Target: Daniel Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Goal: Keep the gray wolf protected as an endangered species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently called on the federal government to remove the gray wolf from endangered species lists so that the population could once again be reduced to a “manageable level.” In short, so the wolves can be slaughtered. The wolf population has finally managed to reach a healthy population. The cull would be a huge setback and must be stopped.
For nearly a century thousands of wolves across the country have struggled to survive reintroduction after humans slaughtered more than half of the entire population. So why is the FWS so quick to subject wolves to slaughter? When the wolf population rises it often means an increased threat for livestock. This usually leads to false statements and reports of wolves harming humans. It is this rumor that a large wolf population somehow leads to humans being attacked that has had perhaps the most significant impact on decisions to cull wolves. However, it simply isn’t true. There is little evidence to support this and wolves are rarely aggressive toward humans unless they are threatened.
What it really comes down to is that wolves are simply trying to survive amidst continued development on what had historically been remote landscape. It isn’t the wolves who are encroaching on humans, but the other way around. Human populations continue to abuse hunting, gradually reducing the deer and elk populations, forcing wolves to seek out other sources of food, such as livestock. Reducing the wolf population won’t stop this.
There needs to be a compromise that doesn’t threaten the entire wolf population. We can’t afford to reverse all of the wonderful work the reintroduction programs have done. Please sign the petition below to demand that the gray wolf population remain protected.
Dear Director Ashe,
The Fish and Wildlife Service recently called on the federal government to allow a gray wolf hunt in response to the wolf’s rising population. It makes no sense that we should work so hard to get the wolf population healthy only to kill them off again. Wolves present no imminent threat to humans. Farmers and ranchers are concerned that the wolves could cost them livestock, but the reason the wolves are actively seeking out livestock is because elk and deer populations have been overhunted.
The answer isn’t more hunting. At some point humans have to understand that nature will resolve things on its own. Please find a compromise that benefits humans, but also does not threaten the wolf population any further.
[Your Name Here]
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