Target: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar
Goal: Ensure that Wyoming grey wolves stay on the endangered species list
Ranchers in Wyoming have been pressuring the Interior Department to remove the grey wolf from the endangered species list. This would allow citizens to slay limitless wolves every year, essentially guaranteeing their extinction. As an important predator and an essential part of the North American ecosystem, the grey wolf must be kept on the endangered species list.
Beginning with the great push to travel west, settlers have been wiping the grey wolf out for almost a century in order to protect their livestock and families. Wolves were few and far between in western America, especially in Yellowstone where their presence was absolutely necessary to keep the elk population under control, until they were added to the Endangered Species list in 1974. Since then, the wolf population has been able to make a slight comeback.
The small victories for the revitalization of the wolves will be irrelevant if they are removed from the protection of the Endangered Species Act. According to Doug Honnold from EarthJustice, “Recklessly killing wolf pups would be encouraged by a state government…the state of Wyoming is openly discussing taking dogs from a dog pound to the backcountry, staking them dead or alive until wolves arrive, and then killing the wolves on sight.” This sort of behavior is simply unacceptable. The wolves play a pivotal role in the balance of nature, and by removing them from the Endangered Species list and encouraging their slaughter, the ecosystem will surely pay a great price. The Interior Department must protect the wolves in order to conserve the state of Wyoming’s wildlife.
Dear Interior Secretary Ken Salazar,
It has come to my attention that you are considering removing the grey wolf from the Endangered Species Act. I insist that you forget that idea at once. By removing the wolves from your protection, you are guaranteeing their extinction, and that is simply unacceptable.
You may not be aware of the pivotal role the wolves play in the ecosystem of western America, but I can assure you that without the wolves, many other things will suffer. For example, it has been proven that the grey wolves are absolutely essential in Yellowstone, where the wolves work to keep the elk population in check. Leave the wolves under protection so that their population can be restored to where it is naturally meant to be.
[Your Name Here]