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Stop the War on Wolves – Federal

            See also: Stop the War on Wolves – Michigan

Please sign our petition, asking Congress to oppose all legislation that directs the Department of Interior to reissue the final rule relating to listing of the gray wolf in the Western Great Lakes and Wyoming which was published on December 28, 2011. This ruling gave the States the authority to hunt and trap wolves for recreational purposes.  The 2011 ruling was overturned by the courts, yet, some in Congress want the ruling to be reissued so that hunting and trapping of wolves can begin again.

Pending legislation also states that such reissuance shall not be subject to judicial review.

The delisting of any species should be in accordance with the Endangered Species Act and based on the best available science and not irrational fears.  Congress should not enact laws to circumvent the courts, ignore science or take away the rights of citizens to challenge decisions.

Since 2011, there has been a concerted effort by some members of Congress to dismantle and weaken the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  The ESA, passed in 1973, is considered one of the most successful bipartisan pieces of legislation adopted and still today, strongly supported by the majority of Americans.

A poll conducted in 2015 by Tulchin Research showed that 90 percent of Americans support upholding the Endangered Species Act and are more likely to vote for a member of Congress who votes to uphold environmental safeguards.

Yet, several toxic bills removing protections for wolves and bypassing the ESA have been introduced.

In July 2017, Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted to advance the “HELP for Wildlife Act” (S.1514).  Contrary to its name, this bill is deadly for wolves.   If signed into law, it would expose wolves in the Great Lakes Region, once again, to hunting and trapping by agencies influenced by special interest groups and politically appointed Commissions. 

Wisconsin’s population is approaching 900 animals and the Department of Natural Resources is prepared to reduce the population to an unsustainable level of 350 wolves.  Wisconsin is the only state that allows the hunting of wolves with dogs. Wisconsin state law MANDATES that wolves WILL BE hunted upon delisting.

Minnesota wolves are federally classified as “threatened” meaning that the state already has the authority to lethally remove any wolves that threaten livestock.   Minnesota wolves are credited with providing the genetic diversity for the Great Lakes Region.

The Michigan wolf population has declined over the past six years.  The most recent survey estimates the population at only 618 animals, down from 687 in 2011. 

The states have already proven that politics, rather than science, dictates wolf management.  During the period 2012-2014, as a delisted species, more than 1500 wolves were killed by hunting and trapping in the Great Lakes region.

Allowing wolves to be delisted through Congressional action sets dangerous precedent and places other species at risk of losing protections at the whims of Congress to appease corporations and/or special interests.

We must stop these toxic bills from becoming law.  Contact your representatives and demand they protect wolves and uphold the tenets of the Endangered Species Act.

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