Plans Announced to Strip Nearly All Wolves of Federal Protection

In an incredibly disappointing, but not entirely surprising move, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has announced its intention to strip gray wolves of federal protection in the lower 48, which their advocates fear will be a death sentence for them.

Gray wolves have already faced such heavy persecution that we nearly killed every single one of them by the 1900s with bounty programs, hunting and trapping. Protection that was put in place with the passage of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the 1970s finally helped put them back on the path to recovery, but their journey is far from over and they’re still functionally extinct in vast portions of their historic range.

Now, despite not having a plan in place to ensure their continued survival (which the government is currently facing a lawsuit over), David Bernhardt, the acting secretary of the Interior Department, announced a proposal to strip federal protection from all wolves in the lower 48 with the exception of Mexican wolves.

Doing so would hand management responsibilities over to states that have already proven to be hostile to recovery efforts opening the door to rampant hunting and trapping. Overall, it will hinder recovery efforts and all but ensure wolves never expand to portions of their historic range where it’s been determined there’s plenty of suitable habitat for them, including the Adirondacks, southern Rockies and other areas.

Gavin Shire, a spokesman for the FWS, said in a statement to the AP, “Recovery of the gray wolf under the Endangered Species Act is one of our nation’s great conservation successes, with the wolf joining other cherished species, such as the bald eagle, that have been brought back from the brink. ”

Despite what the FWS says, multiple conservation and advocacy organizations disagree, and argue that gray wolves are still far from recovered, and this move will push them back to the brink. They’re speaking out in opposition to the proposal, along with vowing to take action to ensure gray wolves aren’t delisted.

“This disgusting proposal would be a death sentence for gray wolves across the country,” said Collette Adkins, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “The Trump administration is dead set on appeasing special interests that want to kill wolves. We’re working hard to stop them.”


You can speak up against the Trump Administration’s war on wolves by signing and sharing the petition asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep them federally protected.

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Mark Donner
Mark Donner1 days ago

Fish and Wildlife Services again. They have become a terrorist organization. Both them and the worse terrorist organization called "Wildlfe Services" of USDA should be stopped as soon as possible.

Richard B
Richard B2 days ago

thank you

Gino C
Gino C9 days ago


Mona P
Mona Pietsch9 days ago

Petition signed

susan a
susan a10 days ago

I feel perhaps all animal killers must have something missing including a brain,,Big guns compensating for the lack of! God rot them all!

Michael F
Michael F11 days ago

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

Coo R
Coo R11 days ago

it will take decades to undo the shitstorm fall out of this administration.

RONALD Walker11 days ago

First please understand mini brain tRump can't read! Asking of tRump to understand how the wolf has made Yellowstone a better place to live for the overall ecology. I could not be explained in a few lines. Here are a few benefits. Beavers have returned! The Golden cutthroat trout is recovering! Because of the Beaver, there is less erosion because of the Beaver! So I ask tRump. How do we control stupid (being tRump)?

Terri S
Terri S12 days ago

This country is run by a bunch of f___king idiots!!!!! Intelligent people learn from past mistakes, but these idiots will never learn!!! Leave these beautiful creatures alone!!! They deserve our respect and protection!!!!!!

Cathy B
Cathy B12 days ago

Sad beyond words!