Target: Hon. Agni Prasad Sapkota, Nepal’s Minister of Forest and Soil Conservation
Goal: Increase conservation efforts to protect the Himalayan wolf from going extinct.
The Himalayan wolf is critically endangered and will soon face extinction if greater conservation efforts are not made to protect this rare species. The Himalayan wolf, also known as the “woolly wolf” for its distinctively woolly fur, comes from one of the most ancient wolf lineages and is much smaller and visibly unique from its European cousin. The species can only be found in the Trans-Himalayan region, and it is estimated that the population is less than 350 animals. While the Himalayan wolf is legally protected in India, it receives no protection in Tibet despite being listed as critically endangered on the National Red list.
The biggest threat to the Himalayan wolf is human interference. As part of a study recently published in the journal ZooKeys, scientists interviewed herders, livestock owners, nomads and village elite in an effort to understand the status of the human-wolf conflict in Nepal. The vulnerable population is threatened by local livestock owners who view Himalayan wolves as a danger to their livelihood. As a result, many of the wolves are being killed off to discourage them from hunting livestock. The study acknowledges this human-wildlife conflict, and stresses that “a special action plan needs to be formulated that develops mechanisms to minimize conflict, and strategies for motivating local communities towards wolf conservation.”
The Himalayan wolf is already at risk from global warming and climate change, and human disruption must be minimized to protect this endangered species from extinction. Sign the petition below to urge Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation to increase protections for the Himalayan wolf and keep this critically threatened species from dying out.
Dear Hon. Minister Sapkota,
The Himalayan wolf is listed as critically endangered on the National Red List and will soon face extinction if greater conservation efforts are not made to protect this vulnerable species from human interference. The species is native to the Trans-Himalayan region and its population is estimated to be fewer than 350 animals.
According to a study recently published in the journal ZooKeys, Himalayan wolves are in serious danger of being killed off by local livestock owners who view the wolves as a threat to their livelihood. The scientists stress that this human-wildlife conflict is driving Himalayan wolves toward extinction, and call for “a special action plan … that develops mechanisms to minimize conflict.” The species is already threatened by global warming and climate change, so the added danger of human interference must be reduced.
I am urging you to increase protections for the Himalayan wolf. Please take action to encourage local communities to work toward wolf conservation and protect this critically endangered species from extinction.
[Your Name Here]
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