One hundred years ago, the U.S. government launched a war on wolves. Driven by lobbying from the livestock industry, which saw the wolves as a threat to their cattle, this war lead to the near destruction of all wolves in the lower 48 states. One region that had a particularly thriving wolf population before the extermination was the Colorado Rocky Mountains. However, by 1945, the last wild wolf in Colorado had been killed.
The wolf extermination had a powerful impact on the natural ecosystems, spurring the decline and localized extinctions of many plant and animal species. However, a movement has been afoot in the United States to reintroduce the wolf to many of its natural environments. This has been successfully accomplished in Yellowstone National Park, and is currently being proposed for the Southern Rockies, which includes the Colorado Rockies and northwestern New Mexico.
However, as happened 100 years ago, the powerful livestock interests are gearing up for a fight. The same special interests that destroyed the wolves in the early 1900’s, are fighting to prevent their reintroduction to the Southern Rockies.
The only difference is, this time environmentalists and naturalists are fighting back. Groups such as the Southern Rockies Wolf Restoration Project, Center for Native Ecosystems, Center for Biological Diversity, and Defenders of Wildlife, to name a few, are organizing to support the wolves’ reintroduction.
To support the effort to reintroduce wolves to the Southern Rockies, please sign the petition below.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am strongly in favor of reintroducing wolves to their natural habitat in the Southern Rockies. The wholesale extermination of the wolves in the early 1900’s is fortunately a wrong that can be undone. Wolves have been successfully reintroduced to Yellowstone, and we can accomplish the same thing in the Southern Rockies.
Do not allow the powerful livestock interests to once again dictate our public policy. Reintroducing wolves to the Southern Rockies is supported by substantial scientific studies and reports, and furthermore, is the right thing to do.
As the saying goes, “Wild places need wild wolves!”
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