Protect Gray Wolves from Hunters by Restoring ESA Protections!

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The Gray Wolf is once again in danger of being lost forever! They need Endangered Species Act protection now!


The removal of gray wolves, both the Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) and the gray wolf subspecies (Canis lupus) from the endangered species list in 2012 [1] should have signaled a positive change and spoke to the success of conservation efforts. Sadly, much of the work done to increase the wolf population has been undone due to the delisting.

Since the delisting of the gray wolf, there has been a sharp decline in states that now allow wolf hunting, including 24% decline in wolves in Minnesota, and an 18% decline in Wisconsin [2]. Hundreds of wolves are being killed each year, and the populations are not expanding fast enough to outpace the hunters.

Hunting isn't the only cause contributing to the reduction in wolf populations. The continued destruction of their habitat has forced wolves into smaller area, a reduction of about two-thirds their former range, making them even easier for hunters to kill them.

The ruling continues to cause controversy in the scientific community as well. The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), "unanimously decided that the USFWS's earlier decisions were not well supported by the available science." [3] It's clear the decision was hastily rendered, and the effects are painfully clear.

Tell the head of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to put the gray wolf back on the Endangered Species list, and help protect the wolf population in the United States!

MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE:

[1] Service, U. F. (n.d.). Gray Wolf - Western Great Lakes Region. Retrieved September 07, 2017, from https://www.fws.gov/Midwest/wolf/esastatus/index.htm

[2] Western Great Lakes Distinct Population Segment of the Gray Wolf. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.fws.gov/Midwest/wolf/monitoring/pdf/Year1PDMReportSept2014.pdf

[3] (n.d.). Retrieved September 07, 2017, from https://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/news/nceas-report-gray-wolf-scientific-peer-review-issued-us-fish-and-wildlife-service

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The Petition:

To the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

The 2012 decision to delist gray wolves in 2012 was a signal that wolf populations had recovered, despite the still-low numbers. The delisting opened the door for wolf hunts becoming legal in multiple state across the country. These actions have had a traumatic effect on wolf populations, something that threatens the entire species.

Each year during the hunting season, hundreds of wolves are killed, and the stark population decreases show that the wolf population is not growing nearly fast enough to keep up with the massive loss each year.

The only solution is to relist the gray wolves under the Endangered Species Act, which would eliminate wolf hunting, and allow the population to fully recover over the coming years.

Help protect the wolf population before we lose these incredible creatures for good.

Sincerely,

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