Feds Want to Strip Wolves of Protection

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is moving forward with its proposal to remove all Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves throughout the U.S. with the exception of Mexican gray wolves living in New Mexico and Arizona.

Some call the recovery of gray wolves in the U.S. a success story, but there are still few wolves in the majority of their historic range.

Mike Jimenez, who manages wolves in the northern Rockies for the Fish and Wildlife Service told the LA Times that delisting marked a “huge success story” and that if populations reach levels that biologists consider to be dangerously low they can reinstate protections.

Apparently exterminating wolves and bringing them back only to hunt them again to the point where we need to protect them again makes sense to our government. According to the Washington Post between 1991 and 2011, the federal government spent $102 million on gray wolf recovery programs and state agencies contributed $15.6 million.

While ranchers and hunters are thrilled with the proposed plan, wolf advocates and scientists don’t believe they should be delisted and disagree with the premise that wolves are not in danger of extinction because they’re doing well in a few areas.  Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife told the LA Times the decision “reeks of politics” and vowed that it will face multiple legal challenges.

“This is politics versus professional wildlife management,” said Clark. “The service is saying, ‘We’re done. Game over. Whatever happens to wolves in the U.S. is a state thing.’ They are declaring victory long before science would tell them to do so.”

We already saw how well it went when they lost protection in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes region and management authority was turned over to the states. Hundreds of wolves were brutally slaughtered by hunters and trappers in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, including eight collared wolves from Yellowstone. Wisconsin and Minnesota both went over their kill quotas.

If wolves are delisted in the Pacific Northwest, California, the southern Rocky Mountains and the Northeast they will be left facing even worse odds than they already are and may never establish new territories.

The California Fish and Game Commission is considering making the gray wolf a candidate for the California Endangered Species Act, a a decision that will provide immediate protection to the state’s lone wolf OR-7, but the state still has no recovery plan in place. In Oregon and Washington wolves are only starting to recover and are protected under state laws, but can still be killed if they’re caught attacking livestock. Last year Washington killed an entire pack of wolves over the predation of a few cows. Utah’s already trying to kill wolves it doesn’t even have yet.

The plan is expected to be released at some point over the next few weeks, but is only a draft until it’s entered into the Federal Register.


Please sign and share the petition opposing plans to remove federal protection from wolves.


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Carrie-Anne Brown
Carrie-Anne B5 years ago

thanks for sharing

Mark Donners
Mark D5 years ago

Nicky: I agree with your opinion but I don't agree with the so called "farmers" All they have to do is buy a few trained guard donkeys or dogs and their cows and claves destined for insane torture and slaughter are protected from whatever patheticly small populations of wolves. But "ranchers" and "farmers" who breed cows to make money from death and cruelty in my opinion don't deserve to make a living. They deserve bankruptcy and to be in jail along with the monsters who call themselves politicians for their ongoing crimes of immense cruelty and endangering the public with unlimited environmental destruction.

Alberta G.

So sad!

Past Member
Past Member 5 years ago

For each species we obliterate we are damaging the eco systems. No one has the right to do that and no one has the right to murder animals!

stewart s.
stew s5 years ago

Why not have open seeaon on wolf hunters/murderers??
Really, when over 85% of the American people want ALL wolves protected, why the fu-k is the US government siding with the murderous, bloodthirsty, evil, heartless, greedy ranchers and hunters? USFWS needs a total house cleaning, to fire all of those scum bags getting their pockets padded by the NRA and the Cattlemen's Assoc. and the other scum bag anti-wildlife, anti-environmental lobbies!!

NICKY M5 years ago

I realise that farmers need to protect their cows, but there must be ways to scare off the wolves that does not entail killing a wnole pack! There must be some sonic device, or SOMETHING they could use.. It seems that there is just an inbred hatred of wolves that is going to be very hard to get rid of. It is so horrible that the only time they get to be protected is when they are near extinction and then people realise they must let their numbers be built up again or they won't have any to hunt! We just have to go ON and ON petitioning and doing our best to get them legal protection. Politicians only seem to get to their position of power, because they have enough sociopathic tendencies to be able to plow on through all the backbiting and idiocy that goes on the way up the ladder to the top. You really can't expect them to have any heart for animals unless for some reason those animals are making them rich! Of of course they do have a heart for SOME animals.. the ones that they slaughter and maim and torture on their days off!

Latoya Brookins
Latoya B5 years ago

I've already signed.

The feds should be protected ALL of the innocent. Wolves do not deserve to be hunted, hurt, or murdered.

Aud Nordby
Aud n5 years ago


Jonathan Y.
Jonathan Y5 years ago

"Delisting is a success," b.s. This is the most craven cave-in and currying of favor to the cattle industry and the BLM.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W5 years ago

Teresa, You signed on May 2, 2013.
Your signature has been delivered to:
President Obama, Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe