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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife

Less than five years after losing federal protection, it is clearer than ever that Idaho refuses to manage its wolf population responsibly.

That's why Defenders of Wildlife has officially requested that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) immediately initiate a status review of wolves in the Northern Rockies and examine the relentless threats that this species has encountered since being stripped of Endangered Species Act protection back in 2011.

The call for this status review is the first step toward restoring Endangered Species Act protection to wolves in Idaho and other Northern Rockies states.

Please, join us in calling on FWS to review the status of Idaho's persecuted wolf population.

Letter Text

Dear Secretary Jewell,

I am joining Defenders of Wildlife in requesting that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) complete a status review and analysis of threats to the northern Rockies population of gray wolves.

The partial delisting of wolves in the northern Rockies was premised on the FWS's determination that the states of Idaho and Montana would manage this species sustainably and responsibly as they do other game animals through adequate wolf management plans.

Unfortunately for the future of wolves in the northern Rockies, it is clear that Idaho is not implementing the commitments it made with respect to its management of wolves and has no intention of doing so for the foreseeable future.

Since 2011, hunters, trappers and government officials have killed more than 1000 wolves in the state, reducing the population by hundreds in the last few years. State officials are working hard to accelerate this decline. Most recently, the Idaho legislature passed and Governor Otter signed a bill to establish a Wolf Control Board, which, if fully funded for the next five years, will have at its disposal $2 million in taxpayer money to aggressively kill wolves in Idaho. Sponsors of this bill publicly touted that this legislation would enable the state to kill all but 100 - 150 wolves, the bare minimum number required by the federal wolf delisting plan.

Idaho is unraveling one of our nation's greatest conservation success stories, and has returned to the days when wolves were considered vermin and nearly extirpated from the lower 48 states. Idaho's conduct is also anathema to the model of successful federal-state partnership in endangered species recovery in which species are brought back from the brink of extinction and recovered under the ESA, and then states and other partners maintain and continue those successful recovery efforts. Idaho is turning this model on its head by undermining and reversing the recovery of the gray wolf in the northern Rockies, one of our nation's flagship wildlife conservation achievements.

The FWS's 2009 delisting rule identified three scenarios that could trigger a status review and analysis of threats to determine if relisting of wolves in the northern Rockies was warranted, including "a change in State law or management objectives that would significantly increase the threat to the wolf population."

I consider the combination of Idaho going back on its commitments to manage wolves pursuant to its 2008 management plan and to maintain at least 518 wolves - both of which commitments FWS relied upon in its 2009 delisting rule - and the aggressive predator control tactics the state is currently implementing to substantially reduce the number of wolves in the state, to constitute a change in wolf "management objectives" which has "significantly increase[d] the threat to the wolf population."

Accordingly, pursuant to the FWS's 2009 delisting rule and the ESA, I request that the FWS immediately initiate a status review of wolves in the northern Rockies, including an assessment of Idaho's current wolf management tactics and objectives, to determine whether, in light of these threats, relisting is warranted.

Thank you for your consideration.

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Petition Signatures

Oct 31, 2014 Laura Blankenship
Oct 30, 2014 Bob Freeman
Oct 30, 2014 Emily Young
Oct 30, 2014 Shannon Blea
Oct 30, 2014 NICK DUNSTAN
Oct 30, 2014 Davinia Bleijenberg
Oct 30, 2014 drvipul dave
Oct 30, 2014 Tracy Smith Please stop this!
Oct 30, 2014 Paula Cooper
Oct 30, 2014 heidi rodriguez
Oct 29, 2014 Brett Comley
Oct 29, 2014 Catherine Chambers
Oct 29, 2014 Andrea Parr
Oct 29, 2014 Marcus Bruce
Oct 29, 2014 Bensu Albayrak
Oct 29, 2014 liliane DI PAOLO
Oct 29, 2014 Maria Mahyorova
Oct 29, 2014 Eileen Bower
Oct 29, 2014 Rosemary Webber
Oct 29, 2014 hanh doan
Oct 29, 2014 Steven Kalata
Oct 29, 2014 Susan Polk Idaho is not implementing the commitments it made with respect to it's management of wolves and seems like they have no intention of doing so. You and only can turn this around before they are extinct.
Oct 29, 2014 Kelly Hines
Oct 29, 2014 Daud John
Oct 29, 2014 Imelda Padilla
Oct 28, 2014 Madeleine Richards
Oct 28, 2014 Kristin Sobditch
Oct 28, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Oct 28, 2014 Susanne Kjær
Oct 28, 2014 Michele Aldao
Oct 28, 2014 Gaby Strasser
Oct 28, 2014 maja h animals are not toys for people to kill for fun. killing should not be a hobby. this is disgusting.
Oct 28, 2014 luba beganovic
Oct 27, 2014 Jennifer Janeczko
Oct 27, 2014 Sheena Warren
Oct 27, 2014 Mary Taylor
Oct 27, 2014 Ina Gebert
Oct 27, 2014 phyllis cafagna Stop the slaughter SAVE THE WOLVES
Oct 26, 2014 linda hawsey human is the only animal that destroys all in its path. the rest nature does it balancing maybe humans should pay a stronger price
Oct 26, 2014 Myrna Silvestry
Oct 26, 2014 Diwamani Kadiroff
Oct 26, 2014 Samantha Pabst
Oct 26, 2014 Sasha Herbert
Oct 26, 2014 Achim Perli
Oct 26, 2014 Sherry Young
Oct 26, 2014 Grainne Gillespie
Oct 26, 2014 cleo cami
Oct 26, 2014 sylvie agusti
Oct 26, 2014 shelly haver
Oct 26, 2014 Amie Winters

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