We're at the beginning of a great conservation achievement: the return of wolves to Washington State. This is a key moment for wolf restoration, but it may not happen if we don't take action now to urge Governor Christine Gregoire to support a robust wolf recovery plan in Washington.
Decades after they were eliminated from the state, these iconic animals have finally begun to make their way back to the Evergreen State. Unfortunately, the return of these magnificent animals to an important part of their historic range is anything but easy.
Earlier this month, the state began to review a progressive wolf management plan that would allow these amazing animals to roam throughout much of their traditional range. But the plan falls short of what will ultimately be needed to fully recover wolves in Washington.
Tell Governor Christine Gregoire to support allowing more wolves in the state and to expand the range where they will be allowed to roam.
These wolves truly are an American treasure, and it's important that we speak out for their restoration.
We know from reintroduction efforts in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies that wolves help balance natural ecosystems and that they can bring tourism dollars to states that support their recovery (as much as $35 million a year near Yellowstone, according to one study!)
We also know that anti-wolf extremists can be a serious roadblock to recovery efforts. Some are pushing hard for a low cap on the number of wolves that would be allowed to inhabit Washington – a bad precedent for wolves or any other wildlife.
Join Defenders of Wildlife to help restore wolves to Washington. Please send your message to Governor Gregoire today.
- Governor Christine Gregoire
As a supporter of Defenders of Wildlife, I am grateful that the state wolf management plan includes key areas like the Olympic peninsula. However, I urge you to consider expanding the number of wolves in the state beyond the 15 breeding pairs considered in the draft wolf management plan and further extend the areas in which they are allowed to roam.
Reintroduction efforts in Greater Yellowstone and the Northern Rockies show that wolves help balance natural ecosystems and that they can bring tourism dollars to states that support their recovery (as much as $35 million a year near Yellowstone, according to one study!)
For all of these reasons, I strongly urge you to do all you can to support a more robust, sustainable and scientifically based wolf restoration plan for Washington.
Thank you for considering my comments.
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