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Dianne Ly
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Wolves are native, ecologically vital and beautiful members of the North American landscape. Wherever they live, wolves are remarkable, natural predators that keep their prey species healthy and strong.

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Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:43 pm
Important Note to ALL wolf defenders:
After signing this petition and leaving a comment, visit the best wolf defender blog on the web at...

Also, please visit and support the heroic efforts of Predator Defense, at: This excellent, non-profit organization has been fighting to stop the mindless persecution and cruel massacre of all natural predators in the United States, since 1990.
When you visit Predator Defense, be sure to view their recently produced video: "The Imperiled American Wolf" and share it widely!
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Pat B. (352)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:52 pm
Thank you, Dianne for this. Signed.

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:01 pm
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Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:03 pm
Also, please visit and support the heroic efforts of Predator Defense, at:

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:07 pm

Dianne Lynn Elko (758)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 4:09 pm
Wolves were rescued from the brink of extinction over 35 years ago when they gained federal protection under the Endangered Species Act. Today the American wolf is again in grave danger. Since President Obama removed the gray wolf from the endangered species list in April 2011 and turned management of these majestic animals over to state wildlife agencies, over 1,650 wolves have been senselessly slaughtered by sport hunters and trappers alone in Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota and Wisconsin (see sport kill totals in sidebar at right). 1,107 of these wolves were killed during the 2012-13 season alone. This "kill tally" does not include the scores of wolves slaughtered by federal and state predator control programs.

Predator Defense's new film, "The Imperiled American Wolf," explains the reasons wolves cannot be successfully managed by state wildlife agencies: not only do their methods ignore the core biology of how wolves hunt and breed, but their funding depends on hunting and trapping fees. In fact, current wolf management may actually lead to wolves' demise. Predator Defense and this film make a bold call for federal relisting of these important apex predators as endangered species.

The war being waged against wolves is senseless and tragic, and it is up to all of us to speak out now on their behalf. Read more about how the war is playing out in different parts of the country below. Better yet, take the four steps listed below to stop the slaughter.
Your Help Is Needed to Stop the Slaughter from Spreading Even Further!

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is expected to take action early in 2013 to remove wolves from federal protection in the remaining 45 states where they are still covered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Please add your voice to those urging to keep federal protection in place. Here's how you can help:

1. Contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by calling (800) 344-9453 or submitting a message online at Ask them to keep wolves protected under the Endangered Species Act.

2. Contact the Obama administration and your federal representatives (Senate and House) immediately and ask them to send a message to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to retain federal Endangered Species Act protection for wolves.

3. Sign the "Protect America's Wolves" petition.

4. Expand our reach by joining Predator Defense and making a contribution. Any amount truly helps.

We'd like to extend a special thanks to Congressmen Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ed Markey (D-MA), along with the 53 other federal representative cosigners, who asked USFWS to keep ESA protection for wolves. We have enjoyed a wonderful working relationship with Representative DeFazio for over two decades and greatly appreciate his dedication to exposing the abusive operations of the USDA Wildlife Services' lethal predator control program.
Removal from Federal Endangered Species List Spells Doom for American Wolves

On April 15, 2011, when President Obama signed the federal budget into law, he also signed the death warrants for hundreds of wolves. Montana Senator Jon Tester had added a last-minute wolf-killing rider to the budget bill that removed wolves from the federal Endangered Species Act and prohibited further judicial review. As a result, conservation interests are no longer able to legally intervene.

Never in the history of the Endangered Species Act has a species been delisted because of politics. Wildlife management and politics have hit a new low and established a dangerous precedent. Now management of wolves is left to states, and already state managers are opening hunting seasons on wolves who have just managed to gain a toe hold and reoccupy territory from which they were extirpated by ranching and agricultural interests just a few decades ago.

Wolf management has swung full circle in 50 years from extermination to recovery, and now back again. Free roaming packs of wolves in America will be lucky to survive, much less thrive, anywhere outside of the National Parks.

