Only One Day Left to Submit Comments
On June 7, 2013, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) officially announced proposals that will devastate the future of America’s gray wolves.
Beyond its role as a living symbol of our natural landscape, the wolf is a keystone species. Its presence is critical to maintaining the structure and integrity of native ecosystems. Federal protections for wolves are essential to help this animal recover and expand into still-suitable parts of its former range, just as the bald eagle was allowed to do before having its federal protections removed.
Despite the vast effort, resources, and support invested in wolf recovery, USFWS is poised to make changes that will put the future of the gray wolf and its proven benefits to ecosystems at serious risk. USFWS is accepting comments re: the two separate proposals listed below:
1. USFWS proposes to remove Endangered Species Act (ESA) protections for the gray wolf in the contiguous United States despite wolves occupying only about 5 percent of their historic range. Although USFWS director Daniel M. Ashe declared victory for gray wolf recovery by stating “Wolves are recovered and they are now in good hands,” U.S. scientists with expertise in carnivore taxonomy and conservation biology warn that the delisting rule is terribly premature. Removing ESA protections from wolves nationwide will no doubt open the door to more killing. And polls reflect that the majority of Americans support wolves as part of our wilderness and heritage.
2. Although the critically endangered Mexican gray wolf, or "lobo," is exempt from USFWS's nationwide delisting proposal, lobos will be subject to other provisions that are very problematic – including the recovery area’s artificial boundaries and their re-designation as an “experimental, nonessential” population.
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The comment period ends December 17 -- TOMORROW.
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