Monday, October 1, 2012

Wyoming's First Regulated Wolf Hunt Begins Today


Beginning today, wolves in Wyoming will be managed by the state under an approved management plan and thus Wyoming's first regulated wolf hunt begins. Wyoming’s wolf management plan is incredibly controversial. It calls for the state to:
  • Deem wolves predators in 85% of the state (all but the northwest corner of Wyoming), where they could be killed by any means, at any time, without a license. 
  • In Wyoming’s northwest corner, right outside Yellowstone National Park, classify wolves as trophy game animals meaning they could only be hunted with a license. 
  • Maintain only 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside of Yellowstone National Park 
Wolves will be killed in the coming weeks but there is hope that the state's management plan and hunts will not continue as planned. The following organizations filed a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its decision to prematurely rescind Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in Wyoming: National Wolfwatcher Coalition, WildEarth Guardians, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Biodiversity Conservation Alliance, Conservation Congress, Friends of Animals, Friends of the Clearwater, and Western Watersheds Project.

 If you agree that this delisting decision turns the fate of Wyoming’s wolves over to a hostile State government, please take a moment to thank this coalition of grassroots conservation groups fighting to protect these wolves. For more information about the lawsuit and the state's controversial wolf management plan: http://wolfwatcher.org/news/all-news/litigation-pending-for-wyoming-wolves/

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