Dan Ashe, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS): Keep Wolves on the Endangered Species List
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Dan Ashe, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS): Keep Wolves on the Endangered Species List

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      ENDANGERED SPECIES COALITION

Last year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) released a five year review for the gray wolf that recommended removing Endangered Species Act protections from wolves across the lower 48 states. FWS has indicated they may go forward with this plan as soon as this month.

The recovery of wolves in the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes are a remarkable conservation success story. They are also examples of how states will manage wolf populations once Endangered Species Act protections are removed. We now know that wolves can be shot on sight across much of Wyoming and some legislators in Montana have proposed a similar policy that would allow wolves to be shot at will on private lands. This is not science-based management.

Wolves benefit local economies through increased tourism and they enrich their environments, preventing overgrazing and benefiting species from pronghorn antelope, to songbirds and fish. Our country needs wolves. But wolves need protection to recover.

Still-recovering wolf populations in the southern Rocky Mountains, Pacific Northwest, California, and the eastern U.S. would be left to be managed by states with often competing interests if Endangered Species Act protections are removed.

In areas where wolves have already lost Endangered Species Act protections, some states have allowed hunters to kill up to 60 percent of the existing populations--including wolf pups!
Please ask FWS Director Dan Ashe to maintain these crucial safeguards for currently protected wolves.

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    • Kyia Allen ODESSA, TX
      • 5 months ago

      I love wolves and I want to help save them

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    • Hester van Heemstra TUCSON, AZ
      • 5 months ago

      it's BIODIVERSITY, stupid.

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    • Diane Sayre TUCSON, AZ
      • 5 months ago

      I want you to bring the Arizona legislature to heel. They cannot be allowed to ignore the endangered species act and allow the people of Arizona permission to kill the Mexican Grey Wolves. For Gail Griffin to actually state that one species should not be placed over the survival of another is absolutely laughable. She is comparing the surviving 83 wolves to the many head of cattle on Arizona ranchlands. In her letter to you of June 2013 she refers a number of times to the 'stakeholders'. Who is that? Arizona ranchers are currently selling off their herds because the continuing drought has made it difficult to care for them properly. They are selling them while they are still of good weight for auction.

      Ms. Griffin's letter goes on to claim that there is a question as to whether they are actual grey wolves or wolf dog hybrids. As if you cannot see they ARE Mexican grey wolves. Their DNA blood results identify them as Mexican grey wolves.

      She has recently been able to pass a bill 4 to 3, that gives permission to ignore Federal Law. This has been done very stealthily and it is impossible for me to believe that this bill passed with only 7 people voting. She must be taken to court for this miscarriage of justice.

      Her letter to you, as you know, is so full of lies and hysteria. What can I do as an Arizonan?

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    • Iessica Bradley BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 6 months ago

      You are worse than the people committing the crime if you are allowing it to happen. Don't ignore it, act now and make it stop. Give these innocent animals the rights they deserve!

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    • Sheila Redman PORTLAND, OR
      • 8 months ago

      Wolves are necessary to restore balance to our damaged ecosystems. Please protect them and our wilderness areas for future generations of Americans.

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