Target: Secretary of the Department of the Interior Sally Jewell
Goal: List grey wolves as threatened under the Environmental Protection Act.
All the grey wolves in the United States could end up being killed off if protections for the species continue to be systematically dismantled. Though these beautiful animals have made great strides in their recovery over the past decades, they are still not in the clear. Demand that the federal government grant these animals increased protections.
Federal protections for grey wolves have, historically, largely been piecemeal in nature. While they were effective in preventing the species from going extinct, their patchwork nature has made them vulnerable to conservative political pressure, resulting in many states passing counterproductive anti-wolf laws of their own just as the species was turning back from the brink of oblivion.
Giving grey wolves a federal designation of “threatened” would give these animals the unwavering protections they deserve. It would grant the federal Fish and Wildlife Service the authority to regulate protections for grey wolves based on science and the goal of recovering the animals to healthy populations across all of their historical habitat.
We almost hunted these animals into extinction—it’s our responsibility to fix that. Sign the petition below to demand that Department of the Interior Secretary Sally Jewell list grey wolves as threatened under the Environmental Protection Act.
Dear Secretary Jewell,
I am writing you today regarding grey wolves and the number of letters you have received about them from both animal conservation organizations and a number of concerned congresspeople. I urge you to comply with their recommendations and list the grey wolf as a threatened species in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act.
Grey wolves may have been saved from the brink of extinction but that does not mean that they are in the clear yet—they are still very threatened. There are currently only around 5,000 grey wolves in the lower 48 states. While that is a great improvement over the approximately 1,200 wolves that were in the states in 1978, biologists say that it is nowhere near the number that wolves need to maintain a stable, long-lasting, and sufficiently genetically diverse population to avoid extinction. Clearly, the conservation effort for these animals is not complete. We have a duty to protect them and get them back to where they were before we decimated their populations in the first place.
Insofar as that is our charge, giving grey wolves a “threatened” designation, as has been recommended to you, is the best thing we can do. It will give these animals federal protections that cannot be undermined by other federal agencies or the laws of states. I urge you to designate grey wolves a threatened species in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act.
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