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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 30, 2014 constance barnett
Sep 30, 2014 Nancy MacArthur
Sep 30, 2014 rhoda wedd
Sep 30, 2014 Sally Richards
Sep 29, 2014 Sherebanu Kajee
Sep 29, 2014 Boris Rappoport
Sep 29, 2014 jim takacs
Sep 29, 2014 NICOLETTE salerno
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 florinda gomes
Sep 29, 2014 Nicole Harris
Sep 29, 2014 Stephanie Trasoff
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 Elizabeth Golden
Sep 29, 2014 M V
Sep 29, 2014 Patricia Parramore
Sep 29, 2014 Angela pope
Sep 29, 2014 Amy Wheeler
Sep 29, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Sep 29, 2014 joan aquilina
Sep 29, 2014 Celia giles
Sep 29, 2014 Julia Yadi
Sep 29, 2014 Mary Minerva
Sep 29, 2014 Erin Kennedy Wolves ARE Endangered Species!!!
Sep 29, 2014 Megann Brown
Sep 29, 2014 gloria martinez
Sep 29, 2014 Emma Zuber
Sep 29, 2014 Jean Parsons
Sep 29, 2014 Catherine Baudains Please protect this species. Every species on this planet is precious and deserves our protection. The poor management of this wolf species is a death sentence. My children want to be able to share their future with wolves in a truly biodiverse world!
Sep 29, 2014 Marda De Wet
Sep 29, 2014 cliff herthel
Sep 28, 2014 Lyndall Caesar How long is it going to take the government officials to slay every last wild wolf??? because of the officials, the wolves and eco system will never be the same....STOP KILLING WOLVES! :( you idiots ....
Sep 28, 2014 Gail Marceaux
Sep 28, 2014 Cheryl Arevalo
Sep 28, 2014 Morgan Barten
Sep 28, 2014 Diertre Todd
Sep 28, 2014 Allison West
Sep 28, 2014 Kevin Murcko
Sep 28, 2014 Kathleen Resnick
Sep 28, 2014 Liel Thistle
Sep 28, 2014 Jacqueline Dougherty
Sep 28, 2014 Janice Valdez
Sep 28, 2014 surya rajesh
Sep 28, 2014 Maria Eriksson
Sep 28, 2014 Valerie Aubert
Sep 28, 2014 Rebecca Nociti-Farella
Sep 28, 2014 Sandra sheehy
Sep 28, 2014 Nadine Weber
Sep 28, 2014 Donna Casas
Sep 28, 2014 Lisa Weston Bialy

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