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A Reprieve for Gray Wolves: TAKE ACTION! Keep Wolves Protected in the Lower 48 (1st Action)

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We welcome a reprieve,To keep the pressure on, please consider urging Interior Secretary Jewell and your representatives to use his/her influence to maintain federal protections for wolves and wolf recovery in the lower 48 states

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Roxie H (350)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 2:40 pm

Nationwide Delisting Proposal Put on Hold Indefinitely

Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a five year review for the wolf that recommended stripping Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections from gray wolves across the lower 48 states excluding the range of the Mexican gray wolf in Arizona and New Mexico. At the start of 2013, the agency indicated that it planned to move forward with this action as soon as March. The proposal to remove ESA protections for gray wolves nationwide had hackles raised among Wildlife advocacy organizations, scientific communities, and some members of Congress. Wolves have only just begun to recover in large portions of the Pacific Northwest, California, southern Rocky Mountains and Northeast. So how can these populations be considered recovered?

Back in February, Congressmen Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ed Markey (D-MA) urged their fellow members in Congress to sign a letter to Director Ashe of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting that the agency retain ESA protections for gray wolves in areas where they have only just barely begun to recover. Although this letter got an impressive number of signatories, the opposing letter by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-WY) that stated, “Wolves are not an endangered species and do not merit federal protections,” drew more support on the Hill. With the future for wolves looking bleak, those in support of wolf recovery were elated and re-energized when last Friday on May 17th, on Endangered Species Day of all days, Representative Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) urged the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to cancel a pending rule that would de-classify many U.S. wolves as endangered. He described the delisting proposal as "scientifically flawed" and due to "cause irreparable harm."

Representative Grijalva's letter was celebrated by scientists and wildlife advocates, wolves had a champion in our Nation's capitol. Is it a coincidence that just three days later government attorneys announced that "a recent unexpected delay" is indefinitely holding up action on the proposed delisting? Since no further explanation was offered, we can only guess.

In the meantime, we welcome a reprieve for gray wolves in California, the Pacific Northwest, the Southern Rocky Mountains and the Northeast and appreciate the champions on the Hill, the scientists in the field, and supporters from around the world who used their voice to force change. To keep the pressure on, please consider urging Interior Secretary Jewell and your representatives to use his/her influence to maintain federal protections for wolves and wolf recovery in the lower 48 states.

Email Interior Secretary Jewell at

Find contact information for your members of Congress here.

This alert was published by Wolf Conservation Center on May 21, 2013.

Photo credit: Rebecca Bose, WCC


Lydia M (80)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 2:53 pm
Noted with thanks.
This sounds like some 'Good News' :-)

Pat B (356)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 3:08 pm
Thank you, Roxie for this. Letter written.Thank you for contacting Senator John Cornyn's office. We will be in touch with you shortly. (TX)

Christine Stewart (134)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 3:23 pm
A little bit of encouraging news!

Christeen A (369)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 3:58 pm
Bravo. Let's all happy dance. Thank you.

Candy L (473)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 4:12 pm
Great News! Wondering why Defenders of Wildlife has not issued a statement, There usually on top this.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 4:37 pm
NS& e-mail sent!

Past Member (0)
Tuesday May 21, 2013, 9:05 pm
Noted, thanks .

Danuta W (1250)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 4:35 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 8:10 am
Email sent 4 all our fab wolves! Thx Roxie.

June M (139)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 1:59 pm
thanks for posting Roxie

. (7)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 2:40 pm
Email sent, thanks for posting Roxie!

Svetlana B (20)
Wednesday May 22, 2013, 3:43 pm

Cindy Rhodes (106)
Thursday May 23, 2013, 8:31 am
Thank you Roxie!

Michael M (60)
Friday May 24, 2013, 1:38 pm
Ohhhh, THAT'S why Grijalva is not Interior Secretary. Wolves are being used as political sacrifices in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Montana, certainly Wyoming and Idaho.

You see, republicans are striving to differentiate themselves and obscure their states-rights agenda which allows developers and polluters far freer reins.

It's a $$$$$$ thing, and democrats desperately fear losing political office so they too kiss the gunstocks of those who hold your nation slave to what we shall term here:

"consumptive use"

those guns are also loaded with the poisons which allow agribiz to bring you corn ethanol from our beloved bison grasslands, clearcutting terrifying shady forests, mining of everything that could possibly make a dime,

to offer YOU endless comfort in your aseptic homes (but don't drink the water - it's poisoned from all this.)

Signed, your friends,
the salmon, the bear, the wolf, and the AIR

Michael Guest (0)
Tuesday June 11, 2013, 6:35 am
I am not giving up on wolves. They must stay protected to survive. Removing safeguards is the wrong way.
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