It's Good News...But It's Not Over Yet
You can help to ensure federal protections for wolves in the lower 48 states.
The Obama Administration's plan to remove the gray wolf from the federal protections afforded by the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 states is temporarily on hold. The reasons for the indefinite delay announced this week were not revealed nor were the records of closed-door meetings to craft this plan that began in August 2010.
The plan would keep endangered status for the Mexican gray wolf, although no protected habitat was delineated for this fragile population. Sixteen scientists whose research is referenced in the draft rule have stated in a letter to Interior Secretary Jewell that science does not support delisting.
Although the draft plan has been delayed, it has NOT been stopped. It is important that we keep the pressure on. We ask that you send a quick email that urges the following government officials to maintain federal protections for wolves and wolf recovery:
Talking points may include the following.
Please feel free to personalize these points with your own concerns, as well.
Sixteen scientists expressed "serious concerns" with a recent draft rule to remove Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 States. They do not believe that the rule reflects the conclusions of their work or the best available science concerning the recovery of wolves. They also do not believe the rule reflects the fundamental purpose of the Endangered Species Act to conserve endangered species and the ecosystems upon which they depend. By law, Endangered Species Act decisions are supposed to be governed by the best available science.
There is a growing body of scientific literature demonstrating that top predators play critical roles in maintaining a diversity of other wildlife species and healthy, balanced ecosystems.
The gray wolf has barely begun to recover or is absent from significant portions of its former range where substantial suitable habitat remains. The Service's draft rule fails to consider extensive suitable habitat in the Pacific Northwest, California, the southern Rocky Mountains and the Northeast. It also fails to consider the importance of these areas to the long-term survival and recovery of wolves, or the importance of wolves to the ecosystems of these regions.
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