Target: Daniel M. Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: List the Alexander Archipelago wolf as an endangered species
The Alexander Archipelago wolf, native to Southeast Alaska, is in a vulnerable state. Loss of habitat and illegal hunting have severely reduced the wolves’ numbers: in one particular area, this loss is reported to be 80% over a one-year period. Petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to add the Alexander Archipelago wolf to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), and save this beautiful animal from declining into extinction.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently responded to a petition filed in 2011 by Greenpeace and the Center for Biological Diversity, stating that an ESA listing may be warranted for the Alexander Archipelago wolf. However, this is not set in stone. A 60-day public comment period will be held, after which a full review of the animal will take place and a decision made.
Now is the time to petition in order to pressure the FWS into giving the Alexander Archipelago wolf endangered status. This status would give the wolves increased protection, especially in regards to their habitat, and would actually have positive outcomes for several species, as the wolves’ range encompasses many more animals. Industrial-scale logging, one of the main factors in the loss of habitat for the wolves and their prey, would have to be restricted, bringing benefits to the entire ecosystem.
Petition the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to give this wolf its desperately needed endangered status, and save the lives of countless wolves and other animals in Southeast Alaska.
Dear Mr. Ashe,
The recent statement from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determining that the Alexander Archipelago wolf may be suitable for endangered species status is encouraging. I write to you urging that this endangered status be granted in order to protect their rapidly declining numbers.
Industrial-scale logging and illegal hunting have resulted in a steep decrease in the numbers of these wolves. In one particular area in the last year alone, this decline has been reported to be 80%. With a million acres of clearcuts and thousands of miles of logging roads, the ecosystem in the Tongrass National Forest has been severely upset, and this is one the main reasons for the crisis that the wolves face today.
Granting the wolves this status would not only benefit them, but also a host of other species in Southeast Alaska, who are dependent on forests which are being torn down.
[Your Name Here]
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