Once again, the Bush-Cheney tag team has come to murder more creatures of the earth without blinking an eye.
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The stage has been set for the largest massacre of wolves to occur in the lower 48 United States in decades. Unless we stop it, hundreds of wolves — including mothers and pups — could die.
Defenders of Wildlife has launched emergency action to save these wolves, but we need your help. Please support our work with your tax-deductible year-end donation!
Last week, officials in the Bush-Cheney Administration announced their intent to strip wolves of crucial Endangered Species Act protections across most of Wyoming and de-list wolves in Idaho, where the state is poised to kill 75% of the wolves living in the Lolo district of the Clearwater National Forest.
But removing federal protections for wolves is extremely premature. Neither state has addressed the issues that once brought these magnificent animals to the brink of extinction.
Wyoming wants roughly two-thirds of its wolves killed — 9 out of 16 packs outside the state’s national parks. Idaho’s “management” plan would allow even more wolves to be killed, eliminating as many as 54 of the state’s 65 packs.
In both states, aerial gunning could be used to kill unwanted wolves. Gunners in low-flying aircraft would target wolves, running them to exhaustion and/or killing them from above. Some wolves could be wounded, only to die later from their injuries.
- Challenging the Proposal in the Courts. We’re moving full-steam ahead with legal challenges to these proposals, working with other state, local and national conservation groups to ensure that our wolves will be around for future generations.
- Mobilizing Grassroots Activists. Already, we’ve mobilized tens of thousands of activists to speak out against Wyoming and Idaho’s disastrous plans.
- Spotlighting Wolf Management in the Media. We’re keeping this issue front-and-center in the media, building support around common-sense wolf management in the Northern Rockies. With your help, we’ll be able to produce and air a new series of radio advertisements to shift the debate over wolf management away from over-blown claims of livestock loss and elk hunting declines and toward a sensible approach that better balances the needs of ranchers and hunters with the health of local ecosystems.
A formal federal proposal on wolf management is expected sometime in the next few weeks. We need to raise $40,000 before the end of the year to fund our comprehensive strategy for sensible wolf management in the Northern Rockies.
With so much at stake, we’re not about to stop fighting for a future where wolves can safely be removed from the Endangered Species List without fear that they will once more return to the brink of extinction.