Gray wolf, © Tracy Brooks/USFWS

Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up

Confirmed: Gray Wolf Shot and Killed in Utah was Grand Canyon visitor:

Gray wolf in Denali, © Didier Lindsey

Sad news this week: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed through DNA analysis that the endangered gray wolf shot dead in Utah late last year was indeed the lone female recently made famous for her journey through the Northern Rockies to the Grand Canyon. The wolf was illegally killed in December by a hunter who reportedly mistook her for a coyote. Unfortunately, events like this may become more frequent if the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service moves forward with its plans to delist gray wolves in the Lower 48. Removing federal protections for wolves would give states the authority to manage them. And today, most states don’t even have plans in place to protect gray wolves, and those that do often focus more on killing wolves than protecting them or managing them responsibly. With patchwork protections for the species implemented at the discretion of each state, wolves will not be able to safely move across state lines, reducing the possibility that wolves will establish new populations in other areas of the country with suitable habitat – like the Grand Canyon.

Bills to Delist Wolves in Wyoming and Great Lakes are Introduced in Congress:

Two separate pieces of legislation to eliminate federal protections for wolves in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Wyoming were introduced in Congress this week. These two pieces of legislation, the first sponsored by Representative Kline (R-MN) focused on removing protections in the Great Lakes states, and the second by Representatives Ribble (R-WI) and Lummis (R-WY) that would encompass the Great Lakes and Wyoming both. These bills come just a few months after courts set aside rules that delisted wolves in those regions, keeping wolves protected under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). In response, Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, said: “Congressional delisting of wolves under the Endangered Species Act in Wyoming and the Great Lakes will surely throw open the floodgates to endless proposals to delist additional species based upon politics and not science, undermining the integrity of the act and our ability to conserve the nation’s most imperiled wildlife.” You can help us by also telling Congress it must keep politics out of wolf recovery.

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14 Responses to “Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up”

  1. Gary

    Keep your grimy hands off America’s Wolves, no one elected you for that. I will personally work against your ‘re election if you mess with these Wolves. I have a lot of money and a lot of friends who feel the same way.

  2. Irene Tiedt

    Please protect & allow these beautiful creatures to roam the wilderness in freedom otherwise they will shortly become extinct & just a photograph in a wildlife book or magazine.

  3. jesus b ochoa jr

    a healthy wolf population is environmenally sound. it balances nature as things should be. proptect the wolves.

  4. kim garrett

    I just watched the video with Ashley Judd speaking on behalf of the delisting of the gray wolf. It sickened me, and felt the inhumane aspect sooo very cruel.

  5. Ibolya Vigh

    Melanie handles press coverage for wildlife in the Northern Rockies and Great Plains as well as Defenders’ national work on the Endangered Species Act.

  6. belkis finalet

    Please give generations to come the opportunity to experience wildlife in their environment and not in a textbook as once they were here because we wiped them out! We need a balance of humans among wildlife.

  7. Darla Daniel-Seabolt

    Please look out for Wolves, they are larger than coyotes.

  8. Vanessa

    I’m so sick of the government leave the wolves alone we need them in the wild we need to stop hunting them before there gone for good then we’re screwed

  9. flavia pellizzari

    why r we so afraid of wolves.. did our mommies read lil red riding hood too many times or are we just gun toting idiots who have to kill something to prove we are men… not even close to being one.. idiots

  10. Karen LaFountain

    I have written to my Idaho state senators, Crapo and Risch. Only Senator Crapo answered with a general “we are protecting wolves” when current wolf slaughter is at an incredible high. So I wrote the following letter to President Obama regarding proposed delisting bill (s).

    Letter I sent to President Obama regarding proposed wolf delisting bill by Senator Ribble.

    Dear President Obama,

    Senator Ribble is introducing a bill and will probably be attached as the funding bill for the Homeland Security Act. This bill is to delist wolves from the Endangered Species Act in the great lakes area.

    Sir, 1599 wolves in the great lakes area have been killed in past 3 years. 1300 in Idaho alone. The wolf recovery cannot sustain these losses and remain viable.

    I urge you to send this bill back to congress and make them strip the delisting from it.

    I remain hopeful that you sir, will do the right thing.

    Also, I want to give you sound recovery data for your consultation. Please read, “The Wolf Is Not Recovered”, by B.J. Bergstrom.

    Karen R. LaFountain

    KEEP Wolves ALIVE

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