivre avec et protéger leurs troupeaux avec des chiens,ânes,lamas!!!!Il y a des solutions!!!!!!Laissez les loups tranquilles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. JOYCE DINDLEBECK
    JOYCE DINDLEBECK says:

    PLEASE, PLEASE, STOP THE SLAUGHTERING & DELISTING OF ALL THE WOLVES. WE, THE PEOPLE NEED THE WOLVES, IN OUR ENVIROMENT.

  14. Wolf Haven International
    Wolf Haven International says:

    Thank you everyone for your concern about wolves and your comments. If you haven’t done so already, PLEASE be sure to send those comments to USFWS at http://www.regulations.gov .

    Gray wolf: Docket No. [FWS–HQ–ES–2013–0073]
    Mexican Wolf: Docket No. [FWS-R2-ES-2013-0056]

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