Stop the War on Endangered Wolves

Target: Wyoming Senator John Barrasso

Goal: Withdraw support from a bill which would allow unrestricted hunting and trapping of gray wolves in four U.S. states, including Wyoming.

Endangered wolves could soon be slaughtered on sight in four U.S. states if a new senate bill passes and is signed into law. Gray wolves are currently federally protected under the Endangered Species Act, yet this bill, referred to as a some as a “War on Wolves,” would essentially de-list the wolves in Wyoming, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan — leaving the management of wolf populations to those states to decide. Wolves in Wyoming are especially at threat thanks to a federal court ruling which allows hunters to target them as “predatory animals” across most of the state. Wyoming officials and the United States Senate must be made aware of that fact that wolves are a vital part of the ecosystem, and that removing these protections could spell doom for this keystone species.

Should the bill pass, hunters would be able to shoot unlimited numbers of wolves on federal lands, in addition to the over 85 percent of the state which now sanctions their unregulated killing. There would be virtually no safe space left for wolves in Wyoming, increasing conservationists’ fears that the genetically isolated population in Yellowstone may not have the ability to survive long-term.

This bill is not just a potential death sentence for wolves as it would have negative impacts for all wildlife. As apex predators, wolves help manage deer and elk populations, which in turn helps to support healthier forests overall. However, wolves have long been regarded as vermin within Wyoming and other states. Ranchers frequently point the finger at wolves when livestock have gone missing or are found dead. In reality, wolves contribute to a statistically insignificant amount of cattle and sheep deaths compared to those caused by illness or foul weather annually.

The bill’s co-sponsors claim that a few notable signs of wolf recovery is an indicator that the species is no longer endangered, yet the evidence shows that wolf populations still have a long way to go before they can be considered healthy. Currently, there are only 5,000 gray wolves living within a small fraction of their original habitat in the lower 48 states. We can and must do more to help bolster their population.

We must not remove protections for this symbol of the American West and wilderness as a whole. Sign this petition to tell Wyoming Senator John Barrasso that wolves are not vermin, and must remain federally protected.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Barrasso,

The recovery of wolves in Wyoming has been lauded as an example of the success the Endangered Species Act has had since its enactment in 1973. However, we must not prematurely assume that because some wolf populations have rebounded that wolves as a whole are no longer in need of our protection.

The federal court ruling which grants hunters permission to target predatory animals within a broadly defined predator zone (over 85 percent of the state) sets a dangerous precedent. Wolves are apex predators within their native habitat, but as they are at the top of the food chain, they also are vital in ensuring that elk and deer populations remain healthy across the state. To remove federal protections from the remaining areas where wolves are currently protected would be harmful to all wildlife, not simply wolves.

Wolves are a necessary part of Wyoming’s ecosystem and are a part of the cultural heritage of the American West. I urge you to withdraw your support from Senate Bill 164 so we can ensure that these animals can survive and continue to keep wilderness lands healthy and viable.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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14 Comments

  1. If wolves even were a problem in these states – which they are NOT, as they are ENDANGERED – there is no excuse for allowing for the hunting of them. There are no torture/no kill solutions to such issues.
    As usual, hunters are just itching to hunt, and lawmakers are catering to their wishes.
    These wolves should be protected from sadistic hunters and trappers who like to kill for “sport”. A permanent ban on all hunting should be instituted, as some countries have done.

    • You are grossly uneducated and misinformed. If you are going to make a statement, at least state facts. OMG there is a problem with wolves in the US which is why we in animal protection is trying yo change the lax laws.

      • How can there be a “problem” with gray wolves in these 4 states if they are listed as endangered?
        If you are in “animal protection” as you say, then your job is to protect animals, isn’t it?
        Even when there are problems with wild animals, there is no need to slaughter them. There are humane solutions available. The Humane Society of the US is just one of many organizations that uses no torture/no kill solutions.

      • Kae Blecha, OTR says:

        Ever been to Wyoming? It’s HUGE, and has a small population. There’s room for everyone. Agree with B Denno about hunters just itching to kill. This piece of legislation came about because of some back-room deal with hunters/ranchers, not any particular need within the environment.

    • First of all I agree strongly with B Denno. As B Denno is NOT the unintellectual one in the case.

      Then as a comment to Lori Elkins statements:

      There are problem with people in the whole world, shall we shoot them too?

      What gives the human being the right to end this beautiful, intelligent and misunderstood animals life, just for the trivial reason of money?

      “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” – Matthew 6:24.

  2. The Barbaric Killing of OUR Beautiful Wolves and any other Wildlife needs to STOP Now!!!!!! SHAME on any Senator or Congress who allows such Terrible Atrocity!!!! You need to be VOTED OUT!!!!!1 Stop CATERING to these Subhuman Sadistic Redneck COWARDS who like to drill-kill Innocent Defenseless Wolves and any other Wildlife. These so called hunters are not hunters, these Bastards are Murderers of Defenseless Animals, their really are the Complete Lowest Form of human Garbage. Let these Worthless human COWARDS VOLUNTEER in Our Military and fight the Real Enemy !!!!!!

    • I’m 100% with you on this issue. However, I truly believe that the ASSWIPES who voted for MURDERING wolves or any other wild animal should be SHOT and killed! Then shoot and kill all the MURDERERS themselves. I despise them all and they do not deserve to live.

    • Darina Mitas says:

      ? well said

  3. Any human that hurts/kills a wolf should be put out of their miserable existence. I’ll offer my services. 🙂

  4. WE NEED THE WILDLIFE TO KEEP NATURE INTACT NOW FOR THE FUTURE.

  5. Anne Moeller Anne Moeller says:

    We must protect the wolves and ALL wildlife- The only thing to hunt them with is a camera!!!

  6. Kathryn Irby says:

    Leave the WOLVES ALONE!!! Instead, stage a War on your OWN LOVED ONES, AND SEE HOW YOU/THEY LIKE THAT!!

  7. Stop & pursue this criminal rabble and this deformity  –  instantly!
    BARBARIC, GREED AND BRAINLESS and not able to think human?

    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be banned on an island for their whole lives! Or not?

  8. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & sharing ❗?

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