Please read the following articles for more details:

Groups Lay Out Opposition to Proposed Wolf Settlement - Billings Gazette, March 23, 2011
True Cost of Budget Deal Will Be Paid in Blood...of Gray Wolves - Christian Science Monitor, April 19, 2011
'Famous' Wolf Is Killed Outside Yellowstone - New York Times, Dec. 8, 2012
Montana Officials Shut Down Wolf Hunting, Trapping near Yellowstone - Missoulian, December 10, 2012
Montana: Wolf Hunts Are Banned in Areas Bordering Yellowstone - New York Times, Dec. 10, 2012
Mourning an Alpha Female - New York Times, Dec. 10, 2012
Judge Keeps Wolf Hunting Season Going outside Yellowstone National Park -, Jan. 18, 2013

The States' Revenge: Wolf Slaughter Escalates Nationwide

Aftermath of 2011-12 Wolf-Killing Season & Start of Round Two of America's Wolf Wars

Wolves are under siege across the nation. Aggressive hunting seasons are continuing in Montana and Idaho. Wyoming's "kill on sight" season started up in 2012, along with Minnesota and Wisconsin. Michigan is not far behind. In Washington and Oregon, kill orders on wolf packs have been issued with varying results. Activites in these states are detailed below.

This centennial war on wolves is a result of the delisting of wolves from the Endangered Species Act, which left their management to the discretion of individual states. The bloodbath comes after decades of endangered species protection and millions of tax dollars spent to reintroduce the species less than 20 years ago. History is indeed repeating itself, and wolves are paying the ultimate price for the reckless and capricious nature of what is called "wildlife management."

With agriculture and hunting interests directing decision-making, no doubt the other large predator species will soon follow this same path. Cougars, bears, and coyotes are under intense persecution, driven by these same special interests, not unlike the wolf. Livestock are the protected species, at the expense of native wildlife. For more information please check out the Howling for Justice blog, which comes from the heart of wolf-killing country.

IDAHO - Idaho had the largest wolf population, with approximately 1,000 before the 2011-12 hunting and trapping seasons opened. At the end of the season, roughly half the population had been killed. These figures included 379 wolves killed by hunters and trappers, plus close to 100 killed for damage control by government and private sources. Read more in The Wildlife News article on Idaho wolf mortality.

As of March 14, 2013, 6544 Idaho wolves have been killed. It's no wonder the kill numbers are high when tags sell for a bargain $11.50 with 5 hunting and 5 trapping tags allowed per hunter, no quotas in much of the state, and very few hunting restrictions. The Idaho season is open until March 31, 2013. For more details, visit the Idaho Fish and Game website.

MONTANA - In Montana the 4.5 month killing season began in early September 2011, with tags selling for $19 and a quota of 220 dead wolves. At season's end roughly 40 percent of the total population of approximately 600 was destroyed. 166 wolves were killed by hunters and approximately 70 more by Wildlife Services.

For the 2012-13 season, Montana liberalized wolf hunting restrictions by increasing the length of the kill season, allowing the first wolf trapping season (which permits up to three wolves to be killed per trapper), and no longer imposing a statewide kill limit. By the season ended on February 28, 2013, 391 Montana wolves had been killed by hunters, including some with GPS collars being studied by scientists within Yellowstone National Park. In response to the outcry regarding the latest killing of the alpha female of the famous Lamar Canyon pack, Montana temporarily closed an area adjacent to Yellowstone's north boundary.

Regardless of concerns too many Yellowstone National Park wolves are being killed, a Montana judge issued an injunction on January 18, 2013 that allows wolf trapping and hunting to continue right outside the park. At the same time, lawmakers in the state House of Representatives are advancing a measure to loosen restrictions on killing wolves statewide. If you live in Montana, please contact your representatives and urge them to vote against this bill. For more details, read the articles below:

Judge keeps wolf hunting season going outside Yellowstone National Park -, Jan. 18, 2013
Montana officials shut down wolf hunting, trapping near Yellowstone - Missoulian, December 10, 2012
Montana: Wolf Hunts Are Banned in Areas Bordering Yellowstone - New York Times, Dec. 10, 2012
Mourning an Alpha Female - New York Times, Dec. 10, 2012
'Famous' Wolf Is Killed Outside Yellowstone - New York Times, Dec. 8, 2012

Details on Montana wolf hunting policies are available on the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks website.

WYOMING - Wolves lost federal protection in Wyoming in September 2012, thanks to the urging of the Obama administration, which is courting the wrong group of voters. Inspite of the fact that Wyoming ranchers lost only 26 cows to wolves (out of a total of 1.3 million head of cattle in the state), agriculture special interests are controlling wolf management decisions.

The status of wolves in Wyoming has plummeted from endangered to "predator," meaning in the majority of the state wolves can be shot on sight. Wyoming is the only state to assign wolves to predator status, leaving them with essentially no protection. Shooting, aerial gunning, trapping and just about any other kill method is permitted on the 330 estimated wolves in the state. Even females and pups are fair game.

