In the next few months, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will propose to remove protections for gray wolves nationwide—even in places that are critical to their long-term survival, such as Colorado, California, New Mexico, and Utah.
Tell Congress that the Interior Department is dead wrong with their wolf policy. Tell them you want wolves! They need to remain fully protected because it will give the species a chance at recovery all across the American West—anything less is unacceptable.
If federal protections are removed, migrating wolves from Yellowstone to states like Colorado and California will face an arsenal of guns, poisons, and traps.
Departing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has promulgated the most regressive wolf policy in America since wolves’ restoration in the mid-1990s. Under Salazar the Interior Department has systematically removed federal protections wherever gray wolves exist, including the Northern Rockies and Great Lakes states.
Now Salazar wants to go one dangerous step further and remove protections for wolves in places where they’ve yet to be recovered, including Colorado, the most important biological link in WildEarth Guardians’ continental vision of having wolves living free from Canada to Mexico.
Except for a handful of brave, southern-migrating individuals, gray wolves have been absent from the Southern Rockies region since the 1940s. The Salazar proposal will remove the last hope of recovery and unleash the shotguns and sniper bullets on wolves all across the West.
We think Secretary Salazar’s proposal is illegal, unethical and out-of-touch.
Most citizens and westerners care about restoring wolves and understand the ecological benefits they create by their presence on the land.
Giving authority to states like Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico to manage wolves will be an unmitigated disaster. Just like Northern Rockies states, we know that state hunting agencies will wage jihad towards native carnivores, and their policies will be merciless to appease two user groups: the livestock industry and unethical sport-hunters.
It’s urgent that you call upon your Congressperson to stop this wolf-delisting shenanigan in the Southern Rockies and elsewhere across the West before it happens. Please write now.