Center for Biological Diversity

Speak Up for a Future With Wolves

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes to take wolves off the endangered species list in the Great Lakes states, removing their protection. Although there has been tremendous recovery of wolves in this area, there's still cause for concern: State plans in Wisconsin and Minnesota would drastically slash wolf numbers. Delisting is premature until management plans for the species are strengthened.

Separately, the Fish and Wildlife Service has announced that wolves in the Northeast, long thought to be gray wolves, are in fact a separate species, the eastern timber wolf. The agency says it will consider whether this wolf deserves endangered-species protection, but in the meantime proposes to delist all the wolves that may be found throughout 29 states, since they would not be the protected gray wolf species.

However, the science is not settled on whether the eastern timber wolf is in fact a separate species, and protections should not be removed while the agency studies the question. All the extraordinarily rare wolves in the region are of vital conservation importance.

Fish and Wildlife may also choose to designate a "distinct population" of wolves in the Northeast and the Pacific Northwest, where just one pack is now known in the state of Washington that remains protected and was not delisted through April's northern Rockies wolf-delisting rider (which also delisted in eastern Washington and Oregon). If the agency chooses to designate these separate populations instead of initiating national recovery planning, it must also designate a population in the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where vast elk herds could support a robust wolf population.

Please fill in the form below to voice your support for maintaining current protections and for developing a national wolf recovery plan.

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