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Wolves Will Be Shot On Sight In Wyoming

Wolves Will Be Shot On Sight In Wyoming

One July morning on a Yellowstone vacation, I got up at 5 am to hike by the Lower Yellowstone Falls. Just a few minutes after I started out alone in the mist, I felt some eyes on me and turned to see a brown wolf peering at me from across a meadow. We exchanged glances for a second, and then this shy creature bounded away, but I felt my day had been blessed.

Now I read this tragic news for wolves, and I am angry. Why can’t the government just leave these poor animals alone?

Federal officials have formally announced plans to eliminate vital protections for wolves in Wyoming, leaving these iconic animals at the mercy of a shoot-on-sight state policy that covers nearly 90% of the state. With an end to Endangered Species Act protections for the wolves by August 31, the Interior Department is essentially approving a mass slaughter of these magnificent creatures.

These are the last federally protected wolves in a region that has already seen the decimation of much of the wolf population.

The battle between ranchers and environmentalists has been raging for years. Ranchers and hunters started complaining that wolves were taking an unacceptable toll on cattle and wildlife soon after the federal government reintroduced the species to Yellowstone National Park in the mid-1990s.

The Associated Press reports that the federal government’s final delisting plan calls for Wyoming to maintain at least 10 breeding pairs of wolves and at least 100 individual animals outside of Yellowstone and the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. Wildlife managers say there are currently about 270 wolves in the state outside Yellowstone.

The state intends to classify wolves in the remaining 90 percent of Wyoming as predators, subject to being killed anytime by anyone.

What does this mean?

The Center for Biological Diversity estimates that close to 200 wolves — highly social animals with intricate family structures — will be shot or trapped to death. Many of them just had pups this spring. In other words, it will be open season on Wyoming’s wolf families.

The Wyoming Game Commission has approved wolf hunts starting October 1 in a flexible zone generally bordering Yellowstone’s eastern and southern flanks. The state is prepared to issue unlimited hunting licenses but will call a halt after hunters kill 52 wolves.

From The Associated Press:

Steve Ferrell, wildlife policy adviser to (Governor) Mead, said the governor is confident it will meet its obligation under the management plan to sustain the required number of wolves.

“Our plan will maintain a sustainable population of wolves in Northwestern Wyoming, and it will contribute Wyoming’s share of the recovery goal of wolves in the Rocky Mountains,” Ferrell said.

However, Andrew Wetzler, director of the Land and Wildlife Program for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Chicago, strongly disagreed.

“It’s essentially turning Wyoming into a free-fire wolf-kill zone outside of national parks and a few national forests,” Wetzler said of the state plan. “That’s a huge problem for the population, and it doesn’t take a conservation biologist to figure that out.”

Take Action: If you believe that this plan is cruel and unnecessary, please sign our petition, asking that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reconsider their decision.


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11:03PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Another great website on Public Lands Ranching is: There is also a petition on this site on grazing.

10:41PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

A good website: This site will have updates and more info on Public Lands Ranching.

10:39PM PST on Nov 24, 2012

There will be no safe haven for wolves, mountain lions, bears, prairiedogs, coyotes, or any other wildlife until we fight to stop all Public Lands Ranching. The Livestock Industry is the leader in the wolf slaughter, and the Wild Horse Round Up. Each year, millions of wild animals are trapped, gunned down, burned in their dens, by the government to appease the environmentally destructive Livestock Industry. They are powerful, but the West is running out of water and grass quickly, and now is the time to put an end to this killing machine.
Most people are not aware of just how destructive this industry really is. It is now marketing itself as "green" and "sustainable." and many people are buying the propaganda. It may be sustainable for the Livestock Industry, but it certainly isn't sustainable for Nature and her wildlife. Many so-called wildlife and environmental groups have gone to bed with the Livestock Industry, thinking that if they "collaborate" or "compromise" with the ranchers, they can somehow come to an "agreement" that will satisfy both factions. It is folly. The Livestock Industry will not budge. They want public lands, because they can graze cheaply, and get lots of cozy federal subsidies--which we all pay for. But, the environment and the wildlife pay a much higher price.
Please, sign the Care 2 petition on this issue: just go to "search" on Care 2 and type in "Public Lands Ranching." Feel free to share this on your own networks, facebook, etc.


7:52AM PST on Nov 24, 2012

Signed. Save the wolves of Norway too!!!

6:25PM PST on Nov 18, 2012


3:04PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

.......Senator Tester is one of the leading proponents of this atrocious wolf killing up north. For those who might wish to let him know what you think about this: -

2:37PM PST on Nov 9, 2012

Phyl M., you are right on. Massive wildlife slaughter has, and is going on at taxpayer expense, every day in this country, particularly in western states, where the destructive livestock industry still reigns, especially in the political arena.
We must demand, now, that ALL livestock grazing permits be permanently cancelled on ALL wilderness lands, BLM lands, National Forest lands, and on state lands in the west. This will be a fight to the finish, but it MUST be done if we are to save our remaining native wildlife.
If interested people go to the petition site & do a search on Public Lands Ranching, there are at least two site petitions. Also, you can go to Mike and to for more good information on this issue. This issue is one of the most important to tackle if we wish to save what is left of Nature on the planet. It is a world-wide issue and a major cause of Global Climate Change. Wolves belong, not livestock!

10:41PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

I am asking the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider their decision.

I believe that the new plan is cruel and unecessary as wolves are iconic animals in
national parks.

Wolves in national park settings should remain protected. The change in legislation
is going to allow uncontrolled and unmonitored killings.

10:41PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012

I am asking the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to reconsider their decision.

I believe that the new plan is cruel and unecessary as wolves are iconic animals in
national parks.

Wolves in national park settings should remain protected. The change in legislation
is going to allow uncontrolled and unmonitored killings.

10:55AM PDT on Aug 27, 2012

Stop killing all the animals and animal species! Stop the greed and torture. We are the next in line to go. You are imbalancing the ecological system and us right along with it all.

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