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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

Aug 29, 2014 Angela Ercolini
Aug 29, 2014 Julia Gleeson
Aug 29, 2014 Delphine Gorget
Aug 29, 2014 Katalin Miklos
Aug 29, 2014 Janie Duncan
Aug 28, 2014 Kalyn Drake
Aug 28, 2014 AMANDA LANE
Aug 28, 2014 Jo Johnson
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Aug 27, 2014 Amanda Vido
Aug 27, 2014 Kenzie Wolff
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Aug 27, 2014 Bernie Johnson
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Aug 27, 2014 Kristina Brough
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Aug 27, 2014 Marie Davis
Aug 27, 2014 Lucia Baker
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Aug 27, 2014 Shawn Gordon
Aug 26, 2014 terezie janulova
Aug 26, 2014 Rebekah Baldwin
Aug 26, 2014 janine franco
Aug 26, 2014 Barbara Griffin
Aug 26, 2014 julie edghill
Aug 26, 2014 Laura West
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Aug 25, 2014 Keshia Cooper
Aug 25, 2014 Esperanza Trevino
Aug 25, 2014 Nancy Coleman
Aug 25, 2014 Pat Ruotolo
Aug 25, 2014 Victoria Salter
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 25, 2014 Cassandra D'Alessio
Aug 25, 2014 Laura Tester
Aug 25, 2014 Leila Sultan
Aug 25, 2014 Jo Collins
Aug 24, 2014 (Name not displayed)
Aug 24, 2014 Debbie Seiler
Aug 24, 2014 Meritxell Fernandez casal
Aug 24, 2014 Fritz-Michael Jung
Aug 24, 2014 ANNE FLEURY
Aug 24, 2014 Elisabeth Läderach
Aug 24, 2014 Josilene Nascimento
Aug 24, 2014 Marina Radkova
Aug 23, 2014 Estela Moreno
Aug 23, 2014 Katherine Vick
Aug 23, 2014 julie wylie stop killing the wolves

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