Center for Biological Diversity

Please Tell Your Senators to Back Off Anti-wolf Legislation Today

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For the first time ever, Congress may legislatively remove protections for an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Several bills have been introduced removing protections for wolves.

Wolves have seen tremendous recovery in the northern Rocky Mountains and Great Lakes in one of the greatest conservation success stories in modern history. But the job of recovery is not yet complete.

With removal of protections, Wyoming would allow wolves to be shot on sight across most of the state and both Montana and Idaho would dramatically reduce wolf numbers. Moreover, wolves are only beginning to recover in states such as Washington and Oregon and they haven’t recovered at all in many other states that could again support these iconic animals. In order to ensure continued recovery of wolves, it is vital that we keep in place the legal safeguards of the Endangered Species Act.

Further, legislatively removing protections for wolves would set a terrible precedent whereby species -- many less popular or charismatic than wolves -- could be removed from the life-saving protections of the endangered species list one at a time. To date, Congress has stayed away from such political intrusions into endangered-species management, and we need to make sure they don't start now.

If you are a U.S. resident, please write your senators today and tell them to keep protections in place for wolves.

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Please submit comments by March 4, 2011.

Gray wolf photo courtesy USFWS.

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