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Sponsored by: Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund

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

Sep 18, 2014 Elizabeth Rocco
Sep 18, 2014 Ian whitelaw
Sep 18, 2014 Debbie Lapierre
Sep 18, 2014 Debbie Lapierre
Sep 17, 2014 Kerry Himmel
Sep 17, 2014 Lynn Cain
Sep 17, 2014 Linda Corcoran
Sep 17, 2014 (Name not displayed) Please find alternative methods for environmental protection- do not kill wolves .
Sep 17, 2014 Matthew Sauer
Sep 17, 2014 Jeanette M.
Sep 17, 2014 Eva Leutenegger
Sep 17, 2014 Salim Ekici
Sep 17, 2014 Cindy Funk
Sep 17, 2014 Bev Weaver
Sep 17, 2014 Linda Scott
Sep 17, 2014 Janie Carabello
Sep 17, 2014 Susan Day I am ashamed to live in a country that supports this!! Please reconsider what you are doing
Sep 17, 2014 barbara pennington
Sep 17, 2014 Patricia Sheehy
Sep 17, 2014 Dawn Milner
Sep 17, 2014 Helga S. FWS, please review the status of Idaho's persecuted wolf population. The wolf population should be managed responsible. Thanks.
Sep 17, 2014 Nils Anders Lunde
Sep 16, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 16, 2014 Rob Lefevre
Sep 16, 2014 Dana Myers
Sep 15, 2014 Marcelyn Thomas
Sep 15, 2014 Victoria Mikhaylov
Sep 15, 2014 Diane DeArment
Sep 15, 2014 CAROL KOTCHER
Sep 15, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2014 Michele YAKUBIK
Sep 15, 2014 michael clark
Sep 15, 2014 Yael Shimshon
Sep 15, 2014 Veronica DeFinis
Sep 14, 2014 Ann Appleton
Sep 14, 2014 Judy Haefner
Sep 14, 2014 Denise Payne
Sep 13, 2014 Sherry Hession
Sep 13, 2014 Sandra Thompson
Sep 13, 2014 B P
Sep 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2014 doris howard
Sep 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2014 Carol Davis
Sep 12, 2014 Christa Izzi
Sep 12, 2014 Joan Mitsuka Governor Otter , you are an ignorant menace who doesn't deserve to live in a state with such wonderful wild beauty. Stop destroying Idaho!
Sep 12, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 12, 2014 Anne Frazier
Sep 12, 2014 vickie stellato

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