Target: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Use non-lethal, preventative methods to reduce livestock loss instead of aggressive wolf killing tactics funded by special interest groups.
The U.S. Wildlife Services recently accepted $51,000 from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation to fund aggressive wolf collaring and killing efforts to counter livestock loss in Montana. Gray wolves were considered an endangered species until 2008, making it vital that Wildlife Services use non-lethal wolf deterrent strategies.
Wildlife Services is a federal program under the Department of Agriculture that focuses on reducing conflicts between wolves, people and livestock. Unfortunately, they rely heavily on aggressive killing strategies. In the last decade, when wolves were still endangered, Wildlife Service employees killed more than 3,000 wolves and most recently gunned down wolves in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest. States such as Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have the bulk of the nation’s wolf populations, so it is imperative that the federal agency promote non-lethal wolf control strategies in those areas.
As top tier predators, wolves are an integral part of the ecosystem and must be treated with care. By signing the petition below, you will be helping to make sure Wildlife Services understands that is it UNACCEPTABLE to prioritize special interests instead of responsible wildlife management.
Dear U.S. Wildlife Services,
The aggressive wolf collaring and killing techniques funded by powerful interest groups reflect irresponsible management efforts. As a federal agency, you should not be prioritizing special interests nor receiving private funds. Instead, you must focus on promoting non-lethal solutions to livestock loss.
Wolves are vital predators that were on the endangered species list for three decades until four years ago. It is absolutely necessary to continue caring for wolf populations, as they are a vital top tier predator that keeps the ecosystem in balance.
It has been proven that there are effective, preventative, non-lethal methods of reducing conflict between wolves, people and livestock. I call on you to reject private funding for special interest projects and promote responsible wolf management strategies to ensure a healthy future for North America’s wolves.
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