As of March 19, 2013, hunters had killed 78 wolves, including as many as 10 wolves who strayed from the protected boundaries of Yellowstone National Park (YNP) where they were being studied. On December 6, 2012 the alpha female of the Lamar Canyon pack was killed by a hunter and her radio collar returned to YNP orfficials, unleashing an uproar from the public and focusing attention on the atrocities of wolf hunting.

Yellowstone Park Research Wolves Killed by Hunters - Science Magazine, Nov. 26, 2012
'Famous' Wolf Is Killed Outside Yellowstone - New York Times, Dec. 8, 2012
Mourning an Alpha Female - New York Times, Dec. 10, 2012

In November 2012 conservationists filed a lawsuit challenging the federal delisting of Wyoming's wolves. But it looks like the wheels of the justice system are not turning fast enough to keep up with the bullets of Wyoming's hunters. For further information visit the Wyoming Fish & Game Department website.

WASHINGTON & OREGON - State wolf management plans in Washington and Oregon do not yet permit hunting or trapping seasons, but ranchers have pushed their political clout with state wildlife agencies, resulting in the killing of wolves in violation of both the state wolf plans and the endangered species act. Wildlife agencies in both Washington and Oregon have issued kill orders without confirmation of wolf predation on livestock, and without confirmation that the required non-lethal controls were in place.

In late September 2012 the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) aerial-gunned and shot to death the remaining members of the Wedge Pack. WDFW took this extreme action in response to complaints from a single rancher—a rancher who refused to cooperate with the WDFW and implement non lethal controls and who publicly stated that he believes there is a conspiracy to force him to remove his cattle from public lands grazing. The WDFW actions clearly demonstrate the overbearing control agriculture special interests hold over state wildlife management.

While no public wolf hunt is yet permitted in Washington, one native American tribe has already established a hunting season. Read more on the Colville Tribe website.

In Oregon legal challenges to wolf kill orders have successfully kept lethal controls at bay since last year, but the court has yet to make a permanent ruling. (See "Oregon Wolves: Not Exactly a Warm Welcome Home" below.)
Oregon Wolves: Not Exactly a Warm Welcome Home

Wolves were driven out of Oregon over 50 years ago and were never reintroduced. Instead, Oregon's current fledgling population of approximately 54 wolves, including 25 pups, was founded by wolves who migrated here in the last few years from Idaho. The species was federally listed as endangered in the mid-1970s and became endangered in Oregon in 1987 when the state adopted its own Endangered Species Act. In the last few years wolves have lost and regained federal endangered species protection during a complicated series of legal actions.

On April 15, 2011, Oregon wolves were federally delisted, which means their protection (or persecution) is now under state control. Oregon wolves remain covered under the state endangered species act.

While the Oregon Wolf Plan is better than most, the change to state management puts our fledgling population at much higher risk because of the tremendous influence and power agricultural and ranching interests hold in Salem. Right now these interests are working hard to weaken protection, and allow them to kill wolves at their discretion. The Oregon Cattleman’s Association and the Oregon Hunters Association are at the forefront of state legislative efforts to override the management plan and allow the killing of wolves struggling to return to Oregon.

Just hours after the state took over management of wolves, the ODFW killed two members of Oregon's first established pack. Successful legal challenges filed in October when ODFW sought to kill two more members of this pack resulted in all kill orders being put on hold. As of December 2012, the hold is still in effect.

A number of ill-advised bills proposed in Oregon's most recent legislative session also posed a grave threat to wolves. We asked the governor to veto the one that made it to his desk, but it became law. Details

In spite of such odds against the wolves, Oregon has four packs which produced approximately 20 pups in 2012. In the absence of interference and lethal control, Oregon wolves can flourish and once again be heard howling in our wild lands.

Current updates on wolves are available from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, as well as on our Wolves in Oregon page.
Midwest Gray Wolves Also Under the Gun after Losing Federal Protection under Endangered Species Act

In January 2012, wolves in Minnesota, Michigan and Wisconsin were placed under the control of state managers, with the following results:

MINNESOTA - Minnesota's 3,000 wolves form the largest population in the lower 48 states. Minnesota's 6,000 tags cost $30 and at least 600 of them will be allocated for trappers. The season runs from November through January and includes baiting, electronic calling, with a bag limit of one wolf per hunter or trapper. A quota was set for 400 wolves. By January 31, 2013, 412 Minnesota wolves had been killed. Read more on the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources website.

