Success: Mexican Wolves Receive Endangered Species Status

Captive Mexican Wolf at Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge-by-Yummifruitbat

Target: United States Fish and Wildlife Service Director, Dan Ashe

Goal: Congratulate the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service for giving rare wolves the status of endangered species.

North America’s rarest wolves will finally receive the status of endangered species. Forty years ago, these wolves almost became extinct before the few remaining were held in a captive breeding program. Thanks to the efforts of animal activists as well as a petition by ForceChange, the animals will be accorded protection in a bid to revive their population.

These wolves, also referred to as Mexican gray wolves, have lived in the wild for almost 17 years, but the authorities in the United States had not considered them wild. Instead, the animals have been labeled “nonessential experimental population,” meaning that they could be removed from the wild at any given time. However, some of these wolves have been re-wilded over the years while some have been shot and killed after threatening animals like cattle.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service decided to end the “experimental” phase of these animals and instead granted them an “endangered” classification. The decision means that these wolves will be accorded greater protection and will not be removed from their natural habitat.

The decision came with a restriction that the wolves will not be allowed to go further north beyond Arizona’s Interstate 40. Regardless, the animals will be permitted to expand their territory. In addition, the wolves will only be allowed to breed and increase up to 325 from their current 80, with any excess being captured or moved to Mexico.

The move by the federal agency is unusual considering that animals are given the title for endangered species based on minimum population and not maximum numbers. Another key difference from standard regulation is that the animal can be killed if found wounding, killing or biting any domestic animal.

Despite the limitations, the new rule will provide a valuable opportunity for the revival of the Mexican wolves. The wolves just got more room for roaming. Sign this petition to commend the move by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service to place Mexican wolves under endangered species status.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Dan Ashe,

Your agency recently granted the Mexican wolves an endangered species status. The move is significant in protecting the lives of these animals, which faced the threat of extinction 40 years ago. These animals lived in the wild for a long time and never received the status of wild animals. Instead, they were given a label wherein they could be removed from the wild at any given time.

Ending the “experimental” phase and granting the “endangered” title means that it will be illegal to remove these wolves from their natural habitat. Mexican wolves will be accorded protection and will be allowed to roam freely in their natural habitat.

Though there may be some limitations, your action is clearly aimed at preserving and reviving the population of the remaining Mexican wolves. Your move is a significant step in animal conservancy and shows your continued effort to protect animals in the United States. I would like to commend you for this action and hope that you continue protecting animals in future.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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