Sign the petition to save the wolves Congress and the White House condemned to death

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Sign the petition to stop wolf killing now

U.S. Congress has never before ousted an animal or plant from Endangered Species Act protections — until now. In August, a federal district court ruled to NOT delist Western gray wolves. The case is still open on appeal. Yet Congress ignored separation of powers (between judicial and legislative branches) by taking matters into their own hands. A rider attached to the recently passed spending bill delists wolves, thereby deleting their federal safety net.

This political maneuver is unconstitutional and leaves wolves in the crossfire of state-sponsored killing. Idaho already conducted a hunt by helicopter in which wolves are cornered and shot at point blank range. Last year, pups and mothers were gassed inside their dens.


End lethal wolf control and uphold Endangered Species Act

Dear President Obama and Honorable U.S. Government Officials:

I am incensed that politics trumped science-based management of America’s wolves once again. A rider from Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) passed on the coattails of the federal budget bill. The rider stipulates delisting of Western gray wolves from Endangered Species Act immunity.

This establishes an irresponsible precedent not only for wolves, but also for any imperiled species that doesn’t serve Congressional interests. I am troubled that legislators, with President Obama’s approval, ignored Endangered Species Act protocol for defining recovery and delisting. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has now deleted Endangered Species Act safeguards for gray wolves in Idaho, Montana, eastern Oregon, Washington, and northern Utah. Wyoming wolves lose protection once a state wolf management plan is approved.

Clearly, this violates division of powers between judicial and legislative branches, as set forth in the U.S. Constitution. In August 2010 U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy of Missoula, MT struck down delisting of Greater Yellowstone and Northern Rockies wolves because it did not encompass all populations. In effect, USFW could not retain protections for Wyoming’s endangered wolves, but strip them everywhere else. Though the case is still open on appeal, Congress engineered its own outcome: No federal safety net for Western gray wolves.

With state officials now at the helm, scheduled hunts and aerial gunning further threaten wolf recovery. I urge governors and state agencies to adopt enduring strategies that focus on cohabitation. I also ask you to abandon shamefully violent tactics such as gunning down wolf packs from helicopters; gassing pups and mothers inside dens; and more lethal means.

The court’s decision to overrule gray wolf delisting should have prompted a more scientific approach. Instead Idaho officials, working with the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Wildlife Services, recently spent a lot of money on shooting wolves from the sky to synthetically boost game populations for hunters. Please shift public funds to a nonlethal approach for the preemptive reduction of wildlife conflicts, including livestock loss.

Currently, there is no definitive conclusion on the “right number” of wolves to constitute recovery. Therefore, more input is needed from wildlife biologists and environmental scientists (from both private and government sectors).

Long-term preservation of ecosystems is more important than political maneuvers. I support lawsuits filed by conservation groups in federal district court. They may be the last hope for Western gray wolves.


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19 Responses to Sign the petition to save the wolves Congress and the White House condemned to death

  1. Christopher Evans

    March 31, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Save the wolves!!!

  2. Marion Hofmann

    April 2, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Save the wolves!

  3. Kenneth Olofsson

    May 16, 2012 at 8:47 am

    Save them all! All over the world! Kenneth, Sweden

  4. Lyceena

    May 16, 2012 at 8:53 am

    Save the wolves !!!

  5. Kira

    July 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Save the lupine! Stop this massacre , you monsters!

  6. c. keeney

    September 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Methinks “civilized” people don’t kill unless in danger or hunger. We don’t eat wolves-do we?

  7. Tillie Mieseler

    September 7, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Save that beautiful animal. Ban all hunting of the wolves!!!!!

  8. Anonymous

    December 10, 2012 at 3:06 pm


  9. anonymous

    January 31, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    save the wolves in minnesota and the north west


    February 6, 2013 at 8:27 pm


  11. Michael Guest

    March 21, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Enough is enough. I want you to protect wolves in the United States. There needs to be stronger laws to protect the wolves. Please step in and take action now.

  12. emily Frantz

    March 30, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    This is cruel! You have to save the wolves! You think trapping and killing is helping anyone!!!!???!!!!! Then you are fricken mental!!!!! save to wolves!!!!!!

  13. Maggie

    September 7, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    These are the most beautiful and intelligent creatures!!!! After all, they are the ancestors of the dog! Please, save these amazing animals form going extinct. It breaks my heart every time I see another article on wolves being killed or excluded from the protected list. They have the right to inhabit this Earth as much as we do and it shouldn’t be up to someone to decide that they shouldn’t exist. I am tearing up writing this..I really care for these animals so much.

    • Michael John Scott

      September 8, 2014 at 10:13 am

      Maggie I am also a major lover of wolves and it breaks my heart as well to know that they are being murdered by bloodthirsty trophy hunters.

  14. Lee Mattson

    January 5, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Save the wolves, don’t destroy these wonderful creatures that was put on this earth just like we were! Man goes way beyond the boundary of the law and nature to destroy and conquer. Man is cruel and evil in the slaughter of animals that only want to do the same as us, survive!!!

    • Michael John Scott

      January 5, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Lee I couldn’t agree more! Unfortunately the petition has expired but I hope people will be encouraged to contribute to organizations that are dedicated to saving our wolves, and to also writing to their representatives. Wolves need to be BACK on the protected list.

  15. Vicky Schultzel

    January 5, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Wolves are precious and a vital part of nature!!