As I’m sure most of you are aware of, in June of 2013, the US Fish & Wildlife Service proposed removing the protection of the Gray Wolf across the entire lower 48 states. They have already lost protection in 7 States which include the Northern Rockies and Western Great Lakes region. Losing protection in the rest of the states and turning over Wolf management to the individual states would surely endanger the Gray Wolves chances to recover in most of their historic range. It’s like putting an endangered chipmunk in one park and saying they are recovered. Wolves currently are restored only to 15% of their historic range. Leaving management up to individual states and allowing they Wolves to be hunted everywhere would bring us back to square one on their recovery. This is then a battle that Wolves would eventually lose.
This is a decision that was based not on good science but on the politically charged influences of livestock and hunting interests. In February an independent review paper from the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis at the University of California-Santa Barbara was released. This review found that the decision to delist the Wolves was not based on good science. This review did get at least one good result. Fish & Wildlife has reopened its public comment period until March 27, 2014. Here is a link on the proposal and how you may comment. Please do so and pass it on to friends and relatives. This proposal if enacted would surely set us back if not totally destroy their recovery in the lower 48