Oppose Wyoming’s Shoot-On-Site Wolf Management Plan

A plan has been announced by federal officials to remove wolves from the Endangered Species Act in Wyoming, which would move wolf management to the state and allow for a shoot-on-sight policy for wolves in roughly 90 percent of the state.

This week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released it’s Final Wyoming Gray Wolf Management Peer Review Summary Report of the state’s management plan that calls for Wyoming to keep a minimum of 10 breeding pairs and 100 wolves outside of Yellowstone National Park. Wolves will be considered trophy animals in the Northwest part of the state and predators that could be killed everywhere else …at any time, by anyone.

Wyoming was excluded from the states where protection has already been lifted because its previous plan wasn’t considered viable.

The report has left scientists split over whether or not the plan is consistent with recovery efforts.

According to a scientific review, “[T]he Plan, as written, does not do an adequate job of explaining how wolf populations will be maintained, and how recovery will be maintained. It is clear that more than one panelist believes that there is a need for explicit buffering, and better explanations of the adaptive processes that will be used in managing down the wolf populations.”

The FWS’ plan is also being opposed by conservation groups. According to WildEarth Gaurdians, the plan would reduce the current population, which is now at an estimated 343, by half, isolate packs, allow hunting in migration routes and threaten wolves that leave national parks. Unfortunately, they’ll miss the big sign that says “Now Leaving Yellowstone: You are Totally Screwed.”

The plan still has to be approved the Wyoming Legislature. If passed, it could be open season on wolves next fall.


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting public comments until January 13, please submit one at regulations.gov opposing the delisting of wolves in Wyoming and asking for a science-based plan that will allow wolves to fully recover and sign Defender’s of Wildlife’s petition.

If you would like talking points, Friends of Animals has a sample letter on its website.

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Dee S.
Dee S.5 years ago

Why does the government feel the need to kill everything that god has created???? Man is destroying this planet with everything we do. When will it be enough? When all animals are extinct? Please leave the wolves along, they are an important part of the environment. All the ranchers know that they do not kill their live stocks it is wild dogs that do the damage. I even think that the cattle die and they let their own dogs feed on it for a while so they can tell the government that a wolf did it so that they will be reimbursed for it. Wyoming, why did you reintroduce the wolf to your state if you are just wanting to kill them. There are less then 300 wolves left in your state and you are set in destroying them. I think that every animal lover wolf lover needs to protest your state and stop visiting it, until you protect your wildlife. Your state is suppose to be about the wildlife that lives there. I sure don't want to go to your state to look at humans walking around. Stand up everyone and stay out of Wyoming till they protect the WOLVES that they brought back into the state. Stop the KILLING of WOLVES in ALL STATES that have them, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Utah. Put them back on the ENDANGERED LIST.

federico bortoletto

Petizione firmata.

Laurie M.
Laurie Miskell6 years ago

Wolves will be an endangered species again soon enough, the government is hell bent on making sure of it. I swear most of the politicians out there aren't worth a dime.

Eric S.
Eric S.6 years ago

One of our most majestic creatures! Why the hell would you try to destroy them? Yes, they need to eat just like all living creatures do. She's only doing what any mother would do! This world is SICK! People that care please stand up!



Alicia N.
Alicia N6 years ago


Joan Earnshaw
Joan Earnshaw6 years ago

There are very few wolves left--there may not even be enough for breeding stock. What's next to be wiped out by the killers? Human? Humans kill livestock, pass diseases, growl at people and are definitely a threat to this world that exceeds any other.

terri armao
terri armao6 years ago

to you 4% who voted that wolves should be removed from ESA... what a pathetic, greedy bunch of immoral losers.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

Teresa, this petition is now closed.
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Lesley B.
Lesley Blissett6 years ago

Wolves have only just come back from near extinction and are still endangered - bloody Americans, all they care about is killing, they go on Safari to kill, kill, kill, when most other nations go with a camera! It is about time that both the Americans and the Canadians learned that we share this planet with other species and we are supposed to care for them, not destroy them!