Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe
Goal: Get justice for Echo, the slain Grand Canyon wolf, by conducting a thorough investigation into her shooting.
The celebrated lone female gray wolf named Echo was senselessly gunned down by a hunter who allegedly mistook her for a coyote. Wildlife and conservation groups are devastated by the loss, since Echo was the first wolf to be sighted in the north rim of the Grand Canyon in over 75 years. Genetic tests conducted at the University of Idaho confirmed that the DNA of the slain wolf was identical to the DNA gathered from Echo when she was first spotted.
Echo was not just loved by wildlife and conservation groups. Schoolchildren also adored her, and there had been a worldwide contest to give her a name. “Echo” proved to suit her well as a lone voice that reverberated around the Grand Canyon. The Fish and Wildlife Service stated that they had radio-collared her about a year before she was killed, which revealed that Echo had traveled about 750 miles, most likely in search for a mate. The story of her long journey further enticed people
Michael Robinson, a conservationist and wolf advocate at the Center for Biological Diversity, expressed sadness over Echo’s untimely death and says that her death “illustrates the peril wolves face even under the protection of the Endangered Species Act.” Wolves are an endangered species in Utah, but hunters are rarely punished when they illegally kill animals due to a “mistake” of misidentification.
Please sign this petition to demand justice for Echo, the Grand Canyon’s lone wolf, and to urge the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to conduct a formal investigation into this callous shooting.
Dear Dan Ashe,
Echo, the lone female gray wolf that was killed by a hunter who allegedly mistook her for a coyote, needs justice. She was adored by people around the globe not only for her rarity but also her determined spirit. It is tragic that she was fatally shot by a so-called hunter who should have been able to tell the difference between a coyote and a gray wolf. Even though gray wolves are protected by the Endangered Species Act, they are still extremely vulnerable to hunters.
I am urging you to look into Echo’s case. Investigate the hunter who killed her and prosecute him if he is found guilty of intentionally shooting her. Whatever the outcome may be, the hunter should not have pulled the trigger before making absolutely sure that he actually knows what species he is targeting.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Brooks Tracy via Wikimedia Commons