Wyoming's 250 wolves are increasingly on the losing end of negotiations between the Department of Interior and the State of Wyoming to remove wolves from the Endangered Species List. The Department of Interior has capitulated on virtually every request from Wyoming, including allowing wolves to be shot on sight across nearly 90 percent of the state.
In the latest and perhaps last concession, Secretary Salazar's Interior Department is considering allowing hunting in a the John. D. Rockefeller Parkway. This 24,000 acre land passage in the northwest part of the state connects Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and is used by wolves passing between them. If Wyoming once again gets its way, the only safe harbor for the area's gray wolves will be in the parks with no way of moving between them.
Secretary Salazar's Interior Department has given Wyoming more than enough. The proposed delisting agreement already treats wolves as predators and permits unmanaged killing across the vast majority of the state--including national forests. Secretary Salazar needs to stand up for Wyoming's wolves and maintain protections in the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway.
Please tell Secretary Salazar to ban all wolf hunts in the parkway.
Wyoming has already been granted incomparable latitude in crafting their state's management plan. Unlike its neighboring states it has been allowed to treat wolves as a nuisance species and hunt them virtually unchecked across most of the state. Requesting license to hunt wolves in the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway--a national park--is an overreach on their part and should be rejected as such.
Wolves are currently and rightly protected in Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks and rely on the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway to cross between the two. If Wyoming once again is allowed to dictate policy, wolves will have no safe way of moving back and forth between the parks.
The National Park Service recognizes this is not a solution, saying that its "preference is to not allow wolf hunting within the boundaries of the parkway".
Please stand up to Wyoming and ban all wolf hunts in the parkway.
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