Because of the government shutdown, the comment period on the proposal to strip Endangered Species Act protection from America's wolves has been extended to Dec. 17. Your voice is needed now more than ever -- please take action below and share this action with your social networks.
Wolves nationwide urgently need your help. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is poised to remove protections for these important and majestic animals in most of the lower 48 states, according to a new proposal from the Obama administration.
Since 1973 wolves have been protected under the Endangered Species Act. In 1978 those protections were expanded to include wolves across most of the lower 48 states. In the past two years, protections have been removed for wolves in the northern Rocky Mountains and western Great Lakes. States in these regions have instituted aggressive hunting and trapping seasons resulting in more than 1,700 wolf deaths.
Despite the horror that state management has been, the Service has now proposed removing wolf protections in the remainder of the lower 48 states. The plan abandons wolf recovery in the Pacific Northwest, southern Rocky Mountains, Northeast, California and other areas where there is space for wolves -- keeping protections only for the very small population of Mexican gray wolves that roams Arizona and New Mexico.
Please take action now to lend your voice to the fight to protect wolves. Use the form below to ask Fish and Wildlife to reject this highly destructive, premature plan abandoning wolves across the American landscape.
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Please take action by Dec. 17, 2013.
Photo of gray wolf courtesy Flickr/Gunnar Ries.
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