20 Days to Save our Wolves
March 6. 2014
March 6. 2014
Good morning USFWS ~
I've been wondering just how much time has passed since the commencement of the comment period concerning your proposal to delist our Gray Wolves from endangered status under the E.S.A. It has been quite awhile, according to my records.
April 25. 2013.
The day that news of your proposal was leaked to the press:
U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list. The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed.
April 25, 2013|By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
A lot can happen in close to a year. The following events have shaped the comment process for your delisting proposal.
I've included only the links to the news instead of copies of the articles, as we are all pressed for space here.
April 26. 2013
Draft Rule Ends Protection for Gray Wolves
May 5. 2013
Don't Pull the Plug on America's Wolves.
Late last week, a draft government rule that will remove Endangered Species Act protections for wolves across most of the lower 48 states was leaked to the press.
Service Proposes to Return Management and Protection of Gray Wolves to State Wildlife Professionals Following Successful Recovery Efforts
Removing the Gray Wolf (Canis lupus) from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and...
Posted: 06/13/2013ID: FWS-HQ-ES-2013-0073-0001
Some Gray Wolf Peer Review Panel members axed by USFWS.
August 13. 2013
Department of Interior Puts Peer Review of National Wolf Delisting on Hold
August 19. 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service catches it for meddling with the wolf delisting peer review process
September 4. 2013
Comment period extended on gray wolf delisting, Mexican wolf protection and expansion
September 20. 2013
Wolf delisting hearings underway this week
December 7. 2013
Pacific Wolf Coalition says large number
( over one million ) of pro-wolf comments submitted
February 7. 2014
Peer Review Panel: USFWS Didn’t Use the “Best Available Science” in Proposed Rule to Delist Wolves
I'm curious as to see if this new extended deadline for comment submission, March 27. 2014, will be the final date in this prolonged debate over the wisdom of your decision to propose delisting our endangered Gray Wolves. Certainly do hope that to be the case, and that your decision will reflect reckoning with sound science, not the shaky foundation that appeared to be unduly influenced by the politics of special interest groups.
Our Gray Wolves don't use the same calendar that you and I do.
Please keep the endangered status for Gray Wolves in 42 states as it stands now, Re-List the wolves in ID, WY, MT, MN, MI, WI, and grant our Mexican Grey Wolves their "essential status", release them, and keep them protected as critically endangered status.
Until tomorrow ~
____________________________________We have until March 27 . 2014 to leave a comment regarding your thoughts about the seriously bungled Gray Wolf and Mexican Gray Wolf delisting proposal initiated by
Tell them they buggered it up. Big time.
Here's the comment form.
Here are some talking points you can use, swipe, send.
Here's all of the news about what USFWS did ( and 4 petitions to sign from our wonderful advocate friends at Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity, and Wildearth Guardians )
In a nutshell? The USFWS cut corners, and used a little creative "in house consulting" utilizing scientific research that was highly dubious. They were legally obligated to rely on independent, non biased review. Appears that they stacked the deck in their favor, as they just do not want to work at keeping wolves as a protected species under the E.S.A.
So, they want to wash their hands of protecting wolves as endangered species. No big secret there.
We can't allow that.
You've seen what ID, MT, WY, MI, MN, and WI state wildlife services have done when USFWS said "Go for it folks, YOU manage your wolves".
2,673 Gray Wolves were "managed". To death.
We need to keep the rest of the Gray Wolves in the USA protected.
THEN we are going to find a way to convince those six states to quit managing the wolves there into oblivion, heading toward yet another apex predator extinction in the lower 48 States.
Please comment and sign those org petitions.
This is SO important, can't stress that enough.