WISCONSIN - Wisconsin's aggressive hunting and trapping seasons have taken a toll on their wolf population, estimated at 850 before delisting. By January 3, 2013, Wisconsin hunters and trappers had killed 117 wolves (the entire quota of 116, plus one more), with the season not even half over. The good news is that, thanks to legal challenges, Wisconsin's attempt to allow hound hunting wolves has been temporarily shut down. Read more on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.

MICHIGAN - Michigan has not yet opened hunting or trapping of their approximately 700 wolves, but a bill has been proposed to do so. In 2012 there have been only four verified depredations on livestock by wolves in the state.
Predator Defense's Position on Wolves

The first and perhaps most important reason we support wolf recovery in Oregon is to restore ecosystem processes and function. As a major predator, wolves have shaped prey populations for thousands of years. Wolf predation differs from human hunting mortality, primarily taking the young and old, rather than the largest and healthiest animals. In addition, wolf predation helps to balance prey numbers with available habitat, ensuring that plant communities get periodic rest from heavy browsing or grazing influences of herbivores. Wolves can also affect habitat use-for instance in Yellowstone there is evidence that wolf presence has shifted elk use from valley bottom riparian areas to uplands, benefiting riparian vegetation. Finally the presence of wolves can also affect the population and distribution of other smaller predators like coyotes, foxes and skunks. Changes in the population and distribution of these species can have cascading effects on other species from ground-nesting birds to small mammals.

The second reason we support recovery is an ethical consideration. Wolves were once an important ecological component of Oregon. We believe there is an ethical obligation to restore extirpated species, whenever practical. There is no practical reason not to restore the species and Oregon should embark on a restoration program immediately.

Third, there is a legal requirement by the state of Oregon to protect state listed endangered species, which the wolf is one.

We believe there are sufficient prey, space, and habitat in Oregon to support viable wolf populations.
Geographical Locations

Based upon several criteria including human population density, prey availability and core protected habitat areas; there are three primary Oregon wolf recovery areas, and several other secondary areas that could support viable wolf populations. The three main areas are the Blue/Wallowa Mountains /Hells Canyon region of eastern Oregon, Cascades and the Siskiyou/Klamath region of southwest Oregon and northern California.

In addition, we believe that wolves could potentially be reestablished in portions of the Coast Range and isolated mountain ranges of southeastern Oregon like Steens Mountain, Hart Mountain, Trout Creek and Warner Mountains.
Population Visibility

Based upon prey Oregon could easily support several thousand wolves. This would include protection from persecution from livestock interests of the three major Oregon recovery areas-Blue Mountains, Cascades and Siskiyou.
Management Considerations

Predator Defense recommends the following management to enhance recovery for wolves. Management actions should favor wolves, not human commercial enterprises.

1. No lethal controls of wolves. (See above for recommendations). Even after minimum viable population objectives are reached, no lethal control should ever occur on public lands.

2. Livestock operations should adopt animal husbandry practices that minimize predator opportunity. This includes use of guard animals, calving and lambing sheds, avoidance of active predator den and rendezvous sites.

3. Eliminate current practice of dumping livestock carcasses in pastures. All carcasses should be buried.

4. Where conflicts exist between livestock producers and wolves, the state should always mandate that wolves be favored. For instance if predation occurs on a grazing allotment, the livestock should be removed, not the wolves.

5. In order to ensure the success of wolf recovery efforts, all lethal predator control in occupied wolf territories should be discontinued.

6. Hunting of prey populations should be managed to “share” prey with wolves. Thus in years of reduced prey availability, hunter take of prey species should be reduced so as not to harm wolf prey base.

Read PDF version of our position

Additional Information

Read our Wolf Plan comment letter to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

For the most current information on wolf issues, including legislation, please visit Ralph Maughan's Wildlife News website.

Terry V. (30)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 5:13 pm

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Sunday March 31, 2013, 6:03 pm
Already signed and shared, thanks Dianne.I've probably signed hundreds of petitions for wolves and many @

Natasha Salgado (620)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 7:58 pm
Leave the wolves alone. Signed and shared,thanks Dianne!!

Morgan F. (36)
Sunday March 31, 2013, 9:29 pm
previously signed before

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Yvonne F. (174)
Monday April 1, 2013, 11:48 am
Sooooooo signed!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks Dianne

Yvonne F. (174)
Monday April 1, 2013, 11:49 am
What is wrong with the noting system??? It just want note!
How will people's posts be noted???

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:20 am
Already signed, TU Dianne for the post and all the URLs.

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Tuesday April 2, 2013, 7:26 am
s&n thanks Dianne:)
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