Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Speaking Up For Northern Rocky Mountain Wolves

Due to a 2011 budget rider (Sec. 1713) passed earlier this year, gray wolves in Idaho, Montana, eastern Washington, eastern Oregon and northern Utah lost federal protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Since the passage of this controversial bill, the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) has been inundated with emails and calls from our dedicated supporters asking for resources so they can speak up for northern Rocky Mountain wolves. Just a few months ago wolves of Idaho and Montana were endangered. Today they are hunted. At least 36 wolves have been killed in these two states so far.

With so many issues on our government's plate, it's difficult to be heard through the political din. A new petition is in circulation though that has a chance of getting the President's attention if 5000 signatures are obtained within the next month. If your hackles are up about the delisting rider and the consequent hunts that followed, please consider signing this petition.


Wolfie said...

Such a shame. I am sending positive thoughts from Canada that the petition is signed and recognized.

Michael said...

Why are some ranchers and others fighting by word against wolves, but not against bears or pumas?
Sure, wolves are the beast in fairy-tales (Little Red Riding Hood).

Bear or puma are much more dangerously for men's health as the wolf (objectively), but not for men's money (subjectively: A wolf pack has a social structure similar to a man "pack" through hundreds of thousand years. Has the increasing loosing of men's pack structure in the past five (?) thousand years grown the envy and mourning over loss? Men's usual reaction is well known: extinction.
This was one (of many possible) psychosocial speculation. :)

Now the specific American situation, chiefly in the West.
People are allowed to hunt bears and pumas, but not wolves. Maybe wolves will be accepted like cougars and bears, if people can legally hunt they.
Unfortunately in contrast to predators a hunter kills often the "wrong" members of a species. Only if the population of the species is large enough, it will be tolerable. Maliciously and silly is it to kill a collared animal for fun.

Nancy*McKay said...

i keep signing away & keeping my fingers crossed!