Center for Biological Diversity

Speak Up for Wolves in the Great Lakes Region

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Despite the gray wolf's continuing endangerment, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has repeatedly sought to remove Endangered Species Act protection from existing wolf populations. Most recently, the Service announced that petitions aimed at delisting wolves in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan and other Great Lakes states may be warranted. The Service thinks it's done with gray wolf recovery even though wolves are absent from most of the United States.

Endangered Species Act protection allowed wolves in Minnesota to disperse into Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. This proves that the Endangered Species Act works, but wolf recovery is still far from complete. Wolves occupy a mere 5 percent of their historic range in the lower 48 and continue to face threats to their survival.

The Center for Biological Diversity and other pro-wolf organizations have successfully used the courts to derail the Service's past efforts to prematurely reduce and remove federal protections from gray wolves. In fact, the Service's misguided plans for the gray wolf have been rebuffed by the courts six times in the past five years. Enough is enough. Please tell the Service to abandon its illegal scheme to remove federal protections from gray wolves.

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Please submit comments by November 14, 2010.

Gray wolf photo courtesy USFWS